Pope urges Cuba's youths, consecrated people to love and hope

Pope Francis blessed a boy with a disability at the Father Felix Varela cultural center in Havana Sept. 20.

HAVANA -- In a hot and steamy cathedral after listening to a Daughter of Charity talk about her work with people with severe disabilities, Pope Francis set aside his prepared homily and spoke about serving those the world considers "useless."

"Serving 'the useless' makes Jesus shine," the pope said at an evening prayer service Sept. 20 with religious, priests and seminarians gathered in Havana's cathedral.

St. Louis IX Dinner serves up conversation, trust

Fran Ventimiglia is the St. Vincent de Paul chair at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish and invited Dorothea Vaughn to the St. Louis IX Dinner. Ventimiglia has grown fond of Vaughn over the years and was eager to spend the evening gathered around a table with her and her family. The St. Vincent de Paul Society of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish and the Archdiocesan Office of Young Adult Ministry held an elegant, sit-down dinner for the Ferguson-area individuals who could not afford to treat their family to a nice evening at a restaurant. The event was held at the Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish Center.

The tables were lined with white linens, and the dishes were set. The candles were lit as volunteers placed the finishing touches on the floral arrangements. All that was needed were the guests to arrive.

A dinner at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish last weekend was the culmination of months of hard work and planning by the St. Louis Young Adults. But this was no ordinary dinner, and no ordinary guests.

Program is bridge between youth unemployment, growing skills gap

Najee Person used his creative abilities this summer in a job with On the Money magazine in St. Louis. He was participating in STL Youth Jobs and now will work on staff at the magazine, which is produced and published by young adults in St. Louis. A graduate of Parkway North High School, he has interests in music and art.

Tyree Zaltig spent the summer working at a resale boutique -- a job that will help him as he sets his sights on someday owning a small business in the technology field.

Young Adult Forum inspires action, communication

In an effort to address the issue of young adults feeling overlooked in many parishes, 100 young adult leaders gathered at the Cardinal Rigali Center Aug. 1 for the first Young Adult Forum to discuss how to empower and motivate young adults. Kellie Willis, left, who attended the forum, spoke to people at her table during the small group discussions.

Abe and Jami AuBuchon went on a date with the archbishop this past weekend.

The couple, from St. Joseph Parish in Farmington, spent their usual date night driving to St. Louis for the inaugural Young Adult Forum Aug. 1, hosted by Archbishop Robert J. Carlson and the Office of Young Adult Ministry.

The AuBuchons are in their early 30s and involved in their parish's young adult group, but as many young adults expressed at the forum, they wish there were more depth in that ministry.

Father Scheid Players bring faith to the stage

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Msgr. Norb Ernst, right, has been involved with each of the Father Scheid Players’ previous 35 shows. He will play the Cowardly Lion in “The Wizard of Oz,” presented July 24-26 at Chaminade College Prepatory School’s Skip Viragh Center for the Arts.

With the youngest cast members on stage, two as young as 5 years old, director Dan Karcher stressed probably the most important aspect of not only rehearsing the scene at hand but moving the night along.

"Now pay attention, not just to your parts but to the other parts as well," he said, in a paternal sort of way. "It's important to focus for the next 10 minutes."

With the pep talk complete, the cast commenced "Munchkinland," singing and dancing about the stage with Rosati-Kain senior Marie Reddy in the ruby red slippers of Dorothy.

POPE'S MESSAGE | Pope tells young Paraguayans: Stir things up, then help fix things

Pope Francis greeted a young woman as he led a meeting with young people July 12 along the waterfront in Asuncion, Paraguay.

ASUNCION, Paraguay -- "Stir things up, but then help organize what you have stirred up," Pope Francis told about 220,000 young people gathered on this city's waterfront on July 12.

In his last major event before ending a weeklong trip to Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay, the pope spoke about service, solidarity, hope and freedom of heart.

Abandoning his prepared text, he based his remarks on the testimonials of two young people who asked him questions.

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