Youth

SNOW VS. WADE

Lisa Johnston | lisajohnston@archstl.org | @aeternusphoto About one thousand GenLifeSTL youths prayed at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis before marching in pilgrimage to pray at the Planned Parenthood facility on Forest Part Blvd. The procession was led by Archbishop Robert J. Carlson as the rosary way prayed. They then returned to the Cathedral for Mass.

In the end, the snow didn’t conquer. Life was victorious.

That was the message shared through the witness and energy of 1,000 teens who came to the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis for a special Generation Life program hosted by the archdiocesan Catholic Youth Apostolate Jan. 23.

Anticipated snow storm in D.C. prompts cancellation of Generation Life pilgrimage

Teens with the group from Immaculate Conception Parish in Union.

Sometimes being pro-life means making difficult decisions.Because of a predicted snow storm in Washington, D.C., the archdiocesan Catholic Youth Apostolate cancelled its Generation Life pilgrimage to the March for Life. About 2,200 teens, adult chaperones, volunteers and staff were expected to participate in the 43rd annual march Friday, Jan. 22.

Youth encouraged to perform works of mercy in run-up to WYD

Women walked away from St. Mary’s Basilica through the main square in Krakow, Poland, Sept. 3. Krakow will host the 2016 World Youth Day in July.

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis asked the world's young Catholics to perform spiritual and corporal works of mercy every month in the run-up to World Youth Day next July.

He asked that they not be afraid to experience God's "boundless mercy, so that in turn you may become apostles of mercy by your actions, words and prayers in our world, wounded by selfishness, hatred and so much despair."

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.

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