Women of our Catholic Faith Workshop

A Great Model To Minister To Youth!

Blog written by Adrienne Vonder Haar

Women of FaithSacred Heart Parish of Valley Park welcomed 60 girls ranging in age from Kindergarten through seventh grade on January 11th to the second “Women of Our Catholic Faith” workshop. The workshop was a three-hour event that encompassed learning about three women of our faith: St. Gianna, St. Mary Magdalene and Sarah. The programming was provided by the Office of Catholic Scouting Ministry of the St. Louis Catholic Youth Apostolate for each of the women studied as a part of their Catholic Identity patch series.

Fleece BlanketsThe girls were led through a series of rotations to explore each of these women. Activities and crafts were provided throughout and they also participated in a service project tying fleece blankets to donate to the Good Shepherd Center. Through the work of volunteers, support from Ladies Auxiliary of Knights of Columbus, Respect Life Group, SHP Men and Ladies Club and the parish school, the workshop was provided at minimal cost to the families who participated.

The workshop was founded by a group of parish women and Girl Scout leaders with the hope that through exposure, the girls would take away valuable faith related lessons from the stories and history of the women presented each year. Besides being a great Parish community event for the girls of the parish and the area Girl Scout organization, the hope is that learning about women who are role models from the Bible and from the legion of Saints will empower girls to participate fully in their faith growing up and realize that all women have a significant role in the Church and a vocation within it.

Event coordinators this year were Pat Snyder, Emily Henderson, Christine Hendricks, Karen Rasure, Sharon Arnzen and Adrienne Vonder Haar.

More Info

Are you interested in using this model for a way of ministering to youth in your parish? The Office of Catholic Scouting Ministry can support you with their programs. You can contact them by phone at 314-792-7613 or by emailing jennifertrousdale@archstl.org. You can also find more information online at www.catholicscoutingstl.org.

Pat Snyder was one of the main coordinators for the past two years at her parish and she is willing to share with anyone who wants to get the program stated at your parish! Contact Pat at 636-343-6644 or by email at pfsnyder@sbcglobal.net.

Presentation Sunday

This is a Prayer Service for for all girls, those in Girl Scouts, American Hertiage, Little Flower, or other Scouting groups as well as individual girls who have completed the faith formation award programs, Mary, the First Disciple and The Spirit Alive! A few groups from local parishes that have completed the Family of God and I Live My Faith participate as parish representatives.

What: Presentation Sunday Prayer ServiceDate: March 8, 2015 – Services start at 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. (Arrive by 1:45)Place: Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (on Lindell Blvd.)Who: All Girls who have completed the Mary, the First Disciple and Spirit Alive Faith Formatin Award Programs.Invite: Please be sure and invite your family, friends, Moderators, Mentors, Parish Priest and Religious to this special prayer service and presentation!If you have younger girls who have completed the Family of God and I Live My Faith Formation award program you may also be a part of the specail day. We do have girls from a few parishes who wish to have their award presented to them at the Cathedral rather than their parish. However this is on a first come, first service basic. Please email Jennifertrousdale@archstl.org with your request by including the type of program, your parish name, number of girls, and your contact information no later than January 3rd. All applications and payment along with a typed list of the girls name and parish name are due by February 3rd.The above due dates do not apply if you are recieving your award at your parish. The due dates are up to each individual parish.

Catholic Cub Day 2015

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To: All Cub Scouts, Webelos Scouts, leaders and parents! Join other Catholic Cub Scouts and families for a day of faith and fun! The Cub Scouts will participate in age-appropriate activities focusing on "Building Your Life with Jesus.” The Webelos will participate in their own program: they will learn about and fulfill the requirements for the St. Rose Philippine Duchesne and Blessed Miguel Pro patches from our Footsteps of American Saints program as well as the Joyful Mysteries patch from our Rosary Series. In addition, they will work on and fulfill the requirements to earn the Showman Activity Pin. The Saints patches will be available for purchase at the Trading post and also at the OCS. The Activity Pins are ordered through your Cub Pack or on your own.

Theme:    "God the Builder"

Date:       Saturday, March 28th, 2015

Time:       Program starts at 9:00 am

Check in: Starts 8:15 am until 9:00 am

Place:      Cub World at Beaumont Explore how you can:

                "Build Your Life with Jesus!"

Register:  Online or with the attached registration form.

You can Register as an individual or as a Group Pack or Den.

Cub Scout Program Schedule

8:15 AM to 9:00 AM      Registration

9:00 AM to 9:40 AM      Opening Presentation

9:50 AM to 12:10 AM    3 Activity Sessions*

12:10AM to 1:10 PM     Lunch & Presentation

1:10 PM to 2:40 PM      2 Activity Sessions

* 2:40 PM to 3:00 PM   Closing Ceremony *

Five (5) round-robin activity sessions include:  Duty to God l Crafts l Nature l Games l Field Sports

Webelos Program Schedule

The Webelos Program will run concurrently with the Cub Program Schedule. During the Activity Sessions, the Webelos will work on and complete the Showman Activity Pin, two Saints from the Footsteps of American Saints program, and the International Catholic Awareness Emblem.

One Leader or Parent is REQUIRED for every 5 Scouts. You can register as group or individual. If you register as a group, your registration will be listed with the name of the person who registered. Please check in as a group.

REGISTRATION COSTS: Registration costs are $6.00 for each Scout, Adult or Parent.

Walk-in's are welcome but at $8.00 for each Scout, Adult or Parent.

Advanced registration is encouraged!

Bring with you on the day: Filled water bottle, warm clothes, extra shoes and a morning snack. Bring money for the store because we have “cool stuff” for sale!

An optional hot dog meal can be purchased at $2.00 per person.

See the attached information about our service project!

Lunch is “Stone Soup” drink, crackers, condiments, bowls, utensils, are provided.

Bring a vegetable for the stone soup!

Each participant should bring the following ingredients: Last name begins with the letter Please bring this ingredient:                       

A - H-1 rib of celery    I -M-1 medium onion   N - S -1 carrot    T-Z -1 medium potato  

Register online or with the attached registration form.  

You can Register as an individual or as a Group Pack or Den.

The Webelos Program will run concurrently with the Cub Program Schedule. During the Activity Sessions, the Webelos will work on and complete the Showman Activity Pin, two Saints from the Footsteps of American Saints program, and the International Catholic Awareness Emblem recognition program.

Catholic Adventure Week

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Our goal in providing this week for our Catholic Scouts is to give them an experience of living their faith, growing in their faith, and loving their faith within the Scouting movement and especially out in the wonders of God’s creation. Open to all Boy and Venture Scouts!

Catholic Adveture Week July 12-18, 2015 at Swift Explorer Base Catholic Adventure Week, offered at the Swift Base of the S-F Scout Ranch, is sponsored by the Greater St. Louis Area Council of the BSA, the Office of Catholic Scouting, and the Catholic Committee on Scouting, BSA.Catholic Adventure Week is coming up on July 12-18 at the scenic Swift Explorer Base on the S-f Scout Ranch near Farmington, MO.   Catholic Venturers and Boy Scouts from around the Region are invited to have an inspirational week of high adventure/Kodiak training, faith, and fun.  Go to the link below on information/forms or contact Tom at tkroenung@stlbsa.org.  Don't miss this very unique camp experience.  Our goal in providing this week for our Catholic Scouts is to give them an experience of living their faith, growing in their faith, and loving their faith within the Scouting movement and especially out in the wonders of God’s creation.While at Swift for CAW, Scouts will be camping with their individual troops or Crews, under their particular adult leadership. Since a number of our participants are attending this camp in addition to their troop or crews summer camp, there will be cases where a Scout from a troop or crew does not have a leader present at camp.  A “provisional unit” will be made for one of the camp sites, with leadership being provided by members of the Catholic Committee on Scouting, BSA.  In the past this system has worked very well, and Scouts seem to mix easily with other Scouts, without the tension that can be experienced at a normal summer camp.While at CAW, Scouts will be exposed to the entire High Adventure program offered at Swift.  Intertwined with the outstanding program offered by the Swift staff, merit badge program time, and there will be opportunities for prayer, religious instruction, and reflection.  Meals are in the dining hall, a t-shirt is provided as a memento, and Mass on Friday.  Program manuals will be made available in March. We will be offering again the “Voyageur program” for new Scouts.   To enroll your Troop, Crew and/or individual Scouts for this special summer camp week, turn in a Troop/Crew reservation form (if your Troop/Cfrew plans to attend with adult leadership) and turn in individual Scout forms, see link, for those Scouts wishing to be in the provisional unit.    Contact Tom Kroenung for more information at tkroenung@stlbsa.org

I Can Make Things BETTER!

“Why We March”

A few weeks ago, our Venturing crew went to Washington DC as part of the Generation Life pilgrimage. Our purpose was to participate in the annual March for Life and to learn how to be more pro-life in our personal lives. The pilgrimage was a fun, spiritual, and serious trip that brought many members of my crew together.  Being one of the older members of my crew, it is sometimes hard for me to find ways to identify with the newer members of the crew.  Through spending about 36 hours on the same bus , and walking around Washington D.C. with them, both on the march and sightseeing, I got to know these people as friends. 

From the march to the Masses with Archbishop Carlson and Bishop Rice,  we got a hefty dose of what it means to be both pro-life and Catholic, simultaneously. We also heard talks from the Sisters of Life who have dedicate their lives to creating a more pro-life world.  The REAP Team also came to talk to the 8th graders about how to help friends experiencing difficult situations in their lives, while a man from the Radiance Foundation spoke to the high schoolers about how we could promote pro-life ideas as we lived our daily lives.

On a more personal level, going on this trip helped me learn more about myself and how I can affect the lives of others.  It helped me realize how I can change many problems or help many good situations just by speaking up, something I rarely do.  I have realized that in speaking up I can change the world for the better.  This trip has helped me to grow in my faith as well as in my crew.  I have grown to realize more of who I am and what I can do for others.

All in all, this trip helped my group and myself to better understand each other, our faith, and what it means to be pro-life Catholics in a secular world. This is what Venturing is all about - venturing out of our comfort zone to make the world a better place.

Luke Szatkowski

Venturing Crew 2116

St. Justin Martyr Parish

Venturers Can Now Earn Ad Altare Dei


As of mid-2014, Venturing Scouts (youth up the age of 21) are now eligible to earn the Ad Altare Dei youth religious award in addition to the Pope Pius XII award.

Eligibility as listed on the NCCS website:

  • Registered youth in a Troop or Crew of the Catholic Faith.
  • Designed for youth 13-14 years old, older youth may use this program.
  • Active member of a unit for 6 months.
  • Completed 6th grade before starting the program.

So basically if you've been in a Crew for 6 months then you are free to begin working on your emblem!

More information on the AAD award can be found on this page.

New Faith Series

Corporal Works of Mercy

A completely new series, called the Faith Series, is being released by the National Catholic Committee on Scouting! The first activity in this new series is based on the Corporal Works of Mercy, which you can read about below. Though there has only been one activity released so far, get excited for the new Faith Series to become a huge success!Faith Series - Corporal Works of MercyThe goal of this activity is to help youth and adults to learn more about the universal faith-based practices and traditions used in living the Catholic faith.How to startRead about the Corporal Works of Mercy. You may find the answers to these questions on www.catholic.org. Feel free to use other resources.1st - 5th Grades - Complete requirements #1 thru 5.6th - 12th Grades - Complete all requirements.Adults - Mentor one or more youth to earn the Corporal Works of Mercy Patch.Requirements After reading Matthew 25:31-46 and Tobit 1:16 – 2:8 answer the following questions: In what way is it true that, “Whatever you do to the least of my brothers, you do to Me.”?What does Jesus say is the reward for those who do a corporal work of mercy?What does Jesus say is the punishment for those who do not?In Tobit 1:17 it describes Tobit performing three of the corporal works of mercy. Which ones are they?e) #2447 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church states: “The corporal works of mercy consist especially in feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and imprisoned, and burying the dead.” In this list, which two of the works of mercy are merged into one? Sing “Whatsoever You Do” from your parish hymnal (Text: Matthew 5:3-12: Willard F Jabusch) with your parents or counselor. How is it the same or different from the scripture readings in question # 1?With help, make and save a list of at least ten individuals or groups in your parish, diocese, or other parts of the world, that practice the corporal works of mercy.Participate in the Scouting for Food or other food drive in your community. Donate the food to St. Vincent de Paul Society, parish or diocesan food bank, or community program that serves the needy.In collaboration with your parents or counselor, volunteer at least one hour of service to one of the groups identified in your list in #3.Create a brief report on one of the following groups. Identify the founder and when and why it was founded. Research how they are funded, the impact of the group, and the number of people they serve. Which of the corporal works of mercy does this group perform? Knights of ColumbusMissionaries of CharitySt. Vincent de Paul Society With help, make a list of local soup kitchens, homeless shelters, etc. Share this list with your parents or counselor or the rest of your group. Explain how you choose to imitate the actions of the people in these groups.With help, carry out one of the following: Devise an activity to raise money and donate the proceeds to a local group that practices the corporal works of mercy.If you work or earn an allowance, save at least ten percent over the next two months and donate it to a local charity.Discuss with your parents or counselor, and contact the Volunteer Coordinator at one of the following: local hospital, nursing home, hospice, food pantry, soup kitchen, homeless shelter, pro-life group or clothing bank, and explore ways you can assist in carrying out their mission. Volunteer for at least two hours.The answers to the requirements can be found here.Answers to RequirementsFor more information on the Faith Series program, please visit this page!

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