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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 Mercy

The 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 start

  • Read 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

  1. After reading Matthew 25:31-46 and Tobit 1:16 – 2:8 answer the following questions:
    1. In what way is it true that, “Whatever you do to the least of my brothers, you do to Me.”?
    2. What does Jesus say is the reward for those who do a corporal work of mercy?
    3. What does Jesus say is the punishment for those who do not?
    4. In Tobit 1:17 it describes Tobit performing three of the corporal works of mercy. Which ones are they?
    5. 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?
  2. 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?
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 Columbus
    • Missionaries of Charity
    • St. Vincent de Paul Society
  7. 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.
  8. With help, carry out one of the following:
    1. Devise an activity to raise money and donate the proceeds to a local group that practices the corporal works of mercy.
    2. If you work or earn an allowance, save at least ten percent over the next two months and donate it to a local charity.
    3. 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 Requirements

For more information on the Faith Series program, please visit this page!

Marian Series-4 New Feasts Added

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Four New Marian Series Installments Added January 2015

Each activity in this series examines one of the nineteen Marian Feasts Commemorated in the United States, focusing on how and why the Church has honored Mary for more than 2,000 years.

Immaculate Conception on the NCCS-BSA website
Our Lady of Lourdes on the NCCS-BSA website
Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal on the NCCS-BSA website
Our Lady of Sorrows on the NCCS-BSA website

For more information on all 5 of the current Marian Activity and Patch Series activities, please visit this page!

Footsteps of American Saints-4 New Saints Added

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Four New Saints Added January 2015

The goal of these activities is to share the lives of several saints so that the youth might relate to what these people have done and maybe look to these individuals as role models.

St. Rose Philippine Duchesne on the NCCS-BSA website
Bl. Marie-Rose Durocher on the NCCS-BSA website
St. Theodore Guerin on the NCCS-BSA website
Bl. Miguel Pro on the NCCS-BSA website

For more information on all 20 of the Footsteps of American Saints activities, please visit this page!

Concerns of the Catholic Youth Apostolate Regarding Girl Scouts of USA

Scouting and the Church's Mission

Ministering to the youth is a vital aspect of the Archdiocese of Saint Louisí mission. This is accomplished in a variety of ways, including scouting programs for boys and girls.
Over the past three years, some issues and concerns have surfaced surrounding Girl Scouts USA and their relationship with World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, their international umbrella organization. The following letter, addressed to the priests and faithful of the Archdiocese of Saint Louis, was released by the Catholic Youth Apostolate in order to provide more information on this topic.
For more information, please contact Fr. Brian Fischer at 314.792.7602.

Ministering to the youth is a vital aspect of the Archdiocese of Saint Louis' mission. This is accomplished in a variety of ways, including scouting programs for boys and girls.

Over the past three years, some issues and concerns have surfaced surrounding Girl Scouts of USA and their relationship with World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, their international umbrella organization. The following letter, addressed to the priests and faithful of the Archdiocese of Saint Louis, was released by the Catholic Youth Apostolate in order to provide more information on this topic.

For more information, please contact Fr. Brian Fischer by phone at 314.792.7602 or by email.

Letter From the Catholic Youth Apostolate

November 11, 2014

 

Dear priests and faithful of the Archdiocese, 

Peace be with you! 

For the past three years, the Catholic Youth Apostolate, Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri (GSEM) and concerned parents have been in dialogue to confront the many issues and concerns surrounding Girl Scouts USA (GSUSA) and their relationship with the international umbrella organization, World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS). 

In addition, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has been in dialogue on a national level with GSUSA. As a result of those meetings, the USCCB issued a Question and Answer statement. It can be found here on the USCCB website. 

As Bishop Rice also stated in a letter addressed to all priests in June, the Girl Scout program has enjoyed a long history of cooperation with our Catholic parishes. On that note, the Catholic Youth Apostolate commends the service of the dedicated Girl Scout troop leaders who have volunteered their time and effort with the very best intentions and motivations to provide a program that helps our Catholic girls grow in leadership and character. 

However, GSUSA is a secular organization, and as such does not fully promote the teachings of the Catholic Church. Secular organizations are prone to move with the culture and trends of the world, which are certainly not always in line with the 2,000 year history and tradition of the Catholic Church. 

I wanted to highlight just a few of the concerns that have surfaced. (This list is not exhaustive by any means): 

  • WAGGGS supports and promotes "sexual and reproductive health and rights," and in many of their materials promotes artificial contraception and abortion. 
  • GSUSA pays in excess of $1,000,000 each year as membership dues to WAGGGS. This total is based on the total number of girls registered as members in GSUSA. The funds come from investments income. However, by having girls in our parishes as registered Girl Scouts, more money goes to WAGGGS. Many of the programs WAGGGS offers do not support Catholic teaching and tradition. 
  • "World Thinking Day" is an optional program within Girl Scouts that has a fundraising component for WAGGGS within it. 
  • Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinem are frequently presented as role models in Girl Scout materials. They promote and teach a worldview that is contrary to Catholic tradition. 
  • The Journeys series (GSUSA's manuals) contain many other role models and organizations that promote views contrary to Church teaching as well. Some of these were removed after we raised concerns, but certainly not all. 
  • It seems counterproductive to me that we need to be so vigilant in identifying problematic areas within GSUSA material. If we are using a program to help shape and form our girls into faithful women of God, shouldn't we offer and promote solid programs that help enrich their faith life? 

    Quoting Bishop Rice's letter to the priests again, he said, 

    The Office of Catholic Scouting states that 'Our Ministry is to bring the message of Jesus Christ to youth and adults involved in scouting through faith formation programs and retreats...' Since parents are the 'first teachers of their children in the ways of faith' (Baptism Ritual), we must do our best to offer programs that support parents as they fulfill their mission. To that end, there are two additional resources to assist in the faith formation of girls, the American Heritage Girls (Christian) and Little Flowers Girls Club (Catholic). I encourage you to familiarize yourself with these viable scouting options for girls.

    I encourage anyone interested in finding out more about these two groups to visit their websites: 

  • American Heritage Girls: www.ahgonline.org 
  • Little Flower Girls Club: www.beholdpublications.com/LFGC_home.htm 
  • I am pleased to say that we are in the process of forming a committee to support these groups within our Catholic Scouting Ministry office for the whole Archdiocese. In addition, all of the Catholic formation programs and retreats offered by the Catholic Youth Apostolate will continue to be open to any and all girls seeking to grow in their knowledge and love of the Catholic faith. 

    Our long history with the Girl Scouts does not make this an easy issue to address; however the culture is changing. Our faith can oftentimes set us apart from what is popular and trending in the world, so here we begin to feel that pull. While secular programs feel they must change with the culture to survive, Jesus calls us to stand in the truth. 

    Please meet with your pastor if you would like to establish one of the recommended faith based groups in your parish. I also encourage you to engage in the many faith formation programs and retreats we offer through the Catholic Scouting Ministry office, so together we can help shape and form our girls into faithful women of God. 

    Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. We in the Catholic Youth Apostolate are here to serve you. 

     

    Yours in Christ, 

    Father Brian Fischer
    Executive Director 
    Catholic Youth Apostolate

    Venturers Can Now Earn Ad Altare Dei

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    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.

    Scout Sunday Prayer Service

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    105 Years of Youth Ministry -"A Scout is Reverent" - The Scout Sunday Prayer service will be held on February 1, 2015, at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, in the Central West End. The prayer service is where many of the Catholic unit awards and other faith formation awards for the scouts are presented.
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    Scout Sunday Prayer Service at the Cathedral

    Date: February 1, 2015 – 2:30 p.m.-3:45 p.m. (Arrive no later than 2:00 p.m.)

    Place: Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (on Lindell Blvd.)

    All of the Ad Altare Dei and Pope Pius XII awards are presented at the Cathedral Basilica. The requirements must be completed and  the application received in the Office of Catholic Scouting Ministry no later than January 15th of each year.

    What awards are presented at the Cathedral?
    All Scouts who have earned the Ad Altare Dei and the Pope Pius XII awards will be presented at the Cathedral. The Archbishops unit award, Chaplians unit award, the National Catholic Quality unit award along with the adult St. George award will also be presented at the Cathedral.

    How can we have Parvuli Dei Parish Representatives at the Cathedral?
    On a first come, first serve basis we have parish representatives for the Parvuli Dei awards at the Cathedral ceremony. We accept a total of 50 youth Diocesan wide earning the Parvuli Dei award to be a representative. Contact the Catholic Scouting Ministry office with your estimated number of Scouts and the parish name. Applications are due for this group of scouts (presented at the Cathedral) on December 1 of every year.

    All Scouts who have earned the Light of Christ and the Parvuli Dei awards are presented in the local parishes with the exception of these Parvuli Dei parish representatives.

    Why is Scout Sunday celebrated on different dates?
    Some parishes celebrate Scout Sunday on the actual anniversary and some celebrate in other months. Some times, its a matter of scheduleing and other events going on in the parishes. There is no right or wrong time  to celebrate Scout Sunday in your parish!

    Scout Sunday Bulletin Covers for your local Parish
    If you are interested in having a Scout Sunday cover for your local parish bulletin, please contact your pastor to get permission. The person that edits the bulletin can then choose the cover by going to the company that produces the bulletins for your parish.

    Currently the two companies that service the St. Louis Archdioces are:

    J.S. Paluch.Co., Inc. www.PaluchPartners.com  and Liturgical Publications, Inc.  www.4LPi.com

    Liturgical Publications, Inc is pleased to make available for all parishes complimentary bulletin cover art for Scout Sunday, February 8, 2015, in the Archdiocese of St. Louis. The cover art is available in full-color or in black-and-white. Any parish can use the commemorative cover, even if LPi is not your current bulletin publisher. The cover is available on LPi’s Art & Media Portal at www.Portal.4LPi.com. Current customers should log in as usual. If you are not an LPi customer, enter promo code “SCOUTS15” in the “Have a promo code?” field and click Redeem. Complete the remainder of the fields and click Submit to receive complimentary access to all of LPi’s clip art and reflections for 30 days. To quickly find the Scout Sunday covers, all you will have to do is enter the keyword “St. Louis” in the search bar on the upper left-hand side of the Web page. If you have questions about Portal, or have difficulty registering, please contact Lynne Buell at (800) 950-9952, ext. 2549, or e-mail her at LBuell@4LPi.com.  

    Catholic Cub Day 2015

    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.
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    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 and Adult or Parent.

    Walk-in's are welcome but at $8.00 for each Scout and 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    through    H                                   1 rib of celery

                            I     through    M                                 1 medium onion

                           N    through    S                                        1 carrot

                           T    through    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.

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