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Paul Masek is the Director of The REAP Team. He is married to Lisa, and they have four children - Jacob, Audrey, Kyle, and Dominic. Paul likes normal sports like hunting, fishing, wiffle ball, and extreme hackey-sack. He wrote a book called "Stirring it Up" and he loves social media.  You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram, be his friend on Facebookemail himread his blog, or call him at 314.608.5447.

Rachel Leininger is the REAP Team's Chastity Educator. She got married to David in August of 2015 - so, obviously, they are experts on marriage. She loves St. Louis Cardinals baseball, coffee dates, travelling, and youth ministry - especially at her parish, Incarnate Word in Chesterfield. She studied Creative Writing and Theology at Saint Louis University, and wrote a book about how to be Catholic in High School called The Next Step. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram, be her friend on Facebookemail her, and read her blog.  She blogs over at lifeteen.com and ibelieveinlove.com, too! Her digits are 314.971.3153.

Kristina Radley is the REAP Team’s part-time Retreat Leader. She is married to a tall, gorgeous man named David, and they are very proud pet parents of a cat named Crookshanks and a dog named Soybean. When she isn’t posting pictures of her cat on Instagram, she enjoys being inside, reading books where the heroes are cute, cantankerous old men, and playing card games with her husband that usually end with her winning. You can follow her on Instagram, (you have already been warned about the excessive pet photos), Twitter, or friend her on Facebook. She obsessively fidgets with her phone, so you can call her at 573.433.0363.

Humor in Ministry

Adolescent Humor and Its Use on REAP Team Retreats
By Paul Masek, Director of the REAP Team

Why This Document?
Occasionally, adult leaders from parishes and schools that utilize the services of the REAP Team have questioned the appropriateness of our use of adolescent humor. Since we take all constructive criticism of this ministry quite seriously, this document will attempt to explain the key reasons why the REAP Team prefers to use adolescent humor in our ministry with teens.

The Use of Humor in Retreat Ministry
Many teens (and adults, for that matter) come to a retreat with a preconceived notion that a retreat (and faith, Church and even God) are ‘boring and stupid'. In our experience, humor disarms this notion, and breaks down walls, since it is nearly impossible to think of anything as boring and stupid if you are laughing and having fun. Also, we want to communicate to teens that people who love God and are into their faith can also be normal - we can laugh and have fun and be silly, since many teens (and even some adults) believe that faith and fun are mutually exclusive. Finally, we have found that humor engages people, and that laughter opens up people's hearts. There have even been scientific studies that indicate that laughter is a healing force and can be therapeutic. We find in our ministry a direct correlation between the amount of laughter and fun on a retreat and students' ability to get serious, deep, and make a commitment to Jesus Christ, His teachings, and His Church.

No Negative Humor
In the explanation at the beginning of a REAP retreat, we make it clear that we are on a crusade against ‘negative humor.' We begin each retreat by asking students not to use this kind of humor during our retreats, and we strive not to use it either. We have met hundreds of teens and adults who have been deeply wounded by negative humor, which we define as the kind of humor that is sarcastic, mean-spirited, and makes fun of other people because of their race, ethnic background, clothing styles, hair color, age, mental capabilities, and physical limitations. Many of us carry deep scars in our hearts from being laughed at, and some people have needed ongoing prayer, regular opportunities to forgive other people, and even therapy to be healed of effects of negative humor. It is unacceptable on a REAP Team retreat.

What is Adolescent Humor?
Adolescent humor is the humor of teenagers, who are not quite children and not quite adults; it can be silly, outrageous, gross, and disgusting. It sometimes deals with things that are embarrassing and shocking. Some specific examples of adolescent humor, which is often sprinkled throughout REAP Team retreats, are jokes about the planet Uranus, a joke about running over a bunny rabbit and then reviving it, and our after-meal entertainment called "The Spontaneous Melodrama," which includes a character acting like a dog.

Concerns
I understand the objections to our use of adolescent humor - although the majority of adults we work with love and understand our use of this style of humor, and actually appreciate the fact that we use it. Some adult leaders believe that this style of humor is in poor taste, and yet most of these same adults would agree that it is more important for us to reach teens and connect with them on our retreats than it is to connect with the adults who brought them. If we can do both, of course, that is better, but our top priority is to connect with teens. I believe that in light of our goals, the benefits of adolescent humor far outweigh any negative effects.

Why Adolescent Humor?
We do not utilize adolescent humor flippantly. The primary reason we use adolescent humor is because we work with adolescents, and desire to reach them where they are at. St. Paul actually encourages us in the Bible to be "all things to all people", so we try to get into the mind of a teenager when we tell our jokes. The things that adolescents find funny can be different than what some older adults find funny. I do not believe that our use of adolescent humor has ever been an obstacle to teens responding the Gospel - no teenager that I can recall has ever shared with me that they have been "turned off" or "scandalized" by our use of adolescent humor. As a matter of fact, what we do on our retreats is actually quite tame compared to many things teens hear, discuss, and joke about among themselves on a regular basis.

I personally believe that the use of adolescent humor is a matter of style and personal taste rather than an issue of biblical or moral acceptability. I have prayed about this issue at length, discussed it with many professional youth ministers and pastoral leaders, sought the advice of people who are far wiser than I am, and have even brought this issue before my own spiritual director - and the overwhelming majority of those who I have discussed this issue with do not consider the use of adolescent humor problematic in retreat ministry. As a matter of fact, they see its value.

Adolescent humor has the effect of destroying labels. As mentioned above, most students come into one of our retreats expecting the day to be boring and stupid. Sometimes this is because they see religion, faith, and God in the same way. I have experienced that when teens see us having fun and joking about things that they think are funny, they begin to think that we might actually be cool and be people that they can relate to. The use of adolescent humor is not an end in itself; it is a tool to reach teenagers, and should be evaluated in light of our overall ability to reach teens.

I have personally experienced that in almost any crowd there are some "tough kids" who aren't easily engaged by traditional means. I can't tell you how many times I have looked out into a crowd and seen teens with faces of stone, seemingly convinced that they will not have fun or laugh on a retreat. It is amazing to me how something as simple as jokes about the planet Uranus can make even the toughest kids (especially teenage boys) crack a smile, and enter into the day. If we are to reach teens with the message of the Gospel, we need to have their attention first. Shocking them with adolescent humor early in the day (though hopefully never in a morally offensive way) is a great way to get their attention. If you imagine the REAP Team's repertoire as a giant toolbox, adolescent humor is only one tool, but it is an important one. We like to think of it as a tool for "hard to reach places." The hearts of some teens are just such places.

Another reason we utilize adolescent humor along with other nontraditional methodologies (dramas, skits, entertainment, breaks, recreation) is because of time restraints. Principals, priests, teachers, and parish youth ministers have the privilege of a long-term relationship with teens; the REAP Team does not enjoy that luxury. We don't have an entire school year or an entire grade school/high school career to get to know students, for them to get to know us, or for them to open up. Usually we only have a several hours. This makes it all the more critical that we get their attention and draw them in as quickly as possible.

Why Not Other Jokes and Other Humor?
In the many years that the REAP Team has been doing retreat ministry, we have discovered some things that really ‘work' in adolescent retreat ministry. We prefer to use every tool that works well, and we believe that adolescent humor is an excellent tool for reaching teens. And, one of the things that makes the REAP Team unique is precisely the unexpected use of this type of humor. Many people who work in the Church tell jokes, but adolescent humor is what we find to be the funniest to adolescents (based upon daily experience observing crowd reactions), so we prefer to use it.

Finally, teenagers who have joined the REAP Team as a direct result of being on our retreats, who are some of the teens I know who are most profoundly committed to Christ and to spreading the Gospel, have told me that they think adolescent humor is a critical component of what the REAP Team does. They agree that it is an important tool, which reaches their peers for ultimately the greatest goal of making a commitment to Christ.

In Conclusion
Now that you understand some of the key reasons the REAP Team utilizes adolescent humor, I would ask you to very prayerfully consider its use on retreats with your students in the future. Please know that we do in fact pray before every retreat about every aspect of that particular retreat, begging God that He reach even the most hardened of hearts. We pray that students will laugh and open up early, and that He will make us funny, not for our glory, but for His. Adolescent humor opens teens up for the greater purpose of responding the message of the Gospel, and that is why we believe in it. It is a tool that I would prefer to keep in our ministry's toolbox. However, should any adult leader decide that this kind of humor is too much of an obstacle either for yourself or for any of the other adult leaders at your parish, please let me know. We are willing to do our best to tweak and modify what we do on specific retreats, even if that means eliminating specific jokes and skits. We would obviously be disappointed, for all of the reasons mentioned above. Yet, this is something that I am willing to discuss. I will continue to pray about this matter, and I ask you to do the same.

Privacy Policy

People often want to contact our volunteers directly. Here are our guidelines for such communication.

The REAP Team Privacy Policy

REAP Team volunteers are not allowed to exchange personal information, including phone numbers, email addresses, social media information, or mailing addresses with anyone (whether adults or teens) following a REAP retreat on which he or she served. REAP Team volunteers can be contacted either by emailing a REAP Team staff member (who will then forward the message to the REAP Team volunteer), or by snail mail sent to the REAP Team office. If further ministry is needed, especially one-on-one ministry, it will transpire with a REAP Team staff member, and if the issue is a chastity-related issue, the ministry will be done with the involvement of a staff member of the same sex.

The Rationale Behind the Policy

Volunteer’s Time & Expertise
The focus of REAP Team volunteers is to minister at scheduled retreats, and therefore further ministry with individuals is beyond the scope of the their commitment. Most volunteers are full-time students or have full-time jobs, in addition other volunteer work they may do in their parishes and communities. Our volunteers are not asked, nor are they trained, to provide one-on-one ministry to the young people or adults they serve on retreats. Therefore, this policy protects our volunteers’ time and keeps them focused on the ministry they do on our retreats. Additionally, this policy reflects the intentions of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, specifically those regarding “Protecting God’s Children.” We want to avoid any appearance of impropriety, as well as potentially complicated situations that can occur from personal contact outside of the retreat setting – whether with members of the same sex, or of the opposite sex.

Staff Members
REAP Team Staff members are trained youth ministers who are able to best help young people grow in faith after a REAP retreat. They are here to help. To find out who is on staff, or who you might connect with best, please read about our staff on the Contact Us page. If you've been through difficult times, have a question about faith or just want to stay connected to someone on REAP, the staff is alway available.

Contacting REAP Team Volunteers

Should you wish to send a personal note to a REAP Team volunteer, there are several options. You can write them a note on your retreat evaluation form, and it will be copied and given to them. You can send an email message or Facebook message to any staff member of the REAP Team, addressing the message to a volunteer, and it will be forwarded to them (since some volunteers do many retreats, please indicate the date and location of the retreat you attended). And, you can send a note to their attention at the REAP Team office (The REAP Team, 27 Grand Circle Drive, Maryland Heights, MO 63043). Although ongoing dialogue with a REAP Team volunteer is not allowed, it does bless our volunteers to know that they are making a difference, so feel free to contact them in any of these ways!

Finally, please know that you can feel free to contact a REAP staff member at any time. If you ever feel like you need a safe place to ask questions you have about any thing at any time, we are here for you. Though it can take us a little bit of time to get back to you when our schedule is hectic, we always reply personally to every email and letter that we receive.

Financial Support

Interested in helping REAP financially? Here's how you can.

The ministry of the REAP Team of St. Louis depends upon a grant from the ACA (Annual Catholic Appeal), retreat fees and private donations for its existence. And, although we ask for a suggested stipend for our services, it is the policy of our ministry that we never want our fee to be an obstacle to an opportunity to work with God’s people. We periodically give retreats for less than our suggested stipend and we are even willing to do retreats for free for those who cannot afford to pay.

If you are interested in making a donation to support the ministry of the REAP Team, you can send a check or money order, payable to The REAP Team, to this address

The REAP Team
27 Grand Circle Drive
Maryland Heights, MO 63043

You can also make a gift to the REAP Team online!

Please note that the REAP Team is a non-profit, tax-exempt outreach of the Catholic Youth Apostolate of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

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History

The REAP (Retreat Evangelization and Prayer) Team is a Catholic youth retreat ministry of the Archdiocese of Saint Louis, under the Catholic Youth Apostolate. The REAP team is composed of adults and teenagers who are specially trained to minister the Gospel and God’s love to others, particularly young people.

The team of two full-time employees, one part-time employee, and over one hundred volunteers use comedy, skits, faith sharing, games, and music to present and open up discussion for youth regarding their faith in Jesus Christ. REAP tailors the subject manner of the retreat to the specific audience at hand, working closely with the contacts of the representative school or organization. Some topics are inherently more religious in nature, such as God’s love, Confirmation, ways to pray, the power of the Holy Spirit, and Catholic identity. Other topics also incorporate elements of faith, but are more focused on issues relating to the adolescent experience, such as chastity/abstinence, self-image, peer pressure, and drug and alcohol resistance. All of the above topics may be used separately or in combination with each other.

The REAP Team is rooted in personal testimony. Paul Masek founded The REAP Team in 1989. After a struggle with drug abuse as a high school student in the late 1970s, in 1983 Paul made a deeper commitment to his Catholic faith while at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. During his college years, Paul became interested in youth ministry. After graduating from Benedictine with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English in 1986, Paul started performing random youth group work. During the mid-1980’s, Paul worked at St. Joachim and Ann parish in St. Charles and in the Charismatic Renewal Office, an agency of the Saint Louis Archdiocese.

In the fall of 1988, the Charismatic Renewal Office sent Paul to a six-week training program on youth ministry with the National Evangelization Team (NET), a Catholic organization focused on youth ministry. NET is a national group of eighteen- to twenty-seven-year-olds who commit one year of their lives to serve Jesus Christ by traveling the country and giving retreats. Paul went to the NET training not to join the organization, but rather to get some insights on youth ministry.

After he went through the NET training program, Paul had a vision of a different kind of NET, a Saint Louis based version with a few differences. While NET participants would have to leave their work and families behind for a whole year, Paul envisioned a local organization where participants could hold down a job, school, or a family and simultaneously volunteer and minister the Gospel to youth in the bi-state area. Also, NET was confined to eighteen to twenty-seven year old members. Paul’s ideal organization would encompass volunteers from thirteen years old to retirement age. Thus, incorporating variations from NET, in 1989 Paul Masek officially created the Retreat, Evangelization, and Prayer Team (REAP).

Paul chose the name of his organization to be “REAP” for several reasons: he thought about it, and prayed about it, and liked the biblical relevance of the word “reap.” Passages in the Old Testament and New Testament, including various verses in Leviticus, Deuteronomy 24:19, Exodus 23:16, Ecclesiastes 11:4, and Luke 9:21, make references towards “you reap what you sow,” “reaping” in general, and “harvesting.”

The REAP Team has always operated as an agency of the Archdiocese of Saint Louis. Originally, REAP was a part of the Charismatic Renewal Office. After some time, it moved to the Religious Education Department of the Catholic Education Office, then to the Office of Youth Ministry, and is now its own department of the Catholic Youth Apostolate. REAP is financed by retreat fees, private donations, and the support of the Annual Catholic Appeal.

Since its founding in 1989, The REAP Team has grown significantly. It began with one person’s vision, the current director, Paul Masek. Paul has led the REAP team through its growth and development. During its first year of ministry, 19 total team members presented 43 retreats to 1900 participants. For over ten years, Paul relied on generous volunteers to help REAP carry out its mission. In 2000, a generous donor asked Paul if there was anything the REAP team needed, telling him to dream big. Paul said he would like to have another full-time worker beside himself, who would focus specifically on the topic of chastity. Unfortunately though, The REAP Team didn’t have enough funds to pay for an additional full-time worker’s salary. The donor made a financial commitment to REAP, promising to pay the new full-time worker’s salary for four years.

Paul didn’t even advertise the new full-time position because he already had the perfect match for the job. Heather Gallagher (now Vento) had been volunteering for the REAP team for over eight years, as a high school and college student, and had always been especially gifted in promoting the message of chastity - a key focus on many REAP Team retreats.

Chastity is an applicable way to live for people of all lifestyles: single, married, and religious. Chastity allows youths and all others to train themselves to respect sexuality as a gift from God and as a commitment to their future spouse. REAP presenters talk about the gift as sexuality as an inherently good thing when used at the right time, consistent with God’s vision of human sexuality. The REAP Team, using personal testimony, breaks down the barriers of the sensitive subject and opens up discussion on issues such as pregnancy, virginity, secondary virginity, sexually transmitted diseases, and chastity.

The REAP Team has even presented a retreat at a public high school on the topic of abstinence. On February 8, 2001, the retreat at Madison High School, appropriately titled “Let’s Talk About Abstinence,” was REAP’s first completely secular event. The principal of the school explicitly requested that The REAP Team keep “church and state” separate since they were speaking in a public school. REAP planned a retreat focused on the message of abstinence and the benefits of living a “healthy lifestyle.” They focused on talking about waiting until marriage, and how doing so keeps one free from physical and emotional consequences. Like virtually all REAP events, this retreat was rooted in positive personal testimony. REAP leaders spoke about their own personal experiences with abstinence, secondary virginity, regrets, and building trust for the future.

Over the years, the ministry of The REAP Team has expanded to reach young people of all ages - from second graders preparing for their first sacraments, to middle school students, high school teens, parents, Confirmation sponsors, faculty, and staff, REAP will do their best to meet any needs, in and around the Archdiocese of Saint Louis. Since 1989, The REAP Team has served over 265,000 people through nearly 4,000 ministry events. God willing, REAP will continue to serve the St. Louis area for many years to come.

Booking Information

How can the REAP Team serve you?

The REAP Team is available to serve your church or school, and though our primary mission is here in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, we are willing to make special arrangements to travel outside of the Archdiocese (see below). We are able to present retreats and mini-retreats for grade school, junior high, high school, parent, faculty, young adult, and adult groups. We are available on weekdays, weekends, and evenings.

What are your responsibilities?

Should you decide to book a retreat with the REAP Team, please contact us well in advance with several options of dates. It is not uncommon for some schools and parishes to secure our services over one year in advance of the actual retreat date. We ask our local contact person to be responsible for getting us important background information about the group (including any significant pastoral issues), reserving an adequate retreat facility, room set-up, and any snacks or meals that will be a part of the retreat. In some instances, retreatants are asked to bring a brown bag lunch to retreats; if this is the case, we still ask that you please provide lunch for REAP Team members who are presenting the retreat. If sacramental needs are discerned, the local contact person is responsible for recruiting any priests who might be needed. Finally, depending upon the size of the group attending any given retreat, we also might need some local help to facilitate small discussion groups.

What is the cost of a REAP Retreat?

Below is our retreat fee schedule for the 2017-2018 school year. Due to the increased costs of doing ministry, we have raised our retreat fees and have updated our travel reimbursement policy for this school year for the first time in six years, and we hope that it will not be prohibitive of anyone utilizing our services in the future. We are simply hoping to get closer to being "in the black" so that our ministry will continue to reach God's people for many years to come. The REAP Team depends primarily upon retreat fees and private donations for its existence, though we also receive some funding from the Archdiocesan Annual Catholic Appeal.

Updated Retreat Fee Information for 2017-2018

Service Fee
Our minimum fee for any ministry event is… $300.00
For a retreat for up to 25 people we ask… $130/hour
For a retreat for 26-50 people we ask… $140/hour
For a retreat for 51-75 people we ask… $160/hour
For a retreat for 76-100 people we ask… $170/hour
For a retreat for 101-125 people we ask… $180/hour
For a retreat for 126-150 people we ask… $190/hour
For a retreat for 151-175 people we ask… $200/hour
For a retreat for 176-200 people we ask… $210/hour
For a retreat for over 200 people we ask… $230/hour
For an overnight retreat, we ask… $2000.00
 

Updated Travel Reimbursement Policy for 2017-2018

 
We are eliminating the the mileage reimbursemet fee for groups outside of our Archdiocese, and will instead be charging a new travel reimbursement fee. This travel fee will be calculated by determining the number of hours (in 15 minute intervals) for round trip travel from our ministry office at 27 Grand Circle Drive in Maryland Heights, MO to the retreat venue - using Google Maps. This travel fee will be half of the hourly rate for that particular event.
 
(Therefore, if our round trip travel time is one hour, and your group has between 51-75 attendees, your travel fee will be $80 in addition to your regular retreat fee).
 
Again, this travel reimbursement fee is only for groups outside of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

REAP Retreats Outside of the Greater St. Louis Area

The REAP Team's general policy is not to drive any further than two hours from our headquarters in Maryland Heights, MO to present a retreat; our experience has shown that driving more than that becomes too burdensome on our staff members and volunteers. However, we have recently begun doing some retreats at a greater distance than this, provided that a few team members can be flown in. The parish or school is thus charged our regular retreat fee (as stated above) along with incurring the costs for meals, rooms and travel. These events need to be booked well in advance and during a time that is not too hectic for retreats here in St. Louis.  Additionally, it can be helpful if a couple of parishes work together in organizing the REAP Team's visit to another city, in order to maximize the ministry and share expenses.

How can you get more information?

Feel free to call or e-mail Paul Masek, the director of the REAP Team, for any questions regarding program fees and the availability of specific dates. Paul's email address is paul@reapteam.org and his phone number is 314.608.5447

Retreat Scholarships

If any group that is a part of the Archdiocese of St. Louis cannot afford our retreat fee, we have scholarships available. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer scholarships to groups outside of our Archdiocese.

 

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2017-2018 REAP Team Retreat Calendar

Here is our list of retreats for the first semester of the 2017-2018 school year (as of 9.18.17) ~
 
Tuesday, 9/19/17 from 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. for Marquette Catholic High School in Alton, IL: Class Retreat for 100 Freshmen
 
Thursday, 9/21/17 from 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. for Rosati-Kain High School in St. Louis, MO: Class Retreat for 64 Sophomores
 
Thursday, 9/21/17 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. for Holy Trinity, All Souls, and Presentation Parishes in St. Ann, MO: First Reconciliation Retreat for 25 - 2nd Graders & 35 Parents
 
Friday, 9/22/17 from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. for St. Margaret Mary Alacoque School in St. Louis, MO: Class Retreat for 52 - 5th Graders
 
Monday, 9/25/17 from 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. for Springfield Catholic High School in Springfield, MO: Class Retreat for 98 Freshmen
 
Monday, 9/25/17 from 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. for St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Springfield, MO: Confirmation Retreat for 40 - Freshmen & Sophomores
 
Tuesday, 9/26/17 from 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. for Springfield Catholic High School in Springfield, MO: Class Retreat for 102 Sophomores
 
Thursday, 9/28/17 from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. for Chaminade College Preparatory in St. Louis, MO: Class Retreat for 43 Sophomore Men
 
Friday, 9/29/17 from 8:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. for Ascension School in Chesterfield, MO: Class Retreat for 32 - 8th Graders
 
Sunday, 10/1/17 from 12:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. for St. John the Baptist Parish in Villa Ridge, MO: Confirmation Retreat for 17 - 8th Graders & 17 Sponsors
 
Sunday, 10/1/17 from 1:15 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. for Sacred Heart Parish in Valley Park, MO: Confirmation Retreat for 91 - 8th Graders & 91 Sponsors
 
Monday, 10/2/17 from 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. for St. Simon School in St. Louis, MO: Class Retreat for 38 - 8th Graders
 
Tuesday, 10/3/17 from 4:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. for Ste. Genevieve du Bois Parish in St. Louis, MO: Confirmation Retreat for 20 - 8th Graders & 20 Sponsors
 
Wednesday, 10/4/17 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. for Holy Trinity School in Fairview Heights, IL: Class Retreat for 63 - 6th thru 8th Graders
 
Friday, 10/6/17 from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. for St. Francis Borgia High School in Washington, MO: Class Retreat for 154 Sophomores
 
Sunday, 10/8/17 from 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. for Cure of Ars Parish in Leawood, KS: Confirmation Retreat for 80 - 8th Graders & 80 Sponsors
 
Tuesday, 10/10/17 from 9:00 a.m. - 2:15 p.m. for Incarnate Word Academy in St. Louis, MO: Class Retreat for 82 Sophomore Women
 
Tuesday, 10/10/17 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. for Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Washington, MO: First Reconciliation Retreat for 61 - 2nd Graders & 100 Parents
 
Thursday, 10/12/17 from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. for St. Peter School in Kirkwood, MO: Class Retreat for 30 - 8th Graders
 
Friday, 10/13/17 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. for Northeast County Deanery in Florissant, MO: Confirmation Rally Retreat for 230 - 8th Graders
 
Saturday, 10/14/17 from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. for Church of Our Lady & Sacred Heart Parishes in Festus, MO: Confirmation Retreat for 45 - 8th Graders & 45 Sponsors
 
Sunday, 10/15/17 from 11:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. for Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Washington, MO: Confirmation Retreat for 47 - 8th Graders & 47 Sponsors
 
Sunday, 10/15/17 from 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. for All Saints Parish in St. Peters, MO: Confirmation Retreat for 70 - 8th Graders & 70 Sponsors
 
Monday, 10/16/17 from 8:15 a.m. - 2:45 p.m. for Mary, Queen of Peace Parish in Webster Groves, MO: Class Retreat for 49 - 5th Graders
 
Tuesday, 10/17/17 from 6:15 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. for Assumption Parish in O'Fallon, MO: Confirmation Retreat for 65 - 8th Graders
 
Wednesday, 10/18/17 from 8:50 a.m. - 2:50 p.m. for Assumption Parish in O'Fallon, MO: Confirmation Retreat for 34 - 8th Graders
 
Thursday, 10/19/17 from 9:00 a.m. - 2:15 p.m. for St. Clare School in O'Fallon, IL: Class Retreat for 40 - 8th Graders
 
Saturday, 10/21/17 from 11:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. for St. Paul Parish in St. Paul, MO: Confirmation Retreat for 20 - 8th Graders & 20 Sponsors
 
Sunday, 10/22/17 from 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. for St. Francis Borgia Parish in Washington, MO: Confirmation Retreat for 33 - 8th Graders
 
Monday, 10/23/17 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. for St. Francis Borgia Parish in Washington, MO: First Reconciliation Retreat for 34 - 2nd Graders & 50 Parents
 
Tuesday, 10/24/17 from 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. for Marquette Catholic High School in Alton, IL: Class Retreat for 52 Sophomore Women
 
Wednesday, 10/25/17 from 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. for Marquette Catholic High School in Alton, IL: Class Retreat for 35 Sophomore Men
 
Thursday, 10/26/17 from 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. for Immaculate Conception Parish in Old Monroe, MO: Confirmation Retreat for 29 - 8th Graders
 
Sunday, 10/29/17 from 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. for Holy Spirit Parish in Maryland Heights, MO: Confirmation Retreat for 37 - 8th Graders & 37 Sponsors
 
Monday, 10/30/17 from 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. for Gibault High School in Waterloo, IL: Overnight Class Retreat for 48 Seniors
 
Tuesday, 10/31/17 from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. for Gibault High School in Waterloo, IL: Overnight Class Retreat for 48 Seniors
 
Saturday, 11/4/17 from 3:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. for St. Francis Xavier (College) Church in St. Louis, MO: Confirmation Retreat for 18 - 8th Graders
 
Sunday, 11/5/17 from 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. for Multi-Parish in Quincy, IL: Confirmation Retreat for 60 - 8th Graders & 60 Sponsors
 
Monday, 11/6/17 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. for St. Paul Parish in Fenton, MO: First Reconciliation Retreat for 62 - 2nd Graders & 100 Parents
 
Tuesday, 11/7/2017 from 8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. for St. Francis of Assisi School in St. Louis, MO: Class Retreat for 13 - 6th Graders
 
Tuesday, 11/7/2017 from 12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. for St. Francis of Assisi School in St. Louis, MO: Class Retreat for 21 - 7th Graders
 
Tuesday, 11/7/17 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. for St. Justin Martyr Parish in St. Louis, MO: Chastity Retreat for 34 - 8th Graders & Parents
 
Thursday, 11/9/2017 from 8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. for St. Francis of Assisi School in St. Louis, MO: Class Retreat for 27 - 4th Graders
 
Thursday, 11/9/2017 from 12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. for St. Francis of Assisi School in St. Louis, MO: Class Retreat for 18 - 5th Graders
 
Sunday, 11/12/17 from 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. for Multi-Parish in Quincy, IL: Confirmation Retreat for 60 - 8th Graders & 60 Sponsors
 
Wednesday, 11/15/17 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. for St. Theodore Parish in Wentzville, MO: First Reconciliation Retreat for 34 - 2nd Graders & 50 Parents
 
Sunday, 11/19/17 from 12:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. for St. Anselm Parish in Creve Coeur, MO: Confirmation Retreat for 20 - 8th Graders
 
Monday, 11/20/17 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. for Immacolata Parish in St. Louis, MO: First Reconciliation Retreat for 2nd Graders & Parents
 
Tuesday, 11/28/17 from 8:00 a.m. - 8:51 a.m. for St. Louis Priory in St. Louis, MO: Chastity Presentation for 130 - 7th & 8th Grade Men
 
Wednesday, 11/29/17 from 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. for Chaminade College Preparatory in St. Louis, MO: Overnight Class Retreat for 37 Sophomore Men
 
Thursday, 11/30/17 from 9:00 a.m. - 1:45 p.m. for Chaminade College Preparatory in St. Louis, MO: Overnight Class Retreat for 37 Sophomore Men
 
Sunday, 12/3/17 from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. for St. Gerard Majella in Kirkwood, M0: Chastity Retreat for 60 - 7th Graders & 100 Parents
 
Monday, 12/4/17 from 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. for St. Bridget of Kildaire Parish in Pacific, MO: First Sacraments Retreat for 19 - 2nd Graders + 30 Parents
 
Tuesday, 12/5/17 from 8:45 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. for Ste. Genevieve Parish in Ste. Genevieve, MO: Confirmation Retreat for 31 - 8th Graders
 
Thursday, 12/7/17 from 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. for St. Rose Philippine Duchesne School in Florissant, MO: Class Retreat for 20 - 4th Graders
 
Thursday, 12/7/17 from 12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. for St. Rose Philippine Duchesne School in Florissant, MO: Class Retreat for 20 - 5th Graders
 
Monday, 12/11/17 from 8:15 a.m. - 2:45 p.m. for Mary, Queen of Peace Parish in Webster Groves, MO: Class Retreat for 49 - 6th Graders
 
Thursday, 12/14/17 from 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. for Holy Trinity School in St. Ann, MO: Class Retreat for 30 - 7th & 8th Graders

General Info

What is the REAP Team?

The REAP (Retreat Evangelization And Prayer) Team is a retreat ministry of the Catholic Youth Apostolate of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. The REAP Team consists of adults and teenagers who have been trained to convey the Gospel to young people of all ages. Members of the REAP Team have a personal commitment to Jesus Christ, a love for teenagers, respect for the Catholic Church, regular participation in Sunday worship, a personal prayer life, freedom from serious sin, regular reading of Scripture, and an openness to using the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

What does the REAP Team do?

Using humor, drama, skits, faith sharing, games, and music, the Team's focus is to touch young people's hearts, open their minds, and stir their souls with the love of Jesus Christ. The REAP Team works closely with the leaders of each group to whom they minister, in order to meet the specific needs of the audience. Our ministry events can be as short as one hour or as long as several days.

What is the purpose?

The purpose of a REAP retreat is three-fold. First, we strive to create an environment that will allow a young person the opportunity to experience (for the first time or in a deeper way) the personal love and call of the Lord Jesus Christ. Second, we try to give young people a positive experience of the Church through giving them the opportunity to share with other Christians who take their faith seriously. Third, we desire to help young people grow in their sense of belonging to a community of believers, especially the local Church.

How large is the REAP Team?

Each school year, there are over 100 members of The REAP Team, including two full-time staff members, one part-time employee, and many talented volunteers. The size of a team for any given retreat depends upon the time, location, date, and size of the event, but on average, 4-5 team members (including at least one staff person) present most of our ministry events.

What is the content of a REAP retreat?

Retreats may include a wide range of topics: God's Love, Self-Image, Confirmation, Chastity, Peer Pressure, Drug and Alcohol Resistance, Obstacles to God's Love, Prayer, Forgiveness, Freedom in Christ, The Power of the Holy Spirit, and Catholic Identity. These topics may be addressed either individually or in any combination.

Years of Experience

In nearly 30 years of ministry, The REAP Team has presented nearly 4000 ministry events, which have reached over 265,000 people with the Gospel of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

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