Fall 2003 Newsletter

REAP Team Newsletter
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Fall 2003

GIVEAWAY #10 ? Who is the ?Bible Geek??

As a popular & humorous Catholic speaker and author, this young man is president of LIFETEEN, lives in Phoenix, Arizona & helps the football Cardinals when they?re at home. Be one the first three people to reply with both the first and last name of the ?Bible Geek?, and you?ll win either a smiley-face hackey-sack (1st two respondents) or a New Testament Bible (3rd respondent). For a hint, search the LIFETEEN website www.lifeteen.com

News from our last giveaway!!! AND THE WINNERS ARE...

Michelle S. from Wildwood, Bob L. from Creve Coeur, Kyra G. from St. Louis, Megan W. from St. Charles and Jessica R. from St. Louis. All of them received a t-shirt for knowing that Mel Gibson is the extremely devout Christian who made a movie about the Passion of Christ?which graphically depicts Christ?s crucifixion and will be released in 2004.

Gibson?s Cool Quote on directing the movie: http://www.time.com/time/verbatim/20030707/5.html

More cool trailers: http://www.passion-movie.com/


Music News:

Many teens may not know Johnny Cash, but his recent death and video ?HURT? (a song written by Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails) has made national news. View the video that has affected many, as Cash obviously shows the shallowness of success and money.

HURT Video http://www.losthighwayrecords.com/e/cash11403.html
Article on Johnny Cash



MORE addicting games at www.addictinggames.com



John Kuehner?s Priestly Ordination took place this summer at St. Alphonsus "The Rock" Church in St. Louis. John was a REAPer at one time, and the first priestly vocation to come out of the REAP Team. CONGRATULATIONS FR. JOHN!

For the latest news on youth ministry events (teens, parents & youth workers are welcome), join the e-man program from the Office of Youth Ministry. You?ll receive a bi-weekly update as a subscriber.



Ask Heather

If you have a random question about LOVE, SEX, or RELATIONSHIPS, please send it my way (heather@reapteam.org). You might see your question published in future editions of this nifty little newsletter.

Dear Heather,
Ok. I don't exactly dress modestly. I wear low cut and tighter shirts, but I don't wear tight jeans I can barely button or skirts that reveal 1/2 my butt. I also made out with my boyfriend on many occasions when we were going out. Will any of this spoil my chastity honor (commitment) that I made to myself? Does this mean the only thing really left to do is loose my virginity? Because I really want to change and DON'T want to end up to where all I have to lose is my physical virginity.

Dear Friend,
It?s great to know that you find this column enlightening?thanks, and praise be to God who speaks to you through me. I?ll try to do my best to answer your question about living chastity using an analogy that makes sense to me.

Have you ever eaten cereal with a spoon? How about with a fork? Or a butcher knife? Okay, I?ll admit that I might have tried the fork at some point, but never the butcher knife. Why? Well, duh, the spoon gives me the most of what I want with the least amount of damage or loss. Chastity is like a ?spoon? to your love life. Having pre-marital sex is like eating cereal with a butcher knife?you don?t get much of what you want (in relationships) and you most likely get very hurt. Saving sex for marriage but not living chastely in other ways (as you?ve personally described) is like eating cereal with a fork?you get more of what you want, but it?s not nearly the best. Chastity gives us what we truly desire?the love, freedom, peace and healthy relationships that simply cannot be obtained other ways. We can choose much less, like choosing to eat cereal with a knife or fork, or we can trust God and receive all life and love has to offer. (the complete answer)


God provides the wind, but man must raise the sails. -Saint Augustine




For Young Women open to a Religious Vocation

Little Flower Society

The Little Flower Society provides an opportunity for young women (high school age) to learn more about the consecrated life in a casual setting. The meetings consist of prayer, a brief conference on various spiritual topics and a question and answer forum. This is also a great way to spend a short evening with those who share your interests.

For more info, including the location and upcoming dates for the Little Flower Society http://www.stlyouth.org/node/618


"Come, if you love" Discernment Retreat: Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George are hosting a weekend retreat for single Catholic women seriously considering a religious vocation, 17-30 years of age Friday, Oct. 17 to Sunday, Oct. 19, 2003. The cost is only $15.00. To get a registration form, call or email Sr. M. Beata ASAP at 618.463.2756, altonfranciscans@piasanet.com.



Little Johnny's 2nd grade teacher was quizzing them on the alphabet. ?Johnny,? she says, ?what comes after 'O'??
Johnny says, ?Yeah!?

What is invisible and smells like worms?
Bird farts.


Pro-Life NEWS?

Thanks be to God for the Missouri State Congress who overturned Holden?s veto of this very important bill for women?s rights and safety. The letters and encouragement of MO citizens made a big difference. This is yet another step towards ridding our country of abortion.



Men trip not on mountains, they stumble on stones. ?Anonymous


For Parents/Adults

Keeping Home Internet Safe & Monitored

This program makes it easy and undetectable for parents to see when and what websites have been accessed in their homes, and to filter out objectionable materials. Cyber Sitter is highly recommended by Paul Masek, of the REAP Team (a father of four). http://www.cybersitter.com/

Movie Reviews for Parents

Kids-in-Mind www.kids-in-mind.com gives an extremely thorough, matter-of-fact description of every movie recently released, detailing any aspect of the film that might be inappropriate for children or teens to see.

Another good source for a movie review is the US Conference of Catholic Bishops http://www.usccb.org/movies/



Sometimes Life is Too Funny?

Actual Analogies Used By Students


  • Her hair glistened in the rain like nose hair after a sneeze.
  • Her vocabulary was as bad as, like, whatever.
  • He was as tall as a six-foot-three-inch tree.
  • McBride fell 12 stories, hitting the pavement like a Hefty Bag filled with vegetable soup.
  • The thunder was ominous-sounding, much like the sound of a thin sheet of metal being shaken backstage during the storm scene in a play.
  • John and Mary had never met. They were like two hummingbirds who had also never met.
  • The red brick wall was the color of a brick-red Crayola crayon.

? The hailstones leaped from the pavement, just like maggots when you fry them in hot grease.



If you haven?t looked deeper in ?The Lord of the Rings?, you should! Check out even more deep stuff about the author and the story, before the final movie is released (this December?praise be to God!). The Gospel According to J. R. R. Tolkien: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/981493/posts




Cool Websites?

-Eucharistic Miracle http://malankara.net/eucharist/eucharist.htm

-Vatican Art Museum: It took five years for the Vatican to complete this part of their webpage. The most important works of Renaissance artists Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci, and galleries of Egyptian and Classic Greco-Roman art are presented, and can now be viewed online with technical explanations given by experts who catalogue and conserve them. www.vatican.va

-TEC retreats are a great way for high school students to deepen their faith. No matter your parish or grade in high school, you can attend one of these awesome weekend retreats. Check out the schedule and call to sign up! www.stlouistec.org

-New Study on Harms of Smoking Weed:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/2923647.stm (hint: cannabis = marijuana)



Deep Thoughts?

-How do you throw away a garbage can?

-Why do the numbers on a phone go one way and the numbers on the calculator go the other?

-If you're born at exactly midnight is your birthday on both those days?

-If you're caught "between a rock and a hard place", is the rock not hard?

-If one man says, "It was an uphill battle," and another says, "It went downhill from there," how could they both be having troubles?

-Why do we say "bye bye" but not "hi hi"?

-How do you handcuff a one-armed man?


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