Fall 2007 Newsletter

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REAP Team Newsletter
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GIVEAWAY #22 - Name this Catholic professional football player...

His team won the 2006 Super Bowl.  He's a very strong Catholic in every part of his life and a strong safety on the football field. Be the first to email heather@reapteam.org with the correct name of this football player and you'll win two free tickets to the REAP Team Benefit Concert on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2007.

News from our last giveaway!!! AND THE WINNER IS...
Congratulations to Justin B from St. Louis who was the first person to respond to the question...name that priest. He knew that it was Fr. Dave Dwyer who worked at MTV, helped Adam Sandler and many famous comedians get into the business and now works for Busted Halo, a web and radio ministry for young Catholics. Fr. Dave also has a radio show, very popular among teens and young adults, on the Sirius Catholic Channel (158), every evening from 6 - 8 p.m. Our own Paul Masek was interviewed on this hip show in October; we plan on posting that interview as a future podcast, by the way.  Anyway, Justin won a copy of the book "Dateable: Are You, Are They?".


Stirring it up

Paul Masek - REAP Coordinator - has completed the 3-part book project...Stirring it Up. Be one of the first to get your hands on a copy of the book by going to the...

Stirring It Up Book Release Party and Free Concert
with Adam Bitter
Fri., Nov. 30, 2007 from 7 - 9 p.m.
at Holy Trinity Parish Center in St. Ann, MO

Here is more information on the book release party and concert, as well as how to purchase the book if you cannot make the party.  For a sneak preview of the book, check out this chapter called..."An Indian Named Tonto" which offers some great insight into how spiritual accountability can enhance your life.

REAP Benefit Concert 2007 is Almost Here! Save the Date! - The REAP Team welcomes Karl Zimmerman as the headliner for this year's upcoming REAP Benefit Concert. Opening for Karl will be the Chris Shepherd Band. This enormously popular event among St. Louis area Catholic teens and adults will take place at the DeSmet High School Auditorium on Saturday night, December 15, 2007 from 7:30pm-10:30pm. The doors will open at 7pm. Tickets are only $5 at the door (no advanced ticket sales). Mark your calendar NOW and we will see you soon!

REAP Team on YouTube - REAP has gotten famous on YouTube. Check out our award-winning mingling videos, starring some of your favorite REAPers, as well as Heather and Paul in the ole' XLT video.


What is Mario and Luigi's favorite fabric?
Denim, Denim, Denim
(from Mallory, REAP Team Member)

Movie Mania...

Beware of an upcoming children's thriller "The Golden Compass". With Nicole Kidman as the leading woman, it will most likely be publicized a lot, but do not be fooled into believing that this movie or the book series behind it is simply harmless fun for kids. Protect your younger siblings and cousins from the powerful and blatant anti-Catholicism and anti-Christian messages which become especially clear in the 2nd and 3rd books/movies in the series. The author of these stories has made his personal bias against Christianity public knowledge. These stories will confuse and can lead Christian kids away from trusting that which is the pure love and goodness of God. This article explains more about the movie and the book series.

Have you seen the movie "Bella"? This Toronto Film Festival award winner stars a gorgeous former Mexican soap opera star and beautifully shows the hope and freedom in considering life over abortion. Since the movie celebrates life so profoundly, Hollywood would be shocked if this movie does well in the theaters. It's out now in theaters in St. Louis. Here's a great article on the movie.

"Growing up, I felt like the only way I could be happy with myself was if someone else loved me. I've always attached myself to people because that's where I found my love. I've got a lot of insecurities about the way I look. That's why I work out so much. And I'm always comparing myself to other people, wondering if I'm good enough." - Pussycat Dolls' Nicole Scherzinger, Vibe, May 2007, pg. 36

Pro-Life Postings...BUSTED - Planned Parenthood!

Hannity, on the FOX News, exposed an IL Planned Parenthood for it's many illegal tactics of bringing in young girls and keeping them against their will.  You can see the exposé yourself on YouTube.

BLOG Babblings

Paul's recent ramblings: Sadness, Madness, and Hope, St. Louis Ink (tattooed teens)

Heather's recent ramblings: ummm...not even one!!! She's been busy getting married, then pregnant and breaking her leg since the last newsletter! She says her new blog will discuss whether the wait for marriage was really worth it. Rumor has it, she thinks it was beyond what she imagined. We'll have to wait to read it in her own words. Congrats, Heather and Michael, on the marriage and pregnancy.

Fun Stuff

Signs that you're overdoing Thanksgiving...

~ Doctor tells you your weight would be perfect for a man 17 feet tall.
~ You are responsible for a slight but measurable shift in the earth's axis.
~ You spill more food on you than the local soup kitchen dispenses.
~ Paramedics bring in the Jaws of Life to pry you out of the EZ-Boy.
~ The potatoes you used set off another famine in Ireland.
~ You receive a Sumo Wrestler application in your e-mail.
~ You set off 3 earthquake seismographs on your morning jog Friday.
~ Pricking your finger for cholesterol screening only yielded gravy.
~ You have five TV sets side-by-side to catch all the football games.
~ It looks like the left-overs are gonna last until Christmas.

Hot Teen Issues...
Homosexuality & Ordination of Female Priests?

As it is such a sensitive topic in our culture, we know we can hardly scratch the surface on the many complexities involved in same sex attractions and the mainstream focus these have gained in the last 20 - 30 years. However, many young Catholics are confused about how to view homosexuality, what to do if they experience same sex attractions and how to respond to friends who have same sex attractions.  Hopefully, the following links will shed some light on Church teaching and why everyone in the world is called to the same joy, peace and love that only comes from chastity - no one is excluded.

Q & A - Answered by Paul and Heather
-Could I be gay?
-I have gay friends. (How should I respond to them?)
-What is the deal with the Church's teaching on homosexuality? (includes links to fascinating articles)

Great Links for Teens
-Love Won Out
-Courage for Youth: Up Front
-Exodus Freedom
-Exodus for Youth 

Ordination of "Female Priests"?
Why are females not "allowed" to be priests in the Catholic Church?  Well, there actually is an inherent, beautiful reason the Church calls women to other forms of leadership in the Church. The Church is especially in love with the unique gifts of women and in not calling them to the priesthood, we actually celebrate gender differences more than the Churches that believe everyone is exactly the same. We hold the same dignity and should be treated equally, but our roles in life are unique. As a woman (Heather writing here) who has led many major groups in my life, I must admit that I once wondered why I could not be a priest. Once I dug deeper into the meaning of my life, the meaning of the priesthood and my call to be a woman, I fell in love with the Church's call for men to be priests. If you don't know the reasons why (a patriarchical society is not one of them, by the way), I encourage you to read the documents below. Someone, someday, if you are a practicing Catholic, will ask you the question - guaranteed.
Defending tradition in a Church where sex differences still matter by Colleen Carroll Campbell in St. Louis Post Dispatch, Nov. 15, 2007
Was JPII Anti-Woman? by Mary Beth Bonacci
Why No Women's Ordination by Catholic Answers
Ten Frequently Asked Questions About the Reservation of Priestly Ordination to Men by the USCCB
Pastoral Response to the Teaching on Women's Ordination by Cardinal Dulles


For deer hunters seeking communion with Jesus or just a good way to kill time until your 30-point buck comes along - the camouflage bible

For Parents/Teachers/Adults

Catholic Men for Christ - is hosting a conference for Catholic men this March in St. Louis! This Conference is about Life...about SAVING the lives of God's Warrior Men. So many of us face trials and evils every single day and we run from it, dodge and duck it and do not face them due to fear. We are just "surviving" each day and not truly LIVING for Christ.

Teen Drug Slang: A Dictionary For Parents - Know What Your Kids Are Talking About With This Guide To Today's Drug Terms by CBS News

Passport to Purity: Families can address sexual morality with this parent/child retreat designed for parents to lead. Just purchase the program, set aside time for you and your teen, and start talking about this incredibly important topic for our culture.

Web ministry for Christian Fatherhood. Check it out, it is www.dads.org

Recent REAP Podcasts

Have you heard our more recent podcasts? Why not? They are kickin'!

The Magi are filled with awe by what they see; heaven on earth and earth in heaven; man in God and God in man; they see enclosed in a tiny body the One whom the entire world cannot contain.
-St. Peter Chrysologus

DEEP THOUGHTS...(because sometimes life - and Santa - is too funny)

What do you call Santa Claus after he's fallen into a fireplace?
Krisp Kringle

Who sings "Love Me Tender" and makes Christmas toys?
Santa's little Elvis

Which of Santa's reindeers needs to mind his manners the most?

What reindeer has the cleanest antlers?

Where do Santa's reindeers like to stop for lunch?
Deery Queen

How does Santa Claus take pictures?
With his North Pole-aroid

What do you call the fear of getting stuck while sliding down a chimney?
Santa Claus-trophbia

What do you call a cat on the beach at Christmas time?
Sandy Claws

All joking aside, Paul recommends one of his favorite Christmas articles to you...If you want to get the most out of the coming holiday, we highly recommend that you check this out!
The Lie of Christmas by Walt Mueller

In Advent, the Christian population relives a double movement of the spirit: On one hand, it raises its gaze to the final goal of its pilgrimage in history, which is the glorious return of the Lord Jesus; on the other, recalling his birth in Bethlehem with emotion, it bends down before the crib. The hope of Christians is directed to the future, but always remains well rooted in the past.


-Pope Benedict XVI

Cool Websites...

  • Popular rapper, KJ-52 (who we often play on REAP retreats), has a sweet video about teens and the letters they have sent to KJ.  You've got to see the video of his hit song, Fanmail.
  • Lifehouse song "Everything" was used for a powerful skit.  If you have not seen it yet, you are one of the few, as over one million teens are fans of this one.
  • There is now a Facebook group for XLT North and XLT South, you can join if you're interested in checking out these hip, holy events for Catholic teens...
    XLT South - St. Catherine LaBoure
    XLT North - Holy Trinity
  • Joel Stein, a long-time friend of the REAP Team and the man who developed our totally trendy website, recently released an album of 14 fun, rocking, and insightful songs. The album is titled "Always Forward". "It's hard for me to believe that the CD is finished, because it has been a great dream of mine to share these songs about my faith," said Stein. To find out how you can purchase the album or songs and to hear song clips, check out Joel's new website.

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