Spring 2009 Newsletter


GIVEAWAY #27 – What is Paul's middle name? (Paul's family members are exempt from winning, sorry Lisa ;)
Be one of the first two people to email gretchen@reapteam.org with the correct answer and you will receive a cd by great local musician Matthew Baute - and if you guess Paul's Confirmation name, too, you will win two CDs!

News from our last giveaway!!! AND THE WINNER WAS...
no one gave the correct answer of 66 podcasts posted so far by the REAP Team.

Here's a Video message from our new Archbishop Carlson to the youth of St. Louis

And there's even a facebook group devoted to fans of the new Archbishop…we are fans...why not join us?

FUN STUFF – Videos on the Web!

Eat Pancakes at Applebees and Help the Poor!

A great friend of the REAP Team, Billy Patty, wanted y’all to know that there will be a pancake breakfast at Bridgeton Applebees on June 27th between 8 and 10 a.m. with proceeds to go to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish to feed the poor. Tickets can be ordered by calling 636-225-9187 or 314-277-9320.  Billy plans on being at the door to give and receive a lot of hugs.

Check out our most recent podcasts!

Find out how her relationship with her sister helped Lauren to get a glimpse of the heart of God.

Kaitlyn, a high school student, offers us practical wisdom on staying close to God .


Hey Music Fans!!!

Make plans to attend Rock the River

August 2nd there will be an awesome, FREE concert under the St. Louis Arch.  This concert features several top Christian Artists including one of REAP's faves, HAWK NELSON!!!  If you've been on a retreat with us in the last couple of years, chances are you've heard us playing their music (we always play it during the gam pull-ups).  So grab a group of friends and mark it on your calendars, or better yet create a facebook event!!!  Hope to see you there!  And, by the way, the Archdiocese of St. Louis is 100% behind this event!

tSince we on the REAP Team want to stay hip and trendy and connected – in the ways that so many awesome people are – we are now on Twitter!  To follow our ministry and our antics, go to www.twitter.com/reapteam



Heart Tattoos

"These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts." (Deuteronomy 6:6)

Someone getting a tattoo, especially for the first time, will spend months, sometimes years agonizing over what to get, how big to get it, and where to have it inked. And why not? It can be a lifetime decision, right?

Most of us are way less careful about what to put on our hearts. In fact, a lot of us just hold our hearts up in the air, waiting for something or someone to come along to hand it over to. We're ready to cover our hearts with the names of boy/girlfriends, bands, philosophies, sports teams, whatever ignites a little passion.

Solomon warned us to guard our hearts, because we have just the one life. And here, God gives us something worth inking on our hearts: His commands. It's one of the ways we love Him with all of us.

Think: Have you every put something on your heart too easily? Have you ever given your mind, will, and emotions over to something that turned out to be a waste of time (or, worse, really hurtful)? How can you put God's commands on your heart?

Pray: Ask God to help you to put His commands for you on your heart.

Do: Make a quick list of the top 5 things on your heart today.
A Daily Devotional from PlanetWisdom.com, copyright 2009 Youth Specialties/Zondervan. Used by permission.

Young Adults… spirit

Check out a new Catholic young adult group, Spirit and Truth, it started April 30th in St. Louis.  The focus for S&T young adults is to grow deeper in faith and fellowship with others through a growing relationship with Christ in the Blessed Sacrament.

They study the "why" behind the "what" in regards to Church teachings and Sacred Scripture and Catholic traditions all while forming a community of true, solid friendships. They meet Thursdays @ 7pm in Webster Groves at Annunciation Parish first in the MPH room (room with large windows facing parking lot) and then they head to the Church for Adoration.

Please check out our website http://www.spiritandtruthstl.org/ to learn more, and join the mailing list to be updated about their events.  

Guess what!?!?!  The REAP Team was featured very recently in the St. Louis Review Catholic newspaper for our efforts to reach teens with new media.

If you have a couple minutes, please read the article at this link

Forgettable Facts:

~By recycling just one glass bottle, the amount of energy that is being saved is enough to light a 100 watt bulb for four hours.

~All polar bears are left-handed.

fhYou can now purchase a sampling of music from Karl Zimmerman, Adam Bitter and Pete Buncher on iTunes!  The Feet and Hands Sampler also features a couple of talks from our own Paul E. Masek.  Just go to the iTunes music store and search “feet and hands sampler"


BLOG Babblings
Paul's recent ramblings: Juno's Baby's Fingernails
Gretchen’s recent ramblings: Our Parent Who Art in Heaven?

Your mobile, IM and online are all a part of you.  When someone is using them to harass or control you, that’s not cool! 

Check out these fun videos that could be used to start some great conversations about tough issues relating to technology and relationships.

For Parents/Teachers/Adults

Check out Real World Parents, an email newsletter for parents from the great folks at Youth Specialties (a great company that provides resources for youth ministry)

LATEST RESEARCH: Drinking vs. Studying
The Center for Parent/Youth Understanding is doing all they can to help adults help teens transition from high school to college in God-honoring and healthy ways.  They’re working hard to help others understand the realities facing college students as they leave home to pursue higher education

One of the most prevalent campus pressures is the pressure to drink.  A new survey of thirty thousand first-year college students on seventy-six campuses found that nearly half of all college freshmen who drink alcohol spend more time drinking during the week than they do studying.  Students who report having at least one drink in the past fourteen days spent an average of 8.4 hours a week studying, while they spend an average of 10.2 hours a week drinking.

This is a reality that demands our attention if our desire is to see our kids make Godly choices during their campus years.  Prepare your kids by discussing the issues related to campus drinking, and visit the CPYU website for more information on their College Transition Initiative.

IN THE NEWS:  Triple Bind
Have you ever heard the term “double bind?” It was coined by social scientists in the early 1950s who studied children growing up with contradictory and impossible demands.  Now, Dr. Stephen Hinshaw and other social scientist are using the term “triple bind” to explain the impossible and contradictory expectations being placed on teenage girls.  The three elements in today’s triple bind are a deadly combination our girls hear everyday.

First, be good at all the traditional girl stuff.  Second, you now need to be good at all the traditional guy stuff, including sports and jobs.  And third, you must conform to a narrow and unrealistic set of standards that allow for no alternative. 

The result, according to Dr. Hinshaw, is that at least one-quarter of all teen girls in the US are suffering from self-mutilation, eating disorders, significant depression, or serious consideration of suicide – or are perpetrating acts of physical violence.  Parents, our expectations for our kids must be Godly, not deadly.

*These 2 articles were reprinted from cpyu’s parent page.  The parent page is a monthly newsletter for parents.  The REAP Team would like to start passing this valuable resource on to interested parents and teachers.  If you’d like to start receiving a free copy every month, just reply to this email with the subject line sign me up for the parent page.

More on youth culture from the great folks at CPYU

Recent Questions from Teens and Adults

What does the Catholic Church teach about putting animals down?


Casting Call: auditions for “Damn Yankees”

ALL Youth and adults are invited to auditions for "Damn Yankees," a play being put on by the Catholic Youth Apostolate and the Fr. William Scheid Players.

Auditions begin on May 31st.  All auditions will be held in the Gym at the Msgr. Louis F. Meyer Youth Center (formerly Magdalen Youth Center) located at 4354 South Kingshighway Blvd. (behind the Armory). Performances will be held on August 21, 22 and 23, 2009 at the Florissant Civic Center Theatre. For more information, call Mike at 314-606-3151.

Q: What do you call a pig that does karate?
A: A pork chop.

Q: How do you make an egg laugh?
A: Tell it a yolk.

Q: What is an Eskimo cow called?
A: An eskimoo.

Read Paul’s talk about the Annual Catholic Appeal at St. John Bosco Parish.

Potent Quotables

"The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones."
~ William Faulkner

"Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible."
~ St. Francis of Assisi

Cool Websites...

The Ridiculously Thorough Guide to Making Your Own Pizza