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Newsletter Spring 2012

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 If you've ever thought, hey, I might like to be one of those crazy REAP Team members or if you've never thought about it, (perhaps you should) the time to apply is now!  We are accepting applications from now until July 15th! 

Go to our website to find out more.

The Archdiocese of St. Louis joins Catholics all over the nation in the Fortnight for Freedom
Check out some Saints who also fought for religious freedom  A new Saint will be posted daily during the Fortnight for Freedom.

FUN STUFF – Videos on the Web!

•    Walk on the Wild Side
•    The Muppets honor Independence Day as only they can.

•    Party Rock + Star Wars Cantina Band = Awesome!

This year we are taking the 

Steubenville Live Blog 
to the next level!
Be sure to follow us on Twitter @steubystl and bookmark the live blog!  You don't want to miss any of the fun!!

Check out our most recent podcasts!

Rose shares how wearing masks at home doesn't make things any easier. 
Kevin (a teenager) shares with brutal honesty the way the Mass and the Eucharist have strengthened his faith.
Ann Acklen tells the story of stuffing her emotions into a pickle jar, and how God was able toopen it up. 

You can find more podcasts on iTunes or at

Effectively Communicate the Faith – At Your Neighbor’s Door

Home Visitation / Door-to-Door Workshop

Thursday, July 26, 2012, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Cardinal Rigali Center | Shrewsbury, Missouri

Please register online. 
For further details, contact; 314.792.7178.

Videos of Some Great Talks from REAPers
Audrey shares some lessons she learned about friendship and masks
Pirate Lisa knows where to find real treasure
Emily’s Chastity Talk

Are you on twitter?  Follow us @reapteam and we’ll follow you back. 

Here are some other great folks you might want to follow  
@arch_carlson - @archstl - @cardinaldolan - @LT_TheBiblegeek


Words Matter: Check Your Sources

"The plans of the righteous are just, but the advice of the wicked is deceitful." (Proverbs 12:5)

I read recently that we each speak around 25,000 words a day -- and we hear many times more than that. It's no wonder we treat words like they're meaningless. It's easy to believe the old cliches: "Words are cheap." "You've got to walk the talk." "Sticks and stones . . ."

But God's Word -- and specifically the verses from Proverbs 12  -- says that words are powerful. For one, they reveal what's really going on in our hearts and minds. How we use them shows who we are.

Today's verse tells us not to go looking for good advice from wicked people -- people who do wicked things. Their advice lies, either because they're really lying to us or because they don't know the truth themselves. If you want true advice, go to people known for telling the truth and doing good.

Think: Whose advice are you most likely to listen to? How careful are you about what voices you are willing to trust?

Pray: Ask God to help you to make wise choices about who you trust to give you good advice.

Do: Listen this week for words of advice offered from friends or media or other sources and think about who it is that is giving the advice and how you can know if that person is trustworthy.

Get more daily devotions just like this one at Planet Wisdom.

Did you know the REAP Team has a Facebook fan page?

We’d really like it if you’d like us!

Forgettable Facts:
~ A tuna fish can swim 100 miles in a single day!
~ More than 6,000 people with pillow-related injuries check into U.S. emergency rooms every year!
~ A full-grown bear can run as fast as a horse.

BLOG Babblings
Paul's recent ramblings:
  It’s So Messy
Gretchen’s recent ramblings:  A Lot Can Change in a Year 

Rachel’s recent ramblings:  Happy Easter

Check out the new Steubenville Youth Conference website

For Parents/Teachers/Adults

Finishing Strong:  Advice for Parents of (soon-to-be) High School Seniors  

As parents and youth workers, we need to equip our kids to make Godly choices in their daily comings and goings. One area where this desperately needs to happen is in how they treat their peers, especially when it comes to the issue of sexual harassment. During the 2010 – 2011 school year, forty-eight percent of high school and middle school students experienced some form of sexual harassment either in person or electronically via texting, email, or social media. The study from the American Association of University Women found that the harassers typically thought they were just being funny. But nearly one-third of the victims said the harassment made them feel sick to their stomach, affected their study habits, or made them want to stay home from school. The types of harassment included unwanted sexual comments, name-calling, being touched inappropriately, being shown sexual pictures, or being targeted with sexual rumors. Our students need to learn that their overarching goal in life should be to love the Lord, and to love their neighbors and classmates as they love themselves.

The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy is issuing a warning to all of us who care for and love kids. More than eleven percent of our high school seniors admitted to using synthetic marijuana over the course of the last year. Also known as Spice and K2, synthetic marijuana is now ranked as the second most frequently used illegal drug among high school seniors. It’s in second place behind only marijuana. Officials say that many teens use these drugs thinking that they aren’t as dangerous as marijuana.
The fact is that these drugs are dangerous and they can cause serious harm. Up until a few months ago, synthetic marijuana was being sold legally in convenience stores all across the country. The DEA then intervened and banned the sale of the chemicals used to manufacture it. Now, the drug is being sold illegally and is relatively easy to obtain. Parents need to talk to their teens about the dangers related to marijuana. . . both real marijuana and the synthetic version of the drug.

Over the course of the last few years, CPYU has been tracking the research on the effects of video games on kids. Some of the research has fueled speculation that gaming is a negative thing. While video games should be monitored and regulated by parents, video gaming is not in and of itself an evil thing. Now, there’s new research pointing to the fact that there are some positive developmental aspects related to video gaming. Researchers at Michigan State University have found that twelve-year-olds who play video games tend to be more creative, even when those video games are violent in nature. In addition, researchers found that the more these twelve-year-olds play, the more creative they are. This has prompted researchers to encourage the video game industry to develop games designed specifically to foster creativity. Of course, we need to be sure to strike a balance. Here at CPYU we encourage responsible, God-honoring gaming. Parents should nurture their children into this type of gaming by setting time limits along with parameters on the types of games their children are allowed to play.

*These 3 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

Check out this advice we offered to a parent whose teens don't want to go to Mass

Recent Questions from Teens and Adults

What do Catholics Believe about Ghosts?

Being Persecuted for Being Catholic

My Girlfriend Doesn’t Believe She’s Beautiful

You can find more questions on a wide variety of topics on our website.


Q: When does it rain money?

A: When there is a change in the weather.
Q:  What did the tree say to the mountain?

A:  Stop peaking at me.
Q. What do you call a crab who plays baseball?

A: A pinch hitter.

Potent Quotables

Avoid popularity if you would have peace.
~ Abraham Lincoln

Faith has to do with things that are not seen and hope with things that are not at hand.
~ St. Thomas Aquinas

Progress always involves risks.  You can't steal second base and keep your foot on first.
~Frederick B. Wilcox

Cool Stuff on the Web...

Fun things to do for summer
Thank someone with these cards from the movie Brave. 

If you ever want to support the efforts of the REAP Team
 with a random donation, no gift is too small. It's easy to do!

Spring 2010 Newsletter

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GIVEAWAY #28 – Archbishop Carlson has 3 dogs, what are their FULL names?

Be one of the first two people to email with the correct answer and you will receive an awesome surpriZe!

Did you know there's a facebook group devoted to fans of Archbishop Carlson… we are fans... why not join us?


When: September 11, 2010

Where: Camp RockyVine

Free Admission

What:  This will be an awesome event with different bands, spirit games, fun activities, opportunities for Confession, concessions of food and drink available, and Mass with Archbishop Robert Carlson!

FUN STUFF – Videos on the Web!

  • We have a hilarious video that just might enhance your social skills
    Here is what people have said about this video already -
         "I was actually crying from laughing so hard"
         "I nearly woke up the house, that was awesomely funny"
         "I even got my mom laughing"
         "My laugh for the morning. Great way to wake up"
    Now that you're intrigued, check it out!
  • The oldest trick in the book
  • Married 62 years and still making beautiful music
  • Lost Generation

Help Local Catholic Camp Rocky Vine win funds to build a High Ropes Course for Team Building:  VOTE HERE!  Do it NOW! 

Check out our most recent podcasts!

Liz has some great advice for anyone who is about to graduate high school, though it applies to those graduating from grade school or even college!

Dan, a high school student, shares about the journey & and benefits of trusting in God's love.

Listen to this awesome testimony about about hurt, pain...and forgiveness!


Adam Bitter is releasing his latest CD "Find Me" and you are invited to the par-tay!  Mark your calendar for June 26th

WHEN: June 26th, 7pm (doors open at 6:30)

WHERE:  Incarnate Word Parish

HOW MUCH: $15 for admission and a CD, $5 for admission only (advance tickets are available for purchase at the IW parish office or at the door)

Want a sneak peek? Check out this video of a song that will be on the new CD.  "Today"

Check out this online Chastity Card Signing Festival


Since 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




"He was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. 'Men of Galilee,' they said, 'why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.' " (Acts 1:9-11)

I don't think countforward is a real word, but we're not counting down any more. The countdown was finished when Jesus walked out of His tomb alive and more powerful than ever. Now the clock is moving forward toward the day He will return.

In the verses right before these, Jesus said we don't get to know how long. Nobody knows the hour or the day -- but there is a specific hour, a day on the calendar, coming. He will be back. The Father knows exactly when.

In the meantime, we have a job to do, you and me and all those who believe all of these things we've been talking about all week. We have a job to use real power -- the same power of God that raised Jesus from the dead at work in us -- to be witnesses of what we've seen that power accomplish.

It's a job that matters. And the clock is ticking. That's the message of Acts 1.

Think: Are you looking forward to the return of Christ? What difference does His return make in your life? How seriously do you take the call to be His witness in your world?

Pray: Ask God to help you to make the best use of the power and time He gives to you to accomplish whatever He asks of you in this life.

Do: Read Acts 1 all the way through.

A Daily Devotional from, copyright 2010 Youth Specialties. Used by permission."These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts." (Deuteronomy 6:6)

Wanna Remember Your Confirmation Retreat?

There's an App For That!

The Hershey's App (it's free!) Allows you to stir up your own glass of chocolate milk.  Go to the App Store and search "Hershey's Chocolate Milk" and then you can share about stirring up the syrup with all your friends and family!

If you've ever thought, hey, I might like to be one of those crazy REAP Team members or if you've never thought about it, (perhaps you should) the time to apply is now!  We are accepting applications from now until July 15th!  Go to our website to find out more.

Did You Know There is a National Chocolate Milk Day?

Speaking of Chocolate Milk . . .

If you've been on a REAP Confirmation retreat, you know that chocolate milk is a great analogy for maintaining our spiritual health (stir it up!) but new research shows that it can also help us maintain our physical health. We think this research just might make God smile...

The Chocolate Milk Diet


Forgettable Facts:

~ Until the year 1920, Canada was planning on invading the United States.

~ Bluebirds cannot see the color blue.

~ Napoleon constructed his battle plans in a sandbox.


BLOG Babblings

Paul's recent ramblings: Smokin' Hot Spouses 
Gretchen’s recent ramblings: Can You See It?
Rachel’s recent ramblings:  Shopping At Aldis

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)


Have you ever heard the phrase "once a liar, always a liar?"  According to new research from Josephson Institute on Ethics, the saying is very, very true.  The survey of nearly seven thousand people found that people who cheat on tests in high school are considerably more likely to be dishonest later in life.  People who cheat in high school are more likely to grow up to cheat on taxes, lie to customers and business associates, inflate insurance and expense claims, and lie to their spouse.

When you take into consideration the fact that today's kids aged seventeen and under are five times more likely than people older than fifty to believe that lying and cheating are necessary steps to success in life, we have to wonder what the future will hold.  God's word is clear from start to finish that cheating, lying and stealing are wrong.  Parents, what are your kids learning from your words and example?  Remember, waht they see andhear from you today, will shape who they are both now and in the future.

CPYU TREND ALERT:  Cell Phone Ownership

Youth culture influences children of younger ages as well as teenagers.  The recently released American Kids Study from Mediamark Research and Intelligence hammered home this reality once again.  The study revealed that more than one-third of our ten and eleven year-olds here in the U.S. owned a mobile phone in 2009, compared with twenty percent in 2005.  Ownership among kids ages six to eleven rose from twelve to twenty percent over the same time period.  While these kids are using phones to keep in touch with their parents, they also use them for talking to their friends and text-messaging.

Parents, we must be aware of the trends among older kids that are quickly filtering down to kids at younger and younger ages.  Awareness is the first step towards exercising our responsibility to teach them how to handle and use technology to the glory of God.

*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

Can You Help Me With My Low Self-Esteem?

Q:  What do you get if you cross a chicken with a cement mixer?
A:  A brick layer!

Q:  What do you call a song sung in an automobile?
A:  A cartoon.

Potent Quotables

To change and to change for the better are two different things.
~ German Proverb

Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.
~ Booker T. Washington

During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.
~ George Orwell

Cool Websites...

A great site about vocations

The 10 most redeeming films of 2009

Spring 2009 Newsletter

Check out this edition to find out what the new Archbishop has to say to youth, Hand Motions in Heaven, Rock the River, Something For Your Heart, Young Adults Only, Real World Parents and some very forgettable facts. Read more »

Winter Newsletter 2009

Podcast news and trivia, A Red Hot Initiative, Do you have the Spirit?, a Nun Run, Why do bad things happen to good people?, wisdom from Charlie Brown and more... Read more »

Fall 2008 Newsletter

Trivia,  Pink Hair, An Awesome Concert, Something about a Vampire, iBible, Free Stuff,  and many more fun tidbits from the REAP Team headquarters Read more »

Summer 2008 Newsletter

In the latest newsletter you'll find complete and total awesomeness, with great topics like: A Revolution, Music Mania, concerts, trivia and more, A Great Give-Away, unbelievable lawsuits, The REAP Team on video, REAP Staffers talk about getting over an ex, a new resource for parents, some splendiferous new podcasts, including movie reviews... So Read it and REAP!!!!! Read more »

Spring 2008 Newsletter

The REAP Team Benefit Concert with Same Day Kings and Chris Shepherd Band, a soccer star makes a shocking decision, a fashion show that won't scare your grandma, two intriguing videos, REAP Staffers answer your questions..."Why didn't he call?" and "Isn't sexual compatibility good for marriage?", funny phone calls, why believe in the resurrection and so much more!!! Read more »

Fall 2007 Newsletter

Football trivia, Paul Masek's HUGE book release party and free concert by Adam Bitter, Thanksgiving thoughts, REAP Benefit concert, homosexuality, Planned Parenthood, Mario & Luigi and so much more. Read more »

Summer 2007 Newsletter

Trivia: friend of Adam Sandler, REAP seeking volunteers, teeth cleaning game online, kickin' vocation videos galore, why it's funny to be Catholic, popular blogs and questions, pornography exposed, and...
SNEAK PREVIEW of Paul's book, Stirring It Up!
and much more, of course. Read more »

Winter 2007 Newsletter

Famous musician trivia, see who's engaged, REAP on Facebook, Romantic Revolution (no boys allowed!), Free hugs, Monk games, Christopher West, Help, I'm a 26-year-old virgin, talking to dead people, more from and many more fun tidbits from the REAP Team headquarters Read more »

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