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.

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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. 

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