Summer 2005 Newsletter

REAP Team Newsletter
Read It and REAP!

GIVEAWAY #15– The Chronicles of Narnia...

Coming soon is the movie, “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” (view the trailer) based on the first book in a series called “The Chronicles of Narnia” by C.S. Lewis (one of REAP’s all-time favorite authors). To win this giveaway, please answer this question about the book. “ Lucy is the first human to enter Narnia in this book. Who is the first Narnian she meets?” Please give this character’s name and the type of creature he is. Please either reply or email heather@reapteam.org with the correct answer to win a cool t-shirt. First winner will get first choice as to the type of t-shirt he or she will receive.

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

Becky D. from Wisconsin and Maria O. from St. Louis each received a free copy of the book A Case for Chastity. Congratulations!


BLOG Babblings

Paul's recent ramblings: Stoked about Narnia; my stupid fake happy self; Necessary Sin?

Heather's recent ramblings: Wild and Captivating; White Dresses and My First Love


Music Madness

Rap Star Releases POWERFUL Video – A MUST SEE!
Nick Cannon, an accomplished actor, comedian, songwriter and producer with a host of credentials to his name at the age of twenty-four, including his own television show, has released his debut solo album. The feature song entitled "Can I Live", on the album by the same name, is being praised by advocates of the culture of life for its powerful message. The best part of the video is that it’s his story.


This just in…

This morning, as our new Pope was having an important breakfast meeting with his Cardinals, one of those Cardinals was overheard saying to him, “Pass the eggs, Benedict!” (hee hee hee)


NOVEL NEWS: Incredible summer reads! Absolute favorites of Paul and Heather!
(Books—novels or otherwise—that REAP staffers recommend)

Wild At Heart…Discovering the Secret of a Man’s Soul by John Eldredge. A look inside the true heart of a man and gives men permission to be who God designed them to be - dangerous, passionate, alive, and free.

Captivating…Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman’s Soul by John and Stasi Eldredge. Describes how the feminine heart can be restored, and casts a vision for the power, freedom, and beauty of a woman released to be all she was meant to be.

Ransomed Heart Ministry gives more information on these two books and others by Eldredge. Heather describes the power of each book in her recent blog Wild and Captivating.


Evangelize Your Friends – Goin’ Fishin’

Teens often ask how they can spread the message of God’s love to their friends. We recommend that you spread the Word like you would fish in a river. In fishing, you toss out bait; you don't dive in a river and shove bait down a fish's throat. Throw out bait - like see if they’re interested in going to youth group or Mass with you, talk about a good Christian book you’re reading, wear a t-shirt or put sticker on your school binder that reveals faith, or talk about a retreat you attended - and then see if they ask more questions. Throwing out bait gives them a chance to talk about faith or ask questions without them feeling like you’re “shoving religion down their throat”.

Perfect Bait – If you liked it, consider emailing a link to the Nick Cannon video “Can I Live?” to a big group of friends (strong Christians and others). Just send it out by saying something like, “I think this video is so cool – hope you like it.”


FUN STUFF :)

Throw Paper – When you’re bored and want to kill some time, this might entertain you...


REAP TEAM NEWS:

  • Now Hiring – REAP is in search of not only volunteers for the upcoming school year, but also a new part-time staff member. If you’re interested in joining REAP as a volunteer, check out the application and don’t forget the July 20th deadline. If you’re interested in the part-time job, check out the job description.
  • Paul and Heather of the REAP staff will be giving at workshop at Steubenville St. Louis Mid-America on July 9, 2005. The title of the workshop is “Glory in the Differences of Men and Women”. If you’re at Steubenville, stop by and let us know what you think – we guarantee it’ll be fun and enlightening! Whether you’re going or not, please say a prayer for this workshop and the entire conference.
  • Paul will be the MC for Crossroads Catholic Music Festival this Fall – Sept. 24- 25, 2005. Teens, adults, kids – bring the whole family or youth group to this incredible event in beautiful Steelville, MO!
  • Heather will be speaking at this year’s LIFE TEEN Inspiration – at Six Flags – on September 10, 2005. Mark your calendar!
  • REAP is mentioned in this article in the St. Louis Review

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.

If the Church says we have to be married first in order to have sex then why is it not mentioned anywhere in the Bible about Adam and Eve being married since they had two kids - Cain and Abel?
Sincerely, Curious

Dear Curious,
Believe it or not, almost all Christian traditions, and even Jews, accept God the Father as the first “marriage celebrant”. There were no other people on the earth to organize an official service with music and the Hokey Pokey at the reception. But, in reality, Adam and Eve had the coolest “wedding” of them all. Here’s why...

Follow-Up: Homosexuality...
After the Fall Newsletter, when I briefly addressed the topic of homosexuality, more questions came in regarding this topic. Since it’s such a complex issue, I took some more time responding to your concerns and referred people to many excellent resources. If you want to learn more, not only a bit more from me, but also from experts on this issue, read these two responses.

“I thought I had it all—money, fame, pretty women—but I came to a point where I didn’t want to live ... After the shows, I’d go to the back of the bus and pray, ‘God, would you please just kill me and put me out of my misery?’ I would tell him, ‘I’m rich and I’m miserable! I’m addicted to meth and rehab isn’t working!’ I think God was leading me towards wanting to die because He’s the only one who could save me.”
- Former Korn guitarist Brian “Head” Welch sharing about his conversion to Christianity, Blender, May 2005, p. 26.


COMING SOON...

XLT in North County - Holy Trinity in St. Ann is hosting XLT (praise and worship, Adoration, an inspirational talk) every first Wednesday of the month. It will last from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. People of all ages are invited to attend. Next one is July 6th and our very own Paul Masek will be speaking at the August 3rd XLT and Heather Gallagher will be speaking at the December 7th XLT.

Michael John Poirier at St. Cletus – Saturday, July 16, 2005 at 7:30 p.m. Catholic singer, song-writer will give a concert and celebrate a Holy Hour with all attendees. “Think of the Church or worship song you dislike most, and then imagine it being sung in such a way that puts you to tears. That’s how he sings.” –Carrie Wolf, Local Musician. Free will donations are welcome. His Website. Call 636-946-6327 for more details.

The Future of Our Youth Concert and TEC 40th Anniversary
With Keynote Musicians Steve Angrisano, Tammy Ann Winn and Shannon Cerneka, you’d be crazy to miss this great concert in Belleville, IL (unless you’re at Steubenville Mid-America that weekend). On Sunday, July 10th from 2 – 4 p.m. at National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows – only $15 per person.

TEC Turns 40 : TEC Celebrates its 40th Anniversary on July 8-10, 2005 at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, IL. All who have made a TEC Weekend Encounter, 18 and older, are invited to this 3–day gathering of the TEC family to celebrate the Past, Present, and Future in Jesus. All the information you need to know about is on the website. There is a Saturday night concert from 8:30 – 10:30 featuring Steve Angrisano and Tammy Ann Winn.

We Are Family – A Ladies Only retreat at Eagle Hurst Ranch in Steelville, MO is open to women of all ages – teens, moms, sisters, daughters, and grandmothers. The cost is only $80 per person for all your meals, lodging and activities - a weekend of song, worship, prayer, reflection and special activities in a beautiful and serene outdoor setting. Led by Catholic musician Danielle Rose and inspirational speaker (and former REAP Staffer) Stacey Chik, Sept. 9 – 11, 2005. For more info, visit the Eagle Hurst website.


The Universal Church…The Pope and Bishops Online!

  • Newly elected Pope Benedict XVI already has an e-mail address. The address which was just announced by the Holy See's Internet office is benedictxvi@vatican.va.
  • Bishop Jose Manguiran of Dipolong manages The Meaning, whose subtitle is "Life is meaningful only when it begins and ends with Christ." He focuses on how one can lead a Christian life in an ever-faster-paced society. He also develops arguments on various philosophical issues and lays out his personal thoughts for all to read.
  • Viewpoints is the diary of Archbishop Oscar Cruz of Lingayen-Dagupan. In it, the archbishop carries on his personal battles against what he calls society's cancers, namely gambling and illiteracy -- battles that have earned him death threats.
  • Then there is Tidbits by Bishop Leonardo Medroso of Borongan. Unlike his fellow prelate bloggers, who focus on discussions and reflections, Bishop Medroso gives technical advice and spurs his readers to follow the right path. For instance, in one of the latest updates, he urged young people to go to Cologne, Germany, for the 2005 World Youth Day.

“You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.” – St. Augustine, Confessions


JOKE TIME...

‘Wedgie’ is Added to the Webster's Dictionary – The Story


A Tribute to Pope John Paul II...

Cool pictorial history of Pope John Paul II

Celebrate the past and chart a course to the future with the award-winning site, www.johnpaulpapacy.com. Designed for students, parish ministers, teachers, journalists, and seekers of all faiths, this website offers:

  • A multi-media celebration of Pope John Paul II
  • A rich synthesis of his teaching and spirituality
  • Links to important resources
  • Insightful personal testimonies by noted Christians
  • The process of papal funerals and elections
  • Daily thoughts

The JP II Generation – A St. Louis young adult and student at Benedictine College interviewed people in our community who have been inspired by the message of JP II and the culture of life. Included are interviews with an NFL player, our very own Heather Gallagher and more.

A Special Prayer to JP II - The process of beatification officially began June 28, 2005. Before Pope John Paul II can become a Saint, he must perform a miracle. This can only take place if we ask for his intercessory prayer. He will pray for us if we ask. Print this out and pray it everyday for the concern most strongly on your heart.

O Blessed Trinity,
We thank you for having graced the Church with Pope John Paul II
and for allowing the tenderness of your Fatherly care,
the glory of the cross of Christ,
and the splendor of the Holy Spirit, to shine through him.

Trusting fully in Your infinite mercy
and in the maternal intercession of Mary,
he has given us a living image of Jesus the Good Shepherd,
and has shown us that holiness is the necessary measure of ordinary Christian
life and is
the way of achieving eternal communion with you.

Grant us, by his intercession, and according to Your will,
the graces we implore,
hoping that he will soon be numbered among your saints. Amen.

"You must be strong, dear brothers and sisters. You must be strong with the strength that comes from faith. So as I depart, I ask you to accept once again your spiritual heritage with faith, hope, and love." – Pope John Paul II


Open to the Religious Life?
Young Men: Get a free CD-Rom called “Holy Priesthood” from the Vocation Office – on it is some cool, fun stuff, interviews, music and more!
Young Women: The Daughters of St. Paul (Pauline sisters – very involved in the media) have a website for young women interested in learning more about their community.


The Monastery – Faith Conversions on TV
A reality show in the UK stuck people in a Catholic monastery for weeks. See what happened to those involved in this article.


For Parents/Adults

  • Beer – Normal and Fun? CYPU’s Walt Mueller gives parents good food for thought in watching your alcohol usage – your actions really affect your kids.
  • Goin’ Fishing – It’s important for both parents and teens to reach out with God’s truth and love. If you haven’t yet heard “Naked Without Shame” – Christopher West describing JP II’s beautiful and powerful teaching on sexuality – consider purchasing the talks on CD. If you’ve already heard the good news, consider passing it onto your friends. At only $3.90 for these 10 CD’s, don’t miss this chance to spread the Word.
  • Mom, I might want to be a priest.” – Would this statement from you son bring you more disappointment than joy? How often is this lifestyle presented to your kids as a realistic option for their lives? The Office of Vocations wants every Catholic family to own a new CD-Rom they created called “The Holy Priesthood” – it’s absolutely free! This video includes much about the reality of the priesthood with music, stories and interviews of priests, seminarians and even parents. View it as a parent and then share it with your kids!

DEEP THOUGHTS... (Sometimes real life is frightening)

Real Product Warning Labels

On a bar of Dial soap: Directions: Use like regular soap.
On Teco's Tiramisu dessert: Do not turn upside down. (Printed on the bottom of the box.)
On Marks & Spencer Bread Pudding: Product will be hot after heating. (Duh!)
On a string of Chinese-made Christmas lights: For indoor or outdoor use ONLY.
On a bag of Fritos: You could be a winner! No purchase necessary. Details inside. (Shop-lifter’s special?)
On a microwave: Not to be used to dry your hair or your pets. (Get in there Fee-Fee)
On Boot's Children's Cough Medicine: Do not drive car or operate heavy machinery. (Yelling at your two-year-old daugher, “Honey, get off the fork-lift, you just took your medication”).
On Swedish chain saw: Do not attempt to stop chain with your hands or your genitals. (Ouch!)

This list is dedicated to Susan Farrar – the lovely REAP part-time staffer this past school year.


Cool Websites...

  • Seven Sorrows: New, hip, Catholic Music
  • Year of the Eucharist - Check out this amazing article on Eucharistic Miracles and Faith in Christ. More on miracles at The Real Presence website.
  • Watch the “Untitled” video* which deals with the tragedy of drunk driving! (Editor’s note: very interesting perspective as the two vehicles collide and lives are tossed around!)
  • Raindown members Frank Robinson and Tim Ritchie were in Rome during the last days of the Pope, to whom they dedicated their musical hit "Crucifying You."

* Browser Discretion Advised: REAP does not necessarily endorse, support, or condone the organizations/sites included in this newsletter. Not all material on the websites provided are healthy or encouraging for the soul. If we refer you to a specific part of a website (a song, article, etc.), know that browsing elsewhere on that site or links from that site may not be prudent. If we recommend a site as a whole, it's usually safe.


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