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Fall 2006 Newsletter

Fall 2006 Newsletter

St. Louis Cardinals Baseball Trivia, a Paraplegic's view of Amendment 2, REAP Benefit Concert, Romantic Revolution, Answers for "Am I still a virgin?" and a question about Suicide and Heaven, Halloween & Thanksgiving humor.

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GIVEAWAY #19 – Name this famous St. Louis Baseball Cardinal…

There are at least three St. Louis Baseball Cardinals on this 2006 World Series team who openly identify themselves as Catholic.  But, only one of these players recently visited Pope Benedict XVI.  This player has been quoted as saying, "I just basically try to follow Jesus every day." And "I try to improve my prayer life every day, and I feel the more I pray, it really keeps me focused on him. I pray to accept the outcome, whatever it may be, as long as I'm doing God's will. And sometimes it's hard. You go out there and you give everything, and you lose, and it's sometimes hard to handle, so I pray about that a lot. I basically give all my worries to God, and I try to forget the past and focus on what lies ahead." Name this player. Be one of the first three to respond correctly and you'll win a pink Steubenville t-shirt (or a couple of trendy REAP notepads if you, like Paul, don't like the color pink).

News from our last giveaway!!! AND THE WINNERS ARE…
Actually, for the first time in REAP Giveaway history no one knew the answer – that Bishop Fulton Sheen was the Catholic clergyman to preach about Superman and Christmas.  However, Kaitlyn from Kirkwood won the special essay contest by connecting Superman to Jesus in her essay titled, "Super-Jesus?".  Congratulations, Kaitlyn – you receive a free lunch with Paul & Heather.  To see Fulton Sheen's thoughts on the matter, you can order a video of his at Catholic Company.


Amendment 2 – Frightening for Missouri

Too Young to Vote? You can rock the vote anyway!!!

Whether you're of age or not, it's important to fully understand this frightening Amendment #2.  Missourians should vote "no" to save the lives of millions. If you don't fully understand this Amendment nor why Christians are called to vote "no", please read a new handout we put together called "Paraplegic seeks cure, but not with Amendment 2" or go to our page dedicated to the Amendment called "Rock the Vote".

Teens & Adults – Will you help?  Will you take THE HANDOUT CHALLENGE? 

Whether you're of voting age or not, we encourage all of our newsletter readers to print out at least 5 – 10 copies of the following handout.  Please pass on these handouts to either your parents, relatives or neighbors.  Also, if you find people are already informed and plan to vote "no", ask them if they can give a couple handouts to co-workers or other friends.  The next two Saturdays, consider going door-to-door, asking neighbors if they have any questions while giving them a handout.  Adults are ALWAYS impressed by teens trying to make a difference.

Print and Pass these fliers around – Paraplegic seeks cure, but not with Amendment 2.

Need Copies? Lastly, if you don't have printer or the money to print out a lot of handouts, but you would have the time and ability to pass out handouts, send Heather an email (heather@reapteam.org) with your home address and how many handouts you'd like. She'll mail to you as many as she can.  REAP does not currently have funds to make copies, so if anyone would like to donate some funds to make these copies available, please contact us right away.  We're scraping up money anywhere we can find to make sure any willing teen has enough copies to spread the word. 


BLOG Babblings

Paul's recent ramblings: Attempting Social Suicide?; How God Healed Her 
Heather's recent ramblings: Captain D's; CYC & Sacred Soccer


"When I look at the magazine pages or a TV screen, I know there's nothing they can sell me that can satisfy me. And when I look at the sunset or the stars, I am reminded that there's something inside of me that's meant to live for more than what pop culture often sells us. The punchline is: I'm not buying and I want something more."
– Switchfoot member Jon Foreman on their hit song "Meant to Live."


REAP TEAM NEWS:

Benefit Concert for REAP – Featuring Catholic musicians Adam Bitter and opening band Praz
Saturday, Dec. 9, 2006 at 7:30 p.m. (Doors Open at 7 p.m.)
DeSmet High School Auditorium for $15 per person (General Admission)
Buy tickets soon, as a limited number are available. Could sell out fast!

*To check out Adam Bitter's music, enjoy this free download of his recent release "Let My Tongue Be Silenced"

The Romantic Revolution is a retreat for any young women Grades 7-8 who are interested in learning more about relationships, romance and pure love.
Saturday, April 14, 2007:  9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (lunch included)
The REAP Team will give testimony to the power and beauty of chastity and how only through pure love will true romance be revived in our world.  Get some friends together and register ASAP!


A Plethora of Powerful Podcasting

New REAP Podcast Player on the Web! Our famous web guru, Ray, has made our home page even cooler than before with our own Podcast player. Not needing a MP3-player, you just click the bar, wait a minute and then the most recent fabulous podcast is playing on your computer.  Right now you can hear the podcast "Bob the Nerd" on our homepage.

Isidore's Corner Recognizes REAP Podcasts
On August 1, the REAP Team' podcast was listed as "Catholic Podcast of the Day" by Isidore's Corner

REAP Podcasting
Here are our most recent podcasts –

· Bob The Nerd
· Interview of Teen and Young Adult on Human Cloning and Stem Cell Research
· XLT Anniversary Video
· Steubenville Podcast Series

No More Mass Boredom – Be prepared for the rich beauty of Mass through this cool resource. If you haven't heard yet – LIFE TEEN is now offering a FREE downloadable podcast through iTunes, to help you prepare for and better understand the upcoming Sunday readings. Go to iTunes and search for "lifeteen.com" to sign up and, you, me, and tens of thousands of fellow Catholics will be praying the Sunday Scriptures together each week!

Jesuit Podcasts – News is spreading rapidly about the effectiveness of new podcasting efforts by the British Jesuits and their Pray-as-you-go podcast.


"Lincoln fought to abolish the enslavement of fellow human beings who, because of the color of their skin, were used to advance the economic well-being of a few. Let us fight to prevent the enslavement of fellow human beings who, because of their size, are proposed for use in the advancement of the well-being of a few."
– Archbishop Raymond L. Burke, St. Louis regarding Amendment 2


FUN STUFF – Got too much time? Amuse yourself with these…

How good of a juggler are you?

Better at geography?


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.

AM I STILL A VIRGIN?
Dear Heather,
A while back I "did stuff" with guys. I didn't go all the way but it was sexual. Am I still a virgin?
-Wondering

Heather's Response to Wondering


Paul's Column

Paul (paul@reapteam.org) is also available to answer your questions.  Recently, Paul received a great question…

SUICIDE AND HEAVEN
Dear Paul,

I've always wondered this: Do people who commit suicide, do you think they go to heaven? I know it's a weird question, but I just wanted your opinion.

Questioning

Paul's Response to Questioning


DEEP THOUGHTS…(not necessarily inspirational)

Halloween/Horror Movie Tips:
1 – When it appears that you have killed the monster, NEVER check to see if it's really dead.
2 – Never read a book of demon summoning aloud, even as a joke.
3 – Do not search the basement, especially if the power has gone out.
4 – When you have the benefit of numbers, NEVER pair off or go alone. Hit the first person that says, "Let's split
up."

Thanksgiving Humor:
Q: What happened to the turkey that got in a fight?
A: He got the stuffing knocked out of him!

Q: Why wouldn't the turkey eat any dessert?
A: He was stuffed!

Q: Why was the turkey made the drummer?
A: Because he had the drumsticks!

Q: When did the Pilgrims first say, "God Bless America"?
A: The first time they heard America sneeze.


The truth though is that if you do invite Him in, He won't "break and enter" but He will "enter and break". Once He is in, you will be even more broken than when you invited Him initially. And that brokenness is a good thing; it's a great thing. In our brokenness, Christ can work. It's in your brokenness and honesty with who you are that you can truly experience Who He is. Your Savior, the only one Who can heal your wounds, get you to Heaven or make sense of your life.
– The Bible Geek (www.lifeteen.com)


Cool Websites…

The Dash Movie – Short, inspirational video and thoughts.

The Great Tattoo Debate – See what the Bible says about Tattoos from Lifeteen's Bible Geek.

Q & A Catechism – Not for the faint of heart…
I'm betting of you are familiar with the Catechism, but how many of you have heard of the Compendium of the Catechism? It is in a dialogical question and answer format written by the same committee that compiled the latest Catechism. It was released this past April, and is now available online for free!

Miracles Do Happen – Do miracles still happen? Did they ever happen in the past? Two thousand years ago, many believed that Jesus Christ performed them. Were they real or just tricks to astonish the crowds? Intrigued? To help you decide, explore the following resources.
The Catholic Agency to Support Evangelization has launched a web page on the miracles from the time of Jesus as well as from modernity. The new web page was launched to coincide with the broadcast of a BBC television series called "The Miracles of Jesus," which uses drama, special photography and computer-generated images to bring the miracles of Jesus to life. Monsignor Keith Barltrop, CASE director, is lending his support to the TV series and has asked Catholics to invite non-Catholic friends, family members and neighbors to watch the programs. "Your invitation could change someone's life," he urged. "Pope John Paul II repeatedly called for Catholics to seek new and dynamic ways of communicating and celebrating their faith so as to be of relevance to people living in these times." The BBC series "has the potential to serve in precisely this way as a powerful tool of contemporary evangelization," explained Monsignor Barltrop.


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