Spring 2006 Newsletter

Spring 2006 Newsletter

"Everybody Loves Raymond" Trivia, New REAP website, hot teen issues – drugs & Wicca, pro-life t-shirt day, getting over you ex, Bible twister and more…

REAP Team Newsletter
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GIVEAWAY #17 – Who is Outspokenly Pro-Life from "Raymond"?

In one of Paul and Heather's favorite TV shows, "Everybody Loves Raymond", you'll find a star who, in real life, is very vocally pro-life. This celebrity is unashamed of the pro-life movement and often speaks out against those who believe abortion is a good thing for America or women. In a reply to this email, name both this person's character name on the show and his or her name in real life (first & last name for both). The first three respondents with the correct answer will win a large "Vote for Jesus" t-shirt in "Vote for Pedro" fashion.

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

Alison from Kirksville, Tyler from Maryland Heights, Ashley from Florissant, Toni from St. Charles, and Chris from St. Louis all knew that the Scaryman's minions on the new Veggie Tales movie "Lord of the Beans" are the…SPORKS!!! Congratulations to our winners who received huge movie posters for "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe."

BLOG Babblings

Paul's recent ramblings: half a book, "Blue Li…"; he cried; Does Porn Tempt You?; Narnia Movie Review; treasure hunting

Heather's recent ramblings: I'm in Love; I was wrong – terribly wrong; We Were Wrong – Terribly Wrong

"Seeing yourself, a recovering drug addict and alcoholic, on the cover of Teen Beat…it doesn't make any sense." – My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way

Movie Mania:

Dissecting "The Da Vinci Code" Book and the soon-to-be-released movie – Although it's an incredible work of fiction, unfortunately Dan Brown's book has caused many to seriously doubt the mission and person of Jesus. No matter the author's intent, some have even likened the effects of this book to what happened in Nazi Germany after the general public viewed "comic-strip" propaganda about the Jews. Get informed so you can be knowledgeable when friends, classmates and family members bring up the book or go to see the movie.

Da Vinci Outreach includes Teacher resources for the classroom and all the material needed for a "Da Vinci Discussion" evening at parishes.

Lifeteen has a Book Review of Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown


REAP Podcasting – yes, The Reap Team is down with the hip, new trends in the tech age. If you have an MP3 player, you can subscribe to the hot testimonies, interviews, videos and talks that are sweeping the web! Also, you can download right now our three teasers for podcasts –

The St. Louis Review even published an article on our exciting new Podcasts!

Our website has been revised, revamped, improved for YOU! Check out some of the most intriguing topics are listed in "Goin' Fishin'" below, or go directly to the REAP TEAM WEBSITE!!!

Evangelize Your Friends – Goin' Fishin'*

Sweet Bait…Emailing REAP Team features, answers, stories
Everything on the new REAP Team website can now be emailed to a friend. If these titles make you think of friends, select the article and look to the bottom of the page to send it out to friends.
What if I want a Second Chance?
Freak dancing is okay, right?
Don't drugs "broaden your horizons"?
How can I remove my masks?
Fun Stuff

*Spreading the message of the Gospel is easy and non-threatening when you do it like you're fishing – throw out bait (invitations, a comment about your own faith journey, a book, etc.) and then wait to see if they "nibble". If they're interested, draw them closer to the truth of Christ within you. But, never shove faith down their throats (like you wouldn't shove worms down a fish's mouth).


Bible Brain Twister – See how well you find these books in the Bible

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.

Dear Heather – My boyfriend of 6 months recently broke up with me and I'm having a very hard time letting go. I prayed that God would help me, but I can't stop thinking about him and can't stand seeing him with other girls. We stayed friends since we started as friends. What can I do to get over him? – Sincerely, Heart-broken

Dear Heart-broken,
When moving on seems impossible, there are a few things that can help you work through the loss and start fresh. Check out my top 4 tips for getting over your ex….complete response.

"Do you wish to study to your advantage? Let devotion accompany all your studies. Consult God more than your books. Ask Him to make you understand what you read. Never begin or end your study except by prayer." -St. Vincent Ferrer


Major XLT at CBC High School
On Wednesday, May 3rd, a powerful XLT will be held at CBC High School for everyone in the St. Louis area. And our very special guest will be… Fr. Stan Fortuna!!! We are celebrating the growth of XLT (Eucharistic adoration geared for teens) in our Archdiocese, with the 3 year anniversary in South County, and the 1 year anniversary in North County. Karl Zimmerman and Matthew Baute will lead music with a rocking praise & worship band. Fr. Stan will give a dynamic talk focusing on the power of the Eucharist, after which he will give a concert! Capping the evening will be Jesus Christ in the flesh, as we sit in His presence during adoration, a time of healing and transformation. Welcoming music starts at 6:30pm, and the evening will close around 9:30pm. Don't miss this very special night!!!

Real Men of Genius, in North County
Are you a guy? Do you burp, scratch, or fart? Like just hanging out? Going camping? Don't understand girls? If you can answer yes to any of these questions then you are welcome to come and hang out with our "Real Men of Genius". We go camping, build stuff, and do other guy stuff like burp, scratch and fart. We hang out, discuss things like, "What's with girls?", "What does it mean to be a real man of genius?", and "Does this taste stale to you?" Whatever we end up doing it's all to the Glory of God. Whether you are a "Man of Genius" or a "Man of God", or you aren't really sure what kind of Man you are, come and join us on the first and third Tuesday of the month. Sorry ladies this is Guys Only! Real Men of Genius meets every 1st and 3rd Tuesday from 7:00-9:00pm at Holy Trinity Teen Center, 3500 St. Luke, St. Ann, MO 63074 For more information, email TheRMOG@gmail.com

Purity is HARDCORE Conference in San Diego, CA
Join other young adults and teens seeking to spread the powerful message of chastity. This conference is for leaders of faith, young people ready for the challenge of making hardcore purity a priority in their own lives and communicating that message to others. The conference runs from July 30 – Aug. 1, 2006; $155 individual registration fee ($140 group rate) for early birds – travel expenses not included. If you’re interested, check out The Goretti Group website for more details.

Pro-Life Postings…

Pro-Life T-Shirt Day – Tuesday, April 25, 2006. If you own one, join pro-lifers around the country by wearing yours. If you don't have one, consider buying one of the cool shirts on sale at this site.

Stem Cell Petition & Facts (like adults stem cell research has found 65 treatments; embryonic – none!) Many great articles found on this MO Catholic Conference website.

Sweet pro-life sites for teens
Gravity Teen
Truth TV (from Ireland)
Teens for Life
Abortion Ends
Generations for Life
Abortion Facts
After Abortion
USCCB's Pro-Life Site


As a senior citizen was driving down the freeway, his car phone rang.
Answering, he heard his wife's voice urgently warning him, "Herman, I just heard on the news that there's a car going the wrong way on HWY 280. Please be careful!"
"Hey!", said Herman, "It's not just one car. It's HUNDREDS of them!"

Paul's Column

Dear Paul, My friend is using drugs with the excuse that he's "broadening his horizons". I don't agree with him, but I'm not exactly sure why. Can you help me understand why it's not a good idea for me to start and give him some reasons to consider quitting?

Dear Friend –
"Broadening your horizons" is a good thing. Live life to the fullest, abundantly, as Jesus encourages in the Gospel. Go to a state park, visit the homeless, travel to a new amusement park or try a new sport or hobby you've never considered before. Illegal drugs, however, have nothing to do with living life to the fullest. From someone who has used many excuses for using drugs, let me explain why…complete response

Hot Teen Issues

Drugs often seem to be an issue. Finally, a government campaign against drugs that's not only interesting, but also amusing. Check out one of our new favorite websites: Above the Influence – Don't miss the commercials at the bottom

Wicca is gaining popularity among teens. Here are some interesting articles on this religion –
"Looking Into the Pagan Phenomenon"
"Dispelling the Charms of Wicca"

"We as Americans are completely obsessed and wrapped up in a lot of the wrong values-looking good, having cash in the bank, being perceived as rich, famous and successful or just being famous. It's the most superficial part of the American dream and who would know better than me? The only thing that's going to bring you happiness is love and how you treat your fellow man and having compassion for one another" – Madonna, quoted by Reuters, April 24, 2003.

Prayer Power

Need some help praying the Rosary? If you are unsure how to pray this beautiful prayer of the Church, often forget the words, or would like some stimulating pictures to assist your meditation, give 59 Beads a try.

For Parents/Adults

A Window into the MySpace Generation – A great article for parents, teachers and youth ministers who want to know what's up with one of the most popular teen websites. "A decade ago I would have told you that if you wanted to get to know a kid, ‘Go look at his/her bedroom.' Now I'd tell you to look at their MySpace page."

College Transition Initiative – One of our favorite sites, CPYU, is helping parents, teachers and youth workers best prepare high school seniors for making the jump into college. They've stocked with articles, trends, resources and ideas for keeping our loved ones spiritually and emotionally healthy.

For College Students & Young Adults

Summer Conferences for Young Adults (ages 18 – 30)
Franciscan Univ. at Steubenville, OH "Unchanging Love" June 2 – 4, 2006 – don't miss amazing speakers (Mark Hart, Fr. Larry Richards, Mary Bielski), talks and worship for Catholic young adults!

Youth Arise in Prescott, AZ "Arise: Let Us Go" May 26 – 28, 2006 – Speakers include Bishop Sam Jacobs, Paul George and music by Matt Maher

God of Desire – Incredible website for Catholic singles on dating into paradise (cool stuff, I must say) and how to live the single vocation – even with ministry resources for college and young adult groups. It's not a "dating" website to meet people – sorry – just excellent material on relationships and life!

Frassati – Check out this organization of Catholic young adults to get ideas on creating a strong young adult ministry program in any parish or area.

(Sometimes real life is frightening)

Elevator Entertainment – Eight Crazy Things to Do in an Elevator…

  1. When there's only one other person in the elevator, tap him on the shoulder and then pretend it wasn't you.
  2. Push the buttons and pretend they give you a shock. Smile, and go back for more.
  3. Ask if you can push the button for other people, but push the wrong ones.
  4. Call the Psychic Hotline from your cell phone and ask if they know what floor you're on.
  5. Hold the doors open and say you're waiting for a friend. After a while, let the doors close, and say, "Hi Greg. How's your day been?"
  6. Swat at flies that don't exist.
  7. Make explosion noises when anyone presses a button.
  8. Stare, grinning at another passenger for a while, and then announce, "I have new socks on."

Cool Websites…

Videos from LIFETEEN

Mother Teresa of Calcutta Center – the official site on Blessed Mother Teresa

Sarah Bauer – If you attended Crossroads Music Festival in September, you should remember a dear friend of The Reap Team, Sarah Bauer. Check out more about Sarah and her music on her website.

Secondary Virginity – Read about the power and grace in starting over.

A cool priest in the Netherlands has his own podcast!

What movie should we see? Check out films both your conscience and parents would like at CleanFilms.

True Girl – Catholic magazine for teen girls. Subscribe to this gem for latest fashion, fads, and friendship, boy and faith issues.

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