Summer 2002 Newsletter

Summer 2002 Newsletter

Celebrities choose chastity, Featured Music, Bishop’s response to sexual abuse, Ever Wonder?, well inquire more about the whole newsletter!

REAP Team Newsletter
Read It and REAP!
Summer 2002

Please Pray For Us…

Whenever you think about it, like now, please pray for the REAP Team’s summer fundraising effort. We have a goal of raising $25,000 by September 1 — in order to keep the REAP Team on solid financial ground.

So far, thanks be to God, we have raised nearly $2500 in donations and pledges! To make a donation to the REAP Team, you can send a check or money order payable to “The REAP Team” to us at the following address –

The REAP Team
27 Grand Circle Drive
Maryland Heights, MO 63043
Thanks for your prayers and any other support you can offer!


If you’ve attended a REAP retreat during which “the can” was discussed, you might have thought, at least for a moment, “What is inside that thing?” For this giveaway, we’re seeking creative writers. The three individuals who most eloquently describe the importance of the can–using creativity–in less than 100 words, will receive in the mail an actual can that has been used on REAP retreats. The top writer will see his/her work published in our next newsletter. Reply to this message with your creativity.

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

Dena from St. Louis and Angie from Florissant each received, as a prize, a free hacky-sack in the mail. These wise individuals knew that Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe), from “Friends” chose to save sex until her wedding night, at the age of 31. Read morea about other celebrities choosing chastity.


Featured Music — “This is really cool!” says Paul Masek.

If you like good music (and I know that you do), check out our homepage at reapteam.org. You can then click on “Featured Music – Last Call by Danny Liston” and find out about a great new CD that has just been released. You can listen to sound clips, read a review of the CD, and even order this CD through the REAP Team. We hope to make “Featured Music” a regular addition to our website, highlighting excellent music that you absolutely must know about.



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,
I admire the chastity efforts, but let’s face it, you can’t stop some of my friends from having sex. If safety can help them avoid disease, I don’t understand why you and the Church won’t provide condoms for sexually active teens.

Sincerely, Baffled

Dear Baffled,
I understand your concern for teens. I too hope that sexually active teens are not contracting diseases. However, more than my hope for less disease is my hope that teens receive and give true love–which can only be authentically done in chaste relationships. And, even if less STD’s is my first concern, I wouldn’t advocate condoms because too many STD’s are transferred through condom usage (some even with “proper” condom usage). To provide condoms would be against my heart’s desire (and the desire of Christ and the Church) that teens honor one another in truth, respect and real love. Hopefully this analogy will help…

*Imagine a father and son driving to school everyday. The father notices that the son is checking out a motorcycle on display on a car sales lot. The son looks very seriously at the bike–as if he wanted to steal the motorbike. The father mentions that the son shouldn’t steal the bike. The son keeps checking out the motorcycle, everyday. Then the father notices that the son is checking out the security system at the car sales lot to possibly carry out his plan. The father once again says, “Son, I don’t think you should steal the bike. It’s a really bad idea.” But, the son continues to look very intensely at the motorbike. Finally, the father doesn’t know what else to do, so he hands his son a box. Before opening, the father again says, “I don’t think you should steal the bike.” Then the son opens the box to find a motorcycle helmet. And the father concludes, “But, if you’re going to do it anyway, at least be safe.” By having the helmet, the son becomes very confused. Even if the father waits to give the helmet until after he knows his son has stolen the bike, he is still giving his approval.

When we tell teens that we’d rather they not be having sex and then hand them condoms, we are doing the same thing–sending a very confusing message. The Church is clear and that is why I am clear and encourage everyone to let teens know we care so much more for you than just “damage control.” We don’t want any damage what so ever, especially in the area of your sexuality. That is why we won’t “settle” and hand out condoms.

For more on Sex, Dating and Relationships, go to reapteam.org and select “Chastity Challenge”.


INTERESTED IN JOINING THE REAP TEAM??? If you’ve already begun the application process or would like to apply for REAP for the 2002 — 2003 school year, make sure to go to the REAP website reapteam.org and select “Apply Today” ALL COMPLETED APPLICATIONS ARE DUE JULY 21, 2001!!! Time is running out, so if serving on REAP interests you, please get going on our application packet ASAP (or sooner:)


Did You Know?
Did you know that the REAP Team is actually an outreach of the Office of Youth Ministry for the Archdiocese of St. Louis? The Office of Youth Ministry coordinates such wonderful events as the Pro-Life Caravan every January, Project Life Workcamp, Steubenville/St. Louis Youth Conference, and others.

The Office of Youth Ministry also publishes the hip and trendy and totally slick OYM Update, a magazine with great information for teens and adults. For a free subscription to the OYM Update, just send an email (with your regular snail mailing address) to stlyouth@archstl.org or call 314.633.2525, and let them know that you’d like to begin receiving the “OYM Update”.


Sometimes, real life is too funny! TRUE STORIES…

A couple was arranging for their wedding, and asked the bakery to inscribe the wedding cake with just the words “1 John 4:18”. If you read this in the Bible, it says… “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out all fear.” The bakery evidently lost, smudged or otherwise misread the noted reference, and beautifully inscribed on the cake “John 4:18″ Looked up in the Bible this verse says…”You are right when you say you have no husband. The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband.”


CURRENT EVENTS in the church…

Abbot Gregory, of Conception Abbey – where two monks were killed and two more injured by an intruder on 6/10/02 – was asked in an interview if the monks there were going to be more strict about allowing people in after this incident. He smiled and said, “No, that’s why we are here”. (an essential aspect of the Rule of St. Benedict is hospitality).

Paul’s brief reflection on this story is this, “If only all of us who call ourselves Christians could have this same attitude — when we get made fun of for loving God, or going to youth group, or going against the flow of peer pressure, or hanging out with people that some consider uncool or unpopular, will we stop doing the right thing, give up the fight, and abandon our faith? No, that’s why we are here! We are here to know, love, and serve God. To live for Jesus, to be an example to others – no matter the cost or the inconvenience. We follow Jesus not because it is always fun or convenient, but because it is the right thing to do, because He first loved us, and because we want to be the best lovers of God and other people that we can possibly be. That is why we are here!”
Read the Bishop’s response to the sexual abuse in the Church.



To receive an awesome CD or tape on faith renewal through all scandals in the Church, go to

Grassrootsrenewal.com and order “It’s a time to turn to God: An Urgent Appeal” by Fr. Benedict Groeschel. It’s free!



Cool Quote…

I need a heart burning with tenderness, who will be my support forever…I could find no creature who could always

love me and never die…O my God…I can rest on your Sacred Heart.

–St. Therese of Lisieux





12:30pm – 9:30pm on Saturday, September 7th, 2002. Matt Smith from MTV’s Real World “New Orleans” Cast, Mark Hart “BibleGeek”, Mass with Bishop Dolan, inflatibles, dinner and Concert with Relient K ( http://www.relientk.com/). Cost is $15 and it is all at Incarnate Word Parish in Chesterfield, MO. Contact Steve Allgeyer at 314.576.5366 x.30 for tickets or more information. Sellout is 1200 people, 800 less than the last inspiration, so we expect a sell out.




Ever Wonder…

§ Why don’t you ever see the headline “Psychic Wins Lottery”?

§ Why is “abbreviated” such a long word?

§ Why is it that doctors call what they do “practice”?

§ Why is it that to stop Windows, you have to click on “START”?

§ Why is the time of day with the slowest traffic called rush hour?

§ Why isn’t there mouse-flavored cat food?

§ When dog food is new and improved tasting, who tests it?




Be Christ in your community –Ideas for doing something special for others…

Good deed idea for the summer: For females with long hair–consider donating your hair to cancer patients. At Locks of Love, they provide hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children suffering from long-term medical hair loss. You would need to cut at least 10 inches for a donation.




Prayer Vincentian Mission Prayer

by St. John Gabriel Perboyre, C.M.


Divine Savior, transform me into Yourself.

May my hands be Your hands.

May my tongue be Your tongue.

Grant that every faculty of my body may serve only to glorify You.

Above all, transform my soul and all its powers, that my memory, my will and my affections

May be the memory, the will and the affections of You.

I pray You to destroy in me all that is not of You.

Grant that I may live but in You, and by You, and for You,

And that I may truly say with St. Paul, “I live, not I, but Christ lives in me.”

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