Winter/Early Spring 2004 Newsletter

Winter/Early Spring 2004 Newsletter

Lord of the Rings, Hubble Telescope, John Paul II "One of the Greatest Moral Leaders of Our Time," A Case for Chastity….what do these all have in common….yes, they are all in this newsletter with much more!

REAP Team Newsletter
Read It and REAP!
Winter/Early Spring 2004

GIVEAWAY #11 – Name this movie…

Jim Caviezel, who plays the role of Jesus in "The Passion of the Christ" and who is a devout Catholic, was in a popular movie a couple of years ago. In this movie, his character was betrayed by his best friend and held captive, as a prisoner, for years. This movie is based on a classic novel by the same name. The first 3 correct respondents will receive a free copy of the book, "A Case for Chastity" (written by 2 REAPers).

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

Shelli Dillender from O'Fallon, MO, Sue G. from Florissant and Emily B. from St. Ann. All of them received a prize (hackey-sack or Bible) for knowing that Mark Hart is the Bible Geek. He's got an awesome email ministry called "Spread the Word". He sends out emails about twice a week (or less) which contain incredible insight for teens and adults. Paul and Heather always look forward reading "Spread the Word" and couldn't recommend it more. Join his list.

Movie News

Count on The Reap Team for more cool insights about The Lord of the Rings. Paul and Heather actually had the opportunity to attend a viewing of the trilogy in Springfield, MO, watching all three movies in a row (yep, same seat for 12 hours) one day before "The Return of the King" was released, in December. We felt extremely privileged.

Theological analysis of LOTR

Review of The Return of the King


The beauty of God's creation – Pictures from the Hubble Telescope.


  • Ever wonder how to remove your masks? We just published a cool new document, packed with practical advice, to help teens take down their masks. It's already been helpful to many.
  • If you're in a donating mood this lent, there are a few things REAP could really use: pencils, bibles and Office Max gift certificates.
  • If you want to just make a monetary donation, you can now do so online. All you need to do is select REAP under the FUND option. If you do so, all that you give will go directly and only to REAP.

"Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being." -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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,
I'm ready for a real and thorough answer to "How Far is Too Far?" Can you please help me out?
Tired of wimpy answers

Dear Tired of Wimpy Answers,
I am very sorry that you feel you've been left without a substantial answer when it comes to this topic. For us on The Reap Team, we answer this question differently for different ages. What I will offer you now is actually a chapter out of the book my friend Peter and I wrote, "A Case for Chastity". It's very long, but I think the most thorough answer you can find. This is geared toward high school and college-aged students who are ready for a healthy relationship. For most middle school, and even many high school students, we encourage you to focus on friendships. No matter where you're at in life, if you're curious as to how a healthy romantic relationship can and should develop, Peter and I hope you find this helpful.

Check this out: How Far is Too Far?

Have a question about the Faith, the Bible, Church teachings?

Go to www.lifeteen.com and check out the "About the Faith" archive – filled with over 100 answers to the most commonly asked questions about Catholicism.

And don't stop there – check out the Ask BG and Ask Fr. J ARCHIVES – filled with hundreds more answers to all the most frequently asked questions about the Bible and the Church.

And if you still haven't found what you're looking for, you can even ask the Bible Geek or Father J., and your question just might be highlighted and answered on the homepage.

Take the time to check it out; you never know when someone might want to know more about the faith…your faith! And, again, highly consider joining the "Spread the Word" emailing list – It's awesome!


LIFE TEEN in St. Ann, MO

On November 30, 2003, Holy Trinity Parish in St. Ann (Paul's parish) began LIFE TEEN. Masses are held at 11am every Sunday at Holy Trinity Parish. The music and the homily appeal to teens. Everyone of every age is invited and welcome.

LIFE NIGHTS are held in the newly renovated LIFE TEEN Coffee House every Sunday at 7pm in the Teen Center for high school teenagers. LIFE NIGHTS will give teens a chance to dive deeper into their faith, allowing them to begin to take ownership of it.

For more information call the Youth Minster, Kathie Hammell at 426-6362.

"Success is never final, and failure is never fatal; it's courage that counts." – Unknown

Bush Calls John Paul II "One of the Greatest Moral Leaders of Our Time"
Statements in Krakow on the Eve of Colin Powell's Visit to the Vatican

KRAKOW, Poland, JUNE 1, 2003 (Zenit.org).- U.S. President George W. Bush described John Paul II as "one of the greatest moral leaders of our time," on the eve of Secretary of State Colin Powell's visit to the Vatican.

On Saturday, while visiting Krakow, the city of which Karol Wojtyla was archbishop, the U.S. president said amid applause: "At Wawel Cathedral in 1978, a Polish cardinal began his journey to a conclave in Rome, and entered history as Pope John Paul II — one of the greatest moral leaders of our time."

Further on in his speech, delivered at Wawel Royal Castle, Bush added: "Through the years of the Second World War, another legacy of the 20th century was unfolding, here in this city of Krakow."

"A young seminarian, Karol Wojtyla, saw the swastika flag flying over the ramparts of Wawel Castle," Bush said. "He shared the suffering of his people and was put into forced labor. From this priest's experience and faith came a vision: that every person must be treated with dignity, because every person is known and loved by God."

"In time, this man's vision and this man's courage would bring fear to tyrants and freedom to his beloved country, and liberation to half a continent," the president added. "To this very hour, Pope John Paul II speaks for the dignity of every life and expresses the highest aspirations of the culture we share."


A Sunday school teacher asked her class, "Does anyone know Jesus' Mother's name?"

Susie raised her hand and said, "It was Mary." The teacher said, "Very good Susie. Do you know Jesus' Father's name?"

Little Johnny said, "Yes, it was Verg." The teacher asked how he came up with that answer. He said, "You know, Verg 'n Mary."

For Parents/Adults

Got eman? The Office of Youth Ministry, of which The Reap Team is a part, sends out a bi-weekly newsletter with helpful articles and ideas for parents. We highly encourage you to sign up.

A Prayer of Abandonment, by Thomas Merton

MY LORD GOD, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it. Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.

Books-novels or otherwise-that REAP staffers recommend

We Were There … Catholic Priests and How They Responded is a compilation of personal accounts of ministry amid the damage at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The U.S. bishops' Secretariat for Vocations and Priestly Formation produced the work, available on the Web. Priests highlighted in We Were There spoke of the realization of how much their presence as a priest could mean to someone. Here is just one story from this compilation.

Excerpt from the book…
Father Emile Frische, who coordinates special ministries for the Archdiocese of New York, spoke of a firefighter at a morgue who sat wordlessly on an upside down bucket. "He didn't want to talk to me. So I found a bucket and turned it upside down and sat with him," Father Frische said. "Not a word was said between us. After a good long time he got up, turned to me and said, 'Thank you, Father,' and left."

A Case for Chastity: The Way to Real Love and True Freedom for Catholic Teens was written by Heather Gallagher (REAP's Chastity Educator) and Peter Vlahutin (REAP volunteer & Campus Minister at Chaminade). Get more information on the book.

Pro-Life Postings…

U.S. Bishops' Panel Backs Amendment on Marriage Supports Change to the Constitution

WASHINGTON, D.C., SEPT. 11, 2003 (Zenit.org).- The U.S. bishops' Administrative Committee has voted to give general support to a Federal Marriage Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The committee is comprised of 47 bishops from 14 regions.

DEEP THOUGHTS… (We love the "groaners"!)

What happens when you fall in love with…

  • A chauffeur? (You get taken for a ride.)
  • A gambler? (He cheats on you.)
  • A telephone operator? (He gives you a phone-y line.)
  • A trashman? (He dumps you.)
  • A clockmaker? (He two-times you.)
  • A pastry cook? (He desserts you.)
  • A shoe salesman? (He walks all over you.)
  • An elevator operator? (He lets you down.)
  • An artist? (He gives you the brush.)
  • A jogger? (He gives you the run-around.)

Have an important prayer request?

Your concerns can be read out loud and prayed for in Lourdes, France. Prayers sent by e-mail are read every day at 3:30 p.m. in the cave where the Virgin Mary appeared to Bernadette Soubirous in 1858.

E-mail can be sent via their website . A faster way is to send them to: intention@lourdes-france.com.

The apparitions and message of Lourdes are recognized by the Catholic Church, but are not a dogma of faith.

Only an encounter with Jesus can give full meaning to your lives: "for you made us for yourself, and our heart finds no peace until it rests in you" (Saint Augustine, "The Confessions," Book 1, Chapter 1). Do not let yourselves be distracted from this search. Persevere in it because it is your fulfillment and your joy that is at stake.

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