Winter 2007 Newsletter

Winter 2007 Newsletter

Famous musician trivia, see who's engaged, REAP on Facebook, Romantic Revolution (no boys allowed!), Free hugs, Monk games, Christopher West, Help, I'm a 26-year-old virgin, talking to dead people, more from XXXChurch.com and many more fun tidbits from the REAP Team headquarters

REAP Team Newsletter
Read It and REAP!

GIVEAWAY #20 – Name this famous, classic musician…

Catholic speaker and writer Christopher West wrote an article about sex and a VERY FAMOUS musician that was published this fall in the St. Louis Review. If you can fill in the blanks (same name in each) and be the first to submit the correct answer, you'll win a $5 gift certificate to Penn Station (that's a free sub sandwich!). "In a book-long interview with Michka Assayas, ____ reflects at length on his unconventional Christian convictions. And Assayas simply cannot understand how the world's biggest rock star could believe Jesus is the Son of God. Nor can he understand how _____ has remained faithful to his wife of twenty-five years." Email Paul – paul@reapteam.org – with the name of this musician for a chance to win!

News from our last giveaway!!! AND THE WINNERS ARE…
Winners from last contest were Melissa (from Atchison, KS), Shelli (from Warrensburg, MO) and Adam (from St. Louis, MO) Melissa and Shelli are now the proud wearers of a cool pink Steubenville shirt. Adam, on the other hand, opted for the awesome prize of REAP Team notepads, which is what Paul would have chosen as a prize, too! All three contestants knew that Jeff Suppan was the strong Catholic baseball Cardinal we quoted regarding his prayer life. Read the article about Suppan's faith. Since we lost Suppan for the Brewers this winter, read about two other strong Catholics on the Cardinal team.

BLOG Babblings

Paul's recent ramblings: The Demons of Mediocrity, The Lie of Christmas, A Magnifying Glass
Heather's recent ramblings: Are you the exception? Is Heather getting married?

"You can have all the money in the world. You can have everything under the tree that you ever wanted. And if you're sitting there alone, you are the saddest, loneliest human being on the planet, and there is absolutely nothing that money can buy that will fill your soul."
– Actress Jamie Lee Curtis, USA Today, December 27, 2004, 2D


Staff Member Heather Gallagher is ENGAGED!!! Congratulations, Heather (soon-to-be Heather Vento). For the story of her engagement and a picture of Heather and her groom, check out this blog.

IN YOUR FACE…REAP Staffers have arrived on Facebook! If you're on Facebook, look up Paul Masek, Heather Gallagher, Gretchen Pacheco or Carolyn McCluskey; and join a fun new group called, "I've Attended a Retreat with the REAP Team" started by our very own Paul Masek

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 (guys not allowed to sign up – sorry!).
Saturday, April 14, 2007: 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (lunch included). High school and college-age REAPers (guys and girls) will share insight as to how romance can only be revived in our world with pure love. Women of any age are welcome to bring their younger sisters, cousins, nieces, etc. Get some friends together and register ASAP!

BIG NEWS for REAP and the Office of Youth Ministry
The REAP Team is a part of the Office of Youth Ministry (OYM), which has recently merged with the CYC – Catholic Scouts and Sports – Office. We (Catholic Scouts, Sports & OYM) are all part of the Catholic Youth Apostlate, a new organization created just for our three offices. For the full story on this merge of offices, read this posting on the OYM website.

A Plethora of Powerful Podcasting

Check out a picture of Archbishop Burke listening to an ipod given to him by our Catholic Youth Apostalate

REAP Podcasting
You can subscribe to receive all to your MP3 player automatically!

Here are our most recent podcasts
· Kathie Tries to Impress a Boy
· Shelley's Unplanned Pregnancy
· Larry's Story – The Mask of Drugs
· Interview – Meet Sr. Carol!

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

Free Hugs Campaign – Watch this incredible video of a young Australian who changes his community simply by offering free hugs.

Monks of Adoration's Sliding Tiler Thingy – The Monks of Adoration have created a bunch of games to enjoy in your spare time. This one, they call, "Sliding Tiler Thingy", is just one of the many you can find if you go their Main Page and scroll down a little. What a fun thing for Monks to do – make games for Catholics like us to enjoy!


Christopher West in St. Louis – All college students & young adults invited!
On Thursday night, February 22, 2007, young adults (no defined age range – married or single) in St. Louis can enjoy an evening with the dynamic Catholic speaker, Christopher West. He brings to us the powerful message of Theology of the Body. You'll never think of sex the same again after this presentation – it's more amazing than you ever imagined! For only $7, you get the coolest message of our times, free pizza and drinks and exciting plans a Friday night.

Vocation Retreat for Young Women (ages 17 – 30) "Come, if you love"
Recently we have heard from several different priests and religious that our community is one of the best kept secrets in the Church. We, the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George are hosting a weekend retreat for single Catholic women considering a religious vocation, 17-30 years of age Friday, Mar. 9 to Sunday, Mar. 11, 2007. To get a registration form, call or email Sr. M. Beata ASAP at 618.463.2757, vocations@altonfranciscans.org

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.

Help! I'm a 26-year-old virgin
Dear Heather,
The truth is, now in my mid-twenties and it's getting more and more difficult to find reasons to keep my virginity. It's not something to be ashamed of, but society definitely makes you feel inadequate about it though! There's a lot of pressure out there. A lot.
Check out Heather's response, with a unique perspective and tips that will help this young man grow in confidence for living chastity.

Also, read Heather's answers to these intriguing questions:
How do I turn lust into love?
Is underage drinking a sin?

Those who practice any sort of magic believe that they can manipulate superior powers, but in reality it is they who are manipulated."
An Exorcist Tells His Story by Fr. Gabriele Amorth (for more from Fr. Amorth)

Paul's Column

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

Talking to Dead People
Dear Paul,
A good friend recently died that I cared for dearly, in fact, he and I were dating. We were friends first and foremost. He was an amazing, respectful, caring guy and now he's gone. Can I contact him? I miss him so much! – Mourning

Check out Paul's response, the good, effective ways to communicate and the surprisingly dangerous ways of trying to contact the deceased.

Also, read Paul's answers to these intriguing questions:
How can I stop masturbating?
How do I find help to stay strong?

Movie Mania:

Lord of the Rings continues to inspire (at least Paul & Heather – hopefully you too!)
Tolkien's Catholic Imagination – very thorough analysis of Tolkien's Catholic influence including how his friendships and family relationships colored the epic story.
Gollum: The Mirror of Man – by an incredibly insightful convert and priest, Fr. Longenecker
Our Lady Eowyn – by an incredibly insightful convert and priest, Fr. Longenecker

Catholic Writer and Speaker Christopher West comments on…
Apocalypto – It's much more than just violence and history; it's a critique of our culture of death.
Children of Men – Even Hollywood can see the destructive nature of sterilizing sex; we're moving toward a sterilized culture.


Q: What does a cannibal call a phone book…
A: A menu!

Q: What did the slice of bread say to the loaf…
A: Must be nice to have so much dough! (thanks, Ivory)

Knock, Knock
Who's There?
Nobody Who?
…. (stare blankly at your victim)
(thanks, "The Pursuit of Happyness")

Adults/Parents/College Students

Eucharistic Procession around University of Nebraska Lincoln – College students, would you dare to the do the same? Over 200 students showed up for this procession of Our Lord and over 50 people were involved in putting it on: seminarians, religious sisters, Knights of Columbus, priests, emcee's, and a full choir. The link is a video taken of the actual procession.

Christopher West in St. Louis – Thursday evening event for college students & young adults!
On Thursday night, February 22, 2007, young adults (no defined age range – married or single) in St. Louis can enjoy an evening with the dynamic Catholic speaker, Christopher West. He brings to us the powerful message of Theology of the Body. You'll never think of sex the same again after this presentation – it's more amazing than you ever imagined! For only $7, you get the coolest message of our times, free pizza and drinks and exciting plans a Friday night.

Christopher West Seminar "Created and Redeemed" for all adults – Friday evening, 2/23 – Saturday 2/24

– Exploring the Mass seminar is open to adults at Sacred Heart in Valley Park. It will be held March 3, 2007 from 9:30 a.m. – 12 Noon. For more information please check out the website www.frpastorius.com

Lenten Lecture Series offered by SSYM at St. Mary Magdalen for adults who might be looking to expand their theological base – either for personal growth or pastoral application. The guest lecturer is Dr. Larry Feingold, a dynamic, well-known professor and theologian. 7 – 9 p.m. the following evenings…
Feb. 15 Catholic Doctrine, Conversion and the Universal Call to Holiness
Mar. 1 Conversion and the Cross of Christ
Mar. 15 The Gospel of Suffering
Mar. 29 The Eucharist: Source and Summit of the Christian Life

DEEP THOUGHTS…(not necessarily inspirational)

THE TOP 15 BIBLICAL WAYS TO ACQUIRE A WIFE (original author unknown)

-Find an attractive prisoner of war, bring her home, shave her head, trim her nails, and give her new clothes. Then she's yours. (Deuteronomy 21:11-13)

-Find a man with seven daughters, and impress him by watering his flock. (Moses–Exodus 2:16-21)

-Go to a party and hide. When the women come out to dance, grab one and carry her off to be your wife. (Benjaminites–Judges 21:19-25)

-Have God create a wife for you while you sleep. Note: this will cost you. (Adam–Genesis 2:19-24)

-Agree to work seven years in exchange for a woman's hand in marriage. Get tricked into marrying the wrong woman. Then work another seven years for the woman you wanted to marry in the first place. That's right. Fourteen years of toil for a wife. (Jacob–Genesis 29:15-30)

-Cut 200 foreskins off of your future father-in-law's enemies and get his daughter for a wife. (David–1 Samuel 18:27)

-When you see someone you like, go home and tell your parents, "I have seen a … woman; now get her for me." If your parents question your decision, simply say, "Get her for me. She's the one for me." (Samson–Judges 14:1-3)

Let us live Lent then, as a "Eucharistic" time in which, welcoming the love of Jesus, we learn to spread it around us with every word and deed. Contemplating "Him whom they have pierced" moves us in this way to open our hearts to others, recognizing the wounds inflicted upon the dignity of the human person; it moves us, in particular, to fight every form of contempt for life and human exploitation and to alleviate the tragedies of loneliness and abandonment of so many people.
Pope Benedict XVI's Message for Lent 2007

Cool Websites…

XXXChurch reaches out to Women and Teens! Porn is not just a "guy thing" – 28% of all viewers are women. XXXChurch strives to free men, women and teens from the grip of porn. Don't miss their home page video interviews -one from ABC, another directed to women called "Makeup". Great stuff on this site for anyone who views porn.

Too Busy? Pope Benedict addresses all of us who find ourselves constantly busy with one thing or another.

I am the Nap Queen – Check out our boss, Sr. Consolata's, recent blog on prayer! St. Therese often found herself "resting with Jesus", too.

Fr. Larry Richards – If you happened to be at "STL Steubenville One" this past summer you may have listened to a very funny and optimistic priest by the name of Fr Larry Richards. For those who may have never heard of Fr Larry, well here's the scoop! Fr Larry is a very charismatic priest and preacher. His message is relevant to people of all ages. His presentations are enthusiastic and authentic to the teachings of the Catholic Church. His topics and materials will help to change a person's life and challenge them to live a more authentic way of life in Christ. That is why he started The Reason For Our Hope Foundation in answer to 1 Peter 3:15: "Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope." Check out Fr Larry's website today, The Reason for Our Hope!

LIFETEEN videos Rock! I had a blast tooling through these short, yet entertaining and inspirational videos. They didn't take time to download and they were engaging me so much I couldn't get work done. On so many different and fun topics, don't miss out on these!

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