The Mission of the Catholic Youth Apostolate is to help all young people hear the Gospel message of Jesus Christ and to help all young people actively respond to the Gospel message and enthusiastically participate in the mission of Jesus Christ and His Church.

Home for Christmas - Eileen Doherty

Many of you know Eileen, and a greater number have probably seen her at Sacred Heart - Valley Park's gym and various CYC gyms around St. Louis.  This past year she has been fighting cancer and doing an amazing job of keeping her spirits high through out the battle.  However, we received this message today:

Home for Christmas
By Donna Haller —
We brought Eileen home yesterday. I have to believe that she was comforted to be here, surrounded by those who love her...even the cats took turns laying by her side as she settled in. Last night, Fr. Denny our pastor prayed over her and anointed her. And at 1:30 am this morning, God welcomed her Home. She did not struggle, simply slowed her breathing and let go. I want you to know that I read every entry that you all wrote after my last post the other day, assuring her of your prayers and reminding her how deeply she touched your lives. Though she could not respond, I believe she heard and treasured every word. We are going to Kutis in Affton to make arrangements today. She will be buried from Sacred Heart probably on Saturday morning and laid to rest in the Sacred Heart Cemetery right next to the children she so dearly loved. I will post specific arrangements when we have them. Please pray for all of us, especially her family who will be traveling here over the next several days.

Eileen now coaches and officiates on the Heavenly Team.  It is up to those of us here to continue her enthusiasm, love and the legacy she started at SHVP and the CYC.  God Bless!

Last Minute FREE Tix to SLU Mens Basketball 12/17

St. Louis University has generously offered the CYC FREE Tickets to the Men's Basketball game vs Texas - Pan American on Wednesday, December 17 at 7pm at Chaifetz Arena.  To reserve your ticket, send an email to with your name, parish and the # of tickets you can use, BY NOON ON 12/17.  Buzz will confirm your order.  Then you can pick up the tickets at a special CYC Will Call Table at Gate A.

Don't delay, these are First Come, First Serve...

CYC Night at Ambush - Recognizing all CYC Fall Championship Teams

Once again the St. Louis Ambush would like to invite all the CYC teams that participated in the Archdiocesan Championships in Soccer and Volleyball to come to CYC Night at the Ambush and be recognized on the field before the game.  That is Sunday night, December 28th the Ambush take on the San Diego Sockers at 6:35pm at the Family Arena.  Plus at halftime there will be a Mascot game between all kinds of St. Louis Mascots including Fredbird, Rampage, Louie, the Billiken etc., (CLICK HERE to view Mascot Game), then you are invited to come back on the field after the game and get autographs and photos with your favorite players.

All tickets for CYC players, family and friends only $10.  These lower level seats usually cost $18.  Orders should be made as a team or parish.  Checks should be made out to CYC Sports and mailed or brought to the CYC Office at 20 Archbishop May Dr., Shrewsbury, MO 63119.  Please include the name of your team/group representative who will pick up the tickets for your group at the Family Arena Will Call window the day of the game.  Ticket deadline is Dec 24th.  Questions call Buzz at 314 792-7254. 

PLAYERS PLEASE WEAR YOUR CYC JERSEYS!!!  Giveaways during the game for CYC players!!!

RAS at VB Playoffs


    Annunciation 5th Grade Boys     Immaculate Conception-Arnold   Our Lady of Providence 6th Grade

A number of Random Acts of Sportsmanship (RAS) were spotted at the Archdiocesan Volleyball Playoffs this past weekend.

Sacred Heart-Valley Park Parochial Girls Team (not pictured) were very impressive in their semi-final match against St. Joseph-Cottleville.  Although the 2 set victory went to St. Joe, the SHVP girls hustled and gave it their all through every point of both sets.  Every time they scored a point, they were genuinely excited and congratulated their teammates for good plays.  If you had walked in the gym when at the end of the second set and the score was 24-11, when SHVP scored their next point, by their enthusiasm, you would have thought they were the team that was getting ready to win the match.  Congrats to Donna Haller and all the girls on the team for a great season.  Your enthusiam is contageous!

Annunciation 5th Grade Boys - This entire team deserved a RAS for the way they took care of each other.  As in all volleyball games, there are balls missed, passes shanked and hits that go into the net.  Any time that happened ont he Annunciation side of the net, a teammate would get a pat on the back or a word of encouragement.  That positive message didn't come from the same player all the time, everyone on the team acted that way.  We are sure Coach Carol Henken is proud of how her team acts toward each other.

Coaches Rob Gerber and Dave Schaeffer of Immaculate Conception-Arnold were shining examples of how to be positive coaches in a tough situation.  In the 5th grade championship game their team faced a good St. Catherine Laboure team, who had been them during the season.  Things did not start well for IC, but Rob and Dave never got upset or angry.  They offered words of encouragement and continued to coach in a positive manner the whole match.  It would have been easy to slip in some negative messages, but they did not!  Great examples of how to Coach to Make a Positive Difference. 

Our Lady of Providence 6th Grade boys and their Coaches Erin LeClerc and Laurie Altabella were recognized for their good sportsmanship not only to their teammates, but also to the opposition and the officials.  They boys were very selfless players.  They would get more excited for a play a teammate made, than one they made themselves.  They told the opponents when they made good plays.  The one action that stands out in my mind was as they won the championship match, as the team was jumping up and down celebrating, one boys left to go chase down the ball and bring it to the official.  Love your Sportsmanship!

Although CYC Volleyball and Soccer seasons have ended, Basketball and Chess season is just getting started.  So keep your eyes and ears open for any Random Acts of Sportsmanship.  When you spot them, email a quick little paragraph describing the action to , so we can recognize the player, coach, official or fan on the CYC website.  Remember- Good Sportsmanship makes Great Sports!

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