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

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Upcoming CYC Open Forums Across the Archdiocese

We have 4 more "Open Forums" in the coming weeks across the Archdiocese. This is a chance for the CYC staff to hear directly from coaches, parents, and volunteers that make CYC possible. Come with your ideas to help CYC continue to grow and evolve into the future.

Preventing the Flu Starts with YOU: An Important Message from Cardinal Glennon SportsCare

Below is important information about influenza from SSM Health Cardinal Glennon SportsCare, along with a list of FREE community flu clinics on Saturday, October 13th:

Staying Protected from Influenza

It’s almost flu season in St. Louis, and with a record number of 80,000 Americans dying from the influenza virus last year, it’s important to get your flu shot, recognize the signs and symptoms of the flu, and know what to do if you or a family member is infected. Flu season is generally during the winter months, but can begin in late fall and stretch into early spring, when the temperatures are still colder.

Signs and Symptoms

Recognizing the signs and symptoms of the influenza virus is important so that the correct treatment can occur, especially in high risk people like small children, older adults, pregnant women, and people with compromised immune systems, to name a few. Some common signs and symptoms for the flu are an elevated fever (although not every person affected will have a fever), runny nose, muscle aches, sore throat, headache, cough, chills, and occasionally diarrhea and vomiting. The person affected can also feel fatigued and dehydrated. People affected by the flu are most contagious after the first 3 to 4 days after they contract the virus, although some people can affect others the entire duration of their illness.


Influenza, also known as the flu, is a common viral infection that spreads easily and quickly. Many places, including SSM Health, offer free vaccines that can help prevent the flu. According to the CDC, an annual flu shot is the best way to reduce your chance of being affected by the flu or spreading it to other people. This year, SSM Health is offering six free flu clinics across the St. Louis Region on Saturday, October 13th from 8am – 12pm for people ages 9 and above. SSM Health Cardinal Glennon will have one, however, that will vaccinate kids as young as 6 months old and above. The locations will be listed below.

Aside from an annual flu vaccine, the CDC recommends everyday preventative actions to prevent catching the flu virus. This includes washing your hands, avoiding those who are sick, and covering your coughs and sneezes. Doing these actions can help slow the spread of the influenza virus.


Most people with the flu, especially if they are an otherwise healthy adult, will have an illness that does not require medical attention or medication. These people should rest, increase fluid intake, and stay home avoid spreading the illness to family, coworkers, and other people. These people should avoid going to the doctor or an emergency room unless they become very sick to reduce unnecessary hospital visits. However, if a person cannot treat their illness at home with the methods listed above, there are antiviral medications that a physician can prescribe. Additionally, there are some emergency signs of the flu virus that require medical attention, and these are usually more common in young children, older adults, pregnant women, and people with medical conditions that put them at a higher risk.

For a list of emergency warning signs of flu sickness, visit the Center for Disease Control’s website at

SSM Health Free Flu Clinics – Saturday, October 13:  8am – 12pm

SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital
Drive-thru parking lot next to Ronald McDonald House
3450 Park Avenue
Saint Louis, MO 63104

SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital
Drive-thru Bellevue Ave. (one block south of Clayton Rd.)
Richmond Heights, MO 63117

SSM Health St. Clare Hospital – Fenton
Conference Center
1015 Bowles Avenue
Fenton, MO 63026

SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital – Lake St. Louis
Education Center – Koenig Building
400 Medical Plaza
Lake Saint Louis, MO 63367

SSM Health DePaul Hospital
May Center
12303 DePaul Drive
Saint Louis, MO 63044

SSM Health Outpatient Center
Lewis and Clark Conference Room
711 Veterans Memorial Parkway
Saint Charles, MO 63303

Today Is A New Day

On August 31st, I was appointed the new CYC Sports Director. I am truly honored. My name is Dan Fitzgerald. I am married with three daughters. I am a life-long parishioner of St Mary Magdalen in Brentwood. I have worked in the CYC office since May 2017. Not very long you say. True, however, I started officiating and coaching CYC sports at St MM in 1975. Many, many games on the court; on the bench; in the stands. Wonderful experiences and life-long friendships all the result of CYC sports.

Many years ago, I purchased a Schwinn Varsity 10 speed. I loved that bike. Rode it to school; rode it work; rode it all over St Louis. It was a large frame; a comfortable fit. A few weeks ago, I decided to donate it to local bicycle recycling effort. The bike was still in good shape, it was just time for a change.

CYC Sports is in a similar place. For seventy-seven years they have been a dependable choice for kids to have fun in a variety of sports. The program is in good shape, thanks to faithful leadership over the years, both in our office, and in our parishes. The CYC has guided our kids through the ups and downs of sports and the twists and turns of life. Even though we are comfortable with the ride, it is time for new model.


The new CYC logo is displayed at the top of this article. It tells you a lot about our program. We are surrounded by our faith (Archdiocese of St Louis) and our history (established in 1941). At the core, is our pride in St Louis and devotion to Mary and the Holy Trinity (the Fleur de Lis symbol) and our program (CYC). We have customized the logo for each district and each CYC sport. Our plan is to feature the new logo on CYC apparel to be made available to all and for you to use the logo in your CYC program. For logo information, go to:


A new emphasis on three core values for our CYC organization:

1. SPORTSMANSHIP – The way we play the game is important. We will play the right way, we will be examples of mercy, and we will never over-dominate anyone. Everyone on the CYC team should have a chance to play, both in the game, and at practice. All should learn how to win and lose with class. When the other team plays better than your team, offer them genuine congratulations. When you are the better team accept praise humbly. The handshake line should be a model for sportsmanship. Parents should encourage players and cheer for good play. Officials should give their best effort for all games, and when they make mistakes, they should not be ridiculed or insulted. Be a good teammate. Everyone will show respect for yourself, your team, your coaches, the officials, and the game.

2. EXEMPLIFY THE FAITH – We will exemplify Christ in our playing and by living lives of virtue. We will lead, play, and cheer with integrity so that all people will see us as a positive, living example of the Church. CYC stands for Catholic Youth Council. Everyone should model the Catholic faith when participating in CYC sports. We love one another. We care about each other. We pray for, and with, each other, not just before the game, but after the game, and at practice. As players, we are good teammates, meaning we treat each other as equals. As coaches, we strive to model the Catholic faith. CYC coaches are extremely impressionable to their players. Many of us can remember the positive influence our CYC coaches had on us growing up. Be that coach to your players. Attend Mass as a team. Invite another team in your league to join your team at Mass and do something fun afterwards.

3. SERVICE – All of us have been given unique gifts and talents by God. These talents should be used on the field and in the community. Service gives us the opportunity to use those gifts for others. Helping others, whether it’s your teammates, or members of your parish community, is an important aspect of our Catholic faith. CYC teams should look for opportunities to serve. Help a teammate who is experiencing a tough time. Volunteer at a parish function. Most parishes have organizations who help the needy of the community. Find out how you can participate. All of these are great team-building activities that will strengthen the bond of your players to each other and provide them a chance to serve others. 

These are just a few points concerning our core values. We will devote more time to each of these soon. Everyone in the CYC program needs to emphasize these core values in all that we do. Put them on t-shirts, on banners in your gym and at your field, discuss them at your meetings, highlight them in your parish bulletin or school newsletters. We need to use these values to improve our sports culture. The CYC needs to be the leader in promoting the right way to play the game. We need to be better.

In the next few months, we will be reaching out to all of you to listen to your ideas and concerns in regards to the CYC program. Through your district, we will hold “open forum” events where we will hear your suggestions and let you know what we are thinking. Look for more information on our website, Facebook page and Twitter feed concerning these events.

To contact me call 314-792-7253 or e-mail If you would like to stop by and talk, let me know.

Time to shine up the new bike and take it for a ride.



The End of An Era

This Friday, August 31, 2018, will be CYC Director Paul Scovill’s last day in the office. After 34 years, he is taking a well-deserved retirement. In the last year and a half, three members of the CYC Sports Department have retired. Paul, Butch Rosier and Buzz Swanston. Almost 70 years of CYC experience.

Friday afternoon really is the end of an era.

When Paul started as CYC Sports Director in 1985, the CYC office was on Lindell Avenue. Six sports: soccer, volleyball, basketball, baseball, softball and track. Several adult leagues were in play at the time. All communication by phone and letter. New rulebooks typed each year. A lot has changed.

Fast forward 34 years. We are now at the Rigali Center. Nine sports, adding lacrosse, golf and chess. Now communication with thousands, via e-mail, happens in an instant. Rulebooks, with revisions, are copied from the previous year in a few minutes, and posted on the website where they are available to everyone.

When asked to mention some highlights of the CYC program, Paul says:

• It’s a fun, safe experience for kids to play sports. Even a lesser skilled kid, can have fun and excel on his/her CYC team.
• CYC keeps kids, and parents, involved in their parish. Hopefully involvement with the CYC team leads to more involvement at the parish.
• Volunteers are the life-blood of the program. Without volunteers CYC sports would not exist.
• CYC sports bring kids from different backgrounds together. In the St Louis area, where our local neighborhoods are so important, CYC sports gives kids the opportunity to interact with those from different cultures, backgrounds and neighborhoods.
• At all pre-playoff meetings, Paul always encourages coaches, volunteers and officials, to “make it special” for the kids. For some, the CYC playoffs may be their only opportunity to play in a playoff atmosphere.


• “I have worked with Paul for four years. I bug him daily with questions and he always has the answer right off the cuff. He has a lot of CYC knowledge stored into his brain. He is also the Professor of Excel documents. There will be a real void in the CYC when he leaves. – Andrea Nickels, Administrative Assistant
• “None will ever be as dedicated and as passionate about CYC as Paul is. It’s a part of him, and he will always be a part of it”. – Ann Widner, Support Staff
• “Paul Scovill has always been an inspiration to me; his dedicated service to the Church and to God’s kids has been a blessing to thousands of young people and adults. We will miss his leadership”. – Paul Masek, Director of the REAP Team

Paul says he will miss his relationships with the many CYC volunteers over the years. He has made thousands of friends, not only with the CYC, but with the St Louis volleyball community as a coach and official. It brings him great joy to see former players he once coached, now coaching volleyball in the CYC organization.

Paul is extremely devoted to the CYC. He cares deeply about kids and their development and growth, both athletically and spiritually. He takes pride in doing things the right way. Never one to seek the limelight, Paul has spent untold hours working for the betterment of the CYC.

We wish Paul all the best in his retirement. After 34 years, you deserve time to relax. Enjoy!

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