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.
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Tax Free Weekend Coming - Save More with Sports Authority Coupon

   

The Tax Fee Weekend is right around the corner, August 1-3.  Sports Authority wants to increase your SAVINGS on Tax Free Weekend by offering a 20% off coupon to all CYC members, family and friends.  CLICK HERE to print the coupon and bring it to any Sports Authority store in the Greater St. Louis Metro area.

If you are planning on taking advantage of the Tax Fee Weekend to buy all your back to school & back to sports items, why not save even more at Sports Authority.  Plan ahead!  We look forward to serving you August 1-3.

SMMA Spirit Host with the Most!

 

    North County & St. Charles Dist. SB teams          Dino Picha            South Central & South County Baseball

Thank you to Keith Louis, Dino Picha and all the SMMA folks that pitched in to host a fun day of Spirit Baseball and Softball on Saturday.  South County, South Central, St. Charles and North County each sent teams to play doubleheaders in South County.  Even though there was a downpour at the fields Friday evening, Field Master, Dino Picha and group had the fields in great shape to start the day Saturday morning.     

CYC Golf Championships brings out Sportsmanship, Honesty and Integrity

                    

                          Elijah Shirley            Sam Bricker        (sorry, no photo of Carolyn Lynch)

On Saturday, June 21st 156 CYC Golfers battled for top honors in their division at the CYC Archdiocesan Championships.  We are sure there were many golfers that displayed good golf etiquette and great sportsmanship.  Three were pointed out to receive the Random Act of Sportsmanship (RAS) AwardElijah Shirley, Midget from Christ Community Lutheran and Sam Bricker, Intermediate from Our Lady of Pillar were nominated because they were quick to congratulate opponents in their foresome for good shots.  The were also heard encouraging fellow golfers to make a good shot or sink a putt.

However, Carolyn Lynch, Cadet from Mary Queen of Peace deserves special recognition for not only her sportsmanship, but also her honesty and integrity.  Carolyn found what she thought was her ball and hit it on to the green.  Once on the green, she realized it was not her ball.  She could have said nothing and continued to play and no one would have known.  However, she self reported the mistake and took the 2 stroke penalty for that situation.  Then at the end of the round, which was cut short by lightning, winds and rain, in the chaos the committee tried to award her a share of 3rd place for her score of 37.  She would not accept the award, because she knew her score was 38!  Carolyn, not once but twice you displayed outstanding character, honesty and integrity.  All of us at the CYC are proud of how you acted.  Good Sportsmanship makes Great Sports!!!  

Soccer Key to Relationship with God

   

     U.S. World Cup player Clint Dempsey has an impressive record and enough fame and success to make any aspiring player jealous. But the soccer star takes little credit for his own success and insists it's all in service to a higher power, Dempsey said in a recent interview with Sports Spectrum.
     "Today, I pray for strength to walk the road before me," Dempsey said. "I play to the best of my abilities and am thankful for the many opportunities and amazing success He has given me. Through it all, I want to do right, not make mistakes, and live a life that is pleasing to Him."
     Dempsey grew up in a Catholic family going to church every Sunday with his grandmother. His parents enrolled him in soccer to help him "learn good people skills," Dempsey said. "Little did I know that the sport I loved and the skills I learned would later play a role in my relationship with God."
     He began developing his spirituality and at 12 years old had his first experience that would test his faith.
"When I was 12 years old, my life took a turn that would change me forever. My sister [Jennifer] died [from a brain aneurysm] and I was faced with questions about why things happen and what role God played in it all. For a number of years, I struggled and put distance between God and me. But He was faithful and patient and provided gradual healing and strength."
     Dempsey went on to attend Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, where he joined a Bible study and continued playing soccer.
     "God's Word brought me peace and a desire for a relationship with Him," said Dempsey.
"I found that questioning Him and searching for answers through Scripture helped me grow and gave me direction. Now my faith in Christ is what gives me confidence for the future. I know that through both good times and bad, He is faithful and will watch over me."
 

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