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American Heritage Girls

Troop MO1776

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American Heritage Girls is a Christ-centered, non-profit organization, dedicated to building women of integrity while offering a wholesome character and leadership development ministry for girls, ages 5 to 18. AHG was founded with the love of God … through the love of families … for the love of children.

We meet on the 1st and 3rd Thursday’s of the month during the school year.

Building women of Integrity through service to God, family, community and country.

Working Together

Since 1995, AHG has provided a Christ centered program of character development for girls ages 5-18. The American Heritage Girls mission of building women of integrity through service to God, family, community and country has been successfully achieved in parishes and parochial schools across the nation.

Today, more and more Catholic Charter Partners have joined AHG to achieve the mission of the

US Conference of Bishops:
  • Empower young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world today
  • Draw young people to responsible participation in the life, mission and work of the faith community
  • Foster the personal and spiritual growth of each young person

Together, the Church and AHG work to help girls grow in their faith and love for God while learning to live their faith everyday in relevant and meaningful ways. This is accomplished through the volunteer work of faith filled Catholic adult mentors who facilitate the AHG program.

The AHG Oath

“I promise to Love God, Cherish my family, Honor my country, and Serve in my community.”

AHG Facts
  • AHG has received requests to learn more about the program from all 50 states, several countries, and military bases around the world.
  • AHG is a non-profit, Christ-centered organization choosing to receive no government or United Way funding in an effort to maintain its biblical basis.
  • AHG membership has experienced phenomenal growth at a rate of 30-50% per year, impacting tens of thousands of girls in 16 years! AHG’s growing numbers have expanded influence on girls across the country by further developing their character and service-mindedness.
  • AHG, since its inception, has established a laser focus on service, promoting it as one of the key building blocks of young women … “Building women of integrity through service to God, family, community and country.”
  • AHG members logged more than 170,670 service hours for the 2010-11 program year. The Troops participate in many different service opportunities, such as Compassion International, Cookies for Kairos Prison Ministries, HUGS Duffle Bags, Operation Christmas Child, Scouting for Food Drive, as well as many others.
  • AHG has its own highest honor, the prestigious Stars and Stripes Award
  • AHG’s National Executive Director and Founder, Patti Garibay, has become a sought-after national spokesperson on teens and youth, receiving interview requests from such organizations as Family Research Council, American Life League, Focus on the Family, The Janet Parshall Show, Facing Life Head On, American Family Association and My Family Talk.
Program Emphases

Life Skill Enhancement through multi-level badge program

Girl Leadership opportunities at all levels of programming

Developing Teamwork & Building Confidence through varied outdoor experiences

Character Development through community service and citizenship programs

Social Development through organized special events

Spiritual Development through biblically-based programming and religious recognition program

Local Contact info: ahg.mo1776@gmail.com

Katie Cannavan behlskat@hotmail.com

For more information on the AHG organization

Go to: www.ahgonline.org

Troop Calendar

Athletic Association

Mission Statement

The mission of the St. Joseph Athletic Association is to proclaim Jesus Christ in word and action by serving the needs of every boy and girl, regardless of ability, religious affiliation, or ethnic background, to develop discipline and skills necessary to obtain and sustain individual achievements, build character and to develop valued relationships and teamwork.

Athletic Association information

…an athlete cannot receive the winner’s crown except by competing according to the rules. – 2 Tim 2:5

Boy Scouts

Enjoy all that scouting has to offer at St. Joseph parish. History website for Catholic Scouting in the United States.


The Adventure Continues!

The adventure continues with Boy Scouting, a year-round family program designed for boys.

Boy Scouting, one of the traditional membership divisions of the BSA, is available to boys who have earned the Arrow of Light Award and are at least 10 years old or have completed the fifth grade and are at least 10, or who are 11, but not yet 18 years old. The program achieves the BSA’s objectives of developing character, citizenship, and personal fitness.

The program emphasizes shared leadership, learning about the community, family understanding, character development, personal responsibility, citizenship training, and personal fitness.

Young boys grow up fast. Give your son a valuable gift by encouraging him to join Boy Scouting today. The time you invest in him today will make a difference in the person he becomes tomorrow.

Our Mission

The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

Our Vision

The Boy Scouts of America will prepare every eligible youth in America to become a responsible, participating citizen and leader who is guided by the Scout Oath and Law.

Schedule

Troop meetings are weekly on second through the last Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. in St Joseph School Cafeteria. We regularly have outings and weekend camping as well as summer camp and high adventure opportunities.

Our Motto: “Do a good turn daily”.

Our Duties: To God, To Country and To Others.

Troop 918 is Chartered by Saint Joseph Parish – Cottleville.

The boys have regular opportunity to be instructed in the NCCS Religious Emblems of Ad Altare Dei and Pope Pius XII.

Leadership has membership on the Archdiocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting (www.catholicscoutingstl.org).

For Additional Information, Please Contact:

Rick Tolan, Scoutmaster
636-794-0165
rick.tolan@tolan-hoechst.com
troop918saintjoseph@gmail.com

Cub Scouts

Enjoy all that scouting has to offer at St. Joseph parish. History website for Catholic Scouting in the United States.

Join us for our next Pack Meeting

We invite all 1st graders through 5th graders to join a fun filled organization!  All parishioners and their children are welcome to join our pack regardless of elementary school attendance. This youth ministry is a great way to become more involved in our St. Joseph’s parish community.

Pack Meetings are generally the 3rd Thursday of each month. Meetings are held in the school cafeteria from 7pm until 8pm. Come join us at our next meeting!

Congratulations Pack 918!!!

Pack 918 is recognized as one of the top Catholic Cub Scout Packs in the St. Louis Archdiocese. The Pack is proud to have earned two prestigious Catholic Scouting Awards for the second consecutive year.  The first award is the Pope Paul VI National Catholic Quality Unit Award.  The second is the Archbishop’s and Chaplain’s Unit Recognition Award.  These awards recognize the outstanding leadership and commitment to their faith and scout principles by all of the youth and adults of Pack 918. Both awards were presented to the Pack at the Cathedral Basilica on February 3, 2013.

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) council has also awarded Pack 918 Gold Level for the Journey to Excellence Award.  This is the second consecutive year the Pack has received Gold Level for this award.  The Journey to Excellence Award recognizes excellence in providing quality programs at all levels of the BSA.

Please also congratulate Kevin Kruse in earning the Key Scouter award.  This award recognizes noteworthy service of a registered Scouting Unit Committee Member.  This award was presented to Kevin on January 25, 2013 Congrats to everyone involved with Pack 918!!

The Adventure Starts Now!

The adventure starts with Cub Scouting, a year-round family program designed for boys in the 1st through 5th grades, or seven to 10 years of age. A boy may join at any level. Each noncompetitive level has activities to develop the boy at that level.

The program emphasizes shared leadership, learning about the community, family understanding, character development, citizenship training and personal fitness.

Young boys grow up fast. Give your son a valuable gift by encouraging him to join Cub Scouting today. The time you invest in him today will make a difference in the person he becomes tomorrow.

Our Mission

The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

Our Vision

The Boy Scouts of America will prepare every eligible youth in America to become a responsible, participating citizen and leader who is guided by the Scout Oath and Law.

Our Motto

Do your best.

Our Duties

To God, To Country and To Others

Schedule

As First Graders the Tiger Cubs meet at least once a month for a meeting and another as a “go out and see it” with their parents and Den. From second to Fifth Grade the Cub Scouts meet monthly (or more) with their Den, which includes the scouts and their leader. Once a month all dens meet with parents as a Pack. The Pack meetings are one Thursday a month at 7:00 p.m. in the St Joseph School Cafeteria. Presently our Pack is strong with about 85 Scouts.

Important Information

Pack 918 is Chartered by Saint Joseph Parish – Cottleville.

Leadership has membership on the Archdiocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting (www.catholicscoutingstl.org).

Pack 918 has been a continuing recipient of several key religious awards.  The boys regularly are instructed in the NCCS Religious Emblems of Light of Christ and Parvuli Dei.

Some of the Pack awards include:

2011, 2012 recipient – Pope Paul VI National Catholic Quality Unit Award
2011, 2012 recipient – Journey to Excellence – gold level
2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012 Chaplain’s Honor Award from Archdiocese of Saint Louis.

Awarded a Proclamation from the City of Cottleville.

For Additional Information, Please Contact

 

Dave Pini, dpini@me.com or 314-620-5684

You can also send questions/comments to cubpack918@gmail.com.

Roudtable Schedule

Roundtable is scheduled every first Tuesday of the month at the Knights of Columbus on HWY N. It starts at 7pm and usually runs ‘about’ an hour. Leader rotations for Roundtable follows: (anyone is welcome to attend Roundtable as often as you wish)

August Rick Murphy
September Kim Brigante
October Kevin Kruse
November Larry Gunderson
December Roger Melton
January Rich O’Neal
February Liz Lawrence
March Aaron Iverson
April Jill Nelson (or) Sue Vogel
May Chrissy Mollet
June JP Cummings/Rick Murphy

Girl Scouts

This program is for girls from kindergarten to senior high school. A girl may join at any level. Each noncompetitive level has activities to develop the girl at that age. Meetings are at various times according to the group. The parish is assisted by the girls several times throughout the year. The Girl Scouts help with the St. Vincent DePaul Giving Tree and participate in Scout Sunday.
Our Mission

Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

The Girl Scout Promise

On my honor, I will try:
To serve God and my country,
To help people at all times,
And to live by the Girl Scout Law.

The Girl Scout Law

I will do my best to be
honest and fair,
friendly and helpful,
considerate and caring,
courageous and strong, and
responsible for what I say and do,
and to
respect myself and others,
respect authority,
use resources wisely,
make the world a better place, and
be a sister to every Girl Scout.

Age Levels

Daisy – Kindergarten and First Grade
Brownie – Second and Third Grades
Junior – Fourth and Fifth Grades
Cadette – Sixth through Eighth Grades
Senior – Ninth and Tenth Grades
Ambassador – Eleventh and Twelfth Grades

Religious Awards

Girls may earn religious awards at various age levels: Family of God (Brownies), I Live My Faith (Juniors), Mary the First Disciple (Cadets, Seniors, and Ambassadors), and The Spirit Alive (Seniors and Ambassadors). For more information contact the Office of Catholic Scouting at www.catholicscoutingstl.org.

For Additional Information, Please Contact:

Suzanne Salmo
aty8keys@charter.net
636-978-0920

Quilters

The St Joseph quilters donate their time and talent to produce beautiful hand-made quilts and to support one another in prayer, this organization is a long standing backbone of St Joseph Parish. We meet on Mondays and Wednesdays to make baby quilts for sale, raffle quilts, and quilts for prizes for our annual quilt social. If you like to play Bingo, come to the social and have an opportunity to win a one-of-a-kind hand made quilt. The quilters also have a booth at the Parish picnic and Fall Festival where we sell baby quilts and crafts. Proceeds from our Socials, Parish Picnic and Fall Festival benefit our parish.

Meeting Schedule

We meet in the quilting room (upper level) of the Parish Center any time on Mondays between Noon and 9:00 p.m. and on Wednesdays between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Special Events

We have a Quilt Social each spring on the second Saturday of April. Our next Social will be on Saturday April 8, 2017.  Doors open at 10:30 AM and Bingo starts at Noon..

For Additional Information, Please Contact:

Anne Striebel
636-441-5057

Dee Green
636-447-6937

Judy Bailey
donandjudy@baileypeople.com

Stitches for Life

Contact:

Bonnie Salih, 636-928-0927
blsalih@yahoo.com

Who we are

Stitches for Life is a charity group that anyone can join. We sew, knit, crochet, cross stitch, craft items, and make gift baskets to help the poor and needy.  We work from our own homes and/or meet as a group on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month at 10 am.  We gather to share our ideas, work on our current projects, have “show ‘n tell” and share lunch together.

Our organization provides handmade items for babies, children, teens, adults and the elderly. We make lap blankets, afghans, quilts, toys, tablecloths, curtains, pillowcases, crocheted angels, wheelchair/walker bags, wheelchair pads, gift bags, dish cloths, pillows and many other items.

If you want to give of your time but do not know how to crochet or knit, we will teach you.

What we do

Our group donated more than 3,400 items last year alone to various charities such as Birthright, Our Lady’s Inn, Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service, St. Vincent de Paul, Life Teen,  Kenrick Seminary, Knights of Columbus, Wings of Hope, St. Joseph’s Picnic, St. Patrick Center, Veteran’s Home and many more,  too numerous to mention.

One of our biggest projects is St. Augustine’s Christmas Appeal. St. Augustine is a very poor parish in north St. Louis. We provide many items, from toys to items of warmth to Msgr. Robert Gettinger’s Christmas Appeal which services 3000 to 3500 elderly, poor and homeless people.

We also donate items for various charitable silent auctions and fund raisers which help the organization raise money for shoes, rent and utilities.

What We Need

We need lots of helping hands to make our charity work.

Our workers also need supplies to defray the cost of their work.  We rely on donations of yarn, batting, buttons, material and various items for our projects.  We make many items including wheel chair/walker & homeless bags which we like to fill with sample size toiletries.  Just providing us with your unused hotel samples would be helpful.

However, we do not accept used clothing and we encourage you to donate these to a charity of your choice.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide warmth and comfort to the poor from newborn to the elderly.  By doing so, we offer to God the best of our time and talents.

Scene of the Nativity

We feel that more effort is needed to keep Christ as the focus of the Advent season.

We invite parishioners to bring their Nativities to display for others to enjoy.

Our display is held on Thanksgiving weekend in our School Cafeteria, this is a totally free event where families can spend time together and focus on the Christ Child and the true meaning of Christmas.

We have over 300 Nativity Scenes, Mangers, and Crèches on display.  These Nativities belong to members of our Parish and others who have heard of the display and wish to participate.

As you walk through the display, we have a ‘seek and find’ game in which you search the items and find unique facets of the displays.

Families can also have their photograph taken as a “living Nativity”.  Professional photographers donate their time and talent to photograph children or families, who are in costumes, in a Nativity setting.  Many have used these for their Christmas cards.

We also have a child’s room where the parents and children can work together to make a craft based on the theme.  There are also puzzles, books and other items for them to use.

We invite you to join in the display.  You will be the only person to touch your display.  For a registration form contact Ernie at o2bwell@charter.net or call 636-294-9710.  There is also a link a the bottom of this page to a printable registration form

We would also like you to come to the display to see the varied Nativities and take time to focus on what Christmas is really about during this hectic time of year.  This is a totally free event that you and your family can enjoy together.  If you have questions call Mary Jo 294-9710 or Judy 447-4768.

For Additional Information, Please Contact:

Ernie & Mary Jo Verhulst
636-294-9710
o2bwell@charter.net

Don & Judy Bailey
636-447-4768
donandjudy@baileypeople.com

Youth Ministry

St. Joseph Life Teen Mission is a dynamic outreaching ministry. We are dedicated to seeking out teens and offering them the opportunity to develop a personal relationship with Christ. Our ministry focuses on the aspect of relationship. As friendships are made, trust and truth can more effectively be grasped. The fullness of our Catholic faith is what Life Teen offers the teens of our parish.
The glory of God is man fully alive. – St. Iranius of Lyons

Our Mission

Leading Teens Closer to Christ. As the teens of St. Joseph are presented with the authentic message of Christ, it is our hope that they will be transformed into the light of Christ for the entire parish community.

You’re Invited!

Sunday: Life Night @ 6:00 p.m. in the Parish Center Youth Room

Every Wednesday: Word Wide Open @ 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Center Youth Room

To learn more

 

For Additional Info Please Contact:

Danny Zink
636-441-0055 ext 151