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St. Louis Archdiocese: No More Beer at Catholic Youth Events


The rule only prohibits alcohol at events that are predominantly for children, something Huber is happy to see.

"I've been kind of uncomfortable selling beer at kiddie events," says Huber, who's been at his parish for four months. "It is going to teach our kids that you can go to a sporting event, you can have fun without beer."

An advisory committee of clergy unanimously approved the new rule, which states alcohol cannot be served to or brought in by anyone, in September.

Read the letter ending beer and alcohol sales at youth events here:

Letter to Priests, Deacons and Faithful Revised Alcohol Guidelines 2013.pdf


Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.



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Christina Toth
Christina Toth

They're just going to sneak it in. Not very difficult

ut_4_me
ut_4_me topcommenter

I remember growing up in the 70's and playing CYO soccer.  Our coaches would bring a bunch of soccer balls out and let us play until it got too dark to see while they drank beer.   They got out of the house for awhile and got to tip a few back, our moms got rid of dad and the kids for awhile, and the kids got to run around and have fun.   If you took the beer out of the equation I don't think the coaches would have been as into it.

Timothy Schmitz
Timothy Schmitz

Wow. That's the exact reason I avoid southern baptist

Sharon Walker
Sharon Walker

I'm Southern Baptist. Once, I went to a Catholic event and saw the Priest having a beer. I nearly fainted....lol. I jabbed my friend with my elbow, looked at her with wide eyes and asked, "Do you see that your Priest is drinking beer?"...She said, "Yeah, he always does." Was a giant culture shock for me. I went back and mentioned it to our Pastor...he said, "Yeah, Catholics don't have the same rules as we do. What were you doing going to a party around alcohol?" I told him I was invited by a friend to religious picnic and went cause it sounded like fun. I was not allowed to go again...lol.

Jenn Laskie
Jenn Laskie

Why do u need it at these events? Go to the bar.

Matt Scheaffer
Matt Scheaffer

I like how everyone assumes that just because beer is sold that everyone who has any will for sure 100% of the time get intoxicated and then 100% of the time for sure drive.

Jeff Willett
Jeff Willett

That will cut parental attendance down to nothing.

Donna Torchwood
Donna Torchwood

You mean you can't get blitzed drinking bheer and then driving your kids home? What is this world coming to!

Kerry Touchette
Kerry Touchette

They are just now connecting the dots? Well even though it caused a lot of trouble it was crazy fun.

Erin McMahon
Erin McMahon

Lutheran Open house this weekend...free beer

Michelle K. Connolly
Michelle K. Connolly

Scouting has never allowed alchohol. It is also not a Catholic organization.

dalediversity
dalediversity topcommenter

Will the priests still be allowed to give the altar boys beer? You know, to "prepare" them.  

Ryan Masters
Ryan Masters

Anyone drinking at children's events should get their ass kicked and their children taken away. Glad people are starting to realize that alcohol is just as much a drug as heroin or anything else.

csingler
csingler

Turning into a bunch of Baptists!  They better start building some bigger closets!

Brian Chilson
Brian Chilson

so now you have to watch horribly played sporting events stone cold sober??????????

Julie Berry
Julie Berry

What about school picnics? Those are Kids Events. My guess is the beer will still be flowin' there, thats where they make the money. I bet they will change their minds in a year when revenue is down from no beer sales at sporting events!!

Jeanne Holmes
Jeanne Holmes

That will really take money right out of all the wonderful functions that these church groups put on!!!!

Suzanne Lorenz Seibel
Suzanne Lorenz Seibel

Public schools have not allowed alcohol on their campus for years. If students aren't old enough to drink, parents need to set a good example.

Lisa Corley Davis
Lisa Corley Davis

A Catholic event with no beer?? Next you'll be saying they're taking away their bingo nights, too? What else does this faith have going for it besides the booze and gambling?

Stephen Martin
Stephen Martin

However, taking this action will not save lives. Drunk drivers will still drive drunk. They will just get their drink from somewhere else. All this will change is attendance at these events.

Jim Phillips
Jim Phillips

And keep the priests away from the kids.

Stephen Martin
Stephen Martin

Just another reason to be glad I avoid anything attached to organized religion.

Allan Luba
Allan Luba

Good . Look at what happened when dad was driving drunk. He killed wife and 2 sons. Six flags and others should take notice.

Erin Berghold
Erin Berghold

We never have alcohol at scouting events. Ever. Church events, totally different ballgame there.

Sj Braun
Sj Braun

Next it'll be NO MORE BINGO

Jason Patrylo
Jason Patrylo

Well scouts never allowed it, but it does suck for athletic departments. Beer sales was a significant form of income for them that they are going to have to come up with somewhere else.

ut_4_me
ut_4_me topcommenter

@Erin McMahon Sign me up!!!


ut_4_me
ut_4_me topcommenter

@Michelle K. Connolly Someone needed to tell my scout leaders that back in the day.


BillyGoatMusic
BillyGoatMusic

@Suzanne Lorenz Seibel it isn't a good example to be of legal drinking age and drink?  Parents should set a good example by showing their kids that you can drink responsibly.  Not by abstaining, I have a feeling the events' in question attendance will be a bit dry now too. 

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