Annual Adoption Mass

November is National Adoption Month and when the RLA joins with Catholic Services for Children and Youth to coordinate a celebration for those who have been involved in any way with adoption, a gift twice given.

Celebrating Life and Love Twice Given

St. Louis Archdiocese Fills Cathedral for Annual Adoption Mass

Each November in honor of National Adoption Month, the Archdiocese of St. Louis hosts an Annual Adoption Mass and reception at the Cathedral Basilica.


Birth parents and adopted children, parents, and families are honored in a special way. They're invited to bring up the gifts at Offertory, receive a special blessing by the bishop, the homily reflects the theme of adoption, and a reception is held in their honor after Mass. 

Matt and Lauren Bohnert hold their young daughter who they adopted with the assistance of the Archbishop Carlson Adoption Fund. The Bohnert Family spoke at the 41st Annual Respect Life Convention and brought up the gifts at this year's Adoption Mass on Nov. 19.

This year was no different. To a filled Cathedral, Bishop Mark Rivituso celebrated adoption as the gift of love twice given by speaking to the heroism of both birth and adoptive parents and how the children enrich their lives. 

Bishop Rivituso then related the gift of adoption to the universal spiritual adoption we all have as children of God. He asked all present to relect on how they can "be the adopted child God has called me to be?" and challenged them to always "affirm one another, enrich your families, and live out the radiance of Jesus."

This annual event is hosted jointly by the Respect Life Apostolate, Good Shepherd Children & Family Services and the Office of Natural Family Planning.

  • Click here to learn more about adoption resources and services in the St. Louis Archdiocese. (scroll halfway down) 
  • Click here to learn more about the Annual Adoption Mass.
  • Click here to read the St. Louis Review adoption series articles.

At the reception following Mass, Bishop Rivituso poses with the Lauver Family who adopted four sons. Beth Lauver is a former executive director of the Respect Life Apostolate.

Another beautiful family of the St. Louis Archiocese blessed by the gift of adoption.

Annual Adoption Mass

Date: 
Sunday, November 19, 2017 - 10:00am

Join us for our annual Adoption Mass to give thanks for the gift of adoption and to pray for all whose lives have been affected by adoption.  We particularly invite families who have adopted or are working towards adoption to pray with us.  For more information, click here or contact the Respect Life Apostolate at 314-792-7555 or prolife@archstl.org.

Location: 
Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis
4431 Lindell Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63108

Adoption Resources

Adoption Resources

Below are resources to assist families interested in adopting or in making an adoption plan for their child.

  • Annual Adoption Mass, an opportunity to celebrate and pray for all those touched by adoption, including adopted children, adoptive families, parents seeking to adopt, and parents who have made an adoption plan for their child 
  • Archbishop Robert J. Carlson Adoption Fund, assisting families financially with the costs associated with adoption
  • Good Shepherd Children & Family Services, a Catholic Charities agency that has worked in the St. Louis area for more than 200 years offering foster and adoptive care assistance along with many other services for families


 

Annual Adoption Mass

Date: 
Sunday, November 18, 2018 - 10:00am

Join us for our annual Adoption Mass to give thanks for the gift of adoption and to pray for all whose lives have been affected by adoption.  We particularly invite families who have adopted or are working towards adoption to pray with us.  For more information, click here or contact the Respect Life Apostolate at 314-792-7555 or prolife@archstl.org.

Location: 
Cathedral Basilica of St. Lousi
4431 Lindell Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63108

Annual Adoption Mass

Date: 
Sunday, November 20, 2016 - 10:00am

Join us for our annual Adoption Mass to give thanks for the gift of adoption and to pray for all whose lives have been affected by adoption.  We particularly invite families who have adopted or are working towards adoption to pray with us.  For more information, click here or contact the Respect Life Apostolate at 314-792-7555 or prolife@archstl.org.

Location: 
Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis
4431 Lindell Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63108
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