Annual Memorial Mass

Each year on or near the anniversary of the Supreme Court decisions legalizing abortion in the United States, the RLA sponsors a Mass to commemorate this tragic anniversary in our nation's history.

Annual Memorial Mass (Roe V. Wade)

Date: 
Saturday, January 27, 2018 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

Come & Remember That Life is Beautiful...

Commemorating the 45th Anniversary of Roe V. Wade

Join the St. Louis Archdiocese and Community in praying for an end to abortion, healing for those involved in abortion, and increased respect for all human life at the Respect Life Apostolate's Annual Memorial Mass.

The offertory collection will benefit LifeLine Coaltion, a group of social service agencies whose financial and emotional support help over 10,000 women in our community annually.  

Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018
Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis
Bishop Mark Rivituso, Celebrant

10 a.m. Mass with Rose Procession
11 a.m. Rosary Walk
11:45 a.m. Benediction

Help us spread the word by downloading our Annual Memorial Mass Flyer (PDF) and bulletin/newsletter announcement (MS Word).

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

Say No to BB203

UPDATE: Board Bill 203 has been passed by the St. Louis City Board of Aldermen and signed by Mayor Slay.


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Board Bill 203 (BB203) is a proposed amendment to the St. Louis City’s anti-discrimination law, adding pregnancy and reproductive health decisions as protected classes. It attacks and threatens the deeply-held moral and religious convictions of the people of St. Louis by seeking to make St. Louis a "sanctuary city" for abortion.

contact buttonBB203 is "vague and ambiguous but could have terrible consequences for religious institutions." Members of the City’s Housing, Urban Development and Zoning Committee heard initial comments from the public on January 18. Tom Buckley, general counsel for the Archdiocese of St. Louis, told the committee the bill promotes religious persecution and discrimination, adding that it violates the U.S. Constitution and U.S. Supreme Court precedent, and violates state and federal laws.

On February 2, the Housing, Urban Development and Zoning Committee voted to move BB203 out of committee and to the full Board of Aldermen. 

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Annual Roe v. Wade Memorial Mass

Date: 
Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 9:30am - 11:30am

Please join the St. Louis community in praying for an end to abortion, healing for those involved in an abortion, and an increased respect for all human life. Archbishop Robert J. Carlson will be the celebrant and homilist.

The offertory collection will benefit LifeLine Coalition, a group of social service agencies whose financial and emotional support help more than 10,000 women in our community annually.

After Mass, all are invited to participate in a peaceful Rosary Procession to the local Planned Parenthood abortion facility. Those unable to join in the walk are encouraged to pray the Rosary and remain adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the Cathedral. Following the Rosary Procession, Benediction will be offered in the Cathedral.

Click here for more information.

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

Annual Roe v. Wade Memorial Mass

Date: 
Saturday, January 16, 2016 - 9:30am

Please join the St. Louis community in praying for an end to abortion, healing for those involved in an abortion, and an increased respect for all human life. Archbishop Robert J. Carlson will be the celebrant and homilist.

The offertory collection will benefit LifeLine Coalition, a group of social service agencies whose financial and emotional support help more than 10,000 women in our community annually.

After Mass, all are invited to participate in a peaceful Rosary Procession to the local Planned Parenthood abortion facility. Those unable to join in the walk are encouraged to pray the Rosary and remain adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the Cathedral. Following the Rosary Procession, Benediction will be offered in the Cathedral.

Click here for more information.

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

January: A Time for Prayer, Reflection, and Witness

Every January, we remember the United States Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade, legalizing abortion in our country.

On January 17, hundreds gathered at the Cathedral Basilica for the RLA’s Annual Roe v. Wade Memorial Mass celebrated by Archbishop Robert J. Carlson. Joining him were half a dozen priests as well as numerous seminarians from Kenrick Glennon. The Mass was immediately preceded by a Rose Procession, consisting of individuals born every year since 1973 honoring their peers lost to abortion. RoseDuring the homily, Archbishop Carlson reminded all gathered that “we are called to witness our faith as Jesus did, never afraid of those who opposed him,” words that were put into action following Mass with a Rosary procession to Planned Parenthood. A powerful witness was made as hundreds gathered to offer the Sorrowful Mysteries outside of the abortion facility.

On January 22, 2,000 youth, young adults, and chaperones on the Generation Life pilgrimage and hundreds of others from our Archdiocese joined 500,000 others in the March for Life in our nation’s capital. The sheer magnitude of the crowd combined with the prayerful exuberance was truly inspirational. Several of these young people shared their reasons for being pro-life here. With pro-life hearts such as these, we have much reason to hope that abortion will soon no longer be legal or desired by anyone.

Beyond the March, pilgrims partook in other spiritual and educational activities, ranging from the Youth Rally and Mass for Life at the DC Armory to the National Prayer Vigil for Life at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Generation Life pilgrims got to hear from pro-life speakers such as the Sisters of Life and Ryan Bomberger of the Radiance Foundation.

Cathedral Holy HourMeanwhile, numerous parishes held their own special prayer opportunities to allow all to join in prayer for an end to abortion. For example, young adults from around the Archdiocese gathered at the Cathedral Basilica for a special Holy Hour and pro-life Rosary. The event, sponsored by the RLA and the Office of Young Adult Ministry, drew over 60 young adults in addition to a dozen seminarians.

Although it has been 42 years since the legalization of abortion and it is easy to become discouraged when we reflect on the number of lives lost, there is hope. We know that much is being done materially, legally, and spiritually to end abortion.  Let us all work together so that we will no longer have to commemorate Roe v. Wade, but rather live in a country where every human person is respected as a child of God.

St. Monica Youth

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