Respect Life: Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care offers support for women and men with problems related to pregnancy; for all who have been involved in abortion; for those who are disabled, sick, and dying, and their families and caregivers.

Witness to Hope

Lifeline Coalition Collection at Annual Memorial Mass to Help 10,000-Plus Women, Families Facing Crisis Pregnancies

Each year, at the Annual Roe v. Wade Memorial Mass, the Offertory collection benefits the LifeLine Coalition. This coalition is made of Catholic social service agencies and pro-life caregivers that provide emotional and financial support to 10,000-plus local women and families facing crisis pregnancies each year.

Agencies such as Our Lady's Inn, Birthright, and Good Shepherd Children & Family Services bring hope to these women and families who choose life for their unborn children. The collection at the Memorial Mass is part of the overall LifeLine Coalition Campaign, in which parishes and schools throughout the archdiocese also take part in. Click here for more information about the Coalition's efforts.

This year, the Memorial Mass is on Saturday, Jan. 27 at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis at 10 a.m. and will be celebrated by Bishop Mark Rivituso. All are invited to attend the Mass, rosary procession, and Benediction. Click here for more information or contact the RLA at 314-792-7555 or

New Archbishop Carlson Fund Benefits Respect Life Apostolate, Kenrick-Glennon Seminary

Anonymous Donor's Generosity Benefits Archdiocesan Pro-Life, Priest Formation Efforts

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson visited the offices of the Roman Catholic Foundation of Eastern Missouri Dec. 4 to ring the Celebration Bell to mark the establishment of the Archbishop J. Carlson Endowment Fund. The Roman Catholic Foundation rings the bell each time a new fund is established.

The Archbishop Carlson fund was established with a gift from an anonymous donor and will provide operating support to Kenrick-Glennon Seminary and the archdiocesan Respect Life Apostolate. Kenrick-Glennon President-Rector Fr. James Mason and Respect Life Apostolate Executive Director Karen Nolkemper joined the archbishop for the ceremony.

Donate to the fund at or by mail to the Roman Catholic Foundation/Archbishop Robert J. Carlson Endowment Fund; 12 Archbishop May Drive; St. Louis, MO 63119.

Article and photo are courtesy of the St. Louis Review

2018 Deacon Diaper Drive

Repeats every week until Mon Apr 02 2018 .
Saturday, March 17, 2018 (All day) - Sunday, March 18, 2018 (All day)

As shared in a recent St. Louis Review article by Dave Lueking

"In the Archdiocese of St. Louis, the Permanent Diaconate, in conjunction with the Respect Life Apostolate, helps moms and families keep babies high and dry.

The third annual Deacon Diaper Drive will run for 16 days over three weekends at parishes throughout the archdiocese, beginning the weekend of March 17-18 and concluding on Easter Sunday. Parishioners are asked to donate bags, boxes or cases of diapers at weekend Masses, with 100 percent of the donations staying local. A parish's St. Vincent de Paul society or food pantry, or a nearby women's shelter or crisis nursery, will distribute the diapers.

In two years for the drive, St. Louis Catholics have donated 310,000 diapers for newborns, infants and toddlers. Diapers are needed in all sizes, from newborn to size 6 and pull-ups, to ensure a good range in sizes for moms and families in need. Adult diapers are welcomed as well.

Deacon Jim Carter is spearheading the drive this year. For questions, email him at" 

Project Rachel Day Retreat

Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 9:00am

Come and spend some restful time in the company of Jesus and Mary. The retreats will be held in a homelike, private setting for a time of prayerful recollection. Mass and the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available.

Registration is available online by clicking here. A downloadable registration form (PDF) can be accessed by clicking here.

More information about the retreat and about Project Rachel are available by clicking here.

Please contact Project Rachel at 314-792-7565 or for more information or to register.

Project Rachel Spiritual Support Group

Thursday, December 28, 2017 - 7:00pm

The monthly Project Rachel spiritual support group, known as In His Name, is open to any women affected by abortion, regardless of how long it has been. The meetings offer women the opportunity to meet and hear from other women who have this shared experience are seeking God's healing and mercy.

The meeting location is not published to preserve confidentiality. To find out the location or to obtain more infomration, contact Marisol at 314-792-7451 or

Project Rachel also offers free, professional, and confidential individual counseling and spiritual direction for any woman directly or indirectly wounded by an abortion experience.

Click here for more information about Project Rachel.

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