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.

St. Louis Review: Changing Lives for the Better

2018 Deacon Diaper Drive Results in 277,000 Donations Throughout the Archdiocese, 53% Increase from 2017  

By Dave Lueking

To kick off the 2018 Lenten Deacon Diaper Drive, Deacon Jim Carter palyed stand-up comic in post-Mass announcements at his parish, Our Lady of Lourdes in Washington.

He started simply enough, "It's that time of year for the deacon diaper drive." Then he went right into the material: "That's as opposed to 'Deacon Diapers' which may come later... it Depends."

...Then kidding aside, he talked about the heartbreaking stores of young moms and families who lack financial resources but desperately need assistance to keep their babies dry. Sadly, many have to pick food and shelter ahead of their young ones cleanliness and comfort.

Lourdes parishioners responded generously to Deacon Carter's request, as did numerous Catholics throughout the archdiocese, and made the drive's third installment a smashing success. Deacon Carter needed just one word to describe the results.

"Phenomenal" he said...

 Diapers by the numbers

A few numbers from the 2018 installment of the Lenten Deacon Diaper Drive

  • 3 drives to date
  • 52 parishes participating
  • 183 parishes in the archdiocese
  • 125,000 diapers collected in 2016
  • 180,000 diapers collected in 2017
  • 277,000 diapers collected in 2018
  • 582,000 diapers collected in three drives over 25 months 

 Read the entire St. Louis Review article here.

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 prolife@archstl.org.

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 www.rcfstl.org/funds 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

Project Rachel Support Group

Date: 
Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 7:00pm

The monthly Project Rachel spiritual support group, known as In His Name, is open to any woman 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 and 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 information, contact Marisol at 314-792-7451 or mpfaff@archstl.org.

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

 

    Location: 
    Please contact Marisol at 314-792-7451 or mpfaff@archstl.org

    Project Joseph Support Group

    Date: 
    Monday, July 2, 2018 - 7:00pm

    Project Joseph is an informal spiritual support opportunity to meet and hear from other men who have shared this experience and are seeking God's healing and mercy.

    Meeting location is not published to preserve confidentiality. To find out the location or to obtain more information, contact Chuck at 314-974-6787 or craymjr@sbcglobal.net.

    As one previous participant stated, "As the father of an aborted baby, I feel not only loss, but failure. Through Project Joseph I was able to regain a sense of self-worth and returned to my faith."

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

    Click here for more information about Project Joseph. 

    Location: 
    Please call Chuck at 314-974-6787 for location details.
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