Respect Life: Spirituality

Programs, services and events of the that encourage participation in the sacramental life of the Church and in programs of communal and individual prayer, that the culture of death that surrounds us today will be replaced by a culture of life and love.

RLA Blessed By Presence of 2018 Diaconate Class at February's Helpers Mass

Each diaconate class in the Archdiocese of St. Louis has a respect life component to their curriculum and formation. This year, the RLA and Office of the Diaconate also invited the candidates and their wives to attend a Helpers of God's Most Precious Infants prayer event at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis.

They cheerfully participated in the Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, and outside rosary walk (despite a surprise snow shower) along with the RLA volunteers, board, and staff. A pro-life training session and reception followed in Boland Hall.

Both the RLA and the deacon candidates were blessed by the partnerships formed at the February 17 event. Strengthening the communication and connection between the archdiocese and parish deacons can only benefit future endeavors to build up a Culture of Life throughout the greater St. Louis area.

Please join us in praying for the candidates who will be ordained at the Cathedral on June 2. To learn more about the diaconate program, call 314-792-7430 or click here.

Photo advertisement courtesy fo the Office of the Diaconate as published in the St. Louis Review

Annual Memorial Mass Honors Unborn, Helps Women, Families Facing Crisis Pregnancies

Over 700 Catholics and members of the Respect Life Movement gathered at the Cathedral Basilica on Saturday, Jan. 27 for the RLA's Annual Memorial Mass and prayer vigil. Together, they solemnly remembered the near 60 million unborn lives lost to legalized abortion since 1973, and the countless women, men, and families whose lives have been tragically impacted.

St. Louis Auxiliary Bishop Mark Rivituso celebrated the Mass and challenged and inspired all in attendance to "pray always so that we may indeed be a powerful witness to the Gospel of Life in all of our activities and events for pro-life." The Bishop also personally received donations from parishes throughout the Archdiocese to the LifeLine Coalition, a group of social service and pro-life agencies that help 10,000-plus women and families facing crisis pregnancies each year.

A Rose Procession was held right before Mass in which one person born each year since 1973 carried up a single rose to represent the lives lost during his or her birth year. The last person in the procession was an expectant mother whose unborn child represented 2018.

Directly following Mass, nearly 500 people also took part in a peaceful rosary walk to and from Planned Parenthood. Bishop Rivituso led the pro-life witnesses of all ages in prayer which included seminarians, priests, religious, young adults, families with young children, singles, and seniors from many different backgrounds. This group included the 150 members of the Crusaders for Life from Chicago who attend the event each year as part of their Midwest respect life pilgrimage.

The Annual Memorial Mass has been held each January since 2000 near the Roe v. Wade anniversary. The event is part of the RLA's Helpers of God's Precious Infants program, in which volunteers gather each month to pray for all those impacted by abortion and give public witness to the sanctity of human life. Learn more here.

Helpers Mass & Rosary

Saturday, June 16, 2018 - 8:00am - 10:00am

Helpers of God's Precious Infants, established in St. Louis in January 2000, is a peaceful, live-saving ministry that gathers every third Saturday of the month for a prayer vigil.

The prayer vigil begins with Mass at the Cathedral Basilica, followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, a peaceful rosary processon to the local abortion facility, and Benediction after returning to the Cathedral.

Those unable to participate in the procession are invited to pray the rosary at the Cathedral before the Blessed Sacrament.

Fr. Brad Modde, pastor of St. Simon the Apostle in South City, will celebrate the Mass.

If your priest would like to celebrate a third Saturday Helpers Mass, please contact the RLA at or 314-792-7555.

For a list of the scheduled celebrants, click here.

To learn more about the history of Msgr. Reilly's ministry, click here 

Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis

Gospel of Life Prayer Breakfast

Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 6:00am

The ninth annual Archbishop's Gospel of Life Prayer Breakfast, hosted by the St. Louis Chapter of Legatus, will be held Thursday, May 3 from 6 to 9 a.m. The prayer event, held at the Ritz-Carlton St. Louis downtown, features Mass with Archbishop Robert Carlson and a keynote address by Archbishop George J. Lucas of Omaha, NE.

Pre-registration is recommended to guarantee availability. To sign up or more information:

The Ritz-Carlton St. Louis
100 Carondolet Plaza
St. Louis, MO

STL Young Adult Pro-Life Holy Hour & Social

Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Can't make the DC March for Life this year but still want to take a stand for life?  

Then join young adults throughout the archdiocese for this annual event to pray for an end abortion and promote a greater respect for all life. We'll start with dinner and fellowship in Boland Hall at 6 p.m. followed by Adoration, the Rosary, and an opportunity for Confession in the Cathedral.

Then we'll return to Boland Hall for dessert and to hear a dynamic pro-life speaker! Email or call 314-792-7555 for more information. 

Help us get the word out by downloading the event flyer here (PDF) or bulletin/newsletter announcement here (Word). Thank you!

Co-sponsored by the Office of Young Adult Ministry and the Respect Life Apostolate.

Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis
4431 Lindell Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63108
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