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Archdiocese of St. Louis, Missouri Synod Lutherans stand against sale of baby parts

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It would be easier to forget what we have seen, to erase from our memories and our minds what we have heard. But the statements and actions of Planned Parenthood medical directors and technicians, captured on film and released by the Center for Medical Progress, are the kind we will not forget, the kind that cannot be unseen and unheard.

Like millions of Americans, including those in the Roman Catholic Church and The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, we have been shaken to the core by what we have witnessed: intact babies, at times still alive, having their body parts harvested as a commodity. We are shocked at the image of tiny hands and feet seen in a glass pie plate. We are horrified at what we have seen and heard. Such actions and attitudes have no place in our society.

While offensive, the degradation of the bodies of these infant human beings is unfortunately just the tip of the iceberg. Those fetal tissue and organs are only available for sale because they are being killed through abortion. Over 57 million unborn children have been lost to abortion in our nation since 1973.

The toll of these lives lost is enormous. We are missing sons and daughters, siblings, spouses, coaches, scholars, mentors and friends.

This loss is symptomatic of a loss of respect for human life in our society today. In so many ways, our culture seeks to deny the humanity of the unborn, of the elderly or of someone with a disability.

Together, we stand firm and repeat that every human life is worthy of dignity and respect. We affirm our continued commitment to offer resources to help parents of any faith background who are in need of medical, financial or social service assistance both during pregnancy and after. We stand ready to assist any parent who wishes to make an adoption plan for their child.

Our commitment is to all life in all its stages from conception to natural death. For those men and women who participated in an abortion, we extend to you the words of Jesus: “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden …” (Matt. 11:28), and we invite you to experience hope and healing from your experience.

The Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson,
Archbishop of St. Louis

The Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, President,
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

 


Click here for coverage from the St. Louis Review

Click here to view the press release announcing the statement

Infant and Unborn Children Memorials

There are a number of shrines and memorials within the Archdiocese of St. Louis dedicated to the children who died as a result of miscarriage, stillbirth, abortion, accident, or illness. A list of these locations are provided below, broken down by deanery. Click on a deanery name to jump to shrines and memorials in that area.

North City
Northeast County
Northwest County
South City
Southeast County
Southwest County
St. Charles
Ste. Genevieve 


North City Deanery

Garden of InnocentsGarden of Innocents at Calvary Cemetery
5239 West Florissant Ave., St. Louis, MO 63115 
(314) 792-7738

The Garden of Innocent's burial guardian is located in Section 1 of Lot 900 of Calvary Cemetery. It provides unclaimed children and infants a dignified and loving memorial and burial which the Medical Examiner's Office is unable to provide. Each child is given a name, a small teddy bear, and burial layette. The name, birth date, and death date of each child resting in the Garden is inscribed onto the permanent stone memorial.

 

Northeast County Deanery

Old St. FerdinandOld St. Ferdinand Shrine
1 Rue St Francois, Florissant, MO 63031 
(314) 837-2110

An outdoor memorial sits across from the church building. Dedicated by then-Archbishop Justin Rigali in October 1996, the memorial features a prayer for the unborn by Bishop Fulton J. Sheen and is in memory of victims of abortion.

 


Northwest County Deanery

Incarnate WordIncarnate Word
13416 Olive Blvd, Chesterfield, MO 63017 
(314) 576-5366

This outdoor Mary statue and marker is located at Incarnate Word parish in Chesterfield and reminds passers-by to pray for the unborn.

 

 

St MonicaSt. Monica
12136 Olive Blvd., Creve Coeur, MO 63141 
(314) 434-4211

This Knights of Columbus monument commemorating the unborn is located in front of the church building.


South City Deanery

St. AmbroseSt. Ambrose
5130 Wilson Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 771-0454

A Respect Life Memorial Garden honors all infants who have died too soon. The garden is located at the north rectory entrance and features statues of Mary with children.

 


St. Mary Magdalen CitySt. Mary Magdalen - St. Louis
4924 Bancroft Ave., St. Louis, MO 63109
(314) 352-2111

This Infant Memorial is housed inside the church for babies lost to abortion, miscarriage, or still birth, as well as younger and older children who have passed away due to accident, illness, or injury. Names may be engraved on the memorial by contacting the parish office. The memorial was dedicated in September 2014 by Bishop Edward M. Rice. Click here to read St. Louis Review's coverage of the dedication Mass.


Southeast County Deanery

Rachel's GardenRachel's Garden at Resurrection Cemetery
6901 Mackenzie Road, St. Louis, MO 63123 
(314) 792-7737

This garden is designed for reflection, particularly for anyone experiencing sadness and sorrow from abortion. Rachel's Garden can be located on this map at the black circle 12.

It is named after Rachel who mourns her children, refusing to be consoled because her children are no more in Jeremiah 31:15-17. In response, the Lord says: "Cease your cries of mourning, wipe the tears from your eyes. The sorrow you have shown shall have its reward...There is hope for your future." Rachel's Garden is part of the Project Rachel and Project Joseph ministry to assist people who have been affected by an abortion experience.


Resurrection CemeteryInfant Memorial at Resurrection Cemetery
6901 Mackenzie Road, St. Louis, MO 63123 
(314) 792-7737

A special marker and statue of the Holy Family are located in an infant burial plot at Resurrection Cemetery. The marker is located in section 16 of the cemetery. The marker is inscribed with a passage from the Gospel of Luke: "Let the children come to me" (Luke 18:15-17) and includes an image of St. Anthony holding a child.


Holy InfantHoly Infant - Ballwin
627 Dennison Dr., Ballwin, MO 63021 
(636) 227-7440

A series of bronze pro-life statues are displayed on the parish grounds. The four sculptures of children demonstrate the theme "I Am the Pro-Life Generation." They acknowledge the sin and sorrow of abortion but focus on the joy of human growth and development. Commissioned by the Knights of Columbus, Council #10794, the sculptures were created by Cynthia Hitschler and installed in 2015.


Southwest County Deanery

St. Clement of RomeSt. Clement of Rome
1510 Bopp Rd, St. Louis, MO 63131
(314) 965-0709

A Sanctity of Life Shrine is present on the grounds of St. Clement of Rome. A winding path leads from the Shrine to the Eucharist Adoration Chapel.


St. Mary Magdalen BrentwoodSt. Mary Magdalen - Brentwood
2618 Brentwood Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63144
(314) 961-8400

This shrine, dedicated to the unborn, particularly those who died before birth, was unveiled on Mother's Day in 2015. It is located on the west side of the vestibule and features a statute of the pregnant Mary. To read the St. Louis Review's coverage of the unveiling, click here.

 

St. Charles Deanery

St. CletusSt. Cletus Catholic Church
2705 Zumbehl Road, St. Charles, MO 63301
(636) 946-6327 

A beautiful headstone is located outside of St. Cletus Catholic Church, commemorating all those who have lost their lives due to abortion. All are invited to stop by to pray for a great respect for unborn life.

 

Ste. Genevieve Deanery

New Calvary Cemetery

New Calvary Cemetery
3281 Hwy H, Farmington, MO 63640

This memorial is located in the rear of New Calvary Cemetery in Section A, Block 8. The space was created by St. Joseph's Parish in Farmington and Knights of Columbus Council #12332 and dedicated in May 2013.

 

 

Ste. Genevieve ParishSte. Genevieve Catholic Church
20 N. Fourth St., Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670

This outdoor memorial is located on the grounds of Ste. Genevieve. It was built in loving memory of Charles "Bud" Tlapek and bears the inscription of Matthew 2:18-19.

Thousands of St. Louis Youth to Attend March for Life in Washington

January 19, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

Approximately 3,000 St. Louisans Making the Trek to Nation’s Capital

UPDATE (January 20, 2016): The Generation Life Pilgrimage has been cancelled. For more information, click here.

ST. LOUIS — Despite the anticipated inclement weather, an estimated 3,000 teenagers, young adults, adult chaperones, volunteers, and other pro-life supporters from the St. Louis area will make the pilgrimage to Washington, D.C. for the 43nd annual March for Life on Friday, January 22. The date commemorates the tragic anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, which has led to more than 57 million abortions in the United States.

The largest contingent of pilgrims, called “Generation Life,” is organized by the Catholic Youth Apostolate of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. The group totals more than 2,200 high school students, adult chaperones, young adults, seminarians, and staff. The pilgrims will depart on 41 busses from seven different locations around the St. Louis area in the evening of Wednesday, January 20. Media is invited to attend the launch. Please contact the Archdiocese of St. Louis Communications Office for more details.

Separate St. Louis groups totaling approximately 500 youth will attend the Youth Rally and Mass for Life at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. Several hundred other St. Louisans are expected to attend by other means.

In total, the roughly 3,000 St. Louisans expected to travel to Washington represent more than 65 parishes and schools in the archdiocese.

Friends, family members, media, and anyone staying in St. Louis can be part of the action on social media by following @GenLifeSTL and using #GenLifeSTL on twitter and Instagram, “liking” the GenLifeSTL facebook page, and on the GenLifeSTL blog, genlifestl365.com.

In addition, several local Catholic parishes will hold prayer services in the area, and the Archdiocese of St. Louis will host a Pro-Life Holy Hour of Prayer for young adults, Thursday, January 21, 7:00 p.m., Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (4431 Lindell).

GenLife participants, or representatives of the archdiocese, can be made available for interviews upon request while in D.C. Members of the archdiocesan Office of Communications staff will be in Washington, D.C. for the duration of the pilgrimage to facilitate media inquiries.

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Annual Memorial Mass Remembers Abortion Victims

January 14, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

Mass at Cathedral Basilica on Saturday Commemorates Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

WHAT: Annual Roe v. Wade Memorial Mass, hosted by the Respect Life Apostolate
WHERE: Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (4431 Lindell)
WHEN: Saturday, January 16, 2016, 9:30 a.m.
WHO: Archbishop Robert Carlson and more than 500 pro-life supporters

ST. LOUIS – Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, will celebrate the annual Roe v. Wade Memorial Mass on Saturday, January 16, at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis to commemorate the 43rd anniversary of the Supreme Court’s tragic Roe v. Wade decision on January 22, 1973, which legalized abortion in the United States. The Mass is hosted by the Respect Life Apostolate of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

The Mass will begin at 9:30 a.m. and will be preceded by a procession of individuals born in every year since 1973, including a woman due with a child in 2016, to represent the more than 57 million children lost due to abortion during these 43 years. A solemn rosary procession to Planned Parenthood on Forest Park Boulevard will follow Mass. More than 500 people are expected to attend.

“We have a rich history of defending the unborn in the Archdiocese of St. Louis,” said Karen Nolkemper, Executive Director of the Respect Life Apostolate. “This annual Mass is an opportunity to join together in prayer as we commemorate the lives lost, give thanks for the lives saved, and re-commit to defending life and transforming our culture.”

Next week, hundreds of thousands of pro-life pilgrims will descend on Washington, D.C. for the 43rd annual March for Life. More than 2,200 students, volunteers, and chaperones from Catholic schools and parishes will depart the St. Louis area on Wednesday, January 20, as part of the annual pilgrimage known as “Generation Life” or “GenLifeSTL." The pilgrimage is organized by the Catholic Youth Apostolate of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

The Archdiocese of St. Louis was the first in the nation to establish a Respect Life Apostolate (RLA) following the landmark Roe v. Wade decision in 1973. The purpose of the RLA is to promote the Catholic Church’s teachings on respect for and legal protection of every human life from conception to natural death by coordinating educational, spiritual, pastoral, and public policy advocacy efforts with particular focus on those issues in the culture that threaten life - abortion, infanticide, euthanasia, and unethical advances in scientific technology. In addition to the annual Memorial Mass in January, the RLA hosts its annual convention in October, which is Respect Life Month.

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Archdiocese of St. Louis, Missouri Synod Lutherans Stand Against Sale of Baby Parts

October 6, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

Joint statement reaffirms shared teaching on respect for human life

ST. LOUIS – The leaders of the Archdiocese of St. Louis and the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod (LCMS) released a joint statement on Tuesday which reaffirms their shared teachings on the respect for human life and expresses shock over the content of recently released undercover videos.

The statement from Archbishop Robert Carlson and Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison says, in part: “Like millions of Americans, including those in the Roman Catholic Church and The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod, we have been shaken to the core by what we have witnessed: intact babies, at times still alive, having their body parts harvested as a commodity. We are shocked at the image of tiny hands and feet seen in a glass pie plate. We are horrified at what we have seen and heard. Such actions and attitudes have no place in our society.”

The statement goes on to make clear that the Archdiocese of St. Louis and the Missouri Synod are ready “to offer resources to help parents of any faith background who are in need of medical, financial or social service assistance both during pregnancy and after.”

In closing, the two leaders make clear that they are committed “to all life in all its stages from conception to natural death.”

The full statement can be found at stlrespectlife.org.

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The statement can be downloaded here

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