White Mass

2014 White Mass FlyerWHITE MASS – OCTOBER 12, 2014

Archbishop Robert Carlson will celebrate the annual White Mass on Sunday, October 12, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (Lindell Boulevard and Newstead).  This Mass is associated with St. Luke, the patron of physicians and surgeons, whose feast day is October 18.  All Catholic physicians, nurses, physicians’ assistants, emergency personnel, other healthcare professionals and their families are invited to attend.  A reception sponsored by the St. Louis Guild of the Catholic Medical Association will follow in Boland Hall.  For more information, please call 314.792.7812 or go to

David Stansfield, D.O.
St. Louis Guild of the Catholic Medical Association

Chrism Mass 2011

April 19, 2011
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                                              LOCAL PRIESTS REDEDICATE THEIR LIVES TO THE CHURCH



WHAT:            Archbishop Robert J. Carlson will celebrate Mass with more than 150 local priests, who will

                         renew their vows to the priesthood

WHEN:             Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 10AM

WHERE:           Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, 4431 Lindell in St. Louis


St. Louis, MO – As part of Holy Week Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, as well as more than 150 local priests, will celebrate the Chrism Mass at the Cathedral Basilica. The Chrism Mass derives its name from one of the three oils which are presented to the Archbishop to be blessed and consecrated for use at baptisms, confirmations, and ordinations throughout the year. During the Easter Season, more than 2,000 young men and women will be confirmed in the Catholic faith.

In addition, the priests will renew their commitment to their priestly ministry, helping them call to mind their vocation, and inspiring them to rededicate their lives to Christ.  Also, hundreds of local Catholic school students who will be confirmed during the Easter season will attend the Mass to witness the blessing of the oil of chrism, which will be used in their own Confirmations.                   

 Catholics around the world celebrate Holy Week, which opens with the celebration of Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem. The week continues with the commemoration of the Last Supper, His passion, and His death, and culminates in the joy of His resurrection. 


Go to Mass this Sunday; we miss you

Archbishop Robert J. CarlsonLast year when I wrote about the Third Commandment, I offered some fairly blunt reflections on our obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation. Here is what I wrote:

"I'm not going to sugarcoat the truth. Too many Catholics ignore their solemn obligation to attend Mass every Sunday. Parents who fail to bring their children to Mass on the Lord's Day sin twice — by failing in their Sunday obligation and by being a source of scandal for their children.

"This is a serious problem for individuals, families, parish communities and for the whole Church. Sunday Mass is not optional. It is an essential requirement for all of us, and unless we have a serious reason, there is simply no excuse for missing Mass on the Lord's Day. If through your own fault you miss Mass on Sunday, you are committing a serious sin. You should not receive holy Communion until you have gone to confession."

The First Precept (law or commandment) of the Catholic Church is to attend Mass on Sunday and holy days of obligation and to keep the Lord's Day holy by avoiding work or other activities that could prevent us from recognizing the sacredness of this time.

I didn't sugarcoat my remarks on the serious obligation we have to observe the Third Commandment because it is so important to us as individuals and as members of the family of God, the Church. Without the Eucharist, we lose all sense of who we are as disciples of Jesus Christ and as members of His body. Without a serious commitment to worship God in word and sacrament on the Lord's Day and other holy days of obligation, we cannot claim to be Catholics in good standing.

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