Former RLA Director Archbishop Joseph Naumann Named USCCB Pro-Life Committee Chair

Archbishop Joseph Naumann, who served as the director of the St. Louis Respect Life Apostolate from 1985 to 1995, was recently elected to chair the Pro-Life Committee for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. 

Archbishop Naumann is known for his strong support of St. Pope John Paul II's Culture of Life. He prioritizes pro-life issues in his teaching ministry and regularly challenges pro-abortion public policy and politicians, according to the National Catholic Register.

At the same time, the archbishop has compassion on those facing crisis pregnancies and those caught up in the culture of death.

As the Register reported, "As a young priest, he oversaw the pro-life office of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Under his leadership, the archdiocese began the Project Rachel ministry, a post-abortion healing ministry. He also worked to support pregnancy centers and homes for mothers and children."

Read the entire National Catholic Register article here.

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We are Salt and Light!

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USCCB's "We are Salt and Light" provides inspiration, resources, and community for Catholics across the U.S. 

In 1993, the USCCB released a beautiful guide to help parishes discern their social ministry and guide them in their work, Communities of Salt and Light, which many parishes across the U.S. are using today to guide their work in charity, justice, and peacemaking. However, a lot of things have changed in the past 20 years, and so the Department of Justice, Peace, and Human Development at the USCCB has brought hundreds of resources together under one website, We Are Salt and Light. The website is arranged into four major categories: 

One of the most exciting features of the website is that it contains hundreds of success stories about small groups of Catholics across the country who worked together to transform their parish, their community, and their hearts. From a group of teens in Austin, Texas who gather together and pray the Rosary for Mercy whenever there's an execution to a parish in California that hosts foreclosure workshops for struggling families, the stories are very inspiring! And better yet, you have the ability to connect with each group to learn how they did it. 

I know that there is a lot of amazing work being done across our Archdiocese in the way of charity, justice, and peace making. If you are interested in having your parish's work highlighted on We are Salt and Light, please let me know at or 314-367-5500 x1128, and I will pass it along to the JPHD. 

U.S. Bishops to Celebrate Mass at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis

June 9, 2015
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

What: USCCB Spring General Assembly Opening Mass
Where: Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (4431 Lindell)
When: Wednesday, June 10, 5 p.m.
Who: Most Reverend Joseph E. Kurtz, Archbishop of Louisville, principal celebrant; approximately 250 bishops from around the United States.

ST. LOUIS – Approximately 250 bishops from across the United States will gather at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis on Wednesday, June 10 to celebrate the official opening Mass for the Spring General Assembly of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

Most Reverend Joseph E. Kurtz, Archbishop of Louisville and president of the USCCB, will be the principal celebrant and homilist. Mass will begin at 5 p.m.

Additional information about the USCCB Spring General Assembly can be found at


St. Louis Church Marks National Migration Week

January 1, 2011
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WHAT: Hundreds of local faithful mark the Feast of the Epiphany and the beginning of National Migration Week, set by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

WHEN: Sunday, January 2, 2011 at 10AM

WHERE: St. Pius V Catholic Church at 3310 South Grand in South St. Louis

St. Louis, MO – This Sunday, Catholics in the Archdiocese of St. Louis will join Catholics around the world in celebrating the Feast of the Epiphany, which commemorates God manifesting himself through Jesus and making Himself known to the world. The biblical story of the three Wise Men recognizing Jesus as the Messiah and bringing Him gifts is told during this time.

Members of St. Pius V Catholic Church, which has a high migrant population from all over the world, will also mark the day at 10AM Mass with a potluck luncheon as part of National Migration Week. The observance began over 25 years ago by the bishops to be a moment for Catholics to take stock of the wide diversity of the Church and the ministries serving them.

The theme for National Migration Week is “Renewing Hope, Seeking Justice”. More information can be found on the USCCB’s website

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Roman Missal: Key changes to missal capture original meanings

Roman MissalCasual observers of the Roman Catholic Church often remark that it hasn’t changed in 2,000 years. Actually, just like any living institution, it is constantly changing. Over the centuries, where and when the Mass is celebrated, how saints are chosen, and the method of electing popes are some of the ways the Church has adjusted its traditions and policies.

Now come changes to the Roman Missal, the book containing the prayers for the Mass. For years, the Church has been working to more accurately translate those prayers from the Latin in which the original Missal is promulgated into modern languages, including English. Msgr. Kevin Irwin, dean of the School of Theology and Religious Studies at The Catholic University of America in Washington, says those alterations were necessitated by two factors.

“First, the Committee charged with the English translation of the Roman Missal issued the post-Vatican II translations very quickly,” he notes, referring to the Second Vatican Council in the 1960s. “They realized, after a few years’ use of the Missal, that some translations should have been more accurate. Second, some feasts have been added to the Church’s liturgical calendar in recent years, for example, St. Padre Pio’s. Those Latin Masses need to be translated into English.”

Peter Finn, associate director of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL), compares the changes “to the cleaning of an old painting whose images are brought to clearer light in the cleaning process. …The translations have sought to achieve a suitable balance between the word-for-word, literal meaning of the Latin and the demands of good proclamation, style and intelligibility.”

One of the most significant changes, Msgr. Irwin says, involves the familiar phrase, “And also with you,” which the congregation recites after the celebrant of the Mass says, “The Lord be with you.”

He explains that “the congregation will now say, ‘and with your spirit.’ This places the English translation in line with most other languages. The response is not to the person of the priest but to the Spirit of God, who ordained him to permanent service in the Church. It is an acknowledgment of the ‘spirit’ and grace which is in him.”

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