Archbishop Carlson to celebrate annual Adoption Mass this Sunday

November 21, 2013
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Archbishop Robert J. Carlson will celebrate a Mass honoring the loving gift of adoption on Sunday, November 24th, at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (Lindell Boulevard and Newstead). Mass begins at 10am. All who have been involved in an adoption and foster care in any way are warmly invited to attend.

The Annual Adoption Mass is designed to reach anyone who has been touched by adoption, such as an adopted person, birth parents of an adopted child, foster and adoptive parents, or an infertile couple waiting to adopt a child. All are welcome to come and give thanks for the gift of life made possible through adoption.

Adoption plays a central role in Christianity. From Moses to Our Lord, there are many scriptural examples of adoption. Christians are also called to participate in the faith as adopted sons and daughters of God through Christ (Gal. 4:4-6) because we are called to love one another in the same way that we have been loved.

Archbishop Carlson has taken a leadership role in promoting adoption since arriving in St. Louis in 2009. He helped establish the Archbishop Robert J. Carlson Adoption Fund in 2009 to help couples offset some of the costs associated with adopting children.  Every year since the Fund’s inception, couples have had assistance in funding their adoption and building families through the grant award, maintained through funding efforts of the Archdiocesan Office  of Natural Family Planning.

A reception will follow Mass in Boland Hall. Raffle tickets to benefit the Archbishop Robert J. Carlson Adoption Fund will be available for purchase after Mass.

Annual Adoption Mass, celebrated by St. Louis Archbishop Robert J. Carlson
Sunday, November 24th, 2013, 10am
Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis
4431 Lindell Boulevard
St. Louis, Missouri 63108