National NFP Awareness Week July 24th - July 30th, 2016

The last week of July is National Natural Family Planning Awareness Week.  The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has prepared this document to describe how NFP promotes Love, Mercy, and Life. 

Don't forget that a great way to celebrate this week is to attend the Annual Humanae Vitae Mass and Dinner July 23rd at the Cathedral Basilica. For more information, call 314.991.0327

STATEMENT ON VIOLENCE FROM ARCHBISHOP ROBERT CARLSON

July 8, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Teak Phillips
Phone: 314.792.7504

ST. LOUIS – Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, released the following statement on the recent acts of violence in our nation.

Our nation is in considerable pain as we continue to witness the toll of violence and intolerance on the people of God. On too many mornings over the past several weeks, we have awakened to fresh tragedy and renewed horror. Our hearts broke to learn of the senseless slaughter at a popular LGBT nightclub in Orlando, FL, that left 49 innocent people dead last month. Just this week, within days of each other, we have literally watched via videos posted to social media the tragic deaths of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, LA, and St. Louis native Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, MN, both African American males in officer-involved shootings. This morning, we wake to the news of more senseless death and injury in Dallas, TX, leaving 5 police officers dead.

Already, dangerously irresponsible voices are calling for more hate and violent retribution, adding darkness upon darkness. We stand with the Church, all Christians, members of all faiths, and people of good will in calling for love, peace, justice and reconciliation. Following the example of Christ, we offer prayers to the all of the families and communities touched by this violence as well as for those responsible for visiting death upon them. Only in the total and unyielding love of God can true and lasting peace be found. God does not count the deaths and suffering of His children differently. He weeps for them all, and so do we.

I ask you to join me in prayer for our communities, around our country and here at home.

We pray especially for the Ballwin police officer shot while serving our community today, and for his family and colleagues. 

 

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Tickets Still Available for Fr. Scheid Players' Peformance of "Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat"

Tickets are still available for the Fr. Scheid Players' Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat."  The cast of 90 will feature several priests of the Archdiocese, including Fr. Terry Borgerding of St. Ignatius of Loyola Parish in Marthasville, Fr. John Brennell of Seven Holy Founders Parish in Affton, Monsignor Norb Ernst of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Parish, and Fr. Bill Wigand of Regina Cleri, along with dozens of talented grade school, teenage, and adult performers from 25 different parishes in the Archdiocese.

This year marks the Fr. William Scheid Players' 37th anniversary of presenting Broadway plays, reviews, and musicals featuring Archdiocesan clergy and laity to raise funds for the youth programs of the Catholic Youth Apostolate.

Performance dates are:   Friday, July 22 at 7:30 pm
                                           Saturday, July 23 at 7:30 pm
                                           Sunday, July 24 at 2:00 pm

All performances will be at Chaminade College Preparatory School, in the Skip Viragh Center for the Arts, 425 S. Lindbergh, St. Louis, Missouri 63131.

All advanced tickets are $12 for reserved seating.  Tickets are available at the door for $15. The Skip Viragh Center for the Arts provides ample seating and is handicapped accessible. To order tickets, please mail your check along with this Ticket Order Form.  For additional ticket information, please contact Ann Madden at (314) 846-1060 or email annmaddenstl1@gmail.com.

To further help support the Catholic Youth Apostolate you may wish to consider placing an ad in our program book. This is a great opportunity to send a congratulatory message to one of the performers or to bring awareness of your business or ministry. Download an Ad Book Order Form with further information. The deadline for placing an ad is July 13.  For more information about placing an ad, please contact Debby Mooney at (314) 853-7651 or email debbymo@aol.com.

Be sure to bring the whole family! It will be an amazingly colorful and fun musical!!

SteubySTL Mid-America 2016


Steubenville STL Mid-America is a high-energy youth conference where thousands of teens are invited to encounter Jesus Christ through dynamic speakers, engaging music, the Sacraments, small group discussions, and fellowship with other teens. The conference is an outreach of Franciscan University in partnership with the St. Louis Archdiocesan Office of Youth Ministry. Two conferences are held every year in July and take place on the campus of Missouri State University in Springfield, MO.

Since the First Steubenville Conference in 1999

  • 17 Years of Steubenville STL Mid-America
  • 27 Weekend Conferences Completed
  • 2021 Groups Have Attended
  • 66057 Hearts Touched
To find out more about Steubenville and to follow along on the journey... visit http://steubystl365.com!

Annual Silver and Golden Wedding Jubilee Mass

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Time: 2:30 p.m.
Location: Cathedral Basilica
4431 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MO  63108

Couples celebrating their 25th, 50th or 50-plus wedding anniversary during 2016 are invited to this annual Mass. Archbishop Robert Carlson will be the celebrant. Family members and friends are invited to join the couples at this special celebration. Couples registered by September 10 will have their names and wedding date printed in the program and receive a certificate of congratulations. You may register online by visiting archstl.org/jubileemass. If you would like more information, please contact the Office of Laity & Family Life at 314.792.7170.

Family Mass, Dinner and Entertainment - How Lovely is Your Dwelling Place

It's not too late to RSVP for  an evening of faith, fellowship and fun on Saturday, July 23rd, 2016 in celebration of the 48th anniversary of the release of Humanae Vitae. Join friends from around the St. Louis area for 5 p.m. Mass at the New Cathedral with Archbishop Carlson followed by dinner catered by Pasta House and family entertainment in Boland Hall.  Cost for dinner is $12 per adult, $6 per child age 3-11 or a maximum of $50 per family.  RSVP by July 15th at 314.997.7576 orstlnfp@archstl.org

Archdiocese of St. Louis Responds to Supreme Court Decision on Texas Law

June 27, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS – Today the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a common sense Texas law that sought to protect women by requiring abortion facilities to meet the same health and safety standards as other ambulatory surgical centers.

In response, Karen Nolkemper, Executive Director of the Respect Life Apostolate of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, said:

“No abortion clinic will ever be safe for unborn children, but these common sense safety requirements struck down by the Supreme Court would have at least protected women from undue harm at the hands of abortion providers. We will continue to speak for those who have no voice and to seek legal protections for innocent lives.”

The Missouri Catholic Conference (MCC), the public policy agency for Missouri’s Catholic bishops, issued a statement saying, “The MCC will continue its efforts to ensure that women in crisis pregnancies have access to agencies that offer alternatives to abortion.”

Mike Hoey, Executive Director of the MCC, added:

“The decision is profoundly disappointing, but it will not stop the decades-long effort of pro-life citizens to protect women and their unborn babies from the abortion industry.”

The full Missouri Catholic Conference statement can be found at mocatholic.org.

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Fr. Scheid Players Present "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat"

The Catholic Youth Apostolate is pleased to announce that the Fr. William Scheid Players will continue their 37th season with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. This early musical collaboration of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber brings the biblical story of Joseph from the book of Genesis to life. Employing a variety of musical styles, the story unfolds with the help of four narrators who guide the audience through Joseph’s struggle and triumph. Entirely set to music, the show moves briskly through the various episodes of Joseph’s tale. Songs, dances, and music relate the story of Joseph and his colorful coat.

This year’s cast of 90 will feature several priests of the Archdiocese, including Fr. Terry Borgerding of St. Ignatius of Loyola Parish in Marthasville, Fr. John Brennell of Seven Holy Founders Parish in Affton, Monsignor Norb Ernst of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Parish, and Fr. Bill Wigand of Regina Cleri, along with dozens of talented grade school, teenage, and adult performers from 25 different parishes in the Archdiocese.

This year marks the group’s 37th anniversary of presenting Broadway plays, reviews, and musicals featuring Archdiocesan clergy and laity to raise funds for the youth programs of the Catholic Youth Apostolate.

Performance dates are:   Friday, July 22 at 7:30 pm
                                           Saturday, July 23 at 7:30 pm
                                           Sunday, July 24 at 2:00 pm

All performances will be at Chaminade College Preparatory School, in the Skip Viragh Center for the Arts, 425 S. Lindbergh, St. Louis, Missouri 63131.

All advanced tickets are $12 for reserved seating.  Tickets are available at the door for $15. The Skip Viragh Center for the Arts provides ample seating and is handicapped accessible. To order tickets, please mail your check along with this Ticket Order Form.  For additional ticket information, please contact Ann Madden at (314) 846-1060 or email annmaddenstl1@gmail.com.

To further help support the Catholic Youth Apostolate you may wish to consider placing an ad in our program book. This is a great opportunity to send a congratulatory message to one of the performers or to bring awareness of your business or ministry. Download an Ad Book Order Form with further information. The deadline for placing an ad is July 13.  For more information about placing an ad, please contact Debby Mooney at (314) 853-7651 or email debbymo@aol.com.

Thank you for your continued support of the Catholic Youth Apostolate!

Archdiocese of St. Louis Hosts Counter Bullying Workshop

June 13, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Sue Brown
Director of Marketing & Community Relations, Catholic Education Office
Phone: 314.792.7304

Catholic Approach to Discipline Inspires Schools Nationwide

What: 2016 Virtue-Based Restorative Discipline (VBRD) Summer Institute
Where: Cardinal Rigali Center, 20 Archbishop May Dr., 63119
When: June 14-17, 2016, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

ST. LOUIS – The Catholic Education Office will host the 2016 Virtue-Based Restorative Discipline (VBRD) Summer Institute from Tuesday – Friday, June 14-17, 2016, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at the Cardinal Rigali Center (20 Archbishop May Dr., 63119).

Over 200 educators from 50 Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of St. Louis and seven other states will attend this comprehensive training in VBRD, a Catholic response to bullying. School teams will be trained to prevent and reduce antisocial behaviors through virtue education and restorative practices, resulting in a consistent message that upholds the dignity of the human person.

“This is our fourth year for this unique training,” said Mrs. Lynne Lang, Director of School Climate at the Catholic Education Office. “Our returning schools are a testimony to the success of this work and reflective of the archdiocesan beONE initiative goals.”

Parents and school personnel will learn to maintain a positive environment in which adults and students are accountable and responsible for holy habits of human excellence, and discipline is viewed as formative, rather than punitive. Sessions will include: Foundations of VBRD, Restorative Practices, Guiding Principles, Engaging Parents, and Successful Class Meetings. Each day, students will showcase restorative leadership among their peers.

An intercultural prayer service, will be held on Wednesday, June 15, at 8:30 a.m., in the St. Vincent de Paul Chapel, led by Gregory Heille, O.P., Academic Dean and Vice President of Aquinas Institute of Theology.

On Thursday, June 16, at 8:30 a.m., Keynote Speaker, Lee Rush, M.Ed., from International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) will present a talk entitled “Change the Conversation, Change the Culture” and 40 administrators will be trained in a program called “Authority with Grace: Restorative Leadership.”

The closing ceremony will recognize schools that have implemented VBRD with fidelity in the 2015-16 school year.

For more information, contact Lynne Lang: lynnelang@archstl.org, or 314.280.3723.

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Archbishop Robert Carlson Offers Prayers for Orlando

June 13, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

Archbishop Robert Carlson released the following statement in response to the senseless violence in Orlando this past weekend:

“We pray for the victims of this evil act and the repose of their souls. We pray for their loved ones, that they may be comforted in their time of grief. We must also pray and work for a more peaceful world that respects the dignity of the human person.”

Family Mass and Dinner - How Lovely is Your Dwelling Place

Enjoy an evening of faith, fellowship and fun on Saturday, July 23rd, 2016 in celebration of the 48th anniversary of the release of Humanae Vitae. Join friends from around the St. Louis area for 5 p.m. Mass at the New Cathedral with Archbishop Carlson followed by dinner catered by Pasta House and family entertainment in Boland Hall.  Cost for dinner is $12 per adult, $6 per child age 3-11 or a maximum of $50 per family.  RSVP by July 15th at 314.997.7576 or stlnfp@archstl.org

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