Solidarity and Hope Mass / Misa de solidaridad y esperanza.

El viernes pasado oramos, y caminamos juntos hacia adelante como inmigrantes y prójimos.

Last Friday  we prayed, and walked forward together as immigrants and neighbors.

 

Santo Toribio Romo, Ora pro nobis  


Romantic Revolution Retreat

The Catholic Youth Apostolate's REAP Team and Office of Youth Ministry will host the "Romantic Revolution Retreat" at the Cardinal Rigali Center on Monday, September 26, 2016 from 7 pm to 9 pm.  This retreat is open to young women in grades 7 - 9 interested in learning more about relationships, romance and pure love in today's world. Teen and young adult members of The REAP Team will give testimony to the power and beauty of chastity and how only through living out this virtue can true romance be revived in our world.

Following are a few comments from young women and moms who attended the event in the past:

From the teen girls:

-I loved this retreat! It was fun and full of non-stop activities. I think that young people will choose to become chaste.

-I thought it was really fun since it was explained really well.  I learned that chastity is a better way to live.

-I liked it a lot. I can actually use the information in real life.

-I thought it was great. I really like the talks. I will always remember to believe in myself.

-I thought about how much I need God in all my relationships.

From the moms
:

-I have to let you know the best part of the day was our drive home (approx. 35 minutes), my daughter and I had some great conversations about chastity, God, boys, school and choices!  Here's to keeping the talking going and to continuing the "Romantic Revolution."

-The talks from the teens were most memorable for me.

-I especially liked the male perspective on how men/boys view women.

-Yes, (I grew closer to God) by seeing how one little event may change the future of even one girl and how the word of chastity can be spread so easily and quickly.

For more information and to register, visit stlyouth.org.

Archdiocese of St. Louis Will Close John F. Kennedy Catholic High School in June 2017

September 16, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS – Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, has accepted the recommendation of the Archdiocesan Board of Catholic Education to  close John F. Kennedy Catholic High School in Manchester, MO. The 2016 – 2017 academic year will be the final year for the archdiocesan high school that opened in 1968.

"I am grateful for the parents, staff, faculty, school leadership, alumni and supporters who have given so much for the benefit of the students over the past five decades," said Archbishop Carlson.

Kennedy Catholic High School was built at a time when the population of West St. Louis County was growing and the Catholic parish elementary schools were increasing in enrollment. Over the past several years Kennedy Catholic has been struggling with enrollment. At the conclusion of the 2015 – 2016 academic year the school had 260 students, down from 333 just three years ago. Enrollment for this fall is 191 students, with a freshman class of 33. In recent years, the number of Catholic families in this area of the archdiocese seeking a Catholic high school education for their children has been diminishing. Kennedy High School's freshman enrollment has dropped by 50% in two years. Total student enrollment for all four years of high school is down 43% since 2013.

Lower enrollment and rising costs have made it difficult to sustain the school, even with financial assistance from the archdiocese over the past three years. Recently the Archdiocesan Board of Education and the School Oversight Committee have determined that continuing a sustainable archdiocesan high school in this part of the metropolitan area is no longer possible.

"I can't say enough about our families and friends who have worked so hard to support our students and our school. Today is a sad day for Kennedy Catholic, but our emotions do not dampen our spirit, the Kennedy spirit which has been created over the past 48 years," said Fr. Richard Wosman, President. "We always have been here for our students, during the many celebrations and the times of crisis as well. We pledge our tireless commitment today to help every student during this time of transition."

Kennedy Catholic High School, the Archdiocese of St. Louis and the Office of Catholic Education have announced plans to transition students to the private or archdiocesan Catholic high school of their choice in the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

"We are fully committed to helping our families and students, emotionally, financially and spiritually, during this transition," said Dr. Kurt Nelson, Superintendent of Catholic Education. "Every student and family will receive personal guidance and support during this difficult time. Every scholarship and financial arrangement that a family has will be honored at the archdiocesan high school to which the student transfers."

John F. Kennedy High School has recently been recognized for its excellence in academic achievement by AdvancED accreditation services. Last year a graduating senior received a National Merit Scholarship. Many other benefits, including the Individualized Curriculum Program, numerous athletic and extracurricular programs and, above all, the dynamic and dedicated participation in spiritual activities, have made Kennedy Catholic one of our community's great assets. More than 6,000 students graduated from Kennedy Catholic in the school's nearly 50-year history. The Archdiocese of St. Louis will continue its financial commitment during this final academic year, to ensure excellence in academic and extracurricular programs.

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Theology on Tap

STLYA invites you to join us for our October Theology on Tap. Doors open at 7 PM at Kirkwood Station Brewing Co. We hope to see you there! 

New Discipulus Institute Course

Register here for our next Discipulus Institute Course with Fr. Chris Seiler!

Archdiocese of St. Louis Announces Successful Annual Catholic Appeal

September 16, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

Appeal Exceeds Goal by Nearly $1.4 Million Despite Tight Economy

ST. LOUIS – On Friday, Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, announced the results of the 2016 Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA) which raised nearly $14.9 million with generous contributions from more than 51,000 Catholic households and the Perpetual Light Society Endowment. Anticipated estate and corporate matching gifts will add to the total.

The results show unwavering support among Catholics for the archdiocese and its ministries. Nearly 60 parishes increased participation over last year, while 150 parishes surpassed their financial goal. The $14.89 million raised in 2016 exceeds the $13.5 million overall goal, reflecting the generosity of so many donors, even in a tight economic environment and despite other major campaigns in the archdiocese.

“Your generous response to the Annual Catholic Appeal helps us to share Christ’s love and mercy with families throughout our Archdiocese,” Archbishop Carlson said. “Thank you for your many prayers and sacrifices. I will be praying for you and for all who will benefit from the Appeal.”

Christopher Schmidt, 2016 ACA Chairman, added, “I want to express my sincere gratitude to our pastors, parish chairs, hundreds of volunteers, the Stewardship Office that leads the ACA effort and, above all, the generous individuals and families in the archdiocese. It is humbling to realize that over 50,000 households generously donated nearly $15 million to build the Church. Because of your sacrificial gifts, many people in our community will continue to get the loving help they need. Thank you for your steadfast commitment and generosity.”

Each spring, the ACA asks Catholics in nearly 200 parishes across the archdiocese to make pledges to support programs, organizations, and ministries for people of all faith traditions. Spanning ten counties and the City of St. Louis, these programs assist the homeless and hungry, provide pro-life resources, support women and their children, and fund Catholic education and family counseling, among other charitable works. All of the money raised each year through the Annual Catholic Appeal is distributed to the various programs, organizations, and ministries that carry out the important work of the Church.

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Catholic-Armenian Prayer Service - Thurs Oct. 20

Celebrating Pope Francis' visit to Armenia, Catholics & Armenians from the region will pray together for Christian unity. Space is limited so please RSVP here or call 314-792-7177

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LWANGA CENTER RESUMES BIBLE STUDY

Back from a few weeks of hiatus, the St. Charles Lwanga Center Bible Study resumes for 18 consecutive Wednesdays, starting on September 14, 2016. We will be exploring and praying with the 1st and 2nd Books of Kings through early January, 2017. Please bring a Bible. The New American Edition is preferred.There is no fee for the sessions. Free will offerings to the Center are always welcome. Call us at (314) 367-7929 if additional information is needed.

Media Information for Schlafly Funeral

September 9, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Elizabeth Westhoff
Director of Marketing & Mission Awareness
Phone: 314.792.7635

ST. LOUIS – The Archdiocese of St. Louis today released information for the media regarding the funeral Mass for Eagle Forum founder, Phyllis Schlafly, which will take place on Saturday, September 10, at 2 p.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (4431 Lindell).

Details are as follows:

Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, will attend Mass in choir. Most Reverend Robert J. Hermann, auxiliary bishop emeritus, will celebrate Mass. Father Brian Harrison, O.S., will be the homilist.

One pool TV camera and one pool still photographer will be allowed inside the Cathedral Basilica during the funeral Mass. Media wishing to have access to pool photos should contact Teak Phillips (teakphillips@archstl.org). For access to the video pool, contact Ed Rich (erich@ksdk.com).

A press area will be available directly across from the Cathedral Basilica on the south side of Lindell Blvd. beginning at 12:30 p.m. Power supply and risers will not be provided in the press area.

Reporters wishing to take notes will be allowed inside the Cathedral Basilica during the funeral Mass and will have reserved seating, but no photography, video, social media coverage, or interviews will be allowed inside the Cathedral Basilica. Interviews may be conducted outside the Cathedral Basilica following the Mass. Video and photos may be taken outside the Cathedral Basilica from across the street in the designated press area.

Out of respect, there will be no access to the family and friends of Mrs. Schlafly. Visitors and media are reminded that a Catholic funeral Mass is a solemn ceremony and a respectful atmosphere inside the Cathedral Basilica is requested.

Media and visitors are asked to enter through the main doors to the Cathedral Basilica on Lindell Blvd., which will be opened at 1:00 p.m. All guests and media accessing the Cathedral Basilica for the Mass will be subject to airport-style security screening. Limited public parking will be available in the Taylor Ave. lot.

For any additional information regarding Mrs. Schlafly, the Schlafly family, Eagle Forum, or attendees of the funeral, contact Ryan Hite (ryan@eagleforum.org).

 

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Emergency Responders to be Honored at Second Annual Blue Mass on Sunday

September 9, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

Mass to honor living and deceased emergency responders on 15th anniversary of 9/11

What: Second Annual Blue Mass to honor emergency responders
Where: Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (4431 Lindell)
When: Sunday, September 11, 2016, 10:00 a.m.
Who: Archbishop Robert Carlson and emergency responders from the greater St. Louis region

ST. LOUIS – Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, will honor all emergency responders by celebrating the second annual Blue Mass in the Archdiocese of St. Louis on Sunday, September 11, 2016, the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Police officers, firefighters, paramedics, emergency support staff, and other public safety and law enforcement personnel and their families are invited.

“The work of our emergency responders is a gift that requires much sacrifice,” Archbishop Robert J. Carlson said. “In a time when tensions are high and recent tragic killings of police officers are fresh in our minds, this Mass is one way for the Archdiocese of St. Louis to show support for what these men and women do every day. In a particular way we want to say ‘thank you’ to those who dedicate their lives to serve and protect the citizens of the greater St. Louis region, especially on the 15th anniversary of the September 11th attacks. In living out their profession, these men and women show us the true spirit of what it means to be a follower of Christ.”

Every September 11th anniversary offers an opportunity to pause and reflect upon the bravery of the first responders who rushed into the burning World Trade Center buildings and the Pentagon, risking their own lives to help others. Fifteen years later many children have grown up without their mother or father, but knowing that they died bravely in the line of duty. The spirit of sacrifice embodied by those first responders on that hallowed day, as well as the heroes aboard Flight 93, should inspire us all.

The Blue Mass honors men and women currently serving as emergency responders, as well as all those who have died in the line of duty. The Mass is intended to bring a greater awareness of those who serve us so faithfully, often placing others’ lives and safety above their own.

The first Blue Mass was celebrated by Fr. Thomas Dade on September 29, 1934, at St. Patrick Church in Washington, D.C. In attendance were more than 1,000 police and firemen, dressed in their blue uniforms. The tradition of showing gratitude to emergency responders and their families in this way has continued throughout the United States, especially since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

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Catholics Organize Event to Cross “Delmar Divide”

September 8, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

Pilgrimage During Year of Mercy Intended to Build Relationships

ST. LOUIS – The Interracial Relations Committee of the Archdiocese of St. Louis’ North City Deanery and the Peace & Justice Commission of the archdiocese are organizing a “Crossing the Delmar Divide” pilgrimage on Saturday, September 10, 2016, beginning at 9:30 a.m. The event was created with the intent to build relationships across racial lines, especially during the current Jubilee Year of Mercy announced by Pope Francis in 2015.

The pilgrimage will begin with a prayer for unity at the clock tower on the campus of Saint Louis University then proceed north to Delmar Boulevard making several stops along a route tracing back to the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (4431 Lindell). Refreshments will be available at the conclusion of the pilgrimage in the offices of Catholic Charities next to the Cathedral Basilica.

“The mission of the Committee is to build relationships across racial lines,” according to North City Deanery Interracial Relations Committee member Joyce Jones. “We want all to have a better understanding of the reality and history of racism and how it has affected our parish communities. During this pilgrimage we will cross Delmar as a symbol of togetherness as we seek to live out more fully Jesus’ universal prayer: ‘that they may be one.’”

“Many issues in our community stem simply from a lack of relationships,” said Marie Kenyon, director of the Peace & Justice Commission. “Divisions like the ‘Delmar Divide’ so often dictate how and with whom our relationships are formed. Though this pilgrimage is just one event, it is a step towards breaking down divisions and restoring trust and peace in the St. Louis region.”

The Peace & Justice Commission was originally announced at a Mass for Peace and Justice on August 20, 2014, when Archbishop Robert J. Carlson declared his intention to address societal issues through the new commission, such as family breakdown, poverty, racial tension, and lack of education. Attorney Marie Kenyon was appointed director of the Peace & Justice Commission in January 2015 and Archbishop Carlson later appointed 27 clergy, religious, and lay persons as members. The Commission hopes to help build stronger, more peaceful communities by working to help strengthen the family.

For more information about the “Delmar Divide” pilgrimage visit archstl.org/peace-justice. To learn more about the Jubilee Year of Mercy, including a calendar of events and a complete list of local pilgrimage sites, visit archstl.org/mercy.

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The North City Deanery Interracial Relations Committee Mission Statement:
Grounded in our shared Catholic faith we, the North City Deanery Interracial Relations Committee want to build relationships across racial lines. We are committed to understanding the reality and history of racism and how it has affected our parish communities. We seek to live out more fully Jesus’ universal prayer: “that they may be one.”

Statement on the Death of Mrs. Phyllis Schlafly

September 7, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS – Archbishop Carlson and the Archdiocese of St. Louis extend prayerful condolences to the family of Mrs. Phyllis Schlafly, a woman who, throughout her life, displayed an ardent commitment to the teachings and defense of the Catholic faith and for which the Church is grateful.

We pray for repose of the soul of Mrs. Schlafly and for peace and consolation for her family during this difficult time.

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