Archbishop Carlson to Ordain New Priest on Thursday

December 6, 2016
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

WHAT: Priestly Ordination for the Archdiocese of St. Louis
WHO: Reverend Mr. Michael Rennier will receive the Sacrament of Holy Orders
WHEN: Thursday, December 8, 2016, 2 p.m.
WHERE: Basilica of St. Louis, King of France - “The Old Cathedral” (209 Walnut)

ST. LOUIS – Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, will confer the Sacrament of Holy Orders on Reverend Mister Michael Rennier at the Basilica of St. Louis, King of France, on Thursday, December 8, the Feast of Immaculate Conception.

Rev. Mr. Rennier is a former Anglican minister who holds a bachelor’s degree in New Testament Literature from Oral Roberts University and a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School. He is being ordained under the Pastoral Provision established by Pope St. John Paul II in 1980 for the reception of Anglicans & Episcopalians into full communion with the Catholic Church. Since 1980, more than 100 former Episcopal or Anglican clergymen have been ordained in the Catholic Church.

Candidates for ordination, or ordinands, receive the Sacrament of Holy Orders. Part of the rite of ordination includes the laying on of hands by the bishop, a tradition that began with the original Twelve Apostles, and has continued in an unbroken line throughout the entire 2,000 year history of the Catholic Church. New priests receive supernatural graces through the Sacrament of Holy Orders whereby they are able to act in persona Christi (in the person of Christ) when they hear confessions and offer the sacrifice of the Mass, which is a bloodless memorial of Christ’s sacrificial death on the cross.

According to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the total number of potential ordinands for 2016, 548, is slightly down from 595 in 2015 and up from 477 in 2014.

The Mass of Priestly Ordination begins at 2 p.m. at the Basilica of St. Louis, King of France – the “Old Cathedral” – near the Gateway Arch.

Additional background information about the Rite of Ordination can be found at


Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis Hosting Christmas Events in December

December 5, 2016
For more information contact: 
Nicole Heerlein
Communications Specialist, Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis
Phone: 314.373.8205

Mother church of Archdiocese of St. Louis to host several must-attend events during Advent and Christmas Seasons

What: December Masses & Events at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis
Where: Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (4431 Lindell Blvd.)
When: Various dates

ST. LOUIS – The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis will be full of Christmas joy this December as it plays host to a wide variety of events including Masses, prayer services, and concerts.

December 8: Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception (Holy day of Obligation)
Masses: 7:00 a.m., 8:00 a.m., 12:05 p.m., 5:30 p.m.

December 10 & 11: Christmas at the Cathedral
12th Annual “Christmas at the Cathedral” concerts with the Archdiocesan Adult Choirs, Orchestra,Children’s Choir, and Handbell Choir. Saturday, December 10 at 8:00 p.m.; Sunday, December 11 at 2:30 p.m.
Ticket information: 314-533-7662 or

December 18: Festival of Lessons & Carols
An afternoon of readings and music with the Archdiocesan Choirs; Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, presiding
Event is free and open to the public. Begins at 2:30 p.m.

December 24 & 25: Christmas Masses (Holy day of Obligation)
Dec. 24: 5:00 p.m. (Vigil)
11:15 p.m. Musical program leads into Midnight Mass
Dec. 25: 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 12:00 Noon

Additional event information can be found at


Statement Regarding Lawsuit Challenging Abortion Regulations

November 30, 2016
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS – Karen Nolkemper, Executive Director of the Respect Life Apostolate of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, issued the following statement in response to the lawsuit filed by Planned Parenthood challenging common-sense health & safety regulations on abortion facilities in the state of Missouri:

No abortion clinic will ever be safe for unborn children, but the common-sense safety requirements Planned Parenthood is challenging are designed to protect women from undue harm at the hands of abortion providers.

Women considering abortion need to know they do have options that do not involve the destruction of human life. Thankfully, due to the tireless work of pro-life advocates, abortions in Missouri fell by 36% between 2005 and 2014. We stand with the more than 30 St. Louis-area pregnancy resource centers, maternity homes, and other organizations ready to assist women by offering free ultrasounds, pregnancy tests, health care, as well as material, financial and spiritual support before and after their child is born. We will continue to speak for and offer help to those who have no voice, and to seek legal protections for innocent lives.


Statement on the Passing of Justice Richard Teitelman

November 29, 2016
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS – Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, released the following statement regarding the death of Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Richard Teitelman:

We join our fellow Missourians in mourning the passing of Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Richard Teitelman. We are especially grateful for his years of dedicated attendance at our annual Red Mass at which members of the judiciary and the legal community gather at the beginning of each judicial term to pray for the guidance and inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

I ask the faithful of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, and all people of good will, to join me in praying for the repose of the soul of Justice Richard Teitelman. The family and friends of Judge Teitelman are in our thoughts and prayers.


Post-Election Statement from the Peace & Justice Commission

November 18, 2016
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS - “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.” – Matthew 22: 37-40

A contentious and often mean-spirited campaign season in our country has been reportedly followed by several hundred incidents of violence, intimidation, damage to property and businesses.  While some of our brothers and sisters in Christ rejoiced at the outcome of the election, others have responded with intense fear about their safety and the well-being of their families, friends, and loved ones.  Our Archdiocese has not been immune to either the incidents of hate or the palpable sense of fear that have gripped other parts of the country.

As Catholics, we believe not only in the unfailing and universal love of God, but also in our call to be reflections of that love for the world.  We must condemn in the strongest possible terms any and all acts of hate, violence and intimidation as incompatible with our Christian faith and with the principles of equality and liberty that animate our democracy.  We stand with all people of faith and good will in denouncing such hate.  And we remind the faithful of our call to love our neighbors, even—and perhaps especially—when we disagree with them.

This election has surfaced deep divisions in our nation along political, social, and economic lines.  As we work for peace and justice, we would do well to listen more intently and with greater compassion to those whose views are different from our own.  However, we must never be afraid to note the reality of evil in our world and to work to meet its darkness with light.  We pray that God will continue to bless and keep all of His people and that we may be blessings to one another.


Declaración post-electoral de la Comisión de Paz y Justicia de la Arquidiócesis de St. Louis

ST. LOUIS - "Amarás al Señor tu Dios con todo tu corazón, con toda tu alma y con toda tu mente. Este es el mayor y el primer mandamiento. El segundo es semejante: Amarás a tu prójimo como a ti mismo. Toda la ley y los profetas dependen de estos dos mandamientos. "- Mateo 22; 37-40

Una temporada de campaña contenciosa y a menudo mezquina ha sido seguida por varios cientos de incidentes de violencia, intimidación, daños a la propiedad y negocios en nuestro país. Mientras algunos de nuestros hermanos y hermanas en Cristo se regocijaron con el resultado de la elección, otros han respondido con un intenso temor por su seguridad y el bienestar de sus familias, amigos y seres queridos. Nuestra arquidiócesis no ha sido inmune ni a los incidentes de odio, ni al palpable sentimiento de temor que se ha apoderado de otras partes del país.

Como católicos, creemos no sólo en el amor infalible y universal de Dios, sino también en nuestro llamado a ser reflejo de ese amor por el mundo. Debemos condenar con la mayor firmeza todos los actos de odio, violencia e intimidación incompatibles con nuestra fe cristiana y con los principios de igualdad y libertad que animan nuestra democracia. Apoyamos a todas las personas de fe y buena voluntad en la denuncia de ese odio, y recordamos a los fieles nuestro llamado a amar a nuestro prójimo, incluso -y tal vez especialmente- cuando estemos en desacuerdo.

Esta elección ha exteriorizado profundas divisiones en nuestra nación en aspectos políticos, sociales y económicos. Mientras trabajamos por la paz y la justicia, haríamos bien en escuchar más atentamente y con mayor compasión a aquellos cuyos puntos de vista son diferentes de los nuestros. Sin embargo, nunca debemos tener miedo de hacer notar la realidad del mal en nuestro mundo y trabajar para alcanzar su oscuridad con la luz. Oramos para que Dios siga bendiciendo y manteniendo a todo su pueblo y que podamos ser bendiciones para los demás.


Did you see us in the St. Louis Review?

Holy Trinity School in St. Ann was featured in the St. Louis Review for their Virtue-Based Restorative Discipline Program, a CCHD funded program! Click here to read more.

If you're looking to support CCHD in funding programs such as this, our annual collection is taking place this weekend, November 19th and 20th, as the second collection at mass. Please consider us in your donations and prayers!

2017-2018 Local Grant Application

Local applications are now open for the 2017-2018 grant season!

Applications are due on January 13th, 2017. Learn more about the application process and apply here.

The CCHD Local Grants Program seeks to aid smaller, local organizations in the spirit of the CCHD national grants program.

Mass Saturday to Mark the Closing of the Year of Mercy

November 12, 2016
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

Year of Mercy Officially Concludes on November 20, 2016

WHAT: Mass to conclude the Year of Mercy
WHEN: Saturday, November 12, 2016, 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (4431 Lindell)
WHO: Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Robert J. Hermann and Catholics of the Archdiocese of St. Louis

ST. LOUIS – Most Reverend Robert J. Hermann, auxiliary bishop emeritus of St. Louis, will celebrate Mass at 5:00 p.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis on Saturday, November 12, 2016, to mark the closing of the “Year of Mercy” which will officially conclude on November 20, 2016.

In April 2015, Pope Francis declared the Catholic Church would celebrate a “Holy Year,” known as an “Extraordinary Jubilee Year,” dedicated to the virtue of Mercy. The “Year of Mercy,” as it has been deemed, began on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, December 8, 2015, when the Holy Door at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican was opened, having been sealed after the last Jubilee Year. The Year of Mercy will conclude on Sunday, November 20, 2016, which is the end of the Catholic Church’s liturgical year, The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.

One of the traditions for a Jubilee Year is the ceremonial opening of the Holy Door in each of the four major basilicas in Rome, including St. Peter’s Basilica. The opening, passing through, and sealing of the Holy Door at the end of the Jubilee Year have become significant elements in the Church’s Jubilee Year celebrations with special graces and what is called a “Jubilee Indulgence” offered to pilgrims who make the journey.

Pilgrimage sites in the Archdiocese of St. Louis include our two minor basilicas - the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis and the Basilica of Saint Louis, King of France - and seven other local pilgrimage sites.

More information about the Jubilee Year of Mercy can be found at


Click here for the press release announcing the beginning of the Year of Mercy.

CYC Archdiocesan Soccer Championships Kicked Off This Week!

CYC Archdiocesan Soccer Championships began this week and continue through November 20th.  Over the next two weekends, more than 160 teams will complete in 22 divisions. The North and South County CYC Districts are hosting the championships, and games will be played at parishes throughout those areas.  

You can view tournament information, including brackets, on the CYC Soccer page.

We invite you to come out and cheer on the youth of our Archdiocese who proudly represent their teams and parishes!

Suite Seats for a Sweet Cause

Support families choosing to make the loving, and often expensive, choice to grow their family through adoption AND get a chance to enjoy a 2017 Cardinals game from the Mercy Suite! Raffle winner receives 10 tickets in Suite 33 (along the 1st base line) at Busch Stadium for a 2017 Cardinals’ Home Game, $150 of food/drinks and one parking pass for a mutually agreed upon date. Made available through the generous donation of Mercy. All proceeds benefit the Archbishop Robert J. Carlson Adoption Fund.

Great Holiday Gift! Raffle Tickets can be delivered in a festive gift envelope perfect for the person who has everything!
Raffle tickets are $20 each or 6 for $100
To purchase raffle tickets online: or call the Office of Natural Family Planning at 314.997.7576.
Raffle closes March 8, 2017 with drawing on March 15, 2017. Winner will be notified by phone or e-mail.
About the Archbishop Robert J. Carlson Adoption Fund
Since it's inception in 2010, the Archbishop Robert J. Carlson Adoption Fund has awarded grants to 16 families over six years, for a total of more than $75,000 directly supporting the gift of adoption. 
This grant, offered through the Archdiocesan Office of Natural Family Planning, is available to couples who want to build their family through the loving choice of adoption. For more information about the grant, contact the Office of Natural Family Planning at 314-997-7576 or email
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