Happy Hanukkah 2017

Mary Statue gets new home

http://stlouisreview.com/article/2017-11-22/mary-statue-gets-new

By Dave Luecking | daveluecking@archstl.org | twitter: @legacyCatholic

On that day in August, St. Mary's High School principal Kevin Hacker was on a scouting mission at the former John F. Kennedy Catholic High School in Manchester. 
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Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis Hosting Christmas Events in December

November 30, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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

ST. LOUIS – The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis will once again be full of Christmas joy this December as it plays host to a wide variety of events including Masses, prayer services, and concerts. Christmas follows four weeks of Advent, the season when Catholics prepare for the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. The Christmas Season traditionally concludes after twelve days on January 6, the feast of the Epiphany, although in the United States the feast is currently celebrated on the Sunday between January 2nd and 8th.

December 2: Advent Day of Recollection with Archbishop Carlson, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
All are invited to join Archbishop Robert Carlson in this special day of reflection and recollection. Begins at 10:00 a.m. and concludes with Mass at 5:00 p.m. Lunch is provided with RSVP.

December 8: Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception (Holy Day of Obligation for Catholics)
The Immaculate Conception is the doctrine of the Catholic Church that Mary, as the Mother of Jesus Christ, was preserved from all stain of original sin. Masses for the feast will be celebrated at 7:00 a.m., 8:00 a.m., 12:05 p.m., and 5:30 p.m.

December 9 & 10: Christmas at the Cathedral
13th Annual “Christmas at the Cathedral” concerts with the Archdiocesan Adult Choirs, Orchestra, Children’s Choir, and Handbell Choir. Celebrate the sounds of the season at the Cathedral Basilica! Saturday, December 9 at 8:00 p.m., Sunday, December 10 at 2:30 p.m. Ticket information: 314-533-7662 or cathedralconcerts.org.

December 17: Festival of Lessons & Carols, 2:30 p.m.
The Archdiocese of St. Louis is pleased to announce acquisition of a Heritage Edition of the Saint John’s Bible, the first hand-illuminated Bible to be created since the invention of the printing press. Archbishop Robert J. Carlson will preside over an afternoon of readings and music with the Archdiocesan Choirs, along with permanent placement of the Saint John’s Bible. The seven volumes can be viewed following the service. Event is free and open to the public.

This event will be recorded by HEC-TV and will air on Christmas Day on KTVI from 3pm-5pm. It will also be available on demand on hectv.org that same evening.

December 24 & 25: Christmas Day (Holy Day of Obligation for Catholics)
Dec. 24: 5:00 p.m. (Vigil)
     11:15 p.m. Music leads into Midnight Mass (Mass to be livestreamed on 102.5 KEZK-FM)

Dec. 25: 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 12:00 Noon

Additional event & tour information can be found at cathedralstl.org.

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SNAP Apologizes to Archdiocese and Falsely Accused Priest

November 27, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS – The following is an apology to Reverend Joseph Jiang, Archbishop Robert Carlson, the late Monsignor Joseph Pins, and the Archdiocese of St. Louis as part of a settlement with the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) in a defamation lawsuit filed by Father Jiang in 2015:

The SNAP defendants never want to see anyone falsely accused of a crime. Admittedly, false reports of clergy sexual abuse do occur. The SNAP defendants have no personal knowledge as to the complaints against Fr. Joseph Jiang and acknowledge that all matters and claims against Fr. Jiang have either been dismissed or adjudicated in favor of Fr. Jiang. SNAP acknowledges that false claims of clergy sexual abuse injure those clerics falsely accused and the Roman Catholic Church. SNAP apologizes for any false or inaccurate statements related to the complaints against Fr. Joseph Jiang that it or its representatives made which in any way disparaged Fr. Joseph Jiang, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, Monsignor Joseph D. Pins and the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

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Celebrating Life and Love Twice Given

St. Louis Archdiocese Fills Cathedral for Annual Adoption Mass

Each November in honor of National Adoption Month, the Archdiocese of St. Louis hosts an Annual Adoption Mass and reception at the Cathedral Basilica.


Birth parents and adopted children, parents, and families are honored in a special way. They're invited to bring up the gifts at Offertory, receive a special blessing by the bishop, the homily reflects the theme of adoption, and a reception is held in their honor after Mass. 

Matt and Lauren Bohnert hold their young daughter who they adopted with the assistance of the Archbishop Carlson Adoption Fund. The Bohnert Family spoke at the 41st Annual Respect Life Convention and brought up the gifts at this year's Adoption Mass on Nov. 19.

This year was no different. To a filled Cathedral, Bishop Mark Rivituso celebrated adoption as the gift of love twice given by speaking to the heroism of both birth and adoptive parents and how the children enrich their lives. 

Bishop Rivituso then related the gift of adoption to the universal spiritual adoption we all have as children of God. He asked all present to relect on how they can "be the adopted child God has called me to be?" and challenged them to always "affirm one another, enrich your families, and live out the radiance of Jesus."

This annual event is hosted jointly by the Respect Life Apostolate, Good Shepherd Children & Family Services and the Office of Natural Family Planning.

  • Click here to learn more about adoption resources and services in the St. Louis Archdiocese. (scroll halfway down) 
  • Click here to learn more about the Annual Adoption Mass.
  • Click here to read the St. Louis Review adoption series articles.

At the reception following Mass, Bishop Rivituso poses with the Lauver Family who adopted four sons. Beth Lauver is a former executive director of the Respect Life Apostolate.

Another beautiful family of the St. Louis Archiocese blessed by the gift of adoption.

CYC Soccer and Volleyball Spirit Games Celebrate the Spirit of Saint Louis

Every year during Thanksgiving weekend, parishes participating in the CYC program are invited to send at least one 8th grade boy and girl to the Soccer & Volleyball Spirit of Saint Louis Games. These players join with other players from their CYC District to take part in friendly competition with teams from other Districts.

The young people chosen to be part of the Spirit Games are living examples of the spirit and principles the CYC has endeavored to teach the youth of the Archdiocese for over 75 years.  They have shown the dedication to their faith, strength of character and leadership that marked the life of our city's patron saint. Spirit Games participants receive a special certificate and a t-shirt and, most importantly, the knowledge that they are living their lives in the spirit of Saint Louis.

This year, the Soccer Spirit Games will be held on Saturday, November 25th at the Lou Fusz Soccer Complex in Creve Coeur, and the Volleyball Spirit Games will take place on Sunday, November 26th at Center St. Louis.

For more information about the CYC Soccer and Volleyball Spirit Games, visit the CYC Spirit Games page!

Father Shawn McKnight Named Bishop of Jefferson City

November 21, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

Bishop-designate McKnight will be the fourth bishop of this neighboring diocese

ST. LOUIS – Pope Francis has announced that Father Shawn McKnight of the Wichita, Kansas diocese has been named the fourth Bishop of the Diocese of Jefferson City, Missouri. This position has been held by the Most Reverend Bishop John Gaydos since June 25, 1997, when Pope John Paul II appointed him as the Bishop of Jefferson City.

Bishop-designate McKnight taught graduate studies at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio, from 2003 to 2008, where he also served as director of liturgy, dean of students, director of formation in the school of theology, and vice-president for development and alumni relations. He currently serves on the faculty of the St. Meinrad Permanent Deacon Formation Program.

He served as chaplain at Newman University in Wichita from 2000 to 2001, where at the same time he was an adjunct professor of theology and visiting scholar at the university’s Bishop Gerber Institute of Catholic Studies.

Bishop-designate McKnight holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry from the University of Dallas, Master of Arts and master of theology degrees from the Pontifical College Josephinum, and licentiate and doctoral degrees in theology from the Pontifical Athenaeum of St. Anselm, in Rome.

“I am extremely grateful to Bishop Gaydos for his many years of priestly service to the people of Missouri, both in the Archdiocese of St. Louis and the Diocese of Jefferson City. The people of Jefferson City are blessed to have had a man such as Bishop Gaydos as their shepherd,” said Archbishop Robert Carlson. “They are equally blessed to now receive a man of Bishop-designate McKnight’s quality and dedication. I congratulate him on his new appointment and I ask God to grant both Bishop-elect McKnight and Bishop Gaydos many years of continued, fruitful service leading the souls to the joy of the Gospel.”

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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.

Photo credit: Scott Maentz via Flickr (CC BY 2.0) via CNA

Statement Regarding Reverend Dennis B. Zacheis

November 13, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS – Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, has received an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor against retired priest Reverend Dennis B. Zacheis. The acts alleged are said to have occurred in the late 1970s. Archbishop Carlson, in consultation with the Review Board of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, has decided for the sake of openness and transparency to make this known. Father Zacheis denies the allegation.

Father Zacheis has been retired from ministry without priestly faculties since 2010, due to alleged irregularities in finances for which he was responsible as pastor of St. Anthony’s in Sullivan. He currently resides in a private residence.

In keeping with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, an announcement about this allegation has been made in the archdiocesan newspaper, The St. Louis Review, and in the parishes where Father Zacheis served.

If you have any questions you may contact Sandra Price, Executive Director of the Office of Child and Youth Protection at (314) 792-7271 or sandraprice@archstl.org.

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Statement on the Passing of Sister Antona Ebo

November 11, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS – Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, released the following statement upon the death of Sister Antona Ebo, FSM:

I am saddened to hear of the passing of renowned civil rights leader Sister Antona Ebo. We will miss her living example of working for justice in the context of our Catholic faith.

I ask that the faithful of the Archdiocese of St. Louis join me in praying for the repose of the soul of Sister Ebo. Her family, friends, and her religious community will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.

May her soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, rest in peace.

Sister Ebo was one of the first African-American women to join what was then the Sisters of St. Mary, now the Franciscan Sisters of Mary. She and more than 50 St. Louisans flew down to Selma, Alabama three days after the infamous "Bloody Sunday" when civil rights marchers were attacked on the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

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Click here for an obituary in the St. Louis Review

Click here for a statement in honor of Sr. Ebo from the Peace & Justice Commission

ST. LOUIS – Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, released the following statement upon the death of Sister Antona Ebo, FSM:

I am saddened to hear of the passing of renowned civil rights leader Sister Antona Ebo. We will miss her living example of working for justice in the context of our Catholic faith.

I ask that the faithful of the Archdiocese of St. Louis join me in praying for the repose of the soul of Sister Ebo. Her family, friends, and her religious community will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.

 May her soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, rest in peace.

 

Sister Ebo was one of the first African-American women to join what was then the Sisters of St. Mary, now the Franciscan Sisters of Mary.  She and more than 50 St. Louisans flew down to Selma, Alabama three days after the infamous “Bloody Sunday” when civil rights marchers were attacked on the Edmund Pettus Bridge. 

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New Pro-Life Law Goes Into Effect, Despite Attempts by Planned Parenthood to Block its Enforcement

By Jennifer Brinker | jbrinker@archstl.org | twitter: @jenniferbrinker

As a judge denied Planned Parenthood's request to block a portion of Senate Bill 5, demonstrations were held in front of five Planned Parenthood locations Oct. 24 to shine light on Missouri's newest pro-life law, which went into effect the same day.

Jackson County Circuit Court judge Judge S. Margene Burnett denied a request by several Planned Parenthood branches and the ACLU of Missouri for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction of parts of SB 5. The lawsuit, filed Oct. 10, targeted the state's 72-hour waiting period, which they noted will result in "extreme delays" of three or more weeks for women in areas not close to an abortion clinic. The law requires the same physician who will provide the abortion to also give information on the medical risks at least 72 hours earlier.

Pro-life advocates held press conferences Oct. 24 outside of Planned Parenthood locations in St. Louis, Columbia, Kansas City, Springfield and Joplin. Planned Parenthood has resumed offering abortions in Kansas City and Columbia, and has said it would seek to resume abortions in Springfield and Joplin. Speakers at the St. Louis press conference included Sens. Paul Wieland and Bill Eigel, Pam Fichter of Missouri Right to Life, Reagan Barklage of Students for Life of America, and Stacy Washington of radio talk show Stacy on the Right.

At the event, pro-life advocates drew attention to the 67 ambulance visits to Planned Parenthood in St. Louis since 2009. Participants dressed in all white to symbolize the number of ambulance calls to the facility. Karen Nolkemper, executive director of the archdiocesan Respect Life Apostolate said that while there are many unknowns about the calls — including the circumstances that bring women there and what complications they might have experienced — pro-life laws such as SB 5 and witnessing outside of abortion clinics will shine a light on the darkness of abortion.

"Health care is life-affirming," she said. "Health care promotes physical and mental well-being. Health care restores. Abortion is and does none of those things." 

Read the rest of the St. Louis Review article here.

Photo credit: Students for Life

RLA 2017 Award Winners Are Building A Culture of Life!

Each year, the Respect Life Apostolate recognizes indivdiduals and groups who are making outstanding contributions to building up a Culture of Life in St. Louis through our Cardinal Carberry (life-time achievement), Bishop McNicholas (youth group) and Pro-Life Video Challenge (youth and young adults) Awards. Thank you and congratulations to our three 2017 RLA award winners:

Cardinal John J. Carberry Award

Steve Rupp received the 2017 Cardinal Carberry Award, presented to an individual or group who has made a significant contribution to the pro-life cause over a life time. As the president of Missouri Right to Life, Steve has been at the forefront of upholding respect life ethics in both the local and state legislature.

He is also a Right START teacher with the RLA, plays Santa Clause for babies and famlies in Mercy's NICU, and is the manager of member support with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of St. Louis, which offers tremendous help to those in need throughout the archdiocese.

Bishop Joseph A. McNicholas Award

St. Joseph Academy in St. Louis was the recipient of the Bishop McNicholas Award, presented to a Catholic high school or parish youth group taht exmplifies a consistent respect for all life. The academy was noted for their pro-life campus ministry, overseas mission, and homelessness awareness efforts. In addition. proceeds from their Cup of Joe coffee house go to respect life efforts.


Pro-Life Video Challenge

The Youths of St. Ignatius, six students from St. Ignatius Parish in Marthasville, MO won the 2017 Pro-Life Video Challenge Award. Chloe, Cole, Alex, Kali, Jacob, and Hannah's inspirational video was played at the RLA convention. It celebrates the fundamental right to life at all stages: from the unborn and older children to families and seniors. View it here.

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