Statement Regarding Buffer Zone Bill in St. Louis City

April 16, 2018
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Gabe Jones
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Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS – Karen Nolkemper, Executive Director of the Respect Life Apostolate of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, released the following statement regarding Board Bill 34CS in the St. Louis Board of Aldermen, which would have established a buffer zone around health care facilities, including the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic on Forest Park Avenue:

We are grateful to the Board of Aldermen for defeating Board Bill 34, and choosing not to restrict the constitutionally protected rights of assembly and free speech on public property. Our work of prayer and presence will continue because we know that women facing difficult or unplanned pregnancies need real options and support, not abortion.

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Archdiocese of St. Louis Announces 2018 Annual Catholic Appeal

April 16, 2018
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Gabe Jones
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Phone: 314.792.7557

Catholics encouraged to “Tell Your Story” on the way to a goal of $14.2 million

ST. LOUIS – The 2018 Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA) of the Archdiocese of St. Louis will officially begin on Saturday, April 21, and continue through Sunday, May 6. The ambitious goal of $14.2 million in 2018 is nearly $500,000 more than the $13.75 million goal in 2017.

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, and support women, children, and families. The appeals funds Catholic education, family counseling programs, and numerous other charitable services. All of the money raised each year through the Annual Catholic Appeal is distributed to the various programs, parishes, organizations, and ministries that carry out the important work of the Church.

The theme of the 2018 appeal, “Tell Your Story,” highlights the charitable works funded by the ACA and shows how ordinary people are greatly impacted by the generosity of Catholics in the archdiocese. Anyone who has been positively impacted by Catholic schools, ministries, and agencies in St. Louis is encouraged to share their story on digital media using #TellYourStory.

“The funds raised through the ACA impact thousands of people every year and those stories need to be shared,” said Brian Niebrugge, Executive Director of Stewardship and the Annual Catholic Appeal. “Not everyone who benefits from the ACA is Catholic, but we don’t help people because of their faith; we help people because our faith in Jesus Christ compels us to share His love with everyone. We hope that others will want to share that love too.”

The 2017 Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA) raised more than $15 million for the first time ever. The results show continued support among Catholics for the Archdiocese of St. Louis and its ministries. The $15,033,045 raised in 2017 exceeded the $13.75 million overall goal, reflecting the generosity of so many donors even in the midst of the Beyond Sunday campaign to support Catholic education, which itself raised more than $100 million.

More information on the 2018 Annual Catholic Appeal is available at archstl.org/aca.

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ARCHBISHOP CARLSON, OTHER FAITH LEADERS UNITE AGAINST GUN VIOLENCE

April 9, 2018
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Gabe Jones
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Missouri Faith Leaders oppose proposed change to state law allowing concealed weapons in houses of worship

WHAT: Press conference to address state legislation related to gun violence
WHERE: Catholic Charities of St. Louis (4445 Lindell Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63108)
WHEN: 11:15 AM, Wednesday, April 11, 2018
WHO: Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis; Rev. Bob Farr, Bishop of the United Methodist Church in Missouri; Rev. Charles Norris, Vice-President St. Louis Metropolitan Clergy Coalition; Rabbi Brigitte Rosenberg, St. Louis Rabbinical Association; Rt. Rev. George Wayne Smith, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri; Leaders representing other communities of faith.

ST. LOUIS – Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, will join other faith leaders at a press conference on Wednesday, April 11, to address gun violence and related legislation in the Missouri Capitol.

The faith leaders will echo a joint statement released last week by the Catholic bishops of Missouri, including Archbishop Carlson. The press conference will address the following points:

As religious leaders in Missouri:

1) We are troubled by the epidemic of gun violence affecting our community. We mourn with those who are affected by recent heavily publicized shootings, and we witness that gun violence disproportionately affects many of our most vulnerable communities, including communities of color.

2) We wish to acknowledge that many faithful people of good will are gun owners, including several of the bishops and faith leaders standing together to make this statement. There is a role for responsible gun ownership in our society.

3) We oppose the current proposal before the Missouri House to amend our conceal carry law. Our pastors, rabbis, and leaders should not have to place signage in our sacred spaces to prevent weapons from entering. We stand together and object to this proposal. Such a change would be a violation of our First Amendment rights. Additionally the proposal could threaten the public safety of our religious school campuses and day care centers as "conceal carry zones" are extended into these places. We urge the leadership of the Missouri Legislature not to enact this proposal.

4) We urge the Missouri House to consider new legislative priorities such as banning “bump stocks,” limiting high capacity magazines, better access and resources for mental health care, and strengthening background checks.

5) We hope and pray that the political leaders of our State will overcome partisan divisions for the sake of safety. As leaders of differing faith traditions, we are united in the belief that life is a gift from God. We lament the polarization of the “gun issue.” In our public work to end violence, we must work together.

Archbishop Carlson and the other faith leaders encourage all people of faith to contact Missouri House Speaker Todd Richardson to voice their opposition to this proposed change in law, and to encourage a more sensible conversation around gun safety. The Speaker can be reached at (573) 751-4039 or todd.richardson@house.mo.gov.

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Women's Interfaith Conference - April 19 @ 10:30am

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Women's Interfaith Conference

When: Thurs April 19 @ 10:30am 
What: Join us for the annual Women's Interfaith Conference as we explore "Holy Days-What, Why and How."
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Where: Congregation B'nai Amoona, 324 S Mason Rd, Creve Coeur, MO 63141

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2018 CYC Archdiocesan Basketball Championships Begin This Weekend

The 2018 CYC Archdiocesan Basketball Championships begin April 7th and continue through April 15th.  During the week of championships, 110 teams will complete in almost 20 divisions. The St. Charles 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 Basketball page.

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

Catholic Charities of St. Louis Achieves National Accreditation

March 27, 2018
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Gabe Jones
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Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS – Catholic Charities of St. Louis today announced that the organization has once again achieved national accreditation through the New York-based Council on Accreditation (COA). Catholic Charities of St. Louis is a federation of eight agencies: Cardinal Ritter Senior Services, St. Francis Community Services, Catholic Family Services, Good Shepherd Children & Family Services, Marygrove, Queen of Peace Center, St. Martha’s Hall, and St. Patrick Center. This is the seventh accreditation for Catholic Charities of St. Louis.

“We are proud to have earned this important validation of our performance in serving those in need,” said Theresa Ruzicka, President of Catholic Charities of St. Louis. “It took 18 months to achieve this accreditation and we are grateful for the tremendous amount of work put into this project by team members at Catholic Charities and the eight agencies.”

“Catholic Charities continues to practice and reinforce the quality standards throughout the four-year accreditation cycle,” said Gayle Shank, Chief Quality Officer of Catholic Charities of St. Louis. “We are subject to 10 administrative and management standards and 25 program standard categories - one of the most complex reviews in the nation. Our reaccreditation signifies that we are a quality driven organization, and that our policies, procedures, and processes are efficient and effective. This achievement renews our accreditation through December of 2021.”

COA accreditation is an objective, independent, and reliable process that includes demonstrated compliance with internationally-recognized best practice standards through written evidence, onsite interviews with board members, staff and clients, and stakeholder surveys. COA evaluated all aspects of Catholic Charities of St. Louis’ programs, services, management, and administration. Catholic Charities of St. Louis last went through the process of achieving accreditation in 2013.

Founded in 1977, COA is an independent, not-for-profit accreditor of the full continuum of community-based behavioral health care and social service organizations in the United States and Canada. In Missouri, 48 organizations are accredited by COA, with 19 in the St. Louis metropolitan area. For more info, visit coanet.org.

Catholic Charities of St. Louis has been helping people in need since 1912. Organized as a federation of eight agencies, Catholic Charities assists 136,436 people annually through 69 programs at 61 sites. Catholic Charities serves 11 counties in the St. Louis region.

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St. Louis Catholics Prepare to Celebrate Easter

March 26, 2018
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Gabe Jones
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Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis community is invited to join Archbishop Robert J. Carlson and Roman Catholics in the Archdiocese of St. Louis and around the world in the solemn celebration of Holy Week, which began with Palm Sunday on March 25.

The week is highlighted by the commemoration of the Last Supper on Holy Thursday, Christ’s Passion and death on Good Friday, and culminates in the joy of His resurrection on Easter Sunday, April 1.

A diverse selection of Holy Week celebrations can be found in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, with liturgies and services in several different languages, including English, Spanish, and Latin. The principal liturgies of Holy Week in the archdiocese take place at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis and are celebrated by Archbishop Robert Carlson.

For more information about Holy Week and Easter, a listing of liturgies at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, and a livestream of the liturgies, visit archstl.org/easter.

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FOR REFERENCE PURPOSES: Holy Week is the week preceding Easter and the final week of Lent, beginning with Palm Sunday and ending with Holy Saturday, the day before Easter Sunday. Holy Week includes:

Palm Sunday, the Sunday before Easter, commemorates Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem.

Holy Wednesday or Spy Wednesday, in reference to Judas Iscariot's intent to betray Jesus.

Triduum: Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday, are known as the Triduum – the period which commemorates the Passion and death of Christ.

Holy Thursday, which commemorates the Last Supper and initiates the Easter Triduum. This Mass is normally celebrated in the evening, which, according to Jewish tradition, is when Friday begins, as the Last Supper was held on the feast of Passover.

Good Friday commemorates Christ’s passion, crucifixion, and death in reparation for the sins of all mankind.

Holy Saturday, or the Easter Vigil, is the final day of Lent, of Holy Week, and of the Easter Triduum, and is the day we commemorate Christ lying in the tomb. The Easter Vigil Mass, takes place after sundown on Holy Saturday, actually belongs to Easter Sunday, since liturgically each day begins at sundown on the previous day. The ceremonies of the Easter Vigil include the blessing of new fire and the lighting of the Easter Candle, also known as the Paschal Candle.

Easter Sunday is the principal feast of the ecclesiastical year, commemorating the resurrection of Christ. Easter is also the oldest feast of the Christian Church, as old as Christianity, the connecting link between the Old and New Testaments. We celebrate Christ’s resurrection as the moment where salvation was given to all who believe.

Annual Family Gathering for the Love & Life Mass And Dinner

You & your family are invited to enjoy an evening of faith, fellowship and fun in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the release of Humanae Vitae (July 25, 1968), a foundation encyclical on family love & the sanctity of life.

Join friends from around the St. Louis area for this anticipated annual event sponsored by the Office of Natural Family Planning. Mass will be celebrated at by Archbishop Robert J Carlson followed by a dinner catered by Pasta House and family entertainment in Boland Hall.

Adult: $12

Children (Ages 3-11): $6

{or a maximum of $60 per household}

RSVP by July 15

Click here for ticket purchasing info.

Palm Sunday Masses at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis

March 22, 2018
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Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS – Catholics around the world will gather this weekend to celebrate Palm Sunday, the day Christians recall Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem when His followers scattered palms in His path.

Palm Sunday begins the solemn celebration of Holy Week, the final week of Lent, which includes the commemoration of the Last Supper on Holy Thursday, Christ’s passion and death on Good Friday, and culminates in the joy of His resurrection on Easter Sunday.

A diverse selection of Holy Week celebrations can be found in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, with liturgies and services in several different languages, including English, Spanish, and Latin.

A full listing can be found on the archdiocesan website, archstl.org.

The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (4431 Lindell Boulevard) will have Palm Sunday Masses (March 24 and 25) at 5:00 p.m. (Saturday vigil), 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 5:00 p.m.

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Catholic Bishop To Address Role of Catholic Church In Eradicating Racism

March 21, 2018
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Gabe Jones
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***Due to illness, Bishop Murry has postponed this event. No rescheduled date has been set.***


Bishop George Murry, S.J., is chairman of newly-established USCCB Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism

WHAT: Special presentation: “The Church as a Consistent Voice to Eradicate Racism”
WHEN: Thursday, March 22, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: St Francis Xavier College Church (3628 Lindell Blvd, 63108)
WHO: Bishop George Murry, S.J., of Youngstown, Ohio, and chairman of the newly-established USCCB Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism

ST. LOUIS – Most Reverend George V. Murry, S.J., Bishop of Youngstown, Ohio, and chairman of the USCCB Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism, will deliver a special presentation on Thursday, March 22, entitled: “The Church as a Consistent Voice to Eradicate Racism.” Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, will welcome Bishop Murray to St. Louis for this important talk, beginning at 7 p.m. at St. Francis Xavier (College) Church. Admission is free and parking is available at the Laclede Parking garage on the campus of Saint Louis University.

Bishop Murry was born in Camden, New Jersey, and was ordained for the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus on June 9, 1979. He earned a Masters of Divinity degree from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley in 1979 and a doctorate in American Cultural History from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., in 1994. In 1995, Pope John Paul II appointed him auxiliary bishop of Chicago. He served as bishop of St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands from 1998 until his installation as the fifth Bishop of the Diocese of Youngstown on March 28, 2007.

In August 2017, Bishop Murry was named the chairman of the newly-established Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). He is one of only six African-American bishops to currently serve as ordinaries, or heads of dioceses, in the United States.

The Archdiocese of St. Louis has been a leader in combating the sin of racism for generations. Notably, Joseph Cardinal Ritter desegregated St. Louis Catholic schools in 1947 – seven years before the Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education decision. In recent years, St. Louis Catholics have organized marches to bring greater awareness to racism in our community, and Archbishop Carlson instructed pastors preach on racism for the first Sunday of Lent this year.

This special event with Bishop Murry is co-sponsored by the Archdiocese of St. Louis, the Aquinas Institute of Theology, Catholic Charities, Fontbonne University, Saint Louis University, and the Jesuits of U.S. Central and Southern Province.

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Random Acts of Sportsmanship Spotted During CYC Basketball Season!

CYC Sports has a long tradition of providing children throughout the St. Louis area with the opportunities to compete with their parish and friends in a variety of sports.  For more than 75 years the CYC has been a ministry of the Catholic Church in St. Louis, sponsoring Archdiocesan playoffs, recognizing league, district and area wide champions.

In addition to recognizing winners of games, CYC staff feel it is imperative to search for and recognize acts of sportsmanship at athletic events.  They know that as a Catholic organization the CYC must help children to display their Christian values in all parts of their lives, especially during athletic competition.  In an effort to recognize and reward sportsmanship among CYC participants, the Random Act of Sportsmanship (RAS) program was initiated in 2009.

Hundreds of RAS have been reported since the program began, and as the 2018 CYC Basketball season is winding down, Random Acts of Sportsmanship are still occurring on courts all across the Archdiocese.

The latest RAS is about one coach's small act that impacted many:

St. Joseph-Manchester’s 8th Grade girls basketball team was scheduled to play its final game (ever again) at St. Clement. As the coach and players were warming up and getting set to do battle, St. Clement Coach Ryan Beller approached and asked if this was the St. Joe’s team’s last game. He said that he had purchased roses with ribbons in the school colors tied to them for the St. Joe's girls to give to their moms prior to the game.

In the words of another coach: “All I can say is WOW, what a classy and generous gesture by Coach Beller. In my humble opinion Coach Beller showed the girls, me, parents, and everyone in the gym Saturday what CYC sports are supposed to be about, and I thank and applaud him!!"

We encourage everyone to keep sending us RAS, and we will keep posting them. They stand as examples and inspiration for everyone who hears about them.

Keep your eyes open for those Random Acts of Sportsmanship by players, coaches, officials and fans. Then report them to the CYC Office. Simply send an email describing the act to:  RAS@cycstl.net

To read more RAS stories on the CYC website, follow this link to the new RAS Page...

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