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


Archdiocese of St. Louis Highlighted for Work in Lutheran-Catholic Relations

Prof. John Borelli of Georgetown University presented on "Parish-Based Ecumenism: Lutheran-Catholic Dialogue at the Grass-Roots Level" and highlighted St. Louis with 6 other regions for their work in parish-based ecumenism. We are so excited to see our local efforts lifted up in this way. See Prof. Borelli's full paper below or at this link. 

Statement on the Death of St. Louis County Police Officer

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

ST. LOUIS – Archbishop Robert J. Carlson released the following statement regarding the death of St. Louis County police officer Blake Snyder this morning:

I am saddened to learn that St. Louis County police officer Blake Snyder has died in the line of duty.

I ask that the faithful of the Archdiocese of St. Louis join me in praying for the officer and his loved ones. The men and women of our police departments, and all who serve our community as first responders, will be in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. I encourage first responders to seek out their chaplains who provide an important ministry in this time of grief.

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

Archbishop Carlson recently offered a Blue Mass on the 15th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks to honor men and women currently serving as emergency responders, as well as all those who have died in the line of duty.


Celebrate 75 Years of the CYC and Honor Our Dedicated Volunteers at the 60th Annual CYC Sports Awards Banquet

The 60th Annual CYC Sports Awards Banquet and the 75th Anniversary Celebration of the Archdiocesan youth department will be held on Thursday, October 27th at the Clayton Plaza Hotel.  This banquet honors the many volunteers who have donated their time and talents to the Catholic Youth Council program over the years.  Archbishop Carlson is scheduled to be present for the evening, and Bill McDermott, "Mr. Soccer", will serve as the Master of Ceremonies.

Along with the Silver Boot award for contributions to soccer in the St. Louis area, the CYC will also honor each of the five "District Persons of the Year" and will present a "Sports Service" award for significant contributions to each of the following CYC sports: baseball, softball, soccer, volleyball, basketball, track and golf.

We encourage all to purchase tickets to attend this year's banquet and show your support for our dedicated CYC volunteers and the entire CYC program.  For details on how to order tickets or place an ad in the program, and for more information about the volunteers to be honored, visit the Sports Banquet page of the CYC website or call the CYC offices at (314) 792-7256.

The Archdiocesan Youth Department was officially established in 1941. Visit the CYC Sports History page for more details about the founding and growth of the CYC.

Superintendent Kurt Nelson answers the "Why Catholic high school?" question on KTRS

Dr. Nelson (on right) with Martin Kilcoyne at KTRSSuperintendent of Catholic Education, Kurt Nelson, Ph.D., shared as many reasons as ten minutes would allow with Martin Kilcoyne (KTRS) about why students and families should choose a Catholic high school.

Just a few...

  • Catholic secondary schools offer choice with 26 schools from which to choose--single-sex, coed, Archdiocesan, private, in 11 counties of Missouri--there IS a Catholic school to suit every student's needs and interests!
  • ACT scores in Catholic secondary schools in the Archdiocese of St. Louis are in the 99th percentile among all school systems in Missouri.
  • Scholarships are more available than ever--this year, $9 million has been awarded.
  • Catholic identity, Christian service and faith formation across the curriculum cannot be provided in public schools.
  • Listen to Dr. Nelson for more reasons why a Catholic education is an investment in your child's future!


Annual Red Mass for Judges, Attorneys, Public Service Officials, and Legal Professionals

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

What: Annual Red Mass and reception for members of the judiciary and legal community
When: Sunday, October 2, 2016, 10:00 a.m.
Who: Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, principal celebrant; Most Reverend William E. Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore, homilist
Where: Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (4431 Lindell)

ST. LOUIS – Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, will celebrate the Annual Red Mass for members of the judiciary, public service officials, and the legal community on Sunday, October 2, at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis beginning at 10:00 a.m. Most Reverend William E. Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore, will deliver the homily.

"The Red Mass is an opportunity for those in the legal profession to gather as a sign of civic unity and to pray for guidance from the Holy Spirit — the source of wisdom, understanding, counsel, and fortitude," Archbishop Carlson said. "It is God, our final and absolute judge, from whom all law and justice flows. In a spirit of humility and mutual trust, all those who are the servants of the law gather at the Red Mass as an expression of their hope that justice will be provided for all."

The Red Mass is celebrated at the opening of the judicial term in October. With roots dating to the 13th century, the tradition was introduced in the United States in 1928 when a group of Catholic lawyers gathered in St. Andrew's Cathedral in New York City. A Red Mass was first celebrated in the Archdiocese of St. Louis in 1943. Presidents, vice presidents, members of Congress, and Supreme Court justices often attend the Red Mass in Washington, D.C.

Attorneys, legal professionals, those serving in the legislative and judicial branches of government, and public service officials of all faiths are invited to participate in this centuries-old tradition. The Red Mass is supported by the St. Thomas More Society.

For more information, visit


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

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

September 16, 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, 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.


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 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.



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.

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