Annual Health and Safety Summit for Catholic Schools

June 7, 2016
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For more information contact: 
Sue Brown
Director of Marketing & Community Relations, Catholic Education Office
Phone: 314.792.7304

What: Archdiocese of St. Louis Health and Safety Summit
Where: John F. Kennedy Catholic High School, 500 Woods Mill Rd., Manchester, MO
When: Thursday, June 9, 2016 – 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Program begins at 8:15 a.m. with welcome and prayer.)

ST. LOUIS - The Catholic Education Office of the Archdiocese of St. Louis will host the annual Health and Safety Summit on Thursday, June 9, 2016, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at John F. Kennedy Catholic High School (500 Woods Mill Rd., Manchester, MO).

Keynote speaker, Saundra Barker, MSW, LCSW, of Catholic Family Services, from 8:30-9:45 a.m. will present on the topic “Responding to Traumatic Events,” with the purpose of understanding the pressures of life on children, especially the extent of social media and its influences.

Ms. Barker will guide the school staff members in identifying and planning for the most appropriate response in times of any crisis, whether it be in the school, the community, home, or the nation.  The response is solution-focused, restores equilibrium, reduces the level of stress and trauma, and supports the overall well-being of students and staff. 

The numerous break-out sessions during the conference are intended for a wide-range of attendees including pastors, principals, teachers, Parish School of Religion (PSR) coordinators and catechists, school nurses, maintenance personnel and athletic directors. Morning break-out sessions begin at 9:55 a.m. Afternoon sessions begin at 1:05 p.m.

“We are proud of the commitment to safety in our Catholic schools,” said Dr. David Shelton, Director of Administrative Services at the Catholic Education Office. “Interest in this summit grows every year due to the timeliness and value of the program’s topics. We are excited for another successful event this year.”

More than 350 participants are registered for the summit, representing Catholic school and parish personnel across the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

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Ramadan 2016 - June 5 - July 5

Blessings to our Muslim brothers and sisters as they begin Ramadan this Sunday!


Annual Corpus Christi Procession at Cathedral Basilica On Sunday

May 27, 2016
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Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

Feast of Corpus Christi Commemorates the Body of Christ in the Eucharist

ST. LOUIS – The premier Corpus Christi procession in St. Louis will immediately follow the 5 p.m. Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis on Sunday, May 29. The procession will travel throughout the neighborhood surrounding the Cathedral.

The term “Corpus Christi” is Latin for “the Body of Christ” and the celebration of this great feast dates back to the 13th century. The solemn celebration commemorates the institution of the Holy Eucharist, which is the Body and Blood of Christ under the appearance of bread and wine.

The main feature of the celebration of Corpus Christi is the solemn procession with a monstrance containing the Holy Eucharist in the form of a consecrated host. The annual procession is one of the Catholic Church’s most dramatic public displays of the faith. In addition to the Cathedral, parishes across the Archdiocese of St. Louis will hold their own celebration of Corpus Christi.

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Archbishop Carlson to Ordain Two Men to Sacred Priesthood

May 26, 2016
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Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

Mass of Priestly Ordination will take place on Saturday, May 28, 2016

WHAT: Priestly Ordinations for the Archdiocese of St. Louis
WHO: Two men will receive the Sacrament of Holy Orders
WHEN: Saturday, May 28, 2016, 10 a.m.
WHERE: Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (4431 Lindell)

ST. LOUIS – Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, will confer the Sacrament of Holy Orders on Reverend Mr. Kent Pollman and Reverend Mr. Scott Scheiderer at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis on Saturday, May 28.

The candidates for ordination, or ordinands, will receive the Sacrament of Holy Orders in culmination of several years of rigorous study and spiritual development at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary. The candidates graduated from Kenrick School of Theology with a Master of Arts degree in Theology and a Master of Divinity degree.

The candidates each followed the calling to sacred ministry in different ways. Before entering the seminary, Reverend Mr. Pollman worked professionally for a few years after graduating from Central Missouri State University with a bachelor’s degree. Reverend Mr. Scheiderer graduated from the University of Colorado and later Saint Louis University with a master’s degree in social work.

“The Kenrick-Glennon Seminary community is excited to have these two men offer their lives in service of Jesus Christ and His Church,” said President-Rector Rev. James Mason. “We continue to pray that more men from St. Louis will consider this call of priestly service.”

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

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. The 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 re-enactment of Christ’s sacrifice on Good Friday.

The Mass of Priestly Ordination begins at 10 a.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, 4431 Lindell Boulevard, in the Central West End.

Additional background information about the Rite of Ordination and a live-stream of the Mass and ceremony can be found at archstl.org/ordination.

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Statement Regarding Rev. Tom Matt

May 25, 2016
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For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS – The Archdiocese of St. Louis has reason to believe that an individual named Tom Matt is representing himself as a priest of our archdiocese. Rev. Matt was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Omaha (Nebraska), but he has never had faculties as a priest here in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, and to our knowledge, does not currently have faculties in any other diocese, including his home diocese of Omaha.

We have received several complaints about Rev. Matt and a house in South St. Louis City where it is believed he may have been operating some sort of substance abuse outreach. We understand that the house has since been condemned by authorities.

The faithful and the general public are advised that Tom Matt does not have any authority to represent himself as a priest in the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

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2016 Daily Worldmissionnaires Annual Appreciation Dinner

2016 Daily Worldmissionnaires Annual DinnerThe Daily Worldmissionnaires Annual Appreciation Dinner was held in May 2016 at Orlando Gardens. Moderators and Group Leaders were given special recognition for their support of the DW program, as well as their recruiting efforts, prayers, and sacrifices for the worldwide missions of the Catholic Church.

Fr. Daniel Vogt was the evening's keynote speaker. Fr. Vogt was born in St. Charles, Missouri and attended St. Charles Borromeo School and Chaminade College Prep before studying accounting at St. Louis University, where he graduated. After graduation he worked as a CPA before entering the Claretian Missionaries in Chicago, where he studied theology at Catholic Theological Union before being sent to Guatemala in 1987. Fr. Vogt continues to serve in Guatemala and was incardinated into the Apostolic Vicariate of Izabal in northeastern Guatemala in 2006.

2016 Daily Worldmissionnaires Annual DinnerIn his nearly 30 years of missionary service, he has served as a pastor and parish vicar, as well as being responsible for numerous programs and projects over the years to improve the health and educational conditions in Guatemala, especially with rural indigenous communities. At present, Fr. Vogt is pastor of San José Parish in Morales, and is also responsible for the social ministries of the Apostolic Vicariate.

Following Fr. Vogt's keynote address, Msgr. Francis Blood (Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in St. Louis and Spiritual Moderator of the Daily Worldmissionnaires) presented the Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Award. This year's recipient was Mr. Paul C. Wehner, Jr. (posthumously).  Mr. Wehner's family accepted the award.

2016 Daily Worldmissionnaires Annual DinnerA plaque honoring all recipients of the Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Award over the years will also be displayed at the Pontifical Mission Societies Office in St. Louis. Each time the award is conferred, the recipient's name is engraved on the plaque.

Thank you to all of our Daily Worldmissionnaires for attending the Annual Appreciation Dinner, and for your daily prayers and sacrifices for the missions!

Click here to view a photo gallery of the 2016 Daily Worldmissionnaires Annual Appreciation Dinner!

Mass of Thanksgiving for Bishop Edward M. Rice to be Offered Next Tuesday

May 19, 2016
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Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

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Bishop Rice to be installed bishop of Springfield-Cape Girardeau Wednesday, June 1

What: Mass of Thanksgiving for Bishop Edward M. Rice
Where: Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (4431 Lindell)
When: Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 5:00 p.m.; Bishop Rice will be available to media prior to Mass at 4:15 p.m.
Who: Archbishop Robert Carlson, Bishop Edward Rice, St. Louis-area Catholics

ST. LOUIS – Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson and Catholics from around the St. Louis region will bid farewell to Most Reverend Edward M. Rice, Auxiliary Bishop of St. Louis and Bishop-designate of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, and thank him for his years of service to the Archdiocese of St. Louis at a Mass of Thanksgiving on Tuesday, May 24 at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis beginning at 5:00 p.m. Bishop Rice will be available to the media prior to Mass at 4:15 p.m.

Pope Francis announced on April 26 that Bishop Rice, Auxiliary Bishop of St. Louis, had been named Bishop of the Diocese of Springfield - Cape Girardeau. The position was vacated by Most Reverend James V. Johnston who was installed as Bishop of Kansas City – St. Joseph on November 4, 2015.

Bishop-designate Rice has served as a priest in the Archdiocese of St. Louis since his ordination in January 1987. He has served as associate pastor at Our Lady of the Presentation Parish, religion teacher at St. Mary’s High School while residing at St. Mary Magdalen Parish, Director at Cardinal Glennon College Seminary, pastor at St. John the Baptist and Director of Vocations. He was appointed the title Monsignor in July 2008 and Auxiliary Bishop in December 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI.

During his episcopacy for the past five years, Bishop-designate Rice has served as vicar over five of the diocesan deaneries and overseen many of the ministries of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, including Vocations, Consecrated Life, Intercultural and Interreligious Affairs, Priest Personnel, Youth Protection and the St. Charles Lwanga Center.

Bishop-designate Rice will be installed as the seventh Bishop of Springfield-Cape Girardeau at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 1, in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Springfield, Missouri. The event will be broadcast live on EWTN and also live-streamed through the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau Facebook page.

An additional Mass of Thanksgiving will be held at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, June 2, in St. Mary of the Annunciation Cathedral, Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

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Catholic Charities Honored with Community Leadership Award

May 12, 2016
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Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

FOCUS St. Louis Presents “What’s Right with The Region” Awards Thursday

ST. LOUIS – Catholic Charities of St. Louis will be among 20 organizations and individuals honored by FOCUS St. Louis, “the region’s premier leadership organization,” on Thursday night. Catholic Charities will be recognized as “Flood Disaster Response Collaboration” along with seven other lead organizations including the Society of St. Vincent de Paul for their collective efforts in response to the December 2015 flooding.

According to FOCUS St. Louis, “The honorees were nominated by the public and selected by a panel of community judges for their impact and service to the community.” The awards reception begins at 5:00 p.m. Thursday, May 12, at the Sheldon Concert Hall.

“Each year Catholic Charities assists approximately 150,000 people right here in the St. Louis region,” said President Theresa Ruzicka. “In the unique case of the flood in late 2015, the depth of our programs and services and the unique skills of professionals within our federation were able to help victims with long-term recovery.”

Each organization took the lead on a certain aspect of flood relief, with Catholic Charities and St. Francis Community Services focusing on case management through housing relocation. These collaborating agencies set up seven Multi-Agency Resource Centers (MARCs) as one-stop shop locations around the region designed to bring together service providers in a single location and provide on-site assistance to disaster survivors.

“It was inspiring to witness service providers working with a family and then walking with them over to another service provider to see what additional assistance was available,” Ruzicka added. “This award shows that partnership is an important part of disaster recovery and that the St. Louis is a region of people who care and work to help each other. It is a testament to how we came together in time of need!”

In addition to Catholic Charities, Dr. Jason Purnell, member of the Peace & Justice Commission of the Archdiocese of St. Louis and Washington University professor, will receive the prestigious FOCUS St. Louis Leadership Award for his work on the For the Sake of All project. Dr. Purnell has presented his work on the project to parishes and agencies throughout the Archdiocese.

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Fr. Scheid Players Announce Audition Dates for "Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat"

The Catholic Youth Apostolate and the Fr. William Scheid Players are happy to announce audition dates for this summer's production of "Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat." For almost four decades, the Fr. Scheid Players have been presenting Broadway plays, reviews, and musicals featuring Archdiocesan clergy and laity to raise funds to benefit the youth programs of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

Audition dates for this summer's show are:

  • Thursday, May 12th
  • Sunday, May 15th
  • Wednesday, May 18th
  • Sunday, May 22nd

All auditions will take place at the Cardinal Rigali Center, 20 Archbishop May Drive, St. Louis, MO 63119. They will begin at 7 pm each night. All age groups are needed for this production. Please invite your friends, family, classmates, co-workers, etc. Everyone is welcome!!

If you will be auditioning, please come prepared to sing something. It doesn't need to be a song from this show; whatever song you choose is fine. If you have sheet music for the song, please bring it with you. There is little dialogue in this show, but you may also be asked to read a part, dance, or show the director one of your other talents. Plan to dress comfortably so you can move around.

The show will take place on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, July 22-24 at Chaminade College Preparatory School.

If you have any questions about auditions, please email Dan at dkarcher@sbcglobal.net or Debbie at debbymo@aol.com or check the Fr. Scheid Facebook page for more details.

Meeting Our Neighbors: Mosque Visit

Archbishop Carlson Welcomes Former St. Louis Bishop Back Home

May 4, 2016
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Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

Archbishop Joseph Naumann to Keynote Seventh Annual Legatus Gospel of Life Prayer Breakfast

Who: Archbishop Robert J. Carlson and Most Reverend Joseph Naumann, Archbishop of Kansas City in Kansas
What: Seventh Annual Archbishop’s Gospel of Life Prayer Breakfast, Hosted by Legatus
Where: The Ritz-Carlton St. Louis, 100 Carondelet Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63105
When: Friday, May 6, 2016, 6 a.m. – 9 a.m.

ST. LOUIS – Archbishop Robert J. Carlson and the St. Louis chapter of Legatus will welcome His Excellency, the Most Reverend Joseph F. Naumann, Archbishop of Kansas City in Kansas, as he returns to his hometown of St. Louis on Friday, May 6, for the Seventh Annual Archbishop’s Gospel of Life Prayer Breakfast.

Archbishop Naumann is a former pastor, vicar general, and auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Between 1985 and 1995 he was the director of the Archdiocesan Pro-Life Committee (now the Respect Life Apostolate of the Archdiocese). In 2005, he became the fourth Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas. He is currently a member of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities.

“Archbishop Naumann is a leader in promoting the dignity and sanctity of all human life from conception to natural death,” Archbishop Carlson said. “I am blessed to call him a friend and ally in this fight.”

Archbishop Naumann will address more than 650 attendees, including St. Louis-area Catholics and business men and women with a hopeful message on the importance of protecting the dignity of human life. He said his talk, entitled “Reasons for Hope,” will focus on why “even while battling the forces of the Culture of Death, Christians can never yield to discouragement, but must always be witnesses of hope.”

Legatus is an international organization of practicing Catholic laymen and laywomen, comprised of CEOs, presidents, managing partners and business owners, with their spouses, from the business community and professional enterprises. The group’s mission is to study, live and spread the Catholic faith in the business, professional and personal lives of its members.

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2016 Catholic Adventure Week: Faith, Fun, and High Adventure for Catholic Boy Scouts and Venture Crew Members

Catholic Adventure Week will be held the week of July 10-16, 2016 at Swift Explorer Base of the S bar F Scout Ranch, which is near Farmington, Missouri. The weeklong high adventure retreat is sponsored by the Greater St. Louis Area Council of the BSA, the Office of Youth Ministry, and the Catholic Committee on Scouting, BSA. The theme for the 2016 Catholic Adventure Week is “The Year of Mercy.”

Catholic Venturers and Boy Scouts from around the region are invited to participate in an inspirational week of high adventure/Kodiak training, faith, and fun.  The goal in providing this week for our Catholic Scouts is to give them the experience of living their faith, growing in their faith, and loving their faith within the Scouting movement and especially out in the wonders of God’s creation. While at CAW, Scouts will be exposed to the entire High Adventure program offered at Swift.  Intertwined with the outstanding program offered by the Swift staff and merit badge program time, there will be opportunities for prayer, religious instruction, and reflection. 

For more details, visit the CAW webpage or contact Tom Kroenung at tkroenung@stlbsa.org.

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