Archdiocese of St. Louis Announces Successful Annual Catholic Appeal

September 16, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.

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LWANGA CENTER RESUMES BIBLE STUDY

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.

Media Information for Schlafly Funeral

September 9, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Elizabeth Westhoff
Director of Marketing & Mission Awareness
Phone: 314.792.7635

ST. LOUIS – The Archdiocese of St. Louis today released information for the media regarding the funeral Mass for Eagle Forum founder, Phyllis Schlafly, which will take place on Saturday, September 10, at 2 p.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (4431 Lindell).

Details are as follows:

Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, will attend Mass in choir. Most Reverend Robert J. Hermann, auxiliary bishop emeritus, will celebrate Mass. Father Brian Harrison, O.S., will be the homilist.

One pool TV camera and one pool still photographer will be allowed inside the Cathedral Basilica during the funeral Mass. Media wishing to have access to pool photos should contact Teak Phillips (teakphillips@archstl.org). For access to the video pool, contact Ed Rich (erich@ksdk.com).

A press area will be available directly across from the Cathedral Basilica on the south side of Lindell Blvd. beginning at 12:30 p.m. Power supply and risers will not be provided in the press area.

Reporters wishing to take notes will be allowed inside the Cathedral Basilica during the funeral Mass and will have reserved seating, but no photography, video, social media coverage, or interviews will be allowed inside the Cathedral Basilica. Interviews may be conducted outside the Cathedral Basilica following the Mass. Video and photos may be taken outside the Cathedral Basilica from across the street in the designated press area.

Out of respect, there will be no access to the family and friends of Mrs. Schlafly. Visitors and media are reminded that a Catholic funeral Mass is a solemn ceremony and a respectful atmosphere inside the Cathedral Basilica is requested.

Media and visitors are asked to enter through the main doors to the Cathedral Basilica on Lindell Blvd., which will be opened at 1:00 p.m. All guests and media accessing the Cathedral Basilica for the Mass will be subject to airport-style security screening. Limited public parking will be available in the Taylor Ave. lot.

For any additional information regarding Mrs. Schlafly, the Schlafly family, Eagle Forum, or attendees of the funeral, contact Ryan Hite (ryan@eagleforum.org).

 

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Emergency Responders to be Honored at Second Annual Blue Mass on Sunday

September 9, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

Mass to honor living and deceased emergency responders on 15th anniversary of 9/11

What: Second Annual Blue Mass to honor emergency responders
Where: Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (4431 Lindell)
When: Sunday, September 11, 2016, 10:00 a.m.
Who: Archbishop Robert Carlson and emergency responders from the greater St. Louis region

ST. LOUIS – Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, will honor all emergency responders by celebrating the second annual Blue Mass in the Archdiocese of St. Louis on Sunday, September 11, 2016, the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Police officers, firefighters, paramedics, emergency support staff, and other public safety and law enforcement personnel and their families are invited.

“The work of our emergency responders is a gift that requires much sacrifice,” Archbishop Robert J. Carlson said. “In a time when tensions are high and recent tragic killings of police officers are fresh in our minds, this Mass is one way for the Archdiocese of St. Louis to show support for what these men and women do every day. In a particular way we want to say ‘thank you’ to those who dedicate their lives to serve and protect the citizens of the greater St. Louis region, especially on the 15th anniversary of the September 11th attacks. In living out their profession, these men and women show us the true spirit of what it means to be a follower of Christ.”

Every September 11th anniversary offers an opportunity to pause and reflect upon the bravery of the first responders who rushed into the burning World Trade Center buildings and the Pentagon, risking their own lives to help others. Fifteen years later many children have grown up without their mother or father, but knowing that they died bravely in the line of duty. The spirit of sacrifice embodied by those first responders on that hallowed day, as well as the heroes aboard Flight 93, should inspire us all.

The Blue Mass honors men and women currently serving as emergency responders, as well as all those who have died in the line of duty. The Mass is intended to bring a greater awareness of those who serve us so faithfully, often placing others’ lives and safety above their own.

The first Blue Mass was celebrated by Fr. Thomas Dade on September 29, 1934, at St. Patrick Church in Washington, D.C. In attendance were more than 1,000 police and firemen, dressed in their blue uniforms. The tradition of showing gratitude to emergency responders and their families in this way has continued throughout the United States, especially since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

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Catholics Organize Event to Cross “Delmar Divide”

September 8, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

Pilgrimage During Year of Mercy Intended to Build Relationships

ST. LOUIS – The Interracial Relations Committee of the Archdiocese of St. Louis’ North City Deanery and the Peace & Justice Commission of the archdiocese are organizing a “Crossing the Delmar Divide” pilgrimage on Saturday, September 10, 2016, beginning at 9:30 a.m. The event was created with the intent to build relationships across racial lines, especially during the current Jubilee Year of Mercy announced by Pope Francis in 2015.

The pilgrimage will begin with a prayer for unity at the clock tower on the campus of Saint Louis University then proceed north to Delmar Boulevard making several stops along a route tracing back to the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (4431 Lindell). Refreshments will be available at the conclusion of the pilgrimage in the offices of Catholic Charities next to the Cathedral Basilica.

“The mission of the Committee is to build relationships across racial lines,” according to North City Deanery Interracial Relations Committee member Joyce Jones. “We want all to have a better understanding of the reality and history of racism and how it has affected our parish communities. During this pilgrimage we will cross Delmar as a symbol of togetherness as we seek to live out more fully Jesus’ universal prayer: ‘that they may be one.’”

“Many issues in our community stem simply from a lack of relationships,” said Marie Kenyon, director of the Peace & Justice Commission. “Divisions like the ‘Delmar Divide’ so often dictate how and with whom our relationships are formed. Though this pilgrimage is just one event, it is a step towards breaking down divisions and restoring trust and peace in the St. Louis region.”

The Peace & Justice Commission was originally announced at a Mass for Peace and Justice on August 20, 2014, when Archbishop Robert J. Carlson declared his intention to address societal issues through the new commission, such as family breakdown, poverty, racial tension, and lack of education. Attorney Marie Kenyon was appointed director of the Peace & Justice Commission in January 2015 and Archbishop Carlson later appointed 27 clergy, religious, and lay persons as members. The Commission hopes to help build stronger, more peaceful communities by working to help strengthen the family.

For more information about the “Delmar Divide” pilgrimage visit archstl.org/peace-justice. To learn more about the Jubilee Year of Mercy, including a calendar of events and a complete list of local pilgrimage sites, visit archstl.org/mercy.

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The North City Deanery Interracial Relations Committee Mission Statement:
Grounded in our shared Catholic faith we, the North City Deanery Interracial Relations Committee want to build relationships across racial lines. We are committed to understanding the reality and history of racism and how it has affected our parish communities. We seek to live out more fully Jesus’ universal prayer: “that they may be one.”

Statement on the Death of Mrs. Phyllis Schlafly

September 7, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS – Archbishop Carlson and the Archdiocese of St. Louis extend prayerful condolences to the family of Mrs. Phyllis Schlafly, a woman who, throughout her life, displayed an ardent commitment to the teachings and defense of the Catholic faith and for which the Church is grateful.

We pray for repose of the soul of Mrs. Schlafly and for peace and consolation for her family during this difficult time.

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Local Mass in Thanksgiving for Mother Teresa’s Canonization

September 1, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

WHAT: Mass in Thanksgiving for Mother Teresa’s Canonization
WHEN: Monday, September 5, 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: Sts. Teresa and Bridget Church (3636 N. Market St., 63113)
WHO: Local Missionaries of Charity and Catholic faithful; Fr. Tim Cook, celebrant

ST. LOUIS – The local Missionaries of Charity will celebrate the canonization of their founder, Mother Teresa of Kolkata, with a Mass on Monday, September 5, 2016 at 4 p.m. Fr. Tim Cook, pastor of Sts. Teresa and Bridget Church, will celebrate Mass.

Mother Teresa will be canonized by Pope Francis in a Mass and solemn ceremony at the Vatican on Sunday, September 4 beginning at 3:30 a.m. CT. A group from Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Catholic Church in Ferguson will be in Rome for the canonization.

In the Catholic Church, canonization is a declaration from the pope that an individual lived a life of “heroic virtue” and is worthy of veneration. The Holy Father declares that the canonized individual – referred to as a saint – having died is now with God and is an example of following Christ. Canonization is only declared after extensive research into an individual’s life and the confirmation of at least two miracles having occurred through their intercession.

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 For coverage in the St. Louis Review, click here and here.

Click below to listen to an episode of the Catholic Gateway Podcast featuring interviews with the Missionaries of Charity and Fr. Rosebrough, pastor of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish in Ferguson

Little Sisters of the Poor to Withdraw From St. Louis Residence

August 24, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

After 147 Years of Caring for the Elderly Poor, Little Sisters Will Leave St. Louis

ST. LOUIS – After 147 years of uninterrupted ministry in St. Louis, the Little Sisters of the Poor will leave their residence located in historic Old North Saint Louis at 3225 N. Florissant Avenue, St Louis, MO 63107, just two miles north of the St. Louis Arch.

According to local Superior, Mother Gonzague Castro, "It is very sad for the Community to leave our St. Louis residence—it is a painful decision to have to make—especially during this Jubilee Year of Mercy. We just don't have sufficient vocations to staff the residence in order to meet the spirit of our foundress, St. Jeanne Jugan. We are eternally grateful for the support and love we received during our many years in St. Louis. We love the city nearly as much as we love the people we work with and care for. We're praying that the Residence can continue and even thrive under new ownership, with a larger staff who can both care for the residents as well as serve as administrators."

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson offered his support and prayers for the Sisters, "The Little Sisters of the Poor here in St. Louis have, for nearly 150 years, lived their order's mission, offering the neediest elderly of every race and religion a home where they will be welcomed as Christ, cared for as family and accompanied with dignity until God calls them to Himself. They will be missed in our archdiocese as well as in our community and we pray for their mission as well as for vocations to the order."

Kevin Short, Managing Partner and CEO of Clayton Capital Partners, a St. Louis-based investment banking firm specializing in merger and acquisition advisement, is working with the Little Sisters of the Poor in order to assure that the Sisters can continue their mission as usual during this period of transition while they seek out new owners and management of the property they currently maintain.

The Little Sisters of the Poor are deeply grateful to the people of the St. Louis region, which has supported the residence since their arrival in 1869. There have been innumerable people over the last century and a half who have dedicated themselves to the mission of the Sisters. For those people, the current employees, residents, and family of residents, the Sisters are and will always be very grateful.

The date of the Little Sisters' departure is contingent on the best possible outcome they can find for the home, its employees, and its residence. There will be a Mass of Thanksgiving celebrated for the Little Sisters of the Poor and the many years of care they provided to St. Louisans.

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Catholic School Graduates Earn High ACT Scores

August 24, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS – The Class of 2016 at Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of St. Louis continues to demonstrate high academic achievement with this year's ACT test results. Data released today from the ACT showed Catholic school test scores remained stable even while the Missouri state average decreased significantly.

The 2016 average composite score for Catholic school graduates in the archdiocese is 24.7, nearly equal to the 2015 score of 24.8. The statewide average declined from 21.7 in 2015 to 20.2 this year.

Individual subject area tests demonstrated strong academic performance across all disciplines. The Catholic high school average score for individual tests are:

 SUBJECT AREA TEST  ARCHDIOCESE OF ST. LOUIS  MISSOURI STATE AVERAGE
 Composite   24.7   20.2
 English   25.7   19.7
 Mathematics   23.1   19.8
 Reading   25.5   20.6
 Science   24.2   20.4 

"We are incredibly proud of our graduates. We measure student success in many ways and the ACT test scores again confirm the outstanding work of our students and teachers," said Superintendent of Catholic Education Dr. Kurt Nelson. "Achieving this level of success at graduation is the result of hard work during the high school years, building on the strong foundation students receive in our Catholic elementary schools."

The Catholic high school scores include 2,917 seniors (98.2% of the Class of 2016) from all 27 Catholic high schools in the archdiocese. The archdiocese is the oldest and largest system of schools in the state of Missouri, with over 39,000 students.

The results for the Class of 2016 continue a long history of academic success in Catholic high schools. In 2015, the Archdiocese of St. Louis had the fourth highest score of any school system in Missouri. The Catholic Education Office releases archdiocesan average scores, but not individual school scores.

For more information, please contact Dr. Robert Oliveri, Associate Superintendent for Secondary School Administration at roliveri@archstl.org or 314.792.7390.

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SUBJECT AREA TEST

ARCHDIOCESE OF ST. LOUIS

MISSOURI STATE AVERAGE

Composite

24.7

20.2

English

25.7

19.7

Mathematics

23.1

19.8

Reading

25.5

20.6

Science

24.2

20.4

Catholic Charities of St. Louis Welcomes New Chief Development Officer

August 8, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS – Mr. Brian Thouvenot started as the new Chief Development Officer for Catholic Charities of St. Louis on Monday, August 1.

“We are excited to have Brian joining the Catholic Charities team,” stated Theresa Ruzicka, President of Catholic Charities of St. Louis. “His extensive media experience and passion for the Catholic faith will be a tremendous asset to Catholic Charities, and will help us achieve our mission to serve those in need.”

Mr. Thouvenot comes to Catholic Charities after working as the News Director at KMOV (Channel 4). In that role, he helped launch #EndViolenceSTL (renamed Imagine a Better St. Louis) with other community partners. He also established and led the overall vision of the KMOV Watching Out for You and KMOV Cares brand.

Mr. Thouvenot received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Illinois State University. He has received numerous industry awards for his news accomplishments. He and his family are members of St. Teresa Parish in Belleville, Illinois.

Catholic Charities of St. Louis (CCSTL) has been helping people in need since 1912. Organized as a federation of eight agencies, Catholic Charities assists 148,000 people annually throughout 11 counties in the St. Louis metropolitan area.

The Catholic Charities Central Office provides advocacy, financial, accreditation, human resources, training, communications, quality assurance and fund development assistance for the eight organizations that make up the Catholic Charities Federation. Our goal is clear: we seek to break the cycle of poverty, abuse and neglect, to empower people to make positive, permanent changes in their lives, and support people to lead self-sufficient, dignified lives.

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For those who are praying for a child...

Praying for a Child…
Inspiration and support for families who are praying for a child, and those that love them. Unite in prayer for those who desire a family but have experienced infertility. Sponsored by Enkindle Infertility Support Ministry, a program of the Archdiocesan Office of Natural Family Planning, providing free spiritual and emotional counseling for couples struggling with infertility.
Christian Prayer Service (all faiths are welcome)
September 8, 2016
7:00PM
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish
2 Seton Court, St. Charles, MO  63303
Reservation not required, for more information, please call 314-997-7576.

Agreement with Holy Apostles

Holy Apostles College & Seminary, a dynamic Catholic liberal arts college and seminary located in Cromwell, CT, and devoted to the formation of future priests and leaders in the Catholic community, now allows students at the Paul VI Institute to receive up to nine "prior experience" credits toward their MA in Theology or MA in Pastoral Studies degree programs.

At Holy Apostles lay people study alongside priests, deacons, seminarians and religious in an effort to support and learn from one another.  The online programs allow for study at a pace suited to one's own schedule in 15-week fall, spring and summer terms.

Visit Holy Apostles online at http://www.holyapostles.edu for admissions and degree program information.  To sign up for a listening session to talk about the programs visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/paul6listeningsession

Holy Apostles will be beginning spring registration by mid-November check us out online at http://www.holyapostles.edu to begin the admissions process. 

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