Archdiocese of St. Louis Announces 2018 Annual Catholic Appeal

April 16, 2018
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Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
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
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

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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Catholic Charities of St. Louis Achieves National Accreditation

March 27, 2018
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Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
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
Media Relations Specialist
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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For more information contact: 
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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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...

RLA Blessed By Presence of 2018 Diaconate Class at February's Helpers Mass

Each diaconate class in the Archdiocese of St. Louis has a respect life component to their curriculum and formation. This year, the RLA and Office of the Diaconate also invited the candidates and their wives to attend a Helpers of God's Most Precious Infants prayer event at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis.

They cheerfully participated in the Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, and outside rosary walk (despite a surprise snow shower) along with the RLA volunteers, board, and staff. A pro-life training session and reception followed in Boland Hall.

Both the RLA and the deacon candidates were blessed by the partnerships formed at the February 17 event. Strengthening the communication and connection between the archdiocese and parish deacons can only benefit future endeavors to build up a Culture of Life throughout the greater St. Louis area.

Please join us in praying for the candidates who will be ordained at the Cathedral on June 2. To learn more about the diaconate program, call 314-792-7430 or click here.

Photo advertisement courtesy fo the Office of the Diaconate as published in the St. Louis Review

St. Louis Celebrates 200 Year Legacy of Catholic Sisters

March 7, 2018
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For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS – An exhibit at St. Louis Public Library, which opened Saturday, March 3, celebrates 200 of continued presence in the St. Louis area by Catholic sisters of numerous religious orders. The exhibit, “Catholic Sisters: The Spirit of St. Louis,” runs March 3 through April 28 on the third floor at Central Library (1301 Olive Street). The exhibit is free and open to the public.

The first Catholic women religious arrived St. Louis in 1818. Among them was St. Rose Philippine Duchesne of the Religious Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Invited by Bishop William DuBourg, the first bishop in St. Louis, she founded the first free school west of the Mississippi River. Today, her legacy lives on at the Academy of the Sacred Heart in St. Charles.

Thousands of Catholic religious sisters have devoted their lives to God through a host of ministries in the St. Louis area since 1818 by working in fields such as education, healthcare, and charitable work for the poor and needy. In 2018, the Archdiocese of St. Louis is home to 58 consecrated women religious communities with 1,211 women in these communities.

“Women religious have played an important role in the life of the Catholic Church around the world, and especially in the life of the Church here in St. Louis,” said Sr. Marysia Weber, RSM, DO, Director of the Office of Consecrated Life of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. “The prayers and works of these women on a daily basis strengthen the Church and bring the love of Jesus Christ to those who need it most. The enormous influence of women religious in our region is part of the reason why St. Louis is known as the ‘Rome of the West.’”

The opening of the library exhibit coincides with National Catholic Sisters Week, March 8-14, which is an annual celebration to honor women religious. The purpose of the week is to “instruct, enlighten and bring greater focus to the lives of these incredible women,” according to the NCSW website.

Communities of women religious are formed in a variety of ways. Though the terms “nun” and “sister” have often become interchangeable in common usage, technically “nun” applies to women religious who live a life dedicated to prayer for the Church and the world in a cloistered environment. A “sister” is one who, while also being dedicated to prayer, engages in some form of public ministry. Some women religious are identified by the particular manner of dress they wear, known as a “habit.” All women religious take vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience.

Sr. Marysia went on to say: “As we mark 200 years of Catholic women religious in St. Louis, we look forward to the future, confident that Catholic sisters and nuns will play an important role in our changing world because above all they are animated by a love for Jesus Christ and desire to share that love with others.”

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Tickets Still Available for the Fr. Scheid Players Spring Show - The Man Who Came to Dinner

The Catholic Youth Apostolate is pleased to announce that the Fr. William Scheid Players will open their 39th season with The Man Who Came to Dinner, a Broadway favorite about a noted cultural critic and radio show personality who, while on a national speaking tour visits the Ohio home of the prominent and conservative Stanley family. He slips on the ice, breaks his hip, and the local doctor says he must remain confined there. Whiteside turns the Stanley household upside down, forcing everyone in town to cater to his egotistical demands. A three-ring circus of machinations and celebrity appearances ensues.

This year’s cast features two priests of the Archdiocese, Monsignor Norb Ernst of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Parish and Fr. Bill Wigand of Regina Cleri, along with talented adult performers from the Archdiocese.

Performance dates are:

  • Friday, March 16 at 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, March 17 at 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, March 18 at 2:00 pm

We have a wonderful new venue for the spring play. All performances will be at the Heagney Theatre on the campus of Nerinx Hall High School, 530 E. Lockwood Avenue, Webster Groves, Missouri 63119.

All advanced tickets are $12 for reserved seating. Tickets are available at the door for $15. The theatre provides ample seating and parking. To order tickets, please mail your check along with the Ticket order form. For additional ticket information, please contact Ann Madden at annmaddenstl1@gmail.com or call (314) 605-7520.

PLEASE NOTE: Tickets will be mailed until March 10th. For ticket orders received after that date, you will be notified by phone that your order was received, and your tickets will be held at the door.

To further help support the Catholic Youth Apostolate you may wish to consider placing an ad in our program book. This is a great opportunity to send a congratulatory message to one of the performers or to bring awareness of your business or ministry. Please download Ad Book Order Form for further information. The deadline for placing an ad is March 12. For more information about placing an ad, please contact Debby Mooney at (314) 853-7651 or email debbymo@aol.com.

All proceeds from performances benefit the ministries of the Catholic Youth Apostolate. Thank you for your continued support!!  We hope to see you at the show!!

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