Sr. Antona Ebo to Lead Prayer Service on 50th Anniversary of Selma Demonstration

March 4, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

“Faith in Ferguson” Prayer Vigil to be held Tuesday

What: "Faith in Ferguson" prayer vigil for peace, justice, and charity
Where: Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church (1115 S. Florissant Road, Ferguson, MO 63121)
When: Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 4:30 p.m.
Who: Sr. Antona Ebo to give reflection; prayer service is open to the public

ST. LOUIS – A prayer vigil will be held Tuesday, March 10, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Ferguson beginning at 4:30 p.m. The vigil will include prayer and song, plus a reflection given by Sr. Antona Ebo, FSM who took part in the civil rights protests in Selma, Alabama on March 10, 1965.

Sr. Ebo, 90, was one of the first African-American women to join what was then the Sisters of St. Mary, now the Franciscan Sisters of Mary.  She and more than 50 St. Louisans flew down to Selma, Alabama three days after the infamous “Bloody Sunday” when civil rights marchers were attacked on the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Fifty years later, the historical actions of Sr. Ebo have taken on new significance in light of the situation in Ferguson. Sr. Ebo will address those gathered for the prayer vigil exactly 50 years to the day that she flew to Selma for the demonstration.

In a statement released after the announcement of the grand jury decision in the case of the shooting death of Michael Brown, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson implored: “Pray unceasingly for peace. Pray for our leaders and pray for your neighbors. If you feel called to act, do so only after prayer.”

Tuesday’s vigil will be the sixth “Faith in Ferguson” prayer event hosted in the Ferguson area by the Archdiocese of St. Louis. The event is free and open to the public. Members of the media are invited to attend and participate in the prayer vigil. Sr. Ebo will be available after the prayer service for interviews.

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Presentation Sunday Prayer Service

The girls have truly seen a glimpse into the very heart of Mary. I am thankful to have had the opportunity to spend time with them as they learned to be able to step into the shoes of Mary and learn from her example how to make all the various activities of life- a willingness to glorify God. As future wives…mothers….and as children of God, may they keep their hearts always turned toward God as they carry out all their many and various activities with which they will find themselves involved, simple because they had said “yes” with the heart of Mary.

The above quote is from an adult moderator for the Mary, the First Disciple faith formation program, which is one of the many faith formation programs offered by the Office of Catholic Scouting Ministry.  Through this program, girls grow in an appreciation of Mary and in an understanding of themselves. On Sunday, March 8, the 185 girls who have completed the Mary, the First Disciple faith formation program and the 13 girls who have completed The Spirit Alive! program will be recognized at the annual Presentation Sunday Prayer Service.  Sixteen adult leaders will also be presented with the St. Anne and the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Awards. The annual prayer service will be held at the Cathedral Basilica on Lindell Blvd. It begins at 2:30 pm and will conclude at 3:30 pm.

The Mary, the First Disciple program is open to all girls in grades seven through twelve.  Through various service projects, discussions and celebrations, the girls grow to understand and know Mary as a model of openness and spirituality – a woman of the Church.   It enables them to “proclaim the greatness of the Lord” and is a unique opportunity to develop new insights into their personalities, friends, parents, and the world around them. 

The Spirit Alive! is another faith formation program offered by the Office of Catholic Scouting Ministry.  The Spirit Alive helps young people grow in their awareness of the Holy Spirit and how the Holy Spirit has manifested itself in the history of the people of God.  With emphasis on prayer, study of Scripture, documents of Vatican II, and service to others, this program assists youth in discovering how the Holy Spirit moves in their lives, calling them to a greater participation in the Church’s ministry. 

To learn about the many different faith formation programs and retreats for girls and boys offered by the Office of Catholic Scouting Ministry or for more information about Presentation Sunday, please visit the OCS website or call (314) 792-7613.

St. Louis Mission Congress: Saturday, March 28th

Please join the Pontifical Mission Societies at the 6th Annual St. Louis Mission Congress!

Saturday, March 28, 2015
8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Our Lady of Providence School Cafeteria
8874 Pardee Road
St. Louis, MO 63123

This year's theme is "Witnessing Mission: Called to be Missionary Disciples". Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, will be our Keynote Speaker and will speak on the Theology of Mission. Mission brigades from various parishes will also speak on their experiences. Cost of the Mission Congress is $10 per person, payable in advance to: Society for the Propagation of the Faith, 20 Archbishop May Drive, St. Louis, MO 63119. Please write on the check memo: Mission Congress. Registration has been extended to March 25, 2015. Please feel free to share this information and invite others from your parish or community. For further information, contact the Mission Office at 314-792-7655 or email missions@archstl.org. Thank you! 

Prayer in the Home: Order & Wonder in the Domestic Church

 

 Please join us for a morning with Leila Marie Lawler, author of The Little Oratory: A Beginner's Guide to Praying in the Home. Leila will present Prayer in the Home: Order & Wonder in the Domestic Church on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at the Cardinal Rigali Center in Shrewsbury. This event will begin at 8:30 AM and conclude with Noon Mass in the Chapel. Free admission. RSVP to Deacon Jim Russell, jimrussell@archstl.org or 314.792.7173. 
- See flyer for more information - Prayer in the Home.pdf

 

Statement Regarding Gary Wolken

February 23, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS - Gary Wolken, a former priest of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, will be released from prison on Monday, February 23, 2015. In 2002, Mr. Wolken pleaded guilty to charges of sexual abuse of a minor which occurred in 1997. Wolken was laicized while in prison. He is no longer a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Louis and will live as a private citizen, subject to all sex offender regulations upon his release. Any additional inquiries regarding Mr. Wolken should be directed to the Missouri Department of Corrections.

We continue to pray for the victims and families of the grave evil of sexual abuse.

The Archdiocese of St. Louis encourages anyone with reports of misconduct with a minor involving a member of the clergy or other church personnel to contact Deacon Phil Hengen, Director of Child and Youth Protection, at 314.792.7704, the Missouri Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline at 800 392-3738, or law enforcement officials.

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Come to Me, All Who Are Weary…and in Need of a Youth Leader Retreat!

Annual Adult Youth Leader Retreat

Youth Leader Retreat

The Office of Youth Ministry is hosting its annual Adult Youth Leader Retreat this weekend, Feb 20th-22nd, 2015. The event takes place at the beautiful King’s House Retreat and Renewal Center in Belleville, Il. There will be around 40 people in attendance as they reflect on the theme for the weekend, which is The Great Christian Adventure: Living and Ministering in Jesus Christ. Click here for a complete outline of the retreat schedule.

Meet the Host: Fr. Jeffery Kirby, STL

Father Jeffery Kirby, STLThe host for the weekend is Fr. Jeffery Kirby, STL. He is a priest of the Diocese of Charleston, SC and serves as the Vicar of Vocations. He has a rich history of ministering to the youth in the Catholic Church and is also the author of Lord, Teach Us to Pray: A Guide to the Spiritual Life and Christian Discipleship.

 

Please Pray

Please keep all of the participants in prayer this weekend. Since youth leaders spend a great deal of time ministering to others, this is a great opportunity for them to take time for themselves and to be spiritually nourished and refreshed.

Women of our Catholic Faith Workshop

A Great Model To Minister To Youth!

Blog written by Adrienne Vonder Haar

Women of FaithSacred Heart Parish of Valley Park welcomed 60 girls ranging in age from Kindergarten through seventh grade on January 11th to the second “Women of Our Catholic Faith” workshop. The workshop was a three-hour event that encompassed learning about three women of our faith: St. Gianna, St. Mary Magdalene and Sarah. The programming was provided by the Office of Catholic Scouting Ministry of the St. Louis Catholic Youth Apostolate for each of the women studied as a part of their Catholic Identity patch series.

Fleece BlanketsThe girls were led through a series of rotations to explore each of these women. Activities and crafts were provided throughout and they also participated in a service project tying fleece blankets to donate to the Good Shepherd Center. Through the work of volunteers, support from Ladies Auxiliary of Knights of Columbus, Respect Life Group, SHP Men and Ladies Club and the parish school, the workshop was provided at minimal cost to the families who participated.

The workshop was founded by a group of parish women and Girl Scout leaders with the hope that through exposure, the girls would take away valuable faith related lessons from the stories and history of the women presented each year. Besides being a great Parish community event for the girls of the parish and the area Girl Scout organization, the hope is that learning about women who are role models from the Bible and from the legion of Saints will empower girls to participate fully in their faith growing up and realize that all women have a significant role in the Church and a vocation within it.

Event coordinators this year were Pat Snyder, Emily Henderson, Christine Hendricks, Karen Rasure, Sharon Arnzen and Adrienne Vonder Haar.

More Info

Are you interested in using this model for a way of ministering to youth in your parish? The Office of Catholic Scouting Ministry can support you with their programs. You can contact them by phone at 314-792-7613 or by emailing jennifertrousdale@archstl.org. You can also find more information online at http://www.catholicscoutingstl.org/.

Pat Snyder was one of the main coordinators for the past two years at her parish and she is willing to share with anyone who wants to get the program stated in your parish! Contact Pat at 636-343-6644 or by email at pfsnyder@sbcglobal.net.

BLACK AND INDIAN MISSION COLLECTION, LWANGA BIBLE STUDY RESUMES

Please contribute to the Black and Indian Mission special collection this First Sunday of Lent, February 22. Special envelopes are in your standard parish envelope packet or available through your parish. Established by the American Bishops in 1884, the collection exists to help build the Church and preach the Gospel among the African American, Native American and Alaska Native people of God. Local programs in our archdiocese are assisted through this collection. Your generosity is appreciated.

The Lwanga Center Bible Study resumes on Wednesday, February 25th at 1:00 p.m.  Fr. Art Cavitt will facilitate with Lenten Lectionary Scripture and cultural themes on Wednesdays through Holy Week. On the Wednesday of the first week of Easter, we will study and pray with the Book of Joshua through early June. Please bring a Bible (New American Edition is preferred). There is no fee for the sessions. Free will offerings to the Lwanga Center are always welcomed. Call (314) 367-7929 if additional information is needed.

 

Knights of Columbus Reach Out to Pan y Amor

Enjoy a delicious Lenten meal at the Fish Fries sponsored by the Knights of Columbus of Incarnate Word Parish in Chesterfield every Friday during Lent from 4pm to 7pm in the lower church hall. Incarnate Word Parish is located at 13416 Olive Boulevard, Chesterfield, MO 63017. Visit http://www.incarnate-word.org/document-upload/ministries-1/service-1/knights-of-columbus-1/1849-fish-fry-2015/file for more information on the Fish Fries.

The Knights of Columbus are offering online ordering at https://mkt.com/kofc9981 and all visitors have the opportunity to donate to Pan y Amor on their website. What a deal! You can order dinner for your family and with just one click, send a donation to help a child in need. Special thanks to the Knights for reaching out to assist children in Bolivia, Colombia, Kenya and Uganda!

“Faith in Ferguson” Prayer Vigil to be held Tuesday

February 16, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

What: "Faith in Ferguson" prayer vigil for peace, justice, and charity
Where: Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church (1115 S. Florissant Road, Ferguson, MO 63121)
When: Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 4:30 p.m.

ST. LOUIS – A prayer vigil will be held Tuesday, February 17, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Ferguson beginning at 4:30 p.m. The vigil will include prayer and song, plus a reflection given by Rev. Arthur Cavitt, Executive Director of the St. Charles Lwanga Center, a Catholic ministry for African-American youth. Rev. Cavitt is also the pastor of St. Nicholas Catholic Church in downtown St. Louis.

In a statement released after the announcement of the grand jury decision in the case of the shooting death of Michael Brown, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson implored: “Pray unceasingly for peace. Pray for our leaders and pray for your neighbors. If you feel called to act, do so only after prayer.”

Tuesday’s vigil will be the fifth “Faith in Ferguson” prayer event hosted in the Ferguson area by the Archdiocese of St. Louis. The event is open to the public. Members of the media are invited to attend and participate in the prayer vigil.

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Inherit the Wind

FR. WILLIAM SCHEID PLAYERS – 36th Season

The Catholic Youth Apostolate is pleased to announce that the Fr. William Scheid Players will open their 36th season with Inherit the Wind. This standard of American drama presents a fictionalized account of the Scopes Monkey Trial. When a high school biology teacher is put on trial for teaching evolution, the two greatest legal minds of the day come to clash in small-town USA in the buckle of the Bible belt.

The play features three priests, Fr. Terry Borgerding, Msgr. Norbert Ernst, and Fr. Bill Wigand, plus many talented adult lay people from the Archdiocese of St. Louis. This year marks the group’s 36th anniversary of presenting Broadway plays, reviews, and musicals featuring Archdiocesan clergy and laity to raise funds for the youth programs of the Catholic Youth Apostolate.

Performance dates are:

Friday, March 20 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, March 21 at 7:30pm
Sunday, March 22 at 2:00 pm

All performances will be at Incarnate Word Academy, 2788 Normandy Drive, St. Louis, Missouri.

All advanced tickets are $12 for reserved seating. Tickets are available at the door for $14. As noted above, the location of the show has moved to Incarnate Word Academy. This new venue will provide ample seating for our spring show. To order tickets, please mail your check along with the ticket order form. For additional ticket information, please contact Ann Madden at 314-846-1060 or email annmaddenstl1@gmail.com.

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 service. Download the Ad Book Order Form with further information. The deadline for placing an ad is March 9th. For more information about placing an ad, please contact Debby Mooney at 314-853-7651 or email debbymo@aol.com.

Thank you for your continued support of the Catholic Youth Apostolate!

Healthy, Happy, Holy

We are excited to present the debut issue of our newsletter, Healthy, Happy, Holy, -  the newsletter for the Office of Natural Family Planning! 

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