Archdiocese of St. Louis Responds to Supreme Court Decision on Texas Law

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

ST. LOUIS – Today the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a common sense Texas law that sought to protect women by requiring abortion facilities to meet the same health and safety standards as other ambulatory surgical centers.

In response, Karen Nolkemper, Executive Director of the Respect Life Apostolate of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, said:

“No abortion clinic will ever be safe for unborn children, but these common sense safety requirements struck down by the Supreme Court would have at least protected women from undue harm at the hands of abortion providers. We will continue to speak for those who have no voice and to seek legal protections for innocent lives.”

The Missouri Catholic Conference (MCC), the public policy agency for Missouri’s Catholic bishops, issued a statement saying, “The MCC will continue its efforts to ensure that women in crisis pregnancies have access to agencies that offer alternatives to abortion.”

Mike Hoey, Executive Director of the MCC, added:

“The decision is profoundly disappointing, but it will not stop the decades-long effort of pro-life citizens to protect women and their unborn babies from the abortion industry.”

The full Missouri Catholic Conference statement can be found at mocatholic.org.

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Fr. Scheid Players Present "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat"

The Catholic Youth Apostolate is pleased to announce that the Fr. William Scheid Players will continue their 37th season with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. This early musical collaboration of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber brings the biblical story of Joseph from the book of Genesis to life. Employing a variety of musical styles, the story unfolds with the help of four narrators who guide the audience through Joseph’s struggle and triumph. Entirely set to music, the show moves briskly through the various episodes of Joseph’s tale. Songs, dances, and music relate the story of Joseph and his colorful coat.

This year’s cast of 90 will feature several priests of the Archdiocese, including Fr. Terry Borgerding of St. Ignatius of Loyola Parish in Marthasville, Fr. John Brennell of Seven Holy Founders Parish in Affton, Monsignor Norb Ernst of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Parish, and Fr. Bill Wigand of Regina Cleri, along with dozens of talented grade school, teenage, and adult performers from 25 different parishes in the Archdiocese.

This year marks the group’s 37th 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, July 22 at 7:30 pm
                                           Saturday, July 23 at 7:30 pm
                                           Sunday, July 24 at 2:00 pm

All performances will be at Chaminade College Preparatory School, in the Skip Viragh Center for the Arts, 425 S. Lindbergh, St. Louis, Missouri 63131.

All advanced tickets are $12 for reserved seating.  Tickets are available at the door for $15. The Skip Viragh Center for the Arts provides ample seating and is handicapped accessible. To order tickets, please mail your check along with this 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 ministry. Download an Ad Book Order Form with further information. The deadline for placing an ad is July 13.  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!

Archdiocese of St. Louis Hosts Counter Bullying Workshop

June 13, 2016
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For more information contact: 
Sue Brown
Director of Marketing & Community Relations, Catholic Education Office
Phone: 314.792.7304

Catholic Approach to Discipline Inspires Schools Nationwide

What: 2016 Virtue-Based Restorative Discipline (VBRD) Summer Institute
Where: Cardinal Rigali Center, 20 Archbishop May Dr., 63119
When: June 14-17, 2016, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

ST. LOUIS – The Catholic Education Office will host the 2016 Virtue-Based Restorative Discipline (VBRD) Summer Institute from Tuesday – Friday, June 14-17, 2016, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at the Cardinal Rigali Center (20 Archbishop May Dr., 63119).

Over 200 educators from 50 Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of St. Louis and seven other states will attend this comprehensive training in VBRD, a Catholic response to bullying. School teams will be trained to prevent and reduce antisocial behaviors through virtue education and restorative practices, resulting in a consistent message that upholds the dignity of the human person.

“This is our fourth year for this unique training,” said Mrs. Lynne Lang, Director of School Climate at the Catholic Education Office. “Our returning schools are a testimony to the success of this work and reflective of the archdiocesan beONE initiative goals.”

Parents and school personnel will learn to maintain a positive environment in which adults and students are accountable and responsible for holy habits of human excellence, and discipline is viewed as formative, rather than punitive. Sessions will include: Foundations of VBRD, Restorative Practices, Guiding Principles, Engaging Parents, and Successful Class Meetings. Each day, students will showcase restorative leadership among their peers.

An intercultural prayer service, will be held on Wednesday, June 15, at 8:30 a.m., in the St. Vincent de Paul Chapel, led by Gregory Heille, O.P., Academic Dean and Vice President of Aquinas Institute of Theology.

On Thursday, June 16, at 8:30 a.m., Keynote Speaker, Lee Rush, M.Ed., from International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) will present a talk entitled “Change the Conversation, Change the Culture” and 40 administrators will be trained in a program called “Authority with Grace: Restorative Leadership.”

The closing ceremony will recognize schools that have implemented VBRD with fidelity in the 2015-16 school year.

For more information, contact Lynne Lang: lynnelang@archstl.org, or 314.280.3723.

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Archbishop Robert Carlson Offers Prayers for Orlando

June 13, 2016
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Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

Archbishop Robert Carlson released the following statement in response to the senseless violence in Orlando this past weekend:

“We pray for the victims of this evil act and the repose of their souls. We pray for their loved ones, that they may be comforted in their time of grief. We must also pray and work for a more peaceful world that respects the dignity of the human person.”

Family Mass and Dinner - How Lovely is Your Dwelling Place

Enjoy an evening of faith, fellowship and fun on Saturday, July 23rd, 2016 in celebration of the 48th anniversary of the release of Humanae Vitae. Join friends from around the St. Louis area for 5 p.m. Mass at the New Cathedral with Archbishop Carlson followed by dinner catered by Pasta House and family entertainment in Boland Hall.  Cost for dinner is $12 per adult, $6 per child age 3-11 or a maximum of $50 per family.  RSVP by July 15th at 314.997.7576 or stlnfp@archstl.org

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
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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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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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