Day of Prayer and Reflection - Dec. 13, 2014

“Waking up the World!  Pope Francis and the Joy-filled Missionary Transformation of Religious Life”

December 13, 2014, 8:00 am – 2:30 pm
Fr. Roger Landry
Cardinal Rigali Center: Saint John Paul II Auditorium
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Cost: $10.00 for the day

Fr. Roger Landry is a priest of the Diocese of Fall River where he is the pastor of St. Bernadette Parish in the see city. After graduating with a biology degree from Harvard College, he prepared for the priesthood at the North American College in Rome, where he did his advanced theological work in moral theology and bioethics at the John Paul II Institute. He writes a weekly column for the Anchor, the weekly newspaper of the Diocese of Fall River that he ran for seven years, and provides regular columns for the National Catholic Register and other Catholic publications. During the conclave that elected Pope Francis, he provided expert on-site commentary for EWTN's coverage with Raymond Arroyo. He preaches several retreats a year for women's religious communities, Diocesan presbyterates and deacon programs, and seminaries. His articles and daily homilies are archived at

Schedule for the Day:

8:00 - 8:30 a Registration and Continental breakfast

8:30 - 9:30 am Conference #1 “Pope Francis and Religious in the Missionary Reform of the Church”

9:30 – 9:45 am Break

10:00 - 11:00 am Conference #2 “Pope Francis and Religious Living and Preaching the Gospel with Joy”

11:00 – 11:30 am Quiet Prayer and Reflection

11:30 am Mass St. Vincent de Paul Chapel

12:30 - 1:30 pm Lunch

1:30 - 2:30 pm Conference #3 “Pope Francis and Mercy”

2:30 pm Close of day

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Catholics in Archdiocese of St. Louis Generously Respond to 2014 Annual Catholic Appeal

September 12, 2014
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Outpouring of Support Follows the Call to “Build My Church” 

ST. LOUIS – Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, announced the results of the 2014 Annual Catholic Appeal on Friday. The results reflect unwavering support among the Catholic community for the archdiocese and its ministries. Nearly $14.2 million was raised from more than 54,000 Catholic households through pledges, gifts and distributions from the Perpetual Light Society Endowment. Another $450,000 is expected from estate gifts and corporate matching gifts—bringing the total impact up to more than $14.6 million for this year.

“God told St. Francis to ‘Build my Church’ and he responded graciously. Following that example, thousands of generous Catholics responded to the 2014 Annual Catholic Appeal,” Archbishop Carlson said.  “I want to thank the generous people in the Archdiocese of St. Louis who have once again demonstrated their steadfast commitment and support for education, vocations, evangelization and other vital ministries. I am especially grateful to all of the pastors and volunteers who made this year’s success possible. Thousands of people will benefit from this renewed outpouring of generosity. Most importantly, it paves the way for others to come to know the love of Our Lord, Jesus Christ.”

“These outstanding results are a reflection of the faithful’s generosity and selflessness in supporting the mission of the Church,” Jim Crowley, 2014 Annual Catholic Appeal Chair, said. “I am grateful for their work. The tradition of generosity continues.”

Each spring, the ACA asks Catholics in nearly 200 parishes across the archdiocese to make pledges to support programs for people of all faith traditions. These programs assist the homeless and hungry, help families seeking an education for their children, fund scholarships for students in Catholic schools, and support teachers’ salaries. Resources for pro-life programs, assistance for women and their babies, and family counseling are also made available through the Appeal.

“I am amazed by the work that our volunteers do. Thousands of people turn out to help the Appeal year after year. I can’t tell you what an honor it is to know them and work with them,” Brian Niebrugge, Executive Director of Stewardship and the Annual Catholic Appeal, said.


Watch the Mission Office on Show Me St. Louis – Friday 9/12, 10-11 a.m.!

Be sure to check out Show Me St. Louis on KSDK Newschannel 5 this Friday, September 12th from 10-11 am! The Mission Office will be appearing on the "Window on St. Louis" to highlight our mission program, Pan y Amor, and our upcoming Pan y Amor Archdiocesan Family Day! (Held Sunday, September 14th from 2:30-4:30 pm at the Cardinal Rigali Center.) Call us at 314-792-7655 for more information or to register for the event! 

Dedication ceremony with school children to receive commemorative print of St. Louis, Cathedral Basilica

Archbishop Carlson's homily begins at 23:30


Statement from Archdiocese of St. Louis Regarding HB 1307 and HB 1132

September 10, 2014
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Karen Nolkemper, Executive Director of the Respect Life Apostolate of the Archdiocese of St. Louis released the following statement in response to the Missouri Legislature’s votes on HB 1307 and HB 1132:

"We are pleased with the Missouri Legislature’s decision today to override the governor’s veto on HB 1307 and HB 1132. The votes on these two bills are a public affirmation that all life matters, even that of the most vulnerable among us.

"We believe women should have sufficient time to reflect and consider alternatives to an abortion because abortion ends the life of a new and unique human being. Many women are pressured into having an abortion by friends and family, but the 72 hour reflection period will protect women as they make a difficult, permanent, and life-changing decision. The additional time to reflect upon the serious nature of abortion will hopefully provide them the opportunity to find the options they need to keep their babies. Those three days can help a woman avoid a lifetime of regret. Three days is never too much to ask if it will save a life.

"Additionally, we are appreciative that the legislature has decided to offer additional support for pregnancy resource centers, maternity homes, and food pantries. These organizations serve the poor and needy among us by offering material, financial, and educational resources and long-term assistance. These modest benevolent tax credits, representing a mere .075% of the Missouri state budget, will benefit women facing crisis pregnancies and those who face food insecurity. We are happy that these tax incentives will give private donors greater ability to be generous in the donations they make to these important programs and organizations that serve Missouri women and children in need."


Ronald Henderson Named To The Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation Board

The board of the Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation has elected Ronald Henderson, former City of St. Louis Chief of Police, to serve as a member of the Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation Board.  

"I am deeply committed to the future of the city of St. Louis and firmly believe that education is the cornerstone of any great community,” said Henderson. “The Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation is doing a marvelous job helping underserved families in St. Louis by making a quality elementary education available to them.  I’m honored to join the board.”

Chief Henderson spent his entire career in law enforcement, retiring as Chief of Police for the City of St. Louis in 2001. Upon retirement he was appointed U.S. Marshall in 2002.  Ron serves as President of the St. Elizabeth Mother of John the Baptist Parish Men’s Club, currently serves a member of the Archdiocesan Finance Council, Archdiocesan Pastoral Council, and is past President of Catholic Charities. 

"We are all called to be instruments of peace!"

By Sue Brown, Director of Marketing and Community Relations

St. Joseph Catholic School in Manchester began the school year with excitement and the promise of new adventures, meeting old and new friends and learning new things.

And yet, they are saddened that the Ferguson, MO community is suffering through a very difficult time.

In Archbishop Robert J. Carlson’s August 18 letter he said, “We are all called to be instruments of peace through our words and actions.”

Classes at St. Joseph are praying a decade of the rosary for peace throughout each day, praying the Prayer of St. Francis daily, and offering special intentions during their school Masses.

They join Archbishop Carlson, along with the St. Louis Archdiocese in praying to Mary and her son, Jesus, "for peace and justice in our community." —Amen!!

Holy Redeemer Catholic School in Webster Groves began the year with a celebration honoring our city’s namesake and patron.

Students, (left) faculty and staff brought in boxes of cake mix, frosting, party plates, napkins, and party favors to be donated to Webster Rock Hill Ministry.

In addition, 250 canned goods were donated.


Adoption - support this loving option

Adoption – support this loving option!

On October 4th, the 6th annual Trivia Night for the Archbishop Robert J. Carlson Adoption Fund will be hosted at St. James the Greater Catholic Church.  This fund is available to couples who are pursuing this loving option to offset some of the cost of adoption     Tables of 8 $160 or $20 per person      For more information, contact Melissa Barnason . To reserve a table, contact Susan Nowak at 636.253.6308 or

Register Now for OYM Training Day

Every year around September the Office of Youth Ministry has Training and ongoing Formation for all Youth Ministers, Adult Youth Leaders, Core Members, and Volunteers to better prepare them for the mission field of Youth Ministry.  See below for upcoming Training:

Event: Training Day

Date: Saturday, September 20, 2014

WhatThis will be a full day of training for all adults working in youth ministry.

WhereCardinal Rigali Center, 20 Archbishop May Drive, Shrewsbury, MO 63119

Time:  Check-in and breakfast are from 8:15 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Training will be 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

PriceRegister by Friday, Sept. 5th for $25.00 per person. After the 5th for $35.00 per person. Priests are free. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Register On-Line Here .

For more information contact Tom Lancia at 314-792-7618 or

Two New Leaders Named in Local Catholic Education

August 28, 2014
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ST. LOUIS – Two institutions supporting urban St. Louis Catholic education have recently filled leadership positions. Cardinal Ritter College Prep High School named former Edward Jones executive Tamiko Armstead as President, and the Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation Board elected Steven Brown, Principal and Chief Executive Officer of Balke Brown Transwestern to join the Board of Directors.

Mrs. Armstead joins Cardinal Ritter Prep after 19 years with Edward Jones in various leadership and strategy roles.  Armstead has an Executive MBA from Washington University and a BA from Wilberforce University.  As President, Armstead will work to increase student enrollment, enhance Cardinal Ritter Prep’s academic, athletic and leadership programs, lead fundraising efforts and manage civic and corporate outreach. Mr. Leon Henderson who has served as President since 2002 will remain on the leadership team as President Emeritus, together with Principal Michael Blackshear to assist Armstead in her transition. You can find the official press release from Cardinal Ritter Prep on their website,

New Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation Board Member Steven Brown is a native St. Louisan, and has been with Balke Brown Transwestern for thirty years where he has sponsored more than $500 million of commercial real estate investment in the region. The Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation was founded in 1990 as a 501 (c) (3) organization by a concerned group of local corporate and civic leaders to provide needs based tuition assistance scholarships to economically disadvantaged children throughout the Archdiocese of St. Louis. A full statement welcoming Mr. Brown and more information about the Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation can be found at


Action Alert: Save Two Missouri Pro-Life Bills

The Missouri General Assembly reconvenes on Sept. 10 for the 2014 veto session. This means there is less than three weeks left to contact your representatives about two very important pro-life bills.

The first, HB 1307, would extend the reflection period after consultation to 72 hours before a woman has an abortion. Abortion is a life-changing procedure – for both the baby and the mother. Women need time to review all the medical information and alternatives available. This bill provides that. 

The second, HB 1132, would provide a tax credit increase for pregnancy resource centers and maternity homes. The assistance these organizations help women to choose life for their unborn children by providing the necessary tangible support which she might not be able to receive otherwise. 

Both of these bills were passed, but were vetoed by Governor Nixon. In the veto session on Sept. 10, the General Assembly can override both of the vetoes of Gov. Nixon. Contact your representative today to explain why these laws are the right choice for Missourians and urge their support. 

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