Reason #5 to Support the CCHD


Why support the CCHD collection this November?

Because CCHD is a responsible way to help the poor in our communities.We may not know how to respond to the person on the street holding a sign asking for money, but we do know that a contribution to your archdiocesan CCHD collection will go to vetted, responsible organizations working with the poor to lift themselves out of poverty. So they don't have to hold a sign asking for help.

Archbishop Carlson to Preside at Healing Prayer Service for Victims of Abuse

November 19, 2014
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

What: Healing Prayer Service for Victims of Abuse
When: Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Where: St. Raphael the Archangel Catholic Church (6000 Jamieson Ave, St. Louis, MO 63109) 

ST. LOUIS – Archbishop Robert J. Carlson will preside at a healing prayer service for victims of abuse on Wednesday, November 19, at St. Raphael the Archangel Catholic Church (6000 Jamieson Ave, St. Louis, MO 63109). The service begins at 7 p.m.

All who are victims/survivors of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse by anyone –clergy, family, friends, co-workers or strangers– are invited to attend the healing prayer service. In addition, family members and friends of survivors are encouraged to participate, as well as those who are involved in helping abused people, who work to prevent abuse, and who want to pray for healing and reconciliation, and the prevention of abuse.

The archdiocesan Office of Child and Youth Protection in collaboration with the Safe Environment Program and the Office of Sacred Worship are organizing and sponsoring the healing prayer service. This will be the fourth healing prayer service held in the Archdiocese of St. Louis in the last couple years. The first was held in December 2012 at St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church in Richmond Heights, the second was held in January 2013 at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church in Oakville, and a third was held at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in March of this year.

The Archdiocese of St. Louis encourages all persons 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.


Statement from Archbishop Carlson Regarding Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

November 24, 2014
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS - Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, released the following statement in response to the Ferguson grand jury decision to not indict police officer Darren Wilson.

For several months our community has nervously waited as a grand jury has deliberated the evidence in the shooting death of Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson. I and other religious and civic leaders have repeatedly called for prayer, peace, and calm. Since the grand jury received the case in August, we have seen offensive and violent outbursts by protesters, and acts of civil disobedience. Despite our calls for peace, which Michael Brown's family have echoed, we continue to see that segments of our community have not fully renounced the tendency to lash out with antagonistic behavior and violence.

I implore each of you: Choose peace! Reject any false and empty hope that violence will solve problems. Violence only creates more violence. Let’s work for a better, stronger, more holy community— one founded upon respect for each other, respect for life, and our shared responsibility for the common good.

In 1979, Saint John Paul II visited the war-torn and weary nation of Ireland to decry years of violence.  “Violence is evil…” the pope said. “Violence is unacceptable as a solution to problems.” How true this saint’s words are. He didn’t merely condemn violence; he also aptly described the depravity of violent behavior by saying:

“Violence is unworthy of man. Violence is a lie, for it goes against the truth of our faith, the truth of our humanity. Violence destroys what it claims to defend: the dignity, the life, the freedom of human beings. Violence is a crime against humanity, for it destroys the very fabric of society.”

Drawing inspiration from St. John Paul II, one of the 20th century’s preeminent figures of hope and peace, I issue the following challenges to members of our community:

  • Commit to learning how to truly love each other. If we do this, then we will learn to love our neighbor. Show children the path of forgiveness and we will see walls of division crumble. Your homes are the foundation of our community. If your homes are full of forgiveness, they will be temples of peace. Our communities, cities, state, and nation will enjoy a lasting, fulfilling peace only if it begins in the home.I again echo the words of St. John Paul II: “make your streets and neighborhoods centers of peace and reconciliation. It would be a crime against youth and their future to let even one child grow up with nothing but the experience of violence and hate.”  
  • Youth, remember that you are not only creating the world of tomorrow, but you are a vital part of the world today. St. Paul writes in his letter to the Galatians: “For whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.” So, ask yourself: Are you sowing seeds of division, resentment, and discontent? These will only lead to anger and hatred. Choose instead to sow seeds of reconciliation, dignity, honor, and respect. Begin creating the world you want to see. Do not listen to those who instigate aggression. Reject violence. Embrace peace.
  • Please pray. Pray unceasingly for peace. Pray for our leaders and pray for your neighbors. If you feel called to act, do so only after prayer. Blessed Mother Teresa knew the proper formula. She spent a holy hour in prayer every day; it was only after prayer that she would serve. So, too, must it be for us.
  • Finally, I issue this challenge to all religious, political, social and law enforcement leaders: Join me in asking the Lord to make us instruments of peace. We, as leaders, need wisdom, compassion, and courage in order to combat the brokenness and division that confronts us. We must be leaders who help heal, not inflict hurt. We must be leaders who can come together to address issues like family breakdown, racial profiling, quality education, abuses of authority, lack of gainful employment, fear of one another, mistrust of authority, and many other needs. We must ask the tough questions and find lasting solutions.

To that end, I reiterate my commitments which I made at our Mass for Peace and Justice at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis on August 20:

  1. My pledge of support, and that of the Archdiocese, to assist the churches in Ferguson and the surrounding area to deal with issues of poverty and racism they have in their hearts.
  2. The establishment of the commission on human rights in the Archdiocese of St. Louis.
  3. That the St. Charles Lwanga Center study and offer concrete solutions to decrease violence in our communities.
  4. An ongoing commitment to provide scholarships, so that young people can get a quality education in our Catholic schools.
  5. That each priest in the Archdiocese of St. Louis to offer a Mass for Peace and Justice.

These are small, initial steps. Long-term solutions will ultimately come about when we are quick to apologize for our faults, and quick to forgive the faults of others.

With the grand jury decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson, I know that many feel hurt, betrayed, forgotten, and powerless. I know anger, disappointment, and resentment, and fear abound in our community at this moment.  But we must accept this decision as the proper functioning of our justice system. In our collective desire for justice, we can be blinded by the poisonous desire for vengeance, which can be contagious and bring a desire for violence. We all want justice, so we should respect the integrity of our system of justice as something that aims for the common good.

This grand jury decision is not an excuse for more violence. Now is the time to channel emotions in a way that helps build up our community, to become more active in your church or religious community, to volunteer at a food pantry or community service organization, to take part in political activity, to mentor a young person. Whatever you do, do not lash out with violence at your brothers and sisters. Do not seek to destroy or divide. Instead, we must come together as a community through prayer, mutual understanding, and forgiveness if we are to obtain peace. Rather than fuel the fires of hatred and division, we should strive for peace in our own hearts and share it with those around us. Violence does not lead to peace; they are opposing forces and cannot coexist.

I urge everyone to join me in praying for the Brown family as they continue to grieve the loss of Michael, as well as for police officer Darren Wilson and his family. Both families need prayers now more than ever.

With profound hope in the power of the Holy Spirit, and through the intercession of Our Lady, Undoer of Knots, I ask all the faithful in the Archdiocese of St. Louis as well as all people of faith to join me in praying for peace and justice in our community.


For a list of ways to help Catholic Charities provide assistance to the Ferguson area, please visit

To view a video of Archbishop Carlson's homily from the Mass for Peace and Justice on Wednesday, August 20th, click here.

To view a video of Archbishop Carlson delivering his remarks during a prayer service at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta the night of the grand jury decision announcement, click here.

For comprehensive and on-going coverage of the situation in Ferguson from the St. Louis Review, visit

Reason #6 to Support the CCHD

Why support the CCHD collection this November?

Because children suffer the most from the effects of poverty.

Reason #7 to Support the CCHD

Why support the CCHD collection this November? 

Because CCHD funds organizations that empower our communities. 

Reason #8 to Support the CCHD

Why support the CCHD Collection this November?

Because Jesus tells us to bring the poor in.

 Luke 14:12-14 He said also to the one who had invited him, "When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, in case they may invite you in return, and you would be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous."

Reason #9 to Support the CCHD

Why support the CCHD collection this November?

Because CCHD is the well-established anti-poverty program backed by the U.S. bishops. Since 1969, CCHD has been the Catholic bishops response to poverty in the United States. CCHD funds local groups led by low-income individuals because we believe that the people most equipped to solve a problem are those directly affected by it.

Reason #10 to Support the CCHD

Why Support the CCHD collection this November?


Because Pope Francis is calling for greater solidarity and support for the poor. The Holy Father says: "A faith which is lived out in a serious manner gives rise to acts of authentic charity." "Never tire of working for a more just world, marked by greater solidarity!"

Keep watching out for more reasons to support the #powerofCCHD. 


CYC Soccer Kicks Off Annual Archdiocesan Playoffs

Girls' Soccer Playoffs 2014

Girls’ Soccer

The annual Archdiocesan Playoffs are in full force as teams from all five districts compete for the championship. Playoffs for Girls’ Soccer began on Tuesday, November 11th and continue through Saturday, November 15th. The South-Central District is hosting this year’s event.

All five districts have sent a combined total of eight teams per age group to compete in the playoffs. For a complete list of brackets, schedules, and results, please visit

Boys’ Soccer

Archdiocesan Playoffs for Boys’ Soccer will take place this year between Wednesday, November 19th and Sunday, November 23rd. The St. Charles District is hosting this year’s event. Come cheer on your favorite players as they compete, and don’t forget to bring your winter coat!

Inclement Weather

In case of inclement weather, please contact your team coach. Updates will also be posted at

This Christmas, help adoptive families with the gift that keeps on giving

Looking for a great Christmas gift for that hard-to-buy-for person?

A ticket for the Archbishop Robert J. Carlson Adoption Fund's 2015 Cardinal Suite Raffle will offer a chance to win 10 tickets plus $200 of food and drink in the Mercy Hospital's Baseball Suite for a mutually agreed upon 2015 home game, AND supports loving people seeking to grow their family through adoption!

Raffle tickets make great stocking stuffers and Christmas card inserts. They look festive when adorning a beautiful wrapped package or a tin of homemade Christmas cookies. They allow both the giver and the recipient to feel good about helping others during the Christmas season, all while secretly hoping to win that coveted suite to see the best team in baseball surrounded by family and friends in a new and luxurious Busch Stadium private suite.

Tickets can now be purchased ONLINE, adding to your ease and enjoyment! Visit our link early and often to purchase your tickets.

Purchase Tickets Here!
Please contact the Archdiocesan Office of Natural Family Planning at 314.997.7576 or email with any questions, comments or requests for bulk tickets to sell at your office, school or parish.

Thank you for your support of the loving choice of adoption in the Archdiocese of St. Louis!

The ACAF 2015 Cardinal Suite Raffle is made possible by the generous support of Mercy.

"Peace and Justice Weekend" Planned in Ferguson

November 13, 2014
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

Catholic Parishes to offer Masses for Peace & Justice, and time for fellowship

What: Peace and Justice Weekend
Where: Blessed Teresa of Calcutta and Our Lady of Guadalupe parishes
When: November 15-16

ST. LOUIS – Blessed Teresa of Calcutta and Our Lady of Guadalupe parishes in Ferguson, Missouri, are changing their respective Mass schedules to be exclusively for "peace and justice" the weekend of November 15-16.

Nearly all other Catholic parishes will celebrate this Sunday as the Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time according to the liturgical calendar of the Roman Catholic Church. However, pastors have the option of offering Masses for various needs and occasions. Both Blessed Teresa of Calcutta and Our Lady of Guadalupe have chosen to offer all weekend Masses for the intention of "peace and justice." An opportunity to unite in fellowship will follow each Mass.

The Mass times are as follows:

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta (120 N. Elizabeth Ave, Ferguson, MO 63135)
Saturday, November 15 – 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 16 – 7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., and 11:00 a.m.

Our Lady of Guadalupe (1115 S. Florissant Rd, St. Louis, MO 63121)
Saturday, November 15 – 5:00 p.m. (English)
Sunday, November 16 – 7:45 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. (English); 9:00 a.m., and 12:00 p.m. (Spanish)


Protagonism and the Power of CCHD

Maria Fitzsimmons, lead organizer of Organizing Catholics for Justice in the Archdiocese of Chicago's Office of Peace and Justice, shows her support for CCHD.A few weeks ago, Pope Francis said, in his address at the Vatican-sponsored World Meeting of Popular Movements, "the poor no longer wait, they seek to be protagonists, they organize, study, work, demand and, above all, practice that special solidarity that exists among those who suffer, among the poor." This observation is a rather powerful one, but what does it mean, exactly? 

For a lot of us, including me, the word protagonist conjures up 9th grade English class: a protagonist is the main character in a novel, right? While this is correct, when we move beyond its first definition, protagonist also means, "an advocate or champion of a particular cause or idea" (New Oxford American Dictionary). Many Catholics live out their Gospel calling to "bring glad tidings to the poor" (Luke 4:18) by advocating on behalf of the marginalized and vulnerable through organizations such as Catholic Charities, St. Vincent De Paul's Voice of the Poor, and the Missouri Catholic Conference. These efforts are a crucial component for building God's kindom here on Earth and creating a just and peaceful society. But what happens when the poor begin advocating for themselves? 

This idea--the poor becoming protagonists in the struggle to end social inequality--is what lies at the heart of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development and distinguishes it from nearly every other domestic anti-poverty program in the U.S. The requirement for CCHD-funded organizations to include low-income leadership in their boards or governing committees stems from our Church's teaching on subsidiarity, which means that those who are closest to, or most affected by, the problem at hand should have the dominant voice in creating a solution. What does subsidiarity look like in the CCHD-funded organizations in St. Louis? 

  • Youth in The Ville giving direction to a designer on the logo for their brand of honey
  • Women in Forest Park Southeast studying overseas development and bringing micro-financing to their community
  • DREAMers organizing meetings with elected officials to tell them why Comprehensive Immigration Reform is important for themselves and their families

And the examples of empowerment, leadership, and self-reliance go on and on, beyond St. Louis to every corner of our nation. The poor are working to address racial injustice, demanding that elected officials create policies that strengthen families and recognize the dignity of the human person, and building the Kingdom of God! This is the power of the Catholic Church. This is the power of CCHD! 

On November 22 and 23, Catholics have the opportunity to stand in solidarity with the poor and marginalized who are empowering themselves to become leaders for Christ's love by donating to the Catholic Campaign in Human Development. Support the #PowerofCCHD! 

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