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 tomlancia@archstl.org.

Two New Leaders Named in Local Catholic Education

August 28, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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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, cardinalritterprep.org.

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 archstl.org/ttef.

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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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Archdiocese of St. Louis Statement on ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

August 22, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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ST. LOUIS – The Respect Life Apostolate of the Archdiocese of St. Louis has released a statement about the well-known “Ice Bucket Challenge,” which has gained enormous popularity as it has swept across the country in recent weeks. While raising awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, the challenge has also raised funds to support research by the ALS Association.

The statement reads, in part:

“There is nothing immoral about raising awareness for diseases and ethical research towards curing diseases; there is no reason Catholics can't participate. The key, however, is to ensure that donations from participation are being utilized to support morally licit research.”

The statement also explains that the moral problem lies with the ALS Association’s support for embryonic stem cell research:

“Embryonic stem cell research is always morally objectionable because a human person must be destroyed to harvest his or her stem cells.  As the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith stated: ‘The use of embryonic stem cells or differentiated cells derived from them - even when these are provided by other researchers through destruction of embryos or when such cells are commercially available - presents serious problems from the standpoint of cooperation in evil and scandal.’’’

As an alternative, the Archdiocese of St. Louis joins many other Catholic organizations around the country in encouraging donations to the John Paul II Medical Research Institute in Iowa City. The Institute is committed to engaging in ethical, pro-life research without the use of embryonic stem cells.

Donations can be made online at www.jp2mri.org.

The statement from the Respect Life Apostolate goes on to say:

“Certainly, individuals suffering with ALS as well as their family and friends deserve our support and prayers for healing. We encourage all to continue supporting everyone who is suffering or in spiritual, physical, or financial need. The Church supports all morally licit efforts towards a better understanding of and treatment for ALS.”

To read the entire statement, click here.

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Descendant of King Louis IX to Join Weekend of STL250 Events with a Catholic Flair

August 21, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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Archdiocese of St. Louis hosting special "CatholicSTL250" Masses for Feast of Saint Louis

ST. LOUIS – As part of the year-long, city-wide STL250 celebrations, the Archdiocese of St. Louis is adding a Catholic flair by celebrating four special Masses this weekend. The Masses on Saturday, August 23, Sunday, August 24, and Monday, August 25 coincide with the Feast of Saint Louis IX, King of France on Monday, August 25. The weekend celebrations are part of what is affectionately being referred to as "CatholicSTL250."

The main celebration of the weekend will take place on Sunday, August 24 at 5 p.m. at the Cathedral Basilica (4431 Lindell). Special guests at the Mass will include: His Eminence, Justin Cardinal Rigali as papal legate; The Most Reverend Carlo Maria Vigano, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States; The Most Reverend Thierry Jordan, Archbishop of Reims, France; and Prince Louis Alphonse de Bourbon, Duke of Anjou, a direct descendant of Saint Louis IX, King of France.

The Mass times, locations, and other information are as follows:

Mass & Community Service Fair:
Saturday, August 23 – 5:00pm
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (4431 Lindell)
The Most Reverend Edward M. Rice, Auxiliary Bishop of St. Louis, celebrant. Followed by an ice cream social, community service fair and canned food drive.

Mass for Religious Orders:
Sunday, August 24 – 2:00pm
Basilica of Saint Louis, King ("Old Cathedral"; 209 Walnut St.)
The Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, celebrant; the Most Reverend Edward M. Rice, Auxiliary Bishop of St. Louis, to preach the homily.

Mass to Celebrate Saint Louis, King of France, patron of our city, archdiocese and cathedral:
Sunday, August 24 - 5:00pm
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (4431 Lindell)
Former Archbishop of St. Louis, His Eminence, Justin Cardinal Rigali, acting as papal legate, and celebrant. Concelebrants include: The Most Reverend Carlo Maria Vigano, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States; The Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis; and The Most Reverend Thierry Jordan, Archbishop of Reims, France; with special guest, Prince Louis Alphonse de Bourbon, Duke of Anjou.

Mass to Celebrate Feast of Saint Louis, King of France, en français:
Monday, August 25 - 6:00pm
St. Vincent de Paul Church (1408 S 10th St, 63104)
The Most Reverend Thierry Jordan, Archbishop of Reims, France, celebrant. Hosted by St. Louis/Lyon Sister Cities & the French Society.

Information about King Louis IX, the founding of the City of St. Louis, and more can be found at archstl.org/catholicstl250. A link to a livestream of all the Masses will be available on that page as well.

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ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and Embryonic Stem Cells

Doing the Challenge

News anchors, movie celebrities, professional sports teams, teachers, kids.  We've probably all seen by now the viral videos of individuals taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.   Concerns about the research supported by the ALS Association have left some Catholics concerned. Here is a quick overview.

What is the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge?
The challenge involves recording yourself accepting the challenge, dumping a bucket of ice water on your head, and challenging others by name to do it as well.  Typically, those who accept the challenge donate $10 to the ALS Association; those who decline donate $100.   According to the ALS Association, from July 29 to Aug 20, it has received $31.5 million in donations (compared to $1.9 million during the same time period last year). 

What's the Problem with Donating to ALS Association?
Certainly, individuals suffering with ALS as well as their family and friends deserve our support and prayers for healing. We encourage all to continue supporting everyone who is suffering or in spiritual, physical, or financial need. The Church supports all morally licit efforts towards a better understanding of and treatment for ALS.

There is concern, however, that the money being donated to the ALS Association may be used for embryonic stem cell research.  In a July 2, 2014 email from ALS Association to the American Life League, ALS stated that while it primarily funds studies utilizing adult stem cells, it is funding one study using embryonic stem cells and that it may fund embryonic stem cell research in the future. 

Embryonic stem cell research is always morally objectionable because a human person must be destroyed to harvest his or her stem cells.  As the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith stated: "The use of embryonic stem cells or differentiated cells derived from them - even when these are provided by other researchers through destruction of embryos or when such cells are commercially available - presents serious problems from the standpoint of cooperation in evil and scandal."  (Dignitas personae, no. 32).

Alternatives for Catholics
There is nothing immoral about raising awareness for diseases and ethical research towards curing diseases; there is no reason Catholics can't participate. The key, however, is to ensure that donations from participation are being utilized to support morally licit research.

As an alternative to the ALS Association, Catholics may wish to donate to the John Paul II Medical Research Institute. The Institute is a secular, non-profit organization and chooses to engage in medical research that honors and respects the dignity of every human life, from conception to natural death. More information on the John Paul II Institute is available here.

Donations can be by clicking here or checks can be sent to:

John Paul II Medical Research Institute
540 E. Jefferson St., Suite 202
Iowa City, IA 52245

Archdiocese of St. Louis to Join Ecumenical Prayer Vigil for Migrant Children

August 19, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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What: Prayer Vigil Addressing the Humanitarian Emergency of Unaccompanied Minor Children from Central America
Who: Archdiocese of St. Louis in conjunction with sponsoring organization Incarnate Word Foundation, Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, and St. Martha's Hall
When: Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 6:00 p.m.
Where: Tower Grove Park, Turkish Pavilion

ST. LOUIS – The Archdiocese of St. Louis will join an ecumenical prayer vigil addressing the humanitarian crisis of unaccompanied minor children from Central America on Tuesday, August 19. The vigil will be held at Tower Grove Park in the Turkish Pavilion beginning at 6 p.m.

"It is important for our community to realize the serious humanitarian crisis on our southern border," said Javier Orozco, Executive Director of Intercultural and Interreligious Affairs for the Archdiocese of St. Louis. "Many people wonder what they can do. This vigil will be a chance for people of all faiths and goodwill to join together in a public way and offer prayers in solidarity with the migrant children."

The vigil is being sponsored by the Incarnate Word Foundation, Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, and St. Martha's Hall. The vigil will be held specifically for unaccompanied minor children, their families, the border patrol, the smugglers, the volunteers, those who have yet to open their hearts to these refugees, and all governments involved.

Catholic Charities recently joined the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County, and several other local agencies in submitting a plan to the federal government to house up to 60 migrant children in existing facilities.

Questions about the vigil can be directed to St. Martha's Hall at 314.533.1313.

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Archbishop Carlson Issues Letter Regarding Ferguson

August 18, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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ST. LOUIS – Today, His Excellency, Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, issued the following letter to the faithful in the Archdiocese of St. Louis:

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

We are all aware of the turmoil and tragedy our St. Louis community is experiencing. The residents of Ferguson, Missouri, are struggling to find peace in the chaos. As people of Christ, we are struggling to find direction in the unrest.

I have personally visited Ferguson and Michael Brown's memorial to offer my prayers for everyone affected by this tragedy. As I have been observing this situation and reflecting on it through much prayer, I find strength in the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi: "Lord, make me an instrument of your peace." In all circumstances, but especially in these difficult times, we are all called to be instruments of peace through our words and actions. Pope Francis recently stated that, "All men and women of good will are bound by the task of pursuing peace."

To that end, I invite the Catholic faithful to attend a Mass for Peace and Justice which I will celebrate at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, on Wednesday, August 20th, at 5 p.m. During the Mass a special collection will be taken to assist food pantries and parishes in the Ferguson area that offer assistance to those who have been affected by the looting and destruction of property. Additionally, I encourage all parishes to offer Masses for peace in our community. The Office of Worship will contact pastors to provide the appropriate resources. Additional parish activities could include Holy Hours, a parish rosary, or a special collection this week to assist in the effort.

Because many Catholic schools are beginning classes both this and in the coming weeks, I have asked our Catholic schools to begin a daily rosary for peace and to offer special intentions during all school Masses. Catholic Family Services, an agency of Catholic Charities, has made counselors available to any Catholic school that requests assistance. Catholic Family Services has also publicized tips for parents and schools when dealing with crisis situations.

Pope Francis has encouraged us again and again to ask Our Lady, the Undoer of Knots, to intercede for us in difficult circumstances. So too, I ask all the faithful in the Archdiocese of St. Louis to join me in praying to Our Blessed Mother and to her son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, for peace and justice in our community.

Sincerely Yours in Christ,

Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson
Archbishop of St. Louis

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Click here to download a copy of the letter

If you would like to make a secure donation online to help Catholic Charities provide assistance to the Ferguson area, please click here.

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

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

LWANGA CENTER RESUMES BIBLE STUDY

The St. Charles Lwanga Center resumes its Bible Study this week on August 21, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.  Join us then and on successive Thursdays as we study and pray with the Book of Deuteronomy. There is no charge for the sessions but free will offerings to the Center are always welcomed.

 

Jewish, Christian and Muslim Religious Leaders Pray for Peace

We join our religious leaders in prayer and hope as we seek to find peaceful solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  May God inspire our world leaders and each one of us with wisdom and compassion to be agents of peace.

~ Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs


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Pan y Amor Archdiocesan Family Day

Sunday, September 14, 2014
2:30-4:30pm
Cardinal Rigali Center
20 Archbishop May Drive
St. Louis, MO 63119

The Mission Office invites you to discover the cultures of Bolivia, Colombia, Kenya and Uganda in a mission carnival setting. An afternoon of fun for the entire family! Activities will begin at 2:30 and will conclude with the showing of our new 30 minute Pan y Amor video introducing you to our very own Archdiocesan mission program (led by Msgr. Francis X. Blood) which helps needy children in Bolivia, Colombia, Kenya and Uganda. All in attendance will be treated to Ted Drewes custard and attendance prizes will be awarded.

Cost is $10.00 per family. Reservations are required. Call 314-792-7655 or email conniehenrion@archstl.org to make your reservation. 

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