CYC Baseball/Softball "Spirit of Saint Louis Games" Celebrate the Spirit of Our City's Patron Saint

The CYC Baseball/Softball Spirit of St. Louis Games were held at St. Margaret Mary Alacoque parish this past weekend. Buzz Swanston, Assistant Director of CYC Sports commented that “Although it was a hot Saturday in June, thanks to all the great work by the SMMA Athletic Association hosting the Spirit Games, the girls and boys enjoyed themselves and got to meet new friends.”

The Spirit Games are played at the end of each of the CYC's main sporting seasons. Parishes participating in the CYC program are invited to send at least one 8th grade boy and girl to be a part of the games. These players join with other players from their CYC District to take part in friendly competition with teams from other Districts.

The young people chosen to be part of the Spirit Games are living examples of the spirit and principles the CYC has endeavored to teach the youth of the Archdiocese for over 65 years.  They have shown the dedication to their faith, strength of character and leadership that marked the life of our city's patron saint. 

The CYC sponsors annual Spirit Games for baseball, softball, soccer, volleyball, and basketball.  Spirit Games participants receive a special certificate and a t-shirt and, most importantly, the knowledge that they are living their lives in the spirit of Saint Louis.


June 26, 2014
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS - The Archdiocese of St. Louis is disappointed in the decision by the City of St. Louis to grant civil marriage licenses to four same sex couples on Wednesday night. It is disheartening to see our wonderful city, named after the great Catholic civil leader St. King Louis IX, so eagerly cast aside the laws of our state and disregard the laws of nature. The fact is, the union of two men or the union of two women is not the same as the union of a woman and a man.

Loving a person does not mean accepting all their behaviors. The Church does not condemn individuals for having same-sex attraction. Persons who struggle with same-sex attraction must be loved with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. At the same time, the Catholic faith teaches that all people are called to responsibility regarding sexuality -- whether they are homosexual or heterosexual, priest or lay person. Part of that responsibility means understanding that sex is to be reserved for marriage, and that marriage between a man and a woman is the only kind of union from which children can come.

The Catholic faith teaches that we are defined by something far deeper than sexual orientation: we are defined by our identity as children of God. We agree with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI when he said, ‘Every human being is loved by God the Father. No one need feel forgotten, for every name is written in the Lord’s loving heart.’ We encourage Catholics and all people of faith to pray that our culture will grow in the love of God, and that our actions and laws will respect the laws of nature and its creator.


June 19, 2014
For more information contact: 
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, June 22. 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.



June 18, 2014
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS – Travel advice website TripAdvisor has given the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis a 2014 Travelers’ Choice Award as the 11th best landmark in the country. The Cathedral Basilica – also known as the “new” Cathedral – also currently holds the top ranking for landmarks in the City of St. Louis.

“As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Cathedral, we are humbled that the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis has been named the 11th best landmark in the country, and ranked #1 landmark in St. Louis,” Nicole Heerlein, Communications Specialist for the Cathedral, said. “We are grateful to all who have visited and provided such glowing reviews. We look forward to welcoming all future visitors in our next 100 years.”

Built from 1907-1914, with the final mosaic installed in 1988, the Cathedral is known to have one of the largest collections of mosaics in the Western Hemisphere. The TripAdvisor award places it among other famous landmarks in the national list including Gettysburg National Military Park, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the New York Public Library.

According to a press release from TripAdvisor, “Award winners were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews for landmark and park attractions worldwide, gathered over a 12-month period.”

Masses and tours are offered daily at the Cathedral. The gift shop and mosaic museum are open daily as well. Upcoming events to commemorate the Cathedral’s 100th anniversary will be announced at a later date. For more information about the Cathedral Basilica, visit



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

ST. LOUIS - His Excellency, Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, released the following letter regarding the recent deposition controversy:

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I wish to respond to certain misconceptions stemming from a deposition that I gave in a case regarding alleged sexual abuse by a priest in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis nearly thirty years ago. I wish to set the record straight.

I understand this situation has caused concern and frustration for many people, and for that I apologize. Abuse of any kind is a serious moral offense and a crime. As always, I encourage anyone who has suffered abuse to bring it to the attention of law enforcement first and foremost and additionally to the Archdiocese’s Office of Child and Youth Protection so that justice and assistance can be rendered.

Sexual abuse of children is deplorable and is never to be tolerated. Actions speak louder than words and my record on this issue speaks for itself. I am committed to the safety of children and have shown compassion for victims. I have promoted and enacted codes of ethical conduct, extensive safe environment programs and ongoing training for clergy to heighten their awareness of this issue.

In the deposition last month, I misunderstood a series of questions that were presented to me. I wish to clarify that situation now. I fully understand, and have understood for my entire adult life, as I stated in other sections of this same deposition, sexual abuse is a grave evil and a criminal offense.

I reiterate my commitment to protect children from sexual abuse. I support mandatory child abuse reporting laws, to which the Archdiocese strictly adheres.

I feel truly blessed to be your Archbishop, and I am grateful for your daily prayers and loving support. I renew my commitment to leading the Archdiocese of St. Louis in serving and protecting the entire community so that more people can come to know the love of Christ. Please pray with me that the blessings of the Holy Trinity be with all the people of St. Louis, especially those who may be suffering and in need.

Sincerely yours in Christ,


Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson  

Archbishop of St. Louis 

Mass for Consecrated Life scheduled for Sat., Oct. 11, 2014

SaveTheDateMen and women religious are invited to attend the 2014 Mass for Consecrated Life at 10:00 a.m. on Sat., Oct. 11, at St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Church in South County. The Mass will be celebrated by Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, and a luncheon reception will follow in the parish center.  Those celebrating a jubilee in 2014 will be honored at both the Mass and reception.  An invitation with complete details will be mailed to consecrated men and women this summer.


June 11, 2014
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS - This statement is intended to clear up confusion generated by the release on June 9, 2014, of a videotaped deposition of Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis.  This deposition was taken in a lawsuit for damages pending in a Minnesota state court relating to events that occurred more than 30 years ago in Minnesota.  Neither Archbishop Carlson nor the Archdiocese of St. Louis is a party to this case.  Further, the Archbishop has been previously deposed by the same Plaintiff’s counsel on at least three separate prior occasions in the 1980s focused on the activities of the same priest that he was again asked about last month – 27 years later.  Recent inaccurate and misleading reporting by certain media outlets has impugned Archbishop Carlson’s good name and reputation.

During a press conference held on June 9, 2014, Plaintiff’s lawyer strategically took Archbishop Carlson’s response to a question out of context and suggested that the Archbishop did not know that it was a criminal offense for an adult to molest a child.  Nothing could be further from the truth.

Contrary to what is being reported, Archbishop Carlson is and has been a leader in the Church when it comes to recognizing and managing matters of sexual abuse involving the clergy. As far back as 1980, then-Father Carlson wrote “This behavior cannot be tolerated” in a memo referencing a priest’s abusive actions (Exhibit 301 of this case).

In the deposition video, which was released by Plaintiff’s counsel, the dialogue between Plaintiff’s counsel and Archbishop Carlson focused on Archbishop Carlson’s knowledge of Minnesota child abuse reporting statutes and when clergy became mandatory reporters.  In the full transcript of Archbishop Carlson’s deposition, the actual exchange between Archbishop Carlson and Plaintiff’s counsel is quite different from what is being widely reported in the media.  Plaintiff’s counsel began his line of questioning as follows:

Q.  Well, mandatory reporting laws went into effect across the nation in 1973, Archbishop.

Charles Goldberg, attorney representing Archbishop Carlson at this deposition, explained that while current Minnesota law makes it a crime for clergy persons not to report suspected child abuse, that statute did not become effective until 1988.  What Plaintiff’s counsel has failed to point out to the media is that Mr. Goldberg himself noted at this point in the deposition “you’re talking about mandatory reporting?” (emphasis added). When the Archbishop said “I’m not sure whether I knew it was a crime or not,” he was simply referring to the fact that he did not know the year that clergy became mandatory reporters of suspected child abuse (pgs. 108-109).

At another point in the deposition, the Plaintiff’s counsel attacked Archbishop Carlson about the answer “I don’t remember,” to which the archbishop’s legal counsel objected:

Q. [Plaintiff’s Counsel] Can you tell me today that you have no memory of ever having advised anybody to report to the police…?

MR. GOLDBERG: Just a minute. I’m going to register an objection to that question. As I mentioned at the outset…you personally, Mr. Anderson, have deposed Archbishop Carlson on June 21st, 1985; March 30th, 1987; April 2nd, 1987; and May 4th, 1987 about each of these matters in some detail of which you had over 30 exhibits marked in those depositions, and I think in fairness to the Archbishop, if you want to ask him about these things and get specific answers, he needs to see these documents, because no human being can be expected to remember, regardless of how outrageous some of these matters may have appeared, to explain in detail those things to you without a reference to these depositions 25 to 30 years ago (pg. 19).

On page 22 of the transcript, Plaintiff’s counsel questions the Archbishop, who had repeatedly requested and was denied the ability to review case documents pertaining to the questions asked of him, and who, 27 years after last being deposed, is now being maligned for his inability to recall certain events.

To reiterate, Archbishop Carlson is not a party in this case, nor has he committed a crime. He has not only voluntarily participated in this legal process, he has offered his testimony as clearly and thoughtfully as possible, given both the span of time in which this discovery process has taken place and accessibility to certain documents.

The media reports of this deposition have not only called into question the exemplary record Archbishop Carlson has amassed during his more than 40 years of ministry, but has also reopened the wounds of survivors of the heinous act of sexual abuse, and has caused further pain to the Catholic Faithful, both here in the Archdiocese of St. Louis and beyond. These misleading and inaccurate reports have also resulted in negative commentary both in traditional as well as social media outlets. Nevertheless, the fact remains that Archbishop Carlson and the Catholic Church abhor any form of sexual abuse.

The full transcript of Archbishop Carlson’s deposition is on the website of the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis:


This statement can be downloaded as a PDF by clicking here.

Annual Humanae Vitae Celebration - A Great Family Event

Holy Mass celebrated by Archbishop Robert J. Carlson |Saturday, July 19, 2014 | 5 p.m. |Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis |4431 Lindell Boulevard |Dinner reception catered by Pasta House with entertainment by The Connection to follow in Boland Hall. $12.00 Adults |$6.00 Children (ages 3-11) |$50.00 Maximum Family Charge |Reservations are required for the dinner. Please RSVP by Friday, July 11, 2014 to the Archdiocesan Office of NFP at 314-997-7576 or email: Payment may be made at the door or sent to: Archdiocesan Office of NFP |11700 Studt Ave, Ste C | St. Louis, MO 63141


June 9, 2014
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS - Though not a party to the lawsuit, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson was recently deposed for a case in St. Paul-Minneapolis.

The case alleges abuse in the Archdiocese of St Paul-Minneapolis decades ago by a former priest. Archbishop Carlson was a priest of that archdiocese at the time of the alleged occurrences, and had given testimony several times many years ago about the same allegedly abusive former priest. In this most recent deposition, while not being able to recall his knowledge of the law exactly as it was many decades ago, the Archbishop did make clear that he knows child sex abuse is a crime today. The question does not address the Archbishop’s moral stance on the sin of pedophilia, which has been that it is a most egregious offense.

All media inquiries about this Minnesota case should be directed to the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis.

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.

Fr. Scheid Players Present "Annie Get Your Gun"

The Catholic Youth Apostolate is pleased to announce that the Fr. William Scheid Players will close their 34th season with Annie Get Your Gun. The hit Broadway musical features legendary sharpshooter Annie Oakley, who ascends from dirty-faced backwoods gamin to the uppermost rungs of international stardom. Her mentor is Buffalo Bill, and Annie's great rival is arrogant marksman Frank Butler with whom she eventually falls in love. She experiences ups and downs in her romance with Frank but, in the end, love wins.

This year’s cast of 60 will feature several priests of the Archdiocese including Fr. Terry Borgerding of St. Ignatius of Loyola Parish in Marthasville, Monsignor John Borcic of St. Mary Magdalen Parish in St. Louis, Monsignor John Brennell of St. Monica Parish, Monsignor Norb Ernst of St. Margaret Mary of Alacoque Parish, and Fr. Bill Wigand, along with dozens of talented grade school, teenage and adult performers from around the St. Louis community.

This year marks the group’s 34th year 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 25 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, July 26 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, July 27 at 2:00 pm             

All performances will be at Incarnate Word Academy, 2788 Normandy Drive, St. Louis, Missouri 63121. 

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 summer show. To order tickets, please and mail your check along with the Ticket Order Form to the Catholic Youth Apostolate.  For additional ticket information, please contact Ann Madden at (314) 846-1060 or email

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 Form for further information. The deadline for placing an ad is July 17.  For more information about placing an ad, please contact Debby Mooney at (314) 853-7651 or email

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

Theology on Tap- June

Have some burning questions you've always wanted to ask a priest but never had the chance to?  Or have you ever wondered why Cathoilcs do certain things? What does the chuch teach on (insert contraversial topic here)?  


Come Bother the Father at Theology on Tap- with Fr. Christopher Collins, SJ and Fr. Eric Olson (St. Mark's). 


Tuesday June 10th

7pm at Kirkwood Station Brewing.


College studetns are invited- you don't have to be 21 one to attend, but (obviously) you must be 21 to drink. Bartenders will be checking IDs.




June 7, 2014
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS - Local leaders of the Catholic, Jewish, and Islamic faiths released the following joint statement Saturday:

Shalom, Salaam, Pax,

We wish to state our solidarity with Pope Francis, President Shimon Peres and President Mahmoud Abbas as they gather in the Vatican on June 8 to pray to God for the gift of peace in the Middle East.

We all want peace. As Pope Francis observed: “Many people build it day by day through small gestures and acts; many of them are suffering, yet patiently persevere in their efforts to be peacemakers. All of us – especially those placed at the service of their respective peoples – have the duty to become instruments and artisans of peace, especially by our prayers.”

We ask that the members of our religious communities pray for peace on June 8.

May the prayer meeting for peace in the Vatican be a blessing for the cause of peace in the Middle East.


- Rabbi James Goodman, President, St. Louis Rabbinical Association

- Batya Abramson-Goldstein, Executive Director, Jewish Community Relations Council

- Muhamed Hasic, Imam, Islamic Community Center

- Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis


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