National Migration Week - Jan 4 - 10, 2015

We join our Catholic bishops and community in praying for our immigrant families and children. May our work on behalf of comprehensive immigration reform bring about greater unification and hospitality for all our families.

Nos unimos a nuestros obispos y comunidad católica en oración por nuestras familias y niños migrantes. Que nuestros esfuerzos por la reforma migratoria nos brinde a una más unión y hospitalidad familiar.

CatholicSTL250 to Conclude on New Year’s Eve

December 17, 2014
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

Bishop Edward Rice to Celebrate Mass at Holy Redeemer Parish

 ST. LOUIS – Most Reverend Edward M. Rice, Auxiliary Bishop of St. Louis, will lead a Holy Hour and celebrate a Mass to welcome in the New Year on Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church (17 Joy Avenue, Webster Groves, MO 63119). The Holy Hour will begin at 11 p.m. with Mass starting at Midnight. The Mass will also mark the conclusion of the 250th anniversary of the founding of the City of St. Louis and the CatholicSTL250 calendar of events.

In conjunction with the city-wide STL250 commemoration, the Archdiocese of St. Louis held celebrations throughout 2014 with a distinctly Catholic flair in this historically Catholic city named for a Roman Catholic saint. Coincidentally, the year also marked the 800th anniversary of the birth of the city’s namesake, St. Louis IX, King of France, as well as the 100th anniversary of the first Mass in the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, otherwise known as the “New Cathedral.”

CatholicSTL250 events throughout 2014 included a special Mass to celebrate the birth of St. Louis IX, a lecture series in cooperation with the Missouri History Museum, a solemn procession with a relic of St. Louis IX, and an entire weekend of celebrations in August surrounding the feast of St. Louis IX, with numerous special guests in attendance, including Prince Louis Alphonse de Bourbon, a direct descendant of the Saint.

A recap of CatholicSTL250 coverage from the St. Louis Review can be found at More information about the CatholicSTL250 celebrations held in 2014 can be found at


USCCB Launches Daily Readings in Spanish Online │ Ahora tenemos las lecturas del día en Español

December 15, 2014

USCCB Launches Daily Readings in Spanish Online

December 15, 2014

WASHINGTON-The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has made the daily readings for Mass in Spanish available online.

"Being able to provide the daily readings in Spanish online has been a long journey. We are happy to see this work turned into a reality," said Bishop John C. Wester of Salt Lake City, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Communications. "This is part of our continued efforts to answer the pastoral needs of Hispanics and Spanish speaking Catholics and to provide them resources and information in ways that encourage them to grow in their faith."

The daily readings in Spanish are drawn from the Lectionary published in Mexico and approved for use in the United States by the U.S. bishops.

Hispanics represent 16 percent of the total U.S. population and about 40 percent of U.S. Catholics; 64 percent of Hispanic Catholics attend church regularly.

The daily readings in English are among the most popular resources on the USCCB website with a monthly average of 3.3 million unique page views. Nearly 49,000 people receive the daily readings in English by email, a feature that soon will be available for the Spanish-language readings.

The daily readings in Spanish can be found at by selecting: "Bible," "Today's Readings," and "En Español."

USCCB also provides updates on USCCB news and faith-building resources in Spanish on Facebook at and Twitter at

Bilingual resources for dioceses, parishes and ministry groups are also available at

Spanish version follows.

USCCB lanza lecturas diarias de la Misa en español en línea

USCCB lanza lecturas diarias de la Misa en español en línea

Diciembre 15, 2014

WASHINGTON-La Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los Estados Unidos (USCCB) ha puesto a disponibilidad del público las lecturas diarias de la Misa en español en su sitio en línea.

"Poder proveer las lecturas diarias en español en la internet ha sido una larga jornada. Estamos felices de ver este trabajo realizado", dijo el Obispo John C. Wester de Salt Lake City, presidente del Comité sobre Comunicaciones de USCCB. "Esto es parte de nuestros esfuerzos continuos de responder a las necesidades pastorales de los hispanos y de los católicos de habla hispana y proveerles recursos e información de maneras que les exhorten a acrecentar su fe".

Las lecturas diarias en español provienen del Leccionario publicado en México y está aprobado por los obispos estadounidenses para su uso en los Estados Unidos.

Los hispanos representan el 16 por ciento de la población total en Estados Unidos y cerca del 40 por ciento de los católicos estadounidenses; 64 por ciento de los católicos hispanos asisten a la iglesia regularmente.

Las lecturas diarias en ingles están entre los recursos más populares del sitio web de USCCB con un promedio mensual de 3.3 millones de visitantes en línea. Cerca de 49,000 personas reciben las lecturas diarias en ingles por correo electrónico, una opción que pronto también estará disponible para las lecturas en español.

Las lecturas diarias en español pueden encontrarse en elegir: "Bible," "Today's Readings," y "En Español."

USCCB también provee actualizaciones en español sobre noticias y recursos que ayudan a fomentar la fe en Facebook en y en Twitter en

Recursos bilingües para diócesis, parroquias y grupos de ministerios también están disponibles en

Catholic Schools Week 2015 -- January 25-31

National Catholic Schools Week opens Sunday, January 25, 2015. Many of the elementary schools of the Archdiocese of St. Louis began planning February 1, 2014!

Every year, during the last week of January, all of the Catholic schools across the nation celebrate the people and characteristics that make Catholic schools The Good News in Education!

In the Archdiocese of St. Louis, we are proud to be the eighth largest system of Catholic schools in the USA!

We offer:

  • Catholic Identity and Faith Formation
  • Excellence in Academics and Student Success
  • Special Education PK-12
  • Tuition Assistance
  • Joyful Faith Communities

- Catholic Schools Week 2015 Open House Schedule.pdf

Our doors will be wide open to welcome you! Open House dates and times for each school can be found by clicking the link above.
Questions? Call Sue Brown at 314.792.7304 or write

Our Lady of Guadalupe Feast Day

Radio Maria Interview with Msgr. Francis X. Blood - December 29th

Please join Msgr. Francis X. Blood as he is interviewed on Radio Maria! Listen on December 29th from 2:00-3:00 pm CST. Tune in at Radio Maria – click on LISTEN LIVE. 

An Advent Joy│Un Gozo de Adviento

Catholic Scouting Ministry To Host “Day Of Recollection”

Day of Recollection

What Is Day Of Recollection?

Catholic Scouting Ministry will host its annual Day Of Recollection on Saturday, December 6th at the newly-renovated Kenrick-Glennon Seminary. This day-long event will be packed with fun faith-building activities, games, adventure, guest speakers, and of course food! The day will conclude with Mass at 4pm in the Kenrick-Glennon Auditorium.

Who Is Attending?

This event is available to Boy Scouts and Venture Scouts, with two separate programs offered for grade school and high school youth. It is particularly beneficial for scouts who are working on Ad Altare Dei and Pope Pius XII faith formation programs. Families are invited to joint participants for Mass at 4pm.

Event Summary


A talk about vocation will be given to Boy Scouts and Venture Scouts by Fr. Brian Fallon. Scouts in grade school and high school will attend this talk.

High School Activities:

High school Boy and Venture Scouts will participate in activities that focus on identifying common life struggles, and how to respond as Christians. They will learn the need to continually rebuild their spiritual defenses in order to deal with their struggles. In addition, the activities will focus on helping the scouts become more self-aware, so they will know how their actions affect others.

Grade School Activities:

Grade school Boy Scouts will spend the day touring the seminary, participating in a scavenger hunt, attending Mass, and making Christmas cards for seminarians and retired priests. These activities will focus on the topics of Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory, as well as growing a deeper understanding of the Mass and sacramentals.

Adult Parents and Leaders:

Finally, an informational session will be offered to adults and leaders which will focus on the programs, recognitions, and retreats offered by the Office of Catholic Scouting Ministry.

Serve with STLYA

Join St. Louis Young Adults in meeting the needs of the poor this advent season as we serve meals with the Missionaries of Charity on Saturday Dec. 13th.  If you have any questions please email


Infertility Support Group December Meeting and SAVE THE DATE for Annual Mass

Infertility Support Group

The next discussion group meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 10 from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. at Mercy Hospital, Department of Fertility Care Services, 11700 Studt Road, Suite C (one block south of Olive on Studt Road, east of new Ballas Road). This group has been formed to provide an opportunity to meet with others experiencing infertility to share insights, feelings and experiences. Please call to confirm meeting time and date or for more information on the group or seminar contact 314.997.7576

All meetings are held at 11700 Studt Ave, Ste C, St. Louis, MO 63141. Please watch the website for upcoming information or contact us at 314.997.7576 or e-mail or

Save the Date!

Experience the Lord's Consolation and Hope

Our Infertility Support Group gathers each year for celebration of the Mass and fellowship on or around St. Valentine's Day. The Mass this year will be celebrated by Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 7:00 PM in the Chapel of the Cardinal Rigali Center, 20 Archbishop May Drive, St. Louis, MO 63119. Light refreshments followed in the Sister Ebo room. If you would like more information, please contact the Archdiocesan Office of Natural Family Planning 314.997.7576 or e-mail or


Welcome to the Church, Blake and Madison!

By Sue Brown, Director of Marketing and Community Relations

Holy Spirit Catholic School celebrated an All Saints' Day with an all-school Mass with second graders dressed as saints.Blake and Fr. Rich immersed in the Baptismal font

And then...second grader, Blake J., and first grader, Madison F., were baptized right after Holy Spirit Pastor, Fr. Richard Bockskopf’s homily!

Madison chose to have Fr. Rich pour water over her head, but Blake chose to be fully immersed, with Fr. Rich right along with him!

Madison receives the Sacrament of Baptism




With the entire Holy Spirit student body, faculty, and the students’ families as witnesses, these two children entered the Catholic Church.

Of course, there was celebration afterwards in the Parish Hall!

Welcome, Blake and Madison, to the Church!


Preparing to Prepare

By Sue Brown, Director of Marketing and Community Relations

All families of St. Joseph Parish in Farmington were invited to participate in the Home and School Association sponsored “Advent Wreath Making and Chili Night.”

Students and teachers at the parish school helped to host the event by setting up, greeting, serving and entertaining their guests, and with the clean up!

Each family went home with a warm feeling of faith community (and chili!) and a blessed Advent wreath to use in their homes over the next four weeks. Sunday, November 30, is the First Sunday of Advent.





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