Statement on the Passing of Justice Richard Teitelman

November 29, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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 regarding the death of Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Richard Teitelman:

We join our fellow Missourians in mourning the passing of Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Richard Teitelman. We are especially grateful for his years of dedicated attendance at our annual Red Mass at which members of the judiciary and the legal community gather at the beginning of each judicial term to pray for the guidance and inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

I ask the faithful of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, and all people of good will, to join me in praying for the repose of the soul of Justice Richard Teitelman. The family and friends of Judge Teitelman are in our thoughts and prayers.

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Post-Election Statement from the Peace & Justice Commission

November 18, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS - “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.” – Matthew 22: 37-40

A contentious and often mean-spirited campaign season in our country has been reportedly followed by several hundred incidents of violence, intimidation, damage to property and businesses.  While some of our brothers and sisters in Christ rejoiced at the outcome of the election, others have responded with intense fear about their safety and the well-being of their families, friends, and loved ones.  Our Archdiocese has not been immune to either the incidents of hate or the palpable sense of fear that have gripped other parts of the country.

As Catholics, we believe not only in the unfailing and universal love of God, but also in our call to be reflections of that love for the world.  We must condemn in the strongest possible terms any and all acts of hate, violence and intimidation as incompatible with our Christian faith and with the principles of equality and liberty that animate our democracy.  We stand with all people of faith and good will in denouncing such hate.  And we remind the faithful of our call to love our neighbors, even—and perhaps especially—when we disagree with them.

This election has surfaced deep divisions in our nation along political, social, and economic lines.  As we work for peace and justice, we would do well to listen more intently and with greater compassion to those whose views are different from our own.  However, we must never be afraid to note the reality of evil in our world and to work to meet its darkness with light.  We pray that God will continue to bless and keep all of His people and that we may be blessings to one another.

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Declaración post-electoral de la Comisión de Paz y Justicia de la Arquidiócesis de St. Louis

ST. LOUIS - "Amarás al Señor tu Dios con todo tu corazón, con toda tu alma y con toda tu mente. Este es el mayor y el primer mandamiento. El segundo es semejante: Amarás a tu prójimo como a ti mismo. Toda la ley y los profetas dependen de estos dos mandamientos. "- Mateo 22; 37-40

Una temporada de campaña contenciosa y a menudo mezquina ha sido seguida por varios cientos de incidentes de violencia, intimidación, daños a la propiedad y negocios en nuestro país. Mientras algunos de nuestros hermanos y hermanas en Cristo se regocijaron con el resultado de la elección, otros han respondido con un intenso temor por su seguridad y el bienestar de sus familias, amigos y seres queridos. Nuestra arquidiócesis no ha sido inmune ni a los incidentes de odio, ni al palpable sentimiento de temor que se ha apoderado de otras partes del país.

Como católicos, creemos no sólo en el amor infalible y universal de Dios, sino también en nuestro llamado a ser reflejo de ese amor por el mundo. Debemos condenar con la mayor firmeza todos los actos de odio, violencia e intimidación incompatibles con nuestra fe cristiana y con los principios de igualdad y libertad que animan nuestra democracia. Apoyamos a todas las personas de fe y buena voluntad en la denuncia de ese odio, y recordamos a los fieles nuestro llamado a amar a nuestro prójimo, incluso -y tal vez especialmente- cuando estemos en desacuerdo.

Esta elección ha exteriorizado profundas divisiones en nuestra nación en aspectos políticos, sociales y económicos. Mientras trabajamos por la paz y la justicia, haríamos bien en escuchar más atentamente y con mayor compasión a aquellos cuyos puntos de vista son diferentes de los nuestros. Sin embargo, nunca debemos tener miedo de hacer notar la realidad del mal en nuestro mundo y trabajar para alcanzar su oscuridad con la luz. Oramos para que Dios siga bendiciendo y manteniendo a todo su pueblo y que podamos ser bendiciones para los demás.

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Did you see us in the St. Louis Review?

Holy Trinity School in St. Ann was featured in the St. Louis Review for their Virtue-Based Restorative Discipline Program, a CCHD funded program! Click here to read more.

If you're looking to support CCHD in funding programs such as this, our annual collection is taking place this weekend, November 19th and 20th, as the second collection at mass. Please consider us in your donations and prayers!

2017-2018 Local Grant Application

Local applications are now open for the 2017-2018 grant season!

Applications are due on January 13th, 2017. Learn more about the application process and apply here.

The CCHD Local Grants Program seeks to aid smaller, local organizations in the spirit of the CCHD national grants program.

Mass Saturday to Mark the Closing of the Year of Mercy

November 12, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

Year of Mercy Officially Concludes on November 20, 2016

WHAT: Mass to conclude the Year of Mercy
WHEN: Saturday, November 12, 2016, 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (4431 Lindell)
WHO: Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Robert J. Hermann and Catholics of the Archdiocese of St. Louis

ST. LOUIS – Most Reverend Robert J. Hermann, auxiliary bishop emeritus of St. Louis, will celebrate Mass at 5:00 p.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis on Saturday, November 12, 2016, to mark the closing of the “Year of Mercy” which will officially conclude on November 20, 2016.

In April 2015, Pope Francis declared the Catholic Church would celebrate a “Holy Year,” known as an “Extraordinary Jubilee Year,” dedicated to the virtue of Mercy. The “Year of Mercy,” as it has been deemed, began on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, December 8, 2015, when the Holy Door at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican was opened, having been sealed after the last Jubilee Year. The Year of Mercy will conclude on Sunday, November 20, 2016, which is the end of the Catholic Church’s liturgical year, The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.

One of the traditions for a Jubilee Year is the ceremonial opening of the Holy Door in each of the four major basilicas in Rome, including St. Peter’s Basilica. The opening, passing through, and sealing of the Holy Door at the end of the Jubilee Year have become significant elements in the Church’s Jubilee Year celebrations with special graces and what is called a “Jubilee Indulgence” offered to pilgrims who make the journey.

Pilgrimage sites in the Archdiocese of St. Louis include our two minor basilicas - the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis and the Basilica of Saint Louis, King of France - and seven other local pilgrimage sites.

More information about the Jubilee Year of Mercy can be found at archstl.org/mercy.

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Click here for the press release announcing the beginning of the Year of Mercy.

CYC Archdiocesan Soccer Championships Kicked Off This Week!

CYC Archdiocesan Soccer Championships began this week and continue through November 20th.  Over the next two weekends, more than 160 teams will complete in 22 divisions. The North and South County CYC Districts are hosting the championships, and games will be played at parishes throughout those areas.  

You can view tournament information, including brackets, on the CYC Soccer page.

We invite you to come out and cheer on the youth of our Archdiocese who proudly represent their teams and parishes!

Suite Seats for a Sweet Cause

Support families choosing to make the loving, and often expensive, choice to grow their family through adoption AND get a chance to enjoy a 2017 Cardinals game from the Mercy Suite! Raffle winner receives 10 tickets in Suite 33 (along the 1st base line) at Busch Stadium for a 2017 Cardinals’ Home Game, $150 of food/drinks and one parking pass for a mutually agreed upon date. Made available through the generous donation of Mercy. All proceeds benefit the Archbishop Robert J. Carlson Adoption Fund.

Great Holiday Gift! Raffle Tickets can be delivered in a festive gift envelope perfect for the person who has everything!
Raffle tickets are $20 each or 6 for $100
To purchase raffle tickets online: archstl.org/raffleforadoption or call the Office of Natural Family Planning at 314.997.7576.
Raffle closes March 8, 2017 with drawing on March 15, 2017. Winner will be notified by phone or e-mail.
About the Archbishop Robert J. Carlson Adoption Fund
Since it's inception in 2010, the Archbishop Robert J. Carlson Adoption Fund has awarded grants to 16 families over six years, for a total of more than $75,000 directly supporting the gift of adoption. 
This grant, offered through the Archdiocesan Office of Natural Family Planning, is available to couples who want to build their family through the loving choice of adoption. For more information about the grant, contact the Office of Natural Family Planning at 314-997-7576 or email melissa.barnason@mercy.net.

Catholic Churches Hold Election Day Prayer Services

November 7, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS – Many Catholic parishes across the Archdiocese of St. Louis are holding Masses, rosaries, or other prayer services on the eve of Election Day, Monday, November 7, and Election Day, Tuesday, November 8.

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson will offer a special Mass and lead the rosary at St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church (6303 Nottingham Ave.) in south St. Louis on the eve of Election Day, Monday, November 7, beginning at 7:00 p.m.

On Election Day, Mass will be offered every hour on the hour, 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., at St. George Catholic Church in Affton (4980 Heege Rd).

A complete list of prayer services and Masses can be found at archstl.org/vote.

Members of the media wishing to attend any of the events are asked to alert the Archdiocese of St. Louis ahead of time so that the pastors can be made aware.

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STL Young Adult Forum

The Office of Young Adult Ministry will host the second annual Young Adult Forum on Saturday, November 5th from 1-4:30pm at Boland Hall next door to the New Cathedral.

November 5th will be the Office of Young Adult Ministry’s fifth anniversary, and we believe the Forum will be a fitting way to celebrate. As the apostolate continues to grow, we are developing new initiatives to engage young adults in the life of their parish and the archdiocese. The day will consist of two short talks addressing evangelization and strategies for young adult outreach, two breakout discussion sessions, the opportunity to meet with other young adult leaders, and prayer. The Forum will officially end at 4:30pm, but we encourage participants to attend the 5pm Vigil Mass at the Cathedral. After Mass, we will be organizing small dinner groups at restaurants in the Central West End so participants can continue the conversation over food and drink.

Pastors from around the archdiocese have been asked to invite two members from each parish to attend. If you are interested in attending, please contact you parish priest. Visit the brand new Young Adult website for more information!

Annual White Mass on Sunday to Honor Health Care Professionals

October 28, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

WHAT: Annual White Mass to honor health care professionals
WHO: Archbishop Robert Carlson, principal celebrant; health care professionals will be in attendance
WHEN: Sunday, October 30, 2016, at 10 a.m.
WHERE: Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (4431 Lindell)

ST. LOUIS – Archbishop Robert J. Carlson will celebrate the annual White Mass this Sunday, October 30, at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis beginning at 10 a.m. The Mass is associated with St. Luke, the patron of physicians and surgeons, whose feast day is October 18.

Prior to Mass, Catholic Medical Association members wearing their white coats will meet at 9 a.m. in front of Planned Parenthood (4251 Forest Park Blvd.) to pray the Rosary.

All Catholic physicians, nurses, physician assistants, emergency medical personnel, and other healthcare professionals and their families are invited to attend the Mass.

The St. Louis Guild of the Catholic Medical Association is sponsoring a reception for the healthcare professionals in attendance.

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Enkindle Ministry

Enkindle, a ministry run by the Office of Natural Family Planning, Archdiocese of St. Louis, has available ½ hour free counseling sessions, monthly, for anyone trying to conceive a child.  The sessions are with a licensed professional counselor and a registered nurse.  The next available appointments are November 10th from 11 AM until 1PM.  To schedule an appointment, please call 314.997.7576.

Statement on the Death of St. Louis County Police Officer

October 6, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS – Archbishop Robert J. Carlson released the following statement regarding the death of St. Louis County police officer Blake Snyder this morning:

I am saddened to learn that St. Louis County police officer Blake Snyder has died in the line of duty.

I ask that the faithful of the Archdiocese of St. Louis join me in praying for the officer and his loved ones. The men and women of our police departments, and all who serve our community as first responders, will be in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. I encourage first responders to seek out their chaplains who provide an important ministry in this time of grief.

May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, rest in peace.

Archbishop Carlson recently offered a Blue Mass on the 15th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks to honor men and women currently serving as emergency responders, as well as all those who have died in the line of duty.

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