Two St. Louis Leaders Named Outstanding Catholic Educators by National Catholic Educational Association

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

ST. LOUIS – Reverend Monsignor Jack Costello, pastor of St. Peter Catholic Church in Kirkwood, and David Laughlin, president of Saint Louis University High School, along with 30 other individuals from around the country, will be honored as outstanding Catholic educators on Tuesday, March 29 by the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA).

The awards will be presented at a dinner during the NCEA’s annual Convention and Expo, held this year in San Diego, March 29-31. In announcing the 32 recipients of the 2016 Lead. Learn. Proclaim. Awards, the NCEA said the purpose of the award is to “highlight the outstanding work of Catholic school educators in communities across the country.”

Among the awardees are Catholic school leaders, teachers, principals and presidents, pastors, diocesan superintendents, school boards and home school associations.

NCEA’s 2016 Convention and Expo is the largest private-education association gathering in the nation. The annual convention draws more than 4,500 members and participants from Catholic school communities including elementary and secondary school teachers and principals, religious education programs as well as diocesan offices, church pastors, superintendents, school boards.  The convention is a forum to exchange ideas, hear about current research and data related to Catholic education and learn about new technology and resources.

Representatives from the Catholic Education Office of the Archdiocese of St. Louis are in San Diego this week to welcome attendees to the 2017 NCEA Convention and Expo to be held in St. Louis.

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Project Life Returns!

Project Life, a service retreat sponsored by the Office of Youth Ministry, gathers teens from various backgrounds to be transformed by the Gospel call to love one another through service to those in need. Throughout the course of the week, teens (aka "Feet Washers") come to know and recognize Jesus Christ in themselves and in the people they serve. Through spiritual programming, great music, hard work, and good times, Project Life has become an awesome event that allows Christ to speak and work through them in ways they would never have imagined!

Feet Washers Unite!!!

  • When: June 12 - 17, 2016
  • Place: Once again we will be based out of Villa Duchesne High School in St. Louis County. Worksites will be all over St. Louis City, St. Louis County, and possibly St. Charles County.
  • Cost: $220 for teens and Young Adult Leaders, and $120 for Chaperones

For more details and to register, click here. If you have questions, please call the Office of Youth Ministry at (314) 792-7650.

St. Louis Catholics Prepare to Celebrate Easter

March 24, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis community is invited to join Archbishop Robert J. Carlson and Roman Catholics in the Archdiocese of St. Louis and around the world in the solemn celebration of Holy Week, which began with Palm Sunday on March 20.

The week is highlighted by the commemoration of the Last Supper on Holy Thursday, Christ’s Passion and death on Good Friday, and culminates in the joy of His resurrection on Easter Sunday.

A diverse selection of Holy Week celebrations can be found in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, with liturgies and services in nine different languages, including English, Spanish, and Latin; the principal celebrations of Holy Week take place at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis.

For a listing of convenient locations and times of Holy Week and Easter celebrations, including those at the Cathedral Basilica, please contact the Office of Communications and Planning.

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FOR REFERENCE PURPOSES: Holy Week is the week preceding Easter and the final week of Lent, beginning with Palm Sunday and ending with Holy Saturday, the day before Easter Sunday. Holy Week includes:

Palm Sunday, the Sunday before Easter, commemorates Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem.

Holy Wednesday or Spy Wednesday, in reference to Judas Iscariot's intent to betray Jesus.

Triduum: Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday, are known as the Triduum-- the period which commemorates the Passion and death of Christ. 

Holy Thursday, which commemorates the Last Supper and initiates the Easter Triduum. This Mass is normally celebrated in the evening, which, according to Jewish tradition, is when Friday begins, as the Last Supper was held on the feast of Passover.

Good Friday commemorates Christ’s passion, crucifixion, and death in reparation for the sins of all mankind.

Holy Saturday, or the Easter Vigil, is the final day of Lent, of Holy Week, and of the Easter Triduum, and is the day we commemorate Christ lying in the tomb. The Easter Vigil Mass, takes place after sundown on Holy Saturday, actually belongs to Easter Sunday, since liturgically each day begins at sundown on the previous day. The ceremonies of the Easter Vigil include the blessing of new fire and the lighting of the Easter Candle, also known as the Paschal Candle.

Easter Sunday is the principal feast of the ecclesiastical year, commemorating the resurrection of Christ. Easter is also the oldest feast of the Christian Church, as old as Christianity, the connecting link between the Old and New Testaments. We celebrate Christ’s resurrection as the moment where salvation was given to all who believe.

Statement on the Passing of Joe Garagiola

March 24, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS - Archbishop Carlson and the Archdiocese of St. Louis extend prayerful condolences to the family of former St. Louis Cardinal and broadcaster Mr. Joe Garagiola. We pray for repose of the soul of Mr. Garagiola and the Garagiola family during this difficult time.

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Archdiocese of St. Louis and Little Sisters of the Poor to Hold Joint Press Conference on Religious Liberty

March 22, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

WHAT: Press Conference
WHERE: Little Sisters of the Poor St. Louis Residence (3225 N. Florissant Avenue, St Louis, MO 63107)
WHEN: Wednesday, March 23, 2016, 12 p.m.
WHO: Auxiliary Bishop Edward Rice and the Little Sisters of the Poor
WHY: To address the oral arguments at the Supreme Court in the case of Little Sisters v. Burwell

ST. LOUIS – The Archdiocese of St. Louis and the Little Sisters of the Poor will hold a joint press conference on Wednesday, March 23, at the Little Sisters St. Louis Residence (3225 N. Florissant Avenue, St Louis, MO 63107) beginning at 12 p.m.

Most Reverend Edward M. Rice, auxiliary bishop of St. Louis, Mother Gonzague, mother superior of the Little Sisters of the Poor in St. Louis, and Sr. Marysia Weber, director of the Office of Consecrated Life, Archdiocese of St. Louis, will comment on the case and the state of religious liberty in the United States.

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case of Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged v. Burwell at 9 a.m. CT on Wednesday.

Members of the media are invited to attend. An RSVP is requested.

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Special Palm Sunday Mass at Historic Downtown Church

March 17, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS – Catholics around the world will gather this weekend to celebrate Palm Sunday, the day Christians recall Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem when His followers scattered palms in His path. In St. Louis, Historic St. Mary of Victories Catholic Church in downtown will play host to a special “Mass Mob” on Palm Sunday, March 20 at 10 a.m. The second oldest church in the City of St. Louis has stood at the corner of 3rd and Gratiot since construction began in 1843.

This will be the sixth St. Louis Mass Mob after the first one took place at Most Holy Trinity in April 2015. Mass Mobs are scheduled, grassroots gatherings at historic urban Catholic churches with the intent of drawing hundreds of people to attend Mass and support these churches where crowds are normally very small. The Palm Sunday Mass at St. Mary of Victories will feature English, Latin and Hungarian elements - as well as Gregorian chant and a Hungarian choir.

Complimentary coffee, donuts, and Hungarian pastries will be available after Mass. The church will also hold a cookie sale with products from Dad's Cookies, The Missouri Baking Company, Vitale's Bakery, Lubeley's Bakery, McArthur's Bakery, Diana's Bakery, and more.

Palm Sunday begins the solemn celebration of Holy Week, which includes the commemoration of the Last Supper on Holy Thursday, Christ’s passion and death on Good Friday, and culminates in the joy of His resurrection on Easter Sunday.

More information about Historic St. Mary of Victories can be found at smov.info. More information about St. Louis Mass Mobs can be found at facebook.com/stlouismassmob.

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SAVE THE DATE: How Lovely Is Your Dwelling Place - Family Mass and Dinner

Save the date and plan to join us for an evening of fellowship in celebration of the anniversary of Humanae Vitae, sponsored by the Office of Natural Family Planning, Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 5:OOPM, New Cathedral.  Mass will be celebrated by Archbishop Carlson, followed by a pasta dinner and family entertainment in Boland Hall.  RSVP at 314.997.7675 or stlnfp@archstlo.org

Archdiocese to Offer Masses in Honor of Catholics Martyred in Yemen

March 11, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS – The Archdiocese of St. Louis will celebrate three Masses on Monday, March 14, 2016 to honor the four sisters of the Missionaries of Charity and more than a dozen other victims who were martyred in Yemen on Friday, March 4. The massacre took place in a nursing home operated by the Missionaries of Charity, though reportedly none of the residents were harmed.

 The times and locations of the Masses are as follows:

8:00 a.m. – Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (4431 Lindell, 63108)
Celebrated by Most Reverend Robert Hermann, Auxiliary Bishop-Emeritus

11:45 a.m. – Cardinal Rigali Center Chapel (20 Archbishop May Dr., 63119)
Celebrated by Reverend Msgr. John Shamleffer

6:00 p.m. – Sts. Teresa and Bridget Parish (3636 N. Market, 63113)
Celebrated by Most Reverend Edward Rice, Auxiliary Bishop

The Missionaries of Charity have a convent in north St. Louis where they operate a soup kitchen, a night shelter for women, and an after school program for children. The sisters are anticipated to be in attendance at the 6:00 p.m. Mass at Sts. Teresa and Bridget Parish.

These Masses are being offered as an act of solidarity and support in prayer for the Missionaries of Charity in the archdiocese and throughout the world. Even those who cannot attend are encouraged to pray for the repose of the souls of these sisters, and for all Christians who face persecution around the world.

“The Missionaries of Charity truly are the hands of Christ in our world today,” said Sr. Marysia Weber, director of the Office of Consecrated Life in the archdiocese. “Their martyrdom is a reminder that the Gospel is not welcome everywhere, but we as Christians are called to live our faith in the public square, regardless of the consequences.”

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Click here for a flier for the Masses

Archdiocese of St. Louis to Host Weekend of Reconciliation

March 3, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS - Catholic churches across the Archdiocese of St. Louis will take part in a "Reconciliation Initiative" this weekend, March 4-5, in conjunction with the Year of Mercy and the season of Lent. More than 50 parishes will offer 75 scheduled opportunities throughout the weekend for Catholics to participate in the sacrament of reconciliation, also known as confession.

In 2014, during a regular audience with Vatican pilgrims, Pope Francis encouraged the assembled crowds to "Be courageous, and go to confession." For Catholics, the basic requirement for a good confession is to have the intention of returning to God, to list our sins with true sorrow before the priest, and to desire forgiveness.

"Forgiveness is not something we can give ourselves," added Pope Francis. "One asks it of another person, and in confession, we ask forgiveness from Jesus."

The Gospels demonstrate the importance of the forgiveness of our sins. Lives of saints prove that the person who grows in holiness has a stronger sense of sin, sorrow for sins, and a need for the sacrament of reconciliation. The consequences of Original Sin leave within us an inclination towards evil, and we often commit actual sins, both mortal and venial.

Catholics who need help, especially who have been away from the sacrament for some time, can simply ask the priest to help guide them through steps to make a good confession.

A complete list of parishes and more information about the sacrament of reconciliation can be found at archstl.org/confession. More information about the Year of Mercy can be found at archstl.org/mercy. 

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Hearts on Fire Retreat for Young Adults

Registration is open for the Hearts on Fire Retreat, a partnership between the Office of Young Adult Ministry and the Apostleship of Prayer! The Hearts on Fire Retreat will take place March 18th and 19th at St. Anselm Parish. This retreat will allow you to get to know other young adults, as well as take time to reflect and be with the Lord as Holy Week begins.

This retreat is led by a team of young Jesuits and designed to help you grow closer to Christ through the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. More details & registration can be found here! Please email stlya@archstl.org if you have any questions!

Greetings from Sr. Anila Christy in India

Our dear friend Sr. Anila Christy recently sent our director, Msgr. Francis Blood, a message. Read below to learn more about Sr. Anila and the women she serves in India.

Sr. Anila ChristyGreetings and prayerful wishes to you for a prayerful and peaceful Lenten Season!

Thank you so much Monsignor for all that you are for me specially and for our mission among the poor and vulnerable who we care. With your loving prayers and valuable support we now have 111 women in the shelter. More than 40 are moved to different homes (our convents) as they can work on their own now. They are also in the direct care of Emmaus mainly for medicine and emotional support. Thank you so much for your continued support and encouragement.

Sr. Anila ChristyGod provides in every way possible as per the need of mission. Your kind heartedness and generosity in accepting our request for the past nine years are extraordinary and it is highly appreciated and remembered with much gratitude. Thank you so much. You play a very good role in this mission apostolate. God willing, I wish you could visit us sometime in person.

Sr. Anila ChristyMonsignor I am/we are very grateful for the valuable contribution made by the parishes through our last year mission appeal. It was a great support to expand the Home, and the work is in progress. I shall send pictures of the work in progress. Thank you so much. We are so grateful to the parishioners for their extraordinary support and prayers. May God bless them.

Your words of encouragement and love in action helps us to move forward with much HOPE and GRATITUDE. Thank you so much. Special regards and prayers for all your staff at the office.

Hope your pastoral ministry is bringing joy and hope to many hundreds. Your parishners are also in my special prayers. Keep well Monsignor. Thanks.

Lovingly in our Lord,
Sr. Anila Christy, D.M.​

More Info Regarding Archbishop Carlson's Letter to Scout Leaders

On Thursday, February 18th, Archbishop Carlson sent a letter to parish and scout leaders asking them to reevaluate the mission effectiveness of the Girl Scout program and to consider other options.

For more information, please visit the links below:

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