Knights of Columbus Reach Out to Pan y Amor

Enjoy a delicious Lenten meal at the Fish Fries sponsored by the Knights of Columbus of Incarnate Word Parish in Chesterfield every Friday during Lent from 4pm to 7pm in the lower church hall. Incarnate Word Parish is located at 13416 Olive Boulevard, Chesterfield, MO 63017. Visit http://www.incarnate-word.org/document-upload/ministries-1/service-1/knights-of-columbus-1/1849-fish-fry-2015/file for more information on the Fish Fries.

The Knights of Columbus are offering online ordering at https://mkt.com/kofc9981 and all visitors have the opportunity to donate to Pan y Amor on their website. What a deal! You can order dinner for your family and with just one click, send a donation to help a child in need. Special thanks to the Knights for reaching out to assist children in Bolivia, Colombia, Kenya and Uganda!

“Faith in Ferguson” Prayer Vigil to be held Tuesday

February 16, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

What: "Faith in Ferguson" prayer vigil for peace, justice, and charity
Where: Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church (1115 S. Florissant Road, Ferguson, MO 63121)
When: Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 4:30 p.m.

ST. LOUIS – A prayer vigil will be held Tuesday, February 17, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Ferguson beginning at 4:30 p.m. The vigil will include prayer and song, plus a reflection given by Rev. Arthur Cavitt, Executive Director of the St. Charles Lwanga Center, a Catholic ministry for African-American youth. Rev. Cavitt is also the pastor of St. Nicholas Catholic Church in downtown St. Louis.

In a statement released after the announcement of the grand jury decision in the case of the shooting death of Michael Brown, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson implored: “Pray unceasingly for peace. Pray for our leaders and pray for your neighbors. If you feel called to act, do so only after prayer.”

Tuesday’s vigil will be the fifth “Faith in Ferguson” prayer event hosted in the Ferguson area by the Archdiocese of St. Louis. The event is open to the public. Members of the media are invited to attend and participate in the prayer vigil.

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Inherit the Wind

FR. WILLIAM SCHEID PLAYERS – 36th Season

The Catholic Youth Apostolate is pleased to announce that the Fr. William Scheid Players will open their 36th season with Inherit the Wind. This standard of American drama presents a fictionalized account of the Scopes Monkey Trial. When a high school biology teacher is put on trial for teaching evolution, the two greatest legal minds of the day come to clash in small-town USA in the buckle of the Bible belt.

The play features three priests, Fr. Terry Borgerding, Msgr. Norbert Ernst, and Fr. Bill Wigand, plus many talented adult lay people from the Archdiocese of St. Louis. This year marks the group’s 36th anniversary 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, March 20 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, March 21 at 7:30pm
Sunday, March 22 at 2:00 pm

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

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 spring show. To order tickets, please mail your check along with the ticket order form. For additional ticket information, please contact Ann Madden at 314-846-1060 or email annmaddenstl1@gmail.com.

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 Book Order Form with further information. The deadline for placing an ad is March 9th. For more information about placing an ad, please contact Debby Mooney at 314-853-7651 or email debbymo@aol.com.

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

Healthy, Happy, Holy

We are excited to present the debut issue of our newsletter, Healthy, Happy, Holy, -  the newsletter for the Office of Natural Family Planning! 

Action Alert: Add Funding for "Show-Me Healthy Babies" Program

Synopsis:  The Missouri House Appropriations Committee will be debating the budget next week, February 9-13.  Contact them early next week and urge them to add funding for the "Show-Me Healthy Babies" health insurance program for unborn children.

BabyBackground:  Last year, Missouri legislators enacted a new health insurance program that provides health insurance coverage for the unborn children of low-income working families. It was one of the major pro-life victories for 2014.

An overwhelming bi-partisan majority of state lawmakers agreed to expand the current Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) to include children before birth - something that 15 other states have already done. 
Unfortunately, Gov. Nixon did not include funding for this vital program in the budget he announced last month for fiscal year 2016. 

The good news is that legislators can add funding for "Show Me Healthy Babies" despite the Governor's refusal to do so. Appropriations and Budget Committee members will begin intensive committee meetings next week - starting on Monday, Feb. 9 at noon - and a decision on whether to fund "Show-Me Healthy Babies" might be made sometime later in the week.

Act:  Click here to contact the House Appropriations Committee members.

Scout Sunday - A Day to Celebrate Catholic Scouting!

The annual Scout Sunday Prayer Service was held at the Cathedral Basilica on February 1st.  Many St. Louis area Boy Scouts and Venture Scouts who completed one of the faith formation programs sponsored by the Office of Catholic Scouting Ministry were recognized and received their awards. The Knights of Columbus Honor guard was present and took part in the prayer service.

The young Scout awards, Parvuli Dei (“Children of God”) and Light of Christ are presented at the local parishes, but a selection of Cub scouts attended the Scout Sunday service at the Cathedral to represent all the Cub and Webelo Scouts who have earned their Parvuli Dei.

All of the older Scouts who earned their Ad Altare Dei (“To the Altar of God”) and all of the Boy Scout and Venture Scouts who earned their Pope Pius XII Awards received their awards at the Cathedral.

Also presented were Archdiocesan Unit Awards which are competitive unit recognitions for Catholic Sponsored Packs, Troops, and Crews exemplifying quality scouting units with emphasis on Spiritual Growth, Religious Activities, Vocational Awareness and Service. Individual adult Scouting Awards were presented, as well.

For more information about Scout Sunday or about the many faith-formation programs sponsored by the Office of Catholic Scouting ministry, visit the OCS website or call (314) 792-7608.

Did you know??

In the St. Louis area at the end of 2014:

  •       There were 19,718 Cub Scouts in 475 Packs
  •       There were 9,753 Boy Scouts in 410 Troops
  •       There were 3,436 Venturers in 211 Crews
  •        Nationally, there are over 3 million Scouts!
  •        Internationally, there are over 7 million Scouts!!

A Pro-Life Generation!

See video

Hear some of our Archdiocese youth share why they are pro-life and chose to participate in this year's March for Life!

January: A Time for Prayer, Reflection, and Witness

Every January, we remember the United States Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade, legalizing abortion in our country.

On January 17, hundreds gathered at the Cathedral Basilica for the RLA’s Annual Roe v. Wade Memorial Mass celebrated by Archbishop Robert J. Carlson. Joining him were half a dozen priests as well as numerous seminarians from Kenrick Glennon. The Mass was immediately preceded by a Rose Procession, consisting of individuals born every year since 1973 honoring their peers lost to abortion. RoseDuring the homily, Archbishop Carlson reminded all gathered that “we are called to witness our faith as Jesus did, never afraid of those who opposed him,” words that were put into action following Mass with a Rosary procession to Planned Parenthood. A powerful witness was made as hundreds gathered to offer the Sorrowful Mysteries outside of the abortion facility.

On January 22, 2,000 youth, young adults, and chaperones on the Generation Life pilgrimage and hundreds of others from our Archdiocese joined 500,000 others in the March for Life in our nation’s capital. The sheer magnitude of the crowd combined with the prayerful exuberance was truly inspirational. Several of these young people shared their reasons for being pro-life here. With pro-life hearts such as these, we have much reason to hope that abortion will soon no longer be legal or desired by anyone.

Beyond the March, pilgrims partook in other spiritual and educational activities, ranging from the Youth Rally and Mass for Life at the DC Armory to the National Prayer Vigil for Life at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Generation Life pilgrims got to hear from pro-life speakers such as the Sisters of Life and Ryan Bomberger of the Radiance Foundation.

Cathedral Holy HourMeanwhile, numerous parishes held their own special prayer opportunities to allow all to join in prayer for an end to abortion. For example, young adults from around the Archdiocese gathered at the Cathedral Basilica for a special Holy Hour and pro-life Rosary. The event, sponsored by the RLA and the Office of Young Adult Ministry, drew over 60 young adults in addition to a dozen seminarians.

Although it has been 42 years since the legalization of abortion and it is easy to become discouraged when we reflect on the number of lives lost, there is hope. We know that much is being done materially, legally, and spiritually to end abortion.  Let us all work together so that we will no longer have to commemorate Roe v. Wade, but rather live in a country where every human person is respected as a child of God.

St. Monica Youth

Young Adult Introduction to Scripture Class

Discipulus Institute - Winter/Spring 2015 - Now Enrolling!

Introduction to Scripture w/ Dr. Geoffrey Miller

Cost $25

Want to learn how to read the bible and use it in your daily life but you don't know where to start? This is the class for you!

This course meets on Wednesdays, beginning January 28th and runs through March 18th at the Cardinal Rigali Cetner. 6:30 pm -8:00 pm. 

 

Dr. Miller is a member of the faculty at St. Louis University.

 

Course Description: 

This course will begin with a summary of the essential components of Catholic biblical interpretation, drawing on key texts from Vatican II as well as other church documents. We will then examine various exegetical methods in order to understand the Word of God as revealed through human beings. After an overview of the Old and New Testaments, we will study the most effective ways to interpret the different literary genres which appear in Scripture, including parables, epistles, legal texts, and more. In each class period, we will apply these principles and methods to specific passages from the Bible to help clarify and inspire Scripture reading among young adults.


2015-2016 Alive in Christ Scholarships Now Available!

 

 

Click Here to learn more.

The 2015-2016 Alive in Christ Scholarship Program will begin to accept applications on Monday, January 26, 2015 after 8:00am.

For questions please call Laura George at 314.792.7735.

Forty-First Annual Catholic Schools Week Begins Sunday

January 23, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Sue Brown
Director of Marketing & Enrollment Management for Catholic Education
Phone: 314.792.7304

ST. LOUIS - The annual celebration of Catholic Schools Week across the country and in the Archdiocese of St. Louis begins Sunday, January 25. Each school around the archdiocese will plan its own unique celebration, which include special Masses, academic and service activities, and fun for students.

Catholics built the first school in St. Louis in 1818 – 20 years before the first public school. In 1947, then-Archbishop Ritter integrated schools of the archdiocese almost 10 years before Brown v. Board of Education.

Since 1950, the archdiocese has operated its own Department of Special Education with K-8 schools, inclusionary preschools, learning centers and a school for children with autism and severe developmental disabilities. However, most of the 4,000+ students with diagnosed learning disabilities are accommodated in our general education schools with the assistance of learning consultants.

Most Catholic elementary schools will host an Open House on Sunday, January 25, or during the week. For a complete list of open houses and additional information about Catholic Schools Week, visit archstl.org/education.

Some notable special events during the week include:

Sunday, January 25, Noon-2:00
Blessed Teresa of Calcutta (Ferguson) Open House; Experts will be on hand to discuss BTC’s efforts to provide a choice for families in Ferguson through aggressive fund-raising and financial assistance.
Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Catholic School (120 N. Elizabeth Ave)

Monday, January 26, 2 P.M
Chaplet of Divine Mercy with students
Christ the King (7324 Balson Avenue)

Wednesday, January 28, 8:00 a.m.
Ecumenical Prayer Service
St. Norbert Catholic School (16475 New Halls Ferry Road)

Wednesday, January 28, 10 a.m.
Civil Servant “Thank You” and Ceremony with Holy Cross Academy
Shrewsbury Public Safety Building (4400 Shrewsbury Avenue)

Thursday, January 29
All-day Art Classes
Sacred Heart – Eureka (350 East 4th Street, Eureka, MO)

The observance of Catholic Schools Week began in 1974. This year marks the 41st anniversary of this annual event. Nationwide, about 2.1 million students are currently educated in more than 6,600 Catholic schools.

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Zach Grummer-Strawn's reflection on the CCHD internship!

Note: More information on the CCHD internship, including how to apply, can be found on the Internship page of the CCHD website.

The CCHD internship is way more than a job. It's a chance to engage in yourcommunity in meaningful, Christian way. My first week at CCHD I was in meetings on Ferguson. In the first few months, I've worked with community leaders in immigration, healthcare, wage justice, racial issues, and countless other concerns. I've had a front row seat to conversations and actions that will guide the future of our city and our nation. I've engaged with topics and issues that I didn't know existed, and (hopefully) contributed meaningfully to the response.

The CCHD internship is an avenue to a whole world of justice-minded Catholics in Saint Louis and across the country. In addition to working with the Catholic Charities staff, you'll be supported by a network of CCHD interns around the country, from college students to retirees, engaging their own communities in the call of the Gospels.

The CCHD internship is a chance to engage your faith. It's a chance to do what Jesus would do while fostering a more meaningful spiritual life through lived prayer. With CCHD, even paperwork (which isn't as much as I expected) is a chance to hunger and thirst for righteousness.

It's a paycheck. It's a job for the church. It's a chance to answer God's call. It's the greatest decision I've made yet. Make it yours.

Zach Grummer-Strawn is an undergraduate senior at SLU studying Theology and Sociology. When not interning with CCHD, he sings with Decadence A Cappella and the St. Louis University Mass Choir, volunteers with Alpha Phi Omega, and serves on the Great Issues Committee. You can contact him with questions about the Internship experience at zgrummerstrawn@ccstl.org.


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