Action Alert: Save Two Missouri Pro-Life Bills

The Missouri General Assembly reconvenes on Sept. 10 for the 2014 veto session. This means there is less than three weeks left to contact your representatives about two very important pro-life bills.

The first, HB 1307, would extend the reflection period after consultation to 72 hours before a woman has an abortion. Abortion is a life-changing procedure – for both the baby and the mother. Women need time to review all the medical information and alternatives available. This bill provides that. 

The second, HB 1132, would provide a tax credit increase for pregnancy resource centers and maternity homes. The assistance these organizations help women to choose life for their unborn children by providing the necessary tangible support which she might not be able to receive otherwise. 

Both of these bills were passed, but were vetoed by Governor Nixon. In the veto session on Sept. 10, the General Assembly can override both of the vetoes of Gov. Nixon. Contact your representative today to explain why these laws are the right choice for Missourians and urge their support. 

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Archdiocese of St. Louis Statement on ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

August 22, 2014
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ST. LOUIS – The Respect Life Apostolate of the Archdiocese of St. Louis has released a statement about the well-known “Ice Bucket Challenge,” which has gained enormous popularity as it has swept across the country in recent weeks. While raising awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, the challenge has also raised funds to support research by the ALS Association.

The statement reads, in part:

“There is nothing immoral about raising awareness for diseases and ethical research towards curing diseases; there is no reason Catholics can't participate. The key, however, is to ensure that donations from participation are being utilized to support morally licit research.”

The statement also explains that the moral problem lies with the ALS Association’s support for embryonic stem cell research:

“Embryonic stem cell research is always morally objectionable because a human person must be destroyed to harvest his or her stem cells.  As the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith stated: ‘The use of embryonic stem cells or differentiated cells derived from them - even when these are provided by other researchers through destruction of embryos or when such cells are commercially available - presents serious problems from the standpoint of cooperation in evil and scandal.’’’

As an alternative, the Archdiocese of St. Louis joins many other Catholic organizations around the country in encouraging donations to the John Paul II Medical Research Institute in Iowa City. The Institute is committed to engaging in ethical, pro-life research without the use of embryonic stem cells.

Donations can be made online at www.jp2mri.org.

The statement from the Respect Life Apostolate goes on to say:

“Certainly, individuals suffering with ALS as well as their family and friends deserve our support and prayers for healing. We encourage all to continue supporting everyone who is suffering or in spiritual, physical, or financial need. The Church supports all morally licit efforts towards a better understanding of and treatment for ALS.”

To read the entire statement, click here.

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Descendant of King Louis IX to Join Weekend of STL250 Events with a Catholic Flair

August 21, 2014
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Archdiocese of St. Louis hosting special "CatholicSTL250" Masses for Feast of Saint Louis

ST. LOUIS – As part of the year-long, city-wide STL250 celebrations, the Archdiocese of St. Louis is adding a Catholic flair by celebrating four special Masses this weekend. The Masses on Saturday, August 23, Sunday, August 24, and Monday, August 25 coincide with the Feast of Saint Louis IX, King of France on Monday, August 25. The weekend celebrations are part of what is affectionately being referred to as "CatholicSTL250."

The main celebration of the weekend will take place on Sunday, August 24 at 5 p.m. at the Cathedral Basilica (4431 Lindell). Special guests at the Mass will include: His Eminence, Justin Cardinal Rigali as papal legate; The Most Reverend Carlo Maria Vigano, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States; The Most Reverend Thierry Jordan, Archbishop of Reims, France; and Prince Louis Alphonse de Bourbon, Duke of Anjou, a direct descendant of Saint Louis IX, King of France.

The Mass times, locations, and other information are as follows:

Mass & Community Service Fair:
Saturday, August 23 – 5:00pm
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (4431 Lindell)
The Most Reverend Edward M. Rice, Auxiliary Bishop of St. Louis, celebrant. Followed by an ice cream social, community service fair and canned food drive.

Mass for Religious Orders:
Sunday, August 24 – 2:00pm
Basilica of Saint Louis, King ("Old Cathedral"; 209 Walnut St.)
The Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, celebrant; the Most Reverend Edward M. Rice, Auxiliary Bishop of St. Louis, to preach the homily.

Mass to Celebrate Saint Louis, King of France, patron of our city, archdiocese and cathedral:
Sunday, August 24 - 5:00pm
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (4431 Lindell)
Former Archbishop of St. Louis, His Eminence, Justin Cardinal Rigali, acting as papal legate, and celebrant. Concelebrants include: The Most Reverend Carlo Maria Vigano, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States; The Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis; and The Most Reverend Thierry Jordan, Archbishop of Reims, France; with special guest, Prince Louis Alphonse de Bourbon, Duke of Anjou.

Mass to Celebrate Feast of Saint Louis, King of France, en français:
Monday, August 25 - 6:00pm
St. Vincent de Paul Church (1408 S 10th St, 63104)
The Most Reverend Thierry Jordan, Archbishop of Reims, France, celebrant. Hosted by St. Louis/Lyon Sister Cities & the French Society.

Information about King Louis IX, the founding of the City of St. Louis, and more can be found at archstl.org/catholicstl250. A link to a livestream of all the Masses will be available on that page as well.

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ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and Embryonic Stem Cells

Doing the Challenge

News anchors, movie celebrities, professional sports teams, teachers, kids.  We've probably all seen by now the viral videos of individuals taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.   Concerns about the research supported by the ALS Association have left some Catholics concerned. Here is a quick overview.

What is the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge?
The challenge involves recording yourself accepting the challenge, dumping a bucket of ice water on your head, and challenging others by name to do it as well.  Typically, those who accept the challenge donate $10 to the ALS Association; those who decline donate $100.   According to the ALS Association, from July 29 to Aug 20, it has received $31.5 million in donations (compared to $1.9 million during the same time period last year). 

What's the Problem with Donating to ALS Association?
Certainly, individuals suffering with ALS as well as their family and friends deserve our support and prayers for healing. We encourage all to continue supporting everyone who is suffering or in spiritual, physical, or financial need. The Church supports all morally licit efforts towards a better understanding of and treatment for ALS.

There is concern, however, that the money being donated to the ALS Association may be used for embryonic stem cell research.  In a July 2, 2014 email from ALS Association to the American Life League, ALS stated that while it primarily funds studies utilizing adult stem cells, it is funding one study using embryonic stem cells and that it may fund embryonic stem cell research in the future. 

Embryonic stem cell research is always morally objectionable because a human person must be destroyed to harvest his or her stem cells.  As the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith stated: "The use of embryonic stem cells or differentiated cells derived from them - even when these are provided by other researchers through destruction of embryos or when such cells are commercially available - presents serious problems from the standpoint of cooperation in evil and scandal."  (Dignitas personae, no. 32).

Alternatives for Catholics
There is nothing immoral about raising awareness for diseases and ethical research towards curing diseases; there is no reason Catholics can't participate. The key, however, is to ensure that donations from participation are being utilized to support morally licit research.

As an alternative to the ALS Association, Catholics may wish to donate to the John Paul II Medical Research Institute. The Institute is a secular, non-profit organization and chooses to engage in medical research that honors and respects the dignity of every human life, from conception to natural death. More information on the John Paul II Institute is available here.

Donations can be by clicking here or checks can be sent to:

John Paul II Medical Research Institute
540 E. Jefferson St., Suite 202
Iowa City, IA 52245

Archdiocese of St. Louis to Join Ecumenical Prayer Vigil for Migrant Children

August 19, 2014
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What: Prayer Vigil Addressing the Humanitarian Emergency of Unaccompanied Minor Children from Central America
Who: Archdiocese of St. Louis in conjunction with sponsoring organization Incarnate Word Foundation, Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, and St. Martha's Hall
When: Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 6:00 p.m.
Where: Tower Grove Park, Turkish Pavilion

ST. LOUIS – The Archdiocese of St. Louis will join an ecumenical prayer vigil addressing the humanitarian crisis of unaccompanied minor children from Central America on Tuesday, August 19. The vigil will be held at Tower Grove Park in the Turkish Pavilion beginning at 6 p.m.

"It is important for our community to realize the serious humanitarian crisis on our southern border," said Javier Orozco, Executive Director of Intercultural and Interreligious Affairs for the Archdiocese of St. Louis. "Many people wonder what they can do. This vigil will be a chance for people of all faiths and goodwill to join together in a public way and offer prayers in solidarity with the migrant children."

The vigil is being sponsored by the Incarnate Word Foundation, Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, and St. Martha's Hall. The vigil will be held specifically for unaccompanied minor children, their families, the border patrol, the smugglers, the volunteers, those who have yet to open their hearts to these refugees, and all governments involved.

Catholic Charities recently joined the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County, and several other local agencies in submitting a plan to the federal government to house up to 60 migrant children in existing facilities.

Questions about the vigil can be directed to St. Martha's Hall at 314.533.1313.

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Archbishop Carlson Issues Letter Regarding Ferguson

August 18, 2014
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ST. LOUIS – Today, His Excellency, Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, issued the following letter to the faithful in the Archdiocese of St. Louis:

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

We are all aware of the turmoil and tragedy our St. Louis community is experiencing. The residents of Ferguson, Missouri, are struggling to find peace in the chaos. As people of Christ, we are struggling to find direction in the unrest.

I have personally visited Ferguson and Michael Brown's memorial to offer my prayers for everyone affected by this tragedy. As I have been observing this situation and reflecting on it through much prayer, I find strength in the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi: "Lord, make me an instrument of your peace." In all circumstances, but especially in these difficult times, we are all called to be instruments of peace through our words and actions. Pope Francis recently stated that, "All men and women of good will are bound by the task of pursuing peace."

To that end, I invite the Catholic faithful to attend a Mass for Peace and Justice which I will celebrate at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, on Wednesday, August 20th, at 5 p.m. During the Mass a special collection will be taken to assist food pantries and parishes in the Ferguson area that offer assistance to those who have been affected by the looting and destruction of property. Additionally, I encourage all parishes to offer Masses for peace in our community. The Office of Worship will contact pastors to provide the appropriate resources. Additional parish activities could include Holy Hours, a parish rosary, or a special collection this week to assist in the effort.

Because many Catholic schools are beginning classes both this and in the coming weeks, I have asked our Catholic schools to begin a daily rosary for peace and to offer special intentions during all school Masses. Catholic Family Services, an agency of Catholic Charities, has made counselors available to any Catholic school that requests assistance. Catholic Family Services has also publicized tips for parents and schools when dealing with crisis situations.

Pope Francis has encouraged us again and again to ask Our Lady, the Undoer of Knots, to intercede for us in difficult circumstances. So too, I ask all the faithful in the Archdiocese of St. Louis to join me in praying to Our Blessed Mother and to her son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, for peace and justice in our community.

Sincerely Yours in Christ,

Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson
Archbishop of St. Louis

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Click here to download a copy of the letter

If you would like to make a secure donation online to help Catholic Charities provide assistance to the Ferguson area, please click here.

To view a video of Archbishop Carlson's homily from the Mass for Peace and Justice on Wednesday, August 20th, click here.

For comprehensive and on-going coverage of the situation in Ferguson from the St. Louis Review, visit stlouisreview.com/ferguson.

LWANGA CENTER RESUMES BIBLE STUDY

The St. Charles Lwanga Center resumes its Bible Study this week on August 21, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.  Join us then and on successive Thursdays as we study and pray with the Book of Deuteronomy. There is no charge for the sessions but free will offerings to the Center are always welcomed.

 

Jewish, Christian and Muslim Religious Leaders Pray for Peace

We join our religious leaders in prayer and hope as we seek to find peaceful solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  May God inspire our world leaders and each one of us with wisdom and compassion to be agents of peace.

~ Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs


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Pan y Amor Archdiocesan Family Day

Sunday, September 14, 2014
2:30-4:30pm
Cardinal Rigali Center
20 Archbishop May Drive
St. Louis, MO 63119

The Mission Office invites you to discover the cultures of Bolivia, Colombia, Kenya and Uganda in a mission carnival setting. An afternoon of fun for the entire family! Activities will begin at 2:30 and will conclude with the showing of our new 30 minute Pan y Amor video introducing you to our very own Archdiocesan mission program (led by Msgr. Francis X. Blood) which helps needy children in Bolivia, Colombia, Kenya and Uganda. All in attendance will be treated to Ted Drewes custard and attendance prizes will be awarded.

Cost is $10.00 per family. Reservations are required. Call 314-792-7655 or email conniehenrion@archstl.org to make your reservation. 

Former Archbishop of St. Louis to Ordain Four Men to International Priestly Institute in St. Louis

August 4, 2014
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Cardinal Burke will Confer Sacrament of Holy Orders on Four Americans of the Institute of Christ the King

ST. LOUIS – His Eminence, Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, with the permission of His Excellency, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, will ordain four men to the sacred priesthood for the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest (ICKSP) at St. Francis de Sales Oratory (2653 Ohio Avenue) beginning at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, August 5, 2014.

The Institute of Christ the King is a special international priestly family, known as a “Society of Apostolic life of Pontifical Right,” with their most notable charism being the use of the traditional Latin Mass, known as the “Extraordinary Form.”

The Institute has apostolates around the world – twelve of which are in the United States – including St. Francis de Sales which has been under their care since 2005 when then-Archbishop Burke invited the Institute and erected its apostolate as an Oratory.

The four men being ordained to the priesthood on Tuesday are all Americans – the largest single group of Americans to be ordained for the Institute since its founding in 1990. This ordination will be the second ordination for the Institute to take place in St. Louis, with the first being held in 2007 when two Americans were ordained at the Cathedral Basilica by then-Archbishop Burke. Most ordinations of the Institute have taken place in Italy where its international seminary is located.

The men – Abbé Francis Altiere, Abbé Benjamin Coggeshall, Abbé Joel Estrada, and Abbé Andrew Todd – completed their seminary studies at the Institute’s international seminary in Gricigliano, Italy. They arrived there from four very different states: California, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, and Illinois.

“We are deeply grateful to Archbishop Carlson for allowing these ordinations to take place in St. Louis, the ‘Rome of the West,’” said Canon Michael Wiener, Rector of St. Francis de Sales Oratory. “The Institute of Christ the King is also indebted to His Eminence, Raymond Cardinal Burke for the support he has provided our community. These ordinations are evidence of the great desire amongst the faithful to cultivate the rich tradition of the Catholic Church’s liturgical heritage. We are confident that the Institute will continue to experience vibrant growth and to support the Church in the years to come.”

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August 2-3: Annual Collection for Latin America Apostolate in Bolivia

LAA CollectionThis weekend - August 2 and 3 - is the annual collection for our Latin America Apostolate. The collection will be held in all parishes in the Archdiocese. Please prayerfully consider giving a gift to assist our missionaries in Bolivia - Fr. Pat Hayden, Fr. Jim Michler, Fr. Tim Noelker, and Bishop Morgan Casey. Please keep them and our brothers and sisters in Bolivia in your prayers. ¡Gracias! 

Learn more about our Latin America Apostolate ...

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Latin America Apostolate
20 Archbishop May Drive
St. Louis, MO 63119

CYC Players, Coaches, and Umpires Display Random Acts of Sportsmanship During Archdiocesan CYC Baseball and Softball Playoffs

 

This year’s CYC Baseball and Softball Playoffs proved that good sportsmanship is most definitely alive and well here in the Archdiocese of St. Louis. There were numerous Random Acts of Sportsmanship (RAS) reported during the playoffs, and a myriad more that went unnoticed. RAS are acts that we want to encourage all our participants to display every time they take the field or court.  In addition to recognizing winners of games, we feel it is imperative for the CYC to search for and recognize Acts of Sportsmanship at our athletic events.  As a Catholic organization we must train our children to display Christian values in all parts of their lives, especially during athletic competition.  Below are just a few RAS that we witnessed during the playoffs:

St. Mark's 5th grade baseball team had a spirited player on the bench who encouraged his teammates, congratulated them when they made nice plays and consoled them if they struck out.  His name is Ben Sanders.  What was even more impressive about his sportsmanship and team spirit is he did this while not being able to play, because his arm was in a cast!  But he was right there on the bench, as MVT, Most Valuable Teammate.

We also awarded Tim Klump, a St. Mark's parent and fan a Random Act of Sportsmanship.  Why?  Well in the 98 degree heat and high humidity, he was kind enough to see if the umpires needed some water.  He offered to quench their thirst and then made the uphill trek to the concession stand for them.  Tim, what a great example you are to all of us to look outside ourselves and see if we can help others.

Delvon Yates was throwing hard and throwing strikes for St. Ferdinand in their 5th grade championship game.  After he finished his four dominate innings his coach and dad, Charles Yates, congratulated him and told him what great pitching that was.  But Charles not only praised his own son and own players, you could often hear him from his 3rd base coaching box telling the opponents, St. Cletus players, what a nice play they had made.  Once when the ball slithered past the St. Cletus 3rd basemen, he winced and said, "that was a tough one to catch".  Then turned to some fans on the 3rd base side and said, "Even though that helps our team, I hate to see a player miss a chance to make a play."  Love that Sportsmanship Charles!

In making the rounds to the different fields, we often heard from the district people manning the scoring tables how professional and how consistent the umpires were.  Two umpires that were recognized for their great work on the first Saturday at St. Gerard were Chris and Tim Althage.  They did a great job of handling the pre-game instructions and ground rules. They were always hustling and in position to make calls.  Plus they took time to explain calls to the players when they were confused.  They were instructing the players on the rules of baseball.  Great job, great sportsmanship!

We are sure there were many more RAS that took place during the baseball and softball playoffs.  Often times those acts go unnoticed, or if noticed, unmentioned.  Those should not be unmentionables!  They should be spotted and shouted about.  As a CYC we want to recognize these acts.  Praise the people involved and encourage others to follow in their footsteps.  So when you see a Random Act of Sportsmanship make a mental note and then drop an email about it to buzzswanston@archstl.org so we can shout about it and bring it to everyone's attention.  As the CYC, we want to help everyone realize that good sportsmanship makes great sports!!

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