Men's and Women's Retreat - October 17

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Tell a "Joke With The Pope" and Change the World!

Joke With The PopeTell a joke and change the world! Pope Francis, who will soon be visiting the United States, invites you to "donate" a joke to help children in need, house the homeless, and feed the hungry. The cause with the most jokes will win a $10,000 donation. Joke With The Pope was created by the Pontifical Mission Societies in the United States, the Catholic Church's official support organization for overseas missions.

Upload your video joke or type in your written joke by October 2nd. Be sure to use #JokeWithThePope on social media!

Vist the Joke With The Pope website!

View a brief overview of Joke With The Pope!

Emergency Responders to be Honored at Inaugural Blue Mass on Sunday

September 9, 2015
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

Bishop Edward Rice will celebrate Mass to honor living and deceased emergency responders

What: Inaugural Blue Mass to honor emergency responders
Where: Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (4431 Lindell)
When: Sunday, September 13, 2015, 10:00 a.m.
Who: Auxiliary Bishop Edward Rice and emergency responders from the greater St. Louis region

ST. LOUIS – Most Reverend Edward Rice, auxiliary bishop of St. Louis, will celebrate the first Blue Mass in the Archdiocese of St. Louis on Sunday, September 13, 2015 to honor all emergency responders. Police officers, firefighters, paramedics, emergency support staff, and other public safety & law enforcement personnel and their families have been invited.

“The work of our emergency responders is a gift that requires much sacrifice,” Archbishop Robert J. Carlson said. “This Mass is one way for the Archdiocese of St. Louis to show support for what these men and women do every day, and in a particular way to say thank you to those who dedicate their lives to serve and protect the citizens of the greater St. Louis region. Their heroic choice to regularly stand between ordinary citizens and dangerous situations is a testament to their goodness and bravery. In living out their profession, they show us the true spirit of what it means to be a follower of Christ.”

The Blue Mass honors men and women currently serving as emergency responders, as well as those who have died in the line of duty. The Mass is intended to bring a greater awareness of those who serve us so faithfully, often placing others’ lives and safety above their own.

The first Blue Mass was celebrated by Fr. Thomas Dade on September 29, 1934 at St. Patrick Church in Washington, D.C. In attendance were more than 1,000 police and firefighters, dressed in their blue uniforms. The tradition of showing gratitude to emergency responders and their families in this way has continued throughout the United States, especially since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.


If you or someone you know would like to register for the Blue Mass as an emergency responder, please visit

Statement Regarding Annulment Process

September 8, 2015
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS - Today, Pope Francis issued “Mitis Iudex Dominus Iesus” (The Lord Jesus, the Gentle Judge) pertaining to the annulment process for the Latin-rite Church. It is not uncommon for the Catholic Church to review and tweak the laws and regulations regarding annulments. Previous popes such as Pius XI, Paul VI and John Paul II also issued revisions.

The Archdiocese of St. Louis is studying the document to determine the specific ways in which it will impact the tribunal process and pastoral care of the faithful. We will have a more complete understanding of the changes within the coming days and weeks upon consultation with the Vatican and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The changes will go into effect on December 8, 2015, in conjunction with the beginning of the Jubilee Year of Mercy.


Training Day 2015

Every year in September the Office of Youth Ministry has training and ongoing Formation for all Youth Ministers, Adult Youth Leaders, Core Members, and Volunteers to better prepare them for the mission field of Youth Ministry.  This year, the keynote speaker will be Deacon Dana Nearmyer, the Lead Consultant for Evangelization and Catholic Formation for Youth in the Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas. Deacon Nearmyer is also an Adjunct Instructor of Evangelization and Catechesis at Benedictine College where he teaches courses on Youth Ministry. Other presenters will be Katie Gray, Rachel Allen, and OYM Staff.

Event: Training Day

Date: Saturday, September 12, 2015

WhatThis will be a full day of training for all adults working in youth ministry.

WhereKenrick-Glennon Seminary

Time:  Check-in and breakfast are from 8:15 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.  Training will be 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Special Guest:  Deacon Dana Nearmyer

Price$25.00 per person by August 30th, $35.00 per person on and after August 31st.
            Priests are free.  Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Register On-Line Here .

For more information contact Tom Lancia at 314-792-7618 or

Exciting upcoming events for the Year of Consecrated Life

Date Time Event Location Notes and RSVP Information
Dec. 1, 2015
7 pm Interfaith Prayer Service "Compassion for Earth" Central Reform Congregation Click here for flyer.
Dec. 8, 2015
10 am,
12 N,  
3 pm,  
7:30 pm
The Sixth Annual Newman Convocation SLU and Cathedral Basilica 10 am Symposium @ Sinquefield Stateroom (SLU),
12 N Mass @ College Church (SLU),
3 pm Convocation @ Saint Louis Room (SLU),
7:30 pm Solemn Vespers @ Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (Archbishop Carlson to preside at Convocation and Vespers) 
You are invited!  Please take a moment to RSVP here (RSVP not required for attendance.)  Please see below or click here for more information.
Dec. 12, 2015
8 am -
11 am
A Morning with Mary, Mother of Priests St. Joseph Parish in Cottleville All women are invited to Mass, Conference for Women on spiritual motherhood and the priesthood, Adoration, Benediction, Rosary, prayers, and a light reception. Please see below for more information. Free, but please Register by December 9, Online, by Email or Call 314-275-0890.
Dec. 19, 2015
  Archbishop Carlson Advent Day of Prayer Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis  
Jan. 2, 2016
9:30 am -
6 pm
A Day of Serviam for women ages 20-35: Sharing service, simplicity and spirituality with the Ursulines Ursuline Sisters' Offices Service at Little Sisters of the Poor Home for Elderly, then return to Ursuline for sharing of the experience, prayer, and dinner together. For more information or to sign up, contact: Sr. Elisa Ryan, OSU at or 314-825-9773.  Please see below for more information. 
Feb. 5, 2016
7 pm -
9 pm
Nazareth Nights Kenrick-Glennon Seminary Monthly nights of prayer for young adults on select 1st Fridays of the month.
Feb. 20, 2016
7 pm Catholic Night at SLU Basketball game Chaifetz Arena More information to come.
Mar. 4, 2016
7 pm -
9 pm
Nazareth Nights Kenrick-Glennon Seminary Monthly nights of prayer for young adults on select 1st Fridays of the month.
March 5, 2016
  Archbishop Carlson Lenten Day of Prayer Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis  
Apr. 1, 2016
7 pm -
9 pm
Nazareth Nights Kenrick-Glennon Seminary Monthly nights of prayer for young adults on select 1st Fridays of the month.
May 7, 2016
8:30 am -
1 pm
Prayer and Our Christian Tradition Cardinal Rigali Center Day of Prayer and Reflection with Father David Meconi, SJ.


Nazareth Nights

  • Nazareth Nights is a night of prayer for young adults (ages 18-34) consisting of Adoration, Sacrament of Reconciliation, praise and worship, and a reflection by a guest priest (or deacon).
  • The night will begin in the St. Joseph Chapel at 7:00 pm.  The gathering will end with a social.
  • Nazareth Nights will be held on selected first-Fridays and will be hosted by the Kenrick-Glennon seminarians in collaboration with the Office of Vocations.
  • The remaining Nazareth dates this academic year are:
    • Feb 5, 2016
    • Mar 4, 2016
    • Apr 1, 2016

Please click to see attached flyer:  Nazareth Nights.pdf for more information.

Discernment Community Supper

 On the first and third Thursdays beginning on October 1st, the discernment community at Fiat House(address below) is inviting you to join them for supper at their house  The goal is to have a safe, supportive space for conversations around whatever topic is on people's minds and hearts.  They will eat at 6:00, but people are welcome anytime 5:00 or after if they want to help with the cooking.  If people know they are coming and can RSVP, great--that's always helpful.  However, we'll always plan to make a big pot of something so that if people decide to come last minute or if they find a friend on the way out the door, we can just add plates as we need to.  If people want to bring something, an appetizer, dessert, loaf of bread, etc. should go with anything we might be making, although bringing yourself is more than enough, so just come.

Contact person:  Sister Sarah Heger, CSJ Our address is:  323 Hoffmeister Ave., St. Louis, 63125 Sisters Sarah’s cell # is:  314-607-7209.


Announcing the Sixth Annual Newman Convocation, December 8, 2015

 Fifty years ago, on December 8, 1965, the Second Vatican Council closed with a solemn celebration on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. This year we reflect on the council's lasting significance. We are privileged to have Joseph Komonchak with us to conduct a symposium on Gaudium et spes, deliver the convocation lecture on the achievements of the council, and preach at a solemn vespers at the conclusion of the day.

You are invited!  Click the image below for more information, and please take a moment to RSVP here(RSVP not required for attendance.)



A Morning with Mary, Mother of Priests
All women are invited
presented by Fr. Mark Chrismer
Saturday, December 12
St. Joseph Cottleville Parish in St. Charles, MO
8:00 am Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
8:45-10:30 am Conference for Women on spiritual motherhood and the priesthood, Adoration, Benediction,
Rosary and other prayers. Followed by a light reception.
Free, but please Register by December 9, Online,
by Email  or Call 314-275-0890.
- Sponsored by the Apostolate of Spiritual Motherhood for the Sanctification of Priests, St. Louis


Statement Regarding Pope Francis’ Abortion Announcement

September 2, 2015
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

The priests of the Archdiocese of St.  Louis have had the faculty not only to absolve the sin of abortion, but also to remove any other obstacles such as an ecclesiastical censure so that an individual may be fully reconciled to God and to the Church.  The priests of the archdiocese have had this faculty granted to them by the archbishop for decades. While the teachings of the Church are consistent, some priests' faculties may be different in other parts of the world. The pope's recent comments extending priests’ authority for the upcoming Year of Mercy is meant to facilitate more accessible reconciliation, healing and mercy throughout the universal Church.

Women who have received valid absolution for the grave sin of abortion in the archdiocese should be assured of the mercy previously extended to them in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

The archdiocese offers spiritual support and counseling through the services of the Project Rachel and Project Joseph ministries. Anyone wounded by abortion is invited to call upon God’s mercy and forgiveness by contacting Project Rachel/Joseph at (314) 792-7565.


CCHD National Grant Pre-Application Is Now Open!

Pre-Application for new grant applicants for the 2016-2017 National CCHD Grant Program is Now Open! 

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development is the national anti-poverty program of the U.S. Catholic Bishops. CCHD works to break the cycle of poverty by helping low-income people participate in decisions that affect their lives, families, and communities. Currently, there are two grant programs: community development and economic development. For more information on these programs, including a comprehensive guide on how to complete the application, click here.

CCHD grants involve a multi-step review process, the first of which is the pre-application. All new grant applicants must submit a pre-application for a community development or an economic development grant. CCHD uses this pre-application to determine the funding eligibility of a potential applicant organization. Approved organizations will be invited to apply for the full grant, which is due December 15th.

To fill out the pre-application, click here. Pre-application guidelines can be found in the Grant HandbookThe deadline to submit a pre-application is November 1st, 2015!

If you have any questions about this process, please contact Sandy Mattingly-Paulen, Grants Specialist at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, at or 202-541-3211. 2015 CCHD Image Poster

Jubilee Year of Mercy Preparations Begin Tuesday in Archdiocese of St. Louis

September 1, 2015
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

Doors of Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis to be sealed in special ceremony

What: Sealing the center narthex doors of the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis
Where: Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (4431 Lindell)
When: Tuesday, September 8th, after the 12:05 p.m. Mass
Who: Bishop Edward Rice and the faithful of the Archdiocese of St. Louis
Why: To prepare local Catholics for Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, as declared by Pope Francis

ST. LOUIS – The center narthex doors of the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis will be sealed in a special ceremony after the 12:05 p.m. Mass on Tuesday, September 8, 2015, to remind the faithful to prepare their hearts for the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy. The Jubilee Year, or Holy Year, begins worldwide on December 8, 2015. Bishop Edward Rice will offer Mass and conduct the ceremony to seal the doors. The doors will be opened again on December 13, 2015.

In April, Pope Francis declared the Catholic Church would celebrate an Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy beginning December 8, 2015, with the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. The Holy Year will end on November 20, 2016, on 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.

Most Catholics will be unable to make a pilgrimage during this Jubilee Year to visit the four major basilicas in Rome. However, Catholics can make a pilgrimage to minor basilicas, including the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, or other local pilgrimage sites.

More information about the Jubilee Year of Mercy, including a calendar of events and a list of local pilgrimage sites, can be found at


Proclaiming the Good News to the Nations: Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School

Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School celebrated the Mass of the Holy Spirit on Thursday, August 27th. The Mass, celebrated by Bishop Rice, marked the beginning of the new academic year. "We recalled that at Pentecost, the Holy Spirit inspired the disciples of Jesus to proclaim the Gospel to the nations in a variety of languages," Rachel Kondro said. "So, we invited members of our community to offer the Prayers of the Faithful in English, Spanish, Russian, French, Italian, and Romanian." 

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Internship Opportunities in the Catholic Youth Apostolate

The Office of Youth Ministry – a ministry of the Catholic Youth Apostolate of the Archdiocese of St. Louis – is seeking energetic, motivated, faithful self-starters for our internship program.  This program offers college age students an opportunity to give a period of service to the Church, while gaining valuable experience and formation.  The internship can be used for course credit. For more information please review the OYM Intern Job Description or visit To apply, complete our Internship Application and submit it to Tom Lancia, the Director of Youth Ministry:

Tom Lancia
Director of Youth Ministry
20 Archbishop May Dr.
St. Louis Mo, 63119

Office: (314) 792-7618
Fax: (314) 792-7619

The Office of Young Adult Ministry strives to support and create a vibrant and visible community of Catholic young adults.  We seek to challenge young adults to live out the Gospel call of Jesus to “make disciples of all nations” (Mt 28), while continuing to grow in their relationship with Christ and the Church.  This ministry offers young adults the opportunity to grow in their spiritual life and form lasting relationships based on the call of Christ to holiness, community and service.

The intern for the Office of Young Adult Ministry will gain valuable experience by assisting the office staff with the execution of several major Young Adult programs.  These programs will include, but are not limited to, Emmaus Small Faith Sharing Groups, Encounter Young Adult Conference, Theology on Tap and the Discipulus Young Adult Institute. For more details, view the OYAM Internship Job Description. To apply, complete the OYAM Internship Application and send it to Kasia Penna, the Director of Young Adult Ministry:

Kasia Penna
Director of Young Adult Ministry
20 Archbishop May Drive
St. Louis, MO  63119

Office: (314) 792-7008

The REAP (Retreat Evangelization And Prayer) Team is a retreat ministry of the Catholic Youth Apostolate. The REAP Team consists of adults and teenagers who have been specially chosen and trained to convey the Gospel to all people, especially teenagers. Using humor, drama, skits, faith sharing, games, and music, the Team's focus is to touch young people's hearts, open their minds, and stir their souls with the love of Jesus Christ.

The REAP Team is constantly seeking volunteers who are interested in working with young people of all ages in a retreat setting. To find out more, visit

Enkindle - a New Ministry for couples suffering with Infertility

Couples facing problems with fertility don't have to walk this journey alone. Faith tells us our lives are ultimately in God's hands. Along our way, he sends us help in carrying our burdens. As you work toward acceptance of this challenge, our Enkindle infertility counseling ministry is to offer hope while seeking peace. Call us for a free half-hour appointment to speak with a registered nurse and a licensed professional counselor in person or over the phone. To find out more about this program or make your appointment, call 314-997-7675.

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