Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving for His Holiness Pope Francis on Thursday, March 21, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, 4431 Lindell Boulevard.
Most Reverend Edward M. Rice, Auxiliary Bishop of St. Louis, Most Reverend Robert J. Hermann, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of St. Louis, Reverend Monsignor Mark S. Rivituso, Vicar General of St. Louis, and Very Reverend Douglas W. Marcouiller, Jesuit Provincial Superior of the Missouri Province, will concelebrate the Mass.
“Let us come together to offer prayers and support for the new Holy Father, Pope Francis, as he begins his Pontificate as Shepherd of the Universal Church,” Archbishop Carlson said. “Catholics around the world and in the Archdiocese of St. Louis have already learned much from the early actions of Pope Francis. We find comfort in the gentleness of his Jesuit spirituality, which is uniquely blended with his devotion to St. Francis of Assisi. His demonstrated humility, service and openness are surely a beacon of hope for all people.”
Archbishop Carlson will impart an Apostolic Blessing on those gathered for the Mass of Thanksgiving. This can only be done 3 times each year. The other two occasions will be Christmas and Easter.
The Mass will be streamed live on the archdiocesan website at stlouisreview.com/popefrancis. A recorded version will be available within the hour following Mass at the same web address.
Members of the media will be allowed to take pictures and shoot video inside the Cathedral. A representative from the Archdiocese will assist you with where you are permitted to work. You will not be allowed on, near, or beyond the communion rail. A staff member will need to escort you upstairs if you wish to gather photos from the choir loft. If you are a member of the press, please park on Newstead or Maryland on a first-come, first-serve basis.