Walk of Trust Sunday Intended to Heal Divisions

May 26, 2017
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WHAT: Walk of Trust
WHEN: Sunday, May 28, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
WHERE: From Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (4431 Lindell) to Chaifetz Arena on campus of Saint Louis University
WHO: Any person of goodwill in the St. Louis area

ST. LOUIS – The greater St. Louis community is invited to participate in a “Walk on Trust” on Sunday, May 28, departing the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis at 2:00 p.m. The walk is part of the weekend-long “St. Louis Pilgrimage of Trust” taking place in St. Louis May 26-29. The walk is intended to be a first step towards healing some of the deep divisions in our community that have surfaced since the unrest in Ferguson.

The Walk of Trust will depart the Cathedral Basilica and head north to Delmar Boulevard, the symbolic “Delmar Divide,” which has for generations been a mark of racial, cultural, and economic division in St. Louis. The route will follow Delmar Boulevard for a few blocks before turning south to Chaifetz Arena on the campus of Saint Louis University. Participating worship locations along the route include Second Presbyterian Church (4501 Westminster Place), Galilee Baptist Church (4300 Delmar Blvd), and Masjid Bilal Mosque (3843 West Pine Mall Boulevard). Anyone is welcome to participate for as much or as little of the walk as possible.

In addition, all churches in St. Louis – Catholic and non-Catholic – are invited to ring their bells when the Walk of Trust begins at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 28, as a visible mark of unity in our region.

A Taizé prayer service inside Chaifetz Arena will begin at 5:00 p.m. at the conclusion of the walk. Participation in the Walk of Trust is not required to attend the prayer service.

This incredibly important event is open to everyone in our community who wonders “What can I do?” to help heal our community. More information about the Walk of Trust can be found at walkoftrust.com.

Media is invited to attend any portion of the event.


Archbishop Carlson to Ordain Four Men to Sacred Priesthood

May 25, 2017
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Mass of Priestly Ordination will take place Saturday, May 27, 2017

WHAT: Priestly Ordinations for the Archdiocese of St. Louis
WHO: Four men will receive the Sacrament of Holy Orders
WHEN: Saturday, May 27, 2017, 10 a.m.
WHERE: Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (4431 Lindell Boulevard)

ST. LOUIS – Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, will confer the Sacrament of Holy Orders on Reverend Mr. Michael Lampe, Reverend Mr. Peter Terwase Faimega, Reverend Mr. Clark Philipp, and Reverend Mr. John Schneier at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis on Saturday, May 27.

The candidates for ordination, or “ordinands,” will receive the Sacrament of Holy Orders in culmination of several years of rigorous study and spiritual development at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary. Three of the candidates graduated from Kenrick School of Theology with a Master of Arts in Theology and a Master of Divinity. Reverend Mr. Clark Philipp will return to the Pontifical North American College in Rome after ordination to complete his studies.

The candidates each followed the calling to sacred ministry in different ways. Reverend Mr. Schneier and Reverend Mr. Philipp entered the seminary immediately after graduating from Saint Louis University High School and DeSmet Jesuit High School respectively. Reverend Mr. Lampe earned a degree from Missouri University of Science and Technology and worked professionally as a nuclear engineer before entering the seminary. Reverend Mr. Faimega’s path to the priesthood began in his home country of Nigeria.

“The ordinandi have shown generosity of heart and a great openness to formation as the Lord continues to form them into the priests they are called to be,” said Fr. James Mason, president-rector of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary. “At the beginning of the year, I asked them to be servant-leaders within the seminary community and models for the other seminarians. They responded wholeheartedly. I am confident that they will bring the same servant-leadership into their priesthood.”

According to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the total number of potential ordinands for the class of 2017 is 590, up from 548 in 2016, and near the 595 ordained in 2015.

Part of the rite of ordination includes the laying on of hands by the bishop, a tradition that began with the original Twelve Apostles and has continued in an unbroken line throughout the entire 2,000 year history of the Catholic Church. The new priests receive supernatural graces through the Sacrament of Holy Orders whereby they are able to act in persona Christi (in the person of Christ) when they hear confessions and offer the sacrifice of the Mass, which is a bloodless re-enactment of Christ’s sacrifice on Good Friday.

The Mass of Priestly Ordination begins at 10 a.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, 4431 Lindell Boulevard, in the Central West End.

Additional background information about the ordinands and the Rite of Ordination, including a live-stream of the Mass and ceremony, can be found at archstl.org/ordination.


Root, Root, Root for the Home Team at the 19th Annual CYC Cardinals Night!

Hello Sports Fans! It’s time for our 19th Annual CYC Cardinals Night on June 14, 2017! The Cardinals will be playing the Milwaukee Brewers.

Tickets for Loge Seating are $17.50 each (regularly $58.)

Download the Ticket Order Form here, and for more information, call the CYC Office at (314) 792-7256.

If you would like to cheer on the St. Louis Cardinals with your CYC teammates, friends, and family, please get your order in quickly. We have a limited number of tickets, and we will be selling them on a first-come, first-served basis. It’s always a Fun Night at the Ball Park for all CYC Sports Teams!!

Players and teams will be able to participate in the parade around the field prior to the game, and the top four parishes in number of tickets sold will have a special opportunity to participate in an additional pre-game event!

Pilgrimage of Trust in St. Louis to Promote Unity

May 17, 2017
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Taizé Community Invited by Archbishop Carlson to Help Heal Divisions After Ferguson Unrest

ST. LOUIS – The greater St. Louis community is invited to participate in a “Walk of Trust” on Sunday, May 28, as part of the larger “St. Louis Pilgrimage of Trust” taking place over Memorial Day Weekend 2017. Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, brothers of the Taizé Community from Taizé, France, and other faith and civic leaders in the region will lead the walk and weekend-long event. The Pilgrimage of Trust is intended to help heal some of the deep divisions in our community that have surfaced since the unrest in Ferguson.

The Walk of Trust on Sunday, May 28, starting at 2 p.m., will anchor the weekend’s events. The walk will begin at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (4431 Lindell Boulevard), before heading north to Delmar Boulevard, and concluding at Chaifetz Arena on the campus of Saint Louis University. This incredibly important event is open to everyone in our community who wonders “What can I do?” to help heal our community. More information about the Walk of Trust can be found at walkoftrust.com.

In addition, all churches in St. Louis – Catholic and non-Catholic – are invited to ring their bells when the Walk of Trust begins at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 28, as a visible mark of unity in our region.

For over a year the Taizé brothers, along with a diverse team of volunteers, have been meeting with Catholic parishes and various non-Catholic churches in St. Louis to organize multiple evenings of prayer and dialogue in preparation for this important weekend and to help heal many of the divisions that exist across our St. Louis community.

Although the St. Louis Pilgrimage of Trust actually began more than a year ago when the Taizé brothers first arrived, the main events will take place May 26-29, 2017, at Saint Louis University, which is situated as a cultural and geographical crossroads within the city. More information about the Pilgrimage of Trust and a complete schedule of events, prayer services, and workshops, can be found at pilgrimageoftruststl.com.

The brothers of the Taizé Community were invited to St. Louis by Archbishop Carlson in 2015. The Taizé Community was founded in France in 1940 to work for reconciliation between divided Christians and throughout the human family. The Pilgrimage of Trust was launched over 35 years ago by Taizé's founder, Brother Roger, in order to foster trust between people through living and praying together, discussing and discovering common ground. Over the years, it has brought together hundreds of thousands of young adults worldwide. Brother Roger received numerous awards for the Community's work with young adults, including the UNESCO Prize for Peace Education (1988), the Templeton Prize (1974), the Robert Schumann Prize (1992), and the 1996 Notre Dame Award for international humanitarian service. He was assassinated in 2005, at the age of 90, during evening prayer in the church at Taizé.


Archbishop Carlson Welcomes Former St. Louis Bishop Back Home

May 16, 2017
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Bishop Edward Rice to Keynote Eighth Annual Legatus Gospel of Life Prayer Breakfast

Who: Archbishop Robert J. Carlson and Most Reverend Edward Rice, Bishop of Springfield-Cape Girardeau
What: Eighth Annual Archbishop’s Gospel of Life Prayer Breakfast, Hosted by Legatus
Where: The Ritz-Carlton St. Louis, 100 Carondelet Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63105
When: Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 6 a.m. – 9 a.m.

ST. LOUIS – Archbishop Robert J. Carlson and the St. Louis chapter of Legatus will welcome His Excellency, the Most Reverend Edward Rice, Bishop of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, as he returns to his hometown of St. Louis on Wednesday, May 17, as the keynote speaker for the Eighth Annual Archbishop’s Gospel of Life Prayer Breakfast.

Bishop Rice is a former teacher, pastor, vicar general, and auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Pope Francis appointed him the seventh bishop of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau in April 2016.

Bishop Rice will address more than 650 attendees, including St. Louis-area Catholics and business men and women, with a hopeful message on the importance of the Catholic family, the living Gospel of Life. Previous keynote speakers include Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, current president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Most Reverend Joseph Naumann, Archbishop of the Diocese of Kansas City in Kansas.

Legatus is an international organization of practicing Catholic laymen and laywomen, comprised of CEOs, presidents, managing partners and business owners, with their spouses, from the business community and professional enterprises. The group’s mission is to study, live and spread the Catholic faith in the business, professional and personal lives of its members.


John F. Kennedy Catholic High School Plans Alumni Celebration

May 11, 2017
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Alumni, Friends, and the Community Are Invited to Celebrate School’s 50 year legacy

ST. LOUIS – John F. Kennedy Catholic High School welcomes alumni and friends to celebrate the school’s 50 year legacy at a special event on Friday, May 12, beginning with Mass at 5:45 p.m. followed by a social from 6:30 until 10:00 p.m. The high school will close at the end of this month after 49 school years of educating young people.

“We have over 6,000 proud Kennedy Catholic alumni who serve their communities as business leaders, tradesmen, teachers, medical professionals, clergy, and religious brothers and sisters,” said Fr. Richard Wosman, president of Kennedy Catholic High School. “In their roles as parents, spouses, and professionals, these alumni draw daily upon the skills and faith they experienced at Kennedy Catholic.”

The celebration on Friday will bring several generations of alumni together to visit the school, share memories, laugh, cry, hug, and wish each other well. Pictures, old uniforms, yearbooks, and other memorabilia will be available for alumni and friends to take home to preserve their memories. Photos of items heading for the archives (class composites, banners, etc.) will be available to download soon.

Media is welcome to attend the event.


Give STL Day Includes High Number of Catholic Organizations

May 10, 2017
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Roughly one-tenth of participating organizations are Catholic or Catholic-affiliated

ST. LOUIS – Nearly 90 St. Louis-area Catholic organizations, agencies, schools, or affiliated ministries are registered to participate in Give STL Day, the 24-hour, online giving event organized by the St. Louis Community Foundation. According to the Foundation’s website, 867 organizations have signed up, of which 87, or roughly 10%, are Catholic or affiliated with the Archdiocese of St. Louis and the Catholic Church directly or indirectly. A listing of all Catholic organizations can be found at stlouisreview.com/give-stl-day.

The stated goal of Give STL Day is “to inspire the community to come together for 24 hours to contribute as many charitable dollars as possible to support the work of local nonprofit organizations.” The high number of Catholic organizations participating in Give STL Day is a testament to the deep roots of the Catholic faith in St. Louis and show the impact of Catholic organizations within the greater community.

“The mission of Catholic Charities is to help those in need, to work for improved social conditions for all, and to encourage others in the community to do the same,” said Theresa Ruzicka, president of Catholic Charities St. Louis. “To a great extent, the mission of Catholic Charities can also apply to any Catholic agency, school, or organization, because that is what our faith in Jesus Christ calls us to do. As sacred scripture says, ‘whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’”

The St. Louis Community Foundation reports that the three previous Give STL Day raised nearly $5.5 million. Last year’s effort was the highest total to-date, with $2.15 million raised.

The Archdiocese of St. Louis is in the midst of its own Annual Catholic Appeal campaign which raised nearly $14.9 million in 2016, and the Beyond Sunday campaign through the Roman Catholic Foundation of Eastern Missouri which is raising more than $100 million to fund Catholic schools in the archdiocese.


Renaissance in Catholic Education Continues in 2017-2018

May 4, 2017
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ST. LOUIS – For several months, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, Bishop Mark S. Rivituso, Superintendent of Catholic Education Dr. Kurt Nelson, and other archdiocesan leaders have been assessing school planning efforts underway in the various deaneries of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Over the last year a change in Catholic education has begun, notably in the City of St. Louis and in North County.

This vision for a rebirth – a renaissance – of Catholic education as presented by Archbishop Carlson in his message, Alive in Christ! a pastoral letter on education, has involved engaging changes occurring in the schools, confronting the challenges presented by these changes, and offering new school choices for parents and families seeking Catholic education for their children.

Some recent changes in regard to two elementary schools – one in the city and another in North County – have prompted the Catholic Education Office to meet some new challenges in the 2017-18 academic year.

With decreasing school enrollment over the last three school years, low re-enrollment for next school year, and a significant turnover in school staff, Archbishop Carlson approved a plan submitted by the Catholic Education Office for St. Louis the King School to cease operations at the St. Louis the King site and combine with the other archdiocesan elementary schools at St. Cecilia School, Most Holy Trinity School, and St. Louis Catholic Academy.

Additionally, Archbishop Carlson approved the closure of St. Angela Merici School in Florissant due to decreasing school enrollment, low registration for the 2017-2018 school year, and the retirement of the current principal. Parish leadership submitted this request desiring to be good stewards of parish resources.  A new vision for Catholic education in the North County area and the implementation of a partnership model school at St. Ferdinand, St. Norbert, and St. Rose Philippine Duchesne will continue as planned. Students from St. Angela Merici School will be welcomed at these schools and other Catholic schools throughout the north county area. 

The archdiocese and the administration of both schools will take steps to cooperate and support school families, teachers, staff, and parishioners during this time of transition.

As the renaissance of Catholic education moves forward in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, with renewed commitment and focus for vibrancy and quality, our schools will remain committed to working together and including members of the St. Louis the King and St. Angela Merici school communities in the process.

The archdiocese asks for continued prayers and support as we continue to follow the model of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne in exploring and expanding the educational frontiers in our Catholic schools.


Fr. Scheid Players Announce Audition Dates for Summer Production of Fiddler on the Roof

The Catholic Youth Apostolate and the Fr. William Scheid Players are excited to announce audition dates for the summer production of Fiddler on the Roof.  All auditions will take place at the Cardinal Rigali Center, 20 Archbishop May Drive, St. Louis MO 63119. 

Audition dates and times are:

  • Wednesday May 10th - 7pm to 9:30pm
  • Saturday May 13th - 12pm to 3pm
  • Wednesday May 17th - 7pm to 9:30pm
  • Saturday May 20th - 12pm to 3pm

Please come prepared with a song selection for your audition.  It doesn't have to be something from the show; anything is fine.  You may also be asked to read something from the script or dance.  Our performance dates are July 21st, 22nd and 23rd.

 If you have any questions, feel free to email our director, Dr. Dan Karcher, at dkarcher@chaminade-stl.org.

 Please invite your friends, classmates, co-workers and family to try out.  All who do audition will be invited to be part of the show.  We especially need a number of young men for this cast.

 We look forward to seeing you at the Cardinal Rigali Center!

2017 Creative Writing Contest Winners Announced

On May 3, 2017, 121 finalists in the Annual Respect Life Creative Writing Contest gathered at the Cardinal Rigali Center to be recognized for their outstanding entries. 

Protect LifeThese finalists, representing over 70 different Catholic elementary schools, parish schools of religion, and home schools, were selected from over 1000 entries. Finalists received a certificate of commendation, T-shirt, and book and were recognized by Archbishop Robert J. Carlson. Open to 8th graders in the Archdiocese, the contest asked students to respond to the prompt: Explain why living the virtue of chastity protects us from abortion and blesses us with true holiness, health, and happiness.

From these finalists, four students were recognized as honorable mention winners and six students were selected as scholarship winners. Honorable mention winners received a $500 award; the scholarship winners received a $2000 scholarship to be applied to their Catholic high school of choice. All honorable mention and scholarship winners also each received three tickets to the Annual Respect Life Convention in October, hosted by the Respect Life Apostolate.  

Honorable mention winners this year are:

  • Indira Kar from St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Grade School and Parish (Cor Jesu Academy)
  • Sarah Keys from St. John Paul II Preparatory School and Mary, Queen of Peace Parish (St. John Paul II Preparatory School)
  • Dallen Nelsen, a homeschooler from St. Gianna Parish (Homeschool)
  • John Niebrugge, a homeschooler from St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Parish (Homeschool)

Scholarship winners this year are:

  • Bishop Edward J. O'Donnell Scholarship: Nicole Bergen from Holy Spirit Grade School and Parish (St. Joseph Academy)
  • Mary Forrestal Hennessey Scholarship: Natalie McDonough from Holy Spirit Academy Homeschool and St. Joseph-Cottleville Parish (St. John Paul II Prepatory School)
  • Mr. & Mrs. George Kletzker Scholarships:
    • Gabriel Serri from Immaculate Conception-Dardenne Grade School and Parish (St. Dominic High School)
    • Sarah Hughes from St. Joseph-Cottleville Grade School and Parish (St. Joseph Academy)
  • Knights of Columbus Missouri State Council Scholarship: Noah Apprill-Sokol from St. Gabriel the Archangel Grade School and Parish (St. Louis University High School)
  • St. Joseph Evangelization Network Scholarship: James Brunts from the Academy of the Sacred Heart and St. Charles Borromeo Parish (St. Louis University High School)

To read the winning essays, click on each student's name.

Congratulations to all of our finalists, honorable mention winners,
and scholarship winners!!


Nicole Bergen from Holy Spirit Grade School and Parish (St. Joseph Academy) - Bishop Edward J. O'Donnell Scholarship Winner

Seeing Through the Eyes of God

God created us all in His divine image, and in turn calls us to treat others with respect and dignity. Sadly, in our world today, we let our differences divide us. Perhaps the most overlooked form of disrespect to our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ is abortion. So many innocent people have been robbed of the chance to live their lives because we indulge in the luxury of choice. But if choice is so important, than why don’t we extend this same freedom to the unborn? A baby is formed at conception, a person who deserves to live just as much as anyone else. Age is just another way to divide us, but it does not affect our worth or who we are. God loves everyone unconditionally, so we need to stop making exceptions. All people have a right to live.

Chastity is one way to fight the injustice of abortion because it shows respect for others. Our misleading society puts value on things that will give us pleasure but not true happiness. True happiness can only come from a lasting relationship with God. Chastity also shows devotion to your future spouse by waiting until marriage to have sex. Marriage is a sacrament in which a couple is joined together in unbreakable unity, so sex is a way to express selfless love to a spouse. Our sexuality is a gift from God that we should use to glorify Him.

Our culture underestimates our ability to live according to God’s will, acting as if chastity is an impossibility, but this isn’t true. Every person has the strength to stand up to the temptation of sin through Jesus Christ. We are all equal and united as one Body of Christ, and every person should be treated as a valued child of our Father. When we place our trust in God and allow ourselves to be open to His plan of chastity, we will see the beauty in all of creation. In order to respect life, we need to see through the eyes of God.

Natalie McDonough from Holy Spirit Academy Homeschool and St. Joseph-Cottleville Parish (St. John Paul II Preparatory School) - Mary Forrestal Hennessey Scholarship Winner


During the thirteen years of my life, I have spent roughly 400 hours protesting abortion and praying for pregnant women and their babies in our nation’s capital, Washington D.C., in Jefferson City, our state capital, or in St. Louis at Planned Parenthood. Though I don’t mind praying for these intentions (I know my prayers will always be heard), I wish that I no longer needed to pray for an end to abortion. Imagine if abortion was not legal; I could have spent those 400 hours in other ways, such as learning to canoe, reading the complete works of Shakespeare, or concocting a food to end world hunger! If everyone practiced chastity, there would be no more unplanned pregnancies or “need” for abortion.

Chastity is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. It is self-control in areas concerning the ways we think, speak, and act regarding our gift of sexuality. This valuable virtue is spiritual armor that helps protect us from sin, diseases, and depression. When we practice chastity, we not only show respect for God and others, but also respect for ourselves. Our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit. It is our job to recognize God within these temples. Living an unchaste life can “vandalize” our temples and can often result in an unplanned pregnancy, which sometimes leads women to choose abortion. Abortion always leads to a higher risk of breast cancer, possible infertility, regret, and unhappiness. Our sexuality within marriage is a blessed thing that, if God wishes, can blossom into a child. God gives us children as a gift, not a “problem.”

Although I will never regain the hours I have spent protesting abortion and praying for women and their babies, I do hope that I won’t have to add to them. It is my prayer that everyone, young, old, male, and female, will practice the virtue of chastity in their everyday lives so abortion will no longer be a choice. Chastity helps everyone to live a healthy, holy, and happy life.

Gabriel Serri from Immaculate Conception-Dardenne Grade School and Parish (St. Dominic High School) - Mr. & Mrs. George Kletzker Scholarship Winner

Chastity provides a means to bring about the creation of a child born in the image and likeness of God. It is an expression of mutual love and giving of one’s self between a man and a woman in the sacrament of marriage. Abortion, however, is the complete opposite. It takes away the life of the baby inside a mother’s womb. Chastity and abortion are not compatible. Whereas chastity is a selfless act, abortion is simply a selfish act. Every January the March for Life is held where people can go to Washington, D.C. and protest against the right to kill an unborn baby in a mother’s womb. After many years, these protests are beginning to make a difference.

However, even banning abortion in all states will not do the job to end abortions. It is up to the women AND men of our generation to use their bodies for the right reasons and remain chaste. By practicing the virtue of chastity, we can end the horrid idea of any type of abortion. From dressing modestly to waiting until marriage to have sex, loving others in chaste ways can protect our babies from death and save their lives.

Chastity isn’t something that is just suggested by God for us to live out. He wants us to live in the footsteps of His Son, Jesus, so we can make it to heaven and have eternal life with Him in His divine kingdom. We are required as a people to live out the virtues, commandments, and works of mercy given to us. But if we want to end the painful effects of abortion all together, it is our duty to educate our generation about the joy and beauty that comes from living a chaste life. By changing the hearts and minds of those who are lost, we will be able to have a future celebrating the culture of life, rather than the culture of death.

Sarah Hughes from St. Joseph-Cottleville Grade School and Parish (St. Joseph Academy) - Mr. & Mrs. George Kletzker Scholarship Winner

A Poem for the Hurting Heart of a Mother

I close my eyes and ponder what could have been
Perplexity in my partner’s eyes
Ready to start a virtuous family
Just as the will of God implies.

I cuddle my beautiful baby girl
As her blue eyes gaze into mine
I thank the Lord for this precious gift
A mystery and a blessing combined.

I envision the road ahead
Full of obstacles and success
Witnessing my baby grow up
Will be divine and nothing less.

With my new mission came a new name
Like Peter once took
I vow my love in the sacrament of marriage
As I write my unwritten book.

I open my eyes and examine the room
No family to be found
Ten years ago, I aborted my child
And stomped my heart to the ground.

At seventeen, we all made mistakes
An erratum in the book of life
I could have chosen to be chaste
And as consequence I’m not even a wife.

I take a look at my life today
Depressed, abandoned, and a fool
In high school I was sinful and immodest
Just to be considered “cool.”

Abortion, an atrocity, a cruel offense
Has no place on our beloved earth
For God has a plan for each of us
Commenced far before birth.

Killing an innocent child
Isn’t just wrong and unjust
It’s a crime against humanity
And to Satan it’s a must.

It is necessary to combat this uncivil act
For abortion is hitting its peak
To earn justice and the right to life
For the heartbeat heard at just six weeks.

Life is brimming with open doors
In which some we evade
It’s our decision to open the closed
And to take on what God’s displayed.

Virtue and sin are two distinct paths
In which Satan’s is more tempting to embrace
Popularity is misconceived happiness
Nothing compared to God’s grace.

Love yourself, love God, and His plan for you
You will be rewarded for doing right
Hold your head high and away from Satan
And you will conquer this fight.

Noah Apprill-Sokol from St. Gabriel the Archangel Grade School and Parish (St. Louis University High School) - Knights of Columbus Missouri State Council Scholarship Winner

We are made in God’s image; our bodies are sacred gifts. Human bodies are beautiful, amazing, and holy creations. This includes human sexuality and the union of man and woman in a loving relationship. We must honor God’s creation by honoring and caring for our bodies. This is a privilege that God has granted us through our free will. By choosing to adopt a chaste life, we grow in holiness by taking responsibility for our bodies and God’s creation.

Chastity does not necessarily mean we must shun all sexual desires. These desires are meant to be expressed in the life-long promise of marriage and the openness of having a family. A chaste life helps us to realize that sexual fulfillment is only a part of a committed married relationship that draws us closer to God. Leading a chaste life effectively prevents pregnancy before marriage, and therefore removes the possibility of abortion. More importantly, it means viewing sex as a sacred physical sign of a commitment between spouses and a gift from God. As a gift from God, the fruits of this gift are cause for joy – never an unwanted, unloved, or uncherished burden. Finally, honoring our God-made bodies helps us stay physically healthy by avoiding diseases that are transferred in promiscuous sexual relationships. Having sex with multiple partners is an easy way for sexually transmitted diseases to spread; over 30 million U.S. men and women currently suffer from one. Living a chaste life significantly reduces the likelihood of contracting these diseases.

Our society focuses too much on the sensual pleasure of sex, which is, at best, a fleeting happiness. It neglects the lasting fulfillment of God’s love and the honoring of God’s creation. Chastity is really a way of saying that sexuality is just one part of who we are as God’s creation. The lasting joy we seek is through a union with God; we are only fulfilled through His love.

James Brunts from Academy of the Sacred Heart and St. Charles Borromeo Parish (St. Louis University High School) - St. Joseph Evangelization Network Scholarship

Our world is constantly adapting. Every day new discoveries are made, new theories proved, and new trends formed. As a global community, we’re losing sight on what it means to live the way God intended. If we truly want to find happiness in our lives and live as God calls us, we must live a life of chastity. Chastity is not only the virtue of abstaining from sex before marriage, but also the virtue of loving others as we love ourselves and as we love God.

 Living with chastity allows us to connect on a more personal level with God and helps us in our journey to fulfill his plan for us. Additionally, if we live chastity, we ourselves will experience a more fruitful and beneficial marriage, should we be called to matrimony by God. As stated before, I believe our society’s grip on what is holy is fading, and it appears no one wants to live a chaste life anymore. Very quickly, our society is becoming more obsessed with sex, specifically, sex outside of marriage. Instead of two people bonding and eventually deciding to spend their lives with each other forever, many are “hooking up” for a few days, maybe even one night, and having sex outside of marriage. Unfortunately, many couples who seek sexual pleasure outside of marriage end up aborting their children, which we know to be a complete violation of God’s plan.

To me, living chastely is like giving a gift. It’s a gift we give our children, our spouse, and all of the people around us. When you are given a gift, you feel loved because you know someone was thinking about what you specifically would want to receive being the unique person you are. By giving the gift of chastity, we know how those surrounding us want to be loved and respected as individuals. I know that I will be living chastely throughout my life so that I remain holy and so my children, born or unborn, will have my gift of respect and the gift of life that God has granted us all.

Ordination of New Bishop for Archdiocese of St. Louis

May 1, 2017
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Gabe Jones
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Phone: 314.792.7557

WHAT: Episcopal Ordination of Bishop-elect Mark S. Rivituso
WHO: Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, principal celebrant and consecrator
WHERE: Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis (4431 Lindell Boulevard)
WHEN: Tuesday, May 2, 2017, 2:00 p.m. (Media availability with Bishop-elect Rivituso at 1:00 p.m.)

ST. LOUIS – Bishop-elect Mark S. Rivituso will be ordained a bishop of the Roman Catholic Church during the Rite of Episcopal Ordination on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (4431 Lindell).

On March 7, 2017, the Holy Father appointed Monsignor Mark S. Rivituso to the titular see of Turuzi and Auxiliary Bishop of St. Louis. Bishop-elect Rivituso was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop John L. May in 1988. For nearly 30 years, he has served the Archdiocese of St. Louis as a pastor, teacher, and Vicar General. The native St. Louisan is a graduate of St. Mary’s High School in south St. Louis, Cardinal Glennon College and Kenrick School of Theology. He has also earned a master’s degree and licentiate in canon law from St. Paul University in Ottawa, Canada. In 2005, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him a Prelate of Honor with the title monsignor.

Bishop-elect Rivituso will be available to speak with media at 1:00 p.m. in the courtyard on the west side of Cathedral between the rectory and the church building.

Information about the Rite of Episcopal Ordination and a livestream of the Mass can be found at archstl.org/Rivituso.


St. Louis Catholics Prepare to Celebrate Easter

April 12, 2017
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Media 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 April 9.

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 several different languages, including English, Spanish, and Latin. The principal liturgies of Holy Week in the archdiocese take place at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis and are celebrated by Archbishop Carlson.

For more information about Holy Week and Easter, a listing of liturgies at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, and a livestream of the liturgies, visit archstl.org/easter.


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.

Visit archstl.org/easter for more information

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