Generation Life: Young Catholics Proclaiming the Gospel of Life

This week 2,200 youth, young adults, and adult chaperones will participate in Generation Life, the OYM sponsored trip to Washington, D.C. for the Annual March for Life. The trip will take place from January 17th - 21st.

Why Generation Life? Because there have been 59,800,000 abortions since Roe v Wade (1973), 15,000,000 children live under the Federal Poverty Level, 4,774,000 female victims of domestic violence per year, 1460 executions since 1976 (as of 7/15/2016.) It's time for a change. As one participant said, "When people can’t stand for themselves, we have to be the ones to do it, and I think it’s important to learn that as teenagers, we need to stand up for what we believe in."

Many people do not know that Generation Life extends far beyond the actual pilgrimage. GenLifeSTL 365 is the website that was launched as a resource for support on the daily Pro-Life journey. Created as an extension of the Generation Life movement and aimed at a youthful audience, GenLifeSTL 365 serves as a hub for any individual who wishes to celebrate, protect and care for the dignity of all human life, from conception to natural death.

The online community provides resources for people involved in all stages of the movement, with helpful tabs for simple navigation—“Get Informed” for those who wish to learn more and stay in-the-know, “Get Active” for people who are ready to impact their communities, and “Get Help” which provides resources for persons in crisis situations.

Pope Francis said, “Every child who, rather than being born, is condemned unjustly to being aborted, bears the face of Jesus Christ, bears the face of the Lord, who even before he was born, and then just after birth, experienced the world’s rejection. And every elderly person…even if he is ill or at the end of his days, bears the face of Christ. They cannot be discarded, as the ‘culture of waste’ suggests!”

Please pray for all the young people and adults who are taking part in Generation Life, as well as for the many other pilgrims from our Archdiocese who will march for Life this year. Also, watch the GenLife Live Stream beginning Thursday Jan. 18 at 8 pm EST.

Mass for the Preservation of Peace and Justice on Sunday

January 11, 2018
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

What: Mass for the Preservation of Peace and Justice
Where: Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (4431 Lindell)
When: Sunday, January 14, 2018, 2:30 p.m.
Who: Archbishop Robert Carlson, celebrant; Rev. Arthur Cavitt, homilist

ST. LOUIS – Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, will celebrate the annual Mass for the Preservation of Peace and Justice at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 14, the day before the observation of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Father Arthur Cavitt, Executive Director of the Archdiocese of St. Louis’ St. Charles Lwanga Center, a Catholic ministry rooted in the African-American community, will deliver the homily. This marks the archdiocese’s 42nd annual commemoration of the birth and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

“We live in a country, in a world of intensity, unlike any in recent memory,” said Fr. Cavitt in his spirited homily for the 2017 Mass. “We live in a world full of conflict, and contradiction, and fear, and uncertainty… Share your gifts outside of the neighborhood, outside of the city, outside of the country; be the light of nations in Jesus’ holy name, as this world is indeed a pressure cooker that we are trying to keep the lid on from exploding.”

A reception and awards presentation ceremony for the 11th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Model of Justice Honorees will take place in Boland Hall after Mass. A complete list of honorees can be found on the website of the St. Louis Review.

Members of the media are invited to attend. For additional information about the event call the St. Charles Lwanga Center at 314-367-7929.


Young Catholic Musicians to Perform 40th Annual Christmas Concert

December 22, 2017
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS – The Young Catholic Musicians will hold its 40th annual Christmas Concert on Thursday, December 28 and Friday, December 29 at Seven Holy Founders Church (6741 Rock Hill Rd., St. Louis, MO 63123) from 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.

The concert of sacred music, both classical and contemporary, will also feature a narration written by Rev. Bruce Forman, pastor of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Soulard and director of the Young Catholic Musicians. Monsignor Dennis Stehly, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of St. Louis & Moderator of the Curia who will read the narration on Thursday, December 28, and Mrs. Theresa Ruzicka, President of Catholic Charities of St. Louis, will read the narration on Friday, December 29.

The Young Catholic Musicians perform two concerts during the year. The Christmas concert, including a weekend tour in January, is followed by a spring concert featuring popular and patriotic music performed in May. The young people also perform this concert during a nine-day tour the second week of June. The group has performed in places like New York City, Washington, D.C., Toronto, Orlando, Denver, and New Orleans.

The Young Catholic Musicians learn quality liturgical music, arranged for full orchestra and choir. Once each month, the young people lead the music for Mass at various churches. The choir gives strong vocal support to the congregation during Mass, encouraging full and active participation, while the orchestra enhances and energizes the sung prayer.

Tickets for the Christmas concert are $10.00 for reserved seating and $5.00 each for general admission seating. More information can be found at


Witness to Hope

Lifeline Coalition Collection at Annual Memorial Mass to Help 10,000-Plus Women, Families Facing Crisis Pregnancies

Each year, at the Annual Roe v. Wade Memorial Mass, the Offertory collection benefits the LifeLine Coalition. This coalition is made of Catholic social service agencies and pro-life caregivers that provide emotional and financial support to 10,000-plus local women and families facing crisis pregnancies each year.

Agencies such as Our Lady's Inn, Birthright, and Good Shepherd Children & Family Services bring hope to these women and families who choose life for their unborn children. The collection at the Memorial Mass is part of the overall LifeLine Coalition Campaign, in which parishes and schools throughout the archdiocese also take part in. Click here for more information about the Coalition's efforts.

This year, the Memorial Mass is on Saturday, Jan. 27 at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis at 10 a.m. and will be celebrated by Bishop Mark Rivituso. All are invited to attend the Mass, rosary procession, and Benediction. Click here for more information or contact the RLA at 314-792-7555 or

Words of Hope

St. Louis Archdiocesan Eighth Graders to Reflect on Chastity, Respect Life during 2018 Creative Writing Contest

Over 1,100 eighth grade students throughout the archdiocese participate in the RLA's Creative Writing Contest each spring. These students --representing 70-plus Catholic elementary schools and PSR programs--are asked to reflect and write about how chastity and other healthy choices in their teenage years help to reduce abortion.

The RLA awards five scholarships and several honorable mention awards to be applied to the students' intended Catholic high school or accredited Catholic home school program. All finalists and award winners are invited to a special assembly with Archbishop Carlson at the Cardinal Rigali Center.

Entries are being accepted for the 2018 Creative Writing Contest now through Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. To enter, contact your parish principal, PSR coordinator, director of religious education, or home school association/co-op. Click here for official rules and more information or call 314-792-7555.

Attention Young Adults: Join Pope Francis in Panama!

World Youth Day 2016 – Krakow, Poland

Young adults are invited to join millions of pilgrims from across the globe for the largest gathering of Catholics in the world! Pope Francis has called young people to beautiful Panama City for the fifteenth international celebration of World Youth Day in January of 2019.

The Office of Young Adult Ministry will be taking young adults ages 18-35 for 8 days and 8 nights to Panama for this incredible event featuring cultural festivities, daily catechesis, a day trip to the rainforest of Soberanía National Park, and a pilgrimage walk to an evening prayer vigil and morning Mass with Pope Francis.

The group will arrive in Panama on Sunday, January 20th and return to the US on Monday, January 28th. The estimated total cost of the trip is approximately $2340.00. This will cover the cost of airfare, public transportation, WYD registration and fees, tours, food, and lodging. Registration closes January 12th and space is limited!              

Find more information or to register, visit Pilgrims must be 18 by Jan. 20th departure date. Questions? Email

Catholic Parish to Celebrate 200th Anniversary of Arrival of First St. Louis Bishop

December 18, 2017
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

WHAT: Mass to celebrate 200th anniversary of arrival of Bishop William DuBourg in Ste. Genevieve
WHEN: January 1, 2018, 3:00 p.m.
WHERE: Ste. Genevieve Catholic Church, 49 DuBourg Place, Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670

Ste. Genevieve, Missouri - Ste. Genevieve Catholic Church will offer a special Mass on January 1, 2018, at 3:00 p.m. to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the arrival of the first Catholic bishop in what was then the Louisiana Territory.

On January 1, 1818, William Louis Valentine DuBourg, bishop of the newly formed Diocese of Louisiana and the Floridas, arrived in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, on the journey to St. Louis for his installation as bishop. During his visit in the small French settlement, Bishop DuBourg offered his first Pontifical High Mass in his new diocese in the Church of Ste. Genevieve. In order to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Bishop DuBourg’s arrival in Ste. Genevieve and his first Mass within his diocese, a Solemn High Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite will be celebrated. The Mass will be said entirely in Latin and will be essentially the same as the Mass Bishop DuBourg would have offered in 1818.

The celebrant will be Monsignor C. Eugene Morris. The homilist will be renowned Church historian Monsignor Michael Witt. Members of Juventutem St. Louis will provide the music and schola for the Mass.

Questions about the event can be directed to Rev. Edward Nemeth, pastor of Ste. Genevieve Catholic Church: (573) 883-2907;


Parish Registration for Totus Tuus Is Now Open!

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Parish registration for the Totus Tuus program is now open. Totus Tuus (Latin for Totally Yours) named after St. John Paul II's papal motto is a fun and energetic parish based summer catechetical program for grade school age children and middle and high school youth.

Totus Tuus gathers together college students and seminarians from across the United States onto teaching teams in order to train them and send them out on the road to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ in various participating parishes throughout the Archdiocese of St. Louis. The teachers’ youthfulness, energy, and ability to witness to the faith make them particularly effective with children and young adults.

The weeklong program is offered as a day program for first through sixth graders and as an evening program for seventh through twelfth graders. Catechists will travel from parish to parish and stay with host families while presenting the program.

Joe Dobrynski, Coordinator of Faith Programs for the Office of Youth Ministry, coordinates the Archdiocesan program. He says “Totus Tuus is more than a summer camp; it’s a way of life. Through dynamic college-aged teachers who are on fire for their faith, the young people of each parish are invited into a relationship with Christ through the Sacraments, catechesis, the Rosary and a whole lot of fun!”

If you are interested in bringing Totus Tuus to your parish, visit the Totus Tuus page of the OYM website for more details and to download the Parish Information Guide, or contact Joe Dobrynski at or call (314) 792-7613.

Hand-Illuminated Bible To Be On Permanent Display In St. Louis

December 14, 2017
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis will be only cathedral in the nation with a Saint John’s Bible

ST. LOUIS – A Heritage Edition of The Saint John’s Bible – the first hand-illuminated bible commissioned by a Benedictine monastery in 500 years – will be put on permanent display in the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis following the Festival of Lessons and Carols on Sunday, December 17, at 2:30 p.m.

The Festival of Lessons and Carols is a service of Scripture and song that dates to the late 19th century in England. In this service, Scripture lessons are read which recount the promise of a Messiah, the Incarnation, and the Great Commission to preach the Good News. Each lesson is followed by a carol or other song that reflects on the lesson’s messages and a brief prayer. Images from the St. John’s Bible will be projected on the walls of the Cathedral Basilica during the service. The service is free and open to the public.

Volumes of the Saint John’s Bible have been on display at several locations around the Archdiocese of St. Louis throughout 2017. The massive piece of art includes 1,165 pages and 160 illuminations. Newsweek Magazine has called it “America’s Book of Kells.” The original manuscript of seven volumes remains at St. John’s University, but 299 sets were created as a “Heritage Edition” for travel and display around the world. The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis will be the only cathedral in the county to permanently house a Heritage Edition of The Saint John’s Bible.

“The Archdiocese of St. Louis has appreciated sharing several volumes of the Heritage Edition of The Saint John’s Bible with our community over the past year,” said Archbishop Robert J. Carlson.

“Due to the generosity of a Cathedral Basilica parishioner, the archdiocese has secured its own Heritage Edition. The seven-volume set of The Saint John’s Bible now becomes part of the rich history of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. It is my hope that this monumental work of faith and art will enrich the faith lives of our community for generations to come.”

Photos of the Saint John’s Bible and imagery of the illuminations are available upon request. More information about The Saint John’s Bible can be found at


New Archbishop Carlson Fund Benefits Respect Life Apostolate, Kenrick-Glennon Seminary

Anonymous Donor's Generosity Benefits Archdiocesan Pro-Life, Priest Formation Efforts

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson visited the offices of the Roman Catholic Foundation of Eastern Missouri Dec. 4 to ring the Celebration Bell to mark the establishment of the Archbishop J. Carlson Endowment Fund. The Roman Catholic Foundation rings the bell each time a new fund is established.

The Archbishop Carlson fund was established with a gift from an anonymous donor and will provide operating support to Kenrick-Glennon Seminary and the archdiocesan Respect Life Apostolate. Kenrick-Glennon President-Rector Fr. James Mason and Respect Life Apostolate Executive Director Karen Nolkemper joined the archbishop for the ceremony.

Donate to the fund at or by mail to the Roman Catholic Foundation/Archbishop Robert J. Carlson Endowment Fund; 12 Archbishop May Drive; St. Louis, MO 63119.

Article and photo are courtesy of the St. Louis Review

Happy Hanukkah 2017

Mary Statue gets new home

By Dave Luecking | | twitter: @legacyCatholic

On that day in August, St. Mary's High School principal Kevin Hacker was on a scouting mission at the former John F. Kennedy Catholic High School in Manchester. 

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