Action Alert: Add Funding for "Show-Me Healthy Babies" Program

Synopsis:  The Missouri House Appropriations Committee will be debating the budget next week, February 9-13.  Contact them early next week and urge them to add funding for the "Show-Me Healthy Babies" health insurance program for unborn children.

BabyBackground:  Last year, Missouri legislators enacted a new health insurance program that provides health insurance coverage for the unborn children of low-income working families. It was one of the major pro-life victories for 2014.

An overwhelming bi-partisan majority of state lawmakers agreed to expand the current Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) to include children before birth - something that 15 other states have already done. 
Unfortunately, Gov. Nixon did not include funding for this vital program in the budget he announced last month for fiscal year 2016. 

The good news is that legislators can add funding for "Show Me Healthy Babies" despite the Governor's refusal to do so. Appropriations and Budget Committee members will begin intensive committee meetings next week - starting on Monday, Feb. 9 at noon - and a decision on whether to fund "Show-Me Healthy Babies" might be made sometime later in the week.

Act:  Click here to contact the House Appropriations Committee members.

Scout Sunday - A Day to Celebrate Catholic Scouting!

The annual Scout Sunday Prayer Service was held at the Cathedral Basilica on February 1st.  Many St. Louis area Boy Scouts and Venture Scouts who completed one of the faith formation programs sponsored by the Office of Catholic Scouting Ministry were recognized and received their awards. The Knights of Columbus Honor guard was present and took part in the prayer service.

The young Scout awards, Parvuli Dei (“Children of God”) and Light of Christ are presented at the local parishes, but a selection of Cub scouts attended the Scout Sunday service at the Cathedral to represent all the Cub and Webelo Scouts who have earned their Parvuli Dei.

All of the older Scouts who earned their Ad Altare Dei (“To the Altar of God”) and all of the Boy Scout and Venture Scouts who earned their Pope Pius XII Awards received their awards at the Cathedral.

Also presented were Archdiocesan Unit Awards which are competitive unit recognitions for Catholic Sponsored Packs, Troops, and Crews exemplifying quality scouting units with emphasis on Spiritual Growth, Religious Activities, Vocational Awareness and Service. Individual adult Scouting Awards were presented, as well.

For more information about Scout Sunday or about the many faith-formation programs sponsored by the Office of Catholic Scouting ministry, visit the OCS website or call (314) 792-7608.

Did you know??

In the St. Louis area at the end of 2014:

  •       There were 19,718 Cub Scouts in 475 Packs
  •       There were 9,753 Boy Scouts in 410 Troops
  •       There were 3,436 Venturers in 211 Crews
  •        Nationally, there are over 3 million Scouts!
  •        Internationally, there are over 7 million Scouts!!

A Pro-Life Generation!

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Hear some of our Archdiocese youth share why they are pro-life and chose to participate in this year's March for Life!

January: A Time for Prayer, Reflection, and Witness

Every January, we remember the United States Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade, legalizing abortion in our country.

On January 17, hundreds gathered at the Cathedral Basilica for the RLA’s Annual Roe v. Wade Memorial Mass celebrated by Archbishop Robert J. Carlson. Joining him were half a dozen priests as well as numerous seminarians from Kenrick Glennon. The Mass was immediately preceded by a Rose Procession, consisting of individuals born every year since 1973 honoring their peers lost to abortion. RoseDuring the homily, Archbishop Carlson reminded all gathered that “we are called to witness our faith as Jesus did, never afraid of those who opposed him,” words that were put into action following Mass with a Rosary procession to Planned Parenthood. A powerful witness was made as hundreds gathered to offer the Sorrowful Mysteries outside of the abortion facility.

On January 22, 2,000 youth, young adults, and chaperones on the Generation Life pilgrimage and hundreds of others from our Archdiocese joined 500,000 others in the March for Life in our nation’s capital. The sheer magnitude of the crowd combined with the prayerful exuberance was truly inspirational. Several of these young people shared their reasons for being pro-life here. With pro-life hearts such as these, we have much reason to hope that abortion will soon no longer be legal or desired by anyone.

Beyond the March, pilgrims partook in other spiritual and educational activities, ranging from the Youth Rally and Mass for Life at the DC Armory to the National Prayer Vigil for Life at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Generation Life pilgrims got to hear from pro-life speakers such as the Sisters of Life and Ryan Bomberger of the Radiance Foundation.

Cathedral Holy HourMeanwhile, numerous parishes held their own special prayer opportunities to allow all to join in prayer for an end to abortion. For example, young adults from around the Archdiocese gathered at the Cathedral Basilica for a special Holy Hour and pro-life Rosary. The event, sponsored by the RLA and the Office of Young Adult Ministry, drew over 60 young adults in addition to a dozen seminarians.

Although it has been 42 years since the legalization of abortion and it is easy to become discouraged when we reflect on the number of lives lost, there is hope. We know that much is being done materially, legally, and spiritually to end abortion.  Let us all work together so that we will no longer have to commemorate Roe v. Wade, but rather live in a country where every human person is respected as a child of God.

St. Monica Youth

Young Adult Introduction to Scripture Class

Discipulus Institute - Winter/Spring 2015 - Now Enrolling!

Introduction to Scripture w/ Dr. Geoffrey Miller

Cost $25

Want to learn how to read the bible and use it in your daily life but you don't know where to start? This is the class for you!

This course meets on Wednesdays, beginning January 28th and runs through March 18th at the Cardinal Rigali Cetner. 6:30 pm -8:00 pm. 


Dr. Miller is a member of the faculty at St. Louis University.


Course Description: 

This course will begin with a summary of the essential components of Catholic biblical interpretation, drawing on key texts from Vatican II as well as other church documents. We will then examine various exegetical methods in order to understand the Word of God as revealed through human beings. After an overview of the Old and New Testaments, we will study the most effective ways to interpret the different literary genres which appear in Scripture, including parables, epistles, legal texts, and more. In each class period, we will apply these principles and methods to specific passages from the Bible to help clarify and inspire Scripture reading among young adults.

2015-2016 Alive in Christ Scholarships Now Available!



Click Here to learn more.

The 2015-2016 Alive in Christ Scholarship Program will begin to accept applications on Monday, January 26, 2015 after 8:00am.

For questions please call Laura George at 314.792.7735.

Forty-First Annual Catholic Schools Week Begins Sunday

January 23, 2015
For more information contact: 
Sue Brown
Director of Marketing & Enrollment Management for Catholic Education
Phone: 314.792.7304

ST. LOUIS - The annual celebration of Catholic Schools Week across the country and in the Archdiocese of St. Louis begins Sunday, January 25. Each school around the archdiocese will plan its own unique celebration, which include special Masses, academic and service activities, and fun for students.

Catholics built the first school in St. Louis in 1818 – 20 years before the first public school. In 1947, then-Archbishop Ritter integrated schools of the archdiocese almost 10 years before Brown v. Board of Education.

Since 1950, the archdiocese has operated its own Department of Special Education with K-8 schools, inclusionary preschools, learning centers and a school for children with autism and severe developmental disabilities. However, most of the 4,000+ students with diagnosed learning disabilities are accommodated in our general education schools with the assistance of learning consultants.

Most Catholic elementary schools will host an Open House on Sunday, January 25, or during the week. For a complete list of open houses and additional information about Catholic Schools Week, visit

Some notable special events during the week include:

Sunday, January 25, Noon-2:00
Blessed Teresa of Calcutta (Ferguson) Open House; Experts will be on hand to discuss BTC’s efforts to provide a choice for families in Ferguson through aggressive fund-raising and financial assistance.
Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Catholic School (120 N. Elizabeth Ave)

Monday, January 26, 2 P.M
Chaplet of Divine Mercy with students
Christ the King (7324 Balson Avenue)

Wednesday, January 28, 8:00 a.m.
Ecumenical Prayer Service
St. Norbert Catholic School (16475 New Halls Ferry Road)

Wednesday, January 28, 10 a.m.
Civil Servant “Thank You” and Ceremony with Holy Cross Academy
Shrewsbury Public Safety Building (4400 Shrewsbury Avenue)

Thursday, January 29
All-day Art Classes
Sacred Heart – Eureka (350 East 4th Street, Eureka, MO)

The observance of Catholic Schools Week began in 1974. This year marks the 41st anniversary of this annual event. Nationwide, about 2.1 million students are currently educated in more than 6,600 Catholic schools.


Zach Grummer-Strawn's reflection on the CCHD internship!

Note: More information on the CCHD internship, including how to apply, can be found on the Internship page of the CCHD website.

The CCHD internship is way more than a job. It's a chance to engage in yourcommunity in meaningful, Christian way. My first week at CCHD I was in meetings on Ferguson. In the first few months, I've worked with community leaders in immigration, healthcare, wage justice, racial issues, and countless other concerns. I've had a front row seat to conversations and actions that will guide the future of our city and our nation. I've engaged with topics and issues that I didn't know existed, and (hopefully) contributed meaningfully to the response.

The CCHD internship is an avenue to a whole world of justice-minded Catholics in Saint Louis and across the country. In addition to working with the Catholic Charities staff, you'll be supported by a network of CCHD interns around the country, from college students to retirees, engaging their own communities in the call of the Gospels.

The CCHD internship is a chance to engage your faith. It's a chance to do what Jesus would do while fostering a more meaningful spiritual life through lived prayer. With CCHD, even paperwork (which isn't as much as I expected) is a chance to hunger and thirst for righteousness.

It's a paycheck. It's a job for the church. It's a chance to answer God's call. It's the greatest decision I've made yet. Make it yours.

Zach Grummer-Strawn is an undergraduate senior at SLU studying Theology and Sociology. When not interning with CCHD, he sings with Decadence A Cappella and the St. Louis University Mass Choir, volunteers with Alpha Phi Omega, and serves on the Great Issues Committee. You can contact him with questions about the Internship experience at

CCHD is hiring an intern!

CCHD is hiring an intern for 2015-2016!

  • The CCHD internship is a stipend-provided, school-year opportunity for Catholics in the United States to gain experience working with and on behalf of the poor.
  • CCHD internships combine practical work in carrying out the mandate of CCHD at the local level, opportunities to develop relationships with community leaders, reflection on Catholic social teaching, and opportunities for sharing the experience with other CCHD interns.
  • The St. Louis Archdiocese internship is 10 hours a week for the duration of a typical academic year. Interns are paid $12/hr. Interns must be available to attend an expenses-paid orientation in Washington, DC on May 27-29, 2015 with staff of the Office of Justice, Peace, and Human Development at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. 

Father James Mason Named New President-Rector of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary

January 20, 2015
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson has announced that Reverend James Mason, JD, will replace Father John Horn, SJ, as the Rector and President of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary effective July 1, 2015.

Father Mason is a priest from the Diocese of Sioux Falls, SD on loan to the Archdiocese of St. Louis with the permission of his bishop, the Most Reverend Paul J. Swain, to serve at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary.  Father currently serves as the Dean of Students and Director of Spiritual Formation at the seminary. He was ordained in 2001 and has served as a pastor, Director of Vocations, Vice-Chancellor, and Medical Moral Advisor for the Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls, as well as serving as Director of Broom Tree Retreat Center. Father Mason joined the staff of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in August 2014.

Father Mason attended the North American College and received his STB from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas – Angelicum, Rome. He received his JD from the University of Minnesota Law School. Prior to entering the seminary, Father Mason was the Director of Catholic Charities, legal counsel, and lobbyist for the Diocese of Sioux Falls and worked as a prosecutor in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Father Mason has traveled the world, giving many retreats for priests and for the Missionaries of Charity. He directs a 30 day Silent Ignatian Retreat at Broom Tree Retreat Center and has also taught a course on the Spirituality of the Diocesan Priesthood at the Institute of Priestly Formation (IPF) Summer Program.

Reverend Paul Hoesing, S.T.L. Vocations Director for the Archdiocese of Omaha, will replace Father Mason as Dean of Seminarians and Director of Human Formation at the seminary. Father Hoesing has served as the Director of Vocations since 2008 and was elected President of the National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors in 2013. He also assists as a faculty member for the Institute of Priestly Formation. Father Hoesing is on loan from the Archdiocese of Omaha with the permission of his archbishop, the Most Reverend George Lucas, to serve at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary.

Founded in 1893, Kenrick-Glennon Seminary prepares men for the ministerial priesthood of Jesus Christ in the Catholic Church. Kenrick-Glennon Seminary began the current academic year with 131 men and currently serves 15 dioceses in the United States, as well as three international dioceses from Africa, Central America and Southeast Asia.


Mass for the Preservation of Peace and Justice on Sunday

January 16, 2015
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

Annual Celebration Takes on New Meaning in Light of Ferguson

What: Mass for the Preservation of Peace and Justice
Where: Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (4431 Lindell)
When: Sunday, January 18, 2015, 2:30 p.m.
Who: Archbishop 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 18, the day before Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Rev. Arthur Cavitt, Executive Director of the St. Charles Lwanga Center, a Catholic ministry for African-American youth, will deliver the homily.

“There is an urgent desire to address issues in society, especially after the events in Ferguson,” Father Cavitt said. “There is a need for recognition of the dignity of all human beings, which is incumbent upon all of us. Working towards common ground is the acknowledgement of both systemic and individual contributions to our problems. The lack of recognition contributes to the problems.”

A reception and awards presentation ceremony for the 2015 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. The Mass will also be streamed live at For additional information about the event call the St. Charles Lwanga Center at 314-367-7929.


Record Number of St. Louis Youth to Attend March for Life in Washington

January 15, 2015
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

2,000 St. Louisans to Participate in Generation Life Because Unborn Lives Matter

ST. LOUIS - More than 2,000 teenagers, young adults, volunteers, and chaperones from the St. Louis area will make the pilgrimage to Washington, D.C. for the 42nd annual March for Life on Thursday, January 22. The date commemorates the tragic anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, which has led to more than 56 million abortions in the United States.

The Generation Life Pilgrimage

What: Generation Life Pilgrimage to Washington, D.C.
Who: 2,000 St. Louis area teens, young adults, & volunteers
Where: St. Louis and Washington, D.C.
When: Wednesday, January 21-Sunday, January 25
Why: Because unborn lives matter

The annual pilgrimage from St. Louis, known as “Generation Life” or “GenLifeSTL” since 2013, is organized by the Catholic Youth Apostolate of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. A record number of attendees will take part in the pilgrimage this year, representing more than 60 parishes, schools, and universities in the archdiocese. Thirty-nine busses will depart from seven different locations around the St. Louis area on Wednesday, January 21.

The March for Life in Washington, D.C.

What: 42nd Annual March for Life
Who: Approximately 500,000 marchers from around the country
Where: Washington, D.C.
When: Thursday, January 22

The 2,000 St. Louis pilgrims will arrive in Washington on Thursday, January 22 in time for the March for Life with more than 500,000 people from around the country. They will then spend two days touring the city and participating in spiritual and educational programming.

Part of the programming includes a presentation by Ryan Bomberger, co-founder of the Radiance Foundation ( and the awareness campaign Bomberger, who is bi-racial, was conceived when his biological mother was raped. His mother courageously chose life for her son and Bomberger was adopted into a multi-racial family. His life testifies to the fact that unborn lives matter, regardless of how they were conceived.

Back in St. Louis

What: Keep up with #GenLifeSTL
Where: Online, social media, Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis
When: Wednesday, January 21-Sunday, January 25

Friends, family members, media, and anyone staying in St. Louis can be part of the action on social media by following @GenLifeSTL on twitter, using #GenLifeSTL on twitter and instagram, “liking” the GenLifeSTL facebook page, and on the GenLifeSTL blog (

In addition to local parish prayer services in the area, the Archdiocese of St. Louis will be hosting two main events to commemorate the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Those events are as follows:

Annual Roe v. Wade Memorial Mass
Saturday, January 17, 9:30 a.m., Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (4431 Lindell)
Archbishop Carlson will be the celebrant and homilist. A rosary procession to the Planned Parenthood abortion facility on Forest Park Ave. will follow Mass.

Pro-Life Holy Hour of Prayer
Thursday, January 22, 7:00 p.m., Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (4431 Lindell)
Organized by the Respect Life Apostolate and St. Louis Young Adult Ministry

Additional Information

Archbishop Carlson will celebrate Mass in Washington on Thursday, January 22 at 7 p.m. CST. Mass will be streamed live on the GenLifeSTL blog (

Ryan Bomberger’s presentation will also be streamed live on Friday, January 23 at 7:30 CST.

Ryan Bomberger, GenLife participants, or representatives of the archdiocese, can be made available for interviews upon request. Members of the archdiocesan Office of Communications staff will be in Washington, D.C. for the duration of the pilgrimage to facilitate media requests.


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