Want to Audition for "The Wizard of Oz?"

The Catholic Youth Apostolate is pleased to announce this year's musical will be "The Wizard of Oz", presented at Incarnate Word Academy July 24, 25 and 26, 2015!


School-age children are especially welcome in this show. We'll also have an adult chorus and speaking parts to cast.

Audition Opportunities

-Sunday, April 26, 1:30 pm, Holy Spirit Parish Hall: 3130 Parkwood Lane, 63043
-Wednesday, April 29, 6:30 pm, Holy Spirit Parish Hall
-Sunday, May 3, 1:30 pm, Cardinal Rigali Center, 20 Archbishop May Drive, 63119
-Wednesday, May 6, 6:30 pm, Cardinal Rigali Center

How to Prepare

Come prepared to sing a show tune, do a cold readings from the script, and to move! All who audition will be welcome in the chorus if not cast in a role.

Questions? Contact Director Dan Karcher: dkarcher@sbcglobal.net

2015 American Cardinals Dinner to be held in St. Louis on Friday

April 21, 2015
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

Fundraiser for The Catholic University of America to be held in St. Louis for first time

What: Opening Mass for The Catholic University of America’s 26th American Cardinals Dinner
When: Friday, April 24, 2015, 4:30 p.m.
Where: Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (4431 Lindell Blvd.)
Who: Attending cardinals include: Cardinal Sean O’Malley, OFM Cap, Archbishop of Boston; Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston; Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington; and Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of New York. Also expected to attend are: Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Archbishop Emeritus of Washington and Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop Emeritus of Philadelphia.

ST. LOUIS – Archbishop Robert Carlson and Catholic University President John Garvey will co-host The Catholic University of America’s 26th American Cardinals Dinner on Friday, April 24, 2015. The dinner will be preceded by the celebration of the Mass, which will be held at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis at 4:30 p.m.

"I am very grateful to Archbishop Carlson for graciously agreeing to host this scholarship fundraiser in St. Louis for our students. As the national university of the Catholic Church, we have students and alumni from all 50 U.S. states. We host this dinner in a different city each year, to make ourselves better known, and to emphasize that we exist to serve Catholics in the American heartland, on both coasts, and everywhere in between," expressed President Garvey.

The dinner is the annual fundraiser for scholarships for The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Each year a different diocese or archdiocese hosts the black-tie event; this will be the first time the dinner has been held in St. Louis.

Archbishop Carlson, who received a Licentiate in Canon Law from The Catholic University of America, said: “We are honored that St. Louis has been chosen as the location for the 2015 American Cardinals Dinner. St. Louis is not only a great baseball Cardinals town, but as the ‘Rome of the West’ it boasts a proud Catholic history, including many cardinals who have called St. Louis home. We are excited to bring this wonderful event to St. Louis in 2015.”

The dinner will honor the four current cardinal archbishops in the United States: Cardinal Sean O’Malley, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, and native St. Louisan, Cardinal Timothy Dolan.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Drury are co-chairs of the dinner and will be honored with the Archbishop’s Appreciation Award.

The 25th American Cardinals Dinner was held in New York City on Friday, May 30, 2014 where the official announcement for 2015 was made. Past dinners have been held in such cities as Phoenix, Atlanta, Houston, Boston, Las Vegas, Miami, Minneapolis-St. Paul, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Chicago. Since its inauguration, the annual event has raised more than $30 million to support scholarships for Catholic University students. The St. Louis announcement video which was shown at the 2014 dinner in New York City can be seen at archstl.org/cardinalsdinner.

The dinner is an invitation-only event; however, members of the media are invited to attend the Mass. Attending cardinals will not be available for interviews. Additional details are online at cardinalsdinner.cua.edu.


Click here to read the original announcement from June 2014.

Statement on the Resignation of Bishop Robert Finn

April 21, 2015
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS — Archbishop Robert J. Carlson released the following statement on the resignation of Bishop Robert Finn, Bishop of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph:

Our thoughts and prayers are with the clergy, religious and faithful of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph at this time of transition.  The Archdiocese of St. Louis stands ready to support those entrusted with the interim care of the Diocese in any way.


Statement on the Passing of Francis Cardinal George

April 17, 2015
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS — Archbishop Robert J. Carlson released the following statement upon the death of Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop Emeritus of Chicago:

Cardinal George was a passionate follower of Our Lord and truly one of the great shepherds in recent memory. Catholics across the country will miss His Eminence’s leadership and guidance.

I ask that the faithful of the Archdiocese of St. Louis join me in praying for the repose of the soul of Cardinal George. Archbishop Blase Cupich and the faithful of the Archdiocese of Chicago will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.

May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, rest in peace.


Missouri Bishops Release Open Letter on Death Penalty

PrisonToday the Missouri bishops sent an open letter to Governor Jay Nixon, Attorney General Chris Koster, and other Missouri officials expressing "grave concerns" with the death penalty. The letter is signed by Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson (Archbishop of St. Louis), Most Reverend Robert W. Finn (Bishop of Kansas City-St. Joseph), Most reverend John R. Gaydos (Bishop of Jefferson City) and Most Reverend James V. Johnston, Jr. (Bishop of Springfield-Cape Girardeau).  The letter states in part:

We, the Catholic bishops of Missouri, write this open letter to express grave concern with the rapid acceleration of executions in recent months. Since November 2013, Missouri has executed 15 individuals, nearly one a month. We wonder how much thought can be given to the circumstances of each defendant when these executions are carried out so routinely. Pleas for clemency are ignored, even when defendants are profoundly impaired by severe mental illness or traumatic brain injury...

We recall the 1999 visit of Pope John Paul II to St. Louis where he challenged us on the death penalty to become "unconditionally pro-life." Just as we see the likeness of God in an innocent child, we must learn to see the same ina criminal, even as we condemn the sin committed. Out of a desire for retribution, we must not surrender the belief that all human life is sacred...

We urge you take a stand for life, mercy and justice. We must begin to take steps to end the death penalty. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you seek to secure the common good of our state.

The entirety of the Bishops' letter can be read by clicking here.

In 2014, Missouri executed ten men, tying Texas as having the most executions for that year. Missouri has already executed three men in 2015, most recently putting to death Andre Cole on April 7.


Voices of Women Recognized in Post-Dispatch!

“This is an opportunity for some people in Forest Park Southeast to have a chance at something they never thought they’d have — home ownership.” -Jack Parres, VOW Board

Voices of Women, a partner organization of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, was recognized in Sunday's Post-Dispatch for their work in providing affordable housing for the working poor in the Forest Park Southeast Neighborhood. 

Their Housing NOW program will bring 5-10 properties to a rapidly growing community and ensure that low income people are a part of the new growth. You can find out more about VOW's Housing NOW project, as well as their Women's Helping Hands Bank, Community Garden, and Women in Leadership page on their website. You can also follow them on facebook.

Archdiocese Announces Change in Auditors

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

Baker Tilly/RubinBrown Named as New External Audit Firm

ST. LOUIS — The Archdiocese of St. Louis has decided to make a change in its external audit firm.

Robert Bouché, Chief Financial Officer for the archdiocese, announced today that, after a comprehensive, competitive bid process, Baker Tilly/RubinBrown has been engaged to provide audit services to the Archdiocese for the current fiscal year ending June 30, 2015.

“This change was the result of our normal bidding process within the Archdiocese. As part of our stewardship responsibilities it is important to periodically review our relationship with every service provider,” said Bouché.

“Our auditing process is quite an undertaking as it includes all significant Archdiocesan entities, except for parishes and parish-related entities,” Bouché continued. “It is therefore imperative that this work is done by a reputable external firm, and we are very pleased to be venturing into this new partnership with Baker Tilly/RubinBrown.”

Financial information for the Archdiocese of St. Louis can be found at archstl.org.

Founded in 1952, RubinBrown LLP is one of the nation’s leading accounting and
professional consulting firms and is an independent member of Baker Tilly International, a leading worldwide network of high quality, independent accountancy and advisory firms.   


Random Acts of Sportsmanship Spotted at CYC Lacrosse Games

The CYC Lacrosse season opened last month with 12 games scheduled on Saturday March 21st.  In the game between Sacred Heart-Florissant and St. Michael, a Random Act of Sportsmanship (RAS) was spotted, not once, but twice. Two different times a Sacred Heart player fell to the ground.  Both times, Evelyn Trampe, a St. Michael player, stopped immediately to see if fallen player was alright, and helped her to her feet.  The Sacred Heart coach, Mike Seibman, called out, "that is great sportsmanship #33".  Way to go Evelyn!

We also want to recognize Mike Seibman and his Sacred Heart-Florissant team and Karen Anderson and her St. Gerard team for their RAS.  Due to a scheduling snafu, two teams were left without an opponent.  In those cases Mike and Karen had their teams stay so the teams that were excited to start the season had someone to play instead of having a forfeit.  Thanks Coaches!!

Often times acts of good sportsmanship go unnoticed, or if noticed, unmentioned.  Those should not be unmentionables!  They should be spotted and shouted about.  As a CYC we want to recognize these acts, praise the people involved, and encourage others to follow in their footsteps.  So when you see a Random Act of Sportsmanship make a mental note and then drop an email about it to buzzswanston@archstl.org so we can shout about it and bring it to everyone's attention.  As the CYC, we want to help everyone realize that good sportsmanship makes great sports!!

2015 Mission Congress Recap

Archbishop Carlson spoke on the Theology of MissionThe 6th Annual St. Louis Mission Congress – "Called to Be Missionary Disciples" – was held March 28th at Our Lady of Providence Parish. We were pleased to welcome Archbishop Robert J. Carlson as our keynote speaker. Archbishop Carlson spoke on the Theology of Mission.

Representatives from various parish mission brigades presented on their mission experiences. We learned about Haiti from Holy Redeemer Parish, El Salvador from Mary Queen of Peace Parish, and Honduras from Our Lady of Providence Parish and St. Gerard Majella Parish. All representatives, including two teens, shared wonderful stories and photos from their mission trips.

Participants had the chance to reflect with one another, share their insights with the group, and develop their own prayers based on what was learned at the Mission Congress.

View our photo gallery from the day!

And, don't forget to save the date for next year's Mission Congress: Saturday, March 5, 2016. More details TBA!

Prayer for Holy Week

Let Us Love One Another During Holy Week.

Holy Week

Let us resolve to make this week holy by claiming Christ’s redemptive grace and by living holy lives. The Word became flesh and redeemed us by his holy life and holy death. This week especially, let us accept redemption by living grateful, faithful, prayerful, generous, just and holy lives.

Let us resolve to make this week holy by reading and meditating Holy Scripture.

So often, we get caught up in the hurry of daily living. As individuals and as families, reserve prime time to be with Jesus, to hear the cries of the children waving palm branches, to see the Son of Man riding on an ass' colt, to feel the press of the crowd, to be caught up in the "Hosannas” and to realize how the cries of acclamation will yield to the garden of suffering, to be there and watch as Jesus is sentenced by Pilate to Calvary, to see him rejected, mocked, spat upon, beaten and forced to carry a heavy cross, to hear the echo of the hammer, to feel the agony of the torn flesh and strained muscles, to know Mary’s anguish as he hung three hours before he died.

We recoil before the atrocities of war, gang crime, domestic violence and catastrophic illness. Unless we personally and immediately are touched by suffering, it is easy to read Scripture and to walk away without contacting the redemptive suffering that makes us holy. The reality of the Word falls on deaf ears.

Let us take time this week to be present to someone who suffers. Sharing the pain of a fellow human will enliven Scripture and help us enter into the holy mystery of the redemptive suffering of Christ.

Let us resolve to make this week holy by participating in the Holy Week services of the church, not just by attending, but also by preparing, by studying the readings, entering into the spirit, offering our services as ministers of the Word or Eucharist, decorating the church or preparing the environment for worship.

Let us sing, "Lord, have mercy," and "Hosanna." Let us praise the Lord with our whole heart and soul and mind and strength, uniting with the suffering church throughout the world -- in Rome and Northern Ireland, in Syria and Lebanon, in South Africa and Angola, India and China, Nicaragua and El Salvador, in Washington, D.C., and Jackson, Mississippi.

Let us break bread together; let us relive the holy and redemptive mystery. Let us do it in memory of him, acknowledging in faith his real presence upon our altars.

Let us resolve to make this week holy by sharing holy peace and joy within our families, sharing family prayer on a regular basis, making every meal a holy meal where loving conversations bond family members in unity, sharing family work without grumbling, making love not war, asking forgiveness for past hurts and forgiving one another from the heart, seeking to go all the way for love as Jesus went all the way for love.

Let us resolve to make this week holy by sharing holy peace and joy with the needy, the alienated, the lonely, the sick and afflicted, the untouchable.

Let us unite our sufferings, inconveniences and annoyances with the suffering of Jesus. Let us stretch ourselves, going beyond our comfort zones to unite ourselves with Christ's redemptive work.

We unite ourselves with Christ's redemptive work when we reconcile, when we make peace, when we share the good news that God is in our lives, when we reflect to our brothers and sisters God's healing, God's forgiveness, God's unconditional love.

Let us be practical, reaching out across the boundaries of race and class and status to help somebody, to encourage and affirm somebody, offering to the young an incentive to learn and grow, offering to the downtrodden resources to help themselves.

May our fasting be the kind that saves and shares with the poor, that actually contacts the needy, that gives heart to heart, that touches and nourishes and heals.

During this Holy Week when Jesus gave his life for love, let us truly love one another.

--Sr. Thea Bowman, FSPA
December 29, 1937 – March 30, 1990

Catholics In St. Louis to Celebrate Holy Week & Easter

March 30, 2015
For more information contact: 
Elizabeth Westhoff
Director of Marketing & Mission Awareness
Phone: 314.792.7635

Catholics In St. Louis to Celebrate Holy Week & Easter
Holy Week Liturgies Solemnly Commemorate Christ’s Passion & Resurrection 

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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 March 29.

* Holy Week liturgies and services and Easter Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis (4431 Lindell Boulevard):

Thursday, April 2, 2015: Archbishop Carlson will celebrate the annual Chrism Mass at 10 a.m. The Chrism Mass derives its name from one of the three oils which are presented to the Archbishop to be blessed and consecrated for use at Baptisms, Confirmations, and Ordinations throughout the year. At 7:30 p.m., Archbishop Carlson will celebrate the Mass of the Lord’s Supper commemorating Christ’s Last Supper with the Apostles, followed by sung Compline after Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Friday, April 3: The Service of the Lord’s Passion with Archbishop Carlson will begin at 3 p.m. Stations of the Cross begin at 7 p.m.

Saturday, April 4: The Easter Vigil, celebrated by Archbishop Carlson, will begin at 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 5: Easter Sunday, Masses will be celebrated at 8 a.m., 10 a.m., and 12 noon.

A diverse selection of Holy Week celebrations can be found in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, with liturgies and services in nine different languages, including English, Spanish, and Latin.

A full listing can be found on the archdiocesan website: www.archstl.org.

FOR REFERENCE: 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.
  • Easter Sunday is the principal feast of the ecclesiastical year. Commemorating 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.

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Discipulus Institute - Introduction to World Religions 6 Week Course

Spring 2015 - Now Enrolling!

Introduction to World Religions and Interreligious Dialogue
 Mondays, April 6 – May 18, 2014
Cardinal Rigali Center
Dr. Ed Hogan

Cost $25

Buddhists don’t believe in God – we do. Hindus believe in many gods (sort of) and multiple lifetimes – we don’t. Jews believe that Jesus wasn’t even a prophet, while Muslims believe that he was a prophet but not God – we disagree with both.

Is there some middle ground between declaring all these beliefs true and fighting over the differences? How do we listen respectfully to different religious claims – maybe even learn something from them – and make sense of them in the context of our own beliefs? What has the Church taught, and what does she teach today, about other religions? Come and learn how we can approach these differences in honesty and friendship.



Course Description: 

World Religions and Interreligious Dialogue
Mondays, April 6 – May 18, 2014
Cardinal Rigali Center
Dr. Ed Hogan

Course Outline:

1) Introduction to Church Teaching on World Religions. (April 6)

2) Introduction to Hinduism and Hindu-Catholic Dialogue. (April 13&20)

3) Introduction to Buddhism and Buddhist-Catholic Dialogue. (April 27)

4) Introduction to Judaism and Jewish-Catholic Dialogue. (May 4)

5) Introduction to Islam and Muslim-Catholic Dialogue. (May 11&18)

Is there truth for men, truth that is accessible as such for all men and belongs to all men, or are we only ever, in differing symbols, just touching on the mystery that never unveils itself to us? Is it a presumption to talk about the truth of faith, or is it a duty?…It [becomes] steadily more clear that the whole area of encounters, of dialogue, and likewise of mission leads us inevitably to the question concerning truth: there is no way around it, however unmodern it may seem to be.-Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI), Truth and Tolerance: Christian Belief and World Religions, pp. 57, 113.


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