January Theology on Tap: The Gift of Life

Join us for our January Theology on Tap:

 

The Gift of Life: A surprising account of poverty in America and a unique response.

 

Mary Frances Moen, who recently completed her M.A. in Theological Studies from Saint Louis University, will be our January speaker for Theology on Tap. Mary Frances will be presenting on "The Gift of Life: A Surprising Account of Poverty in American & A Unique Response." Please join us on Tuesday, January 13th at 7 PM at Kirkwood Brewing Station to hear a moving talk on the connection between poverty & pro-life issues - as well as a relational response that will challenge all of us! 

We will be collecting ranch/hot sauce for the Sts. Peter and Paul Shelter in Soulard this month. Please be generous!

Catholic Women for Christ 6th Annual Conference

 

March 21, 2015

St. Charles Convention Center

Information and Registration

catholicwomenforchrist.org

 - Catholic Women for Christ Flyer 2015.pdf  

 

 

Archbishop Carlson Names Director of Newly-Established Peace and Justice Commission

January 6, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

Marie Kenyon to Lead Commission Tasked with Addressing Issues of Human Rights

ST. LOUIS – Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, has named St. Louis attorney Marie Kenyon as director of the newly-established Peace and Justice Commission of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Since 1987, Kenyon has been managing attorney of Catholic Legal Assistance Ministry (CLAM), a ministry serving the legal needs of low-income clients.

At a Mass for Peace and Justice on August 20, 2014, Archbishop Carlson announced that he was re-establishing a human rights commission in the Archdiocese of St. Louis with the goal to address societal issues such as poverty, racial tension, and lack of education.

“Peace and justice are the hallmarks of a society that knows, loves and serves God above all else,” said Archbishop Carlson in a memo announcing Kenyon as director. “I urge this new Commission to assist the citizens and public officials throughout all eleven counties of our Archdiocese in the effort to achieve peace and justice for all.”

“It is an honor to be entrusted with the leadership of such an important ministry,” Kenyon said. “CLAM has been my life’s work for 28 years. On a daily basis we were confronted with issues of race, poverty, lack of education, and immigration. For Archbishop Carlson to ask me to lead this new Commission proves just how serious he is in addressing the systemic problems within these issues.”

Kenyon earned her B.A. in international relations from Bradley University in 1981. She then volunteered with the Peace Corps in West Africa until 1983 and graduated from the Saint Louis University School of Law in 1986. She is a member of the Missouri Bar and a past member of the Bar’s Board of Governors. Kenyon is a former president of the St. Louis Bar Foundation and Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis. She has served on numerous boards, committees, and task forces in St. Louis and Missouri, including the Bar’s Gender and Justice Task Force, the Southside Women’s Center board of directors, and the Economic Justice Task Force of the Missouri Catholic Conference. Kenyon is a Catholic Charities Award of Merit recipient, and in 2005 was named a Missouri Lawyer of the Year by Missouri Lawyers Weekly.

Kenyon will be tasked with oversight of the selection process for appointment of members to the Commission, as well as coordinating its activities in the community.

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“Faith in Ferguson” Prayer Vigil to be held Tuesday

January 5, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

What: "Faith in Ferguson" prayer vigil for peace, justice, and charity
Where: Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church (1115 S. Florissant Road, Ferguson, MO 63121)
When: Tuesday, January 6, 2015, 4:30 p.m.

ST. LOUIS – A prayer vigil will be held Tuesday, January 6, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Ferguson beginning at 4:30 p.m. Msgr. Jack Schuler will give a reflection, and the vigil will include prayer and song. The vigil is called “Faith in Ferguson,” just like a previous series of vigils that were held October through December at January-Wabash Park.

In a statement released after the announcement of the grand jury decision in the case of the shooting death of Michael Brown, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson implored: “Pray unceasingly for peace. Pray for our leaders and pray for your neighbors. If you feel called to act, do so only after prayer.”

Members of the media are invited to attend and participate in the prayer vigil. The event is open to the public.

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Seeing the Holy Family in the Faces of Migrants

Each year, around the Feast of the Epiphany, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishop's Migration and Refugee Services and Justice for Immigrants Campaign, as well as Catholics across the U.S., observe National Migration Week through prayer and action. The first week of the New Year may seem like an odd time pray for migrants, refugees, and victims of human trafficking--until we look at the full story of the Magi's visit to the lowly manger.

 We are all familar with the Adoration of the Magi: the star in Bethlehem, the exotic and mysterious "three kings" who "travel so far," and the gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. However, in Matthew, we learn that the magi stopped in Jerusalem at the court of King Herod. Upon learning that the magi are paying homage to the "newborn king of the Jews," (2:2), Herod said to them, "Go and search diligently for the child. When you have found him, bring me word, that I too may go and do him homage" (2:8). The Magi, though, were warned in a dream not to tell Herod the whereabouts of the child, and they returned home another way. Herod's desire to learn the whereabouts of Jesus was malintended; he felt threatened by this newborn king's power and had plans to kill him. An Angel warnedJoseph as well about Herod, and "Joseph rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed for Egypt" (2:14). Later, when Herod realized that the Magi were not returning to him, "he ordered the massacre of all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity two years old and under" (2:16). 

The Holy Family's Flight into Egypt

The violence surrounding the story of the Magi is terrifying. We can imagine how scared Joseph was when he awoke from his dream, knowing that his newborn child was in grave danger and that he had to move his family across a border into a foreign land. The distance from Bethlehem to Egypt was 200 miles, and most of the terrain was desert. It was more than a formidable journey into the unknown, but the only alternative was death and sorrow. 

The "choice" that many people in countries across the world face today echo that of Joseph's. Extreme violence, war, and famine threaten their lives and the lives of their children. Some are fortunate enough to receive asylum or refugee status from the United States and other wealthier, more stable countries. But for those who aren't, can we blame them for leaving their homes when their children are at risk for being forced into gangs for kidnapped by mafia? Can we see Joseph in the faces of desperate fathers? Can we believe that God is calling them, just as He called Joseph, to leave their homeland and save their children's lives? 

Memorial to those who died crossing the Sonoran Desert.

Mary and Jesus were fortunate to be able to travel under Joseph's protection and care. This past year, we saw thousands of unaccompanied children making the journey from countries like Honduras and El Salvador all the way to the Texas so that they could join their parents and other family members. We also saw many young mothers with babies arrive at our borders. Would we be able to welcome Mary and Jesus, without any legal status, into our nation and into our communities? 

This week, let us pray for all migrants who, like the Holy Family so long ago, are fleeing violence. Let us also pray that we can transform our hearts to welcome the stranger and see the faces of the Holy Family in those who migrate to our country--with or without papers : 

LOVING FATHER, remembering that the Holy Family fled violence and lived for a time as refugees,we ask that you protect all refugee families fleeingpersecution,and provide them a place of safety and comfort.

For children who are making perilous journeys,often alone and without the protection of loved ones,we ask that you reunite them with their familiesand protect them from violence on the journey.

For all migrants,that they not feel compelled to migratebut have opportunities in their homelandwhere they can thrive and live fully human lives.

Open our hearts so that we may provide hospitalityfor those who come in search of refuge.through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,who lives and reigns with you in the unity of theHoly Spirit,one God, forever and ever. Amen.

--Prayer for 2015 National Migration Week, USCCB


ST. PIUS V PARISH TO CELEBRATE ANNUAL MIGRATION MASS

January 2, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Elizabeth Westhoff
Director of Marketing & Mission Awareness
Phone: 314.792.7635

Catholic Church to Kick Off National Migration Week With Prayer

 

St. Louis — This coming Epiphany Sunday, January 4, at 10:00am, St. Pius V Parish will celebrate their Annual Migration Mass. The Migration Mass is a yearly celebration of the unity and diversity of the parish family and the larger Catholic family.National Migration Week 2015 takes place January 4 – 10 with the theme, "We are One Family Under God," bringing to mind the importance of family in our daily lives. This reminder is particularly important when dealing with the migration phenomenon, as family members are too often separated from one another. 

At this special Mass, St. Pius V will welcome worshippers from all over the world. The readings and prayers will be offered in various languages, an African choir and a Burmese choir will be featured, and many participants will wear their traditional dress from their homeland. An international buffet featuring foods from different countries follows the Migration Mass in Singler Hall, the parish gathering space. The Migration Mass is the premier annual event at St. Pius V Parish, the most diverse in the Archdiocese, and is always standing room only.

The Immigrant & Refugee Ministry at St. Pius V Parish is supported by a grant from the Annual Catholic Appeal. St. Pius V Catholic Church is located at 3310 S. Grand Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63118-1002

Feast Day of the Three Kings | Día de los Reyes

Merry Christmas from Sr. Anila Christy in India!

Merry Christmas from our dear friend, Sr. Anila Christy, of the Daughters of Mary in India!

 

Archbishop Carlson to Celebrate Christmas Midnight Mass

December 23, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

WHAT: Christmas Midnight Mass
WHEN: Midnight, Thursday, December 25; music beginning at 11 p.m., December 24
WHERE: Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis (4431 Lindell)

ST. LOUIS – Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, will celebrate Midnight Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (4431 Lindell) for the feast of Christmas, the day Catholics commemorate the birth of Christ. A music program will begin at 11 p.m., December 24.

Christmas follows four weeks of Advent, the season when Catholics prepare for the coming of the Lord. The Christmas Season concludes after twelve days on January 6, the feast of the Epiphany.

Archbishop Carlson will also celebrate the 10 a.m. Mass on Christmas morning. Additional Christmas Masses at the Cathedral Basilica will begin at 8 a.m. and noon, with a Vigil Mass at 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

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The Forsaken - December 30 at 5:30 pm on EWTN

Enjoy our Pan y Amor documentary, The Forsaken, on Tuesday, December 30 on EWTN at 5:30 pm. This thirty minute documentary will open your eyes to the lives of children who have been rescued from living on the streets of Cochabamba and La Paz, Bolivia. Prior to being rescued, these children barely survived and often went to sleep hungry and on the streets. Emmy award winner Chuck Neff does an extraordinary job of capturing the struggles of these innocent children and their quest for a brighter future. This is a show you don't want to miss! 

View press release here...

Locally Produced Documentary to Air on National Television

December 19, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

EWTN will show film about the Mission Office of the Archdiocese of St. Louis                          

 

ST. LOUIS – Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) will broadcast “The Forsaken”, a documentary about abused and abandoned children in some of the most impoverished countries in the world, such as Uganda and Bolivia. Produced by Salt River Production Group and its president, prominent St. Louis media figure Chuck Neff, the documentary focuses on the international work of the Mission Office of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, in particular the Pan y Amor aid program that assists poor, needy, and hungry children throughout the world. EWTN will broadcast the half-hour documentary on Tuesday, December 30, beginning at 5:30 p.m. CST.

“This documentary will open your eyes to the lives of children who have been saved from living on the streets, barely surviving and often going to bed hungry,” said Monsignor Francis Blood, Director of the Mission Office of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. “Emmy award-winner Chuck Neff and the Salt River Production Group do an extraordinary job of capturing the struggles of these innocent children and their quest for a brighter future.”

“The Forsaken” can also be viewed online at archstl.org/node/3987812/page/pan-y-amor.

EWTN streams online at ewtn.com, on Roku players, and is broadcast in St. Louis on the following providers:

AT&T U-verse, channel 562
Charter Communications, channel 100
DIRECTV, channel 370
DISH Network, channel 261

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National Migration Week - Jan 4 - 10, 2015

We join our Catholic bishops and community in praying for our immigrant families and children. May our work on behalf of comprehensive immigration reform bring about greater unification and hospitality for all our families.

Nos unimos a nuestros obispos y comunidad católica en oración por nuestras familias y niños migrantes. Que nuestros esfuerzos por la reforma migratoria nos brinde a una más unión y hospitalidad familiar.


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