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Holy Trinity School in St. Ann was featured in the St. Louis Review for their Virtue-Based Restorative Discipline Program, a CCHD funded program! Click here to read more.

If you're looking to support CCHD in funding programs such as this, our annual collection is taking place this weekend, November 19th and 20th, as the second collection at mass. Please consider us in your donations and prayers!

2017-2018 Local Grant Application

Local applications are now open for the 2017-2018 grant season!

Applications are due on January 13th, 2017. Learn more about the application process and apply here.

The CCHD Local Grants Program seeks to aid smaller, local organizations in the spirit of the CCHD national grants program.

Mass Saturday to Mark the Closing of the Year of Mercy

November 12, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

Year of Mercy Officially Concludes on November 20, 2016

WHAT: Mass to conclude the Year of Mercy
WHEN: Saturday, November 12, 2016, 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (4431 Lindell)
WHO: Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Robert J. Hermann and Catholics of the Archdiocese of St. Louis

ST. LOUIS – Most Reverend Robert J. Hermann, auxiliary bishop emeritus of St. Louis, will celebrate Mass at 5:00 p.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis on Saturday, November 12, 2016, to mark the closing of the “Year of Mercy” which will officially conclude on November 20, 2016.

In April 2015, Pope Francis declared the Catholic Church would celebrate a “Holy Year,” known as an “Extraordinary Jubilee Year,” dedicated to the virtue of Mercy. The “Year of Mercy,” as it has been deemed, began on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, December 8, 2015, when the Holy Door at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican was opened, having been sealed after the last Jubilee Year. The Year of Mercy will conclude on Sunday, November 20, 2016, which is the end of the Catholic Church’s liturgical year, The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.

One of the traditions for a Jubilee Year is the ceremonial opening of the Holy Door in each of the four major basilicas in Rome, including St. Peter’s Basilica. The opening, passing through, and sealing of the Holy Door at the end of the Jubilee Year have become significant elements in the Church’s Jubilee Year celebrations with special graces and what is called a “Jubilee Indulgence” offered to pilgrims who make the journey.

Pilgrimage sites in the Archdiocese of St. Louis include our two minor basilicas - the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis and the Basilica of Saint Louis, King of France - and seven other local pilgrimage sites.

More information about the Jubilee Year of Mercy can be found at archstl.org/mercy.

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Click here for the press release announcing the beginning of the Year of Mercy.

CYC Archdiocesan Soccer Championships Kicked Off This Week!

CYC Archdiocesan Soccer Championships began this week and continue through November 20th.  Over the next two weekends, more than 160 teams will complete in 22 divisions. The North and South County CYC Districts are hosting the championships, and games will be played at parishes throughout those areas.  

You can view tournament information, including brackets, on the CYC Soccer page.

We invite you to come out and cheer on the youth of our Archdiocese who proudly represent their teams and parishes!

Suite Seats for a Sweet Cause

Support families choosing to make the loving, and often expensive, choice to grow their family through adoption AND get a chance to enjoy a 2017 Cardinals game from the Mercy Suite! Raffle winner receives 10 tickets in Suite 33 (along the 1st base line) at Busch Stadium for a 2017 Cardinals’ Home Game, $150 of food/drinks and one parking pass for a mutually agreed upon date. Made available through the generous donation of Mercy. All proceeds benefit the Archbishop Robert J. Carlson Adoption Fund.

Great Holiday Gift! Raffle Tickets can be delivered in a festive gift envelope perfect for the person who has everything!
Raffle tickets are $20 each or 6 for $100
To purchase raffle tickets online: archstl.org/raffleforadoption or call the Office of Natural Family Planning at 314.997.7576.
Raffle closes March 8, 2017 with drawing on March 15, 2017. Winner will be notified by phone or e-mail.
About the Archbishop Robert J. Carlson Adoption Fund
Since it's inception in 2010, the Archbishop Robert J. Carlson Adoption Fund has awarded grants to 16 families over six years, for a total of more than $75,000 directly supporting the gift of adoption. 
This grant, offered through the Archdiocesan Office of Natural Family Planning, is available to couples who want to build their family through the loving choice of adoption. For more information about the grant, contact the Office of Natural Family Planning at 314-997-7576 or email melissa.barnason@mercy.net.

Catholic Churches Hold Election Day Prayer Services

November 7, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS – Many Catholic parishes across the Archdiocese of St. Louis are holding Masses, rosaries, or other prayer services on the eve of Election Day, Monday, November 7, and Election Day, Tuesday, November 8.

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson will offer a special Mass and lead the rosary at St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church (6303 Nottingham Ave.) in south St. Louis on the eve of Election Day, Monday, November 7, beginning at 7:00 p.m.

On Election Day, Mass will be offered every hour on the hour, 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., at St. George Catholic Church in Affton (4980 Heege Rd).

A complete list of prayer services and Masses can be found at archstl.org/vote.

Members of the media wishing to attend any of the events are asked to alert the Archdiocese of St. Louis ahead of time so that the pastors can be made aware.

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STL Young Adult Forum

The Office of Young Adult Ministry will host the second annual Young Adult Forum on Saturday, November 5th from 1-4:30pm at Boland Hall next door to the New Cathedral.

November 5th will be the Office of Young Adult Ministry’s fifth anniversary, and we believe the Forum will be a fitting way to celebrate. As the apostolate continues to grow, we are developing new initiatives to engage young adults in the life of their parish and the archdiocese. The day will consist of two short talks addressing evangelization and strategies for young adult outreach, two breakout discussion sessions, the opportunity to meet with other young adult leaders, and prayer. The Forum will officially end at 4:30pm, but we encourage participants to attend the 5pm Vigil Mass at the Cathedral. After Mass, we will be organizing small dinner groups at restaurants in the Central West End so participants can continue the conversation over food and drink.

Pastors from around the archdiocese have been asked to invite two members from each parish to attend. If you are interested in attending, please contact you parish priest. Visit the brand new Young Adult website for more information!

Annual White Mass on Sunday to Honor Health Care Professionals

October 28, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

WHAT: Annual White Mass to honor health care professionals
WHO: Archbishop Robert Carlson, principal celebrant; health care professionals will be in attendance
WHEN: Sunday, October 30, 2016, at 10 a.m.
WHERE: Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (4431 Lindell)

ST. LOUIS – Archbishop Robert J. Carlson will celebrate the annual White Mass this Sunday, October 30, at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis beginning at 10 a.m. The Mass is associated with St. Luke, the patron of physicians and surgeons, whose feast day is October 18.

Prior to Mass, Catholic Medical Association members wearing their white coats will meet at 9 a.m. in front of Planned Parenthood (4251 Forest Park Blvd.) to pray the Rosary.

All Catholic physicians, nurses, physician assistants, emergency medical personnel, and other healthcare professionals and their families are invited to attend the Mass.

The St. Louis Guild of the Catholic Medical Association is sponsoring a reception for the healthcare professionals in attendance.

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Enkindle Ministry

Enkindle, a ministry run by the Office of Natural Family Planning, Archdiocese of St. Louis, has available ½ hour free counseling sessions, monthly, for anyone trying to conceive a child.  The sessions are with a licensed professional counselor and a registered nurse.  The next available appointments are November 10th from 11 AM until 1PM.  To schedule an appointment, please call 314.997.7576.

Statement on the Death of St. Louis County Police Officer

October 6, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS – Archbishop Robert J. Carlson released the following statement regarding the death of St. Louis County police officer Blake Snyder this morning:

I am saddened to learn that St. Louis County police officer Blake Snyder has died in the line of duty.

I ask that the faithful of the Archdiocese of St. Louis join me in praying for the officer and his loved ones. The men and women of our police departments, and all who serve our community as first responders, will be in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. I encourage first responders to seek out their chaplains who provide an important ministry in this time of grief.

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

Archbishop Carlson recently offered a Blue Mass on the 15th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks to honor men and women currently serving as emergency responders, as well as all those who have died in the line of duty.

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Celebrate 75 Years of the CYC and Honor Our Dedicated Volunteers at the 60th Annual CYC Sports Awards Banquet

The 60th Annual CYC Sports Awards Banquet and the 75th Anniversary Celebration of the Archdiocesan youth department will be held on Thursday, October 27th at the Clayton Plaza Hotel.  This banquet honors the many volunteers who have donated their time and talents to the Catholic Youth Council program over the years.  Archbishop Carlson is scheduled to be present for the evening, and Bill McDermott, "Mr. Soccer", will serve as the Master of Ceremonies.

Along with the Silver Boot award for contributions to soccer in the St. Louis area, the CYC will also honor each of the five "District Persons of the Year" and will present a "Sports Service" award for significant contributions to each of the following CYC sports: baseball, softball, soccer, volleyball, basketball, track and golf.

We encourage all to purchase tickets to attend this year's banquet and show your support for our dedicated CYC volunteers and the entire CYC program.  For details on how to order tickets or place an ad in the program, and for more information about the volunteers to be honored, visit the Sports Banquet page of the CYC website or call the CYC offices at (314) 792-7256.

The Archdiocesan Youth Department was officially established in 1941. Visit the CYC Sports History page for more details about the founding and growth of the CYC.

Annual Red Mass for Judges, Attorneys, Public Service Officials, and Legal Professionals

September 30, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

What: Annual Red Mass and reception for members of the judiciary and legal community
When: Sunday, October 2, 2016, 10:00 a.m.
Who: Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, principal celebrant; Most Reverend William E. Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore, homilist
Where: Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (4431 Lindell)

ST. LOUIS – Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, will celebrate the Annual Red Mass for members of the judiciary, public service officials, and the legal community on Sunday, October 2, at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis beginning at 10:00 a.m. Most Reverend William E. Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore, will deliver the homily.

"The Red Mass is an opportunity for those in the legal profession to gather as a sign of civic unity and to pray for guidance from the Holy Spirit — the source of wisdom, understanding, counsel, and fortitude," Archbishop Carlson said. "It is God, our final and absolute judge, from whom all law and justice flows. In a spirit of humility and mutual trust, all those who are the servants of the law gather at the Red Mass as an expression of their hope that justice will be provided for all."

The Red Mass is celebrated at the opening of the judicial term in October. With roots dating to the 13th century, the tradition was introduced in the United States in 1928 when a group of Catholic lawyers gathered in St. Andrew's Cathedral in New York City. A Red Mass was first celebrated in the Archdiocese of St. Louis in 1943. Presidents, vice presidents, members of Congress, and Supreme Court justices often attend the Red Mass in Washington, D.C.

Attorneys, legal professionals, those serving in the legislative and judicial branches of government, and public service officials of all faiths are invited to participate in this centuries-old tradition. The Red Mass is supported by the St. Thomas More Society.

For more information, visit archstl.org/redmass16.

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