St. Mary's High School betters the block

By Sue Brown, Director of Marketing and Community Relations

The young men of St. Mary’s High School Campus Ministry helped out with the Dutchtown Better Block Project on Saturday, September 20.

Two groups assisted by sorting and arranging books, decorating and lighting the interior of the Pop-Up Bookstore, and painting the exterior of a building at the intersection of Virginia and Itaska Streets.

In the 4700 block of Virginia, students prepared beds, planted native flowers, cut and raked grass from several open lots after clearing trash and debris. The Better Block Project works with small businesses in the community to enhance the beauty and safety of the neighborhood, and to promote growth--including growth of St. Mary's High School!


Come and join us as we celebrate National Black Catholic History Month on Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the St. Charles Lwanga Center at (Shreve and Carter Aves. in North St. Louis City) adjacent to the St. Elizabeth Mother of John the Baptist Church. Feel free to call us at (314) 367-7929 to let us know that you will be present.


Please join us at the 32nd Annual St. Charles Lwanga Center Testimonial Dinner and Auction being held on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at the Rennaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel.  Silent auction begins at 2:30 p.m. and the dinner program begins at 4:00 p.m. 

Adults and youth from the sponsoring parishes will be honored along with the newly instituted Torch Bearer honorees.  For information concerning ticketing, ad space, and auction contributions please contact your Lwanga Center parish representative and/or parish office.  Inquirers from throughout the archdiocese are invited to call the Lwanga Center at 314-367-7929.

Tickets are $60 each and tables of 10 are $600.

Annual World Mission Sunday Mass Held

2014 World Mission SundayArchbishop Robert J. Carlson celebrated our annual World Mission Sunday Mass on October 19th at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. Special thanks to all who attended, and to our international representatives who made the Mass a wonderful celebration!

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STL250 Procession With Relic of City’s Namesake on Sunday

October 15, 2014
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

What: Procession with relic of King St. Louis IX
Who: Archbishop Robert J. Carlson will lead the procession
Where: St. Francis de Sales Oratory (2653 Ohio Ave)
When: Sunday, October 19, 2014

ST. LOUIS – Archbishop Robert J. Carlson will lead a procession with a relic of King St. Louis IX, patron and namesake of the City of St. Louis, on Sunday, October 19. The solemn event will begin at St. Francis de Sales Oratory (2653 Ohio Ave.) at 5 p.m. Archbishop Carlson will give a homily about King St. Louis IX after the procession. A reception will follow in the church basement.

The Archdiocese of St. Louis has been an active participant in the STL250 celebrations commemorating the 250th anniversary of the founding of the City of St. Louis. Additionally, the year 2014 marks the 800th anniversary of King St. Louis IX's birth. The procession this Sunday follows a weekend of celebrations in August that were attended by Prince Louis de Bourbon, a direct descendant of St. Louis, as well as numerous bishops and archbishops from around the country. Collectively these events are affectionately referred to as "CatholicSTL250."


A Call for Peace in Our Community

October 10, 2014
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson Renews the Call for Peace in St. Louis

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ST. LOUIS – Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, today renewed his call for peace in the St. Louis community with the following statement:

By now we should all realize that there is no going back to the status quo following the tragic shooting of Michael Brown. Rightly so! The status quo was not good enough. This tragedy has left a community struggling to cope with anger and frustration that it had repressed for many years. Now is our moment of truth. We can let the anger and frustration spill over in violence, and then be repressed again. Or we can take the opportunity to break the cycle and address the underlying issues that cause the anger and frustration.

But we need to keep in mind the issues here are bigger than Ferguson. They are as deep as the hold of sin on the human heart and as broad as the solidarity of the entire human race. That means we will not be able to fix things quickly. But we have to move forward. And it is not just Ferguson or the greater St. Louis metropolitan community, but the entire country and the whole Church that needs to look at these issues.

Is it not a sad reality that we integrated professional baseball and schools a long time ago, but we have not integrated everyone's heart?

The sin of racism in our cities and our nation must be dealt with, but never with violence. There are small but vocal groups currently threatening violence. I urge anyone who feels the desire to violently lash out to first pause and consider the potential consequences of their actions: Will violence make the situation right? Will it right the wrongs? Or will it only make things worse? The unrelenting desire for revenge is a poison that seeps into our souls and can become contagious carrying with it a commitment to violence.

As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, "Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars...Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that."
What's the solution? For all of us to be quick to apologize for our own faults, and as quick to forgive the faults of others as we want them to be in forgiving ours.

We need to come together in prayer and dialogue to address the deeper underlying issues – family breakdown, racial profiling, quality education, abuses of authority, lack of gainful employment, fear of one another, mistrust of authority, black on black violence, and white flight.

In God we are all one family and we need to call upon Christ the Prince of Peace in prayer to give us the strength to sit down together as brothers and sisters.

So, let's ask: what blueprint does God have in mind for us? And let's remember that Christ gave us the blueprint: to love God with all our heart and mind and soul and strength, and to love our neighbor as ourself. What that means for us is that we must respect the dignity of each other. We show that respect by having a willingness to sit down together and dialogue, by having the humility to admit our mistakes and say we are sorry, and by praying for one another – yes, praying! Praying that God fills our hearts with love for one another, removes the hate we have allowed to fester there, and teaches us how to express our love in concrete ways.

It is no longer the time to ask "What would Jesus do?" It is time to ask "What is Jesus doing?" What Jesus is not doing is adding violence to violence. Remember what he said to his disciples in the Gospel of Luke when they asked if they should call down fire from Heaven to consume a town that didn't welcome him? (Lk 9:54). He rebuked them. Jesus is also not ignoring the problem and hoping it will go away! What Jesus is doing is pleading with us to listen to each other, respect each other, and help each other.

That's the same Jesus who said: "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God." Christ calls us to promote peace, not provoke violence. Our Lord Himself suffered the most terrible of injustices, because although incapable of doing wrong, He was nevertheless condemned to suffer and die on the cross. And when one of his disciples responded by lashing out in violence he said "Put away your sword!"

Inspired by the example of Christ, I fervently renew my call to everyone in Ferguson and the greater St. Louis community: be an instrument of peace amid the chaos! Work for calm in the turmoil!

If we depart from God's blueprint, the fruit of our thoughts and actions will not be peace but its opposite – force and violence!

It's time to turn to a different kind of power – persuasion and service. It is the way of Gandhi and Blessed Teresa of Calcutta. It is the way of the Lord who is filled with love and mercy. It is the way each of us should be. May the God who suffered on the Cross fill us with love, and guide our thoughts and actions.



ST. LOUIS -El Reverendísimo Robert J. Carlson, arzobispo de St. Louis, renovó hoy su llamado a la paz en la comunidad de Saint Louis con la siguiente declaración:

A estas alturas todos deberíamos darnos cuenta de que no hay marcha atrás en la situación actual tras el trágico tiroteo de Michael Brown. ¡Y con razón! El status quo no era aceptable.  Esta tragedia ha dejado  a una comunidad luchando por hacer frente a la ira y la frustración que ha reprimido durante muchos años. Este es nuestro momento de la verdad. Podemos dejar que el enojo y la frustración se desborden en la violencia, para luego ser reprimidos otra vez. O podemos aprovechar la oportunidad de romper el ciclo y hacer frente a los problemas subyacentes que causan la ira y la frustración. 

Pero debemos tener en cuenta que los problemas presentes son aún más grandes que Ferguson mismo. Ellos son tan profundos como el asecho del pecado en el corazón humano y tan amplios como la solidaridad de toda la raza humana. Esto significa que no vamos a ser capaces de arreglar las cosas rápidamente. Pero tenemos que seguir adelante. Y no es sólo Ferguson o la comunidad metropolitana de Saint Louis, sino todo el país y la Iglesia que en un todo, tienen que analizar estos problemas.

 ¿No es una triste realidad que hayamos integrado desde hace mucho tiempo el béisbol profesional y las escuelas, pero no hemos integrado aún el corazón de todos?

 El pecado del racismo en nuestras ciudades y en nuestra nación debe ser tratado, pero nunca con violencia. Hay grupos pequeños pero audibles que actualmente amenazan con violencia. Insto a cualquier persona que sienta el deseo de atacar violentamente a hacer primeramente una pausa y considerar las consecuencias potenciales de sus acciones: ¿Será la violencia la que corrija la situación? ¿Va a enmendar los errores? ¿O simplemente empeorarán las cosas? El deseo implacable de venganza es un veneno que se filtra en nuestras almas y puede llegar a ser contagioso llevando consigo un compromiso con la violencia.

 Como dijo el Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. : "Devolver la violencia con violencia multiplica la violencia, añadiendo una oscuridad más profunda a una noche ya desprovista de estrellas... El odio no puede expulsar al odio: solo el amor puede hacerlo."

 ¿Cuál es la solución? Que todos nosotros pidamos rápidamente perdón por nuestras propias faltas, y que con la misma rapidez perdonemos las faltas de los demás,  así  como queremos que los demás perdonen las nuestras.

 Tenemos que unirnos en la oración y el diálogo para abordar los problemas subyacentes más profundos -  desintegración familiar, perfilado racial, calidad de la educación, abusos de autoridad, falta de empleo justamente remunerado, miedo de unos a otros, desconfianza en la autoridad, violencia en la comunidad afroamericana,  y el éxodo de la población blanca.

 En Dios todos somos una familia y tenemos que pedir en oración a Cristo, el Príncipe de la Paz, que nos dé la fuerza para sentarnos juntos como hermanos y hermanas.

Preguntémonos entonces: ¿Qué plan tiene Dios en mente para nosotros? Y recordemos que Cristo nos dio el modelo: amar a Dios con todo nuestro corazón, mente, alma y fuerza, y amar a nuestro prójimo como a nosotros mismos. Lo que esto significa para nosotros es que tenemos que respetar la dignidad de cada uno. Se demuestra este respeto teniendo la voluntad de sentarnos juntos y dialogar, teniendo la humildad de admitir nuestros errores y decir que lo sentimos, y orando unos por otros - ¡sí, orando! Orando para que Dios llene nuestros corazones con amor hacia nuestro prójimo, para que elimine el odio que hemos permitido se arraigue en  nuestros corazones,  para que nos enseñe la manera de expresar nuestro amor en formas concretas.  

Ya no es momento de preguntar "¿Qué haría Jesús?" Es el momento de preguntar: "¿Qué está haciendo Jesús?" Lo que Jesús no está haciendo es agregar violencia a la violencia. Recuerden lo que dijo a sus discípulos en el Evangelio de Lucas, cuando le preguntaron si deberían hacer descender fuego del cielo para consumir un pueblo que no le dio la bienvenida? (Lc 09:54). Él los reprendió.  ¡Jesús tampoco está ignorando el problema y esperando que este desaparezca! Jesús nos está suplicando que nos escuchemos unos a otros, nos respetemos mutuamente, y nos ayudemos como hermanos.  

Ese es el mismo Jesús que dijo: "Bienaventurados los pacificadores, porque ellos serán llamados hijos de Dios." Cristo nos llama a promover la paz, no a provocar la violencia. Nuestro Señor mismo sufrió la más terrible de las injusticias; aunque  incapaz de hacer mal, Él fue, sin embargo, condenado a sufrir y morir en la cruz. Y cuando uno de sus discípulos respondió con la violencia, le dijo "¡Guarda tu espada!"

Inspirado por el ejemplo de Cristo, renuevo con fervor mi llamado a todas las personas en Ferguson y la gran comunidad de Saint Louis: ¡Sean  un instrumento de paz en medio del caos! ¡Trabajen por la calma en el caos!

Si nos apartamos del plan de Dios, el fruto de nuestros pensamientos y acciones no será la paz, sino lo opuesto - ¡la fuerza y la violencia!

Es hora de intentar un tipo diferente de poder - la persuasión y el servicio. Es la manera de Gandhi y la Beata Teresa de Calcuta. Es el camino del Señor que está lleno de amor y misericordia. Es la forma en que cada uno de nosotros debe ser. Que el Dios que sufrió en la Cruz nos llene de amor, y guíe nuestros pensamientos y acciones. 

October 2014 Marks 100th Anniversary of First Mass at Cathedral Basilica

October 8, 2014
For more information contact: 
Nicole Heerlein
Communications Specialist, Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis
Phone: 314.373.8205

October 18, 2014, marks the 100th Anniversary of the first Mass held at what was then known as the St. Louis Cathedral. This Mass was held on the 6th anniversary of the laying of the cornerstone and celebrated the completion of the superstructure of the Cathedral which was constructed from 1907-1914. The official celebration of the 100th Anniversary takes place at the Cathedral’s Masses over the weekend of October 11-12 where the readings of the Mass will focus on the solemn dedication of the Cathedral.

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson will celebrate the 10 a.m. Mass on Sunday which is also the White Mass (for those in the medical profession). The readings will remain the same as the other Masses of the weekend.

Cathedral Basilica Mass Schedule:
October 11: 5:00pm Vigil
October 12: 8:00am, 10:00am, Noon, 5:00 p.m.

Media are welcome and encouraged to attend the Masses.


Annual “White Mass” on Sunday to Honor Health Care Professionals

October 8, 2014
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

Expected attendees include physicians, nurses, emergency personnel and other health care professionals

WHAT: Annual White Mass to honor health care workers 

WHO: Archbishop Robert Carlson to celebrate; all health care workers invited to attend

WHEN: Sunday, October 12, 2014, 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 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.

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

A reception sponsored by the St. Louis Guild of the Catholic Medical Association will follow in Boland Hall. 

For more information, please call 314.792.7812 or go to


**The St. Louis Guild of the Catholic Medical Association will peacefully pray the rosary outside Planned Parenthood before the White Mass at 9 a.m.  The doctors, in their white coats, will pray for the end of the tragedy of abortion, for the families affected, and for the workers there that may they never despair of God's merciful love and use their gifts to foster life, not destroy it.

A Night of Music, Prayer, and Praise in Ferguson

October 7, 2014
For more information contact: 

Missourian and Nationally-Known Recording Artist Ike Ndolo to Headline Event

What: A night of prayer in Ferguson

Where: Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Catholic Church

Who: Ike Ndolo, Emily Wilson, and the BTC LifeTeen program

When: Thursday, October 9, at 6 p.m.

ST. LOUIS – Nationally-known recording artist and Missourian Ike Ndolo will lead a “prayer and praise” event at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Catholic Church on Thursday, October 9, beginning at 6 p.m. Singer Emily Wilson will also join Ike in the praise and worship event.

The event is simply being called “Pray for Ferguson” and will feature food, live worship music, a dynamic speaker, and adoration & benediction with the Blessed Sacrament. The event is free and open to all ages and faiths.

For more information, contact Stacy Cretors at


CYC Sports Volunteers to be Honored at 58th Annual Sports Banquet

                          Fr. Brian Fischer Offers the Blessing at the 2011 CYC Sports Award Banquet

On Wednesday, November 5, 2014 the Catholic Youth Apostolate - CYC Sports Department will host its 58th Annual Awards Dinner.  CYC volunteers will be recognized for their service and dedication.  Please make plans to attend this year's event which will be held at the Crowne Plaza Saint Louis-Clayton, and help us honor some of the great volunteers that have given so much time and effort to the CYC program!

If you would like to help celebrate our CYC volunteers, please download the Ticket Form and Program Ad Form. For more information, contact Andrea at (314) 792-7256.

The 2013 and 2014 CYC District Person of the Year Award Recipients are:

  • Mike Moehlenkamp - North County District (St. Norbert)
  • Paul Bober - North County District (Holy Name of Jesus)
  • Bryan Hoff - St. Charles District (St. Paul in St. Paul)
  • Joyce Serangeli - St. Charles District (St. Elizabeth/St. Robert)
  • Dennis Heitert - South Central District (Ste. Genevieve DuBois)
  • Clay Cary - South Central District (St. Gerard Majella)
  • Dino Picha - South County District  (St. Margaret Mary Alacoque)
  • Sue Baumgartner - South County District (St. Catherine Laboure)
  • Patty Borst - West County District (Ascension in Chesterfield)
  • John D'Agostino - West County District (St. Alban Roe)

The 2014 CYC Sports Service Award Recipients are:

  • Doug Romano - Baseball Service (South County District, St. Joseph in Imperial)
  • John Monda - Basketball Service (South County District, St. Catherine Laboure)
  • Mike Cahill - Soccer Service (St. Charles District, St. Joseph-Cottleville)
  • Keith Nieman - Softball Service (South Central District, Epiphany of Our Lord)
  • Kathi Bacott - Volleyball Service (South County District, Immaculate Conception-Arnold)
  • Walt Anger - Track Service (North County, St. Rose Philippine Duchesne)


Annual “Red Mass” for Judges, Attorneys, and all Members of the Legal Profession

October 1, 2014
For more information contact: 


What: Annual Red Mass and reception for members of the judiciary and legal community

When: Sunday, October 5, 2014, 10 a.m.

Who: Archbishop Robert Carlson, principle celebrant; Reverend James Mason, 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 and legal community on Sunday, October 5 at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis beginning at 10 a.m.

With roots dating to the 13th century, the Red Mass is celebrated in the United States at the opening of the judicial term in October. Attorneys, legal professionals, and those serving in the legislative and judicial branches of government of all faiths are invited to participate in this centuries-old tradition.

"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."

Fr. James Mason, a lawyer and new Director of Spiritual Formation at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis, will deliver the homily.

A reception for all attendees will follow in Boland Hall.


Catholic Youth Apostolate to Host "The Romantic Revolution" Retreat

The Catholic Youth Apstolate's REAP Team and Office of Catholic Scouting will host the "Romantic Revolution" at the Cardinal Rigali Center on Monday, September 29 from 7 pm to 9 pm.  This retreat is open to young women in grades 7 - 9 interested in learning more about relationships, romance and pure love in today's world. Teen and young adult members of The REAP Team will give testimony to the power and beauty of chastity and how only through living out this virtue can true romance be revived in our world.

At least one adult for each group is expected to attend (no more than 10 girls per adult), and moms are more than welcome! Come as a big group or just a mother/daughter team.

Following are a few comments from young women who attended last year's event:

  • I loved this retreat! It was fun and full of non-stop activities.
  • I thought it was great. I really like the talks. I will always remember to believe in myself.
  • I thought about how much I need God in all my relationships.
  • I learned God has more meaning to me than a guy can treat me.

Dowload a flier about the Romantic Revolution or click here for more information. If you have questions, please contact The REAP Team's Rachel Allen at (314) 971-3153.

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