Fr. Scheid Players Present "Annie Get Your Gun"

The Catholic Youth Apostolate is pleased to announce that the Fr. William Scheid Players will close their 34th season with Annie Get Your Gun. The hit Broadway musical features legendary sharpshooter Annie Oakley, who ascends from dirty-faced backwoods gamin to the uppermost rungs of international stardom. Her mentor is Buffalo Bill, and Annie's great rival is arrogant marksman Frank Butler with whom she eventually falls in love. She experiences ups and downs in her romance with Frank but, in the end, love wins.

This year’s cast of 60 will feature several priests of the Archdiocese including Fr. Terry Borgerding of St. Ignatius of Loyola Parish in Marthasville, Monsignor John Borcic of St. Mary Magdalen Parish in St. Louis, Monsignor John Brennell of St. Monica Parish, Monsignor Norb Ernst of St. Margaret Mary of Alacoque Parish, and Fr. Bill Wigand, along with dozens of talented grade school, teenage and adult performers from around the St. Louis community.

This year marks the group’s 34th year of presenting Broadway plays, reviews, and musicals featuring Archdiocesan clergy and laity to raise funds for the youth programs of the Catholic Youth Apostolate.

Performance dates are:
Friday, July 25 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, July 26 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, July 27 at 2:00 pm             

All performances will be at Incarnate Word Academy, 2788 Normandy Drive, St. Louis, Missouri 63121. 

All advanced tickets are $12 for reserved seating.  Tickets are available at the door for $14. As noted above, the location of the show has moved to Incarnate Word Academy. This new venue will provide ample seating for our summer show. To order tickets, please and mail your check along with the Ticket Order Form to the Catholic Youth Apostolate.  For additional ticket information, please contact Ann Madden at (314) 846-1060 or email

To further help support the Catholic Youth Apostolate you may wish to consider placing an ad in our program book. This is a great opportunity to send a congratulatory message to one of the performers or to bring awareness of your business or service. Download the Ad Form for further information. The deadline for placing an ad is July 17.  For more information about placing an ad, please contact Debby Mooney at (314) 853-7651 or email

Thank you for your continued support of the Catholic Youth Apostolate!

Theology on Tap- June

Have some burning questions you've always wanted to ask a priest but never had the chance to?  Or have you ever wondered why Cathoilcs do certain things? What does the chuch teach on (insert contraversial topic here)?  


Come Bother the Father at Theology on Tap- with Fr. Christopher Collins, SJ and Fr. Eric Olson (St. Mark's). 


Tuesday June 10th

7pm at Kirkwood Station Brewing.


College studetns are invited- you don't have to be 21 one to attend, but (obviously) you must be 21 to drink. Bartenders will be checking IDs.




June 7, 2014
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS - Local leaders of the Catholic, Jewish, and Islamic faiths released the following joint statement Saturday:

Shalom, Salaam, Pax,

We wish to state our solidarity with Pope Francis, President Shimon Peres and President Mahmoud Abbas as they gather in the Vatican on June 8 to pray to God for the gift of peace in the Middle East.

We all want peace. As Pope Francis observed: “Many people build it day by day through small gestures and acts; many of them are suffering, yet patiently persevere in their efforts to be peacemakers. All of us – especially those placed at the service of their respective peoples – have the duty to become instruments and artisans of peace, especially by our prayers.”

We ask that the members of our religious communities pray for peace on June 8.

May the prayer meeting for peace in the Vatican be a blessing for the cause of peace in the Middle East.


- Rabbi James Goodman, President, St. Louis Rabbinical Association

- Batya Abramson-Goldstein, Executive Director, Jewish Community Relations Council

- Muhamed Hasic, Imam, Islamic Community Center

- Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis



June 6, 2014
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557


WHAT: Ordination of the Permanent Diaconate (Mass and Conferral of Sacrament of Holy Orders)

WHEN: Saturday, June 7, 2014, at 10 a.m.

WHERE: Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis (4431 Lindell)

WHO: His Excellency Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis

Those to be ordained: Patrick Belding, James Carter, Timothy Dunn, Donald Elbert, Joseph Fragale, Carl Germain, James G'Sell, Daniel Henke, James Hoefl, Mark Jaeger, Walter LaBozzetta, A. John Lipin, Keith Mallon, Robert Marischen, Jorge Perez, Daniel Raidt, Mark Schmierbach, O. James Sigillito, Neal Westhoff, Joseph Wientge

ST. LOUIS – Twenty new deacons will be ordained for the service of the Archdiocese of St. Louis as part of the 32nd class of permanent deacons in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, which began the program in 1975.

Permanent deacons are ordained clergy who serve in various ministries, including serving during the Mass, being an ordinary minister of Holy Communion, officiating at baptisms, witnessing marriages, and presiding at wakes and funerals. Permanent deacons also minister in hospitals, Church agencies and other related areas.

Many deacons are married men, and many retain their jobs and careers while serving the Church as deacons on a voluntary basis.

The diaconate requires four years of formation after a 12-month screening and evaluation process. Following ordination are three more years of formation.

Additional information as well as a livestream of the ordination can be found at


June 6, 2014
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557



Archbishop Carlson to Consecrate Archdiocese of St. Louis to the Holy Spirit on Pentecost

ST. LOUIS – Archbishop Robert J. Carlson will consecrate the Archdiocese of St. Louis to the Holy Spirit at the Vigil of Pentecost on Saturday, June 7, 2014, at Holy Redeemer Church (17 Joy Ave) at 7:30 p.m., and on Pentecost Sunday at 10 a.m. Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis (4431 Lindell Boulevard). This will be the first time for the archdiocese to be consecrated as a whole.

“It is with joy, hope and confidence in the faithful I am announcing that I will consecrate the Archdiocese of St. Louis to the care of the Holy Spirit,” Archbishop Carlson said. “This historic occasion is meant to help the faithful become instruments of the Holy Spirit and to live out the promises of their baptism in bringing Christ to all people.”

The Catholic Church defines consecration as ‘setting aside for a sacred purpose.’ Archbishop Carlson is asking the faithful to also consecrate themselves personally to the Holy Spirit, so that they may live out their sacred purpose in sacramental communion with one another and to be missionaries of Jesus Christ to the world. In Catholic tradition, individual churches, altars, homes, people, and other objects can be consecrated; this is the first consecration of the entirety of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

The consecration on the Feast of Pentecost is not by accident, as the feast marks the founding of the Catholic Church when the Holy Spirit descended on the apostles in the form of tongues of fire.

The Archdiocese of San Antonio is also being consecrated to the Holy Spirit on June 7.

Members of the media are invited to attend the consecration ceremonies on Saturday, June 7 or Sunday, June 8. Please RSVP in advance to Community Relations Specialist, Gabe Jones ( The Mass and consecration at the Cathedral Basilica will be livestreamed at


St. Louis to Host 2015 American Cardinals Dinner

June 5, 2014
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

The Archdiocese of St. Louis will host the 26th American Cardinals Dinner on Friday, April 24, 2015. 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 for the dinner to be held in St. Louis.

“We are honored that St. Louis has been chosen as the location for the 2015 American Cardinals Dinner,” Archbishop Carlson said. “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 five cardinal archbishops in the United States: Cardinal Francis George, Cardinal Sean O’Malley, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, and native St. Louisan, Cardinal Timothy Dolan.

The 25th American Cardinals Dinner was held in New York City on Friday, May 30, 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.

Additional details will be shared at The announcement video which was shown at the May 30 dinner in New York City can be seen at



June 4, 2014
For more information contact: 
Sue Brown
Director of Marketing & Enrollment Management for Catholic Education
Phone: 314.792.7304

What:              Archdiocese of St. Louis Health and Safety Summit

Where:            John F. Kennedy Catholic High School, 500 Woods Mill Rd., Manchester, MO

When:             Thursday, June 5, 2014 – 8:00-4:00 (Program begins at 8:15 a.m. with welcome and prayer.)

ST. LOUIS - The Catholic Education Center will host the fifth annual Health and Safety Summit on Thursday, June 5, 2014, 8:00-4:30 at John F. Kennedy Catholic High School (500 Woods Mill Rd., Manchester, MO).

Keynote speaker, Mr. Paul Timm, RETA Security, will deliver the keynote address, “Effective School Security Measures,” at 8:30 a.m. Mr. Timm’s talk will cover security awareness, effective emergency planning, and solutions to the daily challenges of protecting students, staff and visitors. Break-out sessions begin at 9:55 a.m.

A total of 30 presenters are scheduled for morning and afternoon sessions. Topics include Heart Saver AED Training, information on head injuries and concussions, allergies and perimeter safety for schools and churches. A complete list of topics can be found in attached program.

“We are proud of the commitment to safety in our Catholic schools,” Dr. David Shelton, Director of Administrative Services at the Catholic Education Center, said. “Interest in this summit grows every year due to the timeliness and value of the program’s topics. We are excited for another successful event this year.”

More than 350 participants are registered for the summit, representing Catholic school and parish personnel across the Archdiocese of St. Louis.


Contact Sue Brown for a copy of the program.

CYC Team Night at the St. Louis Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Game

The CYC offers various special CYC Nights (and Days!) at area amateur and professional sporting events throughout the year for CYC players, coaches, family and friends. These CYC Nights are usually hosted by various sporting entities around St. Louis, and they offer a chance for CYC participants to watch these events at a discount or even free! 

The next CYC Night will be at the Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates game on Tuesday evening, July 8 at 7:15 pm. Tickets in Left Field Loge Seating are $17 (regularly $31). Parishes and teams are encouraged to sell tickets, and prizes are awarded to the top four selling parishes.

For more details and to download a ticket order form, visit the CYC Events Page, or call Andrea at (314) 792-7256. The deadline for ordering tickets is Monday, June 23.

We hope you will join the CYC in cheering on our St. Louis Cardinals!

STLYA Night at the Ballpark!

St.Louis Young Adults is pleased to present:




Tickets are now available online- get yours today!



...or you can reserve your tickets via email- please send a check for $15/ per tickets reserved.

Checks can be mailed to:

Office of Young Adult Ministry
20 Archbishop May Dr.
St. Louis, MO 63119

Seats are subject to availability and will be grouped in the order that ticket orders are received. 

Archdiocese of St. Louis Supports Prayer and Fasting to End Violence

May 28, 2014
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

Joins St. Louis Clergy Coalition in Raising Awareness

ST. LOUIS – The Archdiocese of St. Louis is joining the St. Louis Clergy Coalition in calling for people of all faiths to pray and fast for an end to the violence in the City of St. Louis.

“Peace in our neighborhoods is something we can all support, no matter the faith tradition,” said Javier Orozco, incoming Executive Director of Intercultural and Interreligious Affairs for the Archdiocese of St. Louis. “Young people in our communities especially need to know that the church is a place of refuge where they can find a sense of peace and guidance. We hope that the St. Louis community can come together through prayer and fasting as a way to draw attention to this issue, and also be more welcoming to those seeking help.”

The St. Louis Clergy Coalition is organizing events for a “Week of Prayer to Cure Violence.” An interfaith prayer service will take place on Sunday, June 1, at Washington Tabernacle (3200 Washington, St. Louis, MO 63103) beginning at 5pm. For more information, visit


May 27, 2014
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

Jimmy Munford Served Five Archbishops Since 1967

ST. LOUIS – Jimmy Munford, Army veteran and employee in the archbishop's residence since 1967, passed away on Sunday. He was 96 years old.

Munford served five prelates during his 45 years of service to the Archdiocese of St. Louis - Cardinal John J. Carberry, Archbishop John L. May, Cardinal Justin F. Rigali, Cardinal Raymond L. Burke and Archbishop Carlson.

"Jimmy had a zest for life and a heart for service," Archbishop Robert Carlson said. "Jimmy touched numerous lives throughout his many years of life simply by quietly living out his Christian witness, and in doing so he brought honor to this archdiocese. Anyone who came in contact with Jimmy was sure to leave with a smile. I have been truly blessed to know this extraordinary man."

Born on Christmas Day 1917, Munford served in the Army during World War II and fought in the Battle of Normandy. He has one son, two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He worked as a painter, undertaker, casket builder and grocery store owner before being hired at the archbishop's residence. He also worked on a farm growing up.

In recent years Munford had received various honors for more than 45 years of service at the archbishop's residence in the Central West End of St. Louis. He received the Cardinal Rigali Service Award from the archdiocese in 2003. In 2011, he received the St. Louis King Award, the highest honor in the archdiocese, from Archbishop Robert J. Carlson. Most recently, in January 2013, the archdiocese dedicated its new James "Jimmy" Munford Center, a staff center and gathering space at the Cardinal Rigali Center in Shrewsbury.

Munford began his time at the archbishop's residence in June 1967, just to help out for three days. The Sisters of the Most Precious Blood, who were serving at the residence then, were seeking some extra help around the time Cardinal Joseph E. Ritter died. That temporary job then became permanent.

The residence has at times doubled as an office for the archbishops and as a place to meet visitors and entertain guests. Munford had a number of duties there, and was known for keeping the woodwork and floors of the historic home sporting a brilliant shine. He had his photo taken with President George W. Bush when the president visited Cardinal Rigali and with Pope St. John Paul II during the papal visit to St. Louis in 1999.

Information from the St. Louis Review was included in this release. 


May 21, 2014
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

Archbishop of Oklahoma City to Keynote Fifth Annual Legatus Gospel of Life Prayer Breakfast

Who: Archbishop Robert Carlson and Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City
What: Fifth Annual Archbishop’s Gospel of Life Prayer Breakfast, Sponsored by Legatus
Where: Chase Park Plaza, Khorassan Ballroom
When: Thursday, May 22, 2014, 6 a.m.

ST. LOUIS – Archbishop Robert J. Carlson and the St. Louis chapter of Legatus will welcome His Excellency, the Most Reverend Archbishop of Oklahoma City, Paul S. Coakley, S.T.L., D.D., to St. Louis this Thursday for the Fifth Annual Archbishop’s Gospel of Life Prayer Breakfast.

“We are thankful that Archbishop Coakley graciously accepted the invitation,” Archbishop Carlson said. “Archbishop Coakley is a leader in promoting the dignity and sanctity of all human life from conception to natural death. I am blessed to call him a friend and ally in this fight.”

Archbishop Coakley will address approximately 600 attendees, including St. Louis-area Catholics and business men and women on the importance of protecting the dignity of human life from womb to tomb. Notably, His Excellency recently spoke out after a botched execution in the state of Oklahoma.

“How we treat criminals says a lot about us as a society,” Archbishop Coakley said in a statement. “We certainly need to administer justice with due consideration for the victims of crime, but we must find a way of doing so that does not contribute to the culture of death, which threatens to completely erode our sense of the innate dignity of the human person and of the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death.”

Legatus is an international organization of practicing Catholic laymen and laywomen, comprised of CEOs, presidents, managing partners and business owners, with their spouses, from the business community and professional enterprises. The group’s mission is to study, live and spread the Catholic faith in the business, professional and personal lives of its members.

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