Fr. Scheid Players Announce Dates/Auditions for Spring Play

The Fr. Scheid Players are happy to announce audition dates and times for their spring play, The Man Who Came To Dinner.  All auditions will be at the Cardinal Rigali Center, 20 Archbishop May Drive, St. Louis MO 63119.

Auditions will take place on:

Sunday, January 28th at 2:00pm
Monday, January 29th at 6:30pm
Wednesday, January 31st at 6:30pm

You will be asked to read a scene from the play for your audition. We need lots of men and women for this show, so please consider auditioning, and invite your family and friends!  The performances will be March 16th - 18th at Nerinx Hall High School in Webster Groves.

There is a scene in the play that calls for a children/teen chorus to sing Christmas carols. It would involve attending 1-2 rehearsals the week before the show and then being there for every performance. We do not need kids/teens to attend the auditions, but if you/they have an interest in being in this scene, email Dr. Karcher at or Debby Mooney at to let us know you are interested.

All proceeds from performances benefit the ministries of the Catholic Youth Apostolate.

Forty-Third Annual Catholic Schools Week Begins Sunday, January 28

ST. LOUIS – The annual celebration of Catholic Schools Week across the country and in the 133 schools of the Archdiocese of St. Louis begins Sunday, January 28. Each school around the archdiocese will hold its own unique celebration, with Masses, open houses, and other activities for the nearly 37,000 students, their families, parishioners, and community members. Through these events, schools focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to our church, our communities and our nation. This year’s theme is “Catholic Schools: Learn. serve. Lead. Succeed.”

Most Catholic elementary schools will host an Open House on Sunday, January 28, or during the week. For a complete list of open houses and additional information about Catholic Schools Week, visit

Some notable special events for Catholic Schools Week include:

January 28-February 3 – More than 1,000 pieces of K-12 student artwork are on display at South County Center, West County Center, Plaza Frontenac, and the Galleria.

January 28-March 3– K-12 student artwork (different from previous week) will be on display at Taubman Prestige Outlets.

This year marks the 43nd anniversary of this annual celebration which began in 1974. Nationwide, about 1.9 million students are currently educated in nearly 6,600 Catholic schools. More information about the national celebration of Catholic Schools Week can be found at, or on social media under the hashtag #CSW18.


As Abortions Decrease, Pro-Lifers Remain Committeed

Generation Life Pilgrimage Will Send Almost 2,200 Teens to Washington, DC; Other Activitis Planned for St. Louis

By Jennifer Brinker

This year marks the 45th anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision that legalized abortion in the U.S. Thousands from the Archdiocese of St. Louis are expected to attend the annual March for Life on Friday, Jan. 19, in Washington, D.C.

While the number of abortions in the United States is staggering -- more than 59 million since 1973 -- Missouri is experiencing a downward trend in abortions.

Abortions obtained by Missouri women are down by 39 percent in the past 10 years, according to 2016 statistics from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. Additionally, 4,562 abortions were performed at facilities here in Missouri in 2016, which is less than half of those performed in 1975 (the first year data was recorded). Pro-life leaders here have credited extensive pro-life laws in Missouri, as well as state-supported efforts to provide alternatives to abortions, including support for pregnancy resource centers and maternity homes.

Many activities have been planned for January and beyond to commeorate the Roe v. Wade anniversary, including:

Click here to read the complete St. Louis Review article and for details on the events above.

Catholic Schools Week 2018--Open House Schedule

Sunday, January 28, marks the beginning of Catholic Schools Week (January 28-February 3), an annual event for Catholic schools across the country. In the Archdiocese of St. Louis, each school plans its own unique observation of Catholic Schools Week, and most will host an Open House during or near the week. (Click on school name to visit their website for additional information)

Sunday, February 11, 2018  
  Academy of the Sacred Heart 11am-1pm
  St. Cletus School 10am-1pm (also Jan. 28 and Feb. 7)
  St. Ignatius Loyola School 11am-2pm
No Open House scheduled – please call for a tour  
  Immaculate Conception School (Old Monroe)  
  St. Patrick School  

St. Paul's Ruth Dyer Honored for 40 Years of Respect Life Service

RLA Parish Coordinator Retires After 40 Years, Recognized by Archbishop, Executive Director at January 8 Meeting

There's a saying in the St. Louis Respect Life Movement that "when you're in it for life, you're in it for life." That's certainly true of Ruth Dyer of O'Fallon, MO who recently completed 40-plus years of volunteer service as a RLA parish coordinator for St. Paul Parish in St. Paul, MO.

As a small token of our gratitude, a very surprised and humble Ruth graciously accepted the dozen red roses, gift card, and signed certificate from Archbishop Robert Carlson and presented by Executive Director Karen Nolkemper.

In her 40 years as a parish coordinator, Ruth has tirelessly upheld the sanctity of all human life through countless educational, spiritual, pastoral, and public policy efforts. These activities and events have included very visible things such as attending the March for Life in Washington, D.C. and organizing fundraisers to help women facing crisis pregnancies in our local area. 

They've also included more "ordinary" things such overseeing the repair/cleaning of pro-life banners for Kenrick-Glennon Seminary and parishes throughout her deanery, and mentoring the next generation of pro-life volunteers and leaders, like Lauren Prize, who has been cheerfully helping Ruth out until a new coordinator is chosen by their pastor.

Although Ruth is retiring from leadership, she said "please don't take me off the list" because "when you're in it for life, you're in it for LIFE!"

Thank you, Ruth, and God bless you.

Thousands of St. Louisans to Attend March for Life in Washington, D.C.

January 16, 2018
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS — Nearly 2,200 teenagers, young adults, adult chaperones, volunteers, Catholic priests, seminarians, and other pro-life supporters will journey to Washington, D.C. for the 45th annual March for Life on Friday, January 19, as part of the “Generation Life” Pilgrimage planned by the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Additionally, hundreds of St. Louis youth will attend the Youth Rally and Mass for Life at Capitol One Arena in Washington, D.C. on January 19, and several hundred more from the region are expected to make the trip in small groups or bus caravans.

In total, roughly 3,000 St. Louisans are expected to participate in the March for Life, representing at least 60 Catholic parishes and schools. The Catholic Youth Apostolate of the Archdiocese of St. Louis has planned and coordinated the “Generation Life” trip since 2013. The 2,200 pilgrims this year will depart on 40 busses from six different locations around the St. Louis area in the evening of Wednesday, January 17. Media is invited to attend one of the launch sites. Please contact the Archdiocese of St. Louis Communications Office for more details.

The March for Life annually commemorates the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision on January 22, 1973, which has led to an estimated 60 million lives lost due to abortion in the United States. The March consistently attracts 500,000 or more people from across the country who give public witness to the fact that life begins at conception and the belief that human dignity should be legally protected from conception until natural death.

Anyone not planning to be in D.C. for the event can be part of the action—including some livestreamed events—on social media by following @ArchSTL, @StLouisReview, @GenLifeSTL and using #GenLifeSTL on twitter and Instagram, “liking” the GenLifeSTL facebook page, and on the GenLifeSTL blog,

GenLife participants or representatives of the archdiocese will be available for interviews upon request.


Generation Life: Young Catholics Proclaiming the Gospel of Life

This week 2,200 youth, young adults, and adult chaperones will participate in Generation Life, the OYM sponsored trip to Washington, D.C. for the Annual March for Life. The trip will take place from January 17th - 21st.

Why Generation Life? Because there have been 59,800,000 abortions since Roe v Wade (1973), 15,000,000 children live under the Federal Poverty Level, 4,774,000 female victims of domestic violence per year, 1460 executions since 1976 (as of 7/15/2016.) It's time for a change. As one participant said, "When people can’t stand for themselves, we have to be the ones to do it, and I think it’s important to learn that as teenagers, we need to stand up for what we believe in."

Many people do not know that Generation Life extends far beyond the actual pilgrimage. GenLifeSTL 365 is the website that was launched as a resource for support on the daily Pro-Life journey. Created as an extension of the Generation Life movement and aimed at a youthful audience, GenLifeSTL 365 serves as a hub for any individual who wishes to celebrate, protect and care for the dignity of all human life, from conception to natural death.

The online community provides resources for people involved in all stages of the movement, with helpful tabs for simple navigation—“Get Informed” for those who wish to learn more and stay in-the-know, “Get Active” for people who are ready to impact their communities, and “Get Help” which provides resources for persons in crisis situations.

Pope Francis said, “Every child who, rather than being born, is condemned unjustly to being aborted, bears the face of Jesus Christ, bears the face of the Lord, who even before he was born, and then just after birth, experienced the world’s rejection. And every elderly person…even if he is ill or at the end of his days, bears the face of Christ. They cannot be discarded, as the ‘culture of waste’ suggests!”

Please pray for all the young people and adults who are taking part in Generation Life, as well as for the many other pilgrims from our Archdiocese who will march for Life this year. Also, watch the GenLife Live Stream beginning Thursday Jan. 18 at 8 pm EST.

Mass for the Preservation of Peace and Justice on Sunday

January 11, 2018
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

What: Mass for the Preservation of Peace and Justice
Where: Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (4431 Lindell)
When: Sunday, January 14, 2018, 2:30 p.m.
Who: Archbishop Robert Carlson, celebrant; Rev. Arthur Cavitt, homilist

ST. LOUIS – Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, will celebrate the annual Mass for the Preservation of Peace and Justice at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 14, the day before the observation of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Father Arthur Cavitt, Executive Director of the Archdiocese of St. Louis’ St. Charles Lwanga Center, a Catholic ministry rooted in the African-American community, will deliver the homily. This marks the archdiocese’s 42nd annual commemoration of the birth and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

“We live in a country, in a world of intensity, unlike any in recent memory,” said Fr. Cavitt in his spirited homily for the 2017 Mass. “We live in a world full of conflict, and contradiction, and fear, and uncertainty… Share your gifts outside of the neighborhood, outside of the city, outside of the country; be the light of nations in Jesus’ holy name, as this world is indeed a pressure cooker that we are trying to keep the lid on from exploding.”

A reception and awards presentation ceremony for the 11th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Model of Justice Honorees will take place in Boland Hall after Mass. A complete list of honorees can be found on the website of the St. Louis Review.

Members of the media are invited to attend. For additional information about the event call the St. Charles Lwanga Center at 314-367-7929.


Young Catholic Musicians to Perform 40th Annual Christmas Concert

December 22, 2017
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS – The Young Catholic Musicians will hold its 40th annual Christmas Concert on Thursday, December 28 and Friday, December 29 at Seven Holy Founders Church (6741 Rock Hill Rd., St. Louis, MO 63123) from 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.

The concert of sacred music, both classical and contemporary, will also feature a narration written by Rev. Bruce Forman, pastor of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Soulard and director of the Young Catholic Musicians. Monsignor Dennis Stehly, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of St. Louis & Moderator of the Curia who will read the narration on Thursday, December 28, and Mrs. Theresa Ruzicka, President of Catholic Charities of St. Louis, will read the narration on Friday, December 29.

The Young Catholic Musicians perform two concerts during the year. The Christmas concert, including a weekend tour in January, is followed by a spring concert featuring popular and patriotic music performed in May. The young people also perform this concert during a nine-day tour the second week of June. The group has performed in places like New York City, Washington, D.C., Toronto, Orlando, Denver, and New Orleans.

The Young Catholic Musicians learn quality liturgical music, arranged for full orchestra and choir. Once each month, the young people lead the music for Mass at various churches. The choir gives strong vocal support to the congregation during Mass, encouraging full and active participation, while the orchestra enhances and energizes the sung prayer.

Tickets for the Christmas concert are $10.00 for reserved seating and $5.00 each for general admission seating. More information can be found at


Witness to Hope

Lifeline Coalition Collection at Annual Memorial Mass to Help 10,000-Plus Women, Families Facing Crisis Pregnancies

Each year, at the Annual Roe v. Wade Memorial Mass, the Offertory collection benefits the LifeLine Coalition. This coalition is made of Catholic social service agencies and pro-life caregivers that provide emotional and financial support to 10,000-plus local women and families facing crisis pregnancies each year.

Agencies such as Our Lady's Inn, Birthright, and Good Shepherd Children & Family Services bring hope to these women and families who choose life for their unborn children. The collection at the Memorial Mass is part of the overall LifeLine Coalition Campaign, in which parishes and schools throughout the archdiocese also take part in. Click here for more information about the Coalition's efforts.

This year, the Memorial Mass is on Saturday, Jan. 27 at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis at 10 a.m. and will be celebrated by Bishop Mark Rivituso. All are invited to attend the Mass, rosary procession, and Benediction. Click here for more information or contact the RLA at 314-792-7555 or

Words of Hope

St. Louis Archdiocesan Eighth Graders to Reflect on Chastity, Respect Life during 2018 Creative Writing Contest

Over 1,100 eighth grade students throughout the archdiocese participate in the RLA's Creative Writing Contest each spring. These students --representing 70-plus Catholic elementary schools and PSR programs--are asked to reflect and write about how chastity and other healthy choices in their teenage years help to reduce abortion.

The RLA awards five scholarships and several honorable mention awards to be applied to the students' intended Catholic high school or accredited Catholic home school program. All finalists and award winners are invited to a special assembly with Archbishop Carlson at the Cardinal Rigali Center.

Entries are being accepted for the 2018 Creative Writing Contest now through Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. To enter, contact your parish principal, PSR coordinator, director of religious education, or home school association/co-op. Click here for official rules and more information or call 314-792-7555.

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