Archdiocese of St. Louis and Little Sisters of the Poor to Hold Joint Press Conference on Religious Liberty

March 22, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

WHAT: Press Conference
WHERE: Little Sisters of the Poor St. Louis Residence (3225 N. Florissant Avenue, St Louis, MO 63107)
WHEN: Wednesday, March 23, 2016, 12 p.m.
WHO: Auxiliary Bishop Edward Rice and the Little Sisters of the Poor
WHY: To address the oral arguments at the Supreme Court in the case of Little Sisters v. Burwell

ST. LOUIS – The Archdiocese of St. Louis and the Little Sisters of the Poor will hold a joint press conference on Wednesday, March 23, at the Little Sisters St. Louis Residence (3225 N. Florissant Avenue, St Louis, MO 63107) beginning at 12 p.m.

Most Reverend Edward M. Rice, auxiliary bishop of St. Louis, Mother Gonzague, mother superior of the Little Sisters of the Poor in St. Louis, and Sr. Marysia Weber, director of the Office of Consecrated Life, Archdiocese of St. Louis, will comment on the case and the state of religious liberty in the United States.

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case of Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged v. Burwell at 9 a.m. CT on Wednesday.

Members of the media are invited to attend. An RSVP is requested.

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Special Palm Sunday Mass at Historic Downtown Church

March 17, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS – Catholics around the world will gather this weekend to celebrate Palm Sunday, the day Christians recall Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem when His followers scattered palms in His path. In St. Louis, Historic St. Mary of Victories Catholic Church in downtown will play host to a special “Mass Mob” on Palm Sunday, March 20 at 10 a.m. The second oldest church in the City of St. Louis has stood at the corner of 3rd and Gratiot since construction began in 1843.

This will be the sixth St. Louis Mass Mob after the first one took place at Most Holy Trinity in April 2015. Mass Mobs are scheduled, grassroots gatherings at historic urban Catholic churches with the intent of drawing hundreds of people to attend Mass and support these churches where crowds are normally very small. The Palm Sunday Mass at St. Mary of Victories will feature English, Latin and Hungarian elements - as well as Gregorian chant and a Hungarian choir.

Complimentary coffee, donuts, and Hungarian pastries will be available after Mass. The church will also hold a cookie sale with products from Dad's Cookies, The Missouri Baking Company, Vitale's Bakery, Lubeley's Bakery, McArthur's Bakery, Diana's Bakery, and more.

Palm Sunday begins the solemn celebration of Holy Week, which includes the commemoration of the Last Supper on Holy Thursday, Christ’s passion and death on Good Friday, and culminates in the joy of His resurrection on Easter Sunday.

More information about Historic St. Mary of Victories can be found at smov.info. More information about St. Louis Mass Mobs can be found at facebook.com/stlouismassmob.

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SAVE THE DATE: How Lovely Is Your Dwelling Place - Family Mass and Dinner

Save the date and plan to join us for an evening of fellowship in celebration of the anniversary of Humanae Vitae, sponsored by the Office of Natural Family Planning, Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 5:OOPM, New Cathedral.  Mass will be celebrated by Archbishop Carlson, followed by a pasta dinner and family entertainment in Boland Hall.  RSVP at 314.997.7675 or stlnfp@archstlo.org

Archdiocese to Offer Masses in Honor of Catholics Martyred in Yemen

March 11, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS – The Archdiocese of St. Louis will celebrate three Masses on Monday, March 14, 2016 to honor the four sisters of the Missionaries of Charity and more than a dozen other victims who were martyred in Yemen on Friday, March 4. The massacre took place in a nursing home operated by the Missionaries of Charity, though reportedly none of the residents were harmed.

 The times and locations of the Masses are as follows:

8:00 a.m. – Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (4431 Lindell, 63108)
Celebrated by Most Reverend Robert Hermann, Auxiliary Bishop-Emeritus

11:45 a.m. – Cardinal Rigali Center Chapel (20 Archbishop May Dr., 63119)
Celebrated by Reverend Msgr. John Shamleffer

6:00 p.m. – Sts. Teresa and Bridget Parish (3636 N. Market, 63113)
Celebrated by Most Reverend Edward Rice, Auxiliary Bishop

The Missionaries of Charity have a convent in north St. Louis where they operate a soup kitchen, a night shelter for women, and an after school program for children. The sisters are anticipated to be in attendance at the 6:00 p.m. Mass at Sts. Teresa and Bridget Parish.

These Masses are being offered as an act of solidarity and support in prayer for the Missionaries of Charity in the archdiocese and throughout the world. Even those who cannot attend are encouraged to pray for the repose of the souls of these sisters, and for all Christians who face persecution around the world.

“The Missionaries of Charity truly are the hands of Christ in our world today,” said Sr. Marysia Weber, director of the Office of Consecrated Life in the archdiocese. “Their martyrdom is a reminder that the Gospel is not welcome everywhere, but we as Christians are called to live our faith in the public square, regardless of the consequences.”

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Archdiocese of St. Louis to Host Weekend of Reconciliation

March 3, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS - Catholic churches across the Archdiocese of St. Louis will take part in a "Reconciliation Initiative" this weekend, March 4-5, in conjunction with the Year of Mercy and the season of Lent. More than 50 parishes will offer 75 scheduled opportunities throughout the weekend for Catholics to participate in the sacrament of reconciliation, also known as confession.

In 2014, during a regular audience with Vatican pilgrims, Pope Francis encouraged the assembled crowds to "Be courageous, and go to confession." For Catholics, the basic requirement for a good confession is to have the intention of returning to God, to list our sins with true sorrow before the priest, and to desire forgiveness.

"Forgiveness is not something we can give ourselves," added Pope Francis. "One asks it of another person, and in confession, we ask forgiveness from Jesus."

The Gospels demonstrate the importance of the forgiveness of our sins. Lives of saints prove that the person who grows in holiness has a stronger sense of sin, sorrow for sins, and a need for the sacrament of reconciliation. The consequences of Original Sin leave within us an inclination towards evil, and we often commit actual sins, both mortal and venial.

Catholics who need help, especially who have been away from the sacrament for some time, can simply ask the priest to help guide them through steps to make a good confession.

A complete list of parishes and more information about the sacrament of reconciliation can be found at archstl.org/confession. More information about the Year of Mercy can be found at archstl.org/mercy. 

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Hearts on Fire Retreat for Young Adults

Registration is open for the Hearts on Fire Retreat, a partnership between the Office of Young Adult Ministry and the Apostleship of Prayer! The Hearts on Fire Retreat will take place March 18th and 19th at St. Anselm Parish. This retreat will allow you to get to know other young adults, as well as take time to reflect and be with the Lord as Holy Week begins.

This retreat is led by a team of young Jesuits and designed to help you grow closer to Christ through the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. More details & registration can be found here! Please email stlya@archstl.org if you have any questions!

Greetings from Sr. Anila Christy in India

Our dear friend Sr. Anila Christy recently sent our director, Msgr. Francis Blood, a message. Read below to learn more about Sr. Anila and the women she serves in India.

Sr. Anila ChristyGreetings and prayerful wishes to you for a prayerful and peaceful Lenten Season!

Thank you so much Monsignor for all that you are for me specially and for our mission among the poor and vulnerable who we care. With your loving prayers and valuable support we now have 111 women in the shelter. More than 40 are moved to different homes (our convents) as they can work on their own now. They are also in the direct care of Emmaus mainly for medicine and emotional support. Thank you so much for your continued support and encouragement.

Sr. Anila ChristyGod provides in every way possible as per the need of mission. Your kind heartedness and generosity in accepting our request for the past nine years are extraordinary and it is highly appreciated and remembered with much gratitude. Thank you so much. You play a very good role in this mission apostolate. God willing, I wish you could visit us sometime in person.

Sr. Anila ChristyMonsignor I am/we are very grateful for the valuable contribution made by the parishes through our last year mission appeal. It was a great support to expand the Home, and the work is in progress. I shall send pictures of the work in progress. Thank you so much. We are so grateful to the parishioners for their extraordinary support and prayers. May God bless them.

Your words of encouragement and love in action helps us to move forward with much HOPE and GRATITUDE. Thank you so much. Special regards and prayers for all your staff at the office.

Hope your pastoral ministry is bringing joy and hope to many hundreds. Your parishners are also in my special prayers. Keep well Monsignor. Thanks.

Lovingly in our Lord,
Sr. Anila Christy, D.M.​

More Info Regarding Archbishop Carlson's Letter to Scout Leaders

On Thursday, February 18th, Archbishop Carlson sent a letter to parish and scout leaders asking them to reevaluate the mission effectiveness of the Girl Scout program and to consider other options.

For more information, please visit the links below:

The Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation Featured in the Ladue News

 

 

 

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Statement on Archbishop Carlson’s Letter Regarding Girl Scouts

February 19, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS – On Thursday, February 18, Archbishop Carlson released a letter regarding the Archdiocese of St. Louis’ relationship with the Girl Scouts. The letter asks parishes to evaluate the effectiveness of Girl Scout troops in promoting the Catholic faith and forming young women of virtue. Although this letter specifically addresses Girl Scouts, we continue to evaluate the mission effectiveness of all our youth outreach. So as to be inclusive of other faith-based groups and organizations dedicated to the formation of young girls, the letter announces the creation of a Catholic Committee for Girls’ Formation replacing the Catholic Committee for Girl Scouts. Archbishop Carlson has already selected co-chairs for this new committee and its work has recently begun.

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Celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the CYC by Sharing Your Memories!

This year marks the 75th annivesary of the CYC!  We invite you to help us celebrate by sharing some of your stories and photos.  Please send us your best memories of CYC Sports.  Send them via email to buzzswanston@archstl.org.  (Please put "75 Years of CYC" in the subject line.) We will divide entries into one of the following categories:

  • I Played CYC Sports
  • My Favorite CYC Memory
  • My CYC Coach
  • I Loved Playing at...
  • One Liners
  • Photo Album

Details of what could be included in each category are on the 75th Anniversary webpage.  But don't let the categories constrain you.

You may be wondering why the baseball/softball diamond is part of the 75th Anniversary logo? After all the CYC offers so many different sports. Why pick baseball/softball?  Because the 75th Anniversary is considered the Diamond Anniversary.

Peace and Justice Commission Formed

At a Mass for Peace and Justice on August 20, 2014, Archbishop Robert J. 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. “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.”

St. Louis attorney Marie Kenyon was named as director of the newly-established Peace and Justice Commission of the Archdiocese of St. Louis in January 2015. Prior to her appointment on the Commission, Kenyon was the managing attorney of Catholic Legal Assistance Ministry, a ministry serving the legal needs of low-income clients throughout the archdiocese.

“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.”

Archbishop Carlson has appointed 27 individuals to serve as members of the Commission. The Commission is comprised of 18 men and nine women, with minorities well-represented.  Members of the Commission include lay persons, clergy, religious sisters, police officers, attorneys, and educators.

The Commission will develop its priorities by looking at how issues affecting our region specifically impact the family. As Catholics we believe as Pope Francis states "the family is the fundamental cell of society, where we learn to live with others despite our differences and belong to one another.” By working to help strengthen the family, the Commission hopes to help build stronger communities and a peaceful and just region and world.

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