Statement on Pope Francis' Exhortation 'Amoris Laetitia'

April 8, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS - The Archdiocese of St. Louis welcomes the post-synodal apostolic exhortation on the family, Amoris Laetitia, "The Joy of Love: On Love in the Family," released today by the Holy Father. The exhortation is, among other things, a universal call to promote, encourage, and support the family as the most fundamental unit of society. As Pope Francis said in September 2015: “The family is the answer because it is the cell of society that balances the personal and communal dimensions…”

The Holy Father has also challenged bishops, pastors, and the faithful around the world to seek ways in which families of various circumstances may be better "integrated" into the life of the Church.

We look forward to thoroughly studying the document and examining how Pope Francis is calling us to “return marriage and the family to the place of honor” as he has previously stated.

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becomingONE - A Quarterly Catholic Speaker Series for Young, Married Couples


The second installment of the becomingONE speaker series will take place on Saturday, April 16th, from 10 AM to 12 PM at St. Joseph's Parish in Clayton. This series aims to build community and offer practical Catholic wisdom for the married life! 

Fr. Brian Fallon, Assistant Director of Vocations for the Archdiocese of St. Louis, will be discussing how to pray, discern and grow spiritually with your spouse.  Coffee and pastries will be provided, and there will be time to socialize with other couples. 

We invite all young adult married couples to join us for the becomingONE marriage speaker series! Please email stlya@archstl.org if you have any questions.  No need to register, but for more details, please see here.

Drew Hoffman winner of 2016 Homily Contest

Please join us in congratulating Drew Hoffman the 2016 Homily Contest Winner in the Marriage, Family and Sexuality course at Kenrick Glennon Seminary!  To read this compelling homily click here.

St. Louis Women of Faith in Dialogue

Can't make it to the Women's Interfaith Conference tomorrow? Here's a word from some of our speakers on their experience in dialogue!

Archbishop Carlson Announces Excellence in Communication Award Recipients

March 31, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis media and communications professionals Chuck Neff and Tom Kavanaugh have been selected as the 2016 Archbishop Robert J. Carlson Excellence in Communication Award recipients. The award is a way for the Archdiocese of St. Louis to recognize the important role of the media and communication professionals in our local community as they work to inspire positive change in response to the significant issues facing our society today. This is the fourth year of the awards.

Chuck Neff, a veteran TV journalist, is currently the host of The Inner Life, a daily show on the Catholic network, Relevant Radio, and the president of Salt River Production Group (saltriverproductions.com), a collaboration of nationally acclaimed, award-winning production professionals committed to creating high quality faith and values programming.

In 1999, Neff was extensively involved in the Pastoral Visit of Pope John Paul II to St. Louis. He coordinated the TV pool coverage for the Archdiocese of St. Louis. He also served as Executive Producer in the production of “Gateway to Faith,” the official video of the Holy Father’s visit to St. Louis.

Neff and his wife Judy have four children and nine grandchildren. They are members of Incarnate Word Parish in Chesterfield.

Tom Kavanaugh has had a lifetime of experience in the communication field, much of it involving religious and non-profit organizations in the St. Louis area.

After seven years as a teacher in St. Louis Archdiocesan schools, Kavanaugh worked as Director of Community and Public Relations at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital before moving into the field of marketing communications – as partner with Ahearn, Kavanaugh and Associates, President of Triune Communications, and currently as Creative Director of iU Creative—specializing in Catholic non-profits, specifically in education and healthcare. It was in this capacity that Kavanaugh designed the “Life Rose” logo for Missouri Right to Life.

In the early 1970s Kavanaugh began his other role as movie critic for the St. Louis Review, an assignment he held for over thirty years.

Kavanaugh and his wife Maureen are members of Our Lady of Sorrows parish in south city. They have three adult children and seven grandchildren.

Neff and Kavanaugh join previous awards winners including KSDK meteorologist Mike Roberts, the late Martin Duggan, and St. Louis media personality Wendy Wiese. Two winners are selected from a pool of nominees each year - one Catholic and one secular. The winners are honored at a ceremony with Archbishop Carlson every summer. For more information about the award and to see a complete list of previous winners, visit archstl.org/excellence.

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Two St. Louis Leaders Named Outstanding Catholic Educators by National Catholic Educational Association

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

ST. LOUIS – Reverend Monsignor Jack Costello, pastor of St. Peter Catholic Church in Kirkwood, and David Laughlin, president of Saint Louis University High School, along with 30 other individuals from around the country, will be honored as outstanding Catholic educators on Tuesday, March 29 by the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA).

The awards will be presented at a dinner during the NCEA’s annual Convention and Expo, held this year in San Diego, March 29-31. In announcing the 32 recipients of the 2016 Lead. Learn. Proclaim. Awards, the NCEA said the purpose of the award is to “highlight the outstanding work of Catholic school educators in communities across the country.”

Among the awardees are Catholic school leaders, teachers, principals and presidents, pastors, diocesan superintendents, school boards and home school associations.

NCEA’s 2016 Convention and Expo is the largest private-education association gathering in the nation. The annual convention draws more than 4,500 members and participants from Catholic school communities including elementary and secondary school teachers and principals, religious education programs as well as diocesan offices, church pastors, superintendents, school boards.  The convention is a forum to exchange ideas, hear about current research and data related to Catholic education and learn about new technology and resources.

Representatives from the Catholic Education Office of the Archdiocese of St. Louis are in San Diego this week to welcome attendees to the 2017 NCEA Convention and Expo to be held in St. Louis.

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Project Life Returns!

Project Life, a service retreat sponsored by the Office of Youth Ministry, gathers teens from various backgrounds to be transformed by the Gospel call to love one another through service to those in need. Throughout the course of the week, teens (aka "Feet Washers") come to know and recognize Jesus Christ in themselves and in the people they serve. Through spiritual programming, great music, hard work, and good times, Project Life has become an awesome event that allows Christ to speak and work through them in ways they would never have imagined!

Feet Washers Unite!!!

  • When: June 12 - 17, 2016
  • Place: Once again we will be based out of Villa Duchesne High School in St. Louis County. Worksites will be all over St. Louis City, St. Louis County, and possibly St. Charles County.
  • Cost: $220 for teens and Young Adult Leaders, and $120 for Chaperones

For more details and to register, click here. If you have questions, please call the Office of Youth Ministry at (314) 792-7650.

St. Louis Catholics Prepare to Celebrate Easter

March 24, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis community is invited to join Archbishop Robert J. Carlson and Roman Catholics in the Archdiocese of St. Louis and around the world in the solemn celebration of Holy Week, which began with Palm Sunday on March 20.

The week is highlighted by 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.

A diverse selection of Holy Week celebrations can be found in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, with liturgies and services in nine different languages, including English, Spanish, and Latin; the principal celebrations of Holy Week take place at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis.

For a listing of convenient locations and times of Holy Week and Easter celebrations, including those at the Cathedral Basilica, please contact the Office of Communications and Planning.

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FOR REFERENCE PURPOSES: Holy Week is the week preceding Easter and the final week of Lent, beginning with Palm Sunday and ending with Holy Saturday, the day before Easter Sunday. Holy Week includes:

Palm Sunday, the Sunday before Easter, commemorates Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem.

Holy Wednesday or Spy Wednesday, in reference to Judas Iscariot's intent to betray Jesus.

Triduum: Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday, are known as the Triduum-- the period which commemorates the Passion and death of Christ. 

Holy Thursday, which commemorates the Last Supper and initiates the Easter Triduum. This Mass is normally celebrated in the evening, which, according to Jewish tradition, is when Friday begins, as the Last Supper was held on the feast of Passover.

Good Friday commemorates Christ’s passion, crucifixion, and death in reparation for the sins of all mankind.

Holy Saturday, or the Easter Vigil, is the final day of Lent, of Holy Week, and of the Easter Triduum, and is the day we commemorate Christ lying in the tomb. The Easter Vigil Mass, takes place after sundown on Holy Saturday, actually belongs to Easter Sunday, since liturgically each day begins at sundown on the previous day. The ceremonies of the Easter Vigil include the blessing of new fire and the lighting of the Easter Candle, also known as the Paschal Candle.

Easter Sunday is the principal feast of the ecclesiastical year, commemorating the resurrection of Christ. Easter is also the oldest feast of the Christian Church, as old as Christianity, the connecting link between the Old and New Testaments. We celebrate Christ’s resurrection as the moment where salvation was given to all who believe.

Statement on the Passing of Joe Garagiola

March 24, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS - Archbishop Carlson and the Archdiocese of St. Louis extend prayerful condolences to the family of former St. Louis Cardinal and broadcaster Mr. Joe Garagiola. We pray for repose of the soul of Mr. Garagiola and the Garagiola family during this difficult time.

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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

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