Archbishop Robert Carlson Offers Prayers for Orlando

June 13, 2016
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Archbishop Robert Carlson released the following statement in response to the senseless violence in Orlando this past weekend:

“We pray for the victims of this evil act and the repose of their souls. We pray for their loved ones, that they may be comforted in their time of grief. We must also pray and work for a more peaceful world that respects the dignity of the human person.”

Annual Health and Safety Summit for Catholic Schools

June 7, 2016
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Sue Brown
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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 9, 2016 – 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Program begins at 8:15 a.m. with welcome and prayer.)

ST. LOUIS - The Catholic Education Office of the Archdiocese of St. Louis will host the annual Health and Safety Summit on Thursday, June 9, 2016, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at John F. Kennedy Catholic High School (500 Woods Mill Rd., Manchester, MO).

Keynote speaker, Saundra Barker, MSW, LCSW, of Catholic Family Services, from 8:30-9:45 a.m. will present on the topic “Responding to Traumatic Events,” with the purpose of understanding the pressures of life on children, especially the extent of social media and its influences.

Ms. Barker will guide the school staff members in identifying and planning for the most appropriate response in times of any crisis, whether it be in the school, the community, home, or the nation.  The response is solution-focused, restores equilibrium, reduces the level of stress and trauma, and supports the overall well-being of students and staff. 

The numerous break-out sessions during the conference are intended for a wide-range of attendees including pastors, principals, teachers, Parish School of Religion (PSR) coordinators and catechists, school nurses, maintenance personnel and athletic directors. Morning break-out sessions begin at 9:55 a.m. Afternoon sessions begin at 1:05 p.m.

“We are proud of the commitment to safety in our Catholic schools,” said Dr. David Shelton, Director of Administrative Services at the Catholic Education Office. “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.

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Annual Corpus Christi Procession at Cathedral Basilica On Sunday

May 27, 2016
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Feast of Corpus Christi Commemorates the Body of Christ in the Eucharist

ST. LOUIS – The premier Corpus Christi procession in St. Louis will immediately follow the 5 p.m. Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis on Sunday, May 29. The procession will travel throughout the neighborhood surrounding the Cathedral.

The term “Corpus Christi” is Latin for “the Body of Christ” and the celebration of this great feast dates back to the 13th century. The solemn celebration commemorates the institution of the Holy Eucharist, which is the Body and Blood of Christ under the appearance of bread and wine.

The main feature of the celebration of Corpus Christi is the solemn procession with a monstrance containing the Holy Eucharist in the form of a consecrated host. The annual procession is one of the Catholic Church’s most dramatic public displays of the faith. In addition to the Cathedral, parishes across the Archdiocese of St. Louis will hold their own celebration of Corpus Christi.

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Archbishop Carlson to Ordain Two Men to Sacred Priesthood

May 26, 2016
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Mass of Priestly Ordination will take place on Saturday, May 28, 2016

WHAT: Priestly Ordinations for the Archdiocese of St. Louis
WHO: Two men will receive the Sacrament of Holy Orders
WHEN: Saturday, May 28, 2016, 10 a.m.
WHERE: Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (4431 Lindell)

ST. LOUIS – Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, will confer the Sacrament of Holy Orders on Reverend Mr. Kent Pollman and Reverend Mr. Scott Scheiderer at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis on Saturday, May 28.

The candidates for ordination, or ordinands, will receive the Sacrament of Holy Orders in culmination of several years of rigorous study and spiritual development at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary. The candidates graduated from Kenrick School of Theology with a Master of Arts degree in Theology and a Master of Divinity degree.

The candidates each followed the calling to sacred ministry in different ways. Before entering the seminary, Reverend Mr. Pollman worked professionally for a few years after graduating from Central Missouri State University with a bachelor’s degree. Reverend Mr. Scheiderer graduated from the University of Colorado and later Saint Louis University with a master’s degree in social work.

“The Kenrick-Glennon Seminary community is excited to have these two men offer their lives in service of Jesus Christ and His Church,” said President-Rector Rev. James Mason. “We continue to pray that more men from St. Louis will consider this call of priestly service.”

According to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the total number of potential ordinands for the class of 2016, 548, is slightly down from 595 in 2015 and up from 477 in 2014.

Part of the rite of ordination includes the laying on of hands by the bishop, a tradition that began with the original Twelve Apostles and has continued in an unbroken line throughout the entire 2,000 year history of the Catholic Church. The new priests receive supernatural graces through the Sacrament of Holy Orders whereby they are able to act in persona Christi (in the person of Christ) when they hear confessions and offer the sacrifice of the Mass, which is a bloodless re-enactment of Christ’s sacrifice on Good Friday.

The Mass of Priestly Ordination begins at 10 a.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, 4431 Lindell Boulevard, in the Central West End.

Additional background information about the Rite of Ordination and a live-stream of the Mass and ceremony can be found at archstl.org/ordination.

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Statement Regarding Rev. Tom Matt

May 25, 2016
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ST. LOUIS – The Archdiocese of St. Louis has reason to believe that an individual named Tom Matt is representing himself as a priest of our archdiocese. Rev. Matt was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Omaha (Nebraska), but he has never had faculties as a priest here in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, and to our knowledge, does not currently have faculties in any other diocese, including his home diocese of Omaha.

We have received several complaints about Rev. Matt and a house in South St. Louis City where it is believed he may have been operating some sort of substance abuse outreach. We understand that the house has since been condemned by authorities.

The faithful and the general public are advised that Tom Matt does not have any authority to represent himself as a priest in the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

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Mass of Thanksgiving for Bishop Edward M. Rice to be Offered Next Tuesday

May 19, 2016
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Bishop Rice to be installed bishop of Springfield-Cape Girardeau Wednesday, June 1

What: Mass of Thanksgiving for Bishop Edward M. Rice
Where: Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (4431 Lindell)
When: Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 5:00 p.m.; Bishop Rice will be available to media prior to Mass at 4:15 p.m.
Who: Archbishop Robert Carlson, Bishop Edward Rice, St. Louis-area Catholics

ST. LOUIS – Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson and Catholics from around the St. Louis region will bid farewell to Most Reverend Edward M. Rice, Auxiliary Bishop of St. Louis and Bishop-designate of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, and thank him for his years of service to the Archdiocese of St. Louis at a Mass of Thanksgiving on Tuesday, May 24 at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis beginning at 5:00 p.m. Bishop Rice will be available to the media prior to Mass at 4:15 p.m.

Pope Francis announced on April 26 that Bishop Rice, Auxiliary Bishop of St. Louis, had been named Bishop of the Diocese of Springfield - Cape Girardeau. The position was vacated by Most Reverend James V. Johnston who was installed as Bishop of Kansas City – St. Joseph on November 4, 2015.

Bishop-designate Rice has served as a priest in the Archdiocese of St. Louis since his ordination in January 1987. He has served as associate pastor at Our Lady of the Presentation Parish, religion teacher at St. Mary’s High School while residing at St. Mary Magdalen Parish, Director at Cardinal Glennon College Seminary, pastor at St. John the Baptist and Director of Vocations. He was appointed the title Monsignor in July 2008 and Auxiliary Bishop in December 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI.

During his episcopacy for the past five years, Bishop-designate Rice has served as vicar over five of the diocesan deaneries and overseen many of the ministries of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, including Vocations, Consecrated Life, Intercultural and Interreligious Affairs, Priest Personnel, Youth Protection and the St. Charles Lwanga Center.

Bishop-designate Rice will be installed as the seventh Bishop of Springfield-Cape Girardeau at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 1, in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Springfield, Missouri. The event will be broadcast live on EWTN and also live-streamed through the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau Facebook page.

An additional Mass of Thanksgiving will be held at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, June 2, in St. Mary of the Annunciation Cathedral, Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

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Catholic Charities Honored with Community Leadership Award

May 12, 2016
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FOCUS St. Louis Presents “What’s Right with The Region” Awards Thursday

ST. LOUIS – Catholic Charities of St. Louis will be among 20 organizations and individuals honored by FOCUS St. Louis, “the region’s premier leadership organization,” on Thursday night. Catholic Charities will be recognized as “Flood Disaster Response Collaboration” along with seven other lead organizations including the Society of St. Vincent de Paul for their collective efforts in response to the December 2015 flooding.

According to FOCUS St. Louis, “The honorees were nominated by the public and selected by a panel of community judges for their impact and service to the community.” The awards reception begins at 5:00 p.m. Thursday, May 12, at the Sheldon Concert Hall.

“Each year Catholic Charities assists approximately 150,000 people right here in the St. Louis region,” said President Theresa Ruzicka. “In the unique case of the flood in late 2015, the depth of our programs and services and the unique skills of professionals within our federation were able to help victims with long-term recovery.”

Each organization took the lead on a certain aspect of flood relief, with Catholic Charities and St. Francis Community Services focusing on case management through housing relocation. These collaborating agencies set up seven Multi-Agency Resource Centers (MARCs) as one-stop shop locations around the region designed to bring together service providers in a single location and provide on-site assistance to disaster survivors.

“It was inspiring to witness service providers working with a family and then walking with them over to another service provider to see what additional assistance was available,” Ruzicka added. “This award shows that partnership is an important part of disaster recovery and that the St. Louis is a region of people who care and work to help each other. It is a testament to how we came together in time of need!”

In addition to Catholic Charities, Dr. Jason Purnell, member of the Peace & Justice Commission of the Archdiocese of St. Louis and Washington University professor, will receive the prestigious FOCUS St. Louis Leadership Award for his work on the For the Sake of All project. Dr. Purnell has presented his work on the project to parishes and agencies throughout the Archdiocese.

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Archbishop Carlson Welcomes Former St. Louis Bishop Back Home

May 4, 2016
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Archbishop Joseph Naumann to Keynote Seventh Annual Legatus Gospel of Life Prayer Breakfast

Who: Archbishop Robert J. Carlson and Most Reverend Joseph Naumann, Archbishop of Kansas City in Kansas
What: Seventh Annual Archbishop’s Gospel of Life Prayer Breakfast, Hosted by Legatus
Where: The Ritz-Carlton St. Louis, 100 Carondelet Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63105
When: Friday, May 6, 2016, 6 a.m. – 9 a.m.

ST. LOUIS – Archbishop Robert J. Carlson and the St. Louis chapter of Legatus will welcome His Excellency, the Most Reverend Joseph F. Naumann, Archbishop of Kansas City in Kansas, as he returns to his hometown of St. Louis on Friday, May 6, for the Seventh Annual Archbishop’s Gospel of Life Prayer Breakfast.

Archbishop Naumann is a former pastor, vicar general, and auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Between 1985 and 1995 he was the director of the Archdiocesan Pro-Life Committee (now the Respect Life Apostolate of the Archdiocese). In 2005, he became the fourth Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas. He is currently a member of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities.

“Archbishop Naumann is a leader in promoting the dignity and sanctity of all human life from conception to natural death,” Archbishop Carlson said. “I am blessed to call him a friend and ally in this fight.”

Archbishop Naumann will address more than 650 attendees, including St. Louis-area Catholics and business men and women with a hopeful message on the importance of protecting the dignity of human life. He said his talk, entitled “Reasons for Hope,” will focus on why “even while battling the forces of the Culture of Death, Christians can never yield to discouragement, but must always be witnesses of hope.”

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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Auxiliary Bishop Edward M. Rice Named Bishop of Springfield-Cape Girardeau

April 26, 2016
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Bishop Rice will be the seventh bishop of this neighboring diocese

ST. LOUIS – Pope Francis announced at noon today in Rome (5:00 a.m. St. Louis time) that Most Reverend Edward M. Rice, Auxiliary Bishop of St. Louis, has been named Bishop of the Diocese of Springfield - Cape Girardeau. This position was vacated by Most Reverend James V. Johnston who was installed as Bishop of Kansas City – St. Joseph on November 4, 2015.

Bishop-designate Rice has served as a priest in the Archdiocese of St. Louis since his ordination in January 1987 by Archbishop John L. May. During this time, he has served as associate pastor at Our Lady of the Presentation Parish (1987-1991), religion teacher at St. Mary’s High School while residing at St. Mary Magdalen Parish (1991-1995), Director at Cardinal Glennon College Seminary (1995-2000), pastor at St. John the Baptist (2000-2008) and Director of Vocations (2008-2010). He was appointed the title Monsignor in July 2008 and Auxiliary Bishop in December 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI.

During his episcopacy for the past five years, Bishop-designate Rice has served as vicar over five of the diocesan deaneries and overseen many of the ministries of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, including Vocations, Consecrated Life, Intercultural and Interreligious Affairs, Priest Personnel, Youth Protection and St. Charles Lwanga Center.

 “I am extremely grateful to Bishop Rice for his many years of service to the Archdiocese of St. Louis and congratulate him on this new appointment from Pope Francis,” said Archbishop Robert Carlson. “The Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau is blessed beyond measure to receive a man of his quality and dedication. Bishop Rice is a pastor first, one who carries the joy of the resurrected Christ into his daily ministry. I have appreciated these years of collaboration with Bishop Rice and speak on behalf of his brother priests and the faithful of the archdiocese in saying he will be deeply missed. May God grant him many years of fruitful service leading the faithful in the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau.”

Tentatively scheduled, Bishop-designate Rice will be installed in Springfield, MO on Wednesday, June 1. Details will follow as they become available.

A farewell celebration to include a Mass of Thanksgiving and Reception at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis is scheduled for Tuesday, May 24, 2016, at 5:00 p.m. All are welcome.

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The Mass of Thanksgiving was originally scheduled for Monday, May 23 at the time of this announcement. The new date is Tuesday, May 24.

2016 Annual Creative Writing Contest Winners Announced

2016 Finalists

On April 20, 2016, 125 finalists in the Annual Respect Life Creative Writing Contest gathered at the Cardinal Rigali Center to be recognized for their outstanding entries. 

These finalists, representing over 80 different Catholic elementary schools, parish schools of religion, and home schools, were selected from over 1100 entries. Finalists received a certificate of commendation, T-shirt, and book and were recognized by Bishop Edward Rice. Open to 8th graders in the Archdiocese, the contest asked students to respond to the prompt: Explain why living the virtue of chastity protects us from abortion and blesses us with true holiness, health, and happiness.

From these finalists, six students were recognized as honorable mention winners and five students were selected as scholarship winners. Honorable mention winners received a $250 award; the scholarship winners received a $1000 scholarship to be applied to their Catholic high school of choice. All honorable mention and scholarship winners also each received three tickets to the Annual Respect Life Convention in October, hosted by the Respect Life Apostolate.  

Honorable mention winners this year are:

  • Brianna Dierks from St. Patrick-Wentzville Grade School and Parish (Liberty High School)
  • Taylor Elmore, a homeschooler from St. Bridget of Kildare Parish & PSR (St. Francis Borgia High School)
  • Sara E. Franke from Queen of All Saints Grade School and Parish (Nerinx Hall)
  • Patrick Meehan, a homeschooler from St. Dominic Savio Parish (Bishop Du Bourg High School)
  • Peter Francis Montgomery from St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Homeschool and St. Clement of Rome Parish (St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Homeschool)
  • Harrison Petty from St. Clement of Rome Grade School and Parish (Saint Louis University High School)

Scholarship winners this year are:

  • Bishop Edward J. O'Donnell Scholarship: Maria Klassen from St. Joseph-Cottleville Grade School and Parish (St. Dominic High School)
  • Mary Forrestal Hennessey Scholarship: Daniel Vaporean, a homeschooler from St. Joseph-Manchester Parish (Homeschool)
  • Mr. & Mrs. George Kletzker Scholarships:
    • Madeline Derleth from St. Joseph-Cottleville Grade School and Parish (Barat Academy)
    • Elle Reardon from St. Clement of Rome Grade School and Parish (Villa Duchesne)
  • Knights of Columbus Missouri State Council Scholarship: Eric Meyer from St. Charles Borromeo Grade School and Parish (Chaminade College Prep)

To read the winning essays, click on each student's name.

Congratulations to all of our finalists, honorable mention winners,
and scholarship winners!!

 

Winners

Above our scholarship and honorable mention winners pose for a photograph with Bishop Edward M. Rice, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, Michael Auchley, Missouri Knights of Columbus Respect Life Director, and Brian Cochran, nephew of the late Bishop Edward O'Donnell after whom one of the scholarships is named. Winners pictured from left to right are Madeline Derleth, Maria Klassen, Daniel Vaporean, Taylor Elmore, Harrison Petty, Peter Francis Montgomery, Elle Reardon, Sara Franke, Brianna Dierks, Patrick Meehan, and Eric Meyer.

 


Maria Klassen from St. Joseph Grade School in Cottleville (St. Dominic H.S.) - Bishop Edward J. O'Donnell Scholarship Winner

The atrocity of harming a child
Is brought to its very height
In this supreme outrage of natural law
And trespass of human rights.

To kill a small child who’s not even born
But was always a part of God’s plan
Shows a coldness of heart and a lack of respect
For every woman and man.

I think that it’s time that we recognize
Each individual’s worth
And treat other people the way they deserve
Even before their birth.

Abortion and chastity are so much alike
In more ways than we realize
For to hurt a small child or a woman or man
Is surely akin in God’s eyes.

Each child of God has a dignity
That we must learn to protect
To lead one away from the kingdom of Heaven
Is not something we should accept.

We must learn to put others before our own lives
And safeguard innocence at all costs
If we don’t save this treasure before it’s too late
It’s not long before all will be lost.

You deserve true love, and so does your child
And so does everyone
And to be satisfied with less than enough
Is to give in, and say that you’re done.

We should search for true love, and wait for the one
Who is truly and perfectly right.
One who will help us to follow God’s laws
And keep the right path in our sight.

Fight for love, and fight for life,
And fight for all that is true
For you may be sure, although you can’t see it
God is fighting for you.


Daniel Vaporean, a homeschooler from St. Joseph in Manchester Parish (Home School) - Mary Forrestal Hennessey Scholarship Winner

Good versus Evil

Each day of our lives we bravely fight on a battlefield where evil clashes with good. Piously, St. Paul who preached to the Ephesians, advised to wear the spiritual “armor of God” for protection in battle. Utilizing the spiritual armor, which consists of the shield of faith, the breastplate of righteousness, and the helmet of salvation will help us to live chaste lives. By living chastely, while preventing the evil of abortion, we will be blessed with true holiness and our lives filled with health and happiness.

The shield of faith protects chastity by helping us to live as God planned, which is through obedience to the Ten Commandments and the teachings of the Catholic Church. Since God’s plan for marriage is the uniting, both physically and mentally, of one man and one woman, it is important that they commit to each other freely, fruitfully, faithfully, and forever. Living according to this plan, sexuality would only be shared by married couples who truly love each other. This would prevent the possibility of an unwanted pregnancy, which may lead to an abortion. The breastplate of righteousness assists in prudence and practicing self-control. Willfully avoiding movies, music, and pornography, which encourage unchaste behaviors, keeps our souls holy as we exercise good judgment. Dressing modestly avoids attention being drawn to our sexual bodies and allows friendships to develop which are not based on lust. In keeping our bodies chaste with the helmet of salvation, we will have healthy bodies and avoid the risk of getting sexual diseases which may cause suffering and death. Valiantly remembering to wear our spiritual armor, we will be protected by God and His teachings to live a life of chastity.

God desires the best for us. When we love as He wants us to love, we experience true joy and happiness. We will be content because we know we are following God’s unsurpassable plan. Abortion will be no more. Living our lives in this way will help us increase in virtue and holiness. By faithfully wearing our spiritual armor and living chastely, evil will be defeated and good will win!


Madeline Derleth from St. Joseph in Cottleville Grade School (Barat Academy) - Mr. & Mrs. George Kletzker Scholarship Winner

A Smile on God’s Face

There are many virtues that make us unique,
But chastity really requires us to think.
Created in God’s image we shall always cherish,
But forgetting chastity will cause us to perish.
Pure and holy our bodies must remain,
For if we forget, then a life of pain.
Our bodies were created in God’s image of great beauty.
Protecting it and keeping it safe is our duty.
True love waits for that special one,
Whether that be a spouse, staying single, or life as a nun.

Our society seems as if it has forgotten this virtue,
Saying it is alright to do things that hurt you.
Having sex on a first date,
It’s ok, you don’t have to wait.
Doesn’t anyone see the lies they say?
Innocent lives and the prices they’ll pay?
So many abortions because of this sin,
Giving up chastity so Satan will win.
Statistics don’t lie, they speak the truth,
So many abortions from those unchaste youth.
Eighty-three percent of abortions that take place,
Are on women who have not married in God’s holy space.
Forgetting chastity doesn’t only hurt you,
Innocent babies are suffering too.
Abortion is forever, you can’t go back,
So remember your worth to keep you on track.

Your health is important and must be treated with care,
But abortion will scar you and recovery is rare.
Your body and mind will never be the same,
Stay chaste and remember your health isn’t a game.
True happiness doesn’t come from what you get this minute,
Staying true to yourself and your values will win it.
Remember to think before you act,
Because once you do, you can never go back.
All life is precious and valuable too,
So stay chaste to be a happier you.

Remember that God loves you so much,
Remaining chaste will help keep you in touch.
Holiness is your goal to achieve,
Keeping your body pure is what you must believe.
Not only will you be filled with grace,
But you will put a smile on God’s face.


Elle Reardon from St. Clement of Rome Grade School (Villa Duchesne) - Mr. & Mrs. George Kletzker Scholarship Winner

As a teen, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by mixed messages related to moral issues. The idea that chastity protects us from abortion might initially sound unlikely. Choosing to have sex doesn’t necessarily mean someone supports abortion. Although in reality, the compromises made in deciding to live an unchaste life can lead to further compromises in believing abortion is acceptable. Chastity is crucial for prohibiting abortion because it prevents the circumstances where someone would seek an abortion. Chastity protects us from worrying about unplanned pregnancies and feeling pressured to resort to an abortion.

Chastity blesses us with true holiness, health, and happiness because it honors a commitment to yourself, your future spouse, and the Holy Spirit. It may seem like chastity is depriving us from happiness because of social media’s influence giving us an inside view of what others are doing minute by minute, hour by hour, and day by day. Jenny went to Paris! Joe got a hoverboard! The latest posts make it appear as though happiness is found in having new and exciting experiences. Your life can look boring in comparison, making you doubt your own choices, leaving you with fear of missing out. It may distort your perception of what is morally acceptable because “everyone else is doing it.” What isn’t’ seen in those online posts is how one teenager cried herself to sleep feeling ashamed for having sex or how another teen felt scared to learn he had a sexually transmitted disease. There was also the girl whose parents were mourning because she felt forced to have an abortion for fear of embarrassment. Chastity truly protects us from negative consequences.

Our relationships are strengthened by valuing the gift of chastity. True happiness is found in the joy of honoring God and in being mindful of moments in life that give genuine meaning to your beliefs. I believe abortion is morally wrong and that chastity is the first step in saving millions of unborn lives. I challenge you to step up and commit to honor the virtue of chastity as your personal vow to protect the unborn.


Eric Meyer from St. Charles Borromeo Grade School (Chaminade College Prep) - Knights of Columbus Missouri State Council Scholarship Winner

The Past, Present, and Future of Chastity

When I was younger, life seemed simple. My parents made all of my decisions. There were few differences between the boys and girls in my class. I never thought about chastity because I didn’t know what it was and it was not an important issue. I learned the difference between right and wrong, but the situations I faced never seemed life-changing. I realize now how easy things were back then and sometimes wish they were still that way.

Now times are different. My parents are beginning to trust me to make my own decisions. Some decisions are small, like what to eat for dinner. Other choices aren’t so simple. For example, whether to join in when other boys are behaving poorly so I can look like I am part of the “popular crowd.” As a teenager, I am starting to understand what the virtue of chastity means. Chastity refers to having pure thoughts and actions. The relationships I have with my female classmates are different now because we are changing physically and emotionally. I must remember to treat them respectfully and not make crude comments while texting or in person. Chastity is also not having sexual relations before marriage. When I am older and have a girlfriend, chastity will be more of an issue. But I know if I stay strong in my faith and live a chaste life, I will not have to worry about STDs, pregnancies, or abortions. This seems like an easy decision, doesn’t it?

In the future, I hope to get married. It would make me happy to tell my wife that I remained chaste and I would love for her to say the same thing to me. It would be nice to begin our life together knowing that our past decisions will lead to holiness, health, and happiness in our marriage. I think that being a role model for my children is also important. If throughout our lives we stay close to God and practice the virtue of chastity, there will be no need for abortions and we will have a life full of blessings.

 

 

 

 

Statement Regarding Rev. Thomas J. Graham

April 20, 2016
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ST. LOUIS – The Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, has announced a recently reported allegation of sexual abuse of a minor against retired priest Reverend Thomas J. Graham which occurred in the 1980s at St. Alban Roe Catholic Church in Wildwood.

Due to a previous allegation, Father Graham, who resides in a restricted environment, is already on permanent administrative leave which prohibits him from engaging in priestly ministry, including actions such as presenting himself publicly as a priest, wearing clerical attire, offering Mass publicly, or administering the sacraments.

In keeping with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, to ensure transparency in communicating with the public about allegations of sexual abuse of minors and as an outreach to potential victims, an announcement about this allegation will be made in the archdiocesan newspaper, The St. Louis Review, in the parish bulletin where the new allegation surfaced, and in other parishes where Fr. Graham served.

We continue to pray for the victims of the grave evil of sexual abuse.

The Archdiocese of St. Louis encourages all persons with reports of abuse of a minor involving a member of the clergy or other church personnel to contact Deacon Phil Hengen, Director of Child and Youth Protection, at 314.792.7704, the Missouri Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline at 800.392.3738 and/or law enforcement officials.

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Major Catholic Conference in St. Louis on Saturday

April 18, 2016
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“One Faith Experience” at Chaifetz Arena Will Inspire, Educate

ST. LOUIS – Several nationally-known Catholic speakers will descend on Chaifetz Arena, Saturday, April 23, for the “One Faith Experience” presented by Third Millennium Media.

The line-up features a full day of hope and inspiration from speakers Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers, Fr. Larry Richards, Tim Staples, Teresa Tomeo, Adam Blai and St. Louis resident Hector Molina. Recording artists Matt Maher, John Tibbs and The Thirsting will take the stage for a concert to conclude the “Experience.”

The conference runs from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.  The concert begins at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $15 and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, at Ticketmaster outlets, and at the Chaifetz Arena Box Office. More information can be found at onefaithexperience.com.

Third Millennium Media, founded by longtime Catholic media professional Jerry Usher, is a company committed to promoting Catholic speakers, artists and organizations through the use of media.

According to Third Millennium Media, “This one day conference will be fast paced and full of exciting opportunities. The concert in the evening is the perfect close to a magnificent day. If you are looking for a way to elevate your spiritual life, to grow in your faith, then being present at One Faith most certainly is what you’re searching for.”

Additional information about Third Millennium Media may be found at thirdmillenniummedia.com.

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