Archbishop Carlson Announces Historic Settlement with Federal Government

October 23, 2017
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS – In a letter released Monday, October 23, Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, announced that the Archdiocese of St. Louis and Catholic Charities of St. Louis, along with more than 70 other religious organizations had entered into an historic settlement with the departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and the Treasury of the United States Government. In a series of lawsuits, the religious organizations challenged Department of Health and Human Services regulations that would have required these entities to provide employee health plans that included contraceptives, abortifacients, and sterilization procedures, in violation of their religious beliefs.

The historic settlement in effect grants a permanent injunction prohibiting these regulations or any similar future regulations from being enforced against the Archdiocese of St. Louis, Catholic Charities, and the other religious organizations.

“This historic settlement brings to an end many years of litigation, tension, and uncertainty for Catholic institutions,” Archbishop Carlson wrote in the letter. “We have finally prevailed in this unwelcomed fight for religious liberty – a fight which was not of our making.” The entire letter is available at


Respect Life Convention Sunday to Rally Pro-Life Supporters

October 20, 2017
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

What: 41st Annual Respect Life Convention
Where: St. Charles Convention Center (1 Convention Center Plaza, St Charles, MO 63303)
When: Sunday, October 22, 2017, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Lunch and keynote at 11:30 a.m.
Who: Keynote speaker, John Foppe, Executive Director of the Society of St. Vincent De Paul - St. Louis Council

ST. LOUIS – The 41st Annual Respect Life Convention, hosted by the Respect Life Apostolate of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, will take place on Sunday, October 22, at the St. Charles Convention Center. John Foppe, Executive Director of the Society of St. Vincent De Paul - St. Louis Council will deliver the keynote address. Nearly 700 attendees are expected to attend the convention.

Born without arms, John Foppe provides a powerful testimony on the dignity and worth of every human life. He once believed he led a miserable, dependent, and limited existence. Today, he operates his own company, travels the world, runs a large non-profit agency, and is a husband and father.

Mass, exhibits, and afternoon workshops are all free and open to the public. The lunch and keynote begin at 11:30 a.m.

The afternoon offers seven dynamic workshops addressing a wide range of life topics including adoption, fetal development, end-of-life issues, and pro-life successes in states across the country. For a complete listing of workshops and for more information about the convention, visit

The Archdiocese of St. Louis was the first diocese in the nation to establish what was then the Pro-Life Committee, now called the Respect Life Apostolate (RLA), following the landmark Roe v Wade decision in 1973. Every October, which is Respect Life month, the RLA hosts its annual convention. The purpose of the convention is to gather, listen, and discuss efforts to respect the dignity and sanctity of life and efforts to build the “Culture of Life” in our society.


The Discipulus Institute Presents "The Theology of St. Thomas Aquinas"

The Discipulus Institute is the leading faith formation program for young adults in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, created by the Office of Young Adult Ministry in collaboration with Paul VI Institute. Discipulus courses are taught by experts in the area of study, and offer a deeper look into topics that will help young adults understand and practice their faith more fully. Course topics range within the realms of theology, philosophy, spirituality/prayer, and Scripture.

Discipulus classes have been wildly successful – drawing even 40 students to a 5 week course on Christology. Why are they so attractive? In speaking with young adults in our ministry, the message has been clear: Young adults crave formation, resources, and community. The Discipulus Institute meets these needs. Not only have attendees received exceptional theological, philosophical, and spiritual formation, but many have also found lasting fellowship in their classmates and even the teachers.

Registration is now open for the newest Discipulus course "The Theology of St. Thomas Aquinas" with Nathan Doerr.  The class will spur discussion and answer questions such as... What is so significant about the theology of St. Thomas Aquinas? Haven’t modern theologians found better ways to express the faith? How is this relevant to my spiritual life today?  Young adults are invited to come and find out the answers to these questions and more in this new Discipulus class that is sure to be illuminating and edifying for all.

The course starts at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary on November 16, from 7-8:30 pm and will meet for five Thursdays until December 21 (no class on Thanksgiving).

 The cost of the class is $25. There is no assigned text for this course. Register here!

Annual White Mass Sunday to Honor Health Care Professionals

October 12, 2017
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

WHAT: Annual White Mass to honor health care professionals
WHO: Archbishop Robert Carlson, principal celebrant; health care professionals will be in attendance
WHEN: Sunday, October 15, 2017, at 10:00 a.m.
WHERE: Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (4431 Lindell)

ST. LOUIS – Archbishop Robert J. Carlson will celebrate the annual White Mass this Sunday, October 15, at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis beginning at 10:00 a.m. The Mass is associated with St. Luke, the patron of physicians and surgeons, whose feast day is October 18.

Prior to Mass, Catholic Medical Association members wearing their white coats will meet at 9:00 a.m. in front of Planned Parenthood (4251 Forest Park Boulevard) to pray the Rosary.

All Catholic physicians, nurses, physician assistants, emergency medical personnel, and other healthcare professionals and their families are invited to attend the Mass.

The St. Louis Guild of the Catholic Medical Association is sponsoring a reception following Mass for the healthcare professionals in attendance.


Archdiocese of St. Louis Welcomes New Federal Policies

October 9, 2017
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS – The Archdiocese of St. Louis welcomes the new federal policies issued by the Trump administration last week which have broad implications for religious liberty.

In one announcement, the Trump administration expanded exemptions to the HHS mandate requiring health insurance coverage of sterilization, contraception, and drugs and devices that may cause abortions. Under the interim regulations which will become permanent in 90 days, churches and their integrated agencies, nonprofits, for profits, and any other non-governmental employer may not be compelled, over their objection based on sincerely held religious beliefs, to provide contraceptive services as part of their employer health insurance plans. The government found that there is no compelling interest in forcing employers to provide contraceptive services against their objections on religious grounds.

Separately, a memo from Attorney General Jeff Sessions set forth 20 principles all federal agencies are to employ in order to protect religious liberty to the fullest extent. Among the provisions outlined in the memo, Attorney General Sessions explains that school vouchers may not be denied based on the fact that a school is religious, that religious employers are free to hire only those of the same religion or who hold to the same precepts, that the government may not interfere with the autonomy of a religious organization, and that the federal government may not withhold grants or contracts based on the relinquishment of a religious organizations hiring exemptions, beliefs, or tenets.

“These new policies are a welcome relief after years of uncertainty,” Archbishop Robert J. Carlson said. “We are grateful that the current administration has made the protection of our religious liberty a priority. I echo the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in my belief that the new policies are not so much innovative as they are a ‘return to common sense, long-standing federal practice, and peaceful coexistence between church and state.’ My hope and prayer is that we may now be vigilant in the defense of these protections should they be threatened again in the future.”

Catholics are encouraged to comment on the interim HHS contraceptive mandate changes until December 5th when they become permanent.


Annual Red Mass for Judges Attorneys, Public Service Officials, and Legal Professionals

September 29, 2017
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

WHAT: Annual Red Mass for members of the judiciary and legal community
WHEN: Sunday, October 1, 2017, 10:00 a.m.
WHO: Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, principal celebrant; Most Reverend Daniel Flores, Bishop of Brownsville, Texas, homilist
WHERE: Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (4431 Lindell)

ST. LOUIS – Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, will celebrate the Annual Red Mass for members of the judiciary, public service officials, and the legal community on Sunday, October 1, at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis beginning at 10:00 a.m. Most Reverend Daniel Flores, Bishop of Brownsville, Texas, will deliver the homily.

“The Red Mass is an opportunity for those in the legal profession to gather as a sign of civic unity and to pray for guidance from the Holy Spirit — the source of wisdom, understanding, counsel, and fortitude,” Archbishop Carlson said. “It is God, our final and absolute judge, from whom all law and justice flows.”   

The Red Mass is celebrated at the opening of the judicial term in October. With roots dating to the 13th century, the tradition was introduced in the United States in 1928 when a group of Catholic lawyers gathered in St. Andrew’s Cathedral in New York City. A Red Mass was first celebrated in the Archdiocese of St. Louis in 1943. Presidents, vice presidents, members of Congress, and Supreme Court justices often attend the Red Mass in Washington, D.C.

Attorneys, legal professionals, those serving in the legislative and judicial branches of government, and public service officials of all faiths are invited to participate in this centuries-old tradition. The Red Mass is supported by the St. Thomas More Society.

In a special event at 2 p.m. the same day, Bishop Flores will give a lecture on immigration, deportation and the effects on children and families as bishop of one of the poorest and most bilingual diocese in the United States. Bishop Flores’ lecture is sponsored by Catholic Charities of St. Louis, the archdiocesan Peace & Justice Commission, and other archdiocesan agencies.

The lecture is the local kick-off event in the “Share the Journey Campaign,” a global campaign launched by Pope Francis to support immigrants and refugees around the world. 


North County Catholic School Students Donate

North County Catholic School Students Donate
over $8,200 to Catholic Charities for Hurricane Relief 


Look for coverage on local media this evening - KSDK Channel 5 and KMOV Channel 4 attended our event this morning!

Students at all the Catholic elementary schools in North County participated in various fundraising efforts this month to support relief efforts in the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. With pocket change collections, dress down days and other creative events and ideas, each school raised money to support Hurricane Relief Efforts through Catholic Charities St. Louis. On Wednesday, Sept. 27th students from each school gathered at SSM Health DePaul Hospital to present their collection for Catholic Charities St. Louis (CCSL). As a symbol of how they "pooled" their funds, the students each poured a container of coins and bills into a plastic swimming pool. Mrs. Cheryl Archibald, Board Chair for CCSL accepted the donation of more than $8,200, 100% of the students' donations will be used to support relief efforts in affected areas. Shelly Cordum, MS, RN, Chief Nursing Officer at DePaul Hospital, spoke to the students about how their donations are so needed and appreciated, from her perspective as someone who was actively involved in relief efforts after Hurricane Katrina.

Upcoming Events and Activities

Looking for faith formation opportunities or a fun night out with friends? Browse the parish bulletins for a wealth of information about events and activities that our parishes and schools are hosting in the coming weeks.

Upcoming Fall Festivals and Fundraisers at our Parishes:
(click the links for more details in each parish's bulletin or website)

And, here are a few upcoming local community events you can enjoy with your family and friends!

October 13 - Florissant Food Truck Knights at the KofC groundsOctober 21 - Race to the Shrine Oct. 21
October 21 - Trinity's Treasure Island Dinner Auction

Spread the Word! Follow our Schools and Parishes on Facebook

Federation of Catholic Schools
Blessed Teresa of Calcutta
Christ Light of the Nations
Holy Spirit
Holy Trinity
Our Lady of Guadalupe
Sacred Heart
St. Ann - Normandy
St. Angela Merici
St. Ferdinand
St. Martin De Porres
St. Norbert Parish
St. Norbert School
St. Rose Philippine Duchesne
St. Sabina

Think about why you choose (or chose if you have alumni) a Catholic school for your children. Share your thoughts on social media or simply in conversation with friends and family members.

And, most importantly, PRAY for our students, teachers, principals, pastors, parishioners and all who support Catholic education in our community.

Other North County Catholic institutions are also on Facebook - be sure to follow them, too!

Trinity Catholic High School
Incarnate Word Academy
Old St. Ferdinand Shrine
North County CYC

Planning Underway for Sacramental Preparation Retreats The schools and PSR programs from our Federation parishes are working together on sacramental preparation retreat days for 2nd grade students at Pallottine Renewal Center and for 7th-8th grade students at Trinity Catholic High School. Retreat days for 2nd grade students are set for Oct. 5, Oct. 25 and Nov. 6 at Pallottine Renewal Center. The full-day retreats will be led by the Sacred Heart Sisters from the Archdiocese's Paul VI Institute. Last year's retreats were funded by a grant from The Koch Foundation, and were so successful that pastors and principals decided to continue them this year even without grant funding. A grant is being requested to continue them for 2018-19.

On Friday, Oct.13 Trinity Catholic High School will again host the North County Deanery's Confirmation Youth Rally. The REAP Team leads this interactive day for 7th and 8th grade students preparing for confirmation, both from elementary schools and PSR programs. Bishop Rivituso will celebrate the closing mass at 3pm at the end of the Rally. Please pray for all those preparing this special day, and for the students who are ready to take the next step in their faith journeys.

High School Nights!

North County is home to two excellent Catholic High Schools - Trinity Catholic High School and Incarnate Word Academy. Families with students in grades 6-8 are invited and encouraged to learn more about options for Catholic High Schools at several High School Nights throughout St. Louis.
A detailed schedule is available here.

Trinity Catholic High School (1720 Redman Rd, 63138) will host a High School Night on Thursday, October 5th, 7 pm

Schools Presenting: Barat ~ Bishop DuBourg ~ Cardinal Ritter~ Chaminade ~ CBC ~ Cor Jesu ~ De Smet ~ Duchesne ~ Incarnate Word Academy ~ Nerinx Hall ~Rosati-Kain ~ St. John Vianney ~ St. Joseph's ~ St. Louis Priory ~ SLUH ~ St. Mary's ~ Trinity Catholic ~ Ursuline ~ Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill ~ Visitation

Also save the date for Sunday, November 5th, which is High School Open House day!



Archdiocese of St. Louis Hosts Social Justice Conference

September 27, 2017
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

WHAT: Inaugural Sr. Antona Ebo Social Justice Conference
WHEN: Saturday, September 30, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
WHERE: Cardinal Rigali Center (20 Archbishop May Dr., St. Louis, MO 63119)
WHO: Hosted by offices and agencies of the Archdiocese of St. Louis; keynote speaker, Rev. Starsky Wilson

ST. LOUIS – The Archdiocese of St. Louis will host the inaugural Sr. Antona Ebo Social Justice Conference on Saturday, September 30, at the Cardinal Rigali Center (20 Archbishop May Dr., St. Louis, 63119). The conference will feature keynote speaker Rev. Starsky Wilson, former co-chair of the Ferguson commission, president and CEO of the Deaconess Foundation, and pastor of St. John’s Church (The Beloved Community).

“Sr. Ebo was thrilled when we shared with her the concept of this conference,” said Marie Kenyon, director of the Peace & Justice Commission of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. “She personally suggested the theme of ‘Pray. Listen. Testify.’ We are excited to honor her in this way and to continue her legacy of working for justice in the context of our faith.”

The conference will also feature workshops on the death penalty, human trafficking, caring for God’s creation, immigration, the school-to-prison pipeline, health and mental health, and poverty.

The conference is sponsored by the Peace & Justice Commission, Catholic Charities of St. Louis, St. Vincent de Paul Society, Catholic Youth Apostolate, St Charles Lwanga Center, the Office of Laity and Family Life, Office of Hispanic Ministry, Office of Ecumenical and Interreligous Affairs, and the Catholic Education Office.

Sr. Ebo was one of the first African-American women to join what was then the Sisters of St. Mary, now the Franciscan Sisters of Mary. She and more than 50 St. Louisans flew to Selma, Alabama, three days after the infamous “Bloody Sunday” when civil rights marchers were attacked on the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Fifty years later the courageous actions of Sr. Ebo have taken on new significance for the St. Louis area.


Former Death Row Inmates to Address Catholic High School Students

September 26, 2017
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

WHAT: “Teach-In” on the death penalty
WHEN: Thursday, September 28, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
WHERE: Kenrick-Glennon Seminary (5200 Glennon Dr, St. Louis, MO 63119)
WHO: Two death row exonerees and Catholic high school students

ST. LOUIS – Two former death row inmates and a former prosecuting attorney-turned Roman Catholic priest will address Catholic high school students about the morality of the death penalty and the Catholic Church’s teaching on the issue on Thursday, September 28.

Reggie Griffin and Joe Amrine spent 23 and 17 years respectively on death row, but were exonerated for crimes they did not commit. Their experiences demonstrate how the death penalty can have tragic impacts on real people and communities. They will share their experiences with students from Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of St. Louis at a special “teach-in” event organized by the archdiocese’s Peace & Justice Commission, in conjunction with Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, Catholic Mobilizing Network, and Kenrick-Glennon Seminary.

Also addressing the students will be Fr. James Mason, president-rector of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary. Fr. Mason graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School and served as a prosecuting attorney in the Twin Cities-area before being ordained to the priesthood in 2001.

The event comes weeks after Missouri Governor Eric Greitens stayed the execution of Marcellus Williams on August 22 and appointed a Board of Inquiry to further evaluate DNA evidence in the case. The Missouri Catholic Conference responded to the stay of execution by saying: “Mr. Williams’ case exposes the inherent problems with capital murder trials. We appreciate the Governor’s willingness to allow further deliberation on the DNA evidence, and are grateful that he stayed the execution.”


Relics of Padre Pio on Display in St. Louis

September 25, 2017
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

WHAT: Relics of St. Pio of Pietrelcina available for public veneration
WHEN: Wednesday, September 27, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
WHERE: Assumption (Mattese) Catholic Church (4725 Mattis Road, St. Louis, MO 63128)

ST. LOUIS – Assumption (Mattese) Catholic Church (4725 Mattis Road) will host relics for public veneration of the beloved Capuchin priest St. Pio of Pietrelcina, better known as “Padre Pio,” on Wednesday, September 27, from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. The event is one stop on a nationwide tour between September 16 and October 8, 2017. Mass will be offered at 7 p.m. by Most Reverend Mark Rivituso, Auxiliary Bishop, Archdiocese of St. Louis.

Padre Pio, a humble Capuchin priest, was blessed by God with the stigmata, the wounds of Christ he bore for 50 years, as well as other gifts such as perfume, bilocation, prophecy, conversion, reading of souls, and miraculous cures. People are still being cured through his intercession in ways that cannot be explained by medicine or science.

The relics of Padre Pio which will be on display for veneration include his glove, crusts of his wounds, gauze with his blood stains, a lock of his hair, his mantle, and a handkerchief soaked with his sweat hours before he died. Attendees will be able to venerate these relics of St. Pio and learn more about his holy life.

In the Catholic Church, relics are physical objects associated with a saint or candidate for sainthood – part of the person’s body or something with which he or she was in contact. Relics are not worshiped, but treated with religious respect. Touching or praying in the presence of such an object helps a faithful individual focus on the saint’s life and virtues, so that through the saint’s prayer or intercession before God, the individual will be drawn closer to God.

St. Pio was born on May 25, 1887 in Pietrelcina, Italy, and baptized Francesco Forgione.  He first expressed his desire for priesthood at age 10. In order to pay for the preparatory education, his father, Grazio Forgione, emigrated to the United States in 1899, where he worked for several years.

The future saint entered the Capuchin order at age 15, taking the name Pio. He was ordained a priest in 1910 at the age of 23. During his lifetime, Padre Pio was known as a mystic with miraculous powers of healing and knowledge, who bore the stigmata.  Stigmata is the term the Catholic Church uses to speak about the wounds an individual receives that correspond to the crucifixion wounds of Jesus Christ.  They can appear on the forehead, hands, wrists, and feet.

His stigmata emerged during World War I, after Pope Benedict XV asked Christians to pray for an end to the conflict. Padre Pio had a vision in which Christ pierced his side. A few weeks later, on September 20, 1918, Jesus again appeared to him, and he received the full stigmata. It remained with him until his death on September 23, 1968. Pope John Paul II canonized him in 2002.

The event is sponsored by the Saint Pio Foundation.  More information about St. Pio can be found at The Saint Pio Foundation promotes awareness of St. Pio and his mission by working with institutions and ​​individuals who share the same vision to serve “those in need of relief of suffering.” Funds raised by the Saint Pio Foundation are used to provide grants to American Catholic healthcare, educational, social, religious, and cultural partner organizations.


CYC Sports to Honor Parish Sports Volunteers at 61st Annual CYC Awards Banquet

On Wednesday, October 25, 2017 the Catholic Youth Apostolate-CYC Sports Department will host our 61st Annual Awards Dinner. CYC parish volunteers will be recognized for their outstanding service and dedication.  Please make plans to attend this year's event which will be held at the Clayton Plaza Hotel, and help us honor some of the great parish volunteers that have given so much time and effort to the CYC program!

 Please consider purchasing tickets and/or an ad to show support for our dedicated CYC parish volunteers who put in numerous hours keeping the parish sports programs going strong.

 For more details, visit or call the CYC Office at (314) 792-7256.

2017 District Person of the Year Award Recipients:

  • Jeff Antrainer - North County District (Blessed Teresa of Calcutta)
  • Tom Borich - St. Charles District (Immaculate Conception-Dardenne)
  • Karen & Ed Naeger - South Central District (St. Gabriel the Archangel)
  • Gene Poisson - South County District (St. Joseph-Imperial)
  • Paul Counts - West County District (St. Joseph-Manchester)

2017 Sports Service Award Recipients:

  • Jim Temprano - Baseball Service (South Central District, St. Gerard Majella)
  • Mike Nolan - Basketball Service (South County District, Seven Holy Founders)
  • Bob Wendel - Soccer Service (South County District, St. Bernadette)
  • Tom Schmittgens - Softball Service (St. Charles District, St. Joseph-Cottleville)
  • Joyce Serangeli - Volleyball Service (St. Charles District, St. Elizabeth/St. Robert)
  • Craig Andrews - Lacrosse Service (South Central District, St. Margaret of Scotland)
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