Prayers for Generation Life 2017!

Preparations are underway for Generation Life 2017!  Later this month, more than two thousand 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 25th - 29th.

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. As one Generation Life participant said, "It’s nice to feel like you’re part of something bigger than yourself, and to feel like as young people, we are making a difference and we are able to speak up and have a voice."

Registration Now Open for 2017 CYC High School Hoops!


Team Registration is open at

  • Don’t miss out on another fun season of basketball! 
  • Last year over 110 teams played in CYC high school leagues
  • Male and female leagues in two high school age groups
  • Season begins January 6th and ends on March 12th
  • Teams play 10 games, plus playoffs for qualifying teams
  • Leagues are comprised of teams with players of similar skill and age, not geography. This makes for better games and more fun for both teams.
  • Teams can be made up of grade school or high school friends!!
  • Teams need to be sponsored by a recognized religious-based church, grade school, or high school

**   Act quickly — Registration ends December 30, 2016  **

For more info, check out website above or contact Butch Rosier at (314) 792-7255 or!

Catholic Parish in Ferguson to Bring Community Groups Together for Dialogue

December 9, 2016
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

“EncounterPoint” event will aim to unite various groups, individuals in solidarity

WHAT: “EncounterPoint” gathering civic, community leaders
WHO: Hosted by Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Ferguson
WHERE: Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish (1115 S. Florissant Rd., St. Louis, MO 63121)
WHEN: Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 7:30 a.m.

ST. LOUIS – Our Lady of Guadalupe parish in Ferguson is hosting a gathering of various organizations and individuals from around the region whose efforts to support social justice have impacted Ferguson and the St. Louis region. The event, being called “EncounterPoint,” will take place on Tuesday, December 13, 2016, beginning at 7:30 a.m.

The parish hopes the event “will be an opportunity to encounter one another at a rendezvous point to appreciate the fruits of social justice and solidarity.” In addition, EncounterPoint is intended to help build relationships and achieve greater unity among civic, religious, and business leaders.

Several civic and community figures who have offered extraordinary support and encouragement to the region have been named as honorary chairs for the event, including Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, Dr. Fred P. Pestello (Saint Louis University), Dr. Thomas F. George, (University of Missouri – St. Louis), Karlos Ramirez (Hispanic Chamber of Commerce), Patrick J. Sly (Emerson), and Susan Stith (Express Scripts).

The gathering will include a light breakfast, keynote address, and witness talks from those impacted by the involvement of these various organizations.

In May 2017 the Archdiocese of St. Louis will host a “Pilgrimage of Trust” also intended to encourage dialogue and heal divisions. More information can be found at


Archbishop Carlson to Ordain New Priest on Thursday

December 6, 2016
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

WHAT: Priestly Ordination for the Archdiocese of St. Louis
WHO: Reverend Mr. Michael Rennier will receive the Sacrament of Holy Orders
WHEN: Thursday, December 8, 2016, 2 p.m.
WHERE: Basilica of St. Louis, King of France - “The Old Cathedral” (209 Walnut)

ST. LOUIS – Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, will confer the Sacrament of Holy Orders on Reverend Mister Michael Rennier at the Basilica of St. Louis, King of France, on Thursday, December 8, the Feast of Immaculate Conception.

Rev. Mr. Rennier is a former Anglican minister who holds a bachelor’s degree in New Testament Literature from Oral Roberts University and a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School. He is being ordained under the Pastoral Provision established by Pope St. John Paul II in 1980 for the reception of Anglicans & Episcopalians into full communion with the Catholic Church. Since 1980, more than 100 former Episcopal or Anglican clergymen have been ordained in the Catholic Church.

Candidates for ordination, or ordinands, receive the Sacrament of Holy Orders. 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. 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 memorial of Christ’s sacrificial death on the cross.

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

The Mass of Priestly Ordination begins at 2 p.m. at the Basilica of St. Louis, King of France – the “Old Cathedral” – near the Gateway Arch.

Additional background information about the Rite of Ordination can be found at


Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis Hosting Christmas Events in December

December 5, 2016
For more information contact: 
Nicole Heerlein
Communications Specialist, Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis
Phone: 314.373.8205

Mother church of Archdiocese of St. Louis to host several must-attend events during Advent and Christmas Seasons

What: December Masses & Events at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis
Where: Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (4431 Lindell Blvd.)
When: Various dates

ST. LOUIS – The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis will be full of Christmas joy this December as it plays host to a wide variety of events including Masses, prayer services, and concerts.

December 8: Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception (Holy day of Obligation)
Masses: 7:00 a.m., 8:00 a.m., 12:05 p.m., 5:30 p.m.

December 10 & 11: Christmas at the Cathedral
12th Annual “Christmas at the Cathedral” concerts with the Archdiocesan Adult Choirs, Orchestra,Children’s Choir, and Handbell Choir. Saturday, December 10 at 8:00 p.m.; Sunday, December 11 at 2:30 p.m.
Ticket information: 314-533-7662 or

December 18: Festival of Lessons & Carols
An afternoon of readings and music with the Archdiocesan Choirs; Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, presiding
Event is free and open to the public. Begins at 2:30 p.m.

December 24 & 25: Christmas Masses (Holy day of Obligation)
Dec. 24: 5:00 p.m. (Vigil)
11:15 p.m. Musical program leads into Midnight Mass
Dec. 25: 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 12:00 Noon

Additional event information can be found at


Statement Regarding Lawsuit Challenging Abortion Regulations

November 30, 2016
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS – Karen Nolkemper, Executive Director of the Respect Life Apostolate of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, issued the following statement in response to the lawsuit filed by Planned Parenthood challenging common-sense health & safety regulations on abortion facilities in the state of Missouri:

No abortion clinic will ever be safe for unborn children, but the common-sense safety requirements Planned Parenthood is challenging are designed to protect women from undue harm at the hands of abortion providers.

Women considering abortion need to know they do have options that do not involve the destruction of human life. Thankfully, due to the tireless work of pro-life advocates, abortions in Missouri fell by 36% between 2005 and 2014. We stand with the more than 30 St. Louis-area pregnancy resource centers, maternity homes, and other organizations ready to assist women by offering free ultrasounds, pregnancy tests, health care, as well as material, financial and spiritual support before and after their child is born. We will continue to speak for and offer help to those who have no voice, and to seek legal protections for innocent lives.


Statement on the Passing of Justice Richard Teitelman

November 29, 2016
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS – Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, released the following statement regarding the death of Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Richard Teitelman:

We join our fellow Missourians in mourning the passing of Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Richard Teitelman. We are especially grateful for his years of dedicated attendance at our annual Red Mass at which members of the judiciary and the legal community gather at the beginning of each judicial term to pray for the guidance and inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

I ask the faithful of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, and all people of good will, to join me in praying for the repose of the soul of Justice Richard Teitelman. The family and friends of Judge Teitelman are in our thoughts and prayers.


Post-Election Statement from the Peace & Justice Commission

November 18, 2016
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS - “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.” – Matthew 22: 37-40

A contentious and often mean-spirited campaign season in our country has been reportedly followed by several hundred incidents of violence, intimidation, damage to property and businesses.  While some of our brothers and sisters in Christ rejoiced at the outcome of the election, others have responded with intense fear about their safety and the well-being of their families, friends, and loved ones.  Our Archdiocese has not been immune to either the incidents of hate or the palpable sense of fear that have gripped other parts of the country.

As Catholics, we believe not only in the unfailing and universal love of God, but also in our call to be reflections of that love for the world.  We must condemn in the strongest possible terms any and all acts of hate, violence and intimidation as incompatible with our Christian faith and with the principles of equality and liberty that animate our democracy.  We stand with all people of faith and good will in denouncing such hate.  And we remind the faithful of our call to love our neighbors, even—and perhaps especially—when we disagree with them.

This election has surfaced deep divisions in our nation along political, social, and economic lines.  As we work for peace and justice, we would do well to listen more intently and with greater compassion to those whose views are different from our own.  However, we must never be afraid to note the reality of evil in our world and to work to meet its darkness with light.  We pray that God will continue to bless and keep all of His people and that we may be blessings to one another.


Declaración post-electoral de la Comisión de Paz y Justicia de la Arquidiócesis de St. Louis

ST. LOUIS - "Amarás al Señor tu Dios con todo tu corazón, con toda tu alma y con toda tu mente. Este es el mayor y el primer mandamiento. El segundo es semejante: Amarás a tu prójimo como a ti mismo. Toda la ley y los profetas dependen de estos dos mandamientos. "- Mateo 22; 37-40

Una temporada de campaña contenciosa y a menudo mezquina ha sido seguida por varios cientos de incidentes de violencia, intimidación, daños a la propiedad y negocios en nuestro país. Mientras algunos de nuestros hermanos y hermanas en Cristo se regocijaron con el resultado de la elección, otros han respondido con un intenso temor por su seguridad y el bienestar de sus familias, amigos y seres queridos. Nuestra arquidiócesis no ha sido inmune ni a los incidentes de odio, ni al palpable sentimiento de temor que se ha apoderado de otras partes del país.

Como católicos, creemos no sólo en el amor infalible y universal de Dios, sino también en nuestro llamado a ser reflejo de ese amor por el mundo. Debemos condenar con la mayor firmeza todos los actos de odio, violencia e intimidación incompatibles con nuestra fe cristiana y con los principios de igualdad y libertad que animan nuestra democracia. Apoyamos a todas las personas de fe y buena voluntad en la denuncia de ese odio, y recordamos a los fieles nuestro llamado a amar a nuestro prójimo, incluso -y tal vez especialmente- cuando estemos en desacuerdo.

Esta elección ha exteriorizado profundas divisiones en nuestra nación en aspectos políticos, sociales y económicos. Mientras trabajamos por la paz y la justicia, haríamos bien en escuchar más atentamente y con mayor compasión a aquellos cuyos puntos de vista son diferentes de los nuestros. Sin embargo, nunca debemos tener miedo de hacer notar la realidad del mal en nuestro mundo y trabajar para alcanzar su oscuridad con la luz. Oramos para que Dios siga bendiciendo y manteniendo a todo su pueblo y que podamos ser bendiciones para los demás.


Did you see us in the St. Louis Review?

Holy Trinity School in St. Ann was featured in the St. Louis Review for their Virtue-Based Restorative Discipline Program, a CCHD funded program! Click here to read more.

If you're looking to support CCHD in funding programs such as this, our annual collection is taking place this weekend, November 19th and 20th, as the second collection at mass. Please consider us in your donations and prayers!

2017-2018 Local Grant Application

Local applications are now open for the 2017-2018 grant season!

Applications are due on January 13th, 2017. Learn more about the application process and apply here.

The CCHD Local Grants Program seeks to aid smaller, local organizations in the spirit of the CCHD national grants program.

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