Bishop Hermann Celebrates Easter Sunday

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April 10, 2009 For more information contact:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Anne Steffens
Chief Communications Officer
Phone: (314) 792-7631

BISHOP HERMANN CELEBRATES EASTER SUNDAY


WHAT
: Bishop Robert Hermann will celebrate Easter Sunday Mass

WHEN: Sunday, April 12, 2009, at 10AM

WHERE: Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, 4431 Lindell in St. Louis

St. Louis, MO – Bishop Robert Hermann will join hundreds of local Catholics at the Cathedral Basilica as they celebrate Easter Sunday, the most important day in Catholicism. The faithful believe Easter is the day Jesus rose from the dead, and by His resurrection He has restored life.

Easter marks the end of Lent, the 40 days during which Catholics prayed and fasted as they remembered the events that lead to the crucifixion and redemption of Christ.

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Local Catholics Celebrate Easter Vigil

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April 10, 2009 For more information contact:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Anne Steffens
Chief Communications Officer
Phone: (314) 792-7631

LOCAL CATHOLICS CELEBRATE EASTER VIGIL


WHAT
: Local Catholics celebrate the Easter Vigil Mass and welcome hundreds into the Catholic Church

WHEN: Saturday, April 11, 2009

WHERE: 8PM at St. Gerard Majella Catholic Church, 1969 Dougherty Ferry Road in Kirkwood
9PM at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, 4431 Lindell in St. Louis

St. Louis, MO – Catholics around the world will be spending the Saturday before Easter as a memorial of the holy night of Christ’s resurrection. In St. Louis, Bishop Robert Hermann (at the Cathedral Basilica) and Father Thomas Molini (at St. Gerard Majella) will preside at the Easter Vigil in which the sacraments of Christian initiation will be celebrated. Four men and women will be baptized and/or confirmed and receive First Holy Communion in the Catholic Church at the Cathedral Basilica and at St. Gerard Majella. Hundreds of others will take part in the sacraments of initiation in Archdiocesan parishes across the St. Louis area.

The Mass is considered to be the first celebration of Easter, which marks when Jesus rose from the dead. The service begins in darkness, when a fire is blessed, symbolizing the radiance of the Risen Christ dispelling the darkness of sin and death. Those gathered will then light candles, reminding us that Christ is our light.

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Bishop Hermann Celebrates the Mass of the Lord's Supper

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April 9, 2009 For more information contact:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Anne Steffens
Chief Communications Officer
Phone: (314) 792-7631

BISHOP HERMANN CELEBRATES THE MASS OF THE LORD'S SUPPER
Washing of feet symbolizes call to serve


WHAT
: Bishop Robert Hermann will celebrate Mass to remember the Last Supper Jesus shared with his apostles

WHEN: Thursday, April 9, 2009 at 7:30PM

WHERE: Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, 4431 Lindell in St. Louis

St. Louis, MO – As part of Holy Week, Bishop Robert Hermann will celebrate the Mass of the Lord’s Supper. This Mass commemorates the last meal Jesus shared with his apostles before his death.

As part of the Mass, the Bishop will wash the feet of 12 seminarians (young men studying to become priests) as Christ did to his 12 Disciples, as a sign of Jesus’ ministry of service. At the end of Mass, Catholics will witness the Transfer of the Holy Eucharist, an ancient ceremony in which the Archbishop removes the Eucharist to another altar, symbolizing the time Jesus spent in prayer after the Last Supper.

Catholics around the world celebrate Holy Week, which opens with the celebration of Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem. The week continues with the commemoration of the Last Supper, His passion, and His death, and culminates in the joy of His resurrection.

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Bishop Hermann Blesses Oils Used for Sacraments

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April 9, 2009 For more information contact:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Anne Steffens
Chief Communications Officer
Phone: (314) 792-7631

BISHOP HERMANN BLESSES OILS USED FOR SACRAMENTS
Local priests rededicate their lives to the Church


WHAT
: Bishop Robert Hermann will celebrate Mass with more than 100 local priests, who will renew their vows to the priesthood

WHEN: Thursday, April 9, 2009 at 10AM

WHERE: Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, 4431 Lindell in St. Louis

St. Louis, MO – As part of Holy Week Bishop Robert Hermann, as well as more than 200 local priests, will celebrate the Chrism Mass at the Cathedral Basilica. The Chrism Mass derives its name from one of the three oils which are presented to the Bishop to be blessed and consecrated for use at baptisms, confirmations, and ordinations throughout the year. During the Easter Season, more than 900 adults and 2,000 young men and women will be confirmed in the Catholic faith.

In addition, the priests will renew their commitment to their priestly ministry, helping them call to mind their vocation, and inspiring them to rededicate their lives to Christ. Also, hundreds of local Catholic school students who will be confirmed during the Easter season will attend the Mass to witness the blessing of the oil of chrism, which will be used in their own Confirmations.

Catholics around the world celebrate Holy Week, which opens with the celebration of Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem. The week continues with the commemoration of the Last Supper, His passion, and His death, and culminates in the joy of His resurrection.

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St. Alphonsus Ligouri "Rock" Parish Celebrates Palm Sunday Mass in Renovated Church

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April 3, 2009 For more information contact:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Anne Steffens
Chief Communications Officer
Phone: (314) 792-7631

ST. ALPHONSUS LIGOURI "ROCK" PARISH CELEBRATES PALM SUNDAY MASS IN RENOVATED CHURCH

WHAT
: Parish priests will mark the beginning of Holy Week by celebrating Palm Sunday Mass at the newly renovated church, which had been heavily damaged by fire

WHEN: Sunday, April 5, 2009, at 8AM and 11AM

WHERE: St. Alphonsus Liguori Catholic Church, 1118 North Grand in North St. Louis

St. Louis, MO – This Sunday will be the first Sunday parishioners of St. Alphonsus Liguori Catholic Church celebrate Mass in the church since lightening struck the building’s middle tower on August 16, 2007. The roof and ceiling of the church were badly damaged, and the inside of the church suffered major water damage. The stained-glass windows and marble altars were not damaged.
During the reconstruction, Masses were held in the gymnasium.

The parishioners join Catholics around the world who gather this weekend to celebrate Palm Sunday. The members and priests of St. Alphonsus Liguori parish will gather in the gymnasium for the blessing of palms. Following this blessing, the procession will walk into St. Alphonsus Liguori Catholic Church, as a re-enactment of Jesus’s entry into Jerusalem, where His followers scattered palms in His path.

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Statement Regarding Injured St. Dominic Student

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April 1, 2009 For more information contact:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Anne Steffens
Chief Communications Officer
Phone: (314) 792-7631

STATEMENT REGARDING INJURED ST. DOMINIC STUDENT
From Sister Mary Bender, President of St. Dominic Catholic High School

St. Louis, MO – Last evening, during a track meet at another school district, one of the students at St. Dominic Catholic High School who was participating in the meet was accidentally hit in the head with a shot put. He was airlifted to a local hospital where he remains.

Our track coach has met with the school track team and counselors are available to help those students who need it. We are all praying for the recovery of the student, his family and for each other as a school community.

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Give a Home for Christmas

Father Dempsey's Home has provided transitional housing since 1906.Wondering what to give a loved one who has everything this Christmas? Consider a donation in their name to Father Dempsey's Charities and help carry on a century-plus tradition of service to the homeless and working poor.

Since 1906, Father Dempsey's Charities has provided transitional housing and a safe place to give a fresh start to men without a home. "Our home was founded as a hotel for working men by Father Tim Dempsey, a charismatic and big-hearted priest who wanted to create 'a decent home for men who want to be decent,'" says Martie Aboussie, the agency's executive director.

"Today, our agency gives residents a place to live and help with daily nourishment, finding a job, obtaining needed medical treatment, and accessing government benefits available due to military service, age, or disability," he adds. 

More than 60 percent of the agency's current residents are U.S. veterans who find the home's location at 3427 Washington Avenue, east of Grand Boulevard, a convenient spot for accessing health-care services at the St. Louis Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Center's John Cochran Division at 915 N. Grand Boulevard.

"We are deeply grateful to our friends and benefactors, whose generosity has provided a simple home and support services to others for 101 years," Aboussie notes.

To make a donation, call 314.531.1235, email maboussie@archstl.org or mail to Father Dempsey's Home, 3427 Washington Avenue, St. Louis MO 63103. To make a secure online donation to Father Dempsey's Charities, click here.

Bishop Hermann's Statement Regarding Marek Bozek's Dismissal from the Clerical State

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March 9, 2009 For more information contact:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Anne Steffens
Chief Communications Officer
Phone: (314) 792-7631

BISHOP HERMANN'S STATEMENT REGARDING MAREK BOZEK'S DISMISSAL FROM THE CLERICAL STATE

St. Louis, MO – “Today the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau announced that Pope Benedict XVI dismissed Marek Bozek from the clerical state. Therefore, he may no longer function as a priest, with the exception of offering absolution to the dying.

The civil case against the St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish Corporation will continue. However, we continue to pray that the board will change its heart and seek reconciliation with the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

As the Administrator of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, it is my responsibility to safeguard the unity of the Catholic Church and protect the souls of the faithful. The situation of Marek Bozek is sad for the whole Church. Please join me in praying that Marek Bozek will be reconciled with the Church and that the great harm which has been caused to the Church, with the help of God’s grace, will be healed.”

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Farewell Celebration for Bishop-Elect Richard Stika

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March 7, 2009 For more information contact:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Anne Steffens
Chief Communications Officer
Phone: (314) 792-7631

FAREWELL CELEBRATION FOR BISHOP-ELECT RICHARD STIKA
Catholics Will Gather at Bishop-Elect Stika's Last Public Mass in St. Louis Before Installation

What: Farewell Mass of Bishop-elect Richard Stika

When: Sunday, March 8, 2009 at 11AM

Where: Annunziata Catholic Church, 9305 Clayton Road in Ladue

St. Louis, MO – Catholics from throughout the Archdiocese of St. Louis will attend the last public Mass in St. Louis of Bishop-elect Richard Stika before he is installed as the third Bishop of Knoxville March 19. Pope Benedict XVI appointed Bishop-elect Stika to the position January 12.

A native of St. Louis, Bishop-elect Stika was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Louis on Dec. 14, 1985. He has held several leadership positions in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, serving as Vicar General (1997 to 2004), Chancellor (1994 to 2004), and secretary to Archbishop Justin Rigali (1994 to 1997). Since 2004, he has served as Episcopal Vicar of the Office of Child and Youth
Protection and pastor of Annunziata Catholic Church. Bishop-elect Stika was also instrumental in the planning of the visit of Pope John Paul II to St. Louis in 1999.

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Hundreds of Catholic Girl Scouts Honored for their Work

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March 6, 2009 For more information contact:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Anne Steffens
Chief Communications Officer
Phone: (314) 792-7631

HUNDREDS OF CATHOLIC GIRL SCOUTS HONORED FOR THEIR WORK
Presentation Sunday Celebrated Across the Country

What: Bishop Robert J. Hermann, Archdiocesan Administrator, will congratulate and award hundreds of local Girl Scouts during a prayer service for their work in the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

When: Sunday, March 8, 2009, at 2:30PM

Where: Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, 4431 Lindell in St. Louis

St. Louis, MO – As part of Presentation Sunday, Bishop Robert J. Hermann, Archdiocesan Administrator, will recognize the achievements of more than 1500 participating in and leading Brownies and Girl Scouts in the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Awards earned include the I Live My Faith Medal, which helps elementary school girls appreciate more deeply the place that God and religion occupy in their daily lives, and the Family of God Medal, which also helps elementary school girls discover the presence of God in their daily lives as members of their family and parish, the Mary, the First Disciple award, which helps teen-age girls grow in the appreciation of Mary and in understanding themselves, and the Spirit Alive Medal, which helps high school girls grow in their awareness of the Holy Spirit and how it moves in their lives.

The Archdiocese of St. Louis, through its parishes and schools, is the largest single sponsor of Scouts in the St. Louis area. The Archdiocese of St. Louis held a similar ceremony last month for Boy Scouts.

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St. Louis Catholics Celebrate Ash Wednesday

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February 25, 2009 For more information contact:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Anne Steffens
Chief Communications Officer
Phone: (314) 792-7631

ST. LOUIS CATHOLICS CELEBRATE ASH WEDNESDAY

St. Louis, MO – Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the 40 days of Lent, which is a period of time during which Catholics prepare for Easter through prayer and penance. On Ash Wednesday, Catholics attend Mass and receive blessed ashes that are imposed upon their foreheads. The ashes are a public sign of sorrow for sinfulness.

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