Local Catholic Principal Earns National Award

News Release

October 15, 2009 For more information contact:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Anne Steffens
Chief Communications Officer
Phone: (314) 792-7631

LOCAL CATHOLIC PRINCIPAL EARNS NATIONAL AWARD

WHAT: School assembly honoring Dr. Jane Koberlein, principal of St. Gerard Majella Catholic School, as a 2009 National Distinguished Principal by the National Association of Elementary School Principals and the U.S. Department of Education

WHEN: Friday, October 16, 2009 AT 1:30PM

WHERE: St. Gerard Majella Catholic School at 2005 Dougherty Ferry Road in Kirkwood

St. Louis, MO – It’s not often elementary school children are excited to see the principal. But this Friday, hundreds of children, faculty and staff and local government officials will celebrate a national honor earned by Dr. Jane Koberlein, principal of St. Gerard Majella Catholic School in Kirkwood. “I am so honored to represent Catholic Education on a national level,” Koberlein told the St. Louis Review, “We stand on the commitment, the sacrifice and the faith of those who went before us.”

In August, Koberlein was named as a 2009 National Distinguished Principal by the National Association of Elementary School Principals and the U.S. Department of Education. She will receive the award October 23 in Washington, D.C. Koberlein is a product of Catholic education in the Archdiocese of St. Louis and is the second principal in the Archdiocese of St. Louis to win the award in the past two years.

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Local Catholic Church Marks Feast Day for Patron Saint of Expectant Mothers

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October 15, 2009 For more information contact:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Anne Steffens
Chief Communications Officer
Phone: (314) 792-7631

LOCAL CATHOLIC CHURCH MARKS FEAST DAY FOR PATRON SAINT OF EXPECTANT MOTHERS

WHAT: Archbishop Robert J. Carlson and hundreds of local faithful mark the Feast Day of St. Gerard Majella

WHEN: Friday, October 16, 2009 AT 8AM

WHERE: St. Gerard Majella Catholic Church at 1969 Dougherty Ferry Road in Kirkwood

St. Louis, MO – This Friday, Catholics in the Archdiocese of St. Louis will join Archbishop Robert Carlson and the children of St. Gerard Majella Catholic School in celebrating the Feast Day of St. Gerard Majella (muh-JELL-uh), the patron saint of expectant mothers.

St. Gerard Majella was born in 1726 in a small town in southern Italy. He became a lay brother with the Redemptorist order at the age of 23, and dedicated his lift for helping the needy and the poor. During his short life, he performed many miracles, including helping mothers in need. St. Gerard Majella died at age 29 of tuberculosis.

St. Gerard Majella Catholic Church in Kirkwood was founded in 1953 and currently serves 1400 families.

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Hundreds of Catholics Gather for North St. Louis County Prayer Rally

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October 13, 2009 For more information contact:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Anne Steffens
Chief Communications Officer
Phone: (314) 792-7631

HUNDREDS OF CATHOLICS GATHER FOR NORTH ST. LOUIS COUNTY PRAYER RALLY

WHAT: Archbishop Robert J. Carlson will lead parishioners from 11 parishes in North St. Louis County in prayer and celebration

WHEN: Thursday, October 15, 2009 at 6PM

WHERE: James J. Eagan Civic Center at #1 James J. Eagan Drive (corner of Parker and Waterford Roads) in Florissant

St. Louis, MO – Hundreds of Catholics in North St. Louis County will join Archbishop Robert J. Carlson to pray about and celebrate their faith. The rally will highlight six aspects of the Church in Northeast St. Louis County: diversity and inclusiveness in the Church, service by and for the elderly, service by and for the youth, service for the defenseless, Catholic education and inter-parish collaboration.

Members of 11 parishes will lead the music as part of a multi-parish choir. There will also be dancing, praying and presentations that focus on the importance of faith in the good work that’s done in the community. Monsignor Jack Schuler, pastor of St. Ferdinand Catholic Church and dean of the Northeast County Deanery, hopes the rally will “generate a new enthusiasm for Christ and for His mission in North County. We want the people of our Church to make a difference here in North County. We want to have a stronger and more effective presence in our community. The Archbishop is our leader and he can lead us in bringing hope during these challenging times in our society."

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Archbishop Carlson to Honor Married Couples at Anniversary Mass at Cathedral Basilica

News Release

October 9, 2009 For more information contact:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Elizabeth Westhoff
Assistant Director of Communications
Phone: (314) 792-7635

ARCHBISHOP CARLSON TO HONOR MARRIED COUPLES AT GOLDEN AND SILVER WEDDING ANNIVERSARY MASS AT CATHEDRAL BASILICA


WHAT: Anniversary Mass to honor couples celebrating golden, silver, or 50+ wedding anniversaries this year.

WHEN: Sunday, October 11, 2009 at 2:30 PM

WHERE: Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (New Cathedral) 4431 Lindell Blvd. St Louis, MO 63108

Archbishop Robert Carlson will celebrate a Golden and Silver Wedding Anniversary Mass this Sunday at the Cathedral Basilica to honor couples celebrating their golden, silver, or 50+ year wedding anniversary over the course of this year (2009).

This Mass is sponsored by the Archdiocesan Office of Laity and Family Life.


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Archbishop Carlson to Honor Health Care Workers at Annual White Mass this Sunday

News Release

October 9, 2009 For more information contact:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Elizabeth Westhoff
Assistant Director of Communications
Phone: (314) 792-7635

ARCHBISHOP CARLSON TO HONOR HEALTH CARE WORKERS AT ANNUAL WHITE MASS THIS SUNDAY

WHAT: Annual White Mass held for all Catholic physicians and health care workers and their families in the St. Louis Area.

WHEN
: Sunday, October 11, 2009 at 10:00 AM

WHERE: Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis (New Cathedral) 4431 Lindell Blvd., St Louis, MO 63108

St. Louis –Archbishop Robert Carlson will celebrate the annual White Mass—which is associated with St. Luke, the patron of physicians and surgeons, and whose feast is in October—this Sunday.

With potential major changes in health care within our country, it is vitally important for Catholic physicians and health care workers to become informed about these changes and to remain focused upon the mission of Catholic health care as they attempt to model the Divine Physician.

The St. Louis Guild of the Catholic Medical Association—under the leadership of Dr. Michael B. Dixon—has organized this White Mass.

All Catholic physicans, nurses, physician assistants and emergency personnel are invited to attend.

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Statement Regarding the Congressional Debate on Health Care Reform

October 9, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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steffens

From Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis

As I have watched the national debate on Health Care Reform and the debate in the Congress, I believe that there are a number of things to remember. First, while the Church acknowledges the right to quality health care for all, it can never support a bill that includes abortion. I believe this is especially important to remember during the month of October when we celebrate Respect Life Month.

Second, lost in the current debate is the fact that the Catholic Church, each year, provides millions of dollars of uncompensated health care to those who cannot afford it. As Church, we cannot over look the humanity of the child in the womb, the immigrant, the poor or the elderly.

Finally, the Church along with 67% of all Americans expresses its opposition to government funded abortions. Therefore we oppose any proposal from Congress which allows or mandates abortion funding. We will never compromise the dignity of all human life from conception to natural death.

 

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Archbishop Carlson Celebrates Annual Red Mass at the Opening of the Judicial Term

October 2, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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Expected Attendees Include Local Government Officials and Legislators

WHAT: Archbishop Robert J. Carlson will celebrate the annual Red Mass with legislators, judges, attorneys and other legal professionals in attendance.

WHEN: Sunday, October 4, 2009 at 10AM

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

St. Louis, MO – To mark the opening of the judicial term in Missouri, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson will celebrate the annual Red Mass, which is celebrated in dioceses throughout the United States at the opening of the judicial term each October. It’s an opportunity for members of the legal profession and government officials to gather as a sign of civic unity and to pray for guidance, wisdom, understanding, counsel and fortitude.

The tradition of the Red Mass began in thirteenth-century Europe and became known as such for the red robes traditionally worn by judges in the Middle Ages. It was first celebrated in the United States in 1928 and in the Archdiocese of St. Louis in 1943. As has been the custom throughout the centuries, judges are invited to join in the procession that opens the celebration.

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Revival Brings Together Different Faiths in North St. Louis Churches

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September 29, 2009 For more information contact:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Anne Steffens
Chief Communications Officer
Phone: (314) 792-7631

REVIVAL BRINGS TOGETHER DIFFERENT FAITHS IN NORTH ST. LOUIS CHURCHES
First of its kind in North St. Louis

WHAT: St. Elizabeth, Mother of John the Baptist Catholic Church, Washington Metropolitan AME Zion, and Rhema Baptist Assembly come together for an inter-denominational revival.

WHEN: Wednesday, September 30 from 6:45PM – 8:30PM

WHERE: St. Elizabeth Mother of John the Baptist Catholic Church, 4330 Shreve in North St. Louis

St. Louis, MO – For three days, members of three denominations unite to pray and sing together in “Building Bridges: An Ecumenical Revival,” a unique revival in North St. Louis. St. Elizabeth, Mother of John the Baptist Catholic Church, Washington Metropolitan AME Zion, and Rhema Baptist Assembly come together for a rare inter-denominational revival. “Many of our community churches have a revival every year,” says Father Jeff Vomund, pastor of St. Elizabeth, Mother of John the Baptist Catholic Church. “This year, three churches have made a three year commitment to worship together. Our hope is that our churches can work together to help make a difference in our shared community.”

More than 200 worshippers are expected. One of the pastors preaches each night, and a combined choir of 60 will provide song for the celebration.

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Hundreds of Eighth Grade Students Unite for a Day of Prayer

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September 17, 2009 For more information contact:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Anne Steffens
Chief Communications Officer
Phone: (314) 792-7631

HUNDREDS OF EIGHTH GRADE STUDENTS UNITE FOR A DAY OF PRAYER
Confirmation Youth Rally is Preparation for Sacrament of Confirmation

WHAT: More than 300 Catholic eighth graders will spend the day praying and preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation

WHEN: Friday, September 18. Media is invited from 9-11am.

WHERE: Trinity High School, 1720 Redman Road in North St. Louis County

North St. Louis, MO – More than 300 8th grade students in North St. Louis County will come together in prayer and preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation. Catholics believe the Sacrament of Confirmation unites us more firmly with Christ, as it is one of three Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism and Communion are the other two).

In preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation, the students from 10 different grade schools unite in their desire of and preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation. There will be Praise and Worship Music with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) and Mass with Bishop Robert J. Hermann, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, as celebrant.

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Statement on President Obama's Speech to Nation's School Children

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

STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT OBAMA’S SPEECH TO NATION’S SCHOOL CHILDREN
From George Henry, Superintendent of Schools

“On Wednesday, September 2, the White House announced that President Obama will deliver a national address to the students of America on Tuesday, September 8. According to the White House, the President is scheduled to speak for 15-20 minutes and will ‘urge students to take personal responsibility for their own education, to set goals, and to not only stay in school but make the most of it.’

We recognize the historical importance of the President’s speech and we are supportive of any message underscoring the value of education. However, since news of the address was first reported, the Catholic Education Office and several Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of St. Louis have been contacted by parents, teachers and others expressing a desire that parents be given the opportunity to request that their children be excused from viewing the address.

Therefore, we are asking that Catholic schools in the Archdiocese to inform parents that the speech will be available at WhiteHouse.gov/live for downloading later in the day on September 8, allowing parents to make the decision as to whether they would like to watch the address with their children. The Catholic Education Office will also review the speech and will make lesson plans and activities available after the speech to schools who request it.”

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Statement Regarding Teacher at St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic School

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August 5, 2009 For more information contact:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Anne Steffens
Chief Communications Officer
Phone: (314) 792-7631

STATEMENT REGARDING TEACHER AT ST. MARGARET OF SCOTLAND CATHOLIC SCHOOL
From Father Tom Wyrsch, Pastor of St. Margaret of Scotland

It’s our understanding that one of our teachers who taught sixth, seventh and eighth grade social studies and language arts at St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic school was arrested and charged for allegations of assault. It’s our understanding the alleged incident occurred at Busch Stadium and involved adults.

The teacher has offered her resignation, and we have accepted it. As per our policy, she fulfilled the requirements of the Safe Environment Program, including undergoing a criminal background check.

As a Catholic community of faith, we continue to keep all involved in our prayers.

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Statement Regarding Rev. James Grady

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July 30, 2009 For more information contact:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Anne Steffens
Chief Communications Officer
Phone: (314) 792-7631

STATEMENT REGARDING REV. JAMES GRADY
From Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis

“Today the Archdiocese of St. Louis learned that Father James Grady, pastor of St. Raphael the Archangel parish, was arrested and charged with recruiting a minor for a commercial sex act. Upon notification, the Archdiocese of St. Louis immediately began the process of implementing a plan to notify the parishioners at St. Raphael and parents of the students at St. Raphael School. The Archdiocese will cooperate fully with the proper authorities.

Because of the gravity of the situation, I have suspended Father Grady from the pastorate of St. Raphael the Archangel Parish in South St. Louis City pending this investigation. To our knowledge, no previous allegations have been made against Father Grady.

Since the filing of charges, I have written a letter to be read at all the Masses this Sunday at all parishes where Father Grady has served informing the parishioners of what has taken place.

We, as Catholics, believe in the sanctity of all human life from the moment of its inception to the moment of natural death. As Archbishop, I am, therefore, committed totally to protecting God’s children, and offer my deepest apologies to those who have been abused by clergy.”

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