Rachel Keller Brown Named Member of the Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation Board

March 24, 2010
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ST. LOUIS – The board of the Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation has elected Rachel Keller Brown as its latest member. “I have seen the great work the Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation has done to help children, especially those from low-income families, attend the school of their choice,” said Keller Brown. “I am honored and excited to be a part of that.”

The Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation was founded in 1990 as a 501 (c) (3) organization by a concerned group of local corporate and civic leaders. The Foundation provides needs based tuition assistance scholarships to economically disadvantaged children throughout the Archdiocese of St. Louis.  Since its inception, the Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation has raised more than $27 million for tuition assistance in the form of grants and scholarships for children to attend the private or parochial school of their choice in the city of St. Louis.

Rachel Keller Brown is co-founder of Pelopidas, LLC, a comprehensive, influence management firm that offers issue advocacy, non-profit fundraising, capital campaign development and government and public affairs consulting.  She also is president of Keller Capital Group, LLC, a fundraising and political consulting firm. In addition, Keller Brown is chief of staff for Missouri-based philanthropist, Rex Sinquefield, for whom she advises on political and philanthropic giving programs, manages issue advocacy in the areas of education reform and tax policy, and oversees daily operations and special projects. She is also on the board of the Missouri History Museum.

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Archbishop Robert J. Carlson to Dedicate New Sports Field at St. Mary's High School

March 23, 2010
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Over 500 Expected to Attend Dedication of New Sports Field at St. Mary’s High School

Who: Archbishop Robert J. Carlson along with St. Mary’s High School alums.

What: Dedication of new sports field by Archbishop Carlson.

When: Wednesday, March 24, 2010. Mass from 10:00-11:00 AM in school gym. 

Where: St. Mary’s High School-- 4701 S Grand Blvd, Saint Louis, MO 63111.

St. Mary’s High School has been serving young men in the Marianist tradition since 1931, granting diplomas to over 11,000 students.

St. Mary's is the only all-male secondary schools in St. Louis city.

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Fifth Grader has Self-Help Book Published

March 22, 2010
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Ibura DeHaan Writes and Illustrates Book With Partial Proceeds Going to Help Classmates

WHAT: Fifth grader Ibura DeHaan (pronounces ee-BOO-rah  Da-Hahn), her mother and her principal will be available to talk about her book “The Little Book of Self-Control”, which  Ibura wrote and illustrated

WHEN: Wednesday, March 24, 2010, from 1-3PM

WHERE: St. Joan of Arc Catholic School, 5821 Pernod in South St. Louis

St. Louis, MO – The idea for a book came when Ibura DeHaan’s cousin was grounded for misbehaving and couldn’t come over to play. That’s when Ibura began thinking of ways children her age lose self-control. “My cousin was in trouble a lot lately, so my mom said maybe I could do something to help her,” said DeHaan.

DeHaan began writing and drawing and about two hours later, she had finished her book. Chapter titles include “Simmer Down, Dude” and “The Maid Quit”, and each chapter explores personal success concepts with tips and reminders that are easy to understand. Eleven year old DeHaan is a student at St. Joan of Arc Catholic School. A portion of the sales she makes from the book will go toward the St. Joan of Arc Tuition Assistance Fund.

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St. Vincent De Paul High School Receives $125,000 Grant

March 22, 2010
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WHAT: St. Vincent de Paul High School will receive a $125,000 grant from the Annual Catholic Appeal

WHEN: Thursday, March 25, 2010, at 1:30PM

WHERE: St. Vincent de Paul High School, 210 South Waters in Perryville

Perryville, MO – St. Vincent High School will receive a $125,000 grant from the Annual Catholic Appeal to support academic programs and scholarships at the school. St.Vincent de Paul High School serves families of many faith backgrounds in Ste. Genevieve and Perry Counties.  Local Catholics contributed more than $373,000 to the Annual Catholic Appeal in 2009 to help provide educational programs, charitable programs, and social services to thousands of people throughout the region.

The Annual Catholic Appeal also awarded scholarships to students Dominic Haertling, Hannah DeWilde, and Kelci Besand. They are winners of an essay contest on stewardship, the Annual Catholic Appeal, and the Appeal’s theme this year “Do This in Memory of Me”.

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Trinity High School Receives $125,000 Grant

March 12, 2010
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WHAT: Trinity Catholic High School will receive a $125,000 grant from the Annual Catholic Appeal

WHEN: Tuesday, March 16, 2010, at 9:30 AM

WHERE: Trinity Catholic High School, 1720 Redman Road in Spanish Lake

Festus, MO – Trinity Catholic High School will receive a $125,000 grant from the Annual Catholic Appeal to support academic programs and scholarships at the school. Trinity High School serves families of many faith backgrounds in the North St. Louis County area.  Local Catholics contributed more than $1.7 million to the Annual Catholic Appeal in 2009 to help provide educational programs, charitable programs, and social services to thousands of people throughout the region.

The Annual Catholic Appeal also awarded scholarships to students Ellen Hilmes, Caroline Croci and Amy Lewandowski. They are winners of an essay contest on stewardship, the Annual Catholic Appeal, and the Appeal’s theme this year “Do This in Memory of Me”.

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Snapshot of Abortion

In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court justices evaded the scientific medical evidence that life begins at conception.  Their decision in legalizing abortion on demand, Roe v. Wade, was based on privacy, for a woman to choose to abort her unborn offspring with no real protection at any time during pregnancy.  The right to abortion was not found in our Constitution; and the right to privacy was an interpretation by seven justices, making legalized abortion the law of the land.  Baby FeetRepresentatives in Congress and their constituents had no input into this infamous decision of legalized abortion, and this decision is void of Christian principles.

Minors cannot legally sign for an operation without the written consent of their parent or guardian.  However, a young girl under the age of 18 may legally have an abortion, which is a surgical procedure (Belloti v. Baird, 1974).

Archdiocese Celebrates 25 Years of the "Latin Mass" in St. Louis

March 10, 2010
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Archbishop Robert J. Carlson to Deliver Sermon at Solemn High Mass

WHAT: 25th Anniversary of the traditional Latin Mass in the Archdiocese of St. Louis

WHEN: Sunday, March 14th (Laetare Sunday) at 10:00 a.m.

WHERE: St. Francis de Sales Oratory (The “Leaning Tower” Church) 2653 Ohio Ave. 63118

St. Louis, MO - The Most Reverend Archbishop Robert J. Carlson will visit St. Francis de Sales Oratory for the first time, and preach the sermon at a Solemn High Mass celebrated by Monsignor Michael Schmitz, the Vicar General and Provincial Superior of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest.

One year after Pope John Paul II published the document “Quattuor Abhinc Annos,” (“Four Years Ago”) permitting the celebration of the Mass according to the Missal of 1962 under certain conditions, Archbishop John L. May approved its celebration in the Archdiocese of St. Louis in 1985.

In 2007, Pope Benedict XVI, promulgated his motu proprio (“on his own impulse” [a motu proprio is a document issued by the Pope on his own initiative and personally signed by him. It may be addressed to the whole Church, to part of it, or to some individuals.]), “Summorum Pontificum” (“Of the Supreme Pontiffs”), allowing for even wider celebration of the “Latin Mass,” now clarified as the “Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite.” Canon Karl W. Lenhardt, the founding Rector of the Oratory, was named Episcopal Delegate for the implementation of Summorum Pontificum in the Archdiocese of St. Louis.  The current rector of the Oratory, Canon Michael K. Wiener, also serves as Episcopal Delegate for Summorum Pontificum’s implementation in the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

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Snapshot of End of Life Issues

Euthanasia from the Greek words meaning “good death” – an action or omission intended to cause death. Euthanasia is not legal in the United States.

Physician Assisted Suicide (PhAS) a physician prescribes lethal drugs for a patient with the knowledge that the patient intends to use the drugs to commit suicide. Oregon (1997), Washington (2009), and Vermont (2013) have enacted laws which allow physician assisted suicide.  Court decisions in Montana (2009) and New Mexico (2014) also permit physician assisted suicide in those states.

Click here for a statement from the USCCB on Physician Assisted Suicide

Euthanasia and assisted suicide have been legal in the Netherlands since 2001. There is no requirement that the suffering be physical or that the patient be terminally ill. Abuses of the guidelines designed to protect patients include:

  • 80% of euthanasia deaths are not requested by the patient (involuntary)
  • Euthanasia has expanded to include infants, the depressed and the chronically ill
  • Only 40% of all assisted suicides and euthanasia deaths are reported

Belgium legalized euthanasia and PhAS in 2002. Luxemburg followed suit in 2008. Although euthanasia is illegal in Switzerland, PhAS is legal. In fact a regular tourist trade has developed and 91% of the clients served by Dignitas, an organization dedicated to assisting people commit suicide, have been foreigners.

In the United States, Oregon voters passed a Death with Dignity Act, physician assisted suicide, in November 1994. Safeguards dictated that only patients with less than six months to live and experiencing intolerable pain would be eligible. The Health Division acknowledged that it had no way to “detect doctors who fail to report assisted deaths or commit other violations of the law.” It has been determined that:

  • A depressed patient was Oregon’s first known assisted suicide victim
  • In 2004 only 5% of patients received psychiatric counseling before being given lethal drugs
  • Assisted suicide is paid for by tax dollars -  pain management, living assistance for the disabled and some life-sustaining treatments are not covered
  • Patients deemed incompetent  to handle finances and medical decisions were not denied lethal drugs
  • 40% of patients sought more than one doctor before finding one to prescribe lethal drugs
  • 86% of all assisted suicide victims obtained the prescription for lethal drugs from physicians who are known advocates of physician assisted suicide

Church Teaching on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide

The Catholic Church teaches that human life is the most basic gift from a loving God – a gift over which we have stewardship, not absolute dominion. As responsible stewards of life, we must never directly intend to cause our own death or that of anyone else. Both euthanasia and assisted suicide are always gravely wrong.

To sanction the taking of innocent human life demeans the lives of vulnerable patients and exposes them to exploitation by those who feel they are better off dead. Such a policy would corrupt the medical profession, whose ethical code calls on physicians to serve life and never to kill.

“Euthanasia must be called a false mercy, and indeed a disturbing ‘perversion’ of mercy. True ‘compassion ‘ leads to sharing another’s pain: it does not kill the person whose suffering we cannot bear.” - Evangelium Vitae, no. 66

“Food and drink are modalities of ordinary care and are not a treatment of disease. Discontinuing nutrition and hydration for a patient who is not imminently dying violates in its intention the distinction between “causing death” and “allowing death.” - Catholic Medical Association, “Bioethical Principles for Medical Practice”

“To the elderly: You are not…on the margins of the life of the Church…you still have a mission to fulfill and a contribution to make.” - Pope John Paul II, March 23, 1984

To ensure that an individual’s wishes will be complied with at the end of life, the Missouri Catholic Conference offers an End-of-Life-Guide and Sample Durable Power of Attorney available by clicking here.

Hundreds of Catholic Girl Scouts Honored for their Work

March 4, 2010
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Presentation Sunday Celebrated Across the Country

WHAT: Monsignor Vernon Gardin, Vicar General, 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 7, 2009, at 2:30PM 

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

St. Louis, MO – As part of Presentation Sunday, Monsignor Vernon Gardin, Vicar General, will recognize the achievements of more than 1200 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.

Archdiocese of Saint Louis Unveils Updated Website

March 1, 2010
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Since debut, number of visitors has doubled

St. Louis, MO — In hopes of helping the more than 500,000 Catholics within its boundaries, the Archdiocese of St. Louis has redesigned its website (www.archstl.org) and has made it more accessible to Catholics on the go.

“The updated website builds on many of the strengths of the old Archdiocesan website, and incorporates many new features,” said Jeff Geerling, a web developer for the Archdiocese of St. Louis. “We hope to use this new design to communicate the Gospel more effectively and more immediately to the Catholics in Saint Louis, and to the world.”

Users of the Archdiocesan website will notice a new look, which is more organized and more accessible to users with disabilities. Some of the most used features of the website, including the Request a Prayer section and the Parish and Organization directories, have been revamped and made easier to use.

The new website also makes it easier for users to keep up-to-date with what is happening throughout the Archdiocese: there is an online Calendar of events which can be downloaded to users’ own computers and phones, and every organization now has a news feed that is automatically updated with the latest information from that organization. Visit archstl.org to view the new website, and follow the Archdiocese on Facebook and Twitter (links are posted on the front page of the Archdiocesan website) to see the new design.

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St. Cecilia Parish to Remember Chile at Mass

February 27, 2010
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What:  Mass to remember victims and those affected by the disaster in Chile.

When: Tomorrow, Sunday, February 28, 2010.  10:30 AM

Where:  St. Cecilia Catholic Church, 5418 Louisiana Ave. (Map)
St. Louis, MO 63111

In Hispanic culture, community and faith are very important.  Understanding that, Fr. William Vatterott, Pastor of St. Cecilia, is inviting the Chilean population of the parish to come together at the regular 10:30 AM Mass.  Faith is often a connection to one’s homeland in the Hispanic culture; therefore, one’s church would be a natural gathering place after a disaster such as the one experienced in Chile.  A statue of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, which has special meaning to the Chilean population at St. Cecilia, will be on display during the Mass as well.

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Kenrick-Glennon Seminary Campaign—Faith for the Future—Raises $60.8 Million

February 26, 2010
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Goal Surpassed by $10.8 Million

NOTE: Current information about the campaign, including contact information for the campaign, can be found on the Kenrick-Glennon Seminary website: Faith for the Future Capital Campaign.

St. Louis, MO — In a statement released today, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, said, “In the few months I have been in St. Louis, I have continually stated how amazed I am by the generosity of both the Catholic and non-Catholic populations in the metropolitan area.  I believe we are set apart in having such a charitable and caring community.”

Over the last few months, priests, volunteers, seminary faculty and staff, Archdiocesan staff, and lay people throughout the Archdiocese of St. Louis participated in the Faith For the Future Campaign—a campaign aimed at renovating the Archdiocese’s Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, including updates to the library, faculty offices, dorm rooms, and general infrastructure.    By ordinary standards, the timing for Faith For the Future could not have been worse. During this campaign, the country has experienced the most severe economic downturn since the Great Depression which challenged many of the area’s faithful parishioners to think even more carefully about how they earn, manage and spend their financial resources.

However, the campaign’s original goal of $50 million was surpassed and over $60.8 million was raised.  The Archbishop went on to state that, “For many generations, the Archdiocese of St. Louis has been blessed with dedicated priests who lead the faithful in love, nourish them with the Gospel, and renew the Church through the Sacraments.  To everyone who participated in the Faith For the Future Campaign, either through a sacrificial gift or a gift of prayer, I offer my heartfelt thanks and gratitude.  Through these gifts, you have made a commitment to the future generations of Roman Catholics in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, by providing for the formation of priests who will make Christ present to them.  You have given them their Faith For the Future!”

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