Women Gather for First Annual Catholic Women for Christ Conference

February 18, 2010
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HUNDREDS OF WOMEN WILL GATHER FOR MASS AND MOTIVATION

WHAT: Hundreds of women from all over the St. Louis area will gather for the first annual Catholic Women for Christ Conference

WHEN: Saturday, February 20, 2010. Media is invited from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

WHERE: America’s Center, Eighth and Washington, Downtown St. Louis 

St. Louis, MO – Hundreds of women who want to grow deeper in their faith will spend the day at the first annual Catholic Women for Christ Conference in St. Louis. The conference is designed to give women hope, encouragement, and help in striving toward the goals of increasing their personal prayer life and devotion to the Blessed Sacrament, which prepares the heart to love and serve the Lord.  Women will be invited to Eucharistic Adoration, the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) and to attend Mass celebrated by Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis. Speakers include Colleen Carroll Campbell, who is an author, columnist, television and radio host and former White House speechwriter. Also scheduled to speak are Nancy J. Werner, the first female lay Chancellor in the history of the Archdiocese of St. Louis and motivational speaker Deby Schlapprizzi.

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St. Louis Catholics Celebrate Ash Wednesday

February 16, 2010
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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.

St. Mary's High School Receives $125,000 Grant

February 8, 2010
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WHAT: St. Mary’s High School will receive a $125,000 grant from the Annual Catholic Appeal

WHEN: Wednesday, February 17, 2010, at 10:00 AM

WHERE: St. Mary’s High School, 4701 South Grand in St. Louis

St. Louis, MO – St. Mary’s High School will receive a $125,000 grant from the Annual Catholic Appeal to support academic programs and scholarships at the school. St. Mary’s High School serves families of many faith backgrounds in St. Louis. Local Catholics contributed nearly $783,000 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 Nathan Vize, Zach Pudlowski, and Clint Agee. 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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Andy Pauk Named Annual Catholic Appeal Chairman

February 8, 2010
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St. Louis – Archbishop Robert J. Carlson has announced the appointment of Andy Pauk as Chairman for the 2010 Annual Catholic Appeal. Mr. Pauk will lead the Annual Catholic Appeal, which has set a goal of $11.75 million. The Appeal is held each year in parishes throughout the Archdiocese of St. Louis, and provides support for education, charitable programs and social services received by hundreds of thousands of people of all faiths throughout the region.

As Chairman of the 2010 Annual Catholic Appeal, Mr. Andy Pauk will advise Archdiocesan leadership on strategy and program implementation. Mr. Pauk is Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Dierbergs Markets. He’s a member of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Oakville.

Archbishop Carlson also appointed six new members to the Annual Catholic Appeal Council for 2010. The council provides Archbishop Carlson with financial guidance and strategy for the Appeal that is held this spring in the Archdiocese of St. Louis. The new members will serve four-year terms. The new members are Marc Blumenfeld, Corliss Cox, Russ Isaak, Father Urey Mark SVD, Mary Claire (Mimi) Phelan, and Jim Shaughnessy.

Marc Blumenfeld has served as Director of Corporate Alliances for Six Flags since June 2009. He earned his BS from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Locally, he has been involved with the St. Louis Senior Dog Association and St. Louis Doberman Rescue. He’s a member of St. Anthony of Padua Parish in South St. Louis.

Corliss Cox has been the Senior Youth Ministry Coordinator for the St. Charles Lwanga Center since 1997. She earned her BS from Lincoln University in 1974. She has worked and volunteered for Little Sisters for the Poor, Nazareth Senior Living Residences, St. Louis Food Bank, Solomon Project, Fatherhood Initiative, St. Vincent de Paul and Sts. Teresa & Bridget Summer Enrichment Program. She’s a member of St. Augustine Parish in North St. Louis.

Russ Isaak, a CPA, is retired from his position as President of CPI Corp. He earned a BS from St. Louis University in 1964. He’s a member of the Business School Board of St. Louis University, the Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation and the Knights of the Holy Sepulcher. He’s a member of Ascension Parish in Chesterfield.

Rev. Urey Patrick Mark SVD is currently the parochial administrator of St. Nicholas Catholic Church in North St. Louis. He earned his MA and MDiv. from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. He was ordained in Chicago and is a member of the Society of the Divine Word religious order.
Mary Claire (Mimi) Phelan has been a sales representative for Shaughnessy Paper Company since 1990. She serves as the local ACA chairperson at Ste. Genevieve du Bois Parish in Warson Woods, where she’s a parishioner, and is a member of the Stewardship Committee at the parish.

Jim Shaughnessy is a co-owner of BSI Constructors, and earned his BS from St. Louis University. He is a member of the Regional Commerce and Growth Association and Downtown STL. He’s also served on the boards of Washington University Neighbors Council, Operation Brightside and The Sarah Community. He’s a member of St. Roch Parish in St. Louis and past president of their men’s association.

The Annual Catholic Appeal will be held in parishes April 17 – May 2, 2010, benefiting people in the St. Louis area and ten surrounding counties that comprise the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

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Forms, Tools and Information for Employers/Administrators

 Employer/Administrators of Benefits

The Archdiocese of St. Louis provides a comprehensive employee benefit program for its employees. It is the primary responsibility of the Parish/Agency/School to properly administer the employee benefits for their employees. The Parish/Agency/School benefits administrator is the most important person in overseeing the smooth and proper working of the employees' benefits.

For Open Enrollment 2018 Administrators Information:

Employees that are participating in the Flexible Spending Account and/or the Health Insurance Plan effective July 1, 2018 will be receiving Employee Open Enrollment Confirmation Letters the week of June 11, 2018 at their home address.

The Employer Open Enrollment Report reflecting the enrollments/changes/terminations effective July 1, 2018 will be sent to your Parish/School/Agency the week of June 20th.

 - Open Enrollment 2018 Employer Administrators Benefit Guide - Parish on Quickbooks

- Open Enrollment 2018 Employer Administrators Benefit Guide Parish/School/Agency on Lawson

To access the 2018-2019 Summary of Benefit Plan information for Health Insurance & Flexible Spending Accounts, click here.

To read an employee's Open Enrollment Benefits Guide for the 2018 - 2019 Plan Year, click here.

Open Enrollment Forms:

For Employees and Educators ending their employment or canceling their benefits in 2018:

Please provide your employees ending their benefits due to termination of employment or no longer eligible for benefits the following information, if applicable.  

For New hires starting employment on or after July 1, 2018:

Prudential Retirement Information:

For employee information you may access retirement plan information at:  http://archstl.org/retirement403bplan 

For employer information and if you are a parish using Quickbooks, please see the documents below for administering the Prudential Retirement Funds for your employees.

Wellness Incentive Program Information? Go to http://archstl.org/wellness

Any questions on the Spousal Surcharge Policy for yourself or an employees, please access the Archdiocesan website, the Spousal Surcharge Policy.

Your Benefits Administration Manual for the Plan Year 2017 -2018:

EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2018 - JUNE 30, 2019 THE NEW HEALTH INSURANCE RATES FOR 2018 - 2019

July 1, 2018              Full- Time Employee Employee Employee + 1* Employee + Family*
UnitedHealthcare - Standard      
Employee Contributions $  78.60 (15%) $289.00(25%) $ 390.50 (25%)
Employer Contributions $445.40(85%) $867.00(75%) $1,171.50(75%)
Total Monthly Premium $524.00 $1,156.00 $1,562.00
United Healthcare - Premier      
Employee Contributions $114.90(15%) $   384.50(25%) $   485.00(25%)
Employer Contributions $651.10(85%) $1,153.50(75%) $1,455.00(75%)
Total Monthly Premium $766.00 $1,538.00 $1,940.00
Continuation of Coverage:**      
United Healthcare Standard $534.00 $1,179.00 $1,593.00
United Healthcare Premier $781.00 $1,569.00 $1,979.00
July 1, 2018       Part- Time Employee  Employee Employee + 1* Employee + Family*
UnitedHealthcare - Standard      
Employee Contributions $209.60(40%) $578.00(50%) $781.00(50%)
Employer Contributions $314.40(60%) $578.00(50%) $781.00(50%)
Total Monthly Premium $524.00 $1,156.00 $1,562.00
United Healthcare - Premier      
Employee Contributions $306.40(40%) $769.00(50%) $970.00(50%)
Employer Contributions $459.60(60%) $769.00(50%) $970.00(50%)
Total Monthly Premium $766.00 $1,538.00 $1,940.00
Continuation of Coverage:      
United Healthcare Standard $534.00 $1,179.00 $1,593.00
United Healthcare Premier $781.00 $1,569.00 $1,979.00                        

* Spousal Surcharge Fee of $125 to the employee may be applicable.  "Employee + 1" means spouse or dependent child. To access all Employee Benefit Forms, click "Forms".

Important Information for the Plan Year 2017 -2018:

Benefits Booklets:  Please use the Benefits Booklet below as your reference and provide the employee Benefits Booklet to your new hire or an employee that wants a concise benefit explanation.

All the Benefit Plan Documents, forms, and brochures are on the Employee Benefits section of the Archdiocese of St. Louis benefits website. 

New Hires as of July 1, 2018 or later?

HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN: Federal guidelines require that  a new hire needs to actively enroll in or waive the Archdiocesan Health Insurance plan. New hires should use enrollment forms to elect or waive the health insurance plan and/or the flexible spending accounts (FSA). Healthcare reform does not require waiving the FSA plan. Please keep a copy of the employee's forms in their employee medical file.

New hires do not have access to enroll in benefits online with Employee Self Service, except for their Open Enrollment Period between May 1 through May 15 each year. An employee would complete all the benefit forms and give them to you.

 

Please use the Employee Classification and Eligibility for benefits. Click on Employee Classifications for Health Insurance Premiums

Safe Environment Program: Archdiocesan parish, school, and/or agency employees and volunteers who are in contact with children must be in full compliance with the Safe Environment Program. Click The Safe Environment Website for more information.

Employees ending employment or benefits due to a qualifying event:

Page 19 and 20 are helpful pages in the Archdiocese Administrators Benefits Manual  which can assist you if your employee has a qualifying event and needs to terminate the health insurance or the flexible spending account.The documents below are forms and information to assist you in administering your former employee's benefits. 

We no longer are required to give a former employee a HIPAA Certificate of Creditable Coverage. If an employee asks for health insurance verification, you may have them contact the Office of Human Resources at 314.792.7546.

Special Note: If your employee is terminating his/her coverage or a dependent's coverage from the health insurance plan, please give a "reason" for termination on the Employee Benefits Information Form for the health insurance cancellation. The health insuance ends on the last day of employment, not the end of the month of cancellation.

If you have an employee terminating from the health insurance plan, please remember to do the following:

1. Give the terminating employee a copy of the  Handout for Terminating Employees in the Benefits Administrator Manual.

3. Remind the employee that the health plan coverage ends on the date of the last day of employment, not at the end of that month.

4. Send the Office of Human Resources the termination forms canceling the health insurance as an active employee. Please give the former employee the Continuation of Coverage Provision. The Office of Human Resources will provide all notices and forms for enrollment in the Continuation of Coverage or Early Retiree Plans, once we receive your parish/school/agency termination forms.

The monthly Continuation of Coverage premium rates for July 1, 2017- June 30, 2018 are as follows:

United Healthcare - Standard rates:

  • $516 for Employee Only, $1,138 for Employee + One, and $1,540 for Employee + Family

UnitedHealthcare - Premier rates:

  • $755 for Employee Only, : $1,516 for Employee + One, and $1,911 for Employee + Family

5. If the employee is eligible for the Early Retiree Plan, please give them the Early Retiree Health Insurance provision.

6. Collect the ID cards and destroy them.

7. Regarding other benefits, if applicable, terminate the employee from the Unum LTD, Flexible Spending Accounts, Hartford vol life insurance plan, and the Retirement Plan.

Hartford Voluntary Life Insurance: Please read thoroughly the document below to understand the procedures and billing for the Hartford Voluntary Life benefit. To contact Hartford Life directly call: Customer Service at 1-800-523-2233. For participant and billing, access Hartford's direct website: Hartford Employer View.

Unum Long Term Disability Plan: Please refer to pages 58 and 59 in the Archdiocesan Benefits Administration Manual to assist you in administering benefits to your employees. You are free to save the manual as a pdf file on your computer or print out a copy for yourself.

INFORMATION WEB LINKS

QUESTIONS

For Archdiocesan benefit policy, procedures and billing inquiries:

 

Archbishop Carlson Celebrates National "Catholic Schools Week" (3)

January 26, 2010
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Students from Three Catholic Schools Will Participate in Catholic Schools Week Mass

WHAT: Archbishop Robert J. Carlson will celebrate Mass with more than 500 students who attend Catholic schools in Lincoln County

WHEN: Thursday, January 28, 2010, at 1:00PM

WHERE: Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 100 Thompson Drive in Troy

St. Louis, MO – Archbishop Robert J. Carlson will be celebrating Mass in advance of national Catholic Schools Week, an annual celebration of the important role that Catholic schools across the country play in providing a Christian education. More than 500 students from the following schools will attend Mass with Archbishop Carlson: Sacred Heart in Troy, St. Alphonsus in Millwood and Immaculate Conception in Old Monroe.

This Mass is one of six Masses the Archbishop is celebrating in six different schools in the Archdiocese this week, and the only one in Lincoln County. Catholic Schools Week runs from January 31 – February 6.

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St. Dominic High School Receives $125,000 Grant

January 26, 2010
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WHAT: St. Dominic High School will receive a $125,000 grant from the Annual Catholic Appeal

WHEN: Friday, January 29, 2010, at 8:30AM

WHERE: St. Dominic High School, 31 St. Dominic Drive in O’Fallon, MO

O’Fallon, MO – St. Dominic High School will receive a $125,000 grant from the Annual Catholic Appeal to support academic programs and scholarships at the school. St. Dominic High School serves families of many faith backgrounds in St. Charles County. Local Catholics contributed more than $1.6 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 Cory Hermann, Nick Hufford, and Morgan Hekenwerth. 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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Cardinal Ritter College Prep Receives $125,000 Grant

January 27, 2010
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WHAT: Cardinal Ritter College Prep will receive a $125,000 grant from the Annual Catholic Appeal

WHEN: Thursday, January 28, 2010 at 9:30 AM

WHERE: Cardinal Ritter College Prep, 701 North Spring in St. Louis

St. Louis, MO – Cardinal Ritter College Prep will receive a $125,000 grant from the Annual Catholic Appeal to support academic programs and scholarships at the school. Cardinal Ritter College Prep serves families of many faith backgrounds in St. Louis. Local Catholics contributed nearly $256,000 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 Earl Johnson, Annyce Echols, and Shamel Robinson. 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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Archbishop Carlson Celebrates National "Catholic Schools Week" (2)

February 26, 2010
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Students from 13 Catholic Schools Will Participate in Catholic Schools Week

WHAT: Archbishop Robert J. Carlson will celebrate Mass with more than 300 8th grade students who attend Catholic schools in the Northeast deanery

WHEN: Wednesday, January 27, 2010, at 11:30AM

WHERE
: St. Sabina Catholic Church, 1625 Swallow Lane in Florissant

St. Louis, MO – Archbishop Robert J. Carlson will be celebrating Mass at St. Sabina in advance of national Catholic Schools Week, an annual celebration of the important role that Catholic schools across the country play in providing a values-added education. More than 300 8th graders from the following schools will attend Mass with Archbishop Carlson: Academy of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne in Florissant, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta in Ferguson, Christ Light of Nations in Florissant, Holy Spirit in Maryland Heights, Holy Trinity in St. Ann, Our Lady of Guadalupe in Ferguson, Sacred Heart in Florissant, St. Angelia Merici in Florissant, St. Ann in Normandy, St. Ferdinand in Florissant, St. Norbert in Florissant, St. Rose Philippine Duchesne in Florissant and St. Sabina in Florissant. The Mass is also part of a day-long retreat for those preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation. The theme is “Prove It” – proving how you live your life as a Catholic.

This Mass is one of six Masses the Archbishop is celebrating in six different schools this week. Catholic Schools Week runs from January 31 – February 6.

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Third Grader Wins Chance to Shave off Priest's Hair

January 25, 2010
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Part of Raffle to Raise Money for Students Who Cannot Afford Tuition

WHAT: Father Joe Post will allow a third grade student to shave his (Father Post’s) long hair at an all school assembly

WHEN: Tuesday, January 26, 2010, at 2:00PM

WHERE: St. Ferdinand Catholic School, 1735 Charbonier Road in Florissant

St. Louis, MO – Last summer, Father Joe Post, associate pastor of St. Ferdinand Catholic Church,
stopped cutting his hair. Normally a very clean cut guy, Father decided a way to get the attention of his parishioners about the importance of Catholic education for families who have fallen on hard times was to auction chances to cut his hair. “It started out as just a personal change and then as so many people voiced their opinion of the long hair, those for and against, I realized the opportunity to raise some money. On the advice of one of the teens in our youth group, we decided to have a hair cutting auction. The first person to contribute was Archbishop Carlson. I look forward to less maintenance, but I don't look forward to the cold,” said Father Post.

The whole parish took him up on the offer to shave off his now shoulder-length hair, including third grader Paul Reddy, whose name was drawn as the winner. Paul will have the opportunity to shave Father’s head any way Paul wants and Father will have to wear it that way for the rest of the day. The raffle has raised over a thousand dollars. The money will go to help families who are struggling this year with paying tuition to St. Ferdinand Catholic School.

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Archbishop Carlson Celebrates National "Catholic Schools Week"

January 25, 2010
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Students from 17 Catholic Schools Will Participate in Mass

WHAT: Archbishop Robert J. Carlson will celebrate Mass with more than 700 8th and 9th grade students who attend Catholic schools in the Region 3 area

WHEN: Tuesday, January 26, 2010, at 11:00AM

WHERE: St. Joseph Catholic Church, 567 St. Joseph Lane in Manchester

St. Louis, MO – Archbishop Robert J. Carlson will be celebrating Mass in advance of national Catholic Schools Week, an annual celebration of the important role that Catholic schools across the country play in providing a values-added education. More than 700 8th graders and over 100 adults from the following schools will attend Mass with Archbishop Carlson: Ascension in Chesterfield, Christ Prince of Peace in Manchester, Holy Infant in Ballwin, Incarnate Word in Chesterfield, Our Lady of the Pillar in Frontenac, St. Alban Roe in Wildwood, St. Claire of Assisi in Ellisville, St. Clement of Rome in Des Peres, St. Gerard Majella in Kirkwood, St. Joseph in Manchester, St. Monica in Creve Coeur, St. Peter in Kirkwood, St. Richard in Maryland Heights, Chaminade in West St. Louis County, Gateway Academy in Chesterfield, Villa Duchesne/Oak Hill in Frontenac and Visitation Academy in Town and Country.

This Mass is one of six Masses the Archbishop is celebrating in six different schools this week. Catholic Schools Week runs from January 31 – February 6.

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Archdiocese of St. Louis Gathers to Pray on the 37th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

News Release

January 14, 2010 For more information contact:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Elizabeth Westhoff
Assistant Director of Communications
Phone: (314) 792-7635


ARCHDIOCESE OF ST. LOUIS GATHERS TO PRAY ON THE 37TH ANNIVERSARY OF ROE V. WADE

WHAT: Mass and procession to pray for the protection of the unborn on the 37th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision

WHEN: Saturday, January 16, 2009, beginning at 8 a.m.

WHERE
: Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, 4431 Lindell Boulevard in the Central West End

St. Louis, MO - Hundreds of Catholics from throughout the Archdiocese of St. Louis will gather at the Cathedral Basilica to pray for the more than 50 million unborn children who have lost their lives by abortion since 1973, their mothers, and our nation in hopes it will adopt public policies that protect the unborn and their mothers.

Following Mass, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson and the Helpers of God’s Precious Infants participants will lead a prayerful procession from the Cathedral Basilica to the Planned Parenthood abortion facility (Forest Park and Boyle). They will pray the rosary along the way as they give public witness to the devastation of abortion.

During the Mass, we highlight the LifeLine Coalition, which is a group of social service agencies that provide hands-on support to women in crisis pregnancies.

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