Archdiocese of St. Louis Celebrates the Gift of Adoption

News Release

November 20, 2009 For more information contact:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Anne Steffens
Chief Communications Officer
Phone: (314) 792-7631

ARCHDIOCESE OF ST. LOUIS CELEBRATES THE GIFT OF ADOPTION

WHAT: A Mass and special blessing for all persons involved with the adoption of children

WHEN: Sunday, November 22, 2009, at 10AM

WHERE: Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, 4431 Lindell in the Central West End

St. Louis, MO – In observance of November as National Adoption Month, Bishop Robert J. Hermann, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, will celebrate Mass to honor those who have placed a child for adoption or adopted a child, those who anticipate they might adopt, and those involved in foster care. “Adoption is a beautiful gift for all involved, and it requires a tremendous sacrifice for both the biological and adoptive families, so it’s important to show our support for their loving commitment to their children,” said Beth Lauver, Director of the Respect Life Apostolate. “The annual celebration of adoption is recognition of the gift of life that the Respect Life Apostolate and Good Shepherd Children and Family Services witness and encourage every day.”

According to the Missouri Department of Social Services, there are currently 545 children in foster care awaiting adoption in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County and Jefferson County. Last year, there were 233 adoptions of children in foster care in those same areas. The numbers do not include private adoptions of newborns and international adoptions.

The event is sponsored by the Respect Life Apostolate and Good Shepherd Children and Family Services, a Catholic Charities agency. Those interested in adopting can call Good Shepherd Children and Family Services at 314-854-5700.

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US Bishops Elect Archbishop Carlson to Oversee Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations

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

US BISHOPS ELECT ARCHBISHOP CARLSON TO OVERSEE COMMITTEE ON CLERGY, CONSECRATED LIFE AND VOCATIONS

ST. LOUIS – During their meeting in Baltimore, members of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops elected Archbishop Robert J. Carlson chairman of the Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations. Archbishop Carlson will spend the next year working with the current chairman, Cardinal Sean O’Malley, O.F.M. , Archbishop of Boston. “I’m delighted to be elected. I look forward to finding out what the committee has done already and working with Cardinal O’Malley to continue the good work he has already done”, said Archbishop Robert J. Carlson. “As the Archbishop of St. Louis, this position is a wonderful opportunity for me to work more closely with the religious orders in the St. Louis area.”

The Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations assists bishops across the United States in promoting, supporting and education about the Church’s pastoral needs and concerns for the priesthood, diaconate (deacons), and consecrated life (nuns and sisters), and in addressing the issues concerning the lives and ministries of bishops. The committee also develops foundations documents and appropriate resources that promote effective ministry of the clerical state, consecrated life and vocations.

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Archbishop Robert J. Carlson's Response Regarding Portland, Maine Donation

News Release

November 12, 2009 For more information contact:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Anne Steffens
Chief Communications Officer
Phone: (314) 792-7631

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson's Response Regarding Portland, Maine Donation

In June of this year, Archbishop Richard Malone of Portland, ME, sent a letter to all United States bishops asking for financial support.

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson approved a donation for $10,000 which was charged to the Special Needs fund. This fund has traditionally been the Archbishop's to be used for discretionary spending--not for normal operations--and is funded by private gifts. Archbishops of St. Louis have made donations in the past to help other dioceses around the world for various causes which the Church regards as moral issues, ranging from disaster relief to pro-life issues.

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Archbishop Carlson Celebrates Mass for Catholic School that Wins National Award

News Release

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

ARCHBISHOP CARLSON CELEBRATES MASS FOR CATHOLIC SCHOOL THAT WINS NATIONAL AWARD
Most Sacred Heart in Eureka is Named Blue Ribbon School, One of Two Private Schools in Missouri

WHAT: Archbishop Robert J. Carlson will celebrate an all school Mass with students to recognize the award given by the US Department of Education

WHEN: Wednesday, November 11, 2009 at 8:15AM

WHERE: Most Sacred Heart Catholic Church at 350 East Fourth Street in Eureka

St. Louis, MO – Most Sacred Heart Catholic School is one of only six Missouri schools, and one
of only two private schools in Missouri, to earn the national designation of being a 2009 No Child Left
Behind – Blue Ribbon School.
“We are thrilled with this award”, said Monica Wilson, principal of Most Sacred Heart School.
“It’s a credit to our students, our teachers and our parents.”
The Blue Ribbon Schools program honors public and private schools that are academically
superior or have shown dramatic improvement in student achievement to high levels, especially among
disadvantaged students. This year, the US Department of Education chose 314 schools nationwide. Since
1983, 16 Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of St. Louis have been designated Blue Ribbon Schools.
Most Sacred Heart School has 215 students in preschool through eighth grade.

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Local Catholics Celebrate All Saints and All Souls Days

News Release

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

LOCAL CATHOLICS CELEBRATE ALL SAINTS AND ALL SOULS DAYS
Children at Prayer Service Dress as Their Favorite Saint

WHAT: Prayer service to mark All Saints and All Souls Days

WHEN: Monday, November 2, 2009 at 7:10PM

WHERE: St. Michael Catholic Church, 7622 Sutherland in Shrewsbury

St. Louis, MO – Catholics around the world will celebrate All Saints Day on Sunday and All Souls Day on Monday. On All Saints Day, Catholics honor all those we believe are spending eternal life in Heaven. On All Souls Day, we pray for those loved ones who have died.

At St. Michael Catholic Church, students of the Parish School of Religion (Catholic instruction for children who attend public school) will join in prayer for the saints and others who have died. Close to a dozen first graders will dress as their favorite saints while eighth graders will describe the lives of those saints.

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Local Parish Celebrates Day of the Dead

News Release

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

LOCAL PARISH CELEBRATES DAY OF THE DEAD

WHAT: Local Hispanic Catholics celebrate the Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos)

WHEN: Sunday, November 1, 2009. Media invited from 1-2PM.

WHERE: St. Cecilia Catholic Church, 5418 Louisiana Avenue in South St. Louis

St. Louis, MO – Catholics around the world will celebrate All Souls Day on Monday. For Hispanic Catholics living in the United States, All Souls Day is called “Dia de Los Muertos”, and is marked by family gatherings and prayers to remember those who have died. Traditions at St. Cecilia Catholic Church include building and decorating private altars honoring the dead with items that remind the living of the people who have passed. Students at St. Cecilia School will decorate an altar at the school, and adults will decorate a side altar in the church.

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North City Pastors Come Together to Pray for Peace in their Neighborhood

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October 16, 2009 For more information contact:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Anne Steffens
Chief Communications Officer
Phone: (314) 792-7631

NORTH CITY PASTORS COME TOGETHER TO PRAY FOR PEACE IN THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD

WHAT: Ecumenical prayer service in which several North St. Louis pastors gather in peace to stop the violence

WHEN: Sunday, October 18, 2009 at 1PM

WHERE: Rumbold Park at North Market and Spring in North St. Louis

North St. Louis – In the shadow of several assaults, attempted murders and murders over the last few weeks, several pastors in North St. Louis and their churches are turning to prayer in hopes of ending the violence. Rev. Gary Meier, pastor of Sts. Teresa and Bridget Catholic Church, will join Rev. Burke with Azariah Missionary Baptist Church, Rev. Griffin with Greater Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church, and Rev. Jackson with West Bethel Missionary Baptist Church at Rumbold Park for an ecumenical prayer service and fellowship.

Several incidents of violence have occurred in the area over the last several weeks, including an 18-year old man who was gunned down in what police called a drive by shooting near Fairgrounds Park (he was from the neighborhood) and another man who had been killed on Grand and North Market, but police say his body had been dragged to and left in an alley behind Sts. Teresa and Bridget Catholic Church.

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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

News Release

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

News Release

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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