Archdiocese of St. Louis to Host Weekend of Reconciliation

March 3, 2016
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS - Catholic churches across the Archdiocese of St. Louis will take part in a "Reconciliation Initiative" this weekend, March 4-5, in conjunction with the Year of Mercy and the season of Lent. More than 50 parishes will offer 75 scheduled opportunities throughout the weekend for Catholics to participate in the sacrament of reconciliation, also known as confession.

In 2014, during a regular audience with Vatican pilgrims, Pope Francis encouraged the assembled crowds to "Be courageous, and go to confession." For Catholics, the basic requirement for a good confession is to have the intention of returning to God, to list our sins with true sorrow before the priest, and to desire forgiveness.

"Forgiveness is not something we can give ourselves," added Pope Francis. "One asks it of another person, and in confession, we ask forgiveness from Jesus."

The Gospels demonstrate the importance of the forgiveness of our sins. Lives of saints prove that the person who grows in holiness has a stronger sense of sin, sorrow for sins, and a need for the sacrament of reconciliation. The consequences of Original Sin leave within us an inclination towards evil, and we often commit actual sins, both mortal and venial.

Catholics who need help, especially who have been away from the sacrament for some time, can simply ask the priest to help guide them through steps to make a good confession.

A complete list of parishes and more information about the sacrament of reconciliation can be found at More information about the Year of Mercy can be found at 


Hearts on Fire Retreat for Young Adults

Registration is open for the Hearts on Fire Retreat, a partnership between the Office of Young Adult Ministry and the Apostleship of Prayer! The Hearts on Fire Retreat will take place March 18th and 19th at St. Anselm Parish. This retreat will allow you to get to know other young adults, as well as take time to reflect and be with the Lord as Holy Week begins.

This retreat is led by a team of young Jesuits and designed to help you grow closer to Christ through the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. More details & registration can be found here! Please email if you have any questions!

More Info Regarding Archbishop Carlson's Letter to Scout Leaders

On Thursday, February 18th, Archbishop Carlson sent a letter to parish and scout leaders asking them to reevaluate the mission effectiveness of the Girl Scout program and to consider other options.

For more information, please visit the links below:

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Statement on Archbishop Carlson’s Letter Regarding Girl Scouts

February 19, 2016
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS – On Thursday, February 18, Archbishop Carlson released a letter regarding the Archdiocese of St. Louis’ relationship with the Girl Scouts. The letter asks parishes to evaluate the effectiveness of Girl Scout troops in promoting the Catholic faith and forming young women of virtue. Although this letter specifically addresses Girl Scouts, we continue to evaluate the mission effectiveness of all our youth outreach. So as to be inclusive of other faith-based groups and organizations dedicated to the formation of young girls, the letter announces the creation of a Catholic Committee for Girls’ Formation replacing the Catholic Committee for Girl Scouts. Archbishop Carlson has already selected co-chairs for this new committee and its work has recently begun.


Celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the CYC by Sharing Your Memories!

This year marks the 75th annivesary of the CYC!  We invite you to help us celebrate by sharing some of your stories and photos.  Please send us your best memories of CYC Sports.  Send them via email to  (Please put "75 Years of CYC" in the subject line.) We will divide entries into one of the following categories:

  • I Played CYC Sports
  • My Favorite CYC Memory
  • My CYC Coach
  • I Loved Playing at...
  • One Liners
  • Photo Album

Details of what could be included in each category are on the 75th Anniversary webpage.  But don't let the categories constrain you.

You may be wondering why the baseball/softball diamond is part of the 75th Anniversary logo? After all the CYC offers so many different sports. Why pick baseball/softball?  Because the 75th Anniversary is considered the Diamond Anniversary.

Peace and Justice Commission Formed

At a Mass for Peace and Justice on August 20, 2014, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson announced that he was re-establishing a human rights commission in the Archdiocese of St. Louis with the goal to address societal issues such as poverty, racial tension, and lack of education.

“Peace and justice are the hallmarks of a society that knows, loves and serves God above all else,” said Archbishop Carlson. “I urge this new Commission to assist the citizens and public officials throughout all eleven counties of our Archdiocese in the effort to achieve peace and justice for all.”

St. Louis attorney Marie Kenyon was named as director of the newly-established Peace and Justice Commission of the Archdiocese of St. Louis in January 2015. Prior to her appointment on the Commission, Kenyon was the managing attorney of Catholic Legal Assistance Ministry, a ministry serving the legal needs of low-income clients throughout the archdiocese.

“It is an honor to be entrusted with the leadership of such an important ministry,” Kenyon said. “CLAM has been my life’s work for 28 years. On a daily basis we were confronted with issues of race, poverty, lack of education, and immigration. For Archbishop Carlson to ask me to lead this new Commission proves just how serious he is in addressing the systemic problems within these issues.”

Archbishop Carlson has appointed 27 individuals to serve as members of the Commission. The Commission is comprised of 18 men and nine women, with minorities well-represented.  Members of the Commission include lay persons, clergy, religious sisters, police officers, attorneys, and educators.

The Commission will develop its priorities by looking at how issues affecting our region specifically impact the family. As Catholics we believe as Pope Francis states "the family is the fundamental cell of society, where we learn to live with others despite our differences and belong to one another.” By working to help strengthen the family, the Commission hopes to help build stronger communities and a peaceful and just region and world.

Catholic Charities Moving to New Location in St. Louis

February 16, 2016
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS – The offices of Catholic Charities – Archdiocese of St. Louis will soon move into the former chancery building of the Archdiocese of St. Louis next to the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis at 4445 Lindell Blvd. The mid-century modern building, affectionately known as the “Round House,” will provide Catholic Charities with much needed space for staff, meeting and training rooms.

“Catholic Charities remains committed to serving the City of St. Louis and our entire region,” said Theresa Ruzicka, president of Catholic Charities. “This more functional and prominent location will better support the mission and operations of Catholic Charities of St. Louis and our eight federated agencies as we serve people in need, especially those who are poor and vulnerable.”

The “Round House” was designed by architect Charles P. Guariglia as the main chancery building for the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Since its completion in 1961, the building has continually housed archdiocesan ministries and offices, most recently the Catholic Education Office. To make room for Catholic Charities, Catholic Education offices will be moved to the Cardinal Rigali Center in Shrewsbury.

The “Round House” will be vacated by the Catholic Education Office this week. Catholic Charities will move in later this summer, but a final date has not been set.

The building Catholic Charities currently inhabits, the “Monsignor Butler Building,” located at 4532 Lindell Boulevard, after its use as a private residence, was purchased by the Archdiocese of St. Louis and was the first home of the St. Louis Register newspaper. In the 1980's, under Archbishop John L. May, Catholic Charities relocated from its then-offices in the archdiocesan office building at 4140 Lindell Boulevard to the Monsignor Butler Building which was given that name in recognition of Monsignor John J. Butler who was the founding-father of Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

The archdiocese intends to put the Butler Building on the market after Catholic Charities has moved.

Catholic Charities of St. Louis has been helping people in need since 1912. Organized as a federation of eight agencies, Catholic Charities assists 124,000 people annually in the 11 counties of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Catholic Charities seeks to break the cycle of poverty, abuse and neglect, empower people to make positive, permanent changes and support them to lead self-sufficient, dignified lives.

Annual Catholic Appeal Names Chair and New Council Members for 2016

February 9, 2016
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS – Archbishop Robert J. Carlson and Brian Niebrugge, executive director of Stewardship and the Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA), recently announced the chair of the 2016 Annual Catholic Appeal and welcomed five new members to the ACA Council.

Mr. Christopher J. Schmidt, partner at Bryan Cave, LLP, was appointed by Archbishop Carlson as the chair for the 2016 Annual Catholic Appeal. Mr. Schmidt joined the Council in 2012 and most recently served as vice-chair. He succeeds Mr. Con McGrath who was the 2015 chair.

The new council members appointed by Archbishop Carlson are as follows:

Rev. Gerald J. Blessing, pastor, St. Paul Catholic Church, St. Paul, MO

Mr. Samuel (Fitz) Gordon, senior regional director of development at Washington University

Mrs. Lisa Mooney, parishioner, Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Webster Groves

Mr. Jon Nienas, parishioner, Holy Infant Catholic Church in Ballwin

Mrs. Mary Noetzel, parishioner, Christ the King Catholic Church in University City

The theme of the 2016 ACA is “The Courage to Love” with a fundraising goal of $13.5 million. This spring, Catholics in nearly 200 parishes across the archdiocese will be asked to make pledges to support programs for people of all faith traditions. Spanning 10 counties and the City of St. Louis, these programs assist the homeless and hungry, fund scholarships for students in Catholic schools, and support teachers’ salaries. Resources for pro-life programs, assistance for women and their babies, and family counseling are also made available through the appeal. All of the money raised each year through the Annual Catholic Appeal is distributed to these various ministries, schools, and organizations.


Forty-Second Annual Catholic Schools Week Begins Sunday

January 28, 2016
For more information contact: 
Sue Brown
Director of Marketing & Community Relations, Catholic Education Office
Phone: 314.792.7304

ST. LOUIS – The annual celebration of Catholic Schools Week across the country and in the 140 schools of the Archdiocese of St. Louis begins Sunday, January 31. Each school around the archdiocese will hold its own unique celebration, with Masses, open houses, and other activities for the nearly 40,000 students, their families, parishioners, and community members. Through these events, schools focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to our church, our communities and our nation. This year’s theme is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.”

Most Catholic elementary schools will host an Open House on Sunday, January 31, or during the week. For a complete list of open houses and additional information about Catholic Schools Week, visit

Dr. Kurt Nelson, Superintendent of Catholic Education, will visit at least a dozen schools during the week for special events and meetings. Dr. Nelson will be documenting his travels via twitter at @Dr_KurtNelson. Some notable special events for Catholic Schools Week include:

January 24-30 – More than 1,000 pieces of K-12 student artwork are on display at South County Mall, West County Mall, Chesterfield Mall, Plaza Frontenac, and the Galleria.

January 31-February 6 – K-12 student artwork (different from previous week) will be on display at South County and Chesterfield Malls.

Monday, February 1 – Eighth grade students from North County will celebrate Mass with Bishop Edward Rice at Christ, Light of the Nations Catholic School at 10:00 a.m.

Immaculate Conception Catholic School in Old Monroe will follow the footsteps of St. John Bosco (patron of students) and hold the school’s annual Religion Bee for grades 1-8. Mass at 7:45 a.m. followed by the Bee at 8:45.

Tuesday, February 2 – South City eighth grade students will celebrate Mass with Bishop Edward Rice at St. Cecilia Catholic School at 10:00 a.m.

Wednesday, February 3 – St. John the Baptist Catholic School in Gildehaus will honor service men and women (police, firefighters, etc.) from the community at Mass at 8:00 a.m. with a reception to follow.

Eighth graders in the West County area will celebrate Mass with Bishop Edward Rice at St. Joseph Catholic School in Manchester at 10:00 a.m.

South City Catholic Schools will host an ice skating party while collecting canned goods and monetary donations to support the St. Vincent De Paul food pantry. The party begins at 4 p.m. at Steinberg Rink in Forest Park.

Thursday, February 4 – South County eighth graders will celebrate Mass with Bishop Edward Rice at St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Catholic School at 10:00 a.m.

Friday, February 5 – Good Shepherd (Hillsboro) will hold annual student-organized Mission Carnival, 8:30-10:45 a.m.

This year marks the 42nd anniversary of this annual celebration which began in 1974. Nationwide, about 1.9 million students are currently educated in nearly 6,600 Catholic schools. More information about the national celebration of Catholic Schools Week can be found at, or on social media under the hashtag #CSW16.


Celebrate Catholic Education Night at SLU Men's Basketball

Join the CYC on Saturday, February 20th at the St. Louis University Billiken Men's Basketball game vs the Fordham Rams at 7pm at Chaifetz Arena.  It is "Celebrate Catholic Education Night" and SLU is offering discounts on tickets.  You will be able to purchase a ticket (as long as they last) for $5, $7 or $10.  To order you tickets, please call the Billiken ticket office at 314 977-4SLU and tell them you want the Catholic Education discount.  Or you can go online at WWW.SLUBILLIKENS.COM and use the promo code: CCEN16 .

Ecumenical Prayer Service Celebrates Annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

January 22, 2016
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

What: Ecumenical Prayer Service for Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Where: St. Justin Martyr Catholic Parish (11910 Eddie Park Road, Sunset Hills, MO 63126)
When: Sunday, January 24, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
Who: Archbishop Robert Carlson and leaders of several St. Louis-area Christian communities

ST. LOUIS – Archbishop Robert Carlson and leaders of several St. Louis-area Christian communities, including Greek Orthodox, Romanian Orthodox, Catholic, Lutheran, Baptist, and more, will come together for an Ecumenical Celebration of the Word of God on Sunday, January 24, 2016, at St. Justin Martyr Catholic Parish (11910 Eddie Park Road, Sunset Hills, MO 63126) beginning at 7pm. The service is part of the Archdiocese of St. Louis’ observance of the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

Rev. Fr. Michael Arbanas of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, will deliver the reflection. Rev. Rodrick Burton of New Northside Church and Pastor David Triggs formerly of New Life Missionary Baptist Church will also participate. Both pastors’ churches were burned in the arsons committed in October 2015.

The theme for the 2016 observance is “Called To Proclaim the Mighty Acts of the Lord.” (cf. 1 Peter 2:9) The theme and text for each year’s observance of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity are chosen and prepared by representatives of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and representatives of the World Council of Churches. The international texts are developed, adapted, and published for use in the United States by the Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute.

Begun in 1908, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is celebrated each year in cities and towns across the country and around the world. Locally, the Week of Prayer is coordinated through the Archdiocesan Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs and by the Archdiocesan Ecumenical Commission.


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