Mass Saturday to Mark the Closing of the Year of Mercy

November 12, 2016
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Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

Year of Mercy Officially Concludes on November 20, 2016

WHAT: Mass to conclude the Year of Mercy
WHEN: Saturday, November 12, 2016, 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (4431 Lindell)
WHO: Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Robert J. Hermann and Catholics of the Archdiocese of St. Louis

ST. LOUIS – Most Reverend Robert J. Hermann, auxiliary bishop emeritus of St. Louis, will celebrate Mass at 5:00 p.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis on Saturday, November 12, 2016, to mark the closing of the “Year of Mercy” which will officially conclude on November 20, 2016.

In April 2015, Pope Francis declared the Catholic Church would celebrate a “Holy Year,” known as an “Extraordinary Jubilee Year,” dedicated to the virtue of Mercy. The “Year of Mercy,” as it has been deemed, began on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, December 8, 2015, when the Holy Door at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican was opened, having been sealed after the last Jubilee Year. The Year of Mercy will conclude on Sunday, November 20, 2016, which is the end of the Catholic Church’s liturgical year, The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.

One of the traditions for a Jubilee Year is the ceremonial opening of the Holy Door in each of the four major basilicas in Rome, including St. Peter’s Basilica. The opening, passing through, and sealing of the Holy Door at the end of the Jubilee Year have become significant elements in the Church’s Jubilee Year celebrations with special graces and what is called a “Jubilee Indulgence” offered to pilgrims who make the journey.

Pilgrimage sites in the Archdiocese of St. Louis include our two minor basilicas - the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis and the Basilica of Saint Louis, King of France - and seven other local pilgrimage sites.

More information about the Jubilee Year of Mercy can be found at archstl.org/mercy.

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Click here for the press release announcing the beginning of the Year of Mercy.

CYC Archdiocesan Soccer Championships Kicked Off This Week!

CYC Archdiocesan Soccer Championships began this week and continue through November 20th.  Over the next two weekends, more than 160 teams will complete in 22 divisions. The North and South County CYC Districts are hosting the championships, and games will be played at parishes throughout those areas.  

You can view tournament information, including brackets, on the CYC Soccer page.

We invite you to come out and cheer on the youth of our Archdiocese who proudly represent their teams and parishes!

Catholic Churches Hold Election Day Prayer Services

November 7, 2016
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For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS – Many Catholic parishes across the Archdiocese of St. Louis are holding Masses, rosaries, or other prayer services on the eve of Election Day, Monday, November 7, and Election Day, Tuesday, November 8.

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson will offer a special Mass and lead the rosary at St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church (6303 Nottingham Ave.) in south St. Louis on the eve of Election Day, Monday, November 7, beginning at 7:00 p.m.

On Election Day, Mass will be offered every hour on the hour, 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., at St. George Catholic Church in Affton (4980 Heege Rd).

A complete list of prayer services and Masses can be found at archstl.org/vote.

Members of the media wishing to attend any of the events are asked to alert the Archdiocese of St. Louis ahead of time so that the pastors can be made aware.

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STL Young Adult Forum

The Office of Young Adult Ministry will host the second annual Young Adult Forum on Saturday, November 5th from 1-4:30pm at Boland Hall next door to the New Cathedral.

November 5th will be the Office of Young Adult Ministry’s fifth anniversary, and we believe the Forum will be a fitting way to celebrate. As the apostolate continues to grow, we are developing new initiatives to engage young adults in the life of their parish and the archdiocese. The day will consist of two short talks addressing evangelization and strategies for young adult outreach, two breakout discussion sessions, the opportunity to meet with other young adult leaders, and prayer. The Forum will officially end at 4:30pm, but we encourage participants to attend the 5pm Vigil Mass at the Cathedral. After Mass, we will be organizing small dinner groups at restaurants in the Central West End so participants can continue the conversation over food and drink.

Pastors from around the archdiocese have been asked to invite two members from each parish to attend. If you are interested in attending, please contact you parish priest. Visit the brand new Young Adult website for more information!

Annual White Mass on Sunday to Honor Health Care Professionals

October 28, 2016
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Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

WHAT: Annual White Mass to honor health care professionals
WHO: Archbishop Robert Carlson, principal celebrant; health care professionals will be in attendance
WHEN: Sunday, October 30, 2016, at 10 a.m.
WHERE: Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (4431 Lindell)

ST. LOUIS – Archbishop Robert J. Carlson will celebrate the annual White Mass this Sunday, October 30, at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis beginning at 10 a.m. The Mass is associated with St. Luke, the patron of physicians and surgeons, whose feast day is October 18.

Prior to Mass, Catholic Medical Association members wearing their white coats will meet at 9 a.m. in front of Planned Parenthood (4251 Forest Park Blvd.) to pray the Rosary.

All Catholic physicians, nurses, physician assistants, emergency medical personnel, and other healthcare professionals and their families are invited to attend the Mass.

The St. Louis Guild of the Catholic Medical Association is sponsoring a reception for the healthcare professionals in attendance.

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Statement on the Death of St. Louis County Police Officer

October 6, 2016
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Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS – Archbishop Robert J. Carlson released the following statement regarding the death of St. Louis County police officer Blake Snyder this morning:

I am saddened to learn that St. Louis County police officer Blake Snyder has died in the line of duty.

I ask that the faithful of the Archdiocese of St. Louis join me in praying for the officer and his loved ones. The men and women of our police departments, and all who serve our community as first responders, will be in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. I encourage first responders to seek out their chaplains who provide an important ministry in this time of grief.

May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, rest in peace.

Archbishop Carlson recently offered a Blue Mass on the 15th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks to honor men and women currently serving as emergency responders, as well as all those who have died in the line of duty.

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Celebrate 75 Years of the CYC and Honor Our Dedicated Volunteers at the 60th Annual CYC Sports Awards Banquet

The 60th Annual CYC Sports Awards Banquet and the 75th Anniversary Celebration of the Archdiocesan youth department will be held on Thursday, October 27th at the Clayton Plaza Hotel.  This banquet honors the many volunteers who have donated their time and talents to the Catholic Youth Council program over the years.  Archbishop Carlson is scheduled to be present for the evening, and Bill McDermott, "Mr. Soccer", will serve as the Master of Ceremonies.

Along with the Silver Boot award for contributions to soccer in the St. Louis area, the CYC will also honor each of the five "District Persons of the Year" and will present a "Sports Service" award for significant contributions to each of the following CYC sports: baseball, softball, soccer, volleyball, basketball, track and golf.

We encourage all to purchase tickets to attend this year's banquet and show your support for our dedicated CYC volunteers and the entire CYC program.  For details on how to order tickets or place an ad in the program, and for more information about the volunteers to be honored, visit the Sports Banquet page of the CYC website or call the CYC offices at (314) 792-7256.

The Archdiocesan Youth Department was officially established in 1941. Visit the CYC Sports History page for more details about the founding and growth of the CYC.

Annual Red Mass for Judges, Attorneys, Public Service Officials, and Legal Professionals

September 30, 2016
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For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

What: Annual Red Mass and reception for members of the judiciary and legal community
When: Sunday, October 2, 2016, 10:00 a.m.
Who: Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, principal celebrant; Most Reverend William E. Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore, homilist
Where: Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (4431 Lindell)

ST. LOUIS – Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, will celebrate the Annual Red Mass for members of the judiciary, public service officials, and the legal community on Sunday, October 2, at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis beginning at 10:00 a.m. Most Reverend William E. Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore, will deliver the homily.

"The Red Mass is an opportunity for those in the legal profession to gather as a sign of civic unity and to pray for guidance from the Holy Spirit — the source of wisdom, understanding, counsel, and fortitude," Archbishop Carlson said. "It is God, our final and absolute judge, from whom all law and justice flows. In a spirit of humility and mutual trust, all those who are the servants of the law gather at the Red Mass as an expression of their hope that justice will be provided for all."

The Red Mass is celebrated at the opening of the judicial term in October. With roots dating to the 13th century, the tradition was introduced in the United States in 1928 when a group of Catholic lawyers gathered in St. Andrew's Cathedral in New York City. A Red Mass was first celebrated in the Archdiocese of St. Louis in 1943. Presidents, vice presidents, members of Congress, and Supreme Court justices often attend the Red Mass in Washington, D.C.

Attorneys, legal professionals, those serving in the legislative and judicial branches of government, and public service officials of all faiths are invited to participate in this centuries-old tradition. The Red Mass is supported by the St. Thomas More Society.

For more information, visit archstl.org/redmass16.

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Archdiocese of St. Louis Will Close John F. Kennedy Catholic High School in June 2017

September 16, 2016
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Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS – Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, has accepted the recommendation of the Archdiocesan Board of Catholic Education to  close John F. Kennedy Catholic High School in Manchester, MO. The 2016 – 2017 academic year will be the final year for the archdiocesan high school that opened in 1968.

"I am grateful for the parents, staff, faculty, school leadership, alumni and supporters who have given so much for the benefit of the students over the past five decades," said Archbishop Carlson.

Kennedy Catholic High School was built at a time when the population of West St. Louis County was growing and the Catholic parish elementary schools were increasing in enrollment. Over the past several years Kennedy Catholic has been struggling with enrollment. At the conclusion of the 2015 – 2016 academic year the school had 260 students, down from 333 just three years ago. Enrollment for this fall is 191 students, with a freshman class of 33. In recent years, the number of Catholic families in this area of the archdiocese seeking a Catholic high school education for their children has been diminishing. Kennedy High School's freshman enrollment has dropped by 50% in two years. Total student enrollment for all four years of high school is down 43% since 2013.

Lower enrollment and rising costs have made it difficult to sustain the school, even with financial assistance from the archdiocese over the past three years. Recently the Archdiocesan Board of Education and the School Oversight Committee have determined that continuing a sustainable archdiocesan high school in this part of the metropolitan area is no longer possible.

"I can't say enough about our families and friends who have worked so hard to support our students and our school. Today is a sad day for Kennedy Catholic, but our emotions do not dampen our spirit, the Kennedy spirit which has been created over the past 48 years," said Fr. Richard Wosman, President. "We always have been here for our students, during the many celebrations and the times of crisis as well. We pledge our tireless commitment today to help every student during this time of transition."

Kennedy Catholic High School, the Archdiocese of St. Louis and the Office of Catholic Education have announced plans to transition students to the private or archdiocesan Catholic high school of their choice in the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

"We are fully committed to helping our families and students, emotionally, financially and spiritually, during this transition," said Dr. Kurt Nelson, Superintendent of Catholic Education. "Every student and family will receive personal guidance and support during this difficult time. Every scholarship and financial arrangement that a family has will be honored at the archdiocesan high school to which the student transfers."

John F. Kennedy High School has recently been recognized for its excellence in academic achievement by AdvancED accreditation services. Last year a graduating senior received a National Merit Scholarship. Many other benefits, including the Individualized Curriculum Program, numerous athletic and extracurricular programs and, above all, the dynamic and dedicated participation in spiritual activities, have made Kennedy Catholic one of our community's great assets. More than 6,000 students graduated from Kennedy Catholic in the school's nearly 50-year history. The Archdiocese of St. Louis will continue its financial commitment during this final academic year, to ensure excellence in academic and extracurricular programs.

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Archdiocese of St. Louis Announces Successful Annual Catholic Appeal

September 16, 2016
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Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

Appeal Exceeds Goal by Nearly $1.4 Million Despite Tight Economy

ST. LOUIS – On Friday, Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, announced the results of the 2016 Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA) which raised nearly $14.9 million with generous contributions from more than 51,000 Catholic households and the Perpetual Light Society Endowment. Anticipated estate and corporate matching gifts will add to the total.

The results show unwavering support among Catholics for the archdiocese and its ministries. Nearly 60 parishes increased participation over last year, while 150 parishes surpassed their financial goal. The $14.89 million raised in 2016 exceeds the $13.5 million overall goal, reflecting the generosity of so many donors, even in a tight economic environment and despite other major campaigns in the archdiocese.

“Your generous response to the Annual Catholic Appeal helps us to share Christ’s love and mercy with families throughout our Archdiocese,” Archbishop Carlson said. “Thank you for your many prayers and sacrifices. I will be praying for you and for all who will benefit from the Appeal.”

Christopher Schmidt, 2016 ACA Chairman, added, “I want to express my sincere gratitude to our pastors, parish chairs, hundreds of volunteers, the Stewardship Office that leads the ACA effort and, above all, the generous individuals and families in the archdiocese. It is humbling to realize that over 50,000 households generously donated nearly $15 million to build the Church. Because of your sacrificial gifts, many people in our community will continue to get the loving help they need. Thank you for your steadfast commitment and generosity.”

Each spring, the ACA asks Catholics in nearly 200 parishes across the archdiocese to make pledges to support programs, organizations, and ministries for people of all faith traditions. Spanning ten counties and the City of St. Louis, these programs assist the homeless and hungry, provide pro-life resources, support women and their children, and fund Catholic education and family counseling, among other charitable works. All of the money raised each year through the Annual Catholic Appeal is distributed to the various programs, organizations, and ministries that carry out the important work of the Church.

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LWANGA CENTER RESUMES BIBLE STUDY

Back from a few weeks of hiatus, the St. Charles Lwanga Center Bible Study resumes for 18 consecutive Wednesdays, starting on September 14, 2016. We will be exploring and praying with the 1st and 2nd Books of Kings through early January, 2017. Please bring a Bible. The New American Edition is preferred.There is no fee for the sessions. Free will offerings to the Center are always welcome. Call us at (314) 367-7929 if additional information is needed.

Media Information for Schlafly Funeral

September 9, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Elizabeth Westhoff
Director of Communications
Phone: 314.792.7635

ST. LOUIS – The Archdiocese of St. Louis today released information for the media regarding the funeral Mass for Eagle Forum founder, Phyllis Schlafly, which will take place on Saturday, September 10, at 2 p.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (4431 Lindell).

Details are as follows:

Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, will attend Mass in choir. Most Reverend Robert J. Hermann, auxiliary bishop emeritus, will celebrate Mass. Father Brian Harrison, O.S., will be the homilist.

One pool TV camera and one pool still photographer will be allowed inside the Cathedral Basilica during the funeral Mass. Media wishing to have access to pool photos should contact Teak Phillips (teakphillips@archstl.org). For access to the video pool, contact Ed Rich (erich@ksdk.com).

A press area will be available directly across from the Cathedral Basilica on the south side of Lindell Blvd. beginning at 12:30 p.m. Power supply and risers will not be provided in the press area.

Reporters wishing to take notes will be allowed inside the Cathedral Basilica during the funeral Mass and will have reserved seating, but no photography, video, social media coverage, or interviews will be allowed inside the Cathedral Basilica. Interviews may be conducted outside the Cathedral Basilica following the Mass. Video and photos may be taken outside the Cathedral Basilica from across the street in the designated press area.

Out of respect, there will be no access to the family and friends of Mrs. Schlafly. Visitors and media are reminded that a Catholic funeral Mass is a solemn ceremony and a respectful atmosphere inside the Cathedral Basilica is requested.

Media and visitors are asked to enter through the main doors to the Cathedral Basilica on Lindell Blvd., which will be opened at 1:00 p.m. All guests and media accessing the Cathedral Basilica for the Mass will be subject to airport-style security screening. Limited public parking will be available in the Taylor Ave. lot.

For any additional information regarding Mrs. Schlafly, the Schlafly family, Eagle Forum, or attendees of the funeral, contact Ryan Hite (ryan@eagleforum.org).

 

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