Archbishop Carlson Celebrates Annual Red Mass at the Opening of the Judicial Term

October 2, 2009
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Expected Attendees Include Local Government Officials and Legislators

WHAT: Archbishop Robert J. Carlson will celebrate the annual Red Mass with legislators, judges, attorneys and other legal professionals in attendance.

WHEN: Sunday, October 4, 2009 at 10AM

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

St. Louis, MO – To mark the opening of the judicial term in Missouri, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson will celebrate the annual Red Mass, which is celebrated in dioceses throughout the United States at the opening of the judicial term each October. It’s an opportunity for members of the legal profession and government officials to gather as a sign of civic unity and to pray for guidance, wisdom, understanding, counsel and fortitude.

The tradition of the Red Mass began in thirteenth-century Europe and became known as such for the red robes traditionally worn by judges in the Middle Ages. It was first celebrated in the United States in 1928 and in the Archdiocese of St. Louis in 1943. As has been the custom throughout the centuries, judges are invited to join in the procession that opens the celebration.

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Revival Brings Together Different Faiths in North St. Louis Churches

News Release

September 29, 2009 For more information contact:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Anne Steffens
Chief Communications Officer
Phone: (314) 792-7631

REVIVAL BRINGS TOGETHER DIFFERENT FAITHS IN NORTH ST. LOUIS CHURCHES
First of its kind in North St. Louis

WHAT: St. Elizabeth, Mother of John the Baptist Catholic Church, Washington Metropolitan AME Zion, and Rhema Baptist Assembly come together for an inter-denominational revival.

WHEN: Wednesday, September 30 from 6:45PM – 8:30PM

WHERE: St. Elizabeth Mother of John the Baptist Catholic Church, 4330 Shreve in North St. Louis

St. Louis, MO – For three days, members of three denominations unite to pray and sing together in “Building Bridges: An Ecumenical Revival,” a unique revival in North St. Louis. St. Elizabeth, Mother of John the Baptist Catholic Church, Washington Metropolitan AME Zion, and Rhema Baptist Assembly come together for a rare inter-denominational revival. “Many of our community churches have a revival every year,” says Father Jeff Vomund, pastor of St. Elizabeth, Mother of John the Baptist Catholic Church. “This year, three churches have made a three year commitment to worship together. Our hope is that our churches can work together to help make a difference in our shared community.”

More than 200 worshippers are expected. One of the pastors preaches each night, and a combined choir of 60 will provide song for the celebration.

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Hundreds of Eighth Grade Students Unite for a Day of Prayer

News Release

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

HUNDREDS OF EIGHTH GRADE STUDENTS UNITE FOR A DAY OF PRAYER
Confirmation Youth Rally is Preparation for Sacrament of Confirmation

WHAT: More than 300 Catholic eighth graders will spend the day praying and preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation

WHEN: Friday, September 18. Media is invited from 9-11am.

WHERE: Trinity High School, 1720 Redman Road in North St. Louis County

North St. Louis, MO – More than 300 8th grade students in North St. Louis County will come together in prayer and preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation. Catholics believe the Sacrament of Confirmation unites us more firmly with Christ, as it is one of three Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism and Communion are the other two).

In preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation, the students from 10 different grade schools unite in their desire of and preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation. There will be Praise and Worship Music with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) and Mass with Bishop Robert J. Hermann, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, as celebrant.

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Statement on President Obama's Speech to Nation's School Children

News Release

September 3, 2009 For more information contact:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Anne Steffens
Chief Communications Officer
Phone: (314) 792-7631

STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT OBAMA’S SPEECH TO NATION’S SCHOOL CHILDREN
From George Henry, Superintendent of Schools

“On Wednesday, September 2, the White House announced that President Obama will deliver a national address to the students of America on Tuesday, September 8. According to the White House, the President is scheduled to speak for 15-20 minutes and will ‘urge students to take personal responsibility for their own education, to set goals, and to not only stay in school but make the most of it.’

We recognize the historical importance of the President’s speech and we are supportive of any message underscoring the value of education. However, since news of the address was first reported, the Catholic Education Office and several Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of St. Louis have been contacted by parents, teachers and others expressing a desire that parents be given the opportunity to request that their children be excused from viewing the address.

Therefore, we are asking that Catholic schools in the Archdiocese to inform parents that the speech will be available at WhiteHouse.gov/live for downloading later in the day on September 8, allowing parents to make the decision as to whether they would like to watch the address with their children. The Catholic Education Office will also review the speech and will make lesson plans and activities available after the speech to schools who request it.”

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Statement Regarding Teacher at St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic School

News Release

August 5, 2009 For more information contact:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Anne Steffens
Chief Communications Officer
Phone: (314) 792-7631

STATEMENT REGARDING TEACHER AT ST. MARGARET OF SCOTLAND CATHOLIC SCHOOL
From Father Tom Wyrsch, Pastor of St. Margaret of Scotland

It’s our understanding that one of our teachers who taught sixth, seventh and eighth grade social studies and language arts at St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic school was arrested and charged for allegations of assault. It’s our understanding the alleged incident occurred at Busch Stadium and involved adults.

The teacher has offered her resignation, and we have accepted it. As per our policy, she fulfilled the requirements of the Safe Environment Program, including undergoing a criminal background check.

As a Catholic community of faith, we continue to keep all involved in our prayers.

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Statement Regarding Rev. James Grady

News Release

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

STATEMENT REGARDING REV. JAMES GRADY
From Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis

“Today the Archdiocese of St. Louis learned that Father James Grady, pastor of St. Raphael the Archangel parish, was arrested and charged with recruiting a minor for a commercial sex act. Upon notification, the Archdiocese of St. Louis immediately began the process of implementing a plan to notify the parishioners at St. Raphael and parents of the students at St. Raphael School. The Archdiocese will cooperate fully with the proper authorities.

Because of the gravity of the situation, I have suspended Father Grady from the pastorate of St. Raphael the Archangel Parish in South St. Louis City pending this investigation. To our knowledge, no previous allegations have been made against Father Grady.

Since the filing of charges, I have written a letter to be read at all the Masses this Sunday at all parishes where Father Grady has served informing the parishioners of what has taken place.

We, as Catholics, believe in the sanctity of all human life from the moment of its inception to the moment of natural death. As Archbishop, I am, therefore, committed totally to protecting God’s children, and offer my deepest apologies to those who have been abused by clergy.”

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First Female Appointed Chancellor in the Archdiocese of Saint Louis

News Release

July 22, 2009 For more information contact:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Anne Steffens
Chief Communications Officer
Phone: (314) 792-7631

FIRST FEMALE APPOINTED CHANCELLOR IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF SAINT LOUIS
Nancy J. Werner Begins Job August 17

ST. LOUIS — Archbishop Robert J. Carlson announced the appointment of Nancy J. Werner, the Chancellor of the Diocese of Saginaw, as Chancellor for the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Werner will be the first female lay person to serve as Chancellor in the 174-year history of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. In this role, Werner will serve as a consultant to Archbishop Carlson and to the offices and agencies of the Archdiocese. Werner will take up her duties as Chancellor beginning August 17, 2009.

In a letter to priests and the Curia of the Archdiocese regarding the appointment, Archbishop Carlson wrote “Nancy Werner is a highly qualified individual and possesses an outstanding record as a collaborator in ministry and administration. Nancy brings to the Archdiocese over twenty-six years of parish, diocesan and national leadership experience. The occasion of this appointment gives me the opportunity to name a highly qualified woman to a senior position within the Archdiocese of Saint Louis.” Werner holds an undergraduate degree in Religion and Philosophy, as well as a Masters in Pastoral Administration from Regis University in Denver.

”I look forward to continuing my service in the Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of St. Louis,” said Werner. “I have heard wonderful things about the faithful of the Archdiocese and look forward to working with them in the very near future.”

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Archbishop Carlson Leads Procession Through Central West End

News Release

June 12, 2009 For more information contact:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Elizabeth Westhoff
Assistant Director of Communications
Phone: (314) 792-7635

ARCHBISHOP CARLSON LEADS PROCESSION THROUGH CENTRAL WEST END
Annual Celebration of the Feast of Corpus Christi

WHAT: Archbishop Robert J. Carlson will celebrate Mass and lead a procession of hundreds of Catholics through the Central West End in honor of the Feast of Corpus Christi

WHEN: Sunday, June 14, 2009. Mass begins at 5PM. The procession is expected to begin around 6:30PM

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

St. Louis, MO – Archbishop Robert J. Carlson will carry the Sacred Host through the Central West End in honor of the Feast of Corpus Christi. The traditional procession of Corpus Christi, which means Body of Christ, dates back to the 13th century.

In St. Louis, the Feast of Corpus Christi includes a procession with hundreds of local Catholics through the Central West End, during which the Blessed Sacrament is carried through the streets.

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Statement Regarding Appointment of Bishop Robert J. Carlson as Archbishop of St. Louis

News Release

May 6, 2009 For more information contact:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Anne Steffens
Chief Communications Officer
Phone: (314) 792-7631

STATEMENT REGARDING APPOINTMENT OF BISHOP ROBERT J. CARLSON AS ARCHBISHOP OF ST. LOUIS
From Archbishop Raymond Burke, Archbishop Emeritus of St. Louis

As Archbishop Emeritus of Saint Louis, I am most grateful to Pope Benedict XVI for the appointment of Bishop Robert J. Carlson to the office of Archbishop of Saint Louis. I have known Archbishop-elect Carlson for some 25 years. He is a holy bishop who has served the Church in many and significant ways. He has shown outstanding Episcopal leadership as both Bishop of Sioux Falls and Bishop of Saginaw. In a particular way, he has been a faithful and generous herald of the Gospel of Life. I am confident he will lead and guide the work of the new evangelization in our beloved Archdiocese. It is a great blessing to have Bishop Carlson sent to us to shepherd the faithful in the Archdiocese of Saint Louis.

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Evening Prayer to Welcome New Archbishop

News Release

June 9, 2009 For more information contact:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Anne Steffens
Chief Communications Officer
Phone: (314) 792-7631

EVENING PRAYER TO WELCOME NEW ARCHBISHOP
Civic and Ecumenical Leaders Join Catholics to Welcome New Archbishop

WHAT: Evening Prayer for Archbishop-elect Bishop Robert J. Carlson

WHEN: Tuesday, June 9, 2009 at 7:30PM

WHERE: Cathedral Basilica, 4431 Lindell in the Central West End (Public reception to follow at Rosati Kain High School)

St. Louis, MO – Archbishop-elect Robert J. Carlson will be installed by Justin Cardinal Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia and former Archbishop of St. Louis, as the 10th Bishop and 9th Archbishop of St. Louis. At the time of the Installation, he will assume the responsibilities of the Archbishop of St. Louis.

At the Evening Prayer service, civic leaders, leaders from other religions, and representatives of the various groups that make up the Archdiocese of St. Louis will be presented to Archbishop-elect Carlson. A reception will follow at Rosati-Kain High School where the faithful will have the opportunity to greet Archbishop-elect Carlson. Both are open to the public.

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Archdiocesan Choir Rehearses for Mass of Installation

News Release

June 3, 2009 For more information contact:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Anne Steffens
Chief Communications Officer
Phone: (314) 792-7631

ARCHDIOCESAN CHOIR REHEARSES FOR MASS OF INSTALLATION
Hundreds of Local Catholics will Sing for the New Archbishop

WHAT: The Cathedral Choir and several other choirs and instrumentalists will have a final rehearsal for the Mass of Installation for Archbishop-elect Robert J. Carlson

WHEN: Monday, June 8, 2009 from 7:30 -9PM

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

ST. LOUIS – Hundreds of local Catholics will rehearse the music to be performed at the Mass of Installation for Archbishop-elect Robert J. Carlson. The choirs include the Cathedral Choir, The Archdiocesan Adult Choir, the Archdiocesan Children’s Choir, the Archdiocesan Handbell Choir, and other instrumentalists. Those participating are from parishes all over the Archdiocese of St. Louis, which includes 11-counties.

The Mass of Installation will be Wednesday, June 10 at 2PM. Archbishop-elect Carlson will be the 10th Bishop and 9th Archbishop of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

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Local Nuns Produced Hosts for Pope John Paul II and Now for New Archbishop of St. Louis

News Release

June 3, 2009 For more information contact:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Elizabeth Westhoff
Assistant Director of Communications
Phone: (314) 792-7635

LOCAL NUNS PRODUCED HOSTS FOR POPE JOHN PAUL II AND NOW FOR NEW ARCHBISHOP OF ST. LOUIS

WHAT: The *Passionist nuns in Ellisville are baking and packaging the altar bread or “hosts” that will be used at the installation Mass of Archbishop-designate Robert Carlson on Wednesday, June 10th. The hosts are the un-consecrated discs of wheaten bread that, at the point of consecration during the Mass, transubstantiate into the body of Christ.

WHEN: Monday, June 8, 2009 from 10:30AM – 11:30AM (Because this is a cloistered order—which means that the nuns do not leave the confines of their convent—they have a very strict daily schedule and will only be available for interviews between 10:30 and 11:30am).

WHERE: Passionist Nuns Monastery -15700 Clayton Road, Ellisville, MO 63011

For background information on the Passionists, visit: http://www.passionistnuns.org

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