Pilgrimage is Announced for Pallium Ceremony

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

PILGRIMAGE IS ANNOUNCED FOR PALLIUM CEREMONY
Archbishop-elect Carlson To Receive Special Insignia of His Office at Vatican Ceremony

ST. LOUIS, MO — On Monday, June 29, 2009, the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, Archbishop-elect
Robert J. Carlson will receive the pallium from Pope Benedict XVI at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

Symbolic of the office of an archbishop, the pallium is a vestment proper to the Pope, who confers it on archbishops as a sign of their union with and obedience to him. The pallium itself is a band of woolen cloth worn around the neck, with short pendants of the same material hanging down in the front and back, and decorated with six black crosses. It is woven of wool from two lambs that are presented to the pope each year at the Basilica of St. Agnes in Rome on the saint’s feast day (January 21).

To provide local Catholics the opportunity to share in this significant event in the life of the local
Church, the Archdiocese of St. Louis has made arrangements with Pentecost Tours for a pilgrimage to Rome, June 25 to July 3, 2009, which will include the June 29 papal Mass and pallium ceremony, as well as a reception and dinner with Archbishop-elect Carlson. Also included in the travel package is a day-long excursion to Assisi, extensive sightseeing in Rome, and ample free time for pilgrims to explore the Eternal City on their own. Complete information on the pilgrimage is available either from Pentecost Tours at 800-713-9800 or at www.archstl.org.

Mass of Installation Scheduled for New Archbishop

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

MASS OF INSTALLATION SCHEDULED FOR NEW ARCHBISHOP
Evening Prayer for Archbishop-elect Robert J. Carlson Also Scheduled

WHAT: Evening Prayer and Mass of Installation for Archbishop-elect Bishop Robert J. Carlson

WHEN: Evening Prayer – Tuesday, June 9, 2009 at 7:30PM
Mass of Installation – Wednesday, June 10, 2009

WHERE: Both at the Cathedral Basilica, 4431 Lindell in the Central West End
Public reception to follow after both 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.

Evening Prayer is scheduled for Tuesday, June 9, 2009 at 7:30PM at the Cathedral Basilica. At this 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.

The Mass of Installation will be celebrated at the Cathedral Basilica on Wednesday, June 10, 2009, at 2:00 p.m at the Cathedral Basilica. The procession into the Cathedral will begin at 1:30 p.m. Cardinals, bishops, and clergy from around the country will join us for the installation of our new archbishop. A reception will follow the Mass of Installation at Rosati-Kain High School. Both are open to the public.

Saint Alphonsus Ligouri "Rock" Parish Celebrates Re-Dedication of Church after August 2007 Fire

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April 30, 2009 For more information contact:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Elizabeth Westhoff
Assistant Director of Communications
Phone: (314) 792-7635

SAINT ALPHONSUS LIGOURI "ROCK" PARISH CELEBRATES RE-DEDICATION OF CHURCH AFTER AUGUST 2007 FIRE


WHAT
: Redication of the church at St. Alphonsus Liguori “Rock” Parish

WHEN: Sunday, May 3, 2009, at 10AM

WHERE: St. Alphonsus Liguori Catholic Church, 1118 North Grand in North St. Louis

St. Louis, MO – This Sunday parishioners of St. Alphonsus Liguori Catholic Church will celebrate along with Archdiocesan Administrator, Bishop Robert Hermann, the re-dedication of the church after the fire that damaged it in 2007. Lightening struck the building’s middle tower on August 16, 2007. The roof and ceiling of the church were badly damaged, and the inside of the church suffered major water damage. The stained-glass windows and marble altars were not damaged. During the reconstruction, Masses were held in the gymnasium.

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Students at St. Roch Catholic School Celebrate Earth Day

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

STUDENTS AT ST. ROCH CATHOLIC SCHOOL CELEBRATE EARTH DAY
Students work with Parents to Create Recycled Art


WHAT
: Students ages 3-13 at St. Roch Catholic School compete in a school wide Recycled Art Contest

WHEN: Media availability on Wednesday, April 22 from 2PM – 3PM

WHERE: St. Roch Catholic School, 6040 Waterman in St. Louis

St. Louis – Two teachers at St. Roch Catholic School decided to create a unique assignment to honor Earth Day: students had to go home and look for trash that could be recycled and turned into art.
The project also brought the students and their parents together at home as they discussed the environment and ways to save it.

The Recycled Art Contest winners will have their art displayed at Kayak’s Coffee House and St. Louis Public Library on Skinker Blvd. from April 22nd to April 29th.

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Statement of Bishop Robert J. Carlson on His Appointment as the New Archbishop of St. Louis

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April 21, 2009 For more information contact:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Anne Steffens
Chief Communications Officer
Phone: (314) 792-7631

STATEMENT OF BISHOP ROBERT J. CARLSON ON HIS APPOINTMENT AS THE NEW ARCHBISHOP OF ST. LOUIS


“Today, our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI has appointed me the ninth Archbishop of Saint Louis. I am blessed by this appointment and excited to come to know this local Church with all of its priests, religious, deacons, and faith filled people.

On January 11th of this year, I celebrated my 25th Anniversary as a bishop. For ten years, I was an Auxiliary Bishop in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. I’ve served eleven years first as Coadjutor and then ordinate of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and since February of 2004, I have served as Bishop of Saginaw, Michigan.

When I first learned that I would be the new archbishop, I went to the web site and was impressed by your clear and straightforward mission statement: “..called by our Lord Jesus Christ to be His Church and to live His Gospel with joy”. In these challenging times, it is a powerful expression of faith.

With a rich history as a diocese and the Archdiocese dating back to 1826, I am blessed by all that have gone before me and most appreciative of the ministry of the late Archbishop John May and the dynamic leadership of Cardinal Justin Rigali and most recently Archbishop Burke. I know that there will be much to learn from all of you and I look forward to being an active listener as I join you in prayer and worship and service.

I have had the opportunity to visit the Archdiocese of Saint Louis on several occasions: First, in 1979 when I became a Knight of the Holy Sepulcher at your beautiful Cathedral; in 1999, when I brought two busloads of young people for the visit of Pope John Paul II; and two or three times when I had seminarians from the Diocese of Sioux Falls at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary and for a short time when I served on the Board of Directors.

In the coming months, I plan to visit many of the parishes in the Archdiocese so that I can learn how to best serve you and to build bridges to those who no longer worship with us. I look forward to seeing what I can do to support Catholic education, serve my brother priests, foster vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life, serve those in need and work closely with the ecumenical and civic community.

I would like to thank Bishop Robert Hermann, who served so effectively as the Administrator of the Archdiocese since the transfer of Archbishop Burke by the Holy Father to head up the Apostolic Signatura in Rome. Bishop Hermann and I served together on the USCCB Ad-hoc Committee for the Charismatic Renewal and I am well aware of his many gifts and talents. Thank you, Bishop Hermann, for all that you have done and the caring way you handled this extra burden.

In closing, I would like you to know that we will be working on the date for the Installation and hope to announce it in the very near future.”

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Statement of Bishop Robert Hermann on the Appointment of the Archbishop-Elect Rev. Robert J. Carlson

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April 21, 2009 For more information contact:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Anne Steffens
Chief Communications Officer
Phone: (314) 792-7631

STATEMENT OF BISHOP ROBERT HERMANN ON THE APPOINTMENT OF THE MOST REVEREND ROBERT J. CARLSON AS ARCHBISHOP OF ST. LOUIS


“On behalf of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, I warmly welcome Archbishop-elect Robert J. Carlson, presently Bishop of Saginaw, as our new Archbishop. We are most grateful to Pope Benedict XVI for this appointment. Archbishop-elect Carlson is 64 years of age and has celebrated his 25th anniversary of his Episcopal ordination. I have known Archbishop-elect Carlson for a number of years. He is a very energetic, articulate, warm and gifted pastor and administrator. In the past five years in Saginaw, he has raised the number of seminarians from two to eighteen! He has published six pastoral letters, and has created the Saginaw Area Catholic Schools system. He is very dedicated to Life issues. He thinks and works with the Church he loves, and will continue to build upon the legacy of his predecessors here in St. Louis. I am most deeply impressed with his energy and zeal for evangelization. I eagerly look forward to working with and for him.”

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Vatican Announces Appointment of Bishop Robert J. Carlson as Archbishop of St. Louis

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April 21, 2009 For more information contact:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Anne Steffens
Chief Communications Officer
Phone: (314) 792-7631

VATICAN ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT OF BISHOP ROBERT J. CARLSON AS ARCHBISHOP OF ST. LOUIS


St. Louis, MO – At noon today in Rome (5 a.m. CDT), the Press Office of the Holy See announced that His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI has appointed The Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Bishop of the Diocese of Saginaw, as Archbishop of St. Louis. He will serve as the 10th bishop and ninth Archbishop of St. Louis.

Bishop Robert J. Hermann, Archdiocesan Administrator for St. Louis, called Archbishop-elect Carlson “a very energetic, articulate, warm and gifted pastor and administrator. He thinks and works with the Church he loves, and will continue to build upon the legacy of his predecessors here in St. Louis.”

Archbishop–elect Carlson was installed as the fifth bishop of the Diocese of Saginaw on February 24, 2005 at the direction of Pope John Paul II. A native of Minneapolis, MN, he was ordained to the priesthood on May 23, 1970 for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. He was later ordained as an auxiliary bishop for his home archdiocese on January 11, 1984 and went on to serve as Bishop of Sioux Falls, SD, from 1994 to 2005.

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Shhhh! Big Surprise for Local Catholic Librarian

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April 16, 2009 For more information contact:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Elizabeth Westhoff

Assistant Communications Officer
Phone: (314) 792-7635

SHHHH! BIG SURPRISE FOR LOCAL CATHOLIC LIBRARIAN
Parent who started library 30 years ago will have library named after her


WHAT
: Assumption Catholic School will dedicate library to 30-year librarian Kathleen Goodyear , who has no idea of the honor

WHEN: Thursday, April 16, 2009, at 8AM

WHERE: Assumption Catholic School, 4709 Mattis Road in South St. Louis County

South St. Louis County, MO – Kathleen Goodyear, the only librarian Assumption Catholic School has ever had, thinks she is going to an all-school prayer service. What she doesn’t know is that the school is gathering to dedicate and name the library after her. Her relatives, close friends, former colleagues, parent volunteers, past administrators and pastors have been invited. She doesn’t even know her children have flown in from out of state to be there!

Goodyear began the library as a parent volunteer when her children were students in the mid-1970s. In the early 1980s, the library moved to a brick building adjacent to the school building and Mrs. Goodyear became the head librarian.

The library was started with donated books and a small monetary donation from the parish. Over the years, Mrs. Goodyear has upgraded the book selection and computerized the card catalog with money generated from library fees and book fairs. Mrs. Goodyear oversaw the relocation of the library to its present location in 1997. Currently, the Assumption Parish School Library has over 10,000 books, videos, and other educational aids. Mrs. Goodyear says, “The library is only as good as the books that are read.”

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Bishop Hermann Celebrates Easter Sunday

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April 10, 2009 For more information contact:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Anne Steffens
Chief Communications Officer
Phone: (314) 792-7631

BISHOP HERMANN CELEBRATES EASTER SUNDAY


WHAT
: Bishop Robert Hermann will celebrate Easter Sunday Mass

WHEN: Sunday, April 12, 2009, at 10AM

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

St. Louis, MO – Bishop Robert Hermann will join hundreds of local Catholics at the Cathedral Basilica as they celebrate Easter Sunday, the most important day in Catholicism. The faithful believe Easter is the day Jesus rose from the dead, and by His resurrection He has restored life.

Easter marks the end of Lent, the 40 days during which Catholics prayed and fasted as they remembered the events that lead to the crucifixion and redemption of Christ.

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Local Catholics Celebrate Easter Vigil

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April 10, 2009 For more information contact:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Anne Steffens
Chief Communications Officer
Phone: (314) 792-7631

LOCAL CATHOLICS CELEBRATE EASTER VIGIL


WHAT
: Local Catholics celebrate the Easter Vigil Mass and welcome hundreds into the Catholic Church

WHEN: Saturday, April 11, 2009

WHERE: 8PM at St. Gerard Majella Catholic Church, 1969 Dougherty Ferry Road in Kirkwood
9PM at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, 4431 Lindell in St. Louis

St. Louis, MO – Catholics around the world will be spending the Saturday before Easter as a memorial of the holy night of Christ’s resurrection. In St. Louis, Bishop Robert Hermann (at the Cathedral Basilica) and Father Thomas Molini (at St. Gerard Majella) will preside at the Easter Vigil in which the sacraments of Christian initiation will be celebrated. Four men and women will be baptized and/or confirmed and receive First Holy Communion in the Catholic Church at the Cathedral Basilica and at St. Gerard Majella. Hundreds of others will take part in the sacraments of initiation in Archdiocesan parishes across the St. Louis area.

The Mass is considered to be the first celebration of Easter, which marks when Jesus rose from the dead. The service begins in darkness, when a fire is blessed, symbolizing the radiance of the Risen Christ dispelling the darkness of sin and death. Those gathered will then light candles, reminding us that Christ is our light.

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Bishop Hermann Celebrates the Mass of the Lord's Supper

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April 9, 2009 For more information contact:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Anne Steffens
Chief Communications Officer
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BISHOP HERMANN CELEBRATES THE MASS OF THE LORD'S SUPPER
Washing of feet symbolizes call to serve


WHAT
: Bishop Robert Hermann will celebrate Mass to remember the Last Supper Jesus shared with his apostles

WHEN: Thursday, April 9, 2009 at 7:30PM

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

St. Louis, MO – As part of Holy Week, Bishop Robert Hermann will celebrate the Mass of the Lord’s Supper. This Mass commemorates the last meal Jesus shared with his apostles before his death.

As part of the Mass, the Bishop will wash the feet of 12 seminarians (young men studying to become priests) as Christ did to his 12 Disciples, as a sign of Jesus’ ministry of service. At the end of Mass, Catholics will witness the Transfer of the Holy Eucharist, an ancient ceremony in which the Archbishop removes the Eucharist to another altar, symbolizing the time Jesus spent in prayer after the Last Supper.

Catholics around the world celebrate Holy Week, which opens with the celebration of Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem. The week continues with the commemoration of the Last Supper, His passion, and His death, and culminates in the joy of His resurrection.

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Bishop Hermann Blesses Oils Used for Sacraments

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

BISHOP HERMANN BLESSES OILS USED FOR SACRAMENTS
Local priests rededicate their lives to the Church


WHAT
: Bishop Robert Hermann will celebrate Mass with more than 100 local priests, who will renew their vows to the priesthood

WHEN: Thursday, April 9, 2009 at 10AM

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

St. Louis, MO – As part of Holy Week Bishop Robert Hermann, as well as more than 200 local priests, will celebrate the Chrism Mass at the Cathedral Basilica. The Chrism Mass derives its name from one of the three oils which are presented to the Bishop to be blessed and consecrated for use at baptisms, confirmations, and ordinations throughout the year. During the Easter Season, more than 900 adults and 2,000 young men and women will be confirmed in the Catholic faith.

In addition, the priests will renew their commitment to their priestly ministry, helping them call to mind their vocation, and inspiring them to rededicate their lives to Christ. Also, hundreds of local Catholic school students who will be confirmed during the Easter season will attend the Mass to witness the blessing of the oil of chrism, which will be used in their own Confirmations.

Catholics around the world celebrate Holy Week, which opens with the celebration of Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem. The week continues with the commemoration of the Last Supper, His passion, and His death, and culminates in the joy of His resurrection.

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