Legislative Expert to Address Respect Life Convention on Sunday

October 23, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

What: 39th Annual Respect Life Convention
Where: St. Charles Convention Center (1 Convention Center Plaza, St Charles, MO 63303)
When: Sunday, October 25, 2015, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Lunch and keynote at 11:30 a.m.
Who: Keynote speaker, Charmaine Yoest, Ph.D., President and CEO of Americans United for Life (AUL)

ST. LOUIS – The 39th Annual Respect Life Convention, hosted by the Respect Life Apostolate of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, will take place on Sunday, October 25, at the St. Charles Convention Center. Charmaine Yoest, Ph.D., President and CEO of Americans United For Life (AUL), will deliver the keynote address. Nearly 800 attendees are expected to attend the convention.

Americans United for Life (aul.org) is heralded as one of the chief legal architects of the pro-life movement. Dr. Yoest’s keynote presentation will offer insight into the success of pro-life laws enacted since 2011 through a state-based legislative strategy.

Mass, exhibits, and afternoon workshops are all free and open to the public. The lunch and keynote begin at 11:30 a.m.

Workshops offered at the convention will address topics such as physician-assisted suicide, youth in the pro-life movement, and moving beyond debate to dialogue. For a complete listing of workshops and for more information about the convention, visit stlrespectlife.org.

The Archdiocese of St. Louis was the first diocese in the nation to establish what was then the Pro-Life Committee, now called the Respect Life Apostolate (RLA), following the landmark Roe v Wade decision in 1973. Every October, which is Respect Life month, the RLA hosts its annual convention. The purpose of the convention is to gather, listen, and discuss efforts to respect the dignity and sanctity of life and efforts to build the “Culture of Life” in our society.

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THURSDAY MORNING FIRE AT ST. JOSEPH SHRINE MARKS SECOND CATHOLIC CHURCH HIT BY ARSONISTS

October 22, 2015
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For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

 Arsonist Setting Fires at Local Churches is Non-Sectarian

ST. LOUIS – The recent rash of church fires in St. Louis are saddening acts of violence in a community already devastated by violence and division. The fire Thursday morning at the Shrine of St. Joseph marks the second Catholic Church in St. Louis to have been targeted, after St. Augustine was hit last week. 

It is unimaginable why these acts of violence have taken place at churches which are vitally important parts of our community. The doors of St. Augustine and the Shrine of St. Joseph can be replaced. We are thankful that no one was injured in these incidents. We will pray for and forgive those who have committed these acts.

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Internationally Renowned Catholic Author to Speak at Two St. Louis Churches

October 21, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS – Matthew Kelly, the internationally renowned Catholic evangelist and author of Rediscover Jesus and The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic, will speak to sold-out crowds at two St. Louis-area Catholic churches on Friday, October 23, and Saturday, October 24.

On Friday, Mr. Kelly will present “Living Everyday with Passion and Purpose” at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Kirkwood (243 W. Argonne Dr.) beginning at 7:00 p.m. On Saturday, Mr. Kelly will give the same presentation to approximately 1,000 people at St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Parish (4900 Ringer Road) beginning at 9:00 a.m. Both events are sold out.

Mr. Kelly’s “Passion and Purpose” events will invite attendees to identify God's voice in their lives and the specific purpose for which we have all been created. He inspires attendees to apply the genius of Catholicism to every aspect of life, including prayer & spirituality, work, dating & marriage, personal finances, health & well being, parenting, and community involvement.

Born in Sydney, Australia, Matthew Kelly has dedicated his life to helping people and organizations become the-best-version-of-themselves. He is an internationally acclaimed speaker, bestselling author, and business consultant. His books have appeared on the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestseller lists, and have sold in excess of three million copies. Mr. Kelly founded The Dynamic Catholic Institute to research why Catholics engage or disengage and explore what it will take to establish vibrant Catholic communities in the 21st Century.

The Archdiocese of St. Louis has partnered with the Dynamic Catholic Institute to launch a four-year program called “Dynamic Catholic, Alive!” which will focus on four key areas of Catholic life: prayer, study, generosity, and evangelization. More information can be found at archstl.org/dynamic.

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World Mission Sunday Mass held at Cathedral Basilica

Our annual World Mission Sunday Mass was held October 18, 2015 at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. We had a beautiful day full of support for the missions! Mass began with an entrance procession with members of the consecrated life, as well as representatives from different nations who now make the Archdiocese of Saint Louis their home. The second reading, along with the general intercessions, were read in different languages, making it a truly international celebration. Bishop Edward Rice celebrated our Mass and shared how the missions have impacted his own life - and how each of us, even if we have not traveled to the missions, can pray and offer our support here at home.

Following Mass, guests had an opportunity to talk with Bishop Rice and one another at a donut reception in Boland Hall.

Thank you to Bishop Rice and everyone who attended and made our Mass a wonderful celebration! To learn more about World Mission Sunday, visit our World Mission Sunday page.

A Chance To Get Cardinals Suite Tickets Plus Help Families With Adoption. That's a Winner!

Support the loving gift of adoption by purchasing a ticket for the Archbishop Robert J. Carlson Adoption Fund Cardinals Suite Raffle. The winner will get one half of the Mercy Suite (10 tickets plus $150 of food/drink credit and one parking pass) for a mutually-agreed-upon date during the 2016 Cardinal Baseball season. Tickets for the raffle are $20 each or six for $100. All proceeds go directly to families to assist with the cost of adoption. Help us lift up these deserving families...we need all the help we can get! Applications for grants are increasing every year. Please prayerfully consider selling and buying these tickets. Purchases can be made on line: http://archstl.org/raffleforadoption or by calling the Office of Natural Family Planning at 314-997-7576.

CYC Volunteers to be Honored at 59th Annual CYC Sports Awards Banquet

The 59th Annual CYC Sports Awards Banquet will be held on Thursday, November 5th at the Crowne Plaza in Clayton.  This banquet honors the many volunteers that have donated their time and talents to the Catholic Youth Council program over the years.  Bill Bommarito, President of Coaching Coaches, LLC will serve as the Master of Ceremonies for this year's event.

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

The CYC Sports Banquet first began in the 1950's as a pre-match dinner for the International Soccer matches, generally between a team from Europe and a team of CYC All-Stars.  These games and the "Kick-off Dinners" were held usually the night before the game to introduce the players.  From the dinners spawned the Soccer Banquet, which was the forerunner to the CYC Sports Banquets.

You are invited to attend this year's banquet and show your support for our volunteers and the CYC program in general.  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.

EWTN Live features the Missions! October 14 at 7 PM CDT

EWTN Live features the Church's Missions in this week before World Mission Sunday! Tune in Wednesday, October 14, 8 PM EDT (7 PM CDT) - or view online here. Guest will be Father Andrew Small, OMI, National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in the United States. ‪

To learn more about World Mission Sunday (October 18) and how you can help, visit our World Mission Sunday page. Thanks for your prayerful support!

Annual World Mission Sunday Mass – October 18th at 10:00 am

World Mission Sunday 2015Join us at our Annual World Mission Sunday Mass on October 18th at 10:00 am at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, located on Lindell Boulevard. We are happy to welcome Bishop Rice as our celebrant this year. Coffee and donuts will be served in Boland Hall following Mass. To learn more about World Mission Sunday, and how your prayers and support will help 1,150 mission territories around the world, visit our World Mission Sunday page. Please prayerfully consider supporting the World Mission Sunday collection by donating online here. And, don't forget to follow along on social media this month: #worldmissionsundaystl

Thank you for your prayerful support!

 

Archbishop Carlson Releases Pastoral Statement on Immigration and Mercy

October 12, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS – Most Revered Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, has issued a pastoral statement on immigration and mercy to “reaffirm” his “commitment to accompany” immigrants and refugees in the St. Louis area. The statement was released in light of growing concern “about the language and rhetoric of discrimination, hate and alienation.”

“In my visits and conversations with our Hispanic sisters and brothers, in particular, I have heard how difficult, painful and divisive this rhetoric of hate has been, and how it is creating an atmosphere of anxiety, withdrawal and fear,” the statement reads.

In the statement, Archbishop Carlson calls upon others to join him “in expressing our solidarity and hope” with the immigrant and refugee communities in the region.

The full statement, in both English and Spanish, can be found at archstl.org/archstl/page/most-reverend-robert-j-carlson.

In a memo to priests of the archdiocese, Archbishop Carlson requested that the statement be read in English and Spanish at all parishes that offer Masses in both languages.

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Annual “White Mass” on Sunday to Honor Health Care Professionals

October 8, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

New Rector of Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis to be Installed During Mass

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 11, 2015, 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 11, 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.

During Mass, Monsignor Joseph Simon will be installed as the new rector of the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis. Monsignor Simon replaces the late Monsignor Joseph Pins who passed away in June.

A reception welcoming both the healthcare community and the newly appointed rector of the Cathedral Basilica will immediately follow Mass in Boland Hall.

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Archdiocese of St. Louis, Missouri Synod Lutherans Stand Against Sale of Baby Parts

October 6, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

Joint statement reaffirms shared teaching on respect for human life

ST. LOUIS – The leaders of the Archdiocese of St. Louis and the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod (LCMS) released a joint statement on Tuesday which reaffirms their shared teachings on the respect for human life and expresses shock over the content of recently released undercover videos.

The statement from Archbishop Robert Carlson and Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison says, in part: “Like millions of Americans, including those in the Roman Catholic Church and The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod, we have been shaken to the core by what we have witnessed: intact babies, at times still alive, having their body parts harvested as a commodity. We are shocked at the image of tiny hands and feet seen in a glass pie plate. We are horrified at what we have seen and heard. Such actions and attitudes have no place in our society.”

The statement goes on to make clear that the Archdiocese of St. Louis and the Missouri Synod are ready “to offer resources to help parents of any faith background who are in need of medical, financial or social service assistance both during pregnancy and after.”

In closing, the two leaders make clear that they are committed “to all life in all its stages from conception to natural death.”

The full statement can be found at stlrespectlife.org.

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The statement can be downloaded here

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