Archdiocese of St. Louis Announces Record Annual Catholic Appeal

September 11, 2015
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

Nearly $15 million raised with the message of “Peace”

ST. LOUIS – On Friday, Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, announced the record results of nearly $15 million in contributions and pledges to the 2015 Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA) from more than 54,000 Catholic households and the Perpetual Light Society Endowment. The $14.9 million total is an increase of 5.5% from the 2014 appeal, and an increase of about $2.25 million since 2010. Anticipated estate and corporate matching gifts will add to the total.

The results reflect increasing support among Catholics for the Archdiocese of St. Louis and its ministries; in fact, 112 parishes improved their participation rates, and 152 parishes surpassed their financial goal. In a region which has seen a rise in violence, the 2015 Annual Catholic Appeal theme was appropriately drawn from the Peace Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi.

“The most important part of this success is that we can better respond to those who come to the Church seeking help,” Archbishop Carlson said. “In a community which needs ‘instruments of peace’ more than ever, our ministries feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, and educate our children. We are able to care for the living and visible body of Christ through the generosity and faithful stewardship of Catholics in the archdiocese. For that, I am extremely grateful.”

“This program has been successful for many years,” 2015 Annual Catholic Appeal Chair Con McGrath said. “This new level of success is a credit to the great generosity of the people of the archdiocese, the dedication of parishes, pastors, parish chairpersons and all the volunteers who have worked and continue to work as instruments of peace in our region.”

Each spring, the ACA asks Catholics in nearly 200 parishes across the archdiocese 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.


 Please contact us for more information if you are interested in finding a story of a person or ministry impacted by the Annual Catholic Appeal in your local area.

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Men's and Women's Retreat - October 17

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Tell a "Joke With The Pope" and Change the World!

Joke With The PopeTell a joke and change the world! Pope Francis, who will soon be visiting the United States, invites you to "donate" a joke to help children in need, house the homeless, and feed the hungry. The cause with the most jokes will win a $10,000 donation. Joke With The Pope was created by the Pontifical Mission Societies in the United States, the Catholic Church's official support organization for overseas missions.

Upload your video joke or type in your written joke by October 2nd. Be sure to use #JokeWithThePope on social media!

Vist the Joke With The Pope website!

View a brief overview of Joke With The Pope!

Emergency Responders to be Honored at Inaugural Blue Mass on Sunday

September 9, 2015
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

Bishop Edward Rice will celebrate Mass to honor living and deceased emergency responders

What: Inaugural Blue Mass to honor emergency responders
Where: Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (4431 Lindell)
When: Sunday, September 13, 2015, 10:00 a.m.
Who: Auxiliary Bishop Edward Rice and emergency responders from the greater St. Louis region

ST. LOUIS – Most Reverend Edward Rice, auxiliary bishop of St. Louis, will celebrate the first Blue Mass in the Archdiocese of St. Louis on Sunday, September 13, 2015 to honor all emergency responders. Police officers, firefighters, paramedics, emergency support staff, and other public safety & law enforcement personnel and their families have been invited.

“The work of our emergency responders is a gift that requires much sacrifice,” Archbishop Robert J. Carlson said. “This Mass is one way for the Archdiocese of St. Louis to show support for what these men and women do every day, and in a particular way to say thank you to those who dedicate their lives to serve and protect the citizens of the greater St. Louis region. Their heroic choice to regularly stand between ordinary citizens and dangerous situations is a testament to their goodness and bravery. In living out their profession, they show us the true spirit of what it means to be a follower of Christ.”

The Blue Mass honors men and women currently serving as emergency responders, as well as those who have died in the line of duty. The Mass is intended to bring a greater awareness of those who serve us so faithfully, often placing others’ lives and safety above their own.

The first Blue Mass was celebrated by Fr. Thomas Dade on September 29, 1934 at St. Patrick Church in Washington, D.C. In attendance were more than 1,000 police and firefighters, dressed in their blue uniforms. The tradition of showing gratitude to emergency responders and their families in this way has continued throughout the United States, especially since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.


If you or someone you know would like to register for the Blue Mass as an emergency responder, please visit

Statement Regarding Annulment Process

September 8, 2015
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS - Today, Pope Francis issued “Mitis Iudex Dominus Iesus” (The Lord Jesus, the Gentle Judge) pertaining to the annulment process for the Latin-rite Church. It is not uncommon for the Catholic Church to review and tweak the laws and regulations regarding annulments. Previous popes such as Pius XI, Paul VI and John Paul II also issued revisions.

The Archdiocese of St. Louis is studying the document to determine the specific ways in which it will impact the tribunal process and pastoral care of the faithful. We will have a more complete understanding of the changes within the coming days and weeks upon consultation with the Vatican and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The changes will go into effect on December 8, 2015, in conjunction with the beginning of the Jubilee Year of Mercy.


Training Day 2015

Every year in September the Office of Youth Ministry has training and ongoing Formation for all Youth Ministers, Adult Youth Leaders, Core Members, and Volunteers to better prepare them for the mission field of Youth Ministry.  This year, the keynote speaker will be Deacon Dana Nearmyer, the Lead Consultant for Evangelization and Catholic Formation for Youth in the Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas. Deacon Nearmyer is also an Adjunct Instructor of Evangelization and Catechesis at Benedictine College where he teaches courses on Youth Ministry. Other presenters will be Katie Gray, Rachel Allen, and OYM Staff.

Event: Training Day

Date: Saturday, September 12, 2015

WhatThis will be a full day of training for all adults working in youth ministry.

WhereKenrick-Glennon Seminary

Time:  Check-in and breakfast are from 8:15 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.  Training will be 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Special Guest:  Deacon Dana Nearmyer

Price$25.00 per person by August 30th, $35.00 per person on and after August 31st.
            Priests are free.  Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Register On-Line Here .

For more information contact Tom Lancia at 314-792-7618 or

Exciting Upcoming Events

Date Time Event Location Notes and RSVP Information
June 2 - 5, 2016 7 pm Thursday – 10 am Sunday Vocation Retreat: "Behold This Heart" 10341 Manchester Rd.
Kirkwood, MO 63122
A retreat for single Catholic women, age 17-29, who are considering the religious life and interested in learning more about the Carmelite Sisters of the Divine Heart of Jesus.  Please see below and 2015-16 retreat poster email.pdf.  For more information visit or contact Sr. Mary Michael, Carmel DCJ: (314)-965-7616 or
June 4, 2016
8:30 am -
12 noon
“Why Johnny Can’t Put His Cell Phone Down" Mini-Retreat Workshops Liguori Hall at
St. Gerard Majella Parish
1969 Dougherty Ferry Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63122
Please see below and Mini Retreat Workshop Series.pdf. All are welcome. No registration is necessary, and admission is free. For more information, contact Deacon Jim Russell at 314-792-7173 or
June 4, 2016
8:30 am -
12 noon
“A Morning with Mary, Mother of Priests, Mother of Mercy" St. Joseph Parish in Manchester
567 St. Joseph Lane
Ballwin, MO 63021
All women are invited. Please see below and June 4 2016 Event Flyer-3.pdf. Free, but please Register by June 1st - online at,
email, or call 314-275-0890.
June 24 - 26, 2016 Friday – Sunday Vocation Retreat: "MORE Weekend" St. Louis The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet Vocation Team invites women ages 18-35 interested in religious life to join us for a weekend event in St. Louis, June 24-26. Please see below and or contact Sr. Amy Hereford at
June 29, 2016
7:15 pm St. Louis Cardinals vs. Kansas City Royals Busch Stadium
St. Louis, MO
The Serra Club of St. Louis is offering free Cardinals tickets for all Religious on June 29th! Come early to see Archbishop Joseph Naumann and Sister Christian Price, ASCJ, throw out a ceremonial first pitch. Please contact Michael A. Gerritzen ASAP at or 314-231-2786 with the number of tickets you would like to request.
July 2016 Mondays Sequela Christi 10341 Manchester Rd.
Kirkwood, MO 63122
Mondays in July 2016: A series of volunteer days including the opportunity to join in the apostolate, prayer, and recreation of the Carmelites D.C.J. For girls in their sophomore year of high school and older. A schedule of the afternoon and more information is available on our website at
October 22, 2016
9 am -
9 pm
JESUS CHRIST, the FACE of the FATHER, “RICH IN MERCY” (Eph 2:4) A Symposium Cardinal Rigali Center The symposium will feature speakers addressing the mercy of God encountering the misery and needs of mankind.  Please see below and Jesus Christ -- Rich in Mercy Symposium.pdf for more information.  To register:

MORE Weekend
Start: Jun 24, 2016
End: Jun 26, 2016

One with God and Neighbor
Reflection and Prayer

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet Vocation Team invites women ages 18-35 interested in religious life to join us for a weekend event in St. Louis, June 24-26.
MORE Weekend is an opportunity for sisters and interested women to share time in community, prayer and volunteer ministry.
We will have a time for ministry at two volunteer sites where sisters are active: Marian Middle School and an organic garden.
We will explore the core value of the Sisters of St. Joseph: being one with God and neighbor. Our congregation is oriented to the unifying love of God and to bringing about our oneness with God and oneness with neighbor.
There will be time for reflection and prayer with the sisters. We will focus on discernment and the call to unifying love.
And finally, there will be time to engage with the sisters in community, meals and celebration.
If you are interested in religious life and are interested in MORE Weekend, contact Sister Amy Hereford at or for more details.
Check out the CSJ Vocation Team's website at

Statement Regarding Pope Francis’ Abortion Announcement

September 2, 2015
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

The priests of the Archdiocese of St.  Louis have had the faculty not only to absolve the sin of abortion, but also to remove any other obstacles such as an ecclesiastical censure so that an individual may be fully reconciled to God and to the Church.  The priests of the archdiocese have had this faculty granted to them by the archbishop for decades. While the teachings of the Church are consistent, some priests' faculties may be different in other parts of the world. The pope's recent comments extending priests’ authority for the upcoming Year of Mercy is meant to facilitate more accessible reconciliation, healing and mercy throughout the universal Church.

Women who have received valid absolution for the grave sin of abortion in the archdiocese should be assured of the mercy previously extended to them in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

The archdiocese offers spiritual support and counseling through the services of the Project Rachel and Project Joseph ministries. Anyone wounded by abortion is invited to call upon God’s mercy and forgiveness by contacting Project Rachel/Joseph at (314) 792-7565.


CCHD National Grant Pre-Application Is Now Open!

Pre-Application for new grant applicants for the 2016-2017 National CCHD Grant Program is Now Open! 

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development is the national anti-poverty program of the U.S. Catholic Bishops. CCHD works to break the cycle of poverty by helping low-income people participate in decisions that affect their lives, families, and communities. Currently, there are two grant programs: community development and economic development. For more information on these programs, including a comprehensive guide on how to complete the application, click here.

CCHD grants involve a multi-step review process, the first of which is the pre-application. All new grant applicants must submit a pre-application for a community development or an economic development grant. CCHD uses this pre-application to determine the funding eligibility of a potential applicant organization. Approved organizations will be invited to apply for the full grant, which is due December 15th.

To fill out the pre-application, click here. Pre-application guidelines can be found in the Grant HandbookThe deadline to submit a pre-application is November 1st, 2015!

If you have any questions about this process, please contact Sandy Mattingly-Paulen, Grants Specialist at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, at or 202-541-3211. 2015 CCHD Image Poster

Jubilee Year of Mercy Preparations Begin Tuesday in Archdiocese of St. Louis

September 1, 2015
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

Doors of Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis to be sealed in special ceremony

What: Sealing the center narthex doors of the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis
Where: Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (4431 Lindell)
When: Tuesday, September 8th, after the 12:05 p.m. Mass
Who: Bishop Edward Rice and the faithful of the Archdiocese of St. Louis
Why: To prepare local Catholics for Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, as declared by Pope Francis

ST. LOUIS – The center narthex doors of the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis will be sealed in a special ceremony after the 12:05 p.m. Mass on Tuesday, September 8, 2015, to remind the faithful to prepare their hearts for the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy. The Jubilee Year, or Holy Year, begins worldwide on December 8, 2015. Bishop Edward Rice will offer Mass and conduct the ceremony to seal the doors. The doors will be opened again on December 13, 2015.

In April, Pope Francis declared the Catholic Church would celebrate an Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy beginning December 8, 2015, with the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. The Holy Year will end on November 20, 2016, on 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.

Most Catholics will be unable to make a pilgrimage during this Jubilee Year to visit the four major basilicas in Rome. However, Catholics can make a pilgrimage to minor basilicas, including the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, or other local pilgrimage sites.

More information about the Jubilee Year of Mercy, including a calendar of events and a list of local pilgrimage sites, can be found at


Proclaiming the Good News to the Nations: Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School

Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School celebrated the Mass of the Holy Spirit on Thursday, August 27th. The Mass, celebrated by Bishop Rice, marked the beginning of the new academic year. "We recalled that at Pentecost, the Holy Spirit inspired the disciples of Jesus to proclaim the Gospel to the nations in a variety of languages," Rachel Kondro said. "So, we invited members of our community to offer the Prayers of the Faithful in English, Spanish, Russian, French, Italian, and Romanian." 

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Internship Opportunities in the Catholic Youth Apostolate

The Office of Youth Ministry – a ministry of the Catholic Youth Apostolate of the Archdiocese of St. Louis – is seeking energetic, motivated, faithful self-starters for our internship program.  This program offers college age students an opportunity to give a period of service to the Church, while gaining valuable experience and formation.  The internship can be used for course credit. For more information please review the OYM Intern Job Description or visit To apply, complete our Internship Application and submit it to Tom Lancia, the Director of Youth Ministry:

Tom Lancia
Director of Youth Ministry
20 Archbishop May Dr.
St. Louis Mo, 63119

Office: (314) 792-7618
Fax: (314) 792-7619

The Office of Young Adult Ministry strives to support and create a vibrant and visible community of Catholic young adults.  We seek to challenge young adults to live out the Gospel call of Jesus to “make disciples of all nations” (Mt 28), while continuing to grow in their relationship with Christ and the Church.  This ministry offers young adults the opportunity to grow in their spiritual life and form lasting relationships based on the call of Christ to holiness, community and service.

The intern for the Office of Young Adult Ministry will gain valuable experience by assisting the office staff with the execution of several major Young Adult programs.  These programs will include, but are not limited to, Emmaus Small Faith Sharing Groups, Encounter Young Adult Conference, Theology on Tap and the Discipulus Young Adult Institute. For more details, view the OYAM Internship Job Description. To apply, complete the OYAM Internship Application and send it to Kasia Penna, the Director of Young Adult Ministry:

Kasia Penna
Director of Young Adult Ministry
20 Archbishop May Drive
St. Louis, MO  63119

Office: (314) 792-7008

The REAP (Retreat Evangelization And Prayer) Team is a retreat ministry of the Catholic Youth Apostolate. The REAP Team consists of adults and teenagers who have been specially chosen and trained to convey the Gospel to all people, especially teenagers. Using humor, drama, skits, faith sharing, games, and music, the Team's focus is to touch young people's hearts, open their minds, and stir their souls with the love of Jesus Christ.

The REAP Team is constantly seeking volunteers who are interested in working with young people of all ages in a retreat setting. To find out more, visit

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