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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

Archdiocese of St. Louis, Missouri Synod Lutherans stand against sale of baby parts

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It would be easier to forget what we have seen, to erase from our memories and our minds what we have heard. But the statements and actions of Planned Parenthood medical directors and technicians, captured on film and released by the Center for Medical Progress, are the kind we will not forget, the kind that cannot be unseen and unheard.

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.

While offensive, the degradation of the bodies of these infant human beings is unfortunately just the tip of the iceberg. Those fetal tissue and organs are only available for sale because they are being killed through abortion. Over 57 million unborn children have been lost to abortion in our nation since 1973.

The toll of these lives lost is enormous. We are missing sons and daughters, siblings, spouses, coaches, scholars, mentors and friends.

This loss is symptomatic of a loss of respect for human life in our society today. In so many ways, our culture seeks to deny the humanity of the unborn, of the elderly or of someone with a disability.

Together, we stand firm and repeat that every human life is worthy of dignity and respect. We affirm our continued commitment 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. We stand ready to assist any parent who wishes to make an adoption plan for their child.

Our commitment is to all life in all its stages from conception to natural death. For those men and women who participated in an abortion, we extend to you the words of Jesus: “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden …” (Matt. 11:28), and we invite you to experience hope and healing from your experience.

The Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson,
Archbishop of St. Louis

The Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, President,
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

 


Click here for coverage from the St. Louis Review

Click here to view the press release announcing the statement

Annual “Red Mass” for Judges, Attorneys, and Legal Professionals

September 30, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

What: Annual Red Mass and reception for members of the judiciary and legal community
When: Sunday, October 4, 2015, 10 a.m.
Who: Archbishop Robert Carlson, principal celebrant; Reverend Nicholas Kastenholz, 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 and legal community on Sunday, October 4, at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis beginning at 10 a.m.

With roots dating to the 13th century, the Red Mass is celebrated in the United States at the opening of the judicial term in October. Attorneys, legal professionals, and those serving in the legislative and judicial branches of government of all faiths are invited to participate in this centuries-old tradition.

"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."

Reverend Nicholas Kastenholz, J.C.L., judicial vicar for the Metropolitan Tribunal in the Archdiocese of St. Louis and pastor of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Clayton, will deliver the homily. Thomas Buckley and Marie Kenyon are co-chairs of the Red Mass.

A reception for all attendees will follow in Boland Hall.

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St. Louis Young Adults to Host Men's & Women's Retreat: Exploring Spirituality in Everyday Life

The first St. Louis Young Adults Men's and Women's Retreat will be held on Saturday, October 17th! This will be a day-long retreat, planned and led by young adults with the goal of helping other young adults deepen their faith in their everyday lives.

The men's retreat will take place at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, and the women's retreat will take place at the Cardinal Rigali Center from 10 am to 5 pm. There will then be a vigil Mass with both groups to conclude the retreat. Lunch and an optional breakfast will be included.

This retreat will include talks, fellowship, reconciliation and Mass; this is a great way to build community and also take time to encounter the Lord. For more details and to register, visit Office of Young Adult Ministry's page, or email stlya@archstl.org.

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