Annual Adoption Mass

Annual Adoption Mass

November is National Adoption Month. Every year, the RLA joins with Good Shepherd Children and Family Services to coordinate a celebration for those who have been involved in any way with adoption, a gift twice given.

adoptionmass-logo_small.jpgIn the United States, about 120,000 adoptions occur each year. Many people, directly and indirectly, are affected by adoption:

  • Women seeking options for unplanned or crisis pregnancies
  • People and couples seeking children to complete their families
  • Foster families and agencies involved in the placement and protection of children
  • Children who have been adopted

An annual adoption mass is celebrated at the Cathedral Basilica each November.

2017 Annual Adoption Mass

Celebrating Live and Love Twice Given: Archdiocese of St. Louis Fills Cathedral for 2017 Adoption Mass  

Each November in honor of National Adoption Month, the Archdiocese of St. Louis hosts an Annual Adoption Mass and reception at the Cathedral Basilica.

Birth parents and adopted children, parents, and families are honored in a special way. They are invited to bring up the gifts at Offertory, receive a special blessing by the bishop, the homily reflects the theme of adoption, and a reception is held in their honor after Mass. 

ImageMatt and Lauren Bohnert hold their young daughter who they adopted with the assistance of the Archbishop Carlson Adoption Fund. The Bohnert Family spoke at the 41st Annual Respect Life Convention and brought up the gifts at this year's Adoption Mass on Nov. 19.

This year was no different. To a filled Cathedral, Bishop Mark Rivituso celebrated adoption as the gift of love twice given by speaking to the heroism of both birth and adoptive parents and how the children enrich their lives. 

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