Archbishop Robert Carlson Offers Prayers for Orlando

June 13, 2016
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Archbishop Robert Carlson released the following statement in response to the senseless violence in Orlando this past weekend:

“We pray for the victims of this evil act and the repose of their souls. We pray for their loved ones, that they may be comforted in their time of grief. We must also pray and work for a more peaceful world that respects the dignity of the human person.”

October 19th - "In Him Was Life" - Reception, service project, and prayer service, presented by Life Information From Teens and Coalition for Life

On Saturday, October 19th, the Respect Life Apostolate of the Archdiocese of St. Louis joined with Coalition for Life to hold an event specifically for teens. The event included service projects, free food, awesome music, and of course time for peaceful, prayerful vigil on the sidewalk outside of Planned Parenthood.

We titled the event “In Him Was Life”, which is part of the 4th verse of the first chapter of John’s gospel. This short little phrase is so simple, yet so complete. It perfectly sums up everything we stand for. We know that when He, Christ Our Lord, is excluded, there is no life. And so, at the close of the event, when several teens revealed that the brisk Saturday morning had been their first time on the sidewalk by Planned Parenthood, we knew that Christ was at work there and had made a profound difference in their lives. Then, when it was announced that the prayerful witness of about 50 teens had also helped create a turnaround, it only further illuminated the profound truth that “In Him Was Life.”

Check out some of these pictures from the event:

The teens at our "In Him Was Life" rally are fired up to save #Babies 

The teens at our "In Him Was Life" rally were fired up to save babies.


Fifty teens participated in three different service projects.


Fr. Purcell inspired the teens to share the JOY of the message of LIFE.


Coalition for Life took over the program and prepared the teens for the prayerful, peaceful vigil.

The teens sang and prayed outside PlannedParenthood. "God you are higher than any other..."

Teens huddled in prayer on the sidewalk.

Stephanie, a teen from St. Joseph Academy, shared her experience at the sidewalk

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson urges faithful to heed request of Pope Francis to pray for peace in Syria

September 4, 2013
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Recognizing this is a very sensitive and critical time in the Mideast, our Holy Father has asked the Catholic faithful to unite in prayer with all people of faith for a very special intention this weekend. Pope Francis has declared that Saturday, September 7, 2013, the vigil of the birth of Mary, Queen of Peace, will be a Day of Fasting and Prayer for Peace in Syria, the Middle East, and throughout the world. Pope Francis will lead thousands during a vigil for peace, including the rosary, Eucharistic adoration, scripture reading, confessions, and a papal blessing.

As Archbishop of St. Louis, in unity with Bishop Robert J. Shaheen of the St. Louis-based Maronite Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon, I want to encourage Catholics and all people of faith to accept this urgent and sincere request to unite our hearts with Pope Francis and those praying for peace in St. Peter’s Square this Saturday.

All the faithful are encouraged to fast this day for fasting is a means of communion with God and neighbor. It is an assistance to look behind oneself, and to reach out to others in their need. Fasting is an awakening at one's spiritual consciousness to live our life for Christ and others.

Pope Francis has said, “Humanity needs to see these gestures of peace and hear words of hope and peace.” Please remember this most delicate and fragile of intentions as together we pray and fast for the innocent victims of political unrest, especially the children of this world, and for a peaceful resolution to this crisis.

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Spiritual Adoption

Spiritual Adoption

Initiated in 1991, this simple yet effective program provides an opportunity for children, teens, adults and senior citizens to prayerfully intercede on behalf of moms and unborn babies threatened by abortion. Participants spiritually adopt a baby known by God to be at risk of abortion by pledging to pray the Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen prayer daily for nine months.  Prayer cards are available to offer a daily reminder to offer prayers for their unborn child.

The goal of the program is three fold:

  1. Encourage prayers for babies in danger of abortion and for their parents.
  2. Educate adults and children about the development of babies in the womb.
  3. Provide material assistance to mothers in need through a "baby shower" or "birthday party" at the conclusion of the program.

Schools and Parish School of Religion programs can promote Spiritual Adoption for the nine months of the school year, September through May. It works well for a parish to participate along with the school. Another option is to offer the program from the Feast of the Annunciation through Christmas. Students and parishioners can learn about the milestones of fetal development either through classroom posters, brochures, or bulletin announcements. At the end of the nine months of prayer, schools and/or parishes can hold a baby shower to gather new or gently used items for agencies that provide a home or support for mothers with a crisis pregnancy.

Spiritual Adoption Prayer Cards

Two different styles of Spiritual Adoption prayer cards are offered by the RLA office.  These can be ordered by clicking here.

Spiritual Adoption Prayer Card - Holy Family Spiritual Adoption Prayer Cards - Holy Family        

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, I love you very much. I beg you to protect the life of the unborn baby that I have spiritually adopted.  Mary, our Mother in Heaven, pray for us, and especially for your little ones! Because God loves every baby He creates, I promise to pray for my spiritually adopted baby for nine months.

There is room on the card to note the name of the baby and start date of the nine month period.

OLG Spiritual Adoption Prayer Cards - Our Lady of Guadalupe        

To help stop the anti-life push in the world, the late-Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen encouraged the spiritual adoption of an unborn child.  This is done by praying that one particular but unknown child's life be spared abortion and be allowed to continue to live.  To accomplish this, it was recommended an individual say the following prayer for a period of nine months: "Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, I love you very much.  I beg you to spare the life of the unborn baby that I have spiritually adopted who is in danger of abortion." 

Fetal Development Information

Did you know a baby has a heartbeat three weeks after conception?  Did you know that two months after conception, a baby has all five major areas of the adult brain present and can respond to touch?  Did you know that a baby at two months has the lines of their palm print and foot print already engraved in their skin?

The RLA offers the following resources as part of the Spiritual Adoption program to help participants learn about the physical development of the unborn child.  These can be ordered through the RLA Office by clicking here.

Milestones Brochure Milestones of Early Life Brochure        

Provides biological information on the milestones for the nine months a baby is in the womb.  Includes color photos of the development of the baby in utero.

What The Never Told You What They Never Told You Brochure        

Contains a short quiz about what happens after conception.  Provides information about fetal development throughout all nine months a baby is in the womb in a timeline.  

Other fetal development posters and brochures can be purchased through Heritage House 

Bulletin Announcements

Parishes wishing to participate in the Spiritual Adoption program can utilize monthly bulletin announcements to raise awareness of fetal development. Sample monthly announcements can be downloaded here.

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