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Fr. Scheid Players Open 39th Season with - The Man Who Came to Dinner

The Catholic Youth Apostolate is pleased to announce that the Fr. William Scheid Players will open their 39th season with The Man Who Came to Dinner, a Broadway favorite about a noted cultural critic and radio show personality who, while on a national speaking tour visits the Ohio home of the prominent and conservative Stanley family. He slips on the ice, breaks his hip, and the local doctor says he must remain confined there. Whiteside turns the Stanley household upside down, forcing everyone in town to cater to his egotistical demands. A three-ring circus of machinations and celebrity appearances ensues.

This year’s cast features two priests of the Archdiocese, Monsignor Norb Ernst of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Parish and Fr. Bill Wigand of Regina Cleri, along with talented adult performers from the Archdiocese.

Performance dates are:

  • Friday, March 16 at 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, March 17 at 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, March 18 at 2:00 pm

We have a wonderful new venue for the spring play. All performances will be at the Heagney Theatre on the campus of Nerinx Hall High School, 530 E. Lockwood Avenue, Webster Groves, Missouri 63119.

All advanced tickets are $12 for reserved seating. Tickets are available at the door for $15. The theatre provides ample seating and parking. To order tickets, please mail your check along with the Ticket order form. For additional ticket information, please contact Ann Madden at annmaddenstl1@gmail.com or call (314) 605-7520.

To further help support the Catholic Youth Apostolate you may wish to consider placing an ad in our program book. This is a great opportunity to send a congratulatory message to one of the performers or to bring awareness of your business or ministry. Please download Ad Book Order Form for further information. The deadline for placing an ad is March 7. For more information about placing an ad, please contact Debby Mooney at (314) 853-7651 or email debbymo@aol.com.

All proceeds from performances benefit the ministries of the Catholic Youth Apostolate. Thank you for your continued support!!  We hope to see you at the show!!

These St. Louis Women Describe Why They Are a Part of the March for Life

Three Different Perspectives Weave a Rich Pro-Life Witness

Anna Jones

After attending the Generation Life pilgrimage for the first time as a freshman, Anna Jones marched back to St. Louis, determined to start a pro-life club at Kirkwood High School.

At the end of their pilgrimage, Generation Life teens were invited to make a personal commitment to life issues -- thus how Pioneers for Life was born.

Finish reading Anna's story here.

Pam Coughlin

When Pam Coughlin called to reserve a spot for the Missouri Life Caravan, she didn't know a single person on the trip to Washington, D.C. But as it turns out, Coughlin was well-known by members of Missouri Right to Life, which organizes the annual bus trip.

Missouri Right to Life had come to Coughlin's defense, when in the mid-1990s she was fired from her teaching job as an associate professor at Washington University in St. Louis. With a doctorate in social work and master's in nursing, Coughlin taught a class called "Child Development Through the Life Cycle." During that class, she showed students "The Silent Scream," a 1984 documentary that used ultrasound images to show the horrors of abortion in graphic detail.

"I gave them the opportunity to stay or leave," recalls the now 82-year-old member of St. Justin Martyr Parish in Sunset Hills. "Four of the girls left the room, went to the administration and tried to get it stopped."

Read the rest of Pam's story here.

Alexis Carrasquillo & Zita Myers-Carrasquillo

Alexis Carrasquillo believes that "everyone deserves a life." That's why she was inspired to attend the March for Life with Rosati-Kain High School.

It was the first march for Alexa and her mother, Zita Myers-Carrasquillo, who came along as a chaperone. Alexis called the experience "awesome," although she said "there were some things I didn't want to see," referring to some of the graphic images of aborted babies along the march route.

For Alexis and her mother, taking a stand for life of the unborn has been the newest link in their efforts to support life at all stages.

Read the rest of their story here.

(All three stories were written by St. Louis Review's Jennifer Brinker; photo collage by Lisa Johnston)

Local Archdiocesan Marches Show Strong Pro-Life Witness

Catholic St. Louis Bore Witness to Life Both in Washington D.C. and Locally

For about a half-hour on either side of noon on Jan. 20, students and parishioners from St. Alban Roe Parish and School bore powerful witness to the pro-life movement.

About 200 people -- 30 students in the middle-school youth ministry joined by roughly 170 parishioners of all ages, from babies to seniors --marched on the bike path along Highways 109 and 100, chanting, singing, and carrying signs.  

The lead sign, carried by three students, asked drivers to "Honk for Life," and honking horns accompanies the group throughout the two-mile hike from the parish church to Wildwood City Hall. There Mayor Jim Bowlin greeted them.

"Thank you for voicing your support for this very important cause," he said in brief remarks to the group. "It really is great that we live in a country where we can do that... Thank you for what you do."

After music and song by the school's Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George, along with a little dancing by the students, the event closed with prayer, just as it had begun an hour previous.

Continue reading the St. Louis Review article here (by Dave Luecking and photo by Jerry Naunheim, Jr.)

Generation Life Pilgrims Lead the Charge in Proclaiming that "Love Saves Lives" at Annual March for Life

Archdiocesan Teen Pilgrimage Brings 2,200 to Washington D.C. on January 19

Kurt Hufker huddled with his friends on the National Mall as they eagerly awaited for the March for Life to begin.

This was the first march for Kurt, who was with his youth group from Assumption Parish in Mattese. Researching life issues on his own, Kurt knew that abortion was wrong, and he wanted to come to stand up for life.

"Life is the most important thing we have," said the junior at St. Mary's High School. "If you can't protect life, what is there to protect?"

Kurt was one of more than 2,200 teens attending the Jan. 19 march as part of the Generation Life pilgrimage, hosted by the archdiocesan Office of Youth Ministry. The annual pilgrimage feeds into the March for Life every January. Including the Missouri Life Caravan and other parish and school groups, there were an estimated 3,000 people from St. Louis attending the march.

Finish reading the St. Louis Review article here. (by Jennifer Brinker; photo by Lisa Johnston)

EDITORIAL: Our Commitment to a Culture of Life is Rooted in Love

Love Saves Lives.

That's the theme of this year's March for Life, which commemorates the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision to legalize abortion. Forty-five years later, more than 59 million babies have been killed through abortion, according to the statistics from National Right to Life.

But the commitment to stopping this travesty isn't just about attending the March for Life in Washington, D.C., every year. It's a commitment -- rooted in love -- that requires our efforts every day of the year.

The pro-life community understands that choosing life isn't always easy. Facing poverty, abusive relationships, and lack of education or employment are among the reasons women seek abortion.

We're called to love and support both the unborn child and the mother. We must remain committed to building a culture of life from the womb through all stages of life. It isn't only the loving thing to do, but also empowering when a woman chooses life for her child.

Finish reading the St. Louis Review editorial here.

As Abortions Decrease, Pro-Lifers Remain Committeed

Generation Life Pilgrimage Will Send Almost 2,200 Teens to Washington, DC; Other Activitis Planned for St. Louis

By Jennifer Brinker

This year marks the 45th anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision that legalized abortion in the U.S. Thousands from the Archdiocese of St. Louis are expected to attend the annual March for Life on Friday, Jan. 19, in Washington, D.C.

While the number of abortions in the United States is staggering -- more than 59 million since 1973 -- Missouri is experiencing a downward trend in abortions.

Abortions obtained by Missouri women are down by 39 percent in the past 10 years, according to 2016 statistics from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. Additionally, 4,562 abortions were performed at facilities here in Missouri in 2016, which is less than half of those performed in 1975 (the first year data was recorded). Pro-life leaders here have credited extensive pro-life laws in Missouri, as well as state-supported efforts to provide alternatives to abortions, including support for pregnancy resource centers and maternity homes.

Many activities have been planned for January and beyond to commeorate the Roe v. Wade anniversary, including:

Click here to read the complete St. Louis Review article and for details on the events above.

Catholic Schools Week 2018--Open House Schedule

Sunday, January 28, marks the beginning of Catholic Schools Week (January 28-February 3), an annual event for Catholic schools across the country. In the Archdiocese of St. Louis, each school plans its own unique observation of Catholic Schools Week, and most will host an Open House during or near the week. (Click on school name to visit their website for additional information)

Sunday, February 11, 2018  
  Academy of the Sacred Heart 11am-1pm
  St. Cletus School 10am-1pm (also Jan. 28 and Feb. 7)
  St. Ignatius Loyola School 11am-2pm
   
No Open House scheduled – please call for a tour  
  Immaculate Conception School (Old Monroe)  
  St. Patrick School  

St. Paul's Ruth Dyer Honored for 40 Years of Respect Life Service

RLA Parish Coordinator Retires After 40 Years, Recognized by Archbishop, Executive Director at January 8 Meeting

There's a saying in the St. Louis Respect Life Movement that "when you're in it for life, you're in it for life." That's certainly true of Ruth Dyer of O'Fallon, MO who recently completed 40-plus years of volunteer service as a RLA parish coordinator for St. Paul Parish in St. Paul, MO.

As a small token of our gratitude, a very surprised and humble Ruth graciously accepted the dozen red roses, gift card, and signed certificate from Archbishop Robert Carlson and presented by Executive Director Karen Nolkemper.

In her 40 years as a parish coordinator, Ruth has tirelessly upheld the sanctity of all human life through countless educational, spiritual, pastoral, and public policy efforts. These activities and events have included very visible things such as attending the March for Life in Washington, D.C. and organizing fundraisers to help women facing crisis pregnancies in our local area. 

They've also included more "ordinary" things such overseeing the repair/cleaning of pro-life banners for Kenrick-Glennon Seminary and parishes throughout her deanery, and mentoring the next generation of pro-life volunteers and leaders, like Lauren Prize, who has been cheerfully helping Ruth out until a new coordinator is chosen by their pastor.

Although Ruth is retiring from leadership, she said "please don't take me off the list" because "when you're in it for life, you're in it for LIFE!"

Thank you, Ruth, and God bless you.

Witness to Hope

Lifeline Coalition Collection at Annual Memorial Mass to Help 10,000-Plus Women, Families Facing Crisis Pregnancies

Each year, at the Annual Roe v. Wade Memorial Mass, the Offertory collection benefits the LifeLine Coalition. This coalition is made of Catholic social service agencies and pro-life caregivers that provide emotional and financial support to 10,000-plus local women and families facing crisis pregnancies each year.

Agencies such as Our Lady's Inn, Birthright, and Good Shepherd Children & Family Services bring hope to these women and families who choose life for their unborn children. The collection at the Memorial Mass is part of the overall LifeLine Coalition Campaign, in which parishes and schools throughout the archdiocese also take part in. Click here for more information about the Coalition's efforts.

This year, the Memorial Mass is on Saturday, Jan. 27 at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis at 10 a.m. and will be celebrated by Bishop Mark Rivituso. All are invited to attend the Mass, rosary procession, and Benediction. Click here for more information or contact the RLA at 314-792-7555 or prolife@archstl.org.

Words of Hope

St. Louis Archdiocesan Eighth Graders to Reflect on Chastity, Respect Life during 2018 Creative Writing Contest

Over 1,100 eighth grade students throughout the archdiocese participate in the RLA's Creative Writing Contest each spring. These students --representing 70-plus Catholic elementary schools and PSR programs--are asked to reflect and write about how chastity and other healthy choices in their teenage years help to reduce abortion.

The RLA awards five scholarships and several honorable mention awards to be applied to the students' intended Catholic high school or accredited Catholic home school program. All finalists and award winners are invited to a special assembly with Archbishop Carlson at the Cardinal Rigali Center.

Entries are being accepted for the 2018 Creative Writing Contest now through Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. To enter, contact your parish principal, PSR coordinator, director of religious education, or home school association/co-op. Click here for official rules and more information or call 314-792-7555.