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St. Louis Archdiocese Launches 

New Pro-life Website: HoldMyHand.Net

The Archdiocese of St. Louis launched a new website this week in its efforts raise public support for the campaign to defund Planned Parenthood, and to address the issues raised by the recently released Planned Parenthood videos.  


The videos, released by the Center for Medical Progress, are available for viewing on the site along with information about what you can do to help in this effort. The Archdiocese hopes to awaken Catholics and all people of good will to the horrors of abortion and the "harvesting" of fetal remains.

On May 22, the Archdiocese of St. Louis along with other organizations filed a lawsuit against the City of St. Louis related to Ordinance 70459 (formerly Board Bill 203). In a press conference on the courthouse steps, Archbishop Carlson reiterated that the Archdiocese cannot and will not comply with this Ordinance.  Read below for coverage from the St. Louis Review of this matter.

Pray for the successful resolution of this suit, a conversion of hearts, and a greater respect for all human life in our country!

In Christ,

The RLA Office


St. Louis Catholics File Lawsuit Over Reproductive Decisions Ordinance

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson reiterated that the archdiocese "will not comply" with a St. Louis ordinance that violates religious freedom.

St. Louis archdiocesan elementary schools joined Our Lady's Inn, O'Brien Industrial Holdings LLC and Frank Robert O'Brien in a federal lawsuit filed May 22 by the Thomas More Society. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.

The plaintiffs claim that Ordinance 70459 (formerly Board Bill 203)  violates their rights under the U.S. Constitution and several Missouri laws. It also asserts that the ordinance's limited religious exemptions are vague and undefined and do not cover individuals affiliated with organizations that may be exempt. It also forces private businesses to include abortion coverage in their employee health plans, despite sincere objections by company owners.

Continue reading here.


Bishop Rice: The Importance of the Family

At the Legatus Gospel of Life Prayer Breakfast on May 17, keynote speaker Bishop Edward Rice presented a powerful talk on the importance of family life in nurturing the faith. Bishop Rice stressed the role of the domestic church, the Catholic home, that the Sacrament of Matrimony is lived and children first learn to love and forgive.

To watch Bishop Rice's address, click here.


Annual Breast Cancer Mass

Make plans to attend the Annual Breast Cancer Healing Mass on Saturday, June 10 to pray for all those who are or have battled breast cancer and to support their family and friends. The Mass will be at 9:30 AM at St. Mary Magdalen in Brentwood. Fr. Jack Siefert will be the celebrant. A reception will follow. All are invited to join in prayer for those affected by breast cancer. 


Upcoming Events:

Fri.-Sat., June 9-10
Annual Respect Life Rummage Sale

St. Paul's in Fenton will be hosting their annual rummage sale in the parish life center from 7 am to 1 pm each day. Items for sale will include toys, furniture, tools, and household items. Proceeds will support Respect Life agencies. For more information, call 636.343.1234.

Sat., June 10
Annual Breast Cancer Healing Mass

All are invited to join the RLA for a special healing Mass for those who have been impacted by breast cancer, including survivors and those battling cancer along with their family, and friends. Fr. Jack Siefert will celebrate the 9:30 a.m. Mass at St. Mary Magdalen-Brentwood. A reception will follow. Contact the RLA at 314.792.7555 or for more information.

Mon., June 26
Our Lady's Inn Annual Golf Tournament

Our Lady's Inn is hosting its 14th Annual Golf Tournament Fundraiser at Greenbriar Hills Country Club. Individual golfer registration is $200 which includes golf, cart, lunch, and cocktail reception. Various sponsorship levels are available as well. Click here for more details.

Fri.-Sun., Aug. 11-13
Project Rachel Weekend Retreat

All women impacted by an abortion experience are invited to participate in a weekend retreat. This silent retreat includes opportunities for one-on-one spiritual direction throughout the weekend as well as Mass and the Sacrament of Reconciliation. For more information, call 314.792.7565 or email Registration is available online by clicking here.

Sat., Sept. 16
Project Joseph Retreat for Men

Project Joseph is offering a one-day retreat is being held for men impacted by abortion. The day will include presentations, time for private reflection, Mass, and opportunities for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. For more information, call 314.792.7565 or email

dividerProject Rachel & Project Joseph

The services of Project Rachel and Project Joseph are available to anyone who has been wounded by an abortion experience and is seeking healing. Services include: free, confidential, professional counseling, monthly spiritual support group meetings, healing retreats, spiritual direction, and the Sacrament of Reconciliation.Click here to learn more.

Project Rachel Spiritual Support Group
Thursday, June 22, 7:00 pm
Contact Marisol at 314.792.7451 or by email for details. 

Project Joseph Spiritual Support Group
Monday, June 5, 7:00 pm
Contact Chuck at 314.974.6787 or by email for details.


In This Issue:

Archdiocese & Others File Suit Over Ord. 70459 (formerly BB 203)

Bishop Rice Addresses St. Louis Gathering

Breast Cancer Healing Mass

Upcoming Events

dividerHelpers of God's Precious Infants

Join us for the next Mass at the Cathedral Basilica on Saturday, June 17, at 8:00 AM. Fr. Scott Scheiderer from St. Margaret Mary Alacoque will be the celebrant and lead the rosary walk to Planned Parenthood afterwards.
Click here for more information.


(Students Tackling Abortion Realities Today)

Did you know we were able to teach over 1700 8th graders about abortion and chastity in the 2016-2017 school year?

For more information about Right START, click here.

If you would like to register, or learn more about teaching Right START this year, contact Terry at


Did you know?

After passage of a law in Iowa preventing state Medicaid money from going to abortion providers, Planned Parenthood announced it was closing four facilities in the state. Click here to read more. 


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St. Louis, MO 63119
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Respect Life Apostolate - Archdiocese of St. Louis
Respect Life Apostolate - Archdiocese of St. Louis
20 Archbishop May Drive, St. Louis, Missouri 63119
314.792.7555 |

 Bouquet Of Life
If you know a pregnant person, visit the Bouquet of Life located near the votive candles at the back of church. Take a rose, tie a name card on it. Write mother’s/father’s name and baby’s due date on the card. Place the rose it in the vase. Parishioners are asked to pray for these unborn babies and their families. When your baby is born you may take the rose and give it to the family for their child’s Baptism Day.

Mass & Rosary
Every 3rd Saturday Cathedral Basilica at 8:00 am
Did you know that abortions are performed only 8 blocks away from our Cathedral Basilica? First reactions to this might be outrage or sadness. Rather, this close proximity of good and evil is a great opportunity for hope and change. Helpers of God’s Precious Infants can help to make this happen. On the third Saturday of every month, you are invited to the 8:00 am Mass and prayer vigil at the Cathedral Basilica. After Mass the Blessed Sacrament is exposed for Adoration. All who are able are invited to pray the rosary during a peaceful procession to the abortion facility at Forest Park and Boyle. Upon return to the Cathedral, all participate in Benediction. For more information call the Respect Life Apostolate at 314-792-7555.

Do you live with the pain of an abortion?
Do you still feel anger, guilt or sadness even though the abortion was years ago? You may think your actions could never be understood and certainly not able to be forgiven. These emotions are common results of abortion. Healing and forgiveness are possible through Project Rachel. Specially trained counselors can help you experience Christ’s peace.

Every 4th Thursday
Project Rachel Spiritual Support Group
7:00 pm (exceptions may orrur in dates, please go to to verify) 

Every 1st Monday
Project Joseph Spiritual Support Group
7:00 pm (exceptions may orrur in dates, please go to to verify)
Project Rachel and Project Joseph provide healing and hope to women and men wounded by abortion through the following: 
  • Free, confidential, professional counseling for anyone who has been wounded by an abortion experience.
  • Monthly spiritual support group meetings
  • Women's Retreats and Men's Retreats, based on the Entering Canaan model.
  • Spiritual Direction or Reconciliation 
To learn more about healing after abortion, 
please call (314)792-7565 
or e-mail or

MO Tax Credits for Pregnancy Resource Centers

In compliance with MO laws, the Pregnancy Resource Center Tax Credit program allows taxpayers to claim a tax credit equal to 50% of their donations to a qualified center such as Birthright.  To be eligible, the donation total for the year must be at least $100.

This is not a deduction.  This is a credit.  Therefore, you do not have to itemize deductions to receive this credit.  For example if you donate $100 to Birthright, you will receive a credit of $50 on your MO Tax Return ($200 donation = $100 credit, etc.)  The amount of the claimed tax credit may not exceed the amount of the taxpayer’s MO income tax liability for the year the credit is being claimed.

Birthright of Hillsboro (636)789-3518 will supply you with the application & will submit all the info to MO.  MO will then send you the credit to use on your income tax return.