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Before the Cross - Archbishop Robert J. Carlson's Column

'Before The Cross' by Archbishop Robert J. Carlson. Archbishop Carlson is the ninth Archbishop of Saint Louis. Listed below are the most recent columns written by Archbishop Carlson; click on the title to read the column. The Archdiocesan website has more information about Archbishop Robert J. Carlson.

Archbishop's Appointments | March 12, 2010

Archbishop's Appointments

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson has made the following appointment:

Deacon Edward R. Beirne, formerly on leave, is assigned to assist the pastor of St. Martin De Porres Parish, Hazelwood, effective March 18, 2010.

Archbishop's Calendar | Week of March 12, 2010

Msgr. John Borcic, Faithful Friar of the St. Louis Assembly #565 (right) presents Archbishop Robert J. Carlson with a plaque in gratitude for his support of the Knights of Columbus, his willingness to serve as Honorary Friar of the St. Louis Assembly and in recognition of being the honoree of the 4th Degree Exemplification Class of 2010 during a ceremony March6 at the St. Louis Airport Marriott in Bridgeton. There were 232 new 4th Degree Knights exemplified at the event.

Archbishop's Calendar

Here is the weekly schedule for Archbishop Robert J. Carlson:


Saturday, March 13

8:45 a.m. 32nd Annual St. Patrick's Day Run, Downtown St. Louis

12 p.m. Honorary parade marshal, 41st Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade, downtown St. Louis


Sunday, March 14

10 a.m. Pastoral visit, St. Francis de Sales Oratory, South St. Louis

Before the Cross | To bring healing, get to roots of sins

By reason of her essential mission, the Church feels an obligation to go to the roots of that original wound of sin in order to bring healing (Pope John Paul II, "Reconciliation and Penance," 4).

Last week I wrote about the soul-sickness that afflicts us all. I also described the cure that the Church offers us -- the Sacrament of Penance. Finally, I invited every Catholic in the Archdiocese of St. Louis to make this Lent a time of spiritual healing, especially by making a good Confession.

Archbishop's Calendar

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson celebrated Mass Feb. 28 at St. Rita Parish in Vinita Park. During the Mass the archbishop blessed and witnessed Mike and Laura Mueller’s renewal of wedding vows on their 29th anniversary of marriage in the Church.

Here is the weekly schedule for Archbishop Robert J. Carlson:

Saturday, March 6

11:15 a.m. Knights of Columbus 4th Degree Exemplification; celebrant and homilist for Mass, St. Louis Airport Marriott, Bridgeton

Archbishop's Appointments

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson has made the following appointments:

Rev. Luis A. Mesa, formerly a priest of the Diocese of Sioux Falls, S.D., has been incardinated (became a member of the presbyterate) of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. He continues to serve with the Messengers of Peace at the mission Pacem in Terris in Colombia, South America.

Archbishop's Calendar, Feb 27-Mar. 5

Saturday, Feb. 27

4 p.m. Celebrant and homilist for Mass, St. Stephen Protomartyr Parish, South St. Louis


Sunday, Feb. 28

10 a.m. Celebrant and homilist for Mass, St. Rita Parish, Vinita Park

5 p.m. Evening Prayer and dinner, Bellarmine House of Studies, St. Louis


Monday, March 1

9:30 a.m. Meeting with the Vicars General, Catholic Center, Central West End

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