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“Lessons and Carols” event Dec. 17 to feature readings, display of images from Saint John’s Bible

"Birth of Christ," Saint John's Bible

Nearly one year after it was introduced here, the Saint John's Bible will find a permanent home at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis.

‘Sounds of the Season’ to feature choir, documentary

"Sounds of the Season," a special on KTVI, Channel 2, on Christmas Day, aims to inspire, inform and entertain through readings and music from the Archdiocesan Adult and Children's Choirs and a documentary on the history of Catholic education in the archdiocese.

"Lessons and Carols," a recording of the Archdiocesan Adult and Children's Choirs on Dec. 17 at the Cathedral Basilica (see story, page 9), will air at 3 p.m., followed at 4:10 p.m. by an hourlong documentary. A brief message from Archbishop Robert J. Carlson will be included.

Cathedral Concerts kicks off 25th season

The English boy choir, Libera, will perform Wednesday, Aug. 9, at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis to open the 25th season of the Cathedral Concerts.

After ending last season on a high note with a world-renowned performer, Cathedral Concerts is picking up right where it left off with more world-renowned performers to kick off its 25th season.

The English boys choir, Libera, will open the 12-concert series on Wednesday, Aug. 9, at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. It'll be Libera's third appearance here but first since 2011. The 24th season concluded in May with a bonus concert by Franciscan Friar Allesandro Brustenghi three weeks after the original season-ending show.

Pro-lifers experience “trial by fire” in their witness to life, archbishop says at annual Roe vs. Wade Mass

Lisa Johnston  |  lisajohnston@archstl.org  |  @aeternusphoto  

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson led the rosary walk to Planned Parenthood and was followed by Kenrick-Glennon seminarians.  The annual memorial Mass and prayer vigil commemorating the 44th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision to legalize abortion was held at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. Archbishop Robert J. Carlson was the celebrant and homilist. In his homily he spoke passionately against Board Bill #203 proposed by the St. Louis City board of Alderman.  Following the Mass about 650 participants walked in a rosary procession to the Planned Parenthood facility nearby to pray.

Those who witness to life are undergoing a trial by fire, from the historic Roe vs. Wade decision, to the recent effort in St. Louis City to protect abortion and other reproductive health decisions.

More than 1,000 people attended the annual memorial Mass and prayer vigil Jan. 21 at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. The Mass, organized by the archdiocesan Respect Life Apostolate, commemorates the 1973 Roe decision and includes a Rosary procession to Planned Parenthood.

Has God Pikachu? Popularity of Pokemon Go opens door for church evangelization

Father Thomas Keller, pastor of Assumption Parish in St. Louis visited with Pokemon game players in the church parking lot.  The Parish grounds are a hot spot for the game, and so he and his associate pastor, Father David Miloscia have used the Pokemon craze for some creative evangelization. The high school friends are Alex Koelz, Adam Salman, Blake Koelz, Alec Richardson and Brennan Moore.

The messages are posted across campus at Assumption Church in south St. Louis County:

Attention Pokemon trainers: Feeling alone? God already Pikachu!

Looking for Pokemon? Maybe God is looking for you!

Playing with cheat codes? We've got a sacrament that can fix that!

GO SLOWPOKE! CHILDREN AT PLAY

World-renowned musicians give students an earful at preview of Cathedral Concerts

Jacobs and soprano Christine Brewer, who teamed on a new recording, “Divine Redeemer,” gave a free performance Oct. 14 for children from 13 Catholic and public grade schools in Missouri and Illinois. The children also were treated to a demonstration of the organ’s workings.

Molly Seeser, a fifth-grader at Holy Redeemer School in Webster Groves, sat confidently at the organ at the front of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis and began playing before a gathering of about 800 people.

Pretty good for a first-time organist who's been playing the piano since she was age 5 or 6. After he asked for volunteers to play the organ, Paul Jacobs, the only organist to win a Grammy Award, picked Molly and Harrison Parish, a seventh-grader at St. Louis the King School at the Cathedral.

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