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Cathedral basilica doors sealed in anticipation of Year of Mercy

The center narthex doors at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis were sealed by Bishop Edward Rice before Mass in anticipation of the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy declared by Pope Francis.

Consider this fair warning to anyone visiting the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis: Don't try to enter through the center narthex doors between now and mid-December.

They've been sealed shut -- with a thick burgundy-colored rope -- in preparation for the upcoming Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy. Auxiliary Bishop Edward M. Rice sealed the doors in a ceremony before the 12:05 p.m. Mass Sept. 8, the Blessed Mother's birthday. They will be opened Dec. 13, right after the beginning of the Year of Mercy.

The 'real' Cardinals pitch for Catholic University of America at fundraiser dinner


The real Cardinals came out to play on the last Friday of April.

Not the birds-on-the-bat baseball team for which St. Louis is known but the distinguished gentlemen wearing red zucchettos with crosses hanging on the front of distinctive cassocks — black with red buttons — from chains around their necks.

The Cardinals graced St. Louis with their presence for the American Cardinals Dinner benefiting another prominent "The" of the United States — The Catholic University of America.

‘Priest for a day' is a wish that came true


Make-A-Wish requests often involve meeting athletes, attending sporting events or traveling to amusement parks or beaches.

When it came time for 11-year-old Brett Haubrich of south St. Louis County to make his wish, he not only listed none of those things but had no request at all.

"He didn't want anything," explained his mother, Eileen. "They had to keep asking him, 'What would you like to do? Do you want to meet anybody? What do you want to be when you grow up?'"

Even great cathedrals need help from friends

Leftover tesserae from the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis were used in crosses made for the Friends of the Cathedral Basilica, a group dedicated to providing funds to maintain the cathedral basilica. The artwork will be auctioned at a dinner celebration marking the first Mass at the cathedral Oct. 18, 1914.

A deep cleaning of the All Souls Chapel: $40,000. Spiffing up the baldacchino over the main altar: $8,000. New curtains for the confessionals: $12,000. Maintaining the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis as a treasure for people around the world: priceless.

Faithful called on to continue defense of religious liberty

Red, white and blue greeted St. Louis Catholics on the front steps at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis a little before the noon hour on July 2.

On an unusually pleasant St. Louis summer day, the Stars and Stripes waved in the wind, with members of LIFE Runners holding the flag, as Church-goers signed a banner that read "Defend Religious Liberty."

Consecration to the Holy Spirit seeks to develop understanding of baptismal commitment

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson consecrated the Archdiocese of St. Louis to the care of the Holy Spirit during the Pentecost Mass June 8 at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. The archbishop hopes the consecration will help people live out in missionary action and discipleship the four pillars of the “Alive in Christ” mission advancement initiative of the archdiocese: stewardship, evangelization, social justice and education.

Allow the gifts of the Holy Spirit received at baptism and confirmation to enwrap you in protection, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson said at a Pentecost Vigil Mass, in which he consecrated the archdiocese to the Holy Spirit.

Archbishop Carlson celebrated the Mass at Holy Redeemer Church in Webster Groves June 7 and repeated the consecration at Mass the next day at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis in the Central West End of St. Louis.

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