St. Louis Archdiocese Bans Alcohol at Events for Minors

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson has sent at letter to the faithful, informing them of an official policy change regarding alcohol at parish events.

Archbishop Carlson says a church council has signed off on guidelines that now read “alcohol is not to be served to anyone or brought in by someone, including adults, at any event directed primarily to and for minors.”

The guidelines say this includes elementary and high school events, Catholic Youth Council events, and scouting activities.

The new policy goes into effect on Nov. 1.

When first considered in 2011, one parish – St. Margaret Mary Alacoque in south St. Louis County – reported an alcohol ban would reduce annual revenue by $35,000 to $50,000.

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