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St. Simon School helps first-responders feel ‘warm and fuzzy’

Lisa Johnston | lisajohnston@archstl.org | twitter: @aeternusphoto

Alex Aubuchon and Kara Schwab joked with Assistant Chief Romona Kaminski from the Mehlville Fire Department. Kaminski is a parishioner at the parish and sends her children to the school.

St. Louis County Police Officer Steve Boyer had fun with a couple St. Simon the Apostle students playing "red-light, green-light" as they walked on the school parking lot.

He was there on a breezy, chilly morning Oct. 11 for the school's breakfast for local first-responders — bagels, donuts, biscuits and gravy, burritos, fruit, juice and coffee. Boyer, who is partial to long john donuts, said he received a "warm fuzzy on a cold morning."

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Rural Parish Workers look to the future

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With volunteer models such as Mimi Phelan walking the runway, the annual fashion show and luncheon to benefit the Rural Parish Workers of Christ the King celebrated the past and supported the present.

The event at The Ritz-Carlton on Oct. 13 celebrated 75 years for the ministry and 50 for the "Friends" of the group hosting the fashion show fundraiser to support the ongoing work of serving poor people in the Old Mines area in Washington County.

To this, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson added more cause for celebration.

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Young Jesuits embody missionary zeal at SLUH, De Smet

Father Chris Farrell, SJ, a teacher at De Smet Jesuit supervises weightlifting after school and teaches the boys hows to train and use proper form.

While the Society of Jesus celebrates 200 years of education at St. Louis University High School, two of the order's best and brightest are at SLUH and De Smet Jesuit High School serving as teachers, mentors and role models.

And regular guys, too.

At De Smet, Chris Farrell, SJ, 30, teaches English and supervises the weight room as the school's resident power lifter. Farrell, who is in formation to be a priest, works with athletes using the weight room to build body mass, agility and strength, or students just working out.

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Pilgrims grow closer to God, each other

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Physically tired but spiritually uplifted, the Fatima pilgrims gathered for the closing Mass of their journey at Assumption Church in New Haven on Oct. 13 — fittingly, the 100th anniversary of the sixth and final apparition of our Blessed Mother in Fatima, Portugal.

They were the same individuals who set out five days prior from Immaculate Conception Church in Augusta, with a significant difference. Whereas they began the pilgrimage as strangers, they emerged as family.

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Waiting for God: How to Keep Listening When God Seems Silent

Waiting for God: How to Keep Listening When God Seems Silent

I’m not a patient person. Little frustrations like sitting in a traffic jam or standing in line at the bank have me grinding my teeth…

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On Belonging: How Adoption Is Like a Sacrament

On Belonging: How Adoption Is Like a Sacrament

Every instance of belonging is a mystery. People assume birth into a family secures belonging. We believe birth within a country’s border makes you a…

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Rural Parish Workers' medical clinic a continuation of commitment to serve the poor

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With volunteer models such as Mimi Phelan walking the runway, the annual Fashion Show and Luncheon to benefit the Rural Parish Workers of Christ the King celebrated the past and supported the present Oct. 13 at The Ritz-Carlton: 75 years for the ministry and 50 for the "Friends" of the group hosting the fashion show fundraiser to support the ongoing work of serving the rural poor in the Old Mines area.

To this, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson added a bold vision for the future, giving the Rural Parish Workers and "Friends" even more cause for celebration.

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The World Is Noisy; Mass Is Not

The World Is Noisy; Mass Is Not

I have recently become aware that my attention span is spotty and fragmented, like my Jack Russell’s jumpy focus. I started to read a topical…

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Obituary | Sr. Katherine Misbauer, SL

A funeral Mass for Loretto Sister Katherine Misbauer was celebrated Oct. 7 at the Church of the Seven Dolors on the grounds of Loretto Motherhouse in Nerinx, Ky.

Sister Katherine, who served as assistant principal from 1970-74 and registrar from 1993-98 at Nerinx Hall High School in Webster Groves, died Oct. 1 at Loretto Motherhouse Infirmary. She was 78.

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Obituary | Sr. Rita Marie Lucash, ASC

A funeral Mass was celebrated Oct. 10 in the chapel of the Ruma Center in Ruma, Ill., for Sister Rita Marie Lucash. Sister Rita Marie, 89, was a professed member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ for 70 years. She died Oct. 2 at the Ruma Center.

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