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Bishops form new body to address 'sin of racism' that 'inflicts' nation

WASHINGTON -- Saying there is an "urgent need" to address "the sin of racism" in the country and find solutions to it, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has established a new Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism and named one of the country's African-American Catholic bishops to chair it.

Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, USCCB president, initiated the committee Aug. 23 "to focus on addressing the sin of racism in our society, and even in our church, and the urgent need to come together as a society to find solutions."

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5 Steps for Praying When You’re Overwhelmed

5 Steps for Praying When You’re Overwhelmed

Has a large event occurred recently that jolted you? Are you feeling shaken by one of life’s storms like losing a loved one or losing…

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Brother Sun, Sister Moon display awe and wonder of God’s creation for Poor Clare Nuns

Sister Mary Francis, a Poor Clare, asked a big cloud to pass along as she viewed the encroaching moon at her order's monastery in south St. Louis County. The sisters were viewing a total solar eclipse, the first one visible in the St. Louis area in about 575 years.

Brother Sun and Sister Moon put on quite a show for the Poor Clare Nuns.

As he described in his hymn "Canticle of the Sun," St. Francis believed that everything was a gift from God; thus the elements of nature were his brothers and sisters.

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Holy Spirit takes students to totality

Students from Holy Spirit School in Maryland heights watched the total solar eclipse at St. Rose of Lima School in DeSoto, Missouri.

Seventh-grader Milly Patterson taught her fellow students and even her principal a maneuver to get a look at the effect of the eclipse.

Milly interlocked her fingers, a trick her dad taught her, to create an image of the sun — a crescent moon shape as a result of the moon partially blocking it. Earlier, her principal at Holy Spirit School in Maryland Heights, Jill Gould, used a colander to create dozens of crescent shapes.

The Holy Spirit School students took two buses to St. Rose of Lima School in De Soto for the viewing. It was a wise decision, all agreed afterward.

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Eclipse gives Viz students insight into women and the sciences

Coronal flares of the sun are visible at full totality of a solar eclipse Aug. 21, 2017.

At the initial moment of totality Aug. 21, excitement quickly spread among Visitation Academy students gathered on Ritter Field as they observed the rare solar eclipse.

They whooped and hollered then kept it up for the duration of the one-minute, seven-second celestial light show  ... well, the non-light show. Only the sun's corona was visible as the moon blotted out the rest, a black ball inside a pulsating circle of light.

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5 Eating Skills That Will Last a Lifetime

5 Eating Skills That Will Last a Lifetime

After a summer of barbecues, s’mores, and ice cream, you might be considering a diet to help you slim down. Well-intentioned, often desperate souls begin…

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Obituary | Deacon Roger Kreitler

A funeral Mass for Deacon Roger Kreitler was celebrated Aug. 10 at St Raphael the Archangel Parish in St. Louis. Deacon Kreitler died Aug. 6. He was 77 and had been a deacon for 16 years.

Born on Jan 9, 1940, in Festus, he married Johanna Zagroba on Nov. 7. They were blessed with three children (Jeff, Brian and Keith), along with two grandchildren (Mena and Brenin). He served our country for 6 years in the Missouri Air National Guard.

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Obituary | Sr. Joanne Seiser, SNDdeN

A funeral Mass for Sister Joanne (Mary Gregory) Seiser, SNDdeN, was celebrated Aug. 1 at the St. Julie Chapel in the Mount Notre Dame convent in Cincinnati. Sister Joanne died July 28 at Mount Notre Dame. She was 89 and had been a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur for 72 years.

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Obituary | Father Donald T. Dalton

A funeral Mass for St. Pius X High School fixture Father Donald T. Dalton will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, at Our Lady Church in Festus. Visitation will be 3-9 p.m. the previous day at the church, and also at 9 a.m. before the funeral Mass.

Father Dalton died Aug. 15. He was 82 and had been a priest for 57 years, all of which he spent at the high school in Festus. Father Dalton was ordained by Cardinal Joseph E. Ritter on April 2, 1960, at the St. Louis Cathedral. St. Pius opened the previous year.

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