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Answering the Knock at Our Door

By Sarah Simpson | Manager, Donor Relations and Communications, Catholic Charities of St. Louis There is no greater tragedy than the loss of a child. The entire nation watched as our community mourned the death of Jamyla Bolden, shot in her home in Ferguson while doing her homework. In an instant, Jamyla was our daughter, our sister, our neighbor.  Jamyla was another life ended too soon by a random act of violence, and a reminder to cherish every moment with the ones we love. Out of tragedy, empathy is born. We hear a story on the news and our hearts break Read More

My trip to see Pope Francis

By Leslie Hernandez | St. Joseph - Manchester Parishioner Since his installation as Bishop of Rome, Pope Francis has moved me with his intentions for our Catholic community and the world. The respect and admiration I feel towards him are difficult to explain. We have similar approaches in regards to humility, compassion, sensitivity and service to others. I am passionate about helping others, especially the destitute, those who are under-served for one reason or another, and people with different abilities or, as society call them “special needs." In the past I've had vivid dreams with Pope Francis. In one he Read More

Educating today’s youth through service

Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of St. Louis - which encompasses eleven counties – provide elementary, secondary, and special education programs to children of all faiths. Our schools invite the more than 40,000 Catholic school students into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ through academic and faith formation programs in safe, nurturing environments. We provide pre-school and after-school programs, plus year-round inclusionary pre-schools for children 6 weeks to 6 years. This year, Catholic Schools Week is being celebrated nationally from January 25-31. In St. Louis, every Catholic school is celebrating our nearly 200-year history, our mission to educate the Catholics of Read More

Commit to Pray for Religious Liberty

Catholics across the nation are being encouraged to pray for rebuilding a culture favorable to protections of religious liberty during the third Fortnight for Freedom.  Join Catholic in the Archdiocese of St. Louis by pledging your commitment to pray for religious liberty by clicking the button below. The following people have made the commitment to pray for religious liberty. Will you join them?  Deacon Mark Jaeger John Wilmsen Katie Pesha Kathy Lewandowski  Tom Lancia Mary Ann Pratt Vicki Thurmond Brian Niebrugge Barbara Schantz Lynn Ewy Marie Fox Marcella Benoist Tim Hessel Jane F. Beato Read More

God’s Grace is the greatest gift

I recently celebrated my 54th birthday and I still receive hand-made birthday cards from my adult aged children. I worked for Anheuser-Busch for most of my adult life, so beer has always been part of the birthday celebration. That hasn’t changed either, except my children are now having a beer with me. Each year I get asked “what do you want for your birthday?” Each year I answer “nothing” (although I usually receive some iTunes gift cards). To be honest, my idea of “gifts” has really changed (evolved?) over the past 6 -7 years. There was a time though when Read More