Quintessential

1)

Two hearts devotion

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The devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary is making a comeback here thanks in part to the dedication of the Alliance of the Holy Family in St. Louis. 

2)

Protecting life, liberty

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

Sponsor of House Bill 174, Rep. Tila Hubrecht from Southeast MO, watched as St. Louis City Ward 06 Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia gave testimony opposing the bill. Ingrassia came to the meeting of the House's Children and Families Committee to voice her concern over pregnancy resource centers. 

Missouri legislators considering a bill on free speech rights of alternative-to-abortion agencies turned to discussion on religious liberty and a recent measure passed in St. Louis City, at a hearing this week at the state Capitol.

House Bill 174, sponsored by Rep. Tila Hubrecht (R-Dexter), would protect the rights of alternatives-to-abortion agencies, such as pregnancy resource centers and maternity homes, to freely assemble and engage in religious practices or speech without government interference. The bill was heard Feb. 14 by members of the Children and Families Committee.

City law, state bill HB174 at front of life and liberty debate. HB174 also protects free speech rights of alternatives-to-abortion agencies.

3)

Deacon diaper drive

Deacon Mike Suden, left, from St. Bridget Parish in Pacific headed up the first deacon Diaper Drive collection last year, Archdiocesan deacons are collecting diapers for organizations who serve the needy in their parishes or nearby parishes.

Deacons fill a need with diaper drive, covers babies and their moms or families (both literally, and figuratively) during Lent.

4)

Incarnate Word basketball

The Incarnate Word Academy basketball team beat Parkway North 59-42. Incarnate Word’s Sonya Morris (11) defended against Parkway North’s Amaya Stovall.

Incarnate Word Academy's game against Parkway North is example of team's balance and determination.

5)

Taizé prayer service

A Taizé service was held at New Northside Missionary Baptist Church in north St. Louis. The gathering began with prayer and song. Ramona Neumann, from the archdiocesean Offfice of Ecumenical & Interreligious Affairs, spoke with Regina Franklin, center, and Pat McCarty during a group discussion about trust and fear.

Taizé prayer service and reflection at New Northside Missionary Baptist Church in north St. Louis breaks down barriers.


As a bonus, here are the weekly messages from
Archbishop Robert J. Carlson and Pope Francis.

BEFORE THE CROSS

Because this week's readings teach us about wisdom, Archbishop Carlson takes a deeper look at the connections between wisdom, Jesus and ourselves.

POPE'S MESSAGE

Pope Francis says that Christians should never lose hope and should remind themselves that God loevs them even at their worst.

Pope Francis greeted participants in the Indigenous Peoples’ Forum of the International Fund for Agricultural Development Feb. 15 at the Vatican. Development projects involving indigenous communities must be planned in consultation with them and must respect their traditional relationship to the land, Pope Francis said.

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