Quintessential

1)

Lessons from 'Humanae Vitae'

Stacey and Nick Gish unpacked gifts from their baby shower on July 7. The couple is expecting their first baby in a few months.

Fifty years later, landmark document continues to guide Church teaching on marriage, sancitity of human life and rejection of contraception. 

2)

Called to Carmel

Sister M. John Paul of the Fount of Mercy knelt before Bishop Mark Rivituso as she kissed the crucifix she was given. Sister John Paul made her first profession of vows as a Carmelite Sister of the Divine Heart of Jesus during Mass in the chapel at the St. Agnes Home on July 2.

Newly professed Carmelites and sisters observing a jubilee of religious life celebrate 'spousal intimacy' with Christ. 

3)

End of an era

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Little Sister of the Poor, Sister Joseph Hobin was comforted by Joann Hilkerbaumer after closure of the nursing home was announced. 

After nearly 150 years serving the elderly poor in St. Louis, the Little Sisters of the Poor will be closing their St. Louis Residence nursing home on October 31, 2018.

Community unable to find a sponsor to continue care of the elderly poor. Home expected to close by Oct. 31. 

4)

RCF grants

Roman Catholic Foundation distributes '18-19 grants; Programs reap benefits of Beyond Sunday campaign.

5)

Unraveling the mystery of God

John R. Groebl, nicknamed “Brother” by his family, was dedicated to writing with a typewriter, which he used by steadying his wrist and typing with one finger.

John Groebl, who had severe cerebral palsy, encouraged others to look beyond limitations to see what can be achieved. 


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

BEFORE THE CROSS

In this weeks 'Before the Cross', Archbishop Carlson begs the question: what more is God asking of me this week in terms of how I spend my time and energy?

POPE'S MESSAGE

Pope Francis said that, as war continues to threated the land of Jesus' birth and to undermind the existence of Christian communities there, the international community must learn from the errors of the past and do more to bring lasting peace to the Middle East.

Pope Francis and Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria, patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church, right, released doves as they stood with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople July 7 outside the Basilica of St. Nicholas in Bari, Italy. The pope was meeting with Christian leaders for an ecumenical day of prayer for peace in the Middle East.

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