Eagle Hurst Ranch is a great vacation destination

The Huzzah River provides plenty of fun for guests at Eagle Hurst Ranch.

As the price of gas continues to rise, just in time for summer vacation, many families are rethinking their travel plans. And many others are grateful that they already have a destination picked out close to home that offers everything needed for a great family vacation.

It’s Eagle Hurst Ranch. Less than a two- hour drive from St. Louis, Eagle Hurst is a family-friendly resort nestled in a wooded campus in the Ozarks.

‘Priest for a day’ eulogized for his ‘robust’ faith

In 2015, while fighting a rare brain tumor, then-11-year-old Brett Haubrich was given a wish from the Make-A-Wish foundation, and he wanted to be a “priest for a day.” Brett served the Chrism Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis as part of that wish. Brett died Jan. 10.

In celebrating the sacrament of the anointing of the sick two days before Brett Haubrich died on Jan. 10, Msgr. Patrick Hambrough noted the forceful manner in which Brett responded to the prayer at the anointing of his palms: "May the Lord of love and mercy free you from sin, save you and raise you up."

Bishop DuBourg’s arrival 200 years ago helped transform St. Louis into the ‘Rome of the West’

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In the second decade of the 1800s, Catholicism was teetering in the future Archdiocese of St. Louis.

"Catholics in the area had 'calloused hearts' and 'extreme indifferentism,'" an archdiocesan history reports. "There were few priests, religion practice was spasmodic and the quality of faith was uneven."

The church, at the site of the current Basilica of St. Louis, King of France, "was a tumbledown log building which needed a lot of repair." And the rectory was little more than a shack or barn, without doors, floors, windows and furniture.

MLK Mass: Don’t lose connection with the divine

Father Arthur J. Cavitt, pastor of St. Nicholas Parish and director of the St. Charles Lwanga Center, delivered the homily at the 42nd annual Archdiocesan Mass for the Preservation of Peace and Justice commemorating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. likely would have had much to say about the times in which we live today. Dr. King, who would have been 89 this year, was remembered at the archdiocese's annual Mass commemorating his birth and legacy Jan. 14 at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis.

Priory student’s ‘Bridges’ leads to understanding

Priory student Sohan Kancherla, left, founded Bridges to America to raise awareness and assist refugees and immigrants assimilating into U.S. society. He helped teach a citizenship class at the International Institute and talked with former student Firas Kazlee who immigrated to St. Louis from Mosul, Iraq. “I just used Google to pick a place in the U.S. that looked nice,” Kazlee said, explaining how he came to St. Louis.

An interest in a program of pre-medical studies in college led a St. Louis Priory High School student to begin the nonprofit Bridges to America program to assist immigrants and refugees as they transition to life in the United States.

Sohan Kancherla's efforts helped other Priory students better understand migrants and the public policy issues that concern them.

New tax law expands education savings plan to include Catholic schools tuition

Fresh from giving a presentation about the new tax law, on Jan. 15, Deacon Matt Witte described the new benefits of Missouri's 529 College Savings Plan (MOST) as, simply, "pretty cool."

"It's really wide-open architecture for anyone who wants to use 529 money for grade school and high school now," said Deacon Witte, a financial planner.

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