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Father Nicholas Smith has experienced many special moments: baptisms, weddings, you name it. But there's one he won't soon forget.
In June, Msgr. Joseph Pins passed away from cancer. He was the beloved rector of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis; Father Smith, director of the Office of Sacred Worship, was friends with Msgr. Pins for years and lived together at the cathedral basilica's rectory for two years.
Amy Berry loves sharing stories of her older brother, Gus.
Like the times they made super-tall Lego towers. Or how he loved dinosaurs. His favorite was the T-Rex. Gus and Amy got along pretty well for siblings. He called his little sister "Amers" -- and "he was really caring," she said.
Maryknoll Father Joseph W. Halpin was made for parish work, and Most Precious Blood Parish in Guatemala City was the right fit.
"I just liked the work with the people -- nice people, you know," Father Halpin said. They are warm and family-oriented, no pretenses, "very simple people," he said.
Father Halpin returned to his hometown of St. Louis Sept. 15 for kidney dialysis and now is at the Maryknoll health care facility in New York. "I'd rather be down there," he said of his parish. A lot of tears were shed when he said goodbye for the last time.
Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of St. Louis offers a decoration removal service at all of its locations.
Removals take place beginning the second Wednesday of the month and continuing the following day, Thursday, from February through November. Removals will begin at 7:30 a.m. There will be no removal period in December or January to allow more time for holiday memorials to remain at grave sites.
When a cemetery holiday falls in a pick-up week, the pick up will be postponed to the following week. (E.g. Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, etc.)
• "Journeying through Grief," is a series of four short books by Kenneth C. Haugk and produced by Stephen Ministries, which are sent at four crucial times during the first year after the loss of a loved one. The cost is $9.95 for the set. Visitwww.stephenministries.org to order.