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Mass in memory of children Dec. 8

The annual Mass "In Memory of Our Children" will be celebrated on Sunday, Dec. 8.

Father Thomas Santen will celebrate the Mass at 2 p.m. at the Old Cathedral, 209 Walnut St. Downtown on the riverfront.

The Mass is an annual tradition that started in the 1980s and provides families who have lost a child a way to include them in their Christmas observance. Bereaved parents have said the Mass helps them celebrate Christmas with the memory of their child before taking part in holiday activities.

For more information on the Mass, call Rosalyn Hoehn at (636) 391-9374.

Catholic Cemeteries to open Divine Mercy Mausoleum

Rendering of Divine Mercy image, courtesy of D & J Glass and Sign.

A new mausoleum at Resurrection Cemetery in Affton is being described as a "peaceful garden."

Work on the Divine Mercy Mausoleum started last May, and work is expected to be completed in time for the Christmas season, according to Tom Kuehner, Catholic Cemeteries superintendent and foreman.

Catholic Cemeteries offers card as a special remembrance

Marilyn Kramer, a cemetery counselor at Resurrection Cemetery, helped create a special memorial card to reach out to families who have lost a baby. The card includes a place where the family can record the details of where their child is buried.

When Marilyn Kramer was hired as cemetery counselor at Resurrection Cemetery a year ago, she became one of the first faces families encountered.

Some of those families were there to make arrangements to bury an infant. And those were the stories that especially broke her heart.

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Archdiocese to host Nov. 5 enrichment day for grief ministers

The archdiocesan Office of Laity and Family Life is sponsoring an enrichment day for grief ministers and others involved in the ministry of consolation from 9:30 a.m.-3:45 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Holy Spirit Parish, 3130 Parkwood Lane in Maryland Heights.

Deadline to register is today, Oct. 28.

Several presenters will address a number of topics related to grief. They include:

Family shows love cannot be counted by chromosomes

The Crosier family, from left, includes Sean, Scott, Sheryl, baby Simon and Samuel. They are shows in Simon's hospital room in 2010.

The Crosier family understands that love cannot be counted by chromosomes alone.

Last September, Scott and Sheryl Crosier welcomed into their family a son, Simon Dominic Crosier, who was born with trisomy 18, a genetic disorder that includes an extra chromosome 18. Less than 10 percent of all babies born with trisomy 18 live until their first birthdays, according to the trisomy 18 Foundation.

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