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Longtime missionaries' return is a cross to bear

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 reports 2,235 burials in FY 2012-13

The Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of St. Louis buried 2,235 individuals during the fiscal year July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2013.

RESURRECTION in Affton, with 302 acres, was founded in 1929. It had the most burials in the archdiocese with 877.

CALVARY in north St. Louis, with 477 acres, is one of the oldest cemeteries, dating from 1853. It had the second most burials with 703 last year.

SACRED HEART in Florissant dates to 1874 and has 14 acres. It had 201 burials last year.

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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