For the last several months, I have been sharing what has been accomplished and what remains ahead in the four main priorities of the Alive in Christ! Mission Advancement Initiative. While the Archdiocese of St. Louis embarks on an exciting new beONE vision for the work of all parishes, schools, agencies and families, the Alive in Christ! goals are still of vital importance.
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Without trumpets announcing his presence, Jesus of Nazareth ventured quietly onto the streets of Midtown St. Louis on a pleasant September evening.
Yes, that Jesus of Nazareth — the Christ, who died for our sins 2,000 years ago.
Jesuit Father Dan White carried His true presence — in the form of a consecrated host within a monstrance — leading a Eucharistic procession from St. Francis Xavier (College) Church to St. Alphonsus Ligouri (Rock) Church.
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There's a story of St. Martin of Tours, patron of soldiers, in which he tore off half of his cloak to give to a beggar. Later, he had a dream where he met Jesus in heaven, who was wearing part of Martin's torn cloak. "How did you get that?" St. Martin asked.
"You gave it to me when I was cold," Jesus told him.
Msgr. Jack Costello shared that story at an all-school Veterans Day Mass Nov. 11 at St. Peter in Kirkwood. The school also honored more than 60 veterans from the community with a special progam and reception after Mass.
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The pre-school teacher gave the little boy his coat, and he immediately ran to "Grandpa Frank" for assistance.
In another classroom at the University City Children's Center, a girl sat on the lap of "Grandma Ann" listening intently as the volunteer read a book to her.
The early learning center serves children from six weeks to 6 years old. The volunteers are from the Foster Grandparent Program operated by Cardinal Ritter Senior Services, a Catholic Charities agency providing a continuum of care to senior adults throughout the archdiocese.