Living Our Faith

The Living Our Faith section highlights Catholics and Catholic organizations who are living the Catholic faith in their daily lives through their prayer, works, and generous service to the community.

An evangelizing presence in the digital world

Who is the most influential person in the world?

Pope Francis, of course.

For the the third year in a row, Pope Francis' @Pontifex is the most influential Twitter account, according to "Twiplomacy" -- the study of world leaders' Twitter accounts and their retweet rates.

Pope Francis gets about 9,929 retweets for every tweet on his Spanish account and 7,527 retweets on average on his English account.

The Matriarch of caregivers

Mary Ann Huber was called to open Twin Oaks Estates in 1981 after working in a skilled care facility. "I just wanted to take them home and love them and care for them," she said of the elderly residents in skilled care. Faith is strong at Twin Oaks, where Huber gave Holy Communion to resident Tony Campisi in April. 

On a cool spring morning, almost two dozen residents lined the pews in the tiny chapel at Twin Oaks Estate in O'Fallon. The weekly Rosary was about to begin, but the regular leader was a no-show. So, Mary Ann Huber jumped right in and started the group in praying the Joyful Mysteries.

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Mary Ann Huber distributes the Eucharist every Wednesday and Sunday at Twin Oaks Estate. She gave Tony Campisi Eucharist while he was in his bed. Huber began her mission to serve the elderly in 1981 and with the help of her husband, Bill, she began Twin Oaks Estate with 12 elderly residents. Located on seven wooded acres in O’Fallon, the site now has room for 149 residents.

First St. Louis Mass Mob evokes memories, pride for north St. Louis church

Mass Mob at Most Holy Trinity Church.

Pat DeWitt often played in the priests' garage at Most Holy Trinity Church in north St. Louis.

"They had this big old garage," DeWitt recalled. "A lot of times nobody would be there, so my girlfriends and I would set up our doll stuff inside. Father Schoen was the pastor when I was here. If he'd come home when we had all our stuff set up out there, he'd just go park on the street."

‘Priest for a day' is a wish that came true

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Make-A-Wish requests often involve meeting athletes, attending sporting events or traveling to amusement parks or beaches.

When it came time for 11-year-old Brett Haubrich of south St. Louis County to make his wish, he not only listed none of those things but had no request at all.

"He didn't want anything," explained his mother, Eileen. "They had to keep asking him, 'What would you like to do? Do you want to meet anybody? What do you want to be when you grow up?'"

Nexus Regional Pro-Life Conference

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Nexus means core. The center.

On the issue of abortion, high school and college students are at the core. The message wasn't a surprise to those who attended the first Nexus Regional Pro-Life Conference, sponsored by Coalition for Life St. Louis and Students for Life of America.

Approximately 75 percent of the abortion business in the United States is from high school and college students, according to Brian Westbrook, executive director of Coalition for Life St. Louis. "They're also the solution to abortion," he said.

Pilgrimage through Holy Week

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson celebrated Easter Vigil Mass last year at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. The liturgy began outside of the cathedral where an Easter fire was lit and the new paschal candle is blessed for the forthcoming year.

Pope Francis says Holy Week "is not primarily about pain and death, but about love and the gift of self that gives life."

Holy Week is a call to follow Jesus more closely, he said, which means going with Jesus "to the margins of existence, making the first move toward our brothers and sisters, especially those who are farthest away, those who are forgotten, those who have the greatest need for understanding, consolation and help," he explains.

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