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.

WITNESSES TO FREEDOM | U.S. bishops continue efforts to raise awareness of religious liberty

Four years ago when the Archdiocese of St. Louis launched a campaign for religious liberty, Archbishop Robert Carlson called it a great opportunity for Catholics to "build enthusiasm for this important cause."

"Religious liberty is our first, most cherished freedom," he said. "The threat the HHS mandate poses to the Catholic Church is no small matter. It is imperative that we act now to protect the freedoms upon which this country is based."

POPE'S VISIT TO MEXICO: In crime-plagued periphery, pope preaches conversion

Pope Francis used incense at a Mass in Ecatepec, Mexico.

ECATEPEC, Mexico — Pope Francis began his travels to Mexico's "peripheries" by visiting an overcrowded, sprawling settlement known internationally as a hunting ground for girls to force into prostitution and for boys to enlist in the drug trade.

Ecatepec, on the northern edge of Mexico City, also has tidy gated communities and a new shopping mall with department stores like Sears, a big WalMart, Starbucks and dozens of other shops and restaurants.

Honored Guests: Program at Catholic Men for Christ conference addresses needs of homeless and at-risk men

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Richard Henderson prayed during the Catholic Men for Christ conference Feb. 6 at Peabody Opera House Downtown. Richard was part of the Honored Guests program, which invites homeless and at-risk men to the conference for fellowship and more.

Richard Henderson lowered his head in reverence as a priest on stage led a group prayer.

He was among 1,100 men gathered for a day of prayer and faith. But unlike most at Peabody Opera House on Feb 6., Richard's journey to be there — even just to be standing — has been difficult.

Two years ago, Richard didn't have a permanent home or a stable job. He had just had a hip replacement, was using a walker and was on the verge of losing a leg, stemming from an issue with diabetes.

Lenten Planner: Reflection, repentance and renewed fervor

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Lent is a season of reflection, penance, fasting and service as we await the crucifixion, death and resurrection of Christ at Easter.

"Lent is a time for reflection and repentance, a time to pray with renewed fervor for ourselves, our families and the Church," Archbishop Robert Carlson wrote in a letter for the Lenten season. "During this holy season let's also pray for the transformation of the world we live in. Through the grace of Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit, may we all be agents of the Father's mercy!"

Staying involved, promoting life: A guide to getting, or staying, involved in pro-life issues

Mary Frese, a parishioner at St Martin De Porres, prayed the Rosary Jan. 16 with 500 others outside of Planned Parenthood as part of the Respect Life Apostolate Annual Memorial Mass and Prayer Vigil.

The national Pro-Life March in Washington, D.C, and the local one in Jefferson City are just two of the ways pro-lifers can stay involved in supporting the culture of life. This go-to guide gives other ways to support and promote life.

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Since 2000, the archdiocesan Respect Life Apostolate has offered the monthly Helpers of God's Precious Infants Mass and Rosary procession to pray in front of Planned Parenthood.

2015 in review: A look at the stories, photos and topics of note in #CatholicSTL

Major news events worldwide were reflected in local activities involving Catholics in the St. Louis Archdiocese in 2015. Issues surrounding abortion and refugees had an impact. Pope Francis' visit to the United States, the papal effort to stress mercy and the pope's encyclical on the environment energized Catholics in the St. Louis community as well.

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