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.
Pope Francis and the Catholic bishops have called on the U.S. government and the international community to provide support to both Syrian refugees fleeing violence and to countries that have been at the forefront of this humanitarian effort.
Suggestions on how to help:
• Donate to the collection at your parish
• Pray for migrants and refugees, for their plight and for peace.
The ministers attending ecumenical prayer services in Ferguson and Florissant on top of a year of prayer gave Sister Cathy Doherty, SSND, reason for optimism Aug. 9.
"Because of all the praying and everything, people are coming together," she said. "All the ministers coming together and praying with our congregations and listening. ... People have been praying together and being together all year.
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Jim Struckel sat in his car -- a sharp-looking compact four-door with an aerodynamic design -- in the shade on the Missouri Botanical Garden's parking lot while reading the daily newspaper.
A closer look showed that his car was hooked up to one of the garden's four electric vehicle charging stations. There is no charge for the use of the charging stations, with a full charge taking between four and five hours.
Bright and early on a summer morning, seven teenagers stroll into your parish's daily Mass. You do a double take, blink a few times, but they're still there. Aren't they usually sleeping? Playing video games? Letting each day roll lazily by?
Some teens might, but not those from St. Louis LifeTeen. They're among the many St. Louis area youth groups in full swing, morning to evening, throughout summer break.