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.

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


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


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.

Adoration offers chance to draw more deeply into Christ's presence

Eucharistic adoration

The purpose of eucharistic adoration "is to draw us more deeply into the mystery of Christ's presence in the Holy Eucharist," according to the U.S. bishops' Committee on Divine Worship.

In the St. Louis Archdiocese, the Archbishop's Committee for Eucharistic Adoration was established in 1997 to foster conversion through prayer and the sacraments to revitalize participation in the Eucharist and increase participation in eucharistic adoration in the archdiocese.

At celebration of "24 Hours for the Lord" in Rome, Pope Francis announces Holy Year of Mercy

Pope Francis went to confession at a Lenten penance service March 13 in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican. At the service, the pope announced an extraordinary jubilee, a Holy Year of Mercy, to be celebrated from Dec. 8, 2015, until Nov. 20, 2016.

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis announced an extraordinary jubilee, a Holy Year of Mercy, to highlight the Catholic Church's "mission to be a witness of mercy."

"No one can be excluded from God's mercy," the pope said March 13, marking the second anniversary of his pontificate by leading a Lenten penance service in St. Peter's Basilica.

"I frequently have thought about how the Church can make more evident its mission to be a witness of mercy," he said during his homily; that is why he decided to call a special Holy Year, which will be celebrated from Dec. 8, 2015, until Nov. 20, 2016.

St. Alexius fosters its Catholic identity through Lenten tradition

Franciscan Father Damien Dougherty celebrated Mass at St. Alexius to start the hospital’s “24 hours for the Lord” observance.

When the Alexian Brothers hosted a "24 Hours for the Lord" observance last weekend at St. Alexius Hospital, they knew it would serve as one more example of how the health care facility is maintaining its Catholic identity.

The Lenten celebration, which takes place in Rome and in dioceses around the world, features churches that are open all night for prayer and adoration. The hospital took a slightly different route by offering a noon Mass March 13, with 24 hours of adoration following.

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