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.

Treatment courts close revolving door to prison

Treatment courts began in Missouri in 1993, focusing on helping nonviolent substance-addicted offenders.

The Catholic bishops of Missouri have supported alternative sentencing options such as drug courts, the Missouri re-entry program and probation and parole policies that enhance public safety.

#EatMoreFish - Fish, Fisherman, Lent and Bible Factoids

Peter leads the apostles in fishing (Jn 21:2-3,11). The "bark" (boat) of Peter has been regarded by Catholics as a figure of the Church, with Peter at the helm.

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The warm waters of the Sea of Galilee are home to between 18 and 24 different species of indigenous fish. In 2005, 270 tons of tilapia, locally called "St. Peter's Fish," were caught by fishermen in the sea.

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County counts homeless, helps bring them in from the cold

Angela Hamilton, a client coordinator for Room at the Inn, interviewed Tony and LaMonda at the Hanley Road MetroLink station. With the help of the volunteers, Tony and LaMonda, who have eight children and have been homeless for five years, found shelter. Lisa Johnston | lisajohnston@archstl.org

LaMonda and Tony have stayed in a car, in laundromats, in a house that has no electricity, with relatives and hotels when they could get money from begging. They slept in a closet area and a cold basement storage area with rats running around them.

"We were scared, really scared, and I couldn't even sleep," Tony said.

With all the challenges they face, they remain dedicated to each other, able to smile and laugh.

Conceived in rape, Ryan Bomberger shares message of unity, diversity

Ryan Bomberger, founder of The Radiance Foundation, spoke to GenLifeSTL youth Jan. 23. Bomberger, a product of rape, was adopted and given the chance to live and be loved because his birth mother chose life.

Wearing a T-shirt with the hashtag #AllLivesMatter, Ryan Bomberger took to a stage in front of 2,000 teens to explain why he was wearing that message on his shirt.

"I am the 1 percent that is used to justify 100 percent of abortion," said Bomberger, who spoke to St. Louis teens attending the archdiocesan Office of Youth Ministry's Generation Life pilgrimage in Washington D.C.

'Mysterium tremendum' | St. Barnabas begins offering the Traditional Latin Mass

Altar servers Thomas and Curtis Prize assisted Father Raymond Hager in the celebration of the Extraordinary Form of the Mass at St. Barnabas Parish in O’Fallon. Lisa Johnston | lisajohnston@archstl.org

With a single intoning of the bell, Mass had begun at St. Barnabas.

But this was no Ordinary Form of the Mass.

"In Nomine Patris, et Filii et Spiritus Sancti ..."

For the first time in nearly 50 years, the Extraordinary Form of the Mass -- better known as the Traditional or Tridentine Latin Mass -- is being celebrated at the northern O'Fallon parish. In January, Father Raymond Hager began offering the Mass at 10 a.m. on Sundays, after a group of parishioners wrote a letter last January requesting it.

A bit of spiritual fitness

Spiritual Fitness Dashboard

As we pack Christmas decorations, out come the New Year's resolutions. There's the tried and true -- eating better or starting an exercise program. Or maybe it's a personal goal to look for a new job or volunteer with a charitable organization.

These things potentially lead to a more fulfilling life. Exercise and eating right gives us more energy to do everyday tasks or even to try something new. Finding a new job that is more fulfilling leads to an increase happiness and a decrease in stress.

But hold the bus for just a minute. What about our spiritual fitness?

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