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.

Good sports: The key to sportsmanship is respect for others

St. Simon the Apostle Parish’s B. J. Onder, right (51), stretches for a rebound Feb. 15 during a boys basketball game against a Ste. Genevieve du Bois Parish team at Ste. Genevieve in Warson Woods. The Catholic Youth Apostolate’s CYC leagues stress sportsmanship and reject a winning-at-all-cost attitude.

Lane Green laughed as he said it: "We occasionally deal with psycho parents."

Green, the director of athletics for the Olathe School District in Kansas, was a speaker at the St. Louis Sportsmanship Summit at Maryville University earlier this month. His workshop concerned dealing with parents, and it really is no laughing matter, he said.

Many spiritual programs are available to guide Catholics on Lenten journey

Many programs, church services and events are being held during Lent to help Catholics on their journey with Christ toward Easter.

Walking with Christ during Lent

For many Catholics, Lent is a time to give things up. But it is really much more, explained Msgr. William McCumber, director of the Office of Sacred Worship.

"The emphasis during Lent is on prayer, fasting and charity. That is what we focus on for the purpose of being open to God's grace," he said.

Lenten fasting and abstinence requirements

Then to all Christ said, "Whoever wishes to be my follower must deny his very self, take up his cross each day and follow in my steps" (Luke 9:23).

The Church has always helped us fulfill these words of Jesus by prescribing very definite penance for all Catholics. Accordingly, the pope and the American bishops have outlined obligatory fast and abstinence as follows:

Lenten tradition of donating to the poor through "Operation Rice Bowl" continues

Since 1975, Operation Rice Bowl has provided Catholics a Lenten opportunity to reach out in solidarity with poor people around the world.

The official Lenten program of Catholic Relief Services, Operation Rice Bowl has raised more than $191 million since its inception to support CRS's development projects and fight global poverty and hunger in more than 100 countries.

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