Archbishop Robert J. Carlson cited the need to join hands in solidarity with the Church of Haiti as he delivered a homily during a Mass Jan. 14 for the victims of the earthquake there two days earlier.
"We come together this morning to mourn the terrible suffering of our brothers and sisters in Haiti ravaged by an earthquake of enormous proportions that has left tens of thousands dead and survivors waiting for the response of the world as they struggle for even the basics of life," Archbishop Carlson noted.
There is hope in spite of the suffering in Haiti since an earthquake hit there Jan. 12, several people with ties to the Caribbean nation said.
Sister Limeteze Pierre-Gilles, a novice at the School Sisters of Notre Dame motherhouse in Lemay, tried to hold her emotions in check when telling of aunts, cousins and friends she has not heard from since the quake. "I don't know if they're still alive or not."
A law passed in Missouri in 2008 on organ donation, called the Revised Uniform Anatomic Gift Act, failed to include changes sought by the Missouri Catholic Conference.
LaSalette Father Edward Richard, vice rector, dean of students and professor of moral theology at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in Shrewsbury, said the Catholic Conference, the public policy agency of the state's bishops, had a number of concerns about the legislation regarding consent.