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.

Catholic education is important element of St. Genevieve Parish

Valle Catholic Grade School students prayed the Rosary during October, which is the month of the Rosary. The parish elementary and high schools provide excellent education while helping the students live and learn from their faith

Catholic education has been important in Ste. Genevieve. Historical records indicate a school in the village in the 1790s. Soon after, Father James Maxwell, parish pastor, began Ste. Genevieve Academy for boys and young men, incorporated as a school in 1808 by the governor of the Louisiana Territory. According to parish records, the first Christian Brothers in the United States taught there. The school served students for some years, closed and then reopened, closing for good in 1862 because of the Civil War.

Catholics should not delay in making end-of-life decisions

Faithful should ask what the Church teaches and how one can have wishes carried out

For many Catholics, the idea of making end-of-life decisions well in advance can be a daunting experience.

What is a power of attorney? Should I keep my loved ones on life support when they’re gravely ill?

Catholics should approach the issue with two questions in mind: “What should I do in light of what the Church teaches about the value of human life?” and “How do I get others to carry out my wishes?”

For many years, Father Edward Richard, MS, a moral theologian, dean of students and vice-rector Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, has educated Catholics about how to approach the questions related to making end-of-life decisions. In addition to teaching the subject at the seminary, he often gives presentations to Catholic parishes and other groups.

As Catholics, “we have a duty to conserve our life, but we don’t have a duty to conserve it under every circumstance,” said the priest. But that doesn’t mean that the pain and suffering that may come with an illness or injury, for example, can alone be a reason to end one’s life.

St. Hubert of Liege, Patron Saint of Hunters

St. Hubert was born about 656; he died at Fura (the modern Tervueren), Brabant, May 30, 727 or 728. He was the first bishop of Liège, and Apostle of the Ardennes.

He was honored in the Middle Ages as the patron of hunters.

The spirit of the hunt: a Catholic perspective

Father Joe Classen left his Franklin County hunting ground Oct. 26 after a morning deer hunt. “I’ve learned many, many life lessons and developed in character, spiritual fortitude and virtue from the multitude of challenges and rigors that come along with hunting,” Father Classen said.

Early one recent morning, well before the sun was ready to awake over the horizon, Father Joe Classen said a quick prayer for a safe and fruitful day. He grabbed his bow and trekked across a field, through a creek and up a hillside into a thicket of cedars and hardwoods.

For most of the next 10 hours, he sat quietly and watched the woods for deer and turkey. Birds chirped, squirrels gathered nuts and leaves rustled in the breeze and cool drizzle. His tree stand provided an ideal perch for being surrounded by nature — and in the presence of God.

Like many hunters, Father Classen is drawn to the outdoors to witness God’s creation firsthand.

“What motivates me to hunt is a deep love and appreciation of the natural world,” said Father Classen, associate pastor at St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Parish in South County.

Hunting is an “opportunity to spend quality time with God, family and friends, the prayerful solitude and much needed stress relief,” he added. “And, yes, the opportunity to put fresh, healthy meat in the freezer by means of my own efforts.”

Prayers for hunters

Looking for prayers for hunters? Here are some written by Father Mitch Pacwa:

Blessing from a priest:

By the intercession of St. Hubert, patron saint of hunters, may you always honor God the Creator, who set man in dominion over all the animals.

May the Lord God make you an honorable hunter who respects fellow hunters, the animals, and all creation;

May He keep safe you and all who share the field or the forest;

May He make all hunters proud of their kill, generous with their meat, and thankful in all circumstances.

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