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Missouri bishops urge acceptance of Syrian refugees

The Catholic bishops of Missouri are urging Gov. Jay Nixon and all public officials to work with federal officials to keep citizens safe and to allow refugees from war-torn Syria to settle in the state.

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First Friday Mass and speaker

CYC players, coaches put sportsmanship, faith first

22 Nov. 2015 -- WEBSTER GROVES, Mo. --  St. Gerard Majella Parish volleyball player Andrew Normington (3) greets Mary Queen of Peace player Andrew Zimmerman (44) before the start of the 2015 CYC South Central District Volleyball Playoff 8th Grade Championship at Holy Redeemer School in Webster Groves, Mo. Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015.

The fifth-grade soccer players from St. Joseph Parish in Manchester had just won a competitive playoff game against a team from Queen of All Saints Parish.

The players from the losing team were visibly upset, and their opponents were not just shaking their hands as they do after each game but also patting them on their backs, giving encouragement and even hugging them.

"I was so proud of them," said Frank Ganninger, coach of the St. Joseph team. "At that point, that was more important than the win."

Your guide to the Year of Mercy: A time to reflect on God's merciful love and to be a witness of mercy

December 8 begins the Jubilee Year of Mercy in the universal Church. It will be our opportunity to deeply reflect on God's mercy and how we can be a merciful witness to others.

The special Holy Year, declared by Pope Francis, begins with the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Dec. 8, and will conclude Nov. 20, 2016, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.

Educators honored for ‘outstanding efforts and achievements’

Four archdiocesan teachers stood among the premier educators in the St. Louis area as Emerson Excellence in Teaching award winners, in ceremonies Nov. 21 at the Ritz-Carlton in Clayton.

They were among 102 educators, selected by their school administration, recognized by Emerson for their "outstanding efforts and achievements."

Young artist’s work supports Church’s missionary effort

Ella Traina, a fourth-grader at St. Justin Martyr School, won the Missionary Childhood Association contest for designing their Christmas card artwork. The cards are available in St. Louis at Catholic Supply. She smiled at her desk partner in her art class.

At the table in the art room of St. Justin Martyr School in Sunset Hills, fourth-grader Ella Traina concentrated on making a symetrical drawing.

Teacher Patti Frentzel explained that keeping it symmetrical — duplicate parts facing each other — meant that "whatever you do one one side, you do on the other." Ella's sports-themed border fit that definition.

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