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Mass to celebrate 800th anniversary of St. Louis' birth

Auxiliary Bishop Edward J. Rice will celebrate a Mass in recognition of the 800th anniversary of the birth of St. Louis at noon Friday, April 25, at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, Lindell Boulevard and Newstead Avenue in the Central West End. St. Louis IX, King of France and the patron saint of St. Louis, was born on April 25, 1214.

A FAMILY AFFAIR

The Cirillo family, from left, Cricky, Rob, Kaitlyn, Brandon and Justin, have been inspired by their longtime family friends, the Winkeler/Risley family, to enter the Catholic Church. This Easter, all five Cirillos will enter the Church at St. Joseph Parish in Cottleville. Chris and Marybeth Risley, right, are helping to sponsor the Cirillos.

About the time the sun rises each day, Jim Winkeler has settled into his regular chair in the sun room of his home to pray the Rosary and soak in the daily readings. From one angle, he can view the sunrise as he prays, and from over his shoulder he can catch a glimpse of a statue of the Blessed Mother in his backyard. A framed picture of his wife, Nancy, who died in 2012, keeps watch from the small table next to him.

Parishes to celebrate feast of Divine Mercy April 27

The feast of Divine Mercy, or Divine Mercy Sunday, is observed on the octave of Easter and celebrates the fullness of Christ's Resurrection. This year, the feast will be celebrated on April 27.

The feast was initiated by St. Maria Faustina Kowalska, a Polish nun who kept a diary in the 1930s of Christ's private revelations, telling her of His message of mercy.

Patient grateful for connection with surgeon

Paula Elfrink, right, is filled with gratitude for the professional and personal relationship she developed with Dr. Stephanie Schnepp, which grew out of her battle with breast cancer. She met Schnepp, left, who was her surgeon at St. Mary’s Hospital.

Tears welled in her eyes and her voice broke as Paula Elfrink apologized to her doctor for calling her Stephanie instead of Dr. Schnepp.

Elfrink explained that she was emotional because she looks at her doctor as she does one of her daughters. Elfrink told the doctor: "I'm sure your mother is so very proud of you."

Mo. bishops issue letter opposing "dramatic escalation" of state executions

Highlighting what they describe as a "dramatic escalation of executions taking place," the bishops of Missouri have reaffirmed the Catholic Church's opposition to the death penalty in a letter issued on Good Friday, April 18. The state of Missouri has executed five individuals in the last five months and is expected to execute two more people in the next two months.

Follow our coverage coverage of canonizations

As Blesseds John XXIII and John Paul II are set to be canonized on Sunday, April 27, your hometown Catholic newspaper will be delivering comprehensive coverage of the historical occasion from Rome.

The Review will be sending staff multimedia journalist Lisa Johnston along with Katie Pesha, executive director of the archdiocesan Office of Communications and Planning, to chronicle the events in Rome. They will be joining a group of 40 pilgrims from St. Louis, led by Father Christopher Martin of the archdiocesan Office of Vocations.

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