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New deacons called to imitate Christ through service


Before a packed house June 2 at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson ordained 25 men into the permanent diaconate, the largest ordination class in the 41-year history of the program.

"By your ordination, you are configured to Christ in His servant role, and you must be living signs of the Church in its servant role," Archbishop Carlson said in the homily, adding "This was at the heart of the apostles calling the first deacons."

Concert connects with parish’s military history

Oakville High School band member Christina Meier, right, a parishioner at St. Bernadette Parish in south St. Louis County, performed at a special concert by the Oakville Band at the parish. St. Bernadette hosted the event, which included several parishioners among the band members, to support and help raise money for the band’s upcoming trip to France next year as part of the events marking the 75th anniversary of the Allied Forces landings at Normandy for D-Day.

The young band members held their instruments and stood at attention as a color guard from the Missouri National Guard marched onto the ballfield at St. Bernadette Parish in south St. Louis County.

In the background, underneath a blue sky, were thousands of white grave markers in neat rows among green grass.

Vianney meets expectations with state title


Expectations were high for St. John Vianney's baseball team this year after it came within a whisker of going to the state final last year.

This year's team reached the title game June 1 at Car Shield Field in O'Fallon. Noah Niznik's four-plus innings in relief and an offense determined to bounce back from an early deficit led to an 8-2 win over Hickman and a Class 5 championship.

St. Margaret of Scotland goes back to the future at end of school year


"Remember to come back in 100 years!" school parent Emily Schiltz encouraged the students filing past her.

As the line of nearly 500 students at St. Margaret of Scotland filed through the lower level of St. Joseph Hall, each tossed a piece of gravel into the ground in a small corner near the library, slowly encasing the time capsule placed there.

St. Paul Church renovation inspired by God — and china


Jenny Wehde never imagined that the dishes she keeps in her china cabinet would become part of the inspiration for the newly renovated St. Paul Church in St. Paul.

Women religious fill unmet need in Catholic schools

Sister Joan Stoverink, ASC, smiled as kindergarten student David Mung celebrated a victory in a game of “Go Fish Antonym” in class on May 21. Sister Joan tutors students at St. Stephen Protomartyr, many of whom are from Myanmar, as part of the English Tutoring Project.

First-grader Helen Kim held a card and prepared for her turn in the game of modified Go Fish she was playing with fellow students. She asked if the other had a card with a word that was the antonym of "wide."

Seeing no response, Sister Joan Stoverink, ASC, defined the word "wide" so one of the students at the table could find the opposite. She extended her arms and said that wide "is a tough one; it means 'spread out.'" Just then, a student sprung to his feet and shouted out the antonym, "narrow."

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