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Queen of Peace Center helps when women hit rock bottom


Sally DeIuliis walked through the doors of Queen of Peace Center June 19, 2015, six months pregnant. She'd just been kicked out of a homeless shelter.

She doesn't remember how she got to the Catholic Charities family-centered behavioral health care provider for women with addiction, their children and families. She does remember saying, "It's not that bad" — failing to fool the interviewer who replied, "You're pregnant and on drugs."

Faith is guiding force for several Saint Louis FC players

Saint Louis FC’s Austin Martz sped toward the ball against LA Galaxy II on April 14. Martz is participating in a program that gives children from low-income families an opportunity to play at camps, clinics and with a club team.

Jack Maher signed with Saint Louis FC, a professional soccer team based in Fenton, at the start of the 2017 season and made an appearance in the final game of the season. He's on the team again this year.

That's a good reason for the Althoff Catholic High School senior to miss some classes while he practices with the team on weekdays.

Up to five players may be part of a non-professional academy program within an MLS organization and earn minutes with the USL team without relinquishing their amateur status.

Long-forgotten bell rings in school’s rich history

Leona Scharfenberg, 94, donated this century-old school bell back to St. John’s-Gildehaus School after keeping it safe in her home for nearly 60 years. From the early 1900s the bell was used by the educators to summon children to recess, meals and prayer before being replaced by an electronic bell in 1961. Shortly after, Sister Aniceta Loeffler gave the bell to Scharfenberg, who was a school cook.

The schoolyard bell, its distinguishing mark — a two-inch crack at its base — and the story behind it might have been lost to history, leaving it as just a relic from a bygone era similar to any school bell at a flea market or antique store near you.

But then, Leona Scharfenberg stepped forward with the unique and interesting backstory.

Roman Catholic Foundation tackles end-of-life issues

With two sessions to date and three upcoming, the Roman Catholic Foundation of Eastern Missouri already has received overwhelmingly positive feedback from its seminars, "The Conversation: A Catholic Perspective on End-of-Life Issues."

"We are encouraged by the strong attendance and the positive feedback of the attendees," said Mark Guyol, the Roman Catholic Foundation president/CEO. "Catholics have a high level of interest in learning about these end-of-life topics. Priests are thanking us for informing the faithful about these important issues."

Christ the King student headed to National Geographic Bee

Jackson Cooper, a seventh-grader at Christ the King School in University City, listened to teacher Mike Bettonville in social studies class on April 16. Jackson is the Missouri state winner of the National Geographic Bee and will head to Washington, D.C., to compete with 53 other winners from across the United States.

It was a nail-biting competition with nearly a dozen tie-breaker questions. But Jackson Cooper secured the win with this wringer:

What city that is home to the renowned Ambrosian Library is also the principal financial center of Italy?

The seventh-grader at Christ the King School in University City edged out St. Louis Priory seventh-grader Evan Hugge with the correct answer — Milan — to win the Missouri state-level competition of the National Geographic Bee April 6 at Moberly Area Community College.

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