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Mourning an athlete's death

A make-shift memorial for Oscar Taveras was placed outside Busch Stadium last week.

The bad news arrived like a punch to the gut, totally unexpected.

At 7:53 p.m. Oct. 26, Major League Baseball delivered the news on Twitter:

"We mourn the passing of Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras."

A black-and-white photo of Taveras with the dates "1992 - 2014" accompanied the tweet.

Within moments, Twitter was ablaze. Media and fans retweeted the news. St. Louis Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak and owner Bill DeWitt Jr. issued statements. Kolton Wong, Yadier Molina, Matt Carpenter and other teammates tweeted disbelief along with condolences.

Clemency coalition seeks mercy for 14 women

Citing Catholic values of mercy and justice, several members of a newly formed Community Coalition for Clemency on Oct. 28 called on Gov. Jay Nixon to commute the sentences of 14 women incarcerated in Missouri prisons. Most of the women, they say, were victims of years of domestic abuse.

Priory dominates but can't overcome slow start

Priory High School lost its Class 3 playoff hopes after a 2-1 defeat by rival Westminster Academy. Priory senior Brenden Kolthoff vied against Westminster’s Nicholas Samuel Dunne.

The Priory High School soccer team fought back but didn't overcome a quick start by Westminster in a district game of the Class 3 state soccer playoffs Oct. 27.
Within the first minutes of the game, Westminster senior forward Sam Dunne scored on two breakaways, using his speed to elude Priory defenders when the ball bounced beyond his opponents' reach. Priory goalie Drew Sewall had no chance on the shots.

Nun Buddies: SSNDs and Notre Dame High students forge special friendships through partnership

Allison Moser exchanged the sign of peace during Mass with Sister Paul-Mary Draxler, SSND, Oct. 22 in the chapel at the School Sisters of Notre Dame motherhouse in Lemay. Moser is a junior at Notre Dame High School. Students spent Foundation Day with their “nun buddies,” the School Sisters of Notre Dame.

The sweet treats at Christmas and the handmade blankets are just a few of the perks, but the lasting benefit of the Nun Buddies program at Notre Dame High School are the friendships between students and the School Sisters of Notre Dame.

The all-girls private Catholic high school initiated the program about seven years ago as a way of pairing students mainly with about 80 School Sisters of Notre Dame who live and/or work at the community's motherhouse in Lemay. The program is unusual in that the school and motherhouse are located on the same campus.

Kenrick-Glennon seminarians to defend title against Clergy and Company at Souls and Goals game

The Kenrick-Glennon Seminary Lions soccer team's recent win against Concordia Seminary is just the fuel the team needs as it faces off with Clergy and Company at the second annual Souls and Goals Soccer Cup next week.

Abortion survivor stirs pro-lifers to ‘keep moving forward’

Aug. 29, 1977, was supposed to be the day that Melissa Ohden was delivered from her mother's womb as a "successful" abortion.

But she lived.

Ohden shared her story with nearly 800 people at the 38th annual Respect Life Convention Oct. 26 at St. Charles Convention Center with the hopes that it inspires people "to keep moving forward" in the pro-life movement, especially on those days when it might feel too difficult.

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