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Study days aid those ministering to people with same-sex attraction

Dan Mattson likens his personal story to that of the prodigal son, when he finally came to his senses.

Like many young adults, Mattson had fallen away from his faith. It was a time in which he discovered he was attracted to other men.

"I thought I could do better on my own," Mattson said in a phone interview from his home in Grand Rapids, Mich. "I had a boyfriend, and I shared a life with him. I thought we would be together forever and I was going to come out."

Lenten resolution: Commit to live in ways pleasing to God

Resolve to live more consistently in ways pleasing to God this Lent.

That simple advice comes from Father Philip Sosa, provincial superior of the North American Province of the Missionaries of the Holy Family, based in St. Louis at St. Wenceslaus Parish.

"As we begin our Lenten Journey, let us commit to doing more than wearing ashes on our foreheads. Let us resolve to live more consistently in ways pleasing to God, and may He give you whatever you need to testify to His love," Father Sosa wrote before the beginning of Lent.

Honor for Duchesne High School soccer coach recognizes stellar program

Duchesne High School soccer players doused coach Patrick Turner following the team’s win in the Missouri State High School Activities Association Class 2 girls soccer championship in June. Turner recently was honored by a national soccer coaches group as a regional coach of the year.

Duchesne High School soccer coach Patrick Turner recently was named private and parochial schools 2015 Girls High School Regional Coach of the Year at the National Soccer Coaches Association of America national convention in Baltimore.

Turner led the Duchesne girls varsity soccer team to three consecutive state championships: in 2013 and 2014 in Class 1, and in 2015 in Class 2. Also in that time, he coached the Duchesne boys soccer team to two district titles and a quarterfinal appearance.

Turner gives credit to the players and coaches and cites the support of the Duchesne community.

SLU basketball game to celebrate Catholic education

When Fathers Paul Hoesing and James Mason first met, the then-seminarians were playing pickup basketball at Pontifical North American College in Rome.

"It was a Tuesday," Father Hoesing said. "We always played Tuesday afternoon basketball."

The meeting must have been memorable. President-rector Father Mason described it in introducing Father Hoesing last fall to faculty and staff as Kenrick-Glennon Seminary's dean of seminarians.

"He could set a pretty stiff pick!" Father Mason said that day.

Closing Mass set for Assumption Parish in Herculaneum

A century ago, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Herculaneum was founded due to growth in employment at lead smelters in the community and with a donation of land by the mining company.

Now, after the closure of the remaining lead smelter and purchase of the parish property by the mining firm, Assumption Parish will hold a closing Mass Sunday, April 24. Parishioners will be welcomed the next weekend at four parishes that will assume the parish's territorial boundaries — Good Shepherd in Hillsboro, Our Lady in Festus, Sacred Heart in Crystal City and St. Joseph in Imperial.

FIAT women's group discusses how to say 'yes' to God's call as Mary did

The FIAT women's group invites all women to learn how to joyful, generously and courageously say "yes" to God's call to each of us, as Mary did with faith and love. The women's group will meet at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary (5200 Glennon Dr., 63119) on the 3rd Thursday of each month. Father James Mason, President-Rector, will speak at the first meeting on Thursday, February 18th. The talk and coffee begins at 8 a.m. and ends promptly at 9 a.m.Visit  www.kenrick.edu/fiat for more information.

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