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Parishes to participate in National Night of Prayer for Life

The National Night of Prayer for Life is a time for eucharistic adoration and prayer for the unborn, praying for the end to abortion and for protection of the sanctity of human life. The evening prayer bridges the feast of the Immaculate Conception on Thursday, Dec. 8, and the anniversary of Our Lady of Guadalupe's first apparition to St. Juan Diego on Friday, Dec. 9. Prayers are offered through the intercession of the Blessed Mother for the establishment of a culture of life.

This year, 26 archdiocesan parishes will participate in the 27th annual event.

Vianney’s comeback season results in 1st football title

Vianney players screamed as Lucas Giegling, right, hoisted the championship trophy at the MSHSAA Class 5 state football championship Nov. 26 at Plaster Stadium at Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo.

St. John Vianney's football season, which culminated in a Missouri Class 5 high school championship, provided lessons in perseverance and self-confidence.

"They far exceeded everyone else's expectations, but not their own," said Vianney president Mike Loyet. "They worked so hard year-round to get to this point. They never stopped believing in themselves, kept battling and good things happened for them."

1960s issues of war, civil rights spilled onto news pages

A Mothers March for Peace in St. Louis was one of several methods of opposition to the Vietnam War. Various prelates of Catholic Church in the United States and in St. Louis repeatedly called for a withdrawal from the South Asian country and a peace settlement.

Two issues prominent in the secular world in the 1960s and beyond have been covered extensively by the St. Louis Review. Issues of peace and justice have been at the forefront in the past and continue today, expecially with one of the archdiocese's beONE priorities — promoting human dignity and social responsibility. Helping to fulfill that priority today is the archdiocesan Peace and Justice Commission, established in 2014, with its efforts for intercultural dialogue.

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Women’s group is a ‘fiat’ to spiritual formation

Mary Smith, Ellen Wojcicki and Christine Hoffman, friends from Holy Redeemer in Webster Groves, chatted after the lecture at Fiat Women’s Group. The group invites women to say “yes” to God’s call in their vocation as Catholic women. Fiat meets on the third Thursday of each month at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary and includes prayer and a talk from a seminary faculty member.

Just like Mary's "yes," all it took was an affirming nudge from within for Patti Rose to seek a bit of spiritual nourishment on her day off work.

On the third Thursday morning of the month, Rose joins about 50 women at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary to pray the Rosary, followed by a talk from a seminary professor. The Fiat Women's Group formed in February to provide spiritual support in communion with other women — and as an added benefit, they get to witness a slice of seminary life, too.

Next issue of Catholic St. Louis magazine available soon

Our latest edition of Catholic St. Louis magazine is in the mail this week. Our cover story takes a look at some of the ways parishes are reaching out to the young and mobile Church -- especially young adults who are less rooted in one parish, but just as involved in the life of the Church in St. Louis.

Other stories include a feature on the Reach Out and Read program at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital, a story on prayer as communication, a profile of the owners of Melo's Pizzeria and more.

Coach Stone has SLU women’s basketball on the rise

Lisa Johnston | lisajohnston@archstl.org
Lisa Stone, the 2015-16 A-10 Coach of the Year, has lead the St. Louis University women’s basketball team for five years and has a 67-61 record at the school. She coached the team in timeout in the Billikins’ 90-49 victory over Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Nov. 15 at Chaifetz Arena.

Coach Lisa Stone has the St. Louis University women's basketball program thriving.

The 2015-16 Billikens enjoyed the most successful season in program history: a school-record 26 victories; a share of its first conference title; and reaching the third round of the WNIT.

SLU promises to be equally good or even better this year, with the team off to a 5-0 start.

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