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Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre | Order provides support, awareness of needs in the Holy Land

John O’Hara held the flag in his duty as vexillary for Mass as part of the annual meeting of the Northern Lieutenancy of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre. O’Hara is a parishioner at St. John Bosco in Creve Coeur.

During a pilgrimage to the Holy Land last year, Marsha Stocker met a young Muslim woman who was studying at Bethlehem University in the West Bank.

"I've never seen the ocean," the young woman told Stocker, a St. Louisan who was visiting the area with the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. "I can't cross over the border (of the West Bank). I'm not allowed to leave."

Building project foretells promising future

As older students at St. Rose of Lima School in De Soto enjoyed recess on the adjoining playground, parish pastor Father Alex Anderson gave a quick tour of the fenced-in construction zone next to the school.

With just the footings and forms tracing the new building's perimeter, he pointed out the coming attractions at St. Rose Hall: the stage, the kitchen and the 40-foot-by-80-foot open area at the heart of the building — a mini-gymnasium for physical-education classes, sports practices and recess, as well parish functions.

Appeals court blocks decision regarding licensing abortion clinics

The Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has blocked enforcement of a lower court order over licensing abortion clinics in Missouri.

The one-sentence order issued Sept. 15 has left a sense of uncertainty regarding the expansion of abortion services in Missouri. Earlier this month, Planned Parenthood announced it was reinstating abortion services in Kansas City, Mo. Abortion services were expected to be restored soon in Columbia, Mo.

Friends of DACA student say policy change is nonsense

Areli Reyes, center, was brought to the United States from Mexico by her parents when she was 7. She remains in the U.S. legally under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals executive order. She now attends Forest Park Community College, where she talked with friends Kim Dang and Kristen Nipper after class.

Molly Paterson met Areli Reyes in third grade at Flynn Park Elementary School in University City.

"We were in Girls Scouts together and things like that and became really good friends" through middle school and high school, Paterson said.

She knows her friend as a hard worker in and outside of school. Reyes, a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Ferguson, worked at a frozen yogurt shop through high school and in community college.

All Saints Parish youth display a passion for service

Ella Elmendorf, recipient of the 2017 Cindi Sitz-Davanzo Award at All Saints Parish in St. Peters, joined other volunteers from the parish in handing out thank you gifts to parishioners for the involvement in parish stewardship after Mass.

All Saints Parish in St. Peters provides an example of encouraging stewardship among youth.

The parish gives an award in honor of the late Cindi Sitz-Davanzo, a parishioner who touched the lives of many through generous acts of service. The award encourages the youth of All Saints to carry on Sitz-Davanzo's dedication to service and stewardship. Sitz-Davanzo, who served on the pastoral council of the parish among other roles, died in 2005 at age 39.

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