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Kennedy Catholic High School to close at end of school year

Marianist Father Richard Wosman, president of John F. Kennedy Catholic High School, talked with a group of Kennedy seniors last year. After a few years of declining enrollment, the school announced that it would close at the end of this school year.

Quality hasn't been an issue for John F. Kennedy Catholic High School; its programs, teachers and, most of all, students are first rate. Quantity is another story, though, calling into question quality over the long haul.

After much discernment, Kennedy Catholic will close at the end of the 2016-17 academic year.

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God’s ‘co-workers’ give to parishes out of love

Ron Sherman is a retiree who volunteers for playground duty at Assumption School.  He helped J.J. Brockmeyer tie his shoes before going on the zip line.

Ron Sherman's role is part traffic cop, sage adviser, safety coordinator, encourager, listener and instructor.

"Come on, you can make it," he said to one youngster on a playground apparatus. "We gotta share," he said to another refusing to budge. "We're going to tie your shoe," came another pronouncement.

Sherman retired in 2009, and now he volunteers at Assumption School in south St. Louis County providing an extra eye for teachers on the playground when the kindergarten through third-grade students are at recess.

Australian-born priest eager to engage in civic life as a new citizen

Father Brian Harrison is a native of Australia, and has lived in American territory for 27 years, first in Puerto Rico, followed by St. Louis. He has served at St. Mary of Victories Downtown for almost nine years, and became the chaplain there in 2012.

After living in the United States for nearly nine years, Australian-born Father Brian Harrison, OS, is finally eligible to put an "I'm Catholic and I vote" bumper sticker on the back of his car.

The 71-year-old priest was naturalized as a U.S. citizen at a ceremony Aug. 26 at the Thomas F. Eagleton United States Courthouse Downtown. He was the only Australian among 49 new citizens sworn. Immediately afterward, volunteers with the League of Women Voters assisted the new citizens in registering to vote.

Totus Tuus youth catechesis program to introduce the riches of the faith

Evie Sue Ward had a typical faith experience as a youth. By middle school she had questions about the Church and God. She found answers at Totus Tuus, a summer catechesis program.

Led by college students and seminarians, Totus Tuus has the elements of a vacation Bible school and parish mission, with a focus on sharing the Gospel and promoting the faith through evangelization, catechesis, Christian witness and eucharistic worship.

Our Lady of Lourdes Parish peers into past

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Joyce Walsh describes herself as "not a morning person." In other words, she prefers to sleep in.

But one morning in August, she arose at the crack of dawn to get to Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in University City.

"I was the first person here, at 6:45," she said, with a laugh. "We were scheduled for 7."

After Pastor Msgr. Richard Hanneke and a half-dozen others joined her, the group stepped back in time and connected with Lourdes' original parishioners.

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