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Archbishop Carlson provides a pastoral presence in Ferguson

Lisa Johnston | lisajohnston@archstl.org | Twitter: @aeternusphoto Archbishop Robert J. Carlson visited with the St. Louis City police Central Patrol Division on Nov. 24 to meet and pray with them before the announcement of the St. Louis County Grand Jury decision whether to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown.

At 8:26 p.m. Nov. 24, the word came down.

No indictment for Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown.

News of the St. Louis County grand jury's "no true bill" spread quickly throughout the world. Twitter was ablaze in the figurative sense, and Ferguson soon joined it in the literal sense. Vandals rioted, looted and burned multiple businesses.

25 parishes to open doors for National Night of Prayer for Life

Twenty-five archdiocesan parishes will participate in the 25th annual National Night of Prayer for Life in December.

They will join others around the nation in a period of eucharistic adoration and prayer for the unborn, praying for an end to abortion and for protection of the sanctity of human life. The evening prayer spans the feast of the Immaculate Conception on Monday, Dec. 8, and the anniversary of Our Lady of Guadalupe's first apparition to St. Juan Diego on Tuesday, Dec. 9.

Working for a better and stronger Ferguson

The destruction throughout Ferguson left Blessed Teresa of Calcutta parishioner and former mayor Brian Fletcher speechless.

"My heart is broken," he wrote in an email. "Words can't describe the near destruction of our beloved city of Ferguson."

Hours after the announcement that a grand jury wouldn't indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, vandals hijacked protests and violence exploded in Ferguson, overwhelming law enforcement and firefighters.

Immaculate Conception is holy day of obligation

The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception falls this year on a Monday, so Dec. 8 is a holy day of obligation for the faithful in the United States.

The feast celebrates the truth, declared by Pope Pius IX in 1854, that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was conceived without original sin. Because Mary was free from inheriting the guilt of the first sin committed by Adam and Eve, only she was worthy and freely disposed to be the mother of the savior, the Mother of God.

How to talk to children about Ferguson

Molly Grumich lives just a few blocks from the Ferguson Police Department. Her two children, ages 10 and 11, have grown accustomed to seeing protesters in their neighborhood since the August shooting of Michael Brown.

Grumich, principal at Incarnate Word Academy, said talking to her children about the unrest is challenging at times, and she knows her children are watching, even when she isn't directly talking to them about the situation.

'What must we do as people of faith?' | We must reject violence and pray for peace, Archbishop Carlson says

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson celebrated a votive Mass for Peace and Justice Nov. 25 at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis.

At a votive Mass for Peace and Justice Nov. 25 at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson noted the importance of this time in the Church calendar: the end of liturgical year this week, and the beginning of Advent this Sunday.

Advent leads to Christmas, the annual celebration of Jesus Christ's birth in a manger in Bethlehem.

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