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Relic procession at St. Francis de Sales Oratory honors life and faith of St. Louis IX

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The celebration of St. Louis last weekend at St. Francis de Sales Oratory was certainly fit for a king.

Nearly 250 people in their Sunday finest — many young families, with women in dresses and lace veils and men in crisp suits — processed the streets surrounding the south St. Louis Oratory Oct. 19 with a relic of St. Louis IX, King of France. The procession was followed by a sermon from Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, evening prayer sung in Latin and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

Canceled Masses become a reason to build interracial ties

Students from Notre Dame University and members of St. Cronan Parish attended Mass Oct. 19 at St. Augustine Catholic Church in north St. Louis. St. Augustine’s pastor, Msgr. Bob Gettinger, concelebrated with Father Gerald Kleba, the pastor of St. Cronan.

Pauline Humphrey, Lamoyne Peal and Eleanor Hickerson stood at the front doors of St. Augustine Church, holding them open for Massgoers and greeting people heartily.

"Welcome. Come on in," was the message they shared Oct. 19.

This Sunday was more crowded than usual at St. Augustine in north St. Louis, thanks to visitors from St. Cronan Parish in Midtown St. Louis where two Sunday Masses were canceled. The predominantly Caucasian congregation was invited to attend Mass at the predominantly African-American church 10 miles away.

Halloween: Another secularization of a Catholic tradition

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On Friday night, Oct. 31, ghosts and goblins, witches and warlocks, ghouls and zombies will take over the streets Trick or Treating, getting gobs of candy, telling jokes and trying to be scary -- unsuccessfully, for the most part.

Yes, it's the annual ritual of Halloween, mistakenly known as the devil's day and supposedly absconded by Catholics to sanctify a pagan ritualistic day of worship.

Whatever, dude.

Using education to overturn effects of racism

The name instantly sets the organization apart.

African American Male Scholars.

"Scholars" is the operative word, representing members of this St. Louis University group. The words "African, American and male" merely serve as adjectives.

First and foremost, they're scholars, pursing bachelor's degrees at SLU. Perhaps they're the first in their families to attend college; or perhaps they're following in the footsteps of college-educated family members. Either way, they've probably dealt with what Archbishop Robert J. Carlson has called "systemic racism" in our society.

Miracle healing service points to the one who heals -- Jesus

A miracle healing service with Damian Stayne sought to help people discover Jesus’ healing power. Attendees claimed to have received healings there of various conditions ranging from sight and hearing deficiencies to lower-body ailments that had prevented them from walking.

Denny O'Leary thought he was going to be watching baseball on TV that night. But instead, his friends brought him to a miracle healing service at the Cardinal Rigali Center in Shrewsbury.

The healing service with Damian Stayne of England, founder of Cor et Lumen Christi (The Heart and Light of Christ), sought to help people discover Jesus' healing power. Attendees claimed to have received healings there of various conditions ranging from sight and hearing deficiencies to lower-body ailments that had prevented them from walking.

Eastern canon lawyer examines Catholic, Orthodox practices in handling divorce

The Canon Law Society of America held its annual convention in St. Louis. Chorbishop John Faris, from the Eparchy of St. Maron of Brooklyn, gave a major address on the topic of “Marriage in Eastern and Western Churches.”

Eastern and Western Catholic and Orthodox Churches would do well to challenge one another in their practices of handling cases of divorce and remarriage.

A pastoral approach that doesn't renounce the indissolubility of the sacrament, yet doesn't automatically exclude the faithful from full communion with the Church is needed, according to Maronite Chorbishop John D. Faris. The assistant professor of canon law at The Catholic University of America spoke Oct. 16 to nearly 350 people at the 76th annual Canon Law Society of America convention in St. Louis.

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