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Holy feathers! It's a flock of flamingos on the front lawn

Mary and John Hazelwood are part of Little Flower Parish’s flamingo fundraiser, in which someone can pay $20 to “flock” someone else, with 20 pink plastic flamingoes placed in that person’s yard. Mary Hazelwood said she enjoys planting flamingos because of “how happy it makes people feel… It can make someone’s day, that’s the fun of it.”

It's 10:30 p.m. on a sleepy Richmond Heights street, when Mary Hazelwood's sedan creeps up, its back seat stuffed to the roof with kitschy pink lawn flamingos. She and her husband, John, slip out of the car and quietly get to work standing 20 plastic birds on a lawn before leaving as discreetly as they came.

Clergy appointments for July 2

Rev. Nicholas W. Smith, part-time associate pastor, Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, appointed temporary administrator of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis.

Deacon Joseph A. Fragale, a permanent deacon, assisting the pastor of St. Vincent De Paul Parish in St. Louis and ministering at Father Dempsey's Charities, is assigned to assist the pastor of St. Ambrose Parish in St. Louis, effective July 6, 2015.

Review, Catholic St. Louis magazine capture 24 Catholic press awards

This front page from the Aug. 25-31, 2014 issue was part of the entry that placed third in overall newspaper general excellence for diocesan papers over 40,001 circulation in the 2015 Catholic Press Awards.

The St. Louis Review and Catholic St. Louis magazine earned 24 awards for writing, photography, design, multimedia and general excellence at the 2015 Catholic Press Association’s awards ceremony June 26 in Buffalo, N.Y.

The Review won third place general excellence in newspapers with circulation of 40,001+. Judges noted that "from a cover story On the Road to Healing to a major story on the archbishop's Mass and comments about dismantling systematic racism, the Review provided substantial comment and thoughtful stories…"

Wickenheiser quick on the field and in applying her faith

A fierce competitor whose demeanor on the field sometimes belies the joy she exudes about the game of soccer, Carly Wickenheiser of St. Joseph’s Academy will continue to play soccer at Texas Tech University. Here, Wickenheiser vied with Cor Jesu Academy’s Olivia Smith for the ball in the annual “Funderwear” game earlier this year that collected underwear for St. Patrick Center clients.

Carly Wickenheiser is quick on the soccer field, a midfielder deftly dribbling around defenders and nimbly snatching the ball from opponents charging toward the goal.

She's also quick in answering a question about her Catholic faith.

"It makes me realize there's a bigger thing I'm playing for," said the St. Joseph's Academy standout who will play in the fall for Texas Tech University. "I'm not just playing for myself, I'm playing for God first and my team second. As I began to fully realize that more throughout my career, I became more successful."

Youth Sing Praise harmonizes retreat and theater

Weston Kenney | westonkenney@archstl.org | Instagram: westonkenney

Youth Sing Praise is a collaborative musical made up of students from high schools from around the United States who come together for a shared passion — theater and praising God through being on the stage. Julia Pottinger, Zach Thompson and Collin Borisenko prepared to present the musical “Just Pretend” June 27 at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, Ill.

About 45 high schoolers from around the country huddled in the basement of Our Lady of the Snows Amphitheatre in Belleville as tornado alarms blared and rain trickled down the walls. The electricity flickered out, but they didn't despair.

They just did what they had come to do.

By cell phone light, the teens harmonized in songs of faith: "Things will be fine; we will be fine if we all believe."

@youthsingpraise before the show!

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Archdiocese named among top 100 workplaces

The Archdiocese of St. Louis was recognized recently by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch as a top workplace in St. Louis. Human resources assistant Nancy Svoboda gave newly hired network engineer Michael Sawyer a tour of the Cardinal Rigali Center on his first day of work. The Cardinal Rigali Center complex is a converted seminary building that houses curia staff and archdiocesan offices.

Michael Sawyer wheeled off Laclede Station Road onto Archbishop May Drive, then marveled at the beautiful edifice coming up on his right -- the Cardinal Rigali Center, formerly home of Kenrick Seminary and, as of June 29, his place of employment.

"This is probably the most beautiful building I've ever worked in, bar none; it's fantastic," said Sawyer, who worked in "some beautiful palaces" in a seven-month deployment to Afghanistan as part of a four-year hitch with the United States Army. "This is definitely the prettiest, by far."

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