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Pro-lifers experience “trial by fire” in their witness to life, archbishop says at annual Roe vs. Wade Mass

Lisa Johnston  |  lisajohnston@archstl.org  |  @aeternusphoto  

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson led the rosary walk to Planned Parenthood and was followed by Kenrick-Glennon seminarians.  The annual memorial Mass and prayer vigil commemorating the 44th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision to legalize abortion was held at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. Archbishop Robert J. Carlson was the celebrant and homilist. In his homily he spoke passionately against Board Bill #203 proposed by the St. Louis City board of Alderman.  Following the Mass about 650 participants walked in a rosary procession to the Planned Parenthood facility nearby to pray.

Those who witness to life are undergoing a trial by fire, from the historic Roe vs. Wade decision, to the recent effort in St. Louis City to protect abortion and other reproductive health decisions.

More than 1,000 people attended the annual memorial Mass and prayer vigil Jan. 21 at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. The Mass, organized by the archdiocesan Respect Life Apostolate, commemorates the 1973 Roe decision and includes a Rosary procession to Planned Parenthood.

Deacons meet Christ in the face of those suffering

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The phone call came from out of the blue, a random query from a potential customer similar to other calls into Ken Potzman's construction company: Someone wanted him to bid on a job.

Simple as that, except this turned out to be more than your average, run-of-the-mill request for a job bid. It proved to be the ministry component of The Call, capital 'T' and capital 'C.'

Nelson sisters lead on-the-rise swim team at St. Dominic

St. Dominic High School swimmer Kate Nelson competed in the 100-yard backstroke during a meet with Lutheran St. Charles and Francis Howell Central high schools Jan. 17 at the St. Peters Rec-Plex in St. Peters. Kate and her sister, Sarah, have combined to power the St. Dominic team this season.

St. Dominic High School's swim team is on the rise this season, already qualifying for seven events at the state meet, with several more opportunities ahead. Among the qualifiers are two sisters, Sarah and Kate Nelson, both standouts in the sport.

A feather in the (swim) cap for the team was a third-place finish in the competitive Fort Zumwalt North Invitational at St. Peters Rec-Plex on Jan. 7.

SLU administrator helps fight med students’ depression

Dr. Stuart Slavin, associate dean of curriculum for the SLU School of Medicine, is tackling the problem of far too many students in medical school who become burned out, anxious and depressed. He is developing a national following for his efforts, with publication in various medical/education journals, and is partly responsible for changes implemented at the SLU Med School. He talked with his students after they took an pharmacology exam.

When Dr. Stuart Slavin started his administrative duties at the St. Louis University Medical School, the mental health of medical students was not one of his concerns.

About nine years ago Slavin, the associate dean of curriculum, came across material about a problem of depression and anxiety among med students. He almost dismissed it, thinking that the problem didn't exist at SLU. "They seemed happy," Slavin said of his students. "I knew some students were suffering because medical school is demanding, but overall I thought our students were doing well."

Catholic Schools Week open house schedule

Sunday, Jan. 22

St. Joseph—Zell 11 a.m.-noon

Friday, Jan. 27

Holy Infant 8 a.m.-10 a.m.

Saturday, Jan. 28

Holy Trinity 1 p.m.-3 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 29

All Saints—St. Peters 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Assumption—Mattese 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Assumption—O'Fallon 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta noon-2 p.m.

Christ the King—University City 11 a.m.-noon

Christ, Light of the Nations noon-2 p.m.

Good Shepherd 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Holy Child 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Deaneries encourage common action among parishes

a map of the new deanery

It started with a call to Msgr. Mark Rivituso — a pastor asked about moving his parish to another deanery to join with parishes that were more similar.

It prompted the archdiocese's vicar general — the archbishop's second in command, if you will — to take a closer look at the organization of the archdiocese's 10 deaneries, which span 11 counties and the City of St. Louis.

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