Laura Henderson, exhausted after her newborn's surgery at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center earlier this year, stopped by a kiosk there and read a "Message of Hope" written by area schoolchildren and others.
It provided a big lift for Henderson to know others cared. But more importantly it gave her hope.
At 19 weeks gestation, Laura and her husband, Ryan, found out that a hole in their baby's diaphragm was causing her heart to be pushed to the side and stopping her lungs from properly growing.
The subject of same-sex attraction can be complex, especially when it comes to explaining Catholic Church teaching on the matter.
So for a group of adults who work in different areas of youth ministry, a recent gathering hosted by the archdiocesan Office of Youth Ministry proved insightful when trying to better understand how to minister to teens who have same-sex attraction.
Twenty-four archdiocesan parishes will participate in the 24th 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 Sunday, Dec. 8, and the anniversary of Our Lady of Guadalupe's first apparition to St. Juan Diego on Monday, Dec. 9.
While the Common Core State Standards have been embraced by many in the field of education, they're also receiving a healthy dose of skepticism -- and in some cases a flat-out rejection -- from others, including many Catholics.
The concerns are numerous: the standards have the potential to "dumb down" Catholic schools; a perceived idea that Catholic schools will be required to use materials that are against Catholic teaching; and suspicions that the approach is federally mandated and will be used as a tool to access personal data.