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Quietly ministering: Catholic agencies provide practical services and financial aid in Ferguson

In the aftermath of the Michael Brown shooting death, faith and religion took center stage in Ferguson.

NonCatholic ministers arrived from out of town and held services, conducted press conferences and marched with protesters, seemingly leading the charge for peace and justice.

On the secular side, foundations formed with the mandate of healing St. Louis and its environs.

Worthy enterprises, all.

St. Vincent, St. Pius X and Vianney high schools receive national recognition for top academics, Catholic identity

Rachel Ortman and Shannon Tinsley were talking about college visits during lunch period at St. Pius X High School in Festus.  They were excited that Fontbonne University was on campus that day and both girls were anxious to learn more about the college run by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondolet.  Behind the girls is the school's chapel where Eucharistic Adoration was taking place.  Adoration happens twice a week at the school but the students use the chapel daily for quiet prayer.

The mid-day sun blanketed the courtyard at St. Pius X High School in Festus as students milled about on their "lunch hour," a time of day that includes more than just lunch.

Catholics played key role in legislative action


Catholic citizens played a key role in the passage of pro-life legislation in the recently concluded veto session of the Missouri General Assembly, according to the Missouri Catholic Conference's executive director, Mike Hoey.

"Catholics from around the state contacted their legislators and it made a big difference," Hoey said. "Without those calls and e-mails I don't think we could have passed this much pro-life legislation."

SLU panel addresses 'subtle' forms of racism

"Don't go north of the Fox."

This is the message -- the warning -- that new students receive upon entering St. Louis University in midtown St. Louis.

It isn't delivered by anyone in any official capacity. Rather, it's conversations among students and perhaps faculty and staff about what's what around the university.

The message "is code for 'be afraid of those people,'" said Norm White, associate professor and director of the criminology and criminal justice department at SLU, "...with a racial and racist connotation."

Instructora de PFN cubre necesidades dentro de la comunidad hispana

Rocío Aguayo, a la izquierda, es instructora de Planificación Familiar Natural en la parroquia St. Cecilia, en donde tiene la oportunidad de informar a la comunidad hispana sobre este método en español. Rocío tuvo varias sesiones con Brenda Corona, quien deseaba aprender sobre la PFN para lograr concebir. Hoy Corona tiene 12 semanas de embarazo.

Cuando el Arzobispado de St. Louis vio la necesidad de tener un instructor bilingüe para la Planificación Familiar Natural, el Padre Anthony Ochoa estaba listo para llenar ese vacío.

Originalmente de San Diego, el Padre Ochoa habla español y es pastor en la parroquia St. Cecilia, una parroquia formada para la comunidad de fieles hispanos en el sur de St. Louis. Él ha trabajado con parejas en preparación para su matrimonio, y sabía un poco sobre la PFN por medio de clases en el seminario.

Si tuviera que enseñar PFN, él se ofrecería como voluntario para hacerlo.

Annual Catholic Appeal helps chaplains bring Christ to travelers

Lisa Johnston | lisajohnston@archstl.org
Deacon James Martin stopped to thank Millie Oscasio for her work in the airport information paging services at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, but the conversation quickly turned to her love of Pope Francis. She is a member of Holy Spirit Parish in Maryland Heights. Deacon Martin assists with the airport chaplaincy, which is supported by the Annual Catholic Appeal.

Making his rounds through Lambert-St. Louis International Airport following noon Mass there on a recent weekday, Deacon Jim Martin saw Army Specialist Jerome Cawley sitting alone in the James S. McDonnell USO.

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