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'Miracle on McClay' gives hope to needy families at Christmas

Bob Ruhland, a volunteer with the Adopt-A-Family program at Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service, carried a box of Christmas presents being delivered to a family as part of the group’s annual Christmas service project Dec. 14 at St. Charles Community College in Cottleville. Photo by Sid Hastings

In the gymnasium at St. Charles Community College, a sea of boxes -- filled with brightly wrapped presents, food and basic necessities -- were numbered and lined in perfect order as they waited for their recipients. Outside, rows of bicycles and a pile of new Christmas trees were poised and ready to go.

Just before 8 on an overcast Sunday morning, the cars started to arrive. Six cars every five minutes. Some people were welled with tears; others hugged volunteers as the thought sank in that this was going to be a good Christmas after all.

Little Flowers and Blue Knights celebrate Advent with feast of St. Lucy

Alexandrina Weingart, 12, dressed as St. Lucy for a Feast of St. Lucy procession Dec. 16 at Epiphany of Our Lord Church in south St. Louis. The Little Flowers Catholic Girls Club and the Blue Knights Boys Club celebrated the saint’s feast, which was Dec. 13.

Advent brings to mind those opportunities of celebrating in joyful anticipation of the birth of Christ: St. Nicholas Day, the feast of the Immaculate Conception -- and the feast of St. Lucy.

A group of boys and girls celebrated St. Lucy's feast at Epiphany of Our Lord Church in south St. Louis Dec. 16 as part of their regular meeting of the Little Flowers Girls' Club and Blue Knights Boys' Club.

Bright, articulate, confident students lead the way at archdiocesan school

Heather Gogel, left, a guidance counselor at Trinity Catholic High School in Florissant, congratulated senior Sydnie Martin who visited her office to declare she was accepted into another college to study accounting next year. The archdiocesan school recently received a $100,000 grant for scholarships from the Annual Catholic Appeal to continue its positive effect on the students.

A senior at Trinity Catholic High School, Sydnie Martin plans to study accounting in college. She already has been accepted to half of the eight schools to which she has applied, and is likely to attend a smaller college in Missouri.

The graduate of St. Angela Merici Grade School played on the volleyball and soccer teams at Trinity, is a member of the National Honor Society, Renaissance Club, Diversity Council, Student Council and Student Ambassadors.

Bright, articulate and confident, she attributes her success in part to the Trinity community.

SLU Students for Life surpasses goal for endowment that helps pregnant, parenting students

St. Louis University's Students for Life organization recently announced that it has raised more than $192,000 for the Virginia D. Murphy Endowment for Pregnant and Parenting Student Assistance.

In 2008, Students for Life established the endowment to help SLU's pregnant and parenting students as they face the financial hardships associated with raising children while continuing their education. The Pregnant and Parenting Student Assistance (PPSA) committee was formed as part of Students for Life to increase funds and awareness for the resource.

CYC announces soccer, volleyball champs

The Catholic Youth Apostolate's Catholic Youth Council (CYC) sports program has announced the winning teams and final scores of the 2014 archdiocesan soccer and volleyball playoffs.

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