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School supplies help Pathways families get off to good start

Ramona Brown brought her children to choose backpacks for school at the Catholic Charities Pathway to Progress initiative. She held her 1-year-old baby, Heaven, while Isaiah, a fourth-grader, checked out what was inside his new bag. “I want to be a doctor,” said Isaiah, while his older brother Chris said he has “basketball blood” but also wants to be an architect. Another brother Jacob says he wants to become a successful businessman.

With three boys heading back to school, Ramona Brown credits for Catholic Charities of St. Louis taking "a lot of headaches off me," after learning about the variety of school supplies in backpacks the children received Aug. 9.

Knights of Columbus updates honor guard’s look

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When Carl Anderson read his lengthy annual report Aug. 1 at the Knights of Columbus Supreme Convention, a small blurb — wedged between mentions of membership growth, a visit to South Korea, investment returns and future projects — generated considerable buzz.

It seemed almost a mention in passing: After 77 years, the distinct tuxedos, capes and chapeaus of the Fourth Degree Honor Guard will be retired. Blazers, ties and berets will take their place. "The Board of Directors has decided that the time is right for a modernization of the Fourth Degree uniform," Anderson said.

GOD’S PERFECT CREATION

Illustration by Lisa Johnston; 
eclipse image by Andre Adrian | EPA

Let this sink in for a minute — the last total solar eclipse to occur in the St. Louis area was in 1442.

St. Louis was founded 322 years later. Prior to that, the St. Louis area was a major settlement for Native Americans, including Osage and Illiniwek tribes, who likely would have witnessed the last solar eclipse here — perhaps from the top of the Cahokia Mounds.

Volunteers get a kick out of helping Special Olympics

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Brennen Pickens arrived at the Ursuline Academy softball field unsure about playing in the kickball game. He considered watching from the sidelines.

With the guidance of Ursuline alumnae Paige Salthouse and other volunteers, he soon was at the plate kicking the ball and running to first base to loud cheers. Later, after he ran to third, Salthouse praised the 7-year-old. "Good job. You're fast," she said.

Brennen's enthusiasm at the game Aug. 4 was encouraged by the volunteers with Special Olympics Missouri who organized the game.

Catholic school students bank on Fed experience

The interns: Rachel Porter, Ted Washington, Clare Berns, Daniella Duban

Rachel Porter served as a board member for a major St. Louis institution before she turned 18.

Last school year, Porter was a member of the student board at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, where she learned about the bank's role in promoting the health and stability of the economy in the United States.

The 2017 Rosati-Kain High School graduate now has a paid internship at the Fed, working in the Information Technology Services department. The experiences have helped her see the bigger picture of how the economy and finances work.

‘Relevant and vibrant’

Father Robert Rosebrough and students at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta School created a Saints Hall of Fame at the school in 2014. The saints encourage the idea of the Catholic faith and the ambition to model and exemplify the call to sainthood.

Even before the first riot, arson and looting after the death of Michael Brown, the Catholic response already was underway via Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish in Ferguson.

Parishioners returning from the Catholic Women's Recognition Ceremony in Manchester felt the parish had to do something in response to Brown's death the previous day, Aug. 9, 2014. But what?

The answer: prayer. Led by pastor Father Robert Rosebrough, the parish prayed the Rosary the next night at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta's Our Lady of Lourdes grotto.

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