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Once ‘on knees and knuckles,’ now back on her feet

Wade Chatfield, right, a member advisor for Catholic Charities of St. Louis’ Pathways to Progress program, helped Loddie Gillespie with her resume and getting her professional profile established on LinkedIn. With the help of Chatfield and Pathways to Progress, Gillespie is finding herself back on track.

Loddie Gillespie describes herself as always curious, always on the go. The word quit is not in her vocabulary.

As a mother, she's used to giving to others. But after facing several serious life hurdles, Gillespie found herself asking others for help.

CBC, Valle Catholic rise to the top in state football playoffs

Christian Brothers College High School’s Austin Simpson hoisted the state championship trophy after defeating Blue Springs at the Missouri State High School Athletic Association Class 6 football championship Nov. 18 at Plaster Stadium at Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo.

Christian Brothers College High School and Valle Catholic High School reached the finals of the state playoffs this season, overcoming challenges along the way.

CBC victorious

Christian Brothers College High School defeated Blue Springs 31-14 Nov. 18 to win the Class 6 football championship. The game was played at Plaster Stadium in Springfield, Mo.

CBC ended the season 13-1, with a 12-game winning streak after losing its second game of the season to CBC of Memphis.

National Night of Prayer for Life to be observed in parishes Dec. 8 and 9

Twenty parishes in the archdiocese will participate in the National Night of Prayer for Life, a time for eucharistic adoration and prayer for the unborn, an end to abortion and protection of the sanctity of human life. Local parishes will join others across the country to ask for the intercession of the Blessed Mother to establish a culture of life.

The evening prayer spans the feast of the Immaculate Conception on Friday, Dec. 8, and the anniversary of Our Lady of Guadalupe's first apparition to St. Juan Diego on Saturday, Dec. 9.

“Lessons and Carols” event Dec. 17 to feature readings, display of images from Saint John’s Bible

"Birth of Christ," Saint John's Bible

Nearly one year after it was introduced here, the Saint John's Bible will find a permanent home at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis.

‘Sounds of the Season’ to feature choir, documentary

"Sounds of the Season," a special on KTVI, Channel 2, on Christmas Day, aims to inspire, inform and entertain through readings and music from the Archdiocesan Adult and Children's Choirs and a documentary on the history of Catholic education in the archdiocese.

"Lessons and Carols," a recording of the Archdiocesan Adult and Children's Choirs on Dec. 17 at the Cathedral Basilica (see story, page 9), will air at 3 p.m., followed at 4:10 p.m. by an hourlong documentary. A brief message from Archbishop Robert J. Carlson will be included.

Relative of Father Tolton’s owners shares story of family connection at drama on life of black priest

Actor Andrae Goodnight, far left, in the role of Father Augustus Tolton, embraced Frankie Maddox, a member of All Saints Parish in St. Peters, after a production of “Tolton: From Slave to Priest” at the parish Nov. 26. Father Don Wester, pastor of All Saints, explained to the audience after the play that a geneology search revealed that the family of Maddox’s late husband, Bob, owned numerous slaves, including the Tolton family. Frankie Maddox now prays for Father Tolton’s intercession daily for his canonization.

At the end of a drama on the life of Father Augustus Tolton, 91-year-old Frankie Maddox stood before the audience and revealed that her husband's family owned slaves — including Augustus Tolton.

It was a huge revelation to the audience, who had just finished viewing St. Luke Production's drama, "Tolton: From Slave to Priest" Nov. 26 at All Saints in St. Peters. The story recalls the priest's life, from being born into slavery in the small town of Brush Creek, Mo., to crossing the river to Quincy, Ill., where he eventually answered a calling to the priesthood.

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