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Attorney general has a heart for defending religious liberty

The right of Americans to live out their faith in the public square is paramount to Missouri's new attorney general, Josh Hawley.

Hawley has firsthand experience in defending religious liberty as an attorney with the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which sucessfully defended Hobby Lobby before the U.S. Supreme Court in its landmark lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services several years ago.

Lowe’s aids St. Agnes sacristan by restoring altar

Ken Grant, a resident and a sacristan St. Agnes Apartments, a Cardinal Ritter Senior Services facility in south St. Louis, was looking to replace a worn-out altar. He got an older altar from the archdiocesan Reclamation Office that was restored, thanks to a community service effort at Lowe’s home improvement store.

God must have wanted a newly refurbished altar.

Or so it seems to residents of St. Agnes Apartments, a Cardinal Ritter Senior Services residence in south St. Louis. They enjoyed a series of fortunate events that led to a sorely needed replacement altar.

Ken Grant is one of two sacristans who set up St. Agnes' multipurpose room each Saturday for Mass, but the altar was unstable. In search of a replacement, Grant contacted Deacon Joe Streckfuss of the archdiocesan Reclamation Center, which stores items — such as altars — from closed parishes and other facilities for re-use in the future.

The rewards of mentoring

Bishop DuBourg High School students Fabian Sanchez, left, and Zion Reece, right, moved their team robot for a match at the FIRST Robotics Competition St. Louis Regional. DuBourg robotics club member Jacob Lucas is at the back, left.

Team mentor Marybeth Krull couldn't contain her enthusiasm on the floor at Chaifetz Arena after Bishop DuBourg's match in the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC, for short) St. Louis Regional.

"Yeah, that's it!" she said as she high-fived Zion Reece.

"Awesome!" she congratulated Fabian Sanchez.

She repeated the exhortation to Jonathan Williams, then used it often after the trio fetched their robot from the battle arena and carted it back to Bishop DuBourg's pit area.

"This is my first time here," confided the DuBourg learning consultant, so, of course, everything was awesome.

'The love of Christ impels us' | Bishop-elect Rivituso ready to serve Archdiocese of St. Louis

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Msgr. Mark Rivituso's mother was practically speechless when he broke the news that Pope Francis appointed him as an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

The day after she learned the news, Rosemary Rivituso was still in a joyful, celebratory mood. The 87-year-old is looking forward to his May 2 episcopal ordination, already making plans to buy a new outfit for the special occasion.

"I was happy for him," she said. "I was about to cry, but I didn't want to do that! He knows how proud I am. He always put others before himself and thinks of others."

Faith and science closely linked

This artist’s concept shows what the TRAPPIST-1 planetary system may look like, based on available data about the planets diameters, masses and distances from the host star. The system has been revealed through observations from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope and the ground-based TRAPPIST (TRAnsiting Planets and PlanetesImals Small Telescope) telescope, as well as other ground-based observatories. The system was named for the TRAPPIST telescope. The seven planets of TRAPPIST-1 are all Earth-sized and terrestrial, according to research published in 2017 in the journal Nature.

Recent headlines about the TRAPPIST-1 solar system and its seven Earth-sized planets have created quite a buzz among astrophysicists, astronomy lovers and the general population.

Surrounding a dwarf star, the system is relatively close at 40 light years from earth, and three of the planets are in the so-called habitable zone, which means a TRAPPIST-1 planet "easily could have developed a life form," Jesuit Father Robert J. Spitzer said Feb. 27 at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary.

With an important caveat.

Weightlifting club at St. Pius High is uplifting for athletes

Sophomore Luke Comparato is among participants of the St. Pius X weightlifting club. At a competition this winter in Perryville, he “maxed out” at 550 pounds in the back squat. As he trains for competition, he fights through the pain by thinking of Jesus during His crucifixion and imagines how little his own pain actually is.

The expression "pulling one's weight" applies at St. Pius X High School in Festus where students excel in the classroom, in athletics and in the community.

But it has a different meaning in the weight room where a weightlifting club is thriving, enhanced by participation in two competitions each year.

Sophomore Luke Comparato is among those pulling more than his weight. At a competition this winter in Perryville, he "maxed out" at 550 pounds in the back squat.

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