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Our community shares their time-honored traditions for Lent


Lent, a season of prayer, fasting and almsgiving, is the pathway toward Easter and Christ's victory over death. This year, Ash Wednesday falls on Feb. 14, and Easter Sunday is April 1.

We posed the question on social media: What are your time-honored Lenten practices? Here's what you had to say.

Make a list of 40 people to pray for. Dedicate 40 minutes a day to pray for one person each day. Or choose one person for whom to pray for 40 minutes a day for all 40 days.

Sticky solution to problem aims to help environment


The eye-level stack of plastic foam to which Sydney Gralike pointed will make a few bottles of ECoGLOo, an adhesive solution that was developed by Sydney and five junior high school friends.

In 2016, the girls announced their invention that could minimize a pressing global environmental problem. Since then, sought a patent for the process and made 3.5-ounce bottles of the product, which they sold at a plastic foam recycling event Jan. 11 at the Sunset Hills Community Center. They described the invention as an idea "that will really stick."

Our Joyful encounter with the Lord

(Introduction, published Oct. 23, 2017. Scroll down to find section 1, published Dec. 18, 2017; and section 2, published Feb. 12, 2017)


Something has to change. Everyday, our news is full of stories of hatred, violence and a clearly divided nation. It's easy to look around at everything that's wrong in the world and not know where to begin. Let me suggest that we begin with the one thing most in our control: us.

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Holy Cross students get a glimpse of religious life


Rachel Schaefer had a simple question after Sister Maryellen Tierney, CSJ, shared her vocation story.

"How did you know?" the Holy Cross Academy seventh-grader asked.

"That's a good question; how does anyone know?" said Sister Maryellen, who attended Catholic grade schools and Rosati-Kain High School before entering the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1957. A depiction of Jesus Christ's crucifixion resonated with her.

Next issue of Catholic St. Louis magazine available soon

Our latest edition of Catholic St. Louis magazine is in the mail this week. Our cover story takes a look at a family focused on a whole-life approach to Catholic education and a committment to faith formation beyond Catholic grade and high schools.

Other stories include a feature on ways everyone can be evangelizers, a profile of author Shelley Michael, who started wrote a children's book about faith and travel, and more.

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Catholic health systems join generics collaborative

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