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Balanced Incarnate Word team enjoying its season


“Whatever it takes” — speed, quickness, tough defense and rebounding — could be the slogan for the Incarnate Word basketball team this season.

The Catholic high school in north St. Louis County has a state-record eight state basketball championships, including last season. Current University of Connecticut star Napheesa Collier leads a long list of former star players. A loyal following packs the gym for home games.

‘Priest for a day’ eulogized for his ‘robust’ faith

In 2015, while fighting a rare brain tumor, then-11-year-old Brett Haubrich was given a wish from the Make-A-Wish foundation, and he wanted to be a “priest for a day.” Brett served the Chrism Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis as part of that wish. Brett died Jan. 10.

In celebrating the sacrament of the anointing of the sick two days before Brett Haubrich died on Jan. 10, Msgr. Patrick Hambrough noted the forceful manner in which Brett responded to the prayer at the anointing of his palms: "May the Lord of love and mercy free you from sin, save you and raise you up."

Bishop DuBourg’s arrival 200 years ago helped transform St. Louis into the ‘Rome of the West’


In the second decade of the 1800s, Catholicism was teetering in the future Archdiocese of St. Louis.

"Catholics in the area had 'calloused hearts' and 'extreme indifferentism,'" an archdiocesan history reports. "There were few priests, religion practice was spasmodic and the quality of faith was uneven."

The church, at the site of the current Basilica of St. Louis, King of France, "was a tumbledown log building which needed a lot of repair." And the rectory was little more than a shack or barn, without doors, floors, windows and furniture.

MLK Mass: Don’t lose connection with the divine

Father Arthur J. Cavitt, pastor of St. Nicholas Parish and director of the St. Charles Lwanga Center, delivered the homily at the 42nd annual Archdiocesan Mass for the Preservation of Peace and Justice commemorating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. likely would have had much to say about the times in which we live today. Dr. King, who would have been 89 this year, was remembered at the archdiocese's annual Mass commemorating his birth and legacy Jan. 14 at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis.

Priory student’s ‘Bridges’ leads to understanding

Priory student Sohan Kancherla, left, founded Bridges to America to raise awareness and assist refugees and immigrants assimilating into U.S. society. He helped teach a citizenship class at the International Institute and talked with former student Firas Kazlee who immigrated to St. Louis from Mosul, Iraq. “I just used Google to pick a place in the U.S. that looked nice,” Kazlee said, explaining how he came to St. Louis.

An interest in a program of pre-medical studies in college led a St. Louis Priory High School student to begin the nonprofit Bridges to America program to assist immigrants and refugees as they transition to life in the United States.

Sohan Kancherla's efforts helped other Priory students better understand migrants and the public policy issues that concern them.

Ugandan couple is supporting teenage mothers through pro-life organization

Ugandan husband and wife team, Fred and Stella Mugagga, met as missionaries and are building a  home to house young women while they are pregnant and helping them finishing their education. They have come to the U.S. for a FOCUS conference and staying with FOCUS missionary, Maria McDonough and her family. They met with the staff at Birthright of St. Louis.

Fred and Stella Mugagga have a personal commitment to build a culture of life — one smile at a time.

The couple from Masaka, Uganda, was in St. Louis last week to spread the news about their organization, Smile Again Families. The organization provides emotional and spiritual support to teenage mothers in Uganda so that they will choose life for their babies instead of abortion.

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