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Valle Catholic nabs another 'Do The Right Thing' honor

Divine Mercy Sunday celebrates fullness of Christ’s mercy

Years ago, Donna Cori Gibson came across the Diary of St. Maria Faustina Kowalska and placed it in her collection of Catholic books. She didn't pick it up until a few years later, when she hit a low point in her life.

What struck her the most from the diary — which details Christ's private revelations to the Polish nun in the 1930s — was how He stressed the value of suffering and how powerful it is when we are able to unite our own sufferings with His.

Handi-Capable Egg Hunt is Easter highlight for Knights of Columbus


Lined up along the edge of the parking lot, a group of about 80 hunters were ready, bags in hand. At the front of the line, the Easter Bunny raised his arms as he counted: "One! Two! Three! Go!"

And they were off. In a matter of minutes, hundreds of plastic Easter eggs were scooped up from the lot. With their quarry secured, the hunters eagerly retreated to the warmth of the Knights of Columbus hall to sort through the treasure on a cold and overcast Palm Sunday afternoon.

First Communion dress links generations

Paula Hrin adjusted the First Communion dress on her grandaughter, Vanessa Hrin, pointing out where her name was embroidered. In 1959, Paula’s mother, Dolores Perniciaro, made a First Communion dress for Paula; this April, Vanessa will be the 16th family member to wear the dress for her First Communion.

Paula Hrin believes that when her mother, Dolores Perniciaro, made Paula's First Communion dress nearly 60 years ago, she had no idea how special it would become.

The dress is in good shape even though it's been worn by 15 girls. It was rained on. And it was threatened by chocolate ice cream. But the dress survived and the treasured family tradition continues.

Our Joyful encounter with the Lord

(Introduction, published Oct. 23, 2017. Scroll down to find section 1, published Dec. 18, 2017; section 2, published Feb. 12, 2018; and section 3, published April 2, 2018.)






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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Memorial takes flight on eagle’s wings

Joe Koppeis released a bald eagle into the wild at a memorial service for his son, Justin, on March 21 at Cliff Cave Park in south St. Louis County. Family, relatives, friends, and classmates of Justin’s children at Immaculate Conception School of Columbia, Ill., witnessed the release. World Bird Sanctuary director of operations Roger Holloway, left, assisted.

At funeral services for Justin Koppeis on March 9, Thomas Rollins approached close friend Joe Koppeis — Justin's father — about doing something special to memorialize Joe's son, who died at age 34 on March 3.

One of Justin's favorite hymns was "On Eagles Wings," and it just so happened that the World Bird Sanctuary, of which Rollins is a board member, would be releasing a bald eagle from Cliff Cave Park in south St. Louis County within two weeks.

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