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Do not let hate, violence ‘have the last word,’ says Las Vegas bishop

People mourned at an interfaith memorial service Oct. 2 in Las Vegas for victims of a shooting spree directed at an outdoor country music festival late Oct. 1. A gunman perched in a room on the 32nd floor of a casino hotel unleashed a shower of bullets on the festival below, killing at least 59 people and wounding more than 500.

LAS VEGAS — At an emotional interfaith prayer service at Guardian Angel Cathedral, Las Vegas Bishop Joseph A. Pepe told those filling the pews Oct. 2 that "in the face of tragedy we need each other."

"And in the face of violence, we stand together because we cannot let hate and violence have the last word," he said in his remarks at the evening service.

"We gather from all faiths and walks of life. We pray and sing and listen to the word of God to remind ourselves that amidst this tragedy, God is with us," Bishop Pepe said. "God cries with our tears."

Appeals court makes new decision on Missouri abortion laws

A federal appeals court has decided not to extend a temporary stay of a lower court order blocking several Missouri abortion laws.

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals made the decision Oct. 2. Initially the court's temporary stay had stopped a lower court ruling that blocked longstanding laws requiring abortion doctors to have local hospital privileges and that abortion clinics be licensed as ambulatory surgical centers.

Fun times, and a worthy cause

Wearing designer clothes from West County Center, about 60 models will walk the runway at the annual fashion show and luncheon fundraiser to benefit the Rural Parish Workers of Christ the King.

Celebrating the 50th anniversary for the "Friends" of the ministry, the fashion show is slated for Friday, Oct. 13, at the Ritz-Carlton in Clayton, with the festivities kicking off with the Boutiques at 10 a.m.

According to Vicki Messmer, a co-chair of the fashion show, the models range in age from from 5 years old to 75 years young, with multiple wardrobe changes for some models.

God is Calling

Thomasina Clarke, left, conducted an audition with Patrice Mari for the play “Growing up Catholic: What’s Race Got To Do With It?” The audition was held at St. Alphonsus Liguori “Rock” Church and the play will be performed Oct. 14 and 15 at St. Louis University.

After the death of Michael Brown in 2014, shot in a confrontation with a police officer, Josh Meister had an awakening.

"The situation opened my eyes to the fact that there's still a lot of racial tension and I didn't really realize it," Meister said.

Fast forward three years to the not guilty verdict of former St. Louis Police Officer Jason Stockley — a white officer charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death in 2011 of Anthony Lamar Smith, a known drug dealer who was black. Meister realized it was time to put his faith into action.

Karate competitors gain confidence, friendships

Ava, left, and Chloe Abernathy practiced wushu at the Ferguson Martial Arts Center. The Abernathys qualified for the U.S. karate team at the World Kickboxing and Karate Union (WKU) World Championship, held in Kilarney, Ireland, from Aug. 27 to Sept. 1.

Trinity High School junior Chloe Abernathy and her sister, Ava, an eighth-grader at St. Norbert School, took their first trip outside the United States recently.

They left for Ireland to take part in fights — and ended up with new friends from across the globe as well as a few medals.

Earlier this year, Chloe and Ava each won first place in point sparring in Evansville, Ind., qualifying them for the U.S. karate team at the World Kickboxing and Karate Union (WKU) World Championship in Kilarney, Ireland, from Aug. 27 to Sept. 1.

Hermitages offer solitude in beauty of God’s creation


Even at low volume, traffic zooms through Pevely, unabated, on Interstate 55.

At all hours of the day or night, cars and trucks by the thousands create the unique hum of freeway life. Just passing through, commuting to work or otherwise, drivers careen toward an unknown future, adding to the din of 2017.

Yet, peace and tranquility await, if only they'd take Exit 180, at Highway Z.

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