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Peace and Justice commissioners get their hands dirty

After vandalism a few weeks ago at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery, the Peace & Justice Commission considered putting out a statement in support of the archdiocese's Jewish brethren.

But just a statement seemed inadequate on top of the commission's other statements — on a variety of issues — over the past 18 months, since being officially commissioned by Archbishop Robert J. Carlson in August 2015.

Plus, the archbishop had called Catholic St. Louisans to action after the vandalism, to not only help clean up the historic cemetery but tangibly demonstrate support for the Jewish community.

Stories run wild among unique group of Rosati-Kain alums

Left to right: Wertz, McDonald, Guenthel, Sullivan

The St. Louis question is unavoidable at Our Lady of Life Apartments in Shrewsbury, where the answer has led to fun gatherings of residents who have an answer in common.

"You know St. Louis, when you move in somewhere, people say, 'What high school did you go to?' You move in here one day, and the next day we know if you went to Rosati-Kain," said Helen Guenthel, Class of 1942.

St. Luke to host next St Louis Mass Mob at its Gothic 1920s church

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A large sign advertising a "St. Louis Mass Mob" greets motorists exiting I-64/40 at Bellevue Avenue. Just around the corner, St. Luke the Evangelist, a beautiful 1920s Gothic church, will be the host.

Organizers are hoping to fill all 600 seats for the March 19 Mass Mob, which falls on the feast of St. Joseph. For the past two years, St. Louis Mass Mobs have brought people together for worship and to raise awareness and appreciation for some of the archdiocese's most historic churches. The parishes draw an average of 400-500 people at the Masses.

At archdiocesan ‘teach-in,’ high school students lean in to discuss race, culture

Lisa Johnston | lisajohnston@archstl.org | Twitter: @aeternusphoto

Students at Catholic high schools in the archdiocese came together March 2 for a “Culture and Race Teach-in.” Participants spent the day in dialogue listening to different perspectives. Marissa Jones listened to conversation in her group.

Prior to showing up at the Cardinal Rigali Center last week, students were instructed not to wear anything that would identify what high school they attend.

As any lifelong St. Louisan knows, the mere mention of high school affixes a preconceived understanding to a person — call it a prejudice, if you will. And labeling was one thing organizers of the Culture and Race Teach-In did not want students to bring to the table that day.

Msgr. Mark Rivituso named auxiliary bishop for St. Louis

Msgr. Mark Rivituso, vicar general for the Archdiocese of St. Louis, was appointed by Pope Francis to be auxiliary bishop of St. Louis.

Msgr. Mark S. Rivituso was at his desk on a recent Monday morning when the papal nuncio called. Pope Francis had appointed him as auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of St. Louis, Archbishop Christophe Pierre said.

Immediately, Msgr. Rivituso gazed at large crucifix hanging on the wall of his office. "He gave everything for me upon this cross," he reflected. "Now He's asking something of me, and looking at me with love upon the cross. How can I refuse Him? I have to trust enough to say yes." He told the nuncio, "What the Church needs of me, I will do it."

ONE-ON-ONE CARE

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Chelsea Hinkle gently slid her phone across the table to show off the ultrasound image of her babies.

As she rubbed the sides of her protruding abdomen, Hinkle held a smile as she described the feeling of excitement waiting for the arrival of her twins in July.

At work, she carries a set of keys that jingle against her side as she walks. "They just love it," she said. "They go right to sleep."

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