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Archbishop Robert J. Carlson's processes into the Chrism Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis.

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson's homily during the 2017 Chrism Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis.  

Read, Right, Run Marathon has a calming effect

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Outside, the kindergarten through fifth-graders were chatty, energetic and a bit difficult to corral at times.

But once inside Alexian Brothers Sherbrooke Village nursing home, the St. Mark School students were calm and focused. The difference? A couple big bags full of books and a task of reading the books to some of the residents at tables in a commons area.

Academic Enrichment Program supports growth of high-achieving students

Avonelle Lindon piped whipped egg whites for meringue cookies, one of the baked goods she sells through her company, Tic Tac Dough. She started the non-profit bakery as part of the Academic Enrichment Program at Our Lady of Lourdes School in University City, where she is in seventh grade.

While many students hit the books after school, Avonelle Lindon is working away in the kitchen, perfecting her latest baking project.

Coconut nest cupcakes — complete with miniature "eggs" — and sunny-side-up meringues with lemon curd were on the seventh-grader's menu as she recently worked on spring recipes.

Divine Mercy Sunday celebrates fullness of Christ’s resurrection

The feast of Divine Mercy, or Divine Mercy Sunday, is observed on the octave of Easter and celebrates the fullness of Christ's Resurrection. This year, the feast will be celebrated April 23.

The feast was initiated by St. Maria Faustina Kowalska, a Polish nun who kept a diary in the 1930s of Christ's private revelations, telling her of His message of mercy. She wrote that she first saw a vision of Jesus on Feb. 22, 1931. He had rays of mercy streaming from His heart. Christ told her to have an image painted to represent the vision and to write below it, "Jesus, I trust in you!"

Confidence is a key for standout St. Mary’s team

St. Mary’s High School’s Gerardo Lopez at the net beat the block from Duchesne High School’s Bryce Edmonson and Luke Loewenstein. St. Mary’s won the inaugural Southside Classic volleyball tournament to begin the season, and had a 9-1 record as of April 11.

The confidence of the volleyball team at St. Mary's High School is easy to see.

When St. Mary's battled a tough Duchesne team to a 25-20, 25-22 victory April 10 to improve its record to 9-1 on the season, the players focused calmly on the task ahead. "We thrive on confidence," junior setter Justin Bridges said after the game.

The team's defense is stellar and the offense is improving each game, Bridges said. Against Duchesne, the aim was to contain Duchesne's hitters and, as the game went along, to do "a much better job blocking and playing defense on them," he said.

Beyond Sunday pays off in school, PSR grants

“Mine’s raining!” exclaimed first-grader Nathan Frein, 7, while doing an experiment about precipitation on April 11 at the St. Michael the Archangel
campus of Holy Cross Academy. Students predicted how much blue water needed to be added to a cloud of shaving cream to make it “rain” —
the heavier blue water descending through the cloud and into the cup. Holy Cross Academy has been awarded a grant from the Roman Catholic
Foundation of Eastern Missouri to improve its STREAM curriculum.

Catholic school students already have benefited from the Beyond Sunday capital campaign, and now Parish Schools of Religion (PSR), Catholic grade schools and high schools will do the same.

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