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Hearing assistance system at St. Patrick accommodates parishioners’ needs

Robert Noonan used a hearing assist device April 8 at Mass at St. Patrick Church in Wentzville. In December, the parish installed a system that includes a radio transmitter to broadcast the church’s sound system to people who need assistance hearing.

Tom Larouere was used to Mass being a mumble of words.

But thanks to a new hearing assistance system, listening to the Word of God now is much clearer.

In December, St. Patrick Parish in Wentzville installed a system that includes a transmitter that broadcasts the church's sound system. Users wear a small receiver on a lanyard, which can either be plugged directly into telecoil (t-coil) hearing aids or used with a small earpiece.

St. Vincent Schools in Perryville make Catholic Education Honor Roll

Joseph Baer and Maegyn Huber worked in the computer lab April 9 at St. Vincent De Paul High School in Perryville. St. Vincent Schools is a nationally recognized Catholic Honor Roll School, placing it in the top 5 percent of Catholic schools in the nation.

The first of Bishop Louis DuBourg's recruits — Vincentian Fathers Felix DeAndreis and Joseph Rosati — traveled from France in 1817 and planted roots in Perryville. The soon-to-be St. Louis Diocese would never be the same.

Through unlikely connection, couple fulfills dream to adopt


Thirteen-month-old Simon Callen knows how to command attention in a room — his toothy grin and sideways lean instantly charm visitors.

As providence would have it, Simon came into the lives of Steven and Liz Callen through prayer and an unlikely connection through the permanent diaconate program. In a whirlwind of about three months, the Callens went from adoptive candidates to parents. After they got the news they'd been matched, Steven Callen ran to the store to purchase a car seat.

"That's when it hit me — wow, we're bringing a baby home," he said.

Positive energy

Michael Berra blocked a shot as he helped St. Mary’s win over rival Bishop DuBourg High School. St. Mary’s swept the first two games in the three-game volleyball match on March 29.

The St. Mary's High School varsity volleyball team went cold after taking a big lead against Bishop DuBourg High School March 29. Michael Berra helped put the Dragons back on track, jumping high at the net and spiking the ball into the corner. Later, he used a soft touch to put the volleyball out of the reach of an opposing player, and St. Mary's won the game.

Climate summit considers ‘the new norm’

The Meramec River flooded Fenton and Valley Park in December, 2015. “These are no longer 500-year floods. These are the new norm,” said Jack Fishman, who is organizing the St. Louis Climate Summit at St. Louis University.

St. Louis had two 500-year floods — December of 2015 and April of 2017 — within 16 months. "These are no longer 500-year floods. These are the new norm," said Jack Fishman, the organizer of the St. Louis Climate Summit at St. Louis University later this month.

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