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‘Holiness’ series ties in with new papal document

A four-week summer series on the "Journey from Sin to Holiness — Seven Deadly Sins, Seven Lively Virtues" video series by Auxiliary Bishop Robert Barron of Los Angeles is planned at 12 sites in the archdiocese. Bishop Barron is an author, speaker, theologian and founder of the global media ministry Word on Fire.

The format allows for about thirty minutes of discussion after the video presentation. In the video, Bishop Barron explains how the seven lively virtues offer antidotes to each sin. They also set people on the right path to healing and happiness.

Surdyke Harley-Davidson rebrand honors fallen son

Motorcycles revved and semitractor-trailers honked in support and solidarity driving past the Harley-Davidson dealership in Festus early afternoon, May 19.

Outside the storefront, a crowd of an estimated 500 gathered for the unveiling of the outlet's new name which honors the late USMA Cadet Thomas Surdyke. A first-year cadet at West Point, Surdyke died June 28, 2016, from injuries sustained while saving a drowning civilian at Cooper Beach in Southhampton, N.Y. on Long Island two days prior. He was the son of store owners Tim and Janice Surdyke.

Low enrollment prompts closure of St. Clare School

After providing Catholic education for 77 years, St. Clare School in St. Clair dismissed for the last time on May 21.

Declining enrollment prompted the closure of the school in the Washington Deanery, just off Interstate 44 about 54 miles southeast of St. Louis. According to the archdiocesan Office of Pastoral Planning, 38 students were enrolled this past school year — a drop of just over 50 percent from 77 in the 2015-16 school year. With the exception of those years, enrollment had ranged between 52 and 64 since the 2010-11 school year.

North Deanery Revival is a rejuvenation of song, prayer and Word infused with God’s grace

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

Joyce Mason-Williams, a parishioner and choir member, held her hand up in prayer during the preaching of Father Manuel Williams, C.R.  Father was the revivalist for a three day revival at Sts. Teresa and Bridget church on May 21, 2018, and will continue to preach for the remaining nights. The revival was organized through the North City Deanery Interracial Relations Committee and the Peach and Justice Commission. It is the first time in 10 years the deanery held a revival.

With the heat and humidity already descending upon St. Louis, attendees at the North City Deanery Revival found refuge in the comfort of Sts. Teresa and Bridget Church on a mid-May evening.

Resurrectionist Father Manuel Williams of Montgomery, Ala., led the three-day event, May 21-23. Each evening began at 6 p.m. with praise and worship music from the North Deanery choir, followed by Father Williams' talks.

Clergy appointment for May 21

Rev. Mr. Andrew A. Auer, newly ordained transitional deacon, is assigned to assist the pastor of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Parish, Mehlville, effective June 25, 2018.

Rev. Mr. Samuel Inameti, newly ordained transitional deacon, is assigned to assist the rector of the Basilica Cathedral of St. Louis, effective June 4, 2018.

Rev. Mr. Mark R. Madden, newly ordained transitional deacon, is assigned to assist the pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Wentzville, effective June 4, 2018.

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