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Serra Club night at Cards game is fun but also a pitch for vocations


There was no mistaking the pitchers on the mound for St. Louis Cardinals players, even though they're part of an organization with plenty of cardinals.

Wearing her full habit as a Carmelite Sister of the Divine Heart of Jesus and wearing his Roman collar with black pants and shirt, Sister Maria Josefa Kreienkamp and Father John Schneier took turns in an honorary "first pitch" ceremony before the baseball Cardinals game at Busch Stadium Sept. 25.

Immaculate Conception in Old Monroe still has tight-knit, family atmosphere 150 years later

Father Rich Rath, pastor of Immaculate Conception in Old Monroe, talked with Christina Gnade after she finished helping at a school activity. The Lincoln County parish is celebrating its 150th anniversary. Families in the parish have been there for generations and have a strong commitment to their Catholic legacy.

If you want to know the history of a country parish, just look for the stained-glass windows.

In them, you'll likely find the surnames of the earliest parishioners inscribed on the bottom of those windows. At Immaculate Conception in Old Monroe, the cognomens on the windows are plentiful — Burkemper, Gnade, Heitman, Kaimann, Prinster and Wilhelm, to name a few. And to boot, those names are still very much alive at the Lincoln County parish, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary next month.

Eureka school grabs attention with message of peace

Students, faculty and staff from Most Sacred Heart School pose with pinwheels used to create a giant cross outside the church as part of the Pinwheels for Peace prayer service held at the parish in Eureka, Mo., Sept. 21.

Students at Most Sacred Heart School in Eureka scurried along the hillside next to Interstate 44 and stuck a few hundred pinwheels in the ground to make a symbol of peace.

Instead of the peace symbol, dove or olive branch, the students made a cross on that hill Sept. 21. It came as a pleasant surprise to the parish pastor, Father Joe Kempf, and principal, Monica Wilson. Father Kempf took one look at the cross and remarked, "That's our path to peace."

Fatima Pilgrimage traces Blessed Mother’s life

Visiting three Marian venues — two churches and a shrine — in a four-day, 45-mile hike, the Fatima Pilgrimage on the Katy Trail will lead about a dozen pilgrims on a "Path to Him through her," as the pilgrimage website states.

"This pilgrimage takes you through Mary's life," said Father Tim Foy, the parochial administrator at St. John the Baptist "Gildehaus" Parish in Villa Ridge.

NCEA honors Archbishop Carlson

Since arriving eight years ago in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson has stressed the importance of Catholic education.

His support has been evident at the local level, but now, he's receiving national acclaim.

The National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) named Archbishop Carlson as a 2017 recipient of its prestigious Seton Award, given "annually to exemplary individuals whose support and service impacts Catholic education and the well-being of our nation's youth."

Trinity Catholic, Duchesne students show how music has the power to unify a community


Most musicians will say that music has the power to unify people and strengthen a community.

Some would say that St. Louis could use more of that right now.

Students from Duchesne High School in St. Charles and Trinity Catholic High School in north St. Louis County witnessed music's unifying potential when the two archdiocesan high schools came together for a somewhat impromptu choir and band performance.

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