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First Communion dress links generations

Paula Hrin adjusted the First Communion dress on her grandaughter, Vanessa Hrin, pointing out where her name was embroidered. In 1959, Paula’s mother, Dolores Perniciaro, made a First Communion dress for Paula; this April, Vanessa will be the 16th family member to wear the dress for her First Communion.

Paula Hrin believes that when her mother, Dolores Perniciaro, made Paula's First Communion dress nearly 60 years ago, she had no idea how special it would become.

The dress is in good shape even though it's been worn by 15 girls. It was rained on. And it was threatened by chocolate ice cream. But the dress survived and the treasured family tradition continues.

Our Joyful encounter with the Lord

(Introduction, published Oct. 23, 2017. Scroll down to find section 1, published Dec. 18, 2017; section 2, published Feb. 12, 2018; and section 3, published April 2, 2018.)






Something has to change. Everyday, our news is full of stories of hatred, violence and a clearly divided nation. It's easy to look around at everything that's wrong in the world and not know where to begin. Let me suggest that we begin with the one thing most in our control: us.

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Memorial takes flight on eagle’s wings

Joe Koppeis released a bald eagle into the wild at a memorial service for his son, Justin, on March 21 at Cliff Cave Park in south St. Louis County. Family, relatives, friends, and classmates of Justin’s children at Immaculate Conception School of Columbia, Ill., witnessed the release. World Bird Sanctuary director of operations Roger Holloway, left, assisted.

At funeral services for Justin Koppeis on March 9, Thomas Rollins approached close friend Joe Koppeis — Justin's father — about doing something special to memorialize Joe's son, who died at age 34 on March 3.

One of Justin's favorite hymns was "On Eagles Wings," and it just so happened that the World Bird Sanctuary, of which Rollins is a board member, would be releasing a bald eagle from Cliff Cave Park in south St. Louis County within two weeks.

Sister of St. Joseph deliver gifts from 1896


Discolored by oxidation, the copper box had been sealed within a time capsule since 1896 in the foundation of the chapel at the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet's former Our Lady of Good Counsel Convent at 1849 Cass Avenue, popularly known as the Clemens House of Samuel Clemens fame — aka Hannibal's Mark Twain.

Now, it was about a half-mile to the west at 1421 Jefferson Avenue in the St. Louis Fire Department Headquarters' media center, sitting on a table covered with white paper and awaiting its grand reveal.

Next issue of Catholic St. Louis magazine available soon

Our latest edition of Catholic St. Louis magazine is in the mail this week. Our cover story takes a look at how the Annual Catholic Appeal provides vital support to ministries that reveal Christ to the world.

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