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‘Truly a treasure’

The Society of the Sacred Heart recently received a 200 year-old ciborium that St. Madeleine Sophie Barat gave to St. Rose Philippine Duchesne to bring to the New World in 1818. The ciborium went to places like Cuba and Venezuela before making its way to St. Louis. Despite St. Rose Philippine Duchesne encountering problems like pirates, the chalice survived and made it to St. Louis.

Two saints, Caribbean pirates and faith-filled Religious of the Sacred Heart.

All three — part of a fantastic journey covering five countries on three continents over two centuries — converged at the Sacred Heart Spirituality Forum recently at St. Louis University, delivering a monumental surprise to the St. Louis-based Province of the United States-Canada.

Reluctant volunteer among women’s award honorees

Mary Ann Kamler, center, a St. Francis Borgia parishioner, finished prayer with the sign of the cross after she distributed Communion to Mary and Roman Wunderlich July 25 at Mercy Hospital in Washington. Kamler has been volunteering as an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion at the hospital for 17 years.

Mary Ann Kamler didn't think she could serve in a role of taking Communion to hospital patients.

She was an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion at her parish, St. Francis Borgia in Washington, and about 14 years ago one of the women religious working at what is now Mercy Hospital in Washington asked her to take on the additional role with the pastoral care department of the hospital. "They go around every day and call on everyone who's Catholic," Kamler said. "(Someone) said, 'Oh, just go with me sometime,' so I did."

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 young people are going above and beyond sacramental preparation or school service requirements to fulfill the Gospel mandate to serve others.

Other stories include a feature on the tips for witnessing your faith in public schools, a story on prayer as communication, a profile of video game maker Antanas Siliunas and more.

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Daughters of Charity install new provincial, council

CATHOLIC STL ROCKS!

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One of Yuliana Lule's favorite songs from the Steubenville youth conference is "Lead Me to the Cross."

This summer, she immortalized the main line from that song by inscribing it on a rock painted bright yellow. But it didn't stop there — Yuliana and friends from her youth group have created more rocky works of art with inspiring messages and images to share with their friends at the SteubenvilleSTL Mid-America Youth Conference in Springfield, Mo.

Tradition St. Ann novena finds new home at St. Nicholas Parish

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Bill McHugh was a child in the 1950s when he started going to the St. Ann novena — a popular summertime event at the former St. Ann Church on Page and Whittier in north St. Louis. McHugh tagged along with his family to offer their prayers to grandmother of Jesus.

"I didn't really know what a novena was," he said. "Then I became an altar boy. I served at the novena Masses. ... We probably had four or five Masses a day."

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