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Lent is a time for prayer, interior conversion

As Pope Francis described in his 2017 Lenten message, "Lent is a new beginning, a path leading to the certain goal of Easter, Christ's victory over death.

"This season urgently calls us to conversion," he wrote. "Christians are asked to return to God 'with all their hearts' (Joel 2:12), to refuse to settle for mediocrity and to grow in friendship with the Lord."

As we begin Lent on Ash Wednesday, March 1, how do we prepare our hearts for conversion and the path to Easter? Turning toward prayer, through the Scriptures, is one solid suggestion.

Catholics help clean up vandalized historic Jewish cemetery

Nancy Wagoner, a resident of University City, and Father William Dotson of St. Patrick Parish in Wentzville, cleaned up leaves at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in University City. Wagoner has lived in University City her whole life, and described it as a “very diverse community.” A member of Trinity Presbyterian Church in University City, Wagoner has friends from high school whose parents are buried at the cemetery. “I just felt called to come home,” she said.

Represented by seminarians, priests, deacons, students and laity, Catholic St. Louisans stood with Jewish brethren in the aftermath of vandalism at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in University City.

Devotions make a comeback thanks to Alliance of the Holy Family

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The afternoon light streamed through the windows of the dining room, where a small group was gathered on a Sunday afternoon. At the center of the dining table sat a framed image of the unusual guests of honor — the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Father John Hansen, SMP, began the prayers as a trio of women sang lines from the Lourdes Hymn:

Immaculate Mary, thy praises we sing,

Thou reignst now in heaven with Jesus our King.

Ave, Ave, Ave Maria! Ave, Ave, Ave Maria!

Incarnate Word checks off key points to a winning season

The Incarnate Word Academy basketball team beat Parkway North 59-42. Incarnate Word’s Sonya Morris (11) defended against Parkway North’s Amaya Stovall.

A variety of players scoring. √

Young players improving. √

Strong rebounding, defense and free-throw shooting. √ √ √

Incarnate Word Academy's team is checking off what it needs for a fine season, and the team's 59-42 win vs. Parkway North Feb. 13 — the third from the last game of the regular season — was one example, pushing its record to 20-4. Parkway North, led by superb ball-handler Jadyn Pimentel, came into the game with a 17-4 record, including a 57-44 win over Kirkwood, which had defeated Incarnate Word earlier in the month.

Catholic Man of Year honors a layman serving in the ‘Catholic Way

Most avid sports fans in St. Louis probably know about the Cardinal Way, or at least they're familiar with the concept.

The Cardinal Way refers to the right way of playing baseball, knowing and executing subtle strategies such as throwing to the correct base, hitting a cut-off man or hitting behind a baserunner.

All one need do is take in a game to see it in action.

In a similar fashion, the Catholic Way describes the way in which a Catholic does the right things, but you'll almost never see it in action.

Deacons’ diaper drive keeps babies covered

Deacon Mike Suden, left, from St. Bridget Parish in Pacific headed up the first deacon Diaper Drive collection last year, Archdiocesan deacons are collecting diapers for organizations who serve the needy in their parishes or nearby parishes.

The bounty from the deacon's Lenten Diaper Drive stays local, which is good news for the Office of the Diaconate.

Otherwise, the archdiocesan office at Cardinal Rigali Center quickly would be overwhelmed.

"They all wouldn't fit in here," joked Deacon Christ Ast, whose office might fit 15 percent of the 125,000 diapers in the inaugural collection last year.

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