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Simple project takes ‘miraculous’ turn

Source: National Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal

The project started simply enough, just a plan to revitalize the property at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal in Perryville.

As part of facilities upgrades to celebrate their 200th anniversary in Perryville, the Vincentians would replace the straight-as-an-arrow sidewalk to create a meandering circuit and enhance accessibility to significant landmarks: the shrine in the church, Bishop Rosati's log cabin, the Vincentian cemetery and a grotto.

But as plans evolved, things started looking very familiar; the new walkway looked very much like ... a rosary.

‘Ignatian spine’ strengthens summer program


A cluster of boys sat at George Theron's feet, awaiting instructions for their "protest."

Street soccer goalie to play for U.S. in Homeless World Cup


Cliff Byrd concentrated on the soccer ball before a shot came full-force to the corner of the net. He dove with his arms extended, reaching the ball with his fingertips and deflecting it into the corner of the small street soccer field.

The goalie grimaced as he fell on the rubber surface, but he sprung right up, pleased about making the stop during the drill.

Archbishop brings missionary discipleship message to Ferguson


In an informal setting on the second floor of the Ferguson Brewhouse, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson found an audience of Catholics receptive to the message of becoming missionary disciples.

The commission of missionary discipleship was the primary focus of the "Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America," a gathering in Orlando, Fla., earlier this month attended by Archbishop Carlson and 19 delegates of the archdiocese.

EnergyCare ‘angels’ a blessing to low-income clients

Barry McIntyre had been borrowing a fan from a neighbor to keep the hot air in his second floor apartment, but had to return it. Jana Ngugi and Justine Collum from EnergyCare installed a new air conditioning unit for him.

Barry McIntyre sat in front of the window air conditioner, with the relief he felt evident in his smile.

"It's going to be great tonight," he said. "This is beautiful. It's a blessing."

The blessing was thanks to EnergyCare, a nonprofit agency that provides year-round energy-related services in St. Louis City and St. Louis County for low-income households, especially the elderly, disabled, chronically ill and young children.

Jesus’ life leads Church to require wheat for Blessed Sacrament

Bishops verify and guarantee the validity and worthiness of the bread and wine used for the celebration of the Eucharist, the Vatican stated in a recent document.

Because bread and wine for the Eucharist are no longer supplied just by religious communities, but "are also sold in supermarkets and other stores and even over the internet," bishops create guidelines, an oversight body and/or a form of certification to help "remove any doubt about the validity of the matter for the Eucharist," the Vatican's Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments stated.

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