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Gold-medal-winning athlete provides inspiration

Father William Dotson, administrator of St. Charles Borromeo Parish took a selfie with Paralympic medalist Noah Elliott after the athlete gave a presentation to the school on April 30. Elliot won a gold and bronze medal at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games.

Near the end of Noah Elliott's presentation at St. Charles Borromeo School, a video played of his charge down a mountain in the snowboard-cross event at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.

"Oh, that's me!" the self-described "bionic man" shouted as he moved out from the side of the screen and pointed at the helmeted figure at the top of a mountain. Elliott then chanted "USA, USA," and applause rang out from the students at the Catholic school in St. Charles, his hometown.

Sanctuary makeover is an extraordinary work of art

Bishop Mark Rivituso consecrated the main altar of St. Barnabas the Apostle Church in O’Fallon April 30 after the interior was redecorated recently. Father Raymond Hager, pastor of St. Barnabas, worked with craftsmen and parishioners to transform the inside of the church.

With a jar of gold latex paint in hand, Father Raymond Hager carefully applied the finishing touches to a 5-foot statue of St. Barnabas. Within a matter of weeks, the figure was transformed from a solid piece of acacia wood to a work of art.

This certainly wasn't the first time the priest witnessed something transform from ordinary to extraordinary.

St. John Paul II Parish formed by merger of two parishes in Affton

St. John Paul II is the new name of the merged St. Dominic Savio and St. George Parishes in Affton. 

Parishioners had submitted choices for a new name for the parish along with a rationale for that name. A parish communications committee and pastor Father Paul Rothschild narrowed the choices to four and submitted the names to Archbishop Robert J. Carlson.

The two parishes will begin worshiping together at St. George Church on Sunday, May 20.

Even with new name, Saint Louis Counseling retains mission

Saint Louis Counseling is the new name of Catholic Family Services, chosen to better describe its services and honor the city's namesake.

The change was announced at a Mental Health Awareness Month kick-off event May 1 at Laumeier Sculpture Park in Sunset Hills.

‘Changing lives for the better’

To kick off the 2018 Lenten Deacon Diaper Drive, Deacon Jim Carter played stand-up comic in post-Mass announcements at his parish, Our Lady of Lourdes in Washington.

He started simply enough,"It's that time of year for the deacon diaper drive."

Then, he went right into material.

• "That's as opposed to 'Deacon Diapers,' which may come later ... it Depends."

He was on a roll.

• "This is a drive you can really get behind."

There was no stopping him now.

• "I have lived such a Pamper-ed life."

Archdiocesan news briefs

Catholic schools students earn National Merit honors

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has named four area Catholic high school students as winners of corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarships. Joseph E. Shymanski and Robert J. Frei of St. Louis Priory School and Andrew J. Leingang and Matthew R. Dorsey of St. Louis University High were among 19 St. Louis-area students and about 1,000 students nationwide to be honored.

Coach of the Year

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