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TINY HOUSES, BIG HELP

Rockwood Summit High School students Sam Kesselring and Alex McHugh constructed walls for the tiny house. The students are part of a Geometry in Construction class that is building tiny houses that will help people transition out of homelessness. The project is the effort of several groups, including North Grand Neighborhood Services, Rockwood School District and Social Justice 4 All.

Gayle Piepho arrived late to a panel discussion on homelessness at Incarnate Word Parish. It was a long day. She was tired.

Then she perked up — and became the link between public high school students, who are building tiny houses for people who are homeless, and a faith-based organization supporting the effort through its mission to promote social justice.

‘Grit’ helps Villa Duchesne win field hockey title

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It had been 10 years since Villa Duchesne won a state field hockey championship, falling several times in playoffs against Mary Institute St. Louis Country Day School (MICDS). The 2017 team from the Catholic high school believed the wait for a 10th championship was long enough.

The Saints fought hard against a tough MICDS team Oct. 28, battling to a 1-1 tie through two overtimes. They thought they'd won at the end of the second overtime, but referees ruled that the goal had occurred after time expired.

Vietnam veteran counts his blessings

With 11 grandchildren, Tom Bayer, 70, has never lacked for something to do on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

"My grandkids always have things going at school for that," said Bayer, a Marine who served in Vietnam and received a Purple Heart.

But this year will be different. The parishioner at St. Anthony of Padua in High Ridge plans to attend the Veteran's Day Prayer Service on Friday, Nov. 10, at Bishop DuBourg High School, his alma mater.

Catholics, Lutherans ‘pray together as one’

Catholics and members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America gathered at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis Oct. 29 to ask the Holy Spirit to "illumine our hearts and heal our memories" while establishing a common witness and service in the world.

Saints take center stage At St. Joseph school

Dressed for All Saints Day at St. Joseph School in Manchester, third-grade students, from left, Ava Wichman (dressed as St. Elizabeth), Noah DeLargy (St. Gregory) and Marianne Coughlin (St. Lucy) waited for the start of Mass.

St. Pope Gregory processed into Mass at St. Joseph Church in Manchester on Nov. 1, walking with his papal staff and wearing papal attire — a white cassock and mitre.

Other saints joined him: St. Anthony of Padua, St. Augustine, St. Clare of Assisi, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Helen, St. Hubert, St. Lucy, St. Patrick and St. Rose of Lima.

Ministry to prostitutes pulls together resources, agencies

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The women walk along several thoroughfares of south St. Louis, often identified with a Polar Pop Styrofoam cup in hand. Men pull up in their cars, the financial terms are agreed upon and the women hop in the vehicle.

Earlier this summer, neighbors had enough, and enlisted their alderwoman and the police in helping to crack down on the prostitution. Several times the police went undercover and made multiple arrests of the women and their customers. Media reports noted that many of the women are homeless or addicted to drugs.

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