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All Saints Parish youth display a passion for service

Ella Elmendorf, recipient of the 2017 Cindi Sitz-Davanzo Award at All Saints Parish in St. Peters, joined other volunteers from the parish in handing out thank you gifts to parishioners for the involvement in parish stewardship after Mass.

All Saints Parish in St. Peters provides an example of encouraging stewardship among youth.

The parish gives an award in honor of the late Cindi Sitz-Davanzo, a parishioner who touched the lives of many through generous acts of service. The award encourages the youth of All Saints to carry on Sitz-Davanzo's dedication to service and stewardship. Sitz-Davanzo, who served on the pastoral council of the parish among other roles, died in 2005 at age 39.

Stewardship examples: ‘It feels good to help’

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Lonnie Hollaway folded boxes for his parish's Society of St. Vincent de Paul food pantry, then later grabbed a screwdriver to fix a door handle.

Meanwhile, Joyce Hollaway interviewed a client who was struggling to pay a utility bill.

Just a typical day at Holy Rosary Parish in Warrenton. Pastor Father John Mayo praised the couple, organizers of the spring and fall fundraising dinners at the parish, for checking in to see what needs to be done around the parish. "They do it out of the kindness of their heart," he said.

Affirmation of peace is commitment to justice, Archbishop Carlson says at interfaith prayer service

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Archbishop Robert J. Carlson and other faith leaders in St. Louis called for a commitment to peace and justice in St. Louis in what he described as a time of "deep hurt and disappointment."

More than 500 people gathered at Kiener Plaza Park Sept. 19 for an Interfaith Prayer Service for Peace and Solidarity. Following the nearly one-hour service, nearly 300 people marched from Kiener Plaza down Market Street to City Hall, where they held a peaceful demonstration.

Archbishop Carlson calls for peace after verdict

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson is calling for peace following a not guilty verdict in the trial of former St. Louis Police Officer Jason Stockley.

Stockley was charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death in 2011 of Anthony Lamar Smith. St. Louis Circuit Judge Timothy Wilson issued the ruling after Stockley waived his right to a jury trial.

Protesters began gathering in Downtown St. Louis soon after the ruling was made public on the morning of Sept. 15. Media reports had warned of threatened disruptions if Stockley was found not guilty.

Beneficiaries give back

Ruth Raidt, a resident at Cardinal Ritter Senior Service’s Our Lady of Life apartments, volunteers at the gift shop on the campus at Mary Queen and Mother Center. Catholic identity is one of the things that sets apart Cardinal Ritter Senior Service, which benefits from the Annual Catholic Appeal.

A little before 11 a.m. on a recent Friday, Ruth Raidt took her weekly golf cart ride from Our Lady of Life Apartments to her regular, four-hour volunteer shift in the gift shop at Mary Queen and Mother Center, both on the Cardinal Ritter Senior Services campus in Shrewsbury.

Until about two years ago, she walked to her service commitment, but at 91 years old, it was time to catch a ride.

"The driver's also a volunteer; he brings us over here and picks us up," she said. "That makes a big difference. I used to walk — it's not that far — but the legs just didn't want to do it anymore.

The joy of giving

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With the Annual Catholic Appeal and Beyond Sunday capital campaign running simultaneously in late spring, it would have been understandable if either or both fell short of monetary goals.

But this is the Rome of the West.

As usual, Catholics in the Archdiocese of St. Louis opened their hearts, contributed generously and made both smashing successes.

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