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New tax law expands education savings plan to include Catholic schools tuition

Fresh from giving a presentation about the new tax law, on Jan. 15, Deacon Matt Witte described the new benefits of Missouri's 529 College Savings Plan (MOST) as, simply, "pretty cool."

"It's really wide-open architecture for anyone who wants to use 529 money for grade school and high school now," said Deacon Witte, a financial planner.

Ugandan couple is supporting teenage mothers through pro-life organization

Ugandan husband and wife team, Fred and Stella Mugagga, met as missionaries and are building a  home to house young women while they are pregnant and helping them finishing their education. They have come to the U.S. for a FOCUS conference and staying with FOCUS missionary, Maria McDonough and her family. They met with the staff at Birthright of St. Louis.

Fred and Stella Mugagga have a personal commitment to build a culture of life — one smile at a time.

The couple from Masaka, Uganda, was in St. Louis last week to spread the news about their organization, Smile Again Families. The organization provides emotional and spiritual support to teenage mothers in Uganda so that they will choose life for their babies instead of abortion.

‘Priest for a day’ Brett Haubrich eulogized for his ‘robust’ faith

In 2015, while fighting a rare brain tumor, then-11-year-old Brett Haubrich was given a wish from the Make-A-Wish foundation, and he wanted to be a “priest for a day.” Brett served the Chrism Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis as part of that wish. Brett died Jan. 10.

In celebrating the sacrament of the anointing of the sick two days before Brett Haubrich died on Jan. 10, Msgr. Patrick Hambrough noted the forceful manner in which Brett responded to the prayer at the anointing of his palms: "May the Lord of love and mercy free you from sin, save you and raise you up."

Filling bellies and minds

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Kim Davis came home one day last spring to find three neighborhood kids sitting on the front steps of her home in the Ville neighborhood of north St. Louis.

She didn't know them. They got up to scatter, and she told them, "You don't have to go anywhere." After a few minutes of conversation, the youngest asked for a nickel. The kids didn't have much food in the house, and they wanted something to eat. An older sibling chimed in, and asked if there was anything they could do to earn a little bit of money.

De Smet’s Thorpe refined leadership through hockey

De Smet Jesuit High School forward Nick Thorpe prepared for a hockey game against Chaminade Jan. 8 at Queeny Recreation Complex. Thorpe, a team captain for De Smet, is leading his team in goals and points.

Nick Thorpe's leadership skills on skates also apply elsewhere in his life as well.

Thorpe, a team captain of the De Smet Jesuit High School hockey team and his school class president, takes both roles seriously. Hockey, he said, "has been a big part of my leadership skills and the team-building aspects of my life."

Thorpe has helped lead the team to a 12-3-3 record after a 5-1 win against Chaminade Jan. 8. All three of the team's losses came against St. Louis University High School, which has lost only once this season, by a 2-1 score vs. St. John Vianney.

Abortions down in Missouri, but pro-lifers here remain committed to March for Life

Generation Life pilgrims marched from the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis to Planned Parenthood in 2016.

This year marks the 45th anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision that legalized abortion in the United States. Thousands from the Archdiocese of St. Louis are expected to attend the annual March for Life Friday, Jan. 19, in Washington, D.C.

While the number of abortions in the United States is staggering — more than 59 million since 1973 — Missouri is experiencing a downward trend in abortions.

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