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SLU soccer players fit the bill athletically, academically


The St. Louis University women's soccer team opened eyes this season after a 6-0-1 start, including a 1-1 tie Sept. 8 against then-19th ranked Kansas. A state of Missouri collegiate women's soccer record crowd of 5,205 attended the game at Robert R. Hermann Stadium.

Alli Klug, Mary Niehaus and Molly Ream played all 110 minutes. Courtney Reimer logged 106 minutes. Niehaus, a goalie, made a career-high eight saves, six of which came in the second half and first overtime.

Catholic school grads average 24.8 on ACT test

College coursework here we come.

The ACT is the nation's most popular college entrance exam, accepted by all universities and colleges in the United States. It tests high school students' knowledge and provides personalized information about their strengths for education and career planning.

Data released from ACT on Sept. 7 show the average composite score for 2017 Catholic school graduates in the archdiocese was 24.8, an increase from the 2016 average score of 24.7. The Missouri state average is 20.4.

Joint commemoration of the Reformation planned

The Archdiocese of St. Louis and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America will host a Lutheran-Catholic Joint Commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis on Sunday, Oct. 29, with an ecumenical prayer service at 7 p.m.

Martin Luther posted his "95 Theses" on a church door Oct. 31, 1517. It marked as the beginning of what is known as the Protestant Reformation. While the Reformation fractured Western Christianity, Catholics and Lutherans have been committed to dialogue the past 50 years in an effort to restore full unity.

Planned Parenthood to reinstate abortion services in Kansas City

Planned Parenthood in Columbia, MO.

Planned Parenthood has announced it is reinstating abortion services in Kansas City, Mo., much to the disappointment of pro-life advocates.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services recently issued a license to provide abortion services at the Midtown Kansas City health center. The clinic will be offering medication abortions.

Abortion services also are expected to be restored at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Columbia, Mo., in the "coming days," according to a statement from Comprehensive Health of Planned Parenthood Great Plains.

At Blue Mass, Archbishop Carlson ties first responders to love of neighbor


Keith Lewis, an O'Fallon police officer, is among the first responders who appreciate the annual Blue Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis.

Attending the Mass Sept. 10 with his wife and two children, Lewis said that "our faith tells us sacrifice is one of the most important things you can do to show love and devotion to God."

O'Fallon Police Captain John Neske, like Lewis a member of Immaculate Conception Parish in Dardenne Prairie, said "my faith holds everything together."

Archdiocesan priest provides calm reassurances in the path of Hurricane Irma

Father Tom Kirchhoefer volunteered to assist with Amateur Radio communications at the Pinellas County Emergency Operations Center after Hurricane Irma struck Florida's Gulf Coast.

Archdiocesan priest Father Tom Kirchhoefer celebrated Sunday Mass as usual, but Sunday, Sept. 10, was anything but usual.

Father Kirchhoefer described the scene as "surreal" in the lead-up to Hurricane Irma: homes and business boarded up, gas shortages, empty store shelves. And the hurricane still hadn't hit.

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