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Totus Tuus summer program is filled with fun, faith and friendship

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Resting comfortably in their chairs, a group of sixth-graders peppered Sam Sargent with questions about vocations:

What are the differences between the way the Church and the government recognize marriage?

Why can't girls become priests?

What's the difference between a religious sister and a nun?

Why can some married men become priests?

Sam, have you ever thought about religious life?

On being questioned about whether she's considering religious life, Sargent didn't hesitate with her students.

Chaminade wrestler pushes hard even in the off-season

Danny Conley recently made history for the Chaminade wrestling team, winning the program’s first state championship. Conley won the 220-pound Class 4 state championship.

After making history at Chaminade College Preparatory School, Danny Conley began preparations for the next high school wrestling season as soon as the last one ended in February.

The off-season is no time to rest in his quest for improvement, which comes as no surprise to Chaminade coach Todd Schumacher.

"To be the best at what you do in life or work or whatever, you always have to think about what more you can do," Schumacher said. "Danny's a guy who's always thinking about what else he can do to get better."

Encounter with immigrants seen as ‘eye-opening’

Sister Maureen Freeman, CSJ, Maria Yaksic, a translator from La Paz, Bolivia, and Sister Joan Klass, CPPS, held hands during prayer. A Catholic “teach-in” on migration was held at St. John the Baptist Church. The event presented current social justice concerns on the rights of refugees and asylum seekers. It included personal testimonies from immigrants during small group discussions.

Sitting down with an immigrant who has come to America for a better life was eye-opening for Sister Joan Klass.

Sister Joan, who attended a "Catholic Teach-In on Migration: Creating a Culture of Encounter" June 26 with six other Sisters of the Most Precious Blood, said her group was impressed with the immigrants who attended and gave testimony during discussions in a small-group setting. "We really are impressed the immigrants are putting themselves out there," she said. "It added a very special dimension to the evening."

What leads Millennials to continue Mass attendance?

Faith Downing received Communion from Msgr. James Callahan at Mass June 20 while attending with her 7-month-old son, Joseph. Downing tries to go to daily Mass at St. Joseph at least once a month.

For Faith Downing, 24, education in Catholic schools made all the difference in her faith as a young adult. By comparison, Ashley Hayworth, 28, received little Catholic education — just 2½ years out of 12, with no Parish School of Religion — yet she's a regular Sunday Mass-goer as well.

Despite their Catholic-education extremes, Downing and Hayworth rank among Millennials — young adults born since 1982 — who attend Mass on Sundays.

Sports camp: What’s fun got to do with it? (Everything)

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Jeff Gaona played basketball for De Smet Jesuit High School, St. Louis University and Bellarmine University. A challenge, for sure, but nothing compared with what he faced June 22 in the St. Paul Gym in Fenton.

Gaona was encircled by about 35 mostly pint-sized players at the parish's basketball camp, each determined to take the ball from him. They succeeded in the comic-relief effort twice, and as a loser, Gaona had to do 10 push-ups each time to the chants of his victors.

Our Lady of the Presentation to host Mass Mob

When the first Mass was celebrated at Our Lady of the Presentation more than 100 years ago, the community made do with what it had — a temporary altar made of two boards, a soap box for a tabernacle, a pew and a simple crucifix.

The parish has come a long way, becoming a beacon for the Catholic faithful in the north St. Louis County community of Overland. The parish will celebrate its history at the next St. Louis Mass Mob on Sunday, July 9.

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