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Big turnout says good-bye to Visitation-St. Ann

After Mass Archbishop Carlson talked with Erwin Smoot.

UPDATED Aug. 8, 2 p.m. to remove reference to mold and demolition. There is no mold in the building, and the archdiocese does not intend to demolish it.

The gathering at Visitation-St. Ann Shrine Church had a festive feel to it, hearkening to 14 months earlier when it hosted the second St. Louis Mass Mob.

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Thriving with thrift

Richard Vire is the trucks manager for the Society of St. Vincent De Paul thrift stores. He ran one of the trucks out of the Society's new stores in St. Ann where he made donation pick-ups with Devante Douthit.

As the trucks manager for the St. Vincent de Paul thrift stores, Richard Vire has seen some cool donations.

At the top of that list — a 125-year-old shotgun. Plus, plenty of old records and antique jewelry.

The worst? Well, let's say it involved bodily fluids and leave it at that.

"I dug my hand in that bag, and I've regretted it ever since," he said as he shook his head with a smile.

SSM Health announces plans for replacement SLU Hospital

SSM Health has unveiled its plans for a new $550 million academic medical center in St. Louis to replace SSM Health St. Louis University Hospital.

The facility will be located north of the existing hospital's location on Grand Avenue and will better integrate the hospital with neighboring St. Louis University School of Medicine and SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital.

Mass Mob at St. Matthew the Apostle

Bishop Edward M. Rice delivers the Homily during a Mass dedicating the new Shrine of St. Peter Claver at St. Matthew the Apostle Catholic Church in The Ville neighborhood of St. Louis in 2013.

On the walls at St. Matthew the Apostle Church are two large stained-glass windows depicting the birth of Christ and the birth of the Church at Pentecost.

The windows and what they represent are significant to Jesuit Father Patrick Quinn, who became pastor at St. Matthew's two-and-a-half years ago. "It sets up the role of the Church as being very important," he said. "It doesn't stay with the history, but moves us to the present."

Virtue-based discipline

The sixth graders entered the 2015-16 school year at Our Lady Queen of Peace School with their reputation preceding them.

Homeroom teacher Terry Ostlund described it as steeped in "conflict." Student Paige Vancil defined it as "drama." For math and science teacher Rebecca Nestor, their reputation was "negative."

Regardless of the word, the reputation had been firmly entrenched "since the primary grades," Ostlund said. "They've had a rough go."

Build virtue-based relationships

The headline referred to the recent Virtue-Based Restorative Discipline Summer Institute as a "Counter Bullying Workshop." The accompanying news release described VBRD as "a Catholic response to bullying," but that was the only reference to "bullying" in its eight-paragraphs.

Interestingly, not one session of the fourth annual Summer Institute had "bullying" in its title. In fact, the word rarely came up at Cardinal Rigali Center in the four-day program, making it a "counter-bullying workshop" in name only.

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