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Mass in 'Memory of Our Children' to be celebrated in December

The annual Mass "In Memory of Our Children" will be celebrated on Sunday, Dec. 9.

The Mass will be celebrated at 2 p.m. at the Old Cathedral, 209 Walnut St. Downtown on the riverfront.

The Mass is an annual tradition that started in the 1980s and provides families who have lost a child a way to include them in their Christmas observance. Bereaved parents have said the Mass helps them celebrate Christmas with the memory of their child before taking part in holiday activities.

For more information on the Mass, call Mary Jo Pini at (636) 300-1954.

Cemeteries offers checklist for families who have lost a loved one

The Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of St. Louis offers some helpful advice to families who have experienced the death of a loved one.

Information needed for obituaries and death notices, insurance and other financial professionals and funeral and burial proceedings include:

• Time and place for funeral

• Time and place for visitation

• Birth date, birthplace and age

• Names of father and mother, their birthdays and places of birth

• Social Security number

• Veteran's discharge or claim number

• Education

• Marital status, date and place of marriage

Catholic Cemeteries offers grave decoration removal service

The Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of St. Louis offers a grave decoration removal service at all of its locations.

Removals take place beginning the second Wednesday of the month and continuing the following day, Thursday, from February through November. Removals will begin at 7:30 a.m. There will be no removal period in December or January to allow more time for holiday memorials to remain at grave sites.

Catholic Cemeteries: 2,330 burials last year

The Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of St. Louis buried 2,330 individuals during the fiscal year July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2012.

RESURRECTION in Affton, with 302 acres, was founded in 1929. It was the busiest cemetery, with 925 burials.

CALVARY in north St. Louis, with 477 acres, is one of the oldest cemeteries, dating from 1853. It was the second busiest cemetery, with 734 burials last year.

SACRED HEART in Florissant dates to 1874 and has 14 acres. It had 231 burials last year.

WWII veteran receives French Legion of Honor Medal

World War II veteran Oliver Siebert discussed the military efforts that earned him a recently bestowed French Legion of Honor medal.

Oliver W. Siebert is a husband, father, grandfather and member of Christ Prince of Peace Parish in Manchester. At age 88 he is retired after a long career as a engineer, business owner and a faculty member at Washington University.

He is also a veteran of World War II, a period in his life that he has discussed very little over the years -- a conscious decision Siebert said he made because "I saw too much" in the war. In recent months, however, Siebert's war years have been in the spotlight.

Reminiscence therapy at adult day program a big hit

Tim Rhoades discussed a photo of the Basilica of St. Louis King of France (Old Cathedral) in a presentation at the Cardinal Ritter Senior Services adult day program on the Cardinal Carberry campus in Shrewsbury. Photos of churches in St. Louis elicit many memories and stories, he noted.

Tim Rhoades knows how to work an audience.

At the Cardinal Ritter Adult Day Program recently, he worked what normally is a tough group to engage, but had them not only paying attention but enthused in a dialogue.

Rhoades, a volunteer who is a student at Washington University's school of social work, gave a presentation that is part of what is called reminiscence therapy.

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