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Eagle Hurst Ranch provides a real family vacation

Norbert Butz has created Eagle Hurst Ranch to be a relaxing family camp near Steeleville, Mo.  He stands inside the lodge near an old cash register which is one of the many pieces of nostalgic memorabilia at the ranch.

Take a family vacation where "family" is the focus -- Eagle Hurst Ranch in Steelville.

"We're a family place," explained Norbert Butz, a member of the extended family that bought Eagle Hurst in 2003. "Everything is designed for families. This is a place where parents can bring their children and relax, and everyone can enjoy themselves."

New England shrine dedicated to Divine Mercy

The Shrine of Divine Mercy from the back, showing the Shrine Church connected to the building that houses the Association of Marian Helpers and Marian Press.

STOCKBRIDGE, MASS. -- Visitors come by the thousands each year to Stockbridge, a picturesque town nestled in the Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts. They come because of the faith of a Polish nun.

Stockbridge is known to many as the home of the Norman Rockwell Museum, but thousands of faith-filled believers who visit annually have a different destination: Eden Hill and the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy.

Do you need an excuse to miss Mass while on vacation?

St. Michael Catholic Church in Steeleville, Mo.

Skip town, but don't skip Mass.

There's no reason to miss Mass while on vacation. With a little planning, travelers can find a Catholic church in or near almost any location. Just take advantage of one or both of the most commonly used tools we have at our disposal -- the telephone and the Internet.

Look online

The obvious choice for many people is to access the Internet, via computer or mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets or iPads.

Family comes first at Eagle Hurst Ranch

LISA JOHNSTON | lisajohnston@archstl.org One of the many activities available at Eagle Hurst Ranch is horse riding.

 Take a family vacation where "family" is the focus — Eagle Hurst Ranch in Steelville.

Learn to use your wisdom to make a difference

Wisdom is hard-earned, coming naturally as people age, but it also can expand with a little effort.

Dominican Sister Carla Mae Streeter, a professor emerita of systemic theology at Aquinas Institute of Theology, recently presented "Spirituality in the Second Half of Life," at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows and at Incarnate Word Parish in Chesterfield.

"People in this age group have lived a lot of life -- they've experienced both grief and joy in many different forms," Sister Carla Mae said.

Anna House construction to unify campus

Anna House construction is under way on The Sarah Community grounds in Bridgeton.

Construction is progressing in Bridgeton on a new nursing home being built on The Sarah Community grounds.

Founded in 1997 through the collaboration of five Catholic religious congregations -- the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, Franciscan Sisters of Mary, Religious of the Sacred Heart, School Sisters of Notre Dame and the Sisters of Loretto -- The Sarah Community is a continuing care retirement community on the SSM DePaul Health Center campus that provides skilled nursing care at Anna House, assisted living at Veronica House and independent living at Naomi House.

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