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Beneficiaries give back

Ruth Raidt, a resident at Cardinal Ritter Senior Service’s Our Lady of Life apartments, volunteers at the gift shop on the campus at Mary Queen and Mother Center. Catholic identity is one of the things that sets apart Cardinal Ritter Senior Service, which benefits from the Annual Catholic Appeal.

A little before 11 a.m. on a recent Friday, Ruth Raidt took her weekly golf cart ride from Our Lady of Life Apartments to her regular, four-hour volunteer shift in the gift shop at Mary Queen and Mother Center, both on the Cardinal Ritter Senior Services campus in Shrewsbury.

Until about two years ago, she walked to her service commitment, but at 91 years old, it was time to catch a ride.

"The driver's also a volunteer; he brings us over here and picks us up," she said. "That makes a big difference. I used to walk — it's not that far — but the legs just didn't want to do it anymore.

The joy of giving

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With the Annual Catholic Appeal and Beyond Sunday capital campaign running simultaneously in late spring, it would have been understandable if either or both fell short of monetary goals.

But this is the Rome of the West.

As usual, Catholics in the Archdiocese of St. Louis opened their hearts, contributed generously and made both smashing successes.

Editorial | With the support of St. Louis Catholics, the ACA funds vital ministries

Ticket revenue, parking, concessions, souvenirs and naming rights ... these are terms associated with professional sports franchises.

Such revenue streams fund games that entertain us. Games and entertainment are ancillary aspects of life far beyond universal needs such food, clothing and roofs over our heads. In other words, foreign concepts to the poor and downtrodden, people striving to survive day-by-day.

Appeal builds the Church, reaches out in charity

Lindenwood University Newman Center has moved to a new building off campus and its expanded facilities include a chapel. Students held their weekly spiritual group talk and ate a barbeque together. Henry Geerling and Sarah Entwistle smiled as the listened to a talk on the Euchartist. In the background are Matt Deken, Nick Loeffler and Connor Stinehart.

Most of us are fortunate enough to have our basic needs met. Food, clothing and housing are essentials that generally are easy to come by; but for thousands in the archdiocese, the reality is much different.

Through the Annual Catholic Appeal, Catholics are called to build the Church through their generous support, which makes possible thousands of miracles in the lives of those the Church serves every day.

Annual Catholic Appeal starts with ‘One Heart in Charity’

As the Annual Catholic Appeal kicks off in parishes across the archdiocese this week, Catholics are called to build the Church through their generous support, which makes possible thousands of miracles in the lives of those the Church serves every day.

“The Courage to Love” bears fruit for the Annual Catholic Appeal

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The 2016 Annual Catholic Appeal has raised nearly $14.9 million, exceeding its $13.5 million goal.

More than 51,000 households participated in the appeal, which provides funding for services and outreach in the 11 counties of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

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