Queen of Peace Center helps when women hit rock bottom


Sally DeIuliis walked through the doors of Queen of Peace Center June 19, 2015, six months pregnant. She'd just been kicked out of a homeless shelter.

She doesn't remember how she got to the Catholic Charities family-centered behavioral health care provider for women with addiction, their children and families. She does remember saying, "It's not that bad" — failing to fool the interviewer who replied, "You're pregnant and on drugs."

Telling their story | Ministries have positive impact


"Tell Your Story" is the theme of this year's Annual Catholic Appeal, which begins in parishes Saturday, April 21, and runs through Sunday, May 6. The goal is $14.2 million. The theme highlights the charitable works funded by the appeal and shows how ordinary people are greatly impacted by the generosity of Catholics in the archdiocese. More information on and how to contribute to the 2018 Annual Catholic Appeal is available at

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


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.

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