The Message of Fatima


Mary Sturm has long appreciated the Rosary, but it wasn't until she witnessed the dedication of a group of people praying it after daily Mass at her parish, Holy Infant in Ballwin, that her love grew deeper.

Through this prayer, Sturm finds guidance from the Blessed Mother to stay connected to Jesus. The Rosary also was a great consolation to her when her husband of 43 years, Jim, passed away last summer.

"She helps me participate fully at Mass and help others," Sturm said of the Blessed Mother. "She gives me company, protection and reassurance."

Catholic Charismatic Renewal marks 50th anniversary of founding this year

Patti Gallagher Mansfield, front left, was a 20-year-old junior at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh when she attended a Holy Spirit retreat Feb. 18, 1967, with about 25 college students. The “Duquesne Weekend” is the acknowledged beginnings of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal in the United States, which has spread around the world.

NEW ORLEANS — For the past 50 years, Patti Gallagher Mansfield has kept the Champion Wiremaster stenographer's notebook, 5-by-8 inches, safely tucked away among her most cherished, sacred items in her dresser drawer.

The notebook has 80 ruled pages. It cost 25 cents. One was given to each of the 25 students from Duquesne University and La Roche College who attended a weekend retreat in February 1967 at The Ark and The Dove Retreat House just outside of Pittsburgh.

Deacons meet Christ in the face of those suffering


The phone call came from out of the blue, a random query from a potential customer similar to other calls into Ken Potzman's construction company: Someone wanted him to bid on a job.

Simple as that, except this turned out to be more than your average, run-of-the-mill request for a job bid. It proved to be the ministry component of The Call, capital 'T' and capital 'C.'

New Orleans Archdiocese: Forever changed by Hurricane Katrina

A father and daughter walked through rubble in September 2005 in Biloxi, Miss., after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast community. The hurricane and the failure of the New Orleans levees Aug. 29, 2005, caused more than 1,800 deaths across the coast and damaged or destroyed more than a million houses and businesses.

NEW ORLEANS -- They are calling it "Kat 10" -- Hurricane Katrina plus 10 years -- which carries with it the double meaning of an ominous meteorological warning.

How could a Category 5 storm that engulfed the entire Gulf of Mexico but dropped in intensity to a Category 3 just before landfall on Aug. 29, 2005 -- burying one of the world's most iconic cities in a flood of biblical proportions -- become the watershed moment in New Orleans' nearly 300-year history?

Editorial | After a year of healing we pray for peace, future

The days leading to Aug. 9 and the one-year anniversary of "Ferguson" are marked by uncertainty.

Simply, will there be violence, or not?

The hope is for peaceful commemorations of Michael Brown's life and death. The reality is that we just don't know; the racial violence of last summer and fall might be duplicated.

If so, hopefully, not as bad as Ferguson experienced last year, in the two-week siege after Brown's death and then after a St. Louis County grand jury opted not to indict police officer Darren Wilson.

Or maybe not at all.

'That's my car!' | Father Dolan reunited with old car at parish anniversary celebration

“That’s my car!” exclaimed Father Mark Dolan as he was reunited with the car he sold more than 30 years ago. The reappearance of the 1963 Ford Galaxie 500 XL Convertible was a surprise for Father Dolan from parishioners at Our Lady of the Presentation Church in honor of the parish’s 100th anniversary. “I was totally surprised,” said Father Dolan. “As soon as I saw it, I knew it was mine.”

With a quizzical expression, Father Mark Dolan looked to his left to see why sirens were a-blaring on nearby Brown Road in Overland. But then the police escort turned onto Tudor Avenue to lead the classic cars in front of Our Lady of the Presentation Church.

Father Dolan instantly recognized the second car in line.

"Oh, my gosh, that's my car!" Father Dolan said upon seeing his old friend for the first time in almost 40 years. "That's my car!"

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