Annual Catholic Appeal

Queen of Peace Center helps when women hit rock bottom

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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

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"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 archstl.org/aca.

Editorial | How we cast out our nets, change the world

Annual Catholic Appeal supporters follow Jesus' command 

Pope Francis, speaking in his recent visit to Colombia, said the only way forward is to follow Jesus, obeying His command to cast out nets, which means taking responsibility for personal conversion and changing the world.

Jesus invites us to take shared risks, to leave behind our selfishness and to follow Him, Pope Francis told the crowd.

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.

ACA results announced Sept. 15

The results of this year's Annual Catholic Appeal will be announced in the St. Louis Review edition in mailboxes beginning Sept. 15 and also at www.stlouisreview.com and at www.archstl.org/stewardship. Check back tomorrow for the results.

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