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Student-inventor dissolves environmental problem while adhering to Christian ecology values

Sydney Gralike and her friends found a way to dissolve Styrofoam into glue. Gralike, a 13-year-old Parish School of Religion student at Assumption Parish in south St. Louis County, and her classmate, Christina Yepez, stirred a batch of degenerating Styrofoam.

Sydney Gralike stirred a gooey substance on a piece of Styrofoam. "It's dissolving a little bit," said her assistant, Christina Yepez.

Sydney, a 13-year-old Parish School of Religion student at Assumption Parish in south St. Louis County, is helping to solve one of the world's pressing environmental problems.

Farmers, churches help overseas farms via Foods Resource Bank

A farmer in the Bolivia-Potosi program in the Andes Mountains used an improved plow allowing for better soil preparation. The program, which partners with the Food Resource Bank, also helps farmers reduce the damage by crop pests.

Richard Aparco of Peru stood nervously before about 50 people at Assumption Parish in O'Fallon and discussed crop rotation and yields, organic fertilizer, greenhouses, irrigation and more.

An agronomist coordinator of a Foods Resource Bank program in Peru coordinated by Lutheran World Relief, Aparco added a bushel of thanks to supporters of the Christian response to world hunger.

'Endless service' describes pioneering educator

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson presented Mary Dreas of Assumption Parish in Mattese with an award at the 17th Annual Catholic Women’s Award Celebration in August. Parishes across the archdiocese nominated a woman who exemplified the category of teacher, with St. Rose Philippine Duchesne as the model.

Endless service is what Mary Dreas' former and current pastors at Assumption Parish in Mattese cited in nominating her for the Catholic Women's Award. Dreas was honored Aug. 10, along with women nominated by other parishes in the archdiocese at the 17th annual awards celebration.

Her motivation, she said this month, was her love for Christ.

Dreas earlier was a member of St. Ann Parish in Normandy, where her four children went to grade school. The children went to Catholic high school, as well as Catholic college.

Second book by police officers develops theme

"The Fallen"

The second book in The Light Bringer Trilogy -- "The Fallen" -- hit store shelves and online listings earlier this month.

The book was written by two police officers who are members of Assumption Parish in O'Fallon: Chris DiGiuseppi, assistant police chief, and Mike Force, police chief, of the Lake St. Louis Police Department. Published by HCI Books, "The Fallen" is a supernatural thriller that expands on the concept of the first book and walks the reader beyond life, further invoking the question, "Why do people die?"

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