‘Hear the cry of the earth,’ pope and patriarch urge in ecology message

A boy walked along the flooded area Aug. 14 in Saptari district of Nepal. Marking the Sept. 1 World Day of Prayer for Creation, Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople issued a joint message urging government and business leaders to heal our wounded creation.

VATICAN CITY — Environmental destruction is a sign of a "morally decaying scenario" in which too many people ignore or deny that, from the beginning, "God intended humanity to cooperate in the preservation and protection of the natural environment," stated the leaders of the Catholic and Orthodox Churches.

Marking the Sept. 1 World Day of Prayer for Creation, Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople issued a joint message.

Catholic Charities provides long-term care for tornado victims

A month after a devastating tornado hit the Perryville area on Feb. 28, Catholic Charities is settling in to provide long-term care to those affected. The tornado left one man dead and tore a 15-mile-long path of destruction costing families their homes and businesses. Mary Fulton walked through her property where once stood Fullerton Window’s and Siding, her family business. Many of the materials were lifted up and dispersed across the area.

More than three weeks since a tornado hit near Perryville, Catholic Charities of St. Louis has been formulating a plan to provide long-term care to households affected by the storm.

The EF4 tornado on Feb. 28 killed one person and leveled several homes and other structures, according to the National Weather Service. Others were left with extensive damage.

Catholic Charities of St. Louis was among agencies that participated March 4 in a Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC), a one-stop shop, if you will, to provide information and disaster-related assistance.

Journey to wellness: Personal stories of struggles help those with mental illness

In the winter of 2001-02 Mike Eisenbath was enjoying his work as a sportswriter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, traveling with and covering St. Louis Cardinals baseball games. Family life, with four teen and preteen children and a loving wife, was a joy.

Sometimes, though, he couldn't get out of bed. Other times he just barely made it to a recliner, then couldn't get out the rest of the day. He'd call his mom and ask her to pick up his children.

A doctor diagnosed him with clinical depression and prescribed a mild dose of a common anti-depressant. But his condition worsened.

The Matriarch of caregivers

Mary Ann Huber was called to open Twin Oaks Estates in 1981 after working in a skilled care facility. "I just wanted to take them home and love them and care for them," she said of the elderly residents in skilled care. Faith is strong at Twin Oaks, where Huber gave Holy Communion to resident Tony Campisi in April. 

On a cool spring morning, almost two dozen residents lined the pews in the tiny chapel at Twin Oaks Estate in O'Fallon. The weekly Rosary was about to begin, but the regular leader was a no-show. So, Mary Ann Huber jumped right in and started the group in praying the Joyful Mysteries.

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Mary Ann Huber distributes the Eucharist every Wednesday and Sunday at Twin Oaks Estate. She gave Tony Campisi Eucharist while he was in his bed. Huber began her mission to serve the elderly in 1981 and with the help of her husband, Bill, she began Twin Oaks Estate with 12 elderly residents. Located on seven wooded acres in O’Fallon, the site now has room for 149 residents.
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