'This is the day'


In a pew with his family, young Liam Corley, age 6, watched intently as the events unfolded around the altar at St. Monica Church.

In the Rite of Dedication, Auxiliary Bishop Mark S. Rivituso blessed the altar, laid in the rectangular marble stone containing a relic, then anointed the stone and the granite surface with sacred chrism.

As the choir, including Liam's sister, Emily, filled the church with song, Bishop Rivituso worked his way around the sacred table, spreading the blessed oil by hand and making sure all four corners and everything in between were covered.

DEAR FATHER | Did the consecration of Russia stick?

On May 13, 1917, three young children received an apparition of Our Lady near Fatima, Portugal. She urged the children to pray the Rosary for an end to World War I. She also urged them to pray for sinners and the conversion of Russia, which slipped into a revolution, bringing the rise of a communist government. For six months, Mary visited these children on the 13th of each month, entrusting them with three secrets and a request to the Holy Father: to consecrate Russia in union with the bishops of the world to her Immaculate Heart.

Consecration to the Holy Spirit seeks to develop understanding of baptismal commitment

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson consecrated the Archdiocese of St. Louis to the care of the Holy Spirit during the Pentecost Mass June 8 at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. The archbishop hopes the consecration will help people live out in missionary action and discipleship the four pillars of the “Alive in Christ” mission advancement initiative of the archdiocese: stewardship, evangelization, social justice and education.

Allow the gifts of the Holy Spirit received at baptism and confirmation to enwrap you in protection, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson said at a Pentecost Vigil Mass, in which he consecrated the archdiocese to the Holy Spirit.

Archbishop Carlson celebrated the Mass at Holy Redeemer Church in Webster Groves June 7 and repeated the consecration at Mass the next day at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis in the Central West End of St. Louis.

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