Yes, there is Room at the Inn

Jeremy Anderson, left, Chasidy Ellis and their one-year-old son, Chance Anderson, prepared to sleep Dec. 21 at Christ the King Church in University City. The church serves as a night site for Room at the Inn, a ministry that provides temporary emergency shelter for homeless women and families. Room at the Inn uses space in churches, synagogues and mosques to house people.

A few days before Christmas, Jeremy Anderson sat in the basement of Christ the King Church in University City with his girlfriend and one-year-old son as they ate a barbecue dinner.

It was not exactly where they'd hoped to be, but the food was warm and the conversation was good. They were grateful to have found Room at the Inn.

Anderson had been working in security at a hotel in Las Vegas last year. A mass shooting at a concert near the Mandalay Bay hotel left him stressed. His employer gave him time off work, but it was just too much.

DEAR FATHER | Sometimes emergencies preclude us from getting to Mass

The first three of the Ten Commandments outline our duties toward God. We are to place Him as first in our life, to respect His name, and to keep His day holy. As Christians, we honor the Lord's day on Sunday in commemoration of Jesus' resurrection from the dead. Other major holy days are included in this commandment as well, as their celebration marks major truths of our faith or events in the life of our Lord or His mother Mary.

Blue Mass will show support for emergency responders

The Archdiocese of St. Louis held a "blue" Mass to honor and support emergency responders who dedicate their lives to serve and protect the citizens of the greater St. Louis region. The Mass was celebrated at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis by Bishop Edward Rice.

The recent shootings and deaths of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge, La., have driven home the need for the Archdiocese of St. Louis's annual Blue Mass to pray for and with first responders —police officers, fire fighters, EMTs and other public servants — and their families.

Local Catholic schools advised to review emergency procedues

In the aftermath of the Dec. 14 school shootings in Newtown, Conn., local Catholic schools have received an advisory from archdiocesan superintendent of Catholic education George Henry asking administrators to review their crisis management plans.

In a Dec, 17 letter to pastors and education leaders, Henry asked that all schools and parish schools of religion take some time to pray for the victims of the tragedy -- 26 people were killed, including 20 children -- and for those who mourn them.

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