Evangelization

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | To be an effective evangelist, allow Jesus to transform your inner being

Every time God speaks to us through His word, it's obvious that He desires to share with us His inner life so that we might become more like Him. We see this in the three readings for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

In the first reading from Isaiah, God tells us: "Seek the Lord while He may be found, call Him while He is still near." We seek the Lord when we relinquish sinful behavior. "Let the scoundrel forsake his way and the wicked his thoughts; let him turn to the Lord for mercy."

Joint commemoration of the Reformation planned

The Archdiocese of St. Louis and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America will host a Lutheran-Catholic Joint Commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis on Sunday, Oct. 29, with an ecumenical prayer service at 7 p.m.

Martin Luther posted his "95 Theses" on a church door Oct. 31, 1517. It marked as the beginning of what is known as the Protestant Reformation. While the Reformation fractured Western Christianity, Catholics and Lutherans have been committed to dialogue the past 50 years in an effort to restore full unity.

In Plain Sight project an eye-opener for Wentzville teacher

Mattie posed for a photo, taken by her grandmother Sharon, with a signed a photograph of herself and buyer Steve Henry at the Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service, “In Plain Sight” photography auction dinner Aug. 19 at the St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre. Henry was a teacher at Mattie’s school, but didn’t know she was homeless until the fundraiser dinner.

Steve Henry was caught by surprise when he discovered a student with whom he often interacted at his school was homeless.

It was a prime example of how homelessness often is in plain sight, but yet remains hidden, the Wentzville teacher said.

Reluctant volunteer among women’s award honorees

Mary Ann Kamler, center, a St. Francis Borgia parishioner, finished prayer with the sign of the cross after she distributed Communion to Mary and Roman Wunderlich July 25 at Mercy Hospital in Washington. Kamler has been volunteering as an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion at the hospital for 17 years.

Mary Ann Kamler didn't think she could serve in a role of taking Communion to hospital patients.

She was an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion at her parish, St. Francis Borgia in Washington, and about 14 years ago one of the women religious working at what is now Mercy Hospital in Washington asked her to take on the additional role with the pastoral care department of the hospital. "They go around every day and call on everyone who's Catholic," Kamler said. "(Someone) said, 'Oh, just go with me sometime,' so I did."

Cultural trends open the door to spreading the joy of the Gospel

Being creative in evangelization means thinking differently, and reaching others in new ways. Sometimes it means connecting via outlets popular in the secular culture.

Take for instance last summer, when Pokemon Go was all the rage. The mobile game, which uses augmented reality to collect virtual creatures, attracted millions of users — driving swarms of players to unsuspecting churches, businesses and other landmarks. A number of parishes in the archdiocese welcomed visitors who stopped on their grounds in search of virtual Poke Stops.

CATHOLIC STL ROCKS!

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One of Yuliana Lule's favorite songs from the Steubenville youth conference is "Lead Me to the Cross."

This summer, she immortalized the main line from that song by inscribing it on a rock painted bright yellow. But it didn't stop there — Yuliana and friends from her youth group have created more rocky works of art with inspiring messages and images to share with their friends at the SteubenvilleSTL Mid-America Youth Conference in Springfield, Mo.

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