evangelization

Service is labor of love for K of C member

Russel Smith is the blood drive chairman for the Webster Groves Knights of Columbus and is passionate about his position and the Knights. He collected money outside of Dierbergs supermarket to help children.

Russel A. Smith stood outside the Dierbergs grocery store in Shrewsbury Oct. 9 collecting funds for the Knights of Columbus annual Tootsie Roll drive for people with developmental disabilities.

Smith enjoys helping with the Knights' causes such as this one, which benefits the Knights of Columbus Developmental Center at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital. But his passion is serving as blood drive chairman for the Webster Groves Knights of Columbus Council 2119. Since he began as chairman, the number of blood donors to his council's drives has skyrocketed.

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.

CONVOCATION OF CATHOLIC LEADERS | Evangelists must fight the "culture of 'meh' "

Delegates listened as Los Angeles Auxiliary Bishop Robert E. Barron was projected on a screen July 4 during the "Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America" in Orlando, Fla. Leaders from dioceses and various Catholic organizations gathered for the July 1-4 convocation.

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Delegates at the "Convocation of Catholic Leaders. The Joy of the Gospel in America" have their work cut out for them but they are equipped to do it, said speakers at the final plenary session July 4.

"The saints always loved a good fight and we should like a good fight too," said keynote speaker Auxiliary Bishop Robert E. Barron of Los Angeles.

Corpus Christi procession weaves among eclectic vibe of Delmar Loop

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How do you bring Jesus to people along the Delmar Loop, with its eclectic mixture of culture, restaurants and shops?

March Him down the boulevard.

That's what the Oratory of Sts. Gregory and Augustine did on the Feast of Corpus Christi. It was an unofficial "hello" of sorts from the community, which celebrates in the Tridentine Latin Mass (according to the 1962 Missal). The oratory is the Loop's new neighbor.

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