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Faithful Fan | Parish CYC basketball programs demonstrate archdiocesan unity

Parishioners returned Feb. 25 to celebrate Mass at St. Monica Church for the first time since late December, when an arsonist burned its Nativity scene, severely damaged the altar and caused extensive smoke and water damage.

After the arson, the parish in Creve Coeur held sacramental events in the school, with Sunday Masses in the gymnasium. This displaced many basketball games that had already been scheduled there for the coming season. That's when other parishes in the West County district of the Catholic Youth Apostolate's CYC sports program stepped in to fill the void.

FAITHFUL FAN | Holliday may be gone but he leaves a legacy in St. Louis

In a few days, former St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday will report to spring training for his new team, the New York Yankees. Infielder Matt Carpenter will do the same for the St. Louis Cardinals.

The two Matts are forever linked by their love for the children at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital. Carpenter is taking over Holliday's role as chairman of the Homers for Health Program.

FAITHFUL FAN | Third-grade tournament, volunteers have a heart

St. Mary Magdalen basketball player MaKiya Sanders (34) contested a rebound by St. Joseph-Manchester player Dana Kerpash (14) at the eigth annual Mary McDermott Third Grade Basketball Tournament at Immacolata Parish in Richmond Heights Dec. 30. The tournament, a fundraiser for SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital’s Cardiac Hybrid Catheterization Suite, honors Mary McDermott who died at 24 in 2008 after suffering cardiac and liver problems throughout her life.

Good job. Nice play," Kate Eichhorn shouted to the players on the third-grade basketball team that includes her daughter, Jillian.

The players from Immacolata Parish and their opponents from Our Lady of Lourdes Parish ran up and down the court, passing and dribbling fairly effectively, considering their age and experience level. Some had an accurate shot from a close distance and others need to grow a bit before they'll have the strength to score. Regardless, they had plenty of smiles to go with their enthusiasm.

Faithful Fan | Former NFL star stands out for his stance for life, education

Matt Birk is a graduate of Harvard University with a degree in economics. The native of St. Paul, Minn., was the recipient of the 2011 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award for his excellence on and off the field, including his emphasis on the importance of education through his HIKE (Hope, Inspiration, Knowledge and Education) Foundation.

Birk, a six-time Pro Bowl selection, was a standout center for the Minnesota Vikings and Baltimore Ravens from 1998-2012, concluding his career by helping Baltimore to a victory in Super Bowl XLVII.

FAITHFUL FAN | Best in sports in spotlight at pro-life event, Musial awards

This fall is bringing the best in good sports and faith-filled sports personalities to St. Louis.

One of the appearances is on Tuesday, Nov. 15. Former Baltimore Raven Matt Birk will be the keynote speaker at the Vitae Foundation Pro-Life Event in St. Charles. Birk was the headline speaker at the March for Life this year, giving a powerful witness to the value of life.

FAITHFUL FAN | CBC football team tackles a much tougher assignment

Football players at Christian Brothers College High School in St. Louis recently joined the national conversation on prejudice, race relations and social justice.

The topic affects all of us, their coach said, and the players courageously came together to talk about a difficult subject.

The best part was that the players, who represent diverse ethnicities and backgrounds, came away feeling better because they opened up about the topic. They also felt it brought them together, and they put out a message of the need for unity.

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