Family

Even with new name, Saint Louis Counseling retains mission

Saint Louis Counseling is the new name of Catholic Family Services, chosen to better describe its services and honor the city's namesake.

The change was announced at a Mental Health Awareness Month kick-off event May 1 at Laumeier Sculpture Park in Sunset Hills.

First Communion dress links generations

Paula Hrin adjusted the First Communion dress on her grandaughter, Vanessa Hrin, pointing out where her name was embroidered. In 1959, Paula’s mother, Dolores Perniciaro, made a First Communion dress for Paula; this April, Vanessa will be the 16th family member to wear the dress for her First Communion.

Paula Hrin believes that when her mother, Dolores Perniciaro, made Paula's First Communion dress nearly 60 years ago, she had no idea how special it would become.

The dress is in good shape even though it's been worn by 15 girls. It was rained on. And it was threatened by chocolate ice cream. But the dress survived and the treasured family tradition continues.

Cdl. Wuerl’s plan strengthens outreach to married couples

WASHINGTON — Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl has called on all parishes and individual Catholics in the Washington Archdiocese to help expand and strengthen the Catholic Church's marriage and family outreach, guided by Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation "Amoris Laetitia" ("The Joy of Love.")

He was joined at a Mass March 4 at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle by families from throughout the archdiocese for the release of his broad and detailed pastoral plan for implementing "Amoris Laetitia" at the parish level.

Devotion makes a comeback thanks to Alliance of the Holy Family

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The afternoon light streamed through the windows of the dining room, where a small group was gathered on a Sunday afternoon. At the center of the dining table sat a framed image of the unusual guests of honor — the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Father John Hansen, SMP, began the prayers as a trio of women sang lines from the Lourdes Hymn:

Immaculate Mary, thy praises we sing,

Thou reignst now in heaven with Jesus our King.

Ave, Ave, Ave Maria! Ave, Ave, Ave Maria!

Outpatient mental health office opens in Herculaneum

Catholic Family Services has opened an outpatient mental health office in Herculaneum to serve children and families in Jefferson County.

The office opened after Catholic Family Services received a three-year grant of more than $500,000 from the Jefferson Memorial Community Foundation. Therapists will provide individual and family therapy services to those seeking support and those who may be mandated for treatment.

St. Andrew’s Quilters have raised more than $250,000 in the past 50 years

In summer of 1967, St. Andrew School in Lemay found itself in need of a new reading comprehension program for its students. Problem was, there was no money to pay for it.

So Father Herbert Melies called on a group of ladies from the parish; he knew they'd find a way to help raise the $2,500 needed for the program. Just the year before, Mary Budde had made a quilt for the parish picnic. There's an idea, he told them. Why not organize a quilt social? Oh, and could you have this organized by September before school starts?

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