Devotion makes a comeback thanks to Alliance of the Holy Family


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?

Serve, care for each other, pope tells families at closing Mass

Lisa Johnston |  | Twitter: @aeternusphoto  Pope Francis closed the 2015 World Meeting of Families with an outdoor Mass celebrated on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

PHILADELPHIA -- Pope Francis urged the hundreds of thousands of people gathered for the closing Mass of the World Meeting of Families to serve and care for each other as freely as God loves the human family.

The pope called upon the faithful to embrace signs that the Holy Spirit can work through everyone. He referred to the readings in the multilingual Mass -- from the Book of Numbers and the Gospel of Mark -- in which members of the faith community questioned the work of those not part of their group and for prophesying in the name of God.

Let freedom ring!

Lisa Johnston | | Twitter @aeternusphoto Pope Francis walks from Independence Hall to deliver an address in Philadelphia Sept. 26

PHILADELPHIA -- Not far from where the Liberty Bell is on display, Pope Francis urged the people of the United States to continue to "proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof," as the bell's inscription says.

Meeting Sept. 26 with members of the Hispanic community and immigrants at Independence National Historical Park, the pope said when governments respect human rights and freedoms, especially the right to religious liberty, they benefit from their citizens' respect and care for others.

Papal parenting guide: Francis delivers his own how-to for families

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis knows families are composed of real people living in the real world, which is why he often gives down-to-earth advice.

The Catholic Church has long taught that the family is a school of humanity -- the first and best place to learn about love and respect. A healthy society relies on citizens who learn love, responsibility, loyalty, acceptance of others and solidarity from their family relationships, Pope Francis has said.

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