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.

Filling a need for Diapers


Barbara Riley is a foster parent who has adopted six children. On a limited income, any help she receives is appreciated, especially for the foster children such as a 2-year-old she's caring for who's still in diapers.

Tommy Johnson has grandchildren living with him, including a 20-month-old who wears diapers. It's hard to stretch his income to cover the youngsters' needs, he said, noting that it isn't enough.

Faynita Mosley is a mother of four, including two little ones, works part time and struggles to make ends meet.

“Faith moves mountains”


In the midst of massive flooding in the first week of May, organized efforts and individual efforts helped in the emergency to save life and limb, homes and possessions, and businesses and inventory along the Meramec River — from Pacific in the west to Arnold in the south.

Two such efforts stand out as testaments to the brotherhood of man and to the power of prayer.

Webster Groves couple opens hearts and home in adopting 11 children from China


Carly Weik bounced around the house, asking anyone who would listen: "Where are my goggles?"

Eager to show a visitor her swimming pool from the window of her living room, the five-year-old had one thing on her mind that rainy afternoon — when she could next go outside for a splash.

Her energy and spunky personality were what stood out to Dave and Maggie Weik of Webster Groves. The couple adopted her from an orphanage in China, and she made the journey to her forever home in March.

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?

Church leaders hail document’s mercy but caution against hurried reading

WASHINGTON — Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation on love and the family invites the Church to see the daily struggles of families as an opportunity to encounter people the way Jesus encountered people with mercy throughout his life, Catholic observers said.

Because of its length — 256 pages — and the depth to which the pope explores love, marriage and Church teaching on the family, the document deserves to be unpacked with patience and careful discernment for mercy to take root in the Church's response to real human needs, Catholic leaders said.

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