Holy Infant parishioners pray for peace and unity, following shooting of Ballwin police officer

Lisa Johnston | lisajohnston@archstl.org | Twitter: @aeternusphoto 

The shooting of a Ballwin police officer about 1/4 mile from Holy Infant School and church has shaken the quiet suburb of St. Louis.  The Parish gathered together for Mass and to pray the rosary for peace. 

Daily communicant from St Clare of Assisi, Anthony Palazzolo, prayed in the pew. "We are called, just like the disciples, to share the message of God's plan for unity," he said

Less than 24 hours after a Ballwin police officer was shot in the line of duty, parishioners at Holy Infant came together for a Mass and Rosary for peace and unity.

Officer Mike Flamion, who has served the Ballwin Police Department since December 2014, was critically wounded July 8 during a routine traffic stop along New Ballwin Road. Charges were filed against the suspect, 31-year-old Antonio Taylor of St. Louis. St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar described the shooting as an "ambush" against the officer.

Editorial | We’re in it for the long haul

Catholic Charities began its Rebuilding Homes, Rebuilding Lives program in the wake of the tornado that tore through Joplin in 2011 and has worked with thousands of volunteers to repair and rebuild the homes of survivors, both in the Joplin area and southern Missouri.

Archdiocese ‘uniquely positioned’ to meet challenges in Ferguson

Lisa Johnston | lisajohnston@archstl.org | twitter: @aeternusphoto

Representatives of the archdiocesan Peace and Justice Commission and the co-chairs of the Ferguson Commission met Dec. 17 to discuss ways to put the Ferguson report into action. Rev. Starsky Wilson from the Ferguson Commission spoke to representatives.

Before beginning a presentation about the Ferguson Report, Ferguson Commission co-chair Rev. Starsky Wilson asked for a show of hands among people attending Dec. 17 at Cardinal Rigali Center.

Who had actually read the report? And who had been to a similar presentation by Rev. Wilson and fellow co-chair Rich McClure?

Many hands went up. Rev. Wilson and McClure marveled at the affirmative responses.

Civic leaders commit to address issues of racial disparity

At about 3:45 p.m. Nov. 1, standing on a stage in front of 1,000 people, Tom Irwin faced a direct question from Derek Laney of Missourians Organized for Reform & Empowerment:

"Will you agree to broadly apply a racial-equity framework and take the lead to create a 25-year managed fund to solely support regional racial-equity infrastructure for all citizens?"

Irwin's answer was just as direct, quick and unequivocal.

St. Louis IX Dinner serves up conversation, trust

Fran Ventimiglia is the St. Vincent de Paul chair at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish and invited Dorothea Vaughn to the St. Louis IX Dinner. Ventimiglia has grown fond of Vaughn over the years and was eager to spend the evening gathered around a table with her and her family. The St. Vincent de Paul Society of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish and the Archdiocesan Office of Young Adult Ministry held an elegant, sit-down dinner for the Ferguson-area individuals who could not afford to treat their family to a nice evening at a restaurant. The event was held at the Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish Center.

The tables were lined with white linens, and the dishes were set. The candles were lit as volunteers placed the finishing touches on the floral arrangements. All that was needed were the guests to arrive.

A dinner at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish last weekend was the culmination of months of hard work and planning by the St. Louis Young Adults. But this was no ordinary dinner, and no ordinary guests.

Speaking out about issues in the light of faith

For about 10 minutes every Sunday, a priest has the spotlight and, hopefully, the congregation's attention.

It's time to preach.

Based on the readings of the day, homilies teach lessons, provoke thought or prompt actions, whether tied to current events or occurrences in priests' lives.

For Msgr. Jack Schuler, events last year in Ferguson played a huge role in his preaching.

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