Billboards spread message of peace

Six billboards from the Archdiocese of St. Louis are being placed around the metro area with a simple message: "Lord, make me an instrument of your peace."

Faith in Ferguson prayer service

The next Faith in Ferguson prayer service on February 17 at 4:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, 1115 S. Florissant Road, 63121.

Faith in Ferguson prayer services are monthly prayer services held in Ferguson to prayer for peace in the area. Father Art Cavitt, executive director of the St. Charles Lwanga Center and pastor of St. Nicholas Parish in Downtown St. Louis, will lead the reflection. 

GUEST COLUMNIST | In need of revival: God is the source, we are the breeding vessels

Father Arthur Cavitt

A few weeks ago, someone reminded me of the North City Deanery Revival in 2006, when I preached for three consecutive nights. Neither of us knew that years later, I would become pastor at the very site of that revival -- St. Nicholas Parish in downtown St. Louis.

A message of acceptance and hope in Ferguson

Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish hosted “Faith in Ferguson,” a monthly community prayer gathering focusing on peace and healing. Jeff Finnegan, pastoral associate and youth minister from Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, prayed at the service. Msgr. Jack Schuler, former pastor at Our Lady of Guadalupe and current director of mission integration of Catholic Charities in St. Louis, preached at the prayer service.

Let's cut right to the chase:

Perhaps divine providence played a role in ...

No. No. Not strong enough.

Delete "perhaps." Done.

Also, "played a role." Gone.

State it definitively:

Divine providence was at work in the placement of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Ferguson.

There. Plain and simple. No ifs, ands or buts. It makes perfect sense.

GUEST COLUMNIST | Acknowledging the beauty of our differences

Sister Joan Andert, SSND

At Rosati-Kain High School, we have a long-standing tradition called "October Day," which celebrates diversity of all kinds. In light of the events in Ferguson and the decision of the grand jury, October Day this year served as a teachable moment.

The day is set aside to acknowledge the beauty of our differences. We have a sampling of life through the eyes and traditions of a variety of people and cultures. However, at Rosati-Kain, we celebrate diversity every day.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Church filled with song, music on Dec. 12 feast

Las Mañanitas a la Virgen de Guadalupe were celebrated at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Ferguson. The celebration began at midnight on Dec. 12 with prayer, adoration, the Rosary and song. Cousins Ashley Rosas, 3, and Christopher Salas, 2, wore traditional costumes for the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Lisa Johnston | lisajohnston@archstl.org

At about 4:30 a.m. Dec. 12, just a few hearty souls in the St. Louis area were stirring.

Groggily, they turned on coffee pots, let out dogs or switched on local TV news, whatever to start preparing for the day's activities. Most others remained cozy under warm blankets, snoozing and dreaming in their final hours of sleep.

But the crowd at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church definitely was awake, wide awake -- no mistaking that. In fact, even though many had been at it for more than four-and-a-half hours, they were just getting started.

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