Faithful Fan | Parish CYC basketball programs demonstrate archdiocesan unity

Parishioners returned Feb. 25 to celebrate Mass at St. Monica Church for the first time since late December, when an arsonist burned its Nativity scene, severely damaged the altar and caused extensive smoke and water damage.

After the arson, the parish in Creve Coeur held sacramental events in the school, with Sunday Masses in the gymnasium. This displaced many basketball games that had already been scheduled there for the coming season. That's when other parishes in the West County district of the Catholic Youth Apostolate's CYC sports program stepped in to fill the void.

Editorial | Pray for calm and Catholic on

They carry on despite the circumstances.

This issue of the St. Louis Review includes an article about an arson at St. Monica Church in Creve Coeur two days after Christmas that requires cleanup and repairs lasting several weeks.

Yet, they carry on, with Masses and other sacramental matters continuing as scheduled, but in the parish school.

FIRE FOR LIFE: John O'Leary shares how his faith played integral role in his recovery, mission


t's not unusual to have childhood friends in your wedding. But when more than half of your grade school class is in attendance? That's a sign of a special bond.

Playing with matches and gasoline resulted in a horrific accident at the age of 9 that burned John O'Leary over 100 percent of his body. He was certain to die. The accident was a redefining moment for the class of 1991 at St. Clement of Rome School in Des Peres.

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