lay organizations

Knights known for charitable work, evangelization

The Missouri Knights of Columbus invite Catholic men to become members of the world's largest lay Catholic fraternal service organization.

Founded in 1882 in New Haven, Conn., by Father Michael J. McGivney, the Knights of Columbus started as a way for Catholic men to join in solidarity in defending their country, families and faith. Part of Father McGivney's vision also called for a special life insurance program to provide for widows and orphans of deceased members.

Ignatian Volunteer Corps joins service, spirituality

Volunteers Bill Smith and Yukun Jia, a student at St. Louis University, checked the list of meal recipients in the Grand View Towers Apartments in Midtown St Louis while making a delivery in the fall of 2010. Smith is a member of the Ignatian Volunteer Corps of St. Louis.

"It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life," wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson, "that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself."

Service to others is an essential characteristic of Catholic life, and those who follow the Ignatian way dedicate their lives to being "men and women for others." In their efforts, many find the blessings returned in surprising ways.

Archbishop's Prayer Breakfast to be May 24

The third annual Archbishop's Gospel of Life Prayer Breakfast will be Thursday, May 24, at the Chase Park Plaza, 212 N. Kingshighway in the Central West End.

The event, hosted by the St. Louis Chapter of Legatus, will begin at 6 a.m. with the Angelus and Rosary. Archbishop Robert J. Carlson will celebrate Mass at 6:30 a.m. After a buffet breakfast, participants will hear a presentation by Bishop James V. Johnston Jr. of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau. Archbishop Carlson will give the final blessing at 9 a.m.

Programs help couples build a good marriage

Couples marrying in the archdiocese have a variety of ways to prepare for and sustain a lifetime of love.

Several programs help couples with marriage preparation. Other resources can help couples as they move through married life.

How a couple approaches marriage preparation can make a difference between a good marriage and a great marriage.

Couples who enter a marriage preparation program well in advance of their wedding are usually more relaxed and not pressured by arrangements for the ceremony.

Revitalized St. Thomas More Society off to good start

A revitalized St. Thomas More Society is off to a good start in the archdiocese, with more than 100 lawyers and judges attending the restart of monthly meetings in January.

St. Charles Circuit Court Judge Daniel Pelikan, who helped to bring back the society in the archdiocese, cited the "wonderful start" with interest remaining high. He noted that organizers are still working to reach additional lawyers and judges in the archdiocese. "As we reach out, attendance will remain quite high. There will be a good exchange of ideas on ethics, morality and values for judges and lawyers," he said.

St. Vincent de Paul effort seeks to help needy with food, winter heating costs

Members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of St. Louis quietly answer calls made each year from thousands of people who reach out for help.

They rely on the generosity of others who share the blessings they have received.

Currently the Society is seeking donations for the Food and Fuel for Life program. Winter is a time when funds especially are needed as people in need seek to keep warm and put food on the table.

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