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Opportunity to grow prayer life gains in popularity

Map courtesy of John Schwob, Director of Pastoral Planning

An opportunity to grow in prayer and relationship with Christ is expanding in the archdiocese due to the program's popularity.

About 50 people participated at four parish locations in 2014 when Oremus was offered to the first cohort of the archdiocesan Lay Formation Program. Now, with the eight-week Catholic prayer study course offered around the archdiocese, participation and number of sites have mushroomed.

Lwanga honoree: Youth ministry is about taking the ‘ink off paper and making it walk’

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Corliss Cox knows what it's like to do youth ministry with no money and no plan — and nothing but an intense trust in God and the ability to step out in faith.

Those were the early days of youth ministry for Cox, who was invited to work with the Ujima Youth Program, which became part of the Catholic Youth Council in the mid-1980s to address the needs of black Catholic teens. Several years prior, she had left a job in corporate America to stay home with her newborn son; by the time he turned three, she was looking to return to work.

Academic Enrichment Program supports growth of high-achieving students

Avonelle Lindon piped whipped egg whites for meringue cookies, one of the baked goods she sells through her company, Tic Tac Dough. She started the non-profit bakery as part of the Academic Enrichment Program at Our Lady of Lourdes School in University City, where she is in seventh grade.

While many students hit the books after school, Avonelle Lindon is working away in the kitchen, perfecting her latest baking project.

Coconut nest cupcakes — complete with miniature "eggs" — and sunny-side-up meringues with lemon curd were on the seventh-grader's menu as she recently worked on spring recipes.

Archdiocese, others reach out with welcoming, loving hands

Several Catholic ministries in the Archdiocese of St. Louis are organizing a "Solidarity Walk and Mass With Our Immigrant and Refugee Brothers and Sisters" on Saturday, April 8, from St. Louis University to the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis.

Participants will assemble at noon at the Clock Tower on the SLU campus for an opening prayer. They then will embark on a prayerful procession west on Lindell Boulevard to the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, Lindell Boulevard and Newstead Avenue, for a multilingual Mass at 1:30 p.m.

Catholic Charities provides long-term care for tornado victims

A month after a devastating tornado hit the Perryville area on Feb. 28, Catholic Charities is settling in to provide long-term care to those affected. The tornado left one man dead and tore a 15-mile-long path of destruction costing families their homes and businesses. Mary Fulton walked through her property where once stood Fullerton Window’s and Siding, her family business. Many of the materials were lifted up and dispersed across the area.

More than three weeks since a tornado hit near Perryville, Catholic Charities of St. Louis has been formulating a plan to provide long-term care to households affected by the storm.

The EF4 tornado on Feb. 28 killed one person and leveled several homes and other structures, according to the National Weather Service. Others were left with extensive damage.

Catholic Charities of St. Louis was among agencies that participated March 4 in a Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC), a one-stop shop, if you will, to provide information and disaster-related assistance.

Catholic Man of Year honors a layman serving in the ‘Catholic Way

Most avid sports fans in St. Louis probably know about the Cardinal Way, or at least they're familiar with the concept.

The Cardinal Way refers to the right way of playing baseball, knowing and executing subtle strategies such as throwing to the correct base, hitting a cut-off man or hitting behind a baserunner.

All one need do is take in a game to see it in action.

In a similar fashion, the Catholic Way describes the way in which a Catholic does the right things, but you'll almost never see it in action.

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