'Making the space great for students' | Students at Rosati-Kain explore new addition

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Rosati-Kain High School students took a test in the new chemistry classroom, part of the space created with the completion of a three-story addition to the school.The new wing boasts the lab, a learning commons and courtyard.

On the very first day of school, in the very first class period, senior Sarah Nolte staked out her new favorite place at Rosati-Kain High School – the learning commons and adjacent library in the foyer of the school's freshly minted, $4.5 million addition.

She sat at a table in the spacious, airy area -- think HGTV's "open concept" to the extreme -- reading a book and basking in natural light coming through windows facing the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis to the west and a fabulous, brick-paved courtyard to the east.

"I love the library," Nolte said, simply and succinctly.

Carpentry skills lead to vocation call for seminarian

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“I was brought up just having a small skill set of everything, whether it was welding, carpentry or farming,” said Kenrick-Glennon seminarian Dane Westhoff said. He has used his carpentry skills to assist the seminary, by building altars and helping with the remodel of Mary, Mother of the Word Chapel. Westhoff prepared to cut wood for a project at the seminary.

The makeover in Mary, Mother of the Word Chapel on the second floor at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary started simply enough with a question of seminarian Dane Westhoff.

"Would that be out of your realm?"

"I'm pretty sure I could do it," he responded then.

"I used to be a carpenter; I knew just enough to be dangerous," Westhoff said recently, with a laugh. "I didn't technically do woodworking for a living, but I've worked with the tools."

Fostering hope, prayer and community in Ferguson


With the one-year anniversary of that fateful August day just around the corner, the city of Ferguson put its best foot forward on the last full weekend of July.

The Ferguson Ministerial Alliance, an ecumenical group including Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish, sponsored a "Day of Hope" at Forestwood Park, giving visitors not only free goods, food and services but also an opportunity to pray.

Planned Parenthood videos a 'wake-up call for the community'

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Mary Roy was among protesters who prayed outside Planned Parenthood in St. Louis July 21 in response to a video that showed a Planned Parenthood worker apparently negotiating the sale of fetal tissue and organs. Roy is a parishioner at St. James in Potosi.

Mary Maschmeier says the life-size images of babies dismembered from abortion have an impact, whether people like it or not.

The posters were displayed by protesters outside Planned Parenthood in St. Louis last week as news continued about the recent undercover investigation of Planned Parenthood allegedly selling fetal tissue from aborted babies. Maschmeier and about a dozen other protesters stood outside the abortion facility, the group called together to pray in response to the videos.

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A place to call home: The Pope Francis House’s new homeowner looking forward to a new start


Latasha is already dreaming about the housewarming party.

It's going to include a barbecue and backyard games with friends and family. She's been looking at patio sets -- a place for her guests to sit and enjoy the crisp weather come this September.

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St. Anthony Food Pantry plants seeds to help clients succeed


Angie Mueller, a volunteer from Christ Prince of Peace Parish, handed Tony Robertson a tomato plant with an instruction sheet, two strips of cloth to tie up the plant and a bag of fertilizer.

Robertson didn't need the instructions because St. Anthony Food Pantry staff taught him container gardening last year. "It worked out real good," Robertson said. "I got a bunch of tomatoes" -- so many that he gave some to his sister and mother.

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