First St. Louis Mass Mob evokes memories, pride for north St. Louis church

Mass Mob at Most Holy Trinity Church.

Pat DeWitt often played in the priests' garage at Most Holy Trinity Church in north St. Louis.

"They had this big old garage," DeWitt recalled. "A lot of times nobody would be there, so my girlfriends and I would set up our doll stuff inside. Father Schoen was the pastor when I was here. If he'd come home when we had all our stuff set up out there, he'd just go park on the street."

Exchange program opens students to culture of Japanese 'sisters'

Twelve students from Notre Dame School in Kyoto visited their sister school in St. Louis, Notre Dame High School. Using Japanese calligraphy, Rie Kitamura and Rie Oshnishi wrote Esmeralda Hernandez’s name, which in Japanese, translates as “blessing.”

At Notre Dame High School last week, the normal chatter of teenage girls was replaced with a lot of smiling and giggling between students and their visitors from Japan.

Twelve junior- and senior-high students from Notre Dame School in Kyoto were visiting as part of an annual cultural exchange between the sister schools. The Kyoto school was founded by American School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1952 to help rebuild the community after World War II.

March in St. Louis backs efforts for justice in Mexico

Jerry Naunheim Jr.

Supporters marched in Downtown St. Louis March 27 in honor of 43 students who disappeared in from the Raúl Isidro Burgos Rural Teachers’ College of Ayotzinapa in Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico. The students were abducted in September 2014 by police officers on the orders of a corrupt mayor and were turned over to a gang, according to the Mexican attorney general’s office. Shown are Isabel Gloria of St. Louis, left, and Maria de Jesus Tlatempa Bello of Mexico.

Normally soft-spoken Maria de Jesus Tlatempa Bello, a mother from a rural community in Mexico, had traveled to a big Midwest U.S. city on March 27, vastly different from her normal environment.

Chapel renovation is looking heavenly

Kenrick-Glennon chapel renovation

Below, craftsmen sawed boards and above, electricians worked on wiring in the attic of the St. Joseph Chapel at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in Shrewsbury as renovation makes its way toward a late-spring completion.

The work is the final phase of the seminary renovation funded by the Faith for the Future campaign. The rest of the project at the college and graduate school of theology, which serves seminarians for the Archdiocese of St. Louis and other dioceses and religious communities, was completed in the fall of 2012. The chapel is to be consecrated on Sunday, May 3.

CYC match highlights popularity of chess

Photo by Sid Hastings. Participants in the 2015 CYC Chess Championships faced off March 7 at St. John Vianney High School in Kirkwood. More than 100 kindergartners through eighth-graders participated in the tournament in three age divisions.

The whistle blew to start the match, and the players shook hands.

With that, the physical part of the match was over, and the mental part began.

The players sat across from each other at tables lined up in a long hallway at St. John Vianney High School in Kirkwood. Adult judges lingered along the corridor keeping watch, occasionally whispering answers to questions. All was quiet as players concentrated. After a move, that player punched an electronic clock.

From palms to ashes

Lisa Johnston |  | Twitter: @aeternusphoto  Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the penetential time of Lent. Throughout the season we practice penance, reflection, and fasting in preparation for Christ's Resurrection on Easter Sunday. Blessed ashes are "imposed" on the faithful's forehead as a sign of conversion, penance, fasting and human mortality. Msgr. Henry Breier, pastor of St. Raphael the Archangel distributed ashes during a Mass with the school children at the parish.

Mardi Gras is a time to eat until our heart's content as we prepare for the penitential season of Lent. It's a familiar tradition among Catholics and those who have no connection to the faith.

Another longstanding Mardi Gras tradition — though not understood as well secularly — is the burning of palms to be used on Ash Wednesday.

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