Prayers for students, prayers for consecrated life

Sister Marysia Weber, RSM, director of the Office of Consecrated and Religious Life, visited students at Christ the King School in University City to pray a decade of the Rosary and let them ask all the questions they wanted to ask a nun. Lisa Johnston |

With two religious sisters in their midst, the second-graders of Christ the King School in University City quizzed them about all things religious.

Their calling. Their prayer lives. Their charism.

But one student had an inquiry that only comes from the mouth of a child.

"Do you go to the grocery store?"

"My favorite question," Sister Marysia Weber said later, with a laugh.

Of course, religious sisters go grocery shopping -- they eat just like the rest of us. Also, like most of us, they snooze at night sans head gear, which was another question: "Do you wear your veil to bed?"

County counts homeless, helps bring them in from the cold

Angela Hamilton, a client coordinator for Room at the Inn, interviewed Tony and LaMonda at the Hanley Road MetroLink station. With the help of the volunteers, Tony and LaMonda, who have eight children and have been homeless for five years, found shelter. Lisa Johnston |

LaMonda and Tony have stayed in a car, in laundromats, in a house that has no electricity, with relatives and hotels when they could get money from begging. They slept in a closet area and a cold basement storage area with rats running around them.

"We were scared, really scared, and I couldn't even sleep," Tony said.

With all the challenges they face, they remain dedicated to each other, able to smile and laugh.

School superintendent sees family atmosphere up close

Kurt Nelson got a kick out of Connor Cochran being shy as the educator spoke to the children at St. Mary’s Preschool North, which provides child care and early intervention services for children with and without developmental delays. Nelson, superintendent of Catholic education, spent Catholic Schools Week visiting as many schools as possible. Lisa Johnston |

Before embarking on official duties as archdiocesan superintendent of schools, Kurt Nelson faced more pressing matters on the first school day of Catholic Schools Week.

Dad duties.

With wife, Joann, out of the house by 6:45 a.m. for her job at John F. Kennedy Catholic High School in Manchester, Nelson managed the morning chaos at their home in St. Louis.

Breakfasts, coats, hats, gloves, backpacks, lunches ... everyone bundled and out the door -- like any other home in the area -- before the Nelson children piled into the car for the commute to schools.

'Mysterium tremendum' | St. Barnabas begins offering the Traditional Latin Mass

Altar servers Thomas and Curtis Prize assisted Father Raymond Hager in the celebration of the Extraordinary Form of the Mass at St. Barnabas Parish in O’Fallon. Lisa Johnston |

With a single intoning of the bell, Mass had begun at St. Barnabas.

But this was no Ordinary Form of the Mass.

"In Nomine Patris, et Filii et Spiritus Sancti ..."

For the first time in nearly 50 years, the Extraordinary Form of the Mass -- better known as the Traditional or Tridentine Latin Mass -- is being celebrated at the northern O'Fallon parish. In January, Father Raymond Hager began offering the Mass at 10 a.m. on Sundays, after a group of parishioners wrote a letter last January requesting it.

Generation Life hits the road

Lisa Johnston |  | Twitter: @aeternusphoto Caitlyn Gund hugged her mom Stacy before she borded a bus to Washington, D.C.  It will be the first time the sophomore at Cor Jesu Academy has participated in the March for Life.  Thirty nine busses filled with teens, young adults and chaperones left St. Louis to begin the Generation Life STL Pilgrimage to Washington, D.C. Two hundred students from Cor Jesu Academy departed from school and will drive all night in order to arrive in time for the March for Life.  They will join an estimated crowd of over 500,000 people from across the country who gather each year on the anniversary of the Roe V. Wade decision to legalize abortion.

On a chilly afternoon, under a few brief bursts of warmth from the sun, students at Cor Jesu Academy scurried about as they prepared to leave for the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. The annual event commemmorates the anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision that essentially legalized abortion on demand. 

Abundance of athletic talent and sportsmanship

Lisa Johnston |  | Twitter: @aeternusphoto   Chaminade defeated Cardinal Ritter 93-49 in the finals of the Chaminade Christmas Tournament. Cardinal Ritter's Jared Phillips and Alvin Thompson teamed up against Chaminade's guard Mike Lewis.

An overflow crowd saw Chaminade defeat Cardinal Ritter 93-49 in the finals of the Chaminade Christmas Tournament.The two Catholic schools are among the top high school basketball teams in the area this year.

Though Chaminade dominated throughout the game, both teams displayed an abundance of athletic talent and played with vigor and sportsmanship. Chaminade scored every way possible — from under the basket, from beyond the three-point line, from layups and from alley-oops.

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