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Civil rights icon Sister Antona Ebo says spread the love of God

"We need to get out and tell the people that we are here to praise and magnify the Lord and worship him," Sister Antona Ebo told attendees of the Faith in Ferguson prayer gathering March 10 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church.

Sister Antona Ebo, FSM, sat in the back of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church and greeted the many who attended the sixth "Faith in Ferguson" prayer service March 10.

For about 20 minutes following the service, she shook hands, posed for pictures or just shared laughs and hugs in what quickly became a receiving line.

Sister Cathy Doherty, SSND, who organizes "Faith in Ferguson," attributed the crowd of an estimated 300 to Sister Ebo's presence on the 50th anniversary date of her participation in a Voting Rights march in Selma, Ala.

A message of acceptance and hope in Ferguson

Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish hosted “Faith in Ferguson,” a monthly community prayer gathering focusing on peace and healing. Jeff Finnegan, pastoral associate and youth minister from Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, prayed at the service. Msgr. Jack Schuler, former pastor at Our Lady of Guadalupe and current director of mission integration of Catholic Charities in St. Louis, preached at the prayer service.

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Perhaps divine providence played a role in ...

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Divine providence was at work in the placement of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Ferguson.

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Our Lady of Guadalupe Church filled with song, music on Dec. 12 feast

Las Mañanitas a la Virgen de Guadalupe were celebrated at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Ferguson. The celebration began at midnight on Dec. 12 with prayer, adoration, the Rosary and song. Cousins Ashley Rosas, 3, and Christopher Salas, 2, wore traditional costumes for the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Lisa Johnston | lisajohnston@archstl.org

At about 4:30 a.m. Dec. 12, just a few hearty souls in the St. Louis area were stirring.

Groggily, they turned on coffee pots, let out dogs or switched on local TV news, whatever to start preparing for the day's activities. Most others remained cozy under warm blankets, snoozing and dreaming in their final hours of sleep.

But the crowd at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church definitely was awake, wide awake -- no mistaking that. In fact, even though many had been at it for more than four-and-a-half hours, they were just getting started.

Ferguson business owner 'overwhelmed by love, kindness, service'

Eugene Gillis plays his trumpet in front of the burned-out shell of Juantia's Fashions R Boutique on Nov. 28 along West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson. After the violence of Nov. 2, Gillis wanted to brighten the mood and engage onlookers in positive conversation.

Plywood covered the broken front windows of her restaurant, the back door served as the main entrance, and no diners appeared on this afternoon.

Yet, Maria Flores counted her blessings.

"God was watching over us," Flores said, standing in the intact dining area at El Palenque restaurant about a block from the Ferguson Police Department.

Peace and Justice weekend in Ferguson

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta and Our Lady of Guadalupe parishes in Ferguson are changing their respective Mass schedules to be exclusively for "peace and justice" the weekend of November 15-16.

Steubenville first-timers experience a progression in faith

Heidi Barahona almost didn't attend Steubenville.

Barahona's mom signed her up for the youth conference through their parish, Our Lady of Guadalupe in Ferguson, after another youth dropped from the group at the last minute.

"I told her, 'I don't think I'll experience anything or get anything from it,'" recalled the junior at Ritenour High School.

But after a day and a half of her first experience at Steubenville, Barahona realized "I was at the right place at the right time."

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