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Concert connects with parish’s military history

Oakville High School band member Christina Meier, right, a parishioner at St. Bernadette Parish in south St. Louis County, performed at a special concert by the Oakville Band at the parish. St. Bernadette hosted the event, which included several parishioners among the band members, to support and help raise money for the band’s upcoming trip to France next year as part of the events marking the 75th anniversary of the Allied Forces landings at Normandy for D-Day.

The young band members held their instruments and stood at attention as a color guard from the Missouri National Guard marched onto the ballfield at St. Bernadette Parish in south St. Louis County.

In the background, underneath a blue sky, were thousands of white grave markers in neat rows among green grass.

St. Justin Martyr Parish puts faith into action

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Liz Golomski easily could have remained at home, supervising an outdoor service project for her and her husband, Steve.

But there was absolutely no way she would do that. She has received too many benefits from being served that it was only natural for her to give back in service to others, to live the words of Jesus Christ as quoted by St. Luke in Acts 20:35.

"It is more blessed to give than to receive."

Final Sunday Mass honors parish’s rich history

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In his Jubilarian profile in 2015, Father Richard C. Kasznel described the blessing of spending nearly three decades as pastor at Immaculate Conception Parish in St. Mary — population 360, about 75 miles south of St. Louis and just west of the old Mississippi River channel and Illinois' Kaskaskia Island.

Minneapolis Parish throws party for homeless displaced by Super Bowl

Larry Ligocki, a volunteer at St. Olaf Church in Minneapolis, talked with a homeless guest at a Super Bowl party Feb. 4. A church-run shelter near U.S. Bank Stadium, the site of the Super Bowl, was temporarily moved to St. Olaf so that guests could be outside of a secure area surrounding the stadium.

MINNEAPOLIS — A woman exclaimed, "Right there, that's what I thought!" as she watched Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles throw the first touchdown of the Super Bowl Feb. 4.

Watching the game on a TV at St. Olaf Church in downtown Minneapolis, she cheered all the more when the Eagles were on defense, exclaiming "don't let them get a touchdown" as they held the New England Patriots to a field goal on their first drive.

Later, she yelled, "Yes," as the Eagles broke up another pass by Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. The Eagles went on to beat the Patriots 41-33.

Rosary Run called an opportunity to publicly display faith in the streets of St. Louis

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The early morning rain had given way to mostly sunshine and just a smattering of clouds over Downtown St. Louis.

"With all the predictions of rain, Our Lady has come through for us," remarked Father Brian Harrison as he stood in the parking lot of St. Mary of Victories Church, observing his surroundings.

DEAR FATHER | Stewing over whether a parish is burned by a big fish fry

You raise a valid point, to wit, that the penitential nature of these two days ought not to be compromised.

However, there are a couple of points:

• Church law does define Ash Wednesday and Good Friday as days on which Catholics must fast, but not all Catholics. Only those aged 18-59 are obligated to fast, and even then, those whose health would be seriously injured by a strict fast are allowed to consume as much food as necessary.

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