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Totus Tuus summer program is filled with fun, faith and friendship

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Resting comfortably in their chairs, a group of sixth-graders peppered Sam Sargent with questions about vocations:

What are the differences between the way the Church and the government recognize marriage?

Why can't girls become priests?

What's the difference between a religious sister and a nun?

Why can some married men become priests?

Sam, have you ever thought about religious life?

On being questioned about whether she's considering religious life, Sargent didn't hesitate with her students.

Faith group helps with purchase of land, plants in Uganda

Map of Uganda

The hard work and intense study at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary is nearly over for Deacon Joe Lugalambi, a native of Uganda who is serving at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Oakville.

He'll be ordained a priest in August in his home diocese and serve the people there.

Until recently, only a few people knew of some of the hardships that entails. Priests ordained for the Archdiocese of St. Louis have a place to live, a modest salary and benefits such as health care and a retirement plan. Not so for a priest in the Masaka Diocese in Africa where Deacon Lugalambi will serve.

Pastor as CEO • Course gives priests key business principles to lead parishes

It had been quite a few years since Father Timothy Foy studied business: 17, to be exact.

"Fundamentals In Accounting, at St. Louis University in 2000," he said. "It had been a long time."

As an aerospace engineer — he later worked for Boeing — he focused his energy elsewhere. Then, after entering Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, his focus clearly wasn't on accounting. Who goes to seminary to learn about business?

"That isn't the general inspiration," he quipped.

‘God is with us’

Floodwater from the Meramec River swamped homes in Pacific on May 2. Parishioners of affected parishes in Pacific, Eureka, Valley Park, Fenton, Arnold and other areas assisted with sand bagging and other prevention measures.

In a virtual replay of floods in the final week of December 2015, flooding along the Meramec River, its tributaries and the Mississippi River inundated the St. Louis area in the first week of May, closing Interstates 44 and 55 and turning Eureka and Fenton into islands. Homes and businesses from Pacific and points west to Arnold in the south and beyond were devasted.

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.

Deacons’ diaper drive keeps babies covered

Deacon Mike Suden, left, from St. Bridget Parish in Pacific headed up the first deacon Diaper Drive collection last year, Archdiocesan deacons are collecting diapers for organizations who serve the needy in their parishes or nearby parishes.

The bounty from the deacon's Lenten Diaper Drive stays local, which is good news for the Office of the Diaconate.

Otherwise, the archdiocesan office at Cardinal Rigali Center quickly would be overwhelmed.

"They all wouldn't fit in here," joked Deacon Christ Ast, whose office might fit 15 percent of the 125,000 diapers in the inaugural collection last year.

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