St. Anthony of Padua Church to host next Mass Mob Nov. 12

Originally founded as a parish for German immigrants, St. Anthony of Padua Parish continues its mission today as a sanctuary for immigrant families from all over the world.

Catholic St. Louisans drive successful Beyond Sunday campaign


The Beyond Sunday capital campaign is the outgrowth of the seed Archbishop Robert J. Carlson planted eight years ago, soon after his arrival in the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

He identified Catholic education as his top priority in the Alive! In Christ initiative, later included it among the four pillars of the beONE vision then made it the primary focus of the historic Beyond Sunday campaign, which was launched in June 2015 by the newly formed Roman Catholic Foundation of Eastern Missouri.

My, how the archbishop's education seed has grown.

Fun times, and a worthy cause

Wearing designer clothes from West County Center, about 60 models will walk the runway at the annual fashion show and luncheon fundraiser to benefit the Rural Parish Workers of Christ the King.

Celebrating the 50th anniversary for the "Friends" of the ministry, the fashion show is slated for Friday, Oct. 13, at the Ritz-Carlton in Clayton, with the festivities kicking off with the Boutiques at 10 a.m.

According to Vicki Messmer, a co-chair of the fashion show, the models range in age from from 5 years old to 75 years young, with multiple wardrobe changes for some models.

Immaculate Conception in Old Monroe still has tight-knit, family atmosphere 150 years later

Father Rich Rath, pastor of Immaculate Conception in Old Monroe, talked with Christina Gnade after she finished helping at a school activity. The Lincoln County parish is celebrating its 150th anniversary. Families in the parish have been there for generations and have a strong commitment to their Catholic legacy.

If you want to know the history of a country parish, just look for the stained-glass windows.

In them, you'll likely find the surnames of the earliest parishioners inscribed on the bottom of those windows. At Immaculate Conception in Old Monroe, the cognomens on the windows are plentiful — Burkemper, Gnade, Heitman, Kaimann, Prinster and Wilhelm, to name a few. And to boot, those names are still very much alive at the Lincoln County parish, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary next month.

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


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.

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.

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