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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.

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.

Deaneries encourage common action among parishes

a map of the new deanery

It started with a call to Msgr. Mark Rivituso — a pastor asked about moving his parish to another deanery to join with parishes that were more similar.

It prompted the archdiocese's vicar general — the archbishop's second in command, if you will — to take a closer look at the organization of the archdiocese's 10 deaneries, which span 11 counties and the City of St. Louis.

Parishes to participate in National Night of Prayer for Life

The National Night of Prayer for Life is a time for eucharistic adoration and prayer for the unborn, praying for the end to abortion and for protection of the sanctity of human life. The evening prayer bridges the feast of the Immaculate Conception on Thursday, Dec. 8, and the anniversary of Our Lady of Guadalupe's first apparition to St. Juan Diego on Friday, Dec. 9. Prayers are offered through the intercession of the Blessed Mother for the establishment of a culture of life.

This year, 26 archdiocesan parishes will participate in the 27th annual event.

Big turnout says good-bye to Visitation-St. Ann

After Mass Archbishop Carlson talked with Erwin Smoot.

UPDATED Aug. 8, 2 p.m. to remove reference to mold and demolition. There is no mold in the building, and the archdiocese does not intend to demolish it.

The gathering at Visitation-St. Ann Shrine Church had a festive feel to it, hearkening to 14 months earlier when it hosted the second St. Louis Mass Mob.

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Parishes get creative with ACA fundraising

Kayden Krull, a first-grader at St. Joseph School in Imperial, joked with Father Dan Shaughnessy by refusing to wear a party hat at a pizza party the class won for having the highest participation in the Annual Catholic Appeal.

Several St. Louis parishes have found new ways to raise funds for the Annual Catholic Appeal after almost 60 percent of churches' participation rates fell between the 2013 and 2014 campaigns.

One of those parishes was St. Joseph in Imperial, where parish school and PSR students competed for a pizza party, awarded to the class in each school with the highest ACA participation rate. Judy Johnson's first-grade class won in the parish school, with 75 percent participation. The PSR's pizza party will be awarded in September, when classes resume.

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