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Seventh-grader skips school to get a civics lesson in D.C.

Robert LeMaster, a seventh-grader at St. Gabriel the Archangel School in south St. Louis, enjoyed the traditions surrounding a presidential inauguration and the peaceful transition of power that it represented.

Seeing the peaceful transition of the U.S. presidency from about 100 yards away is a memory that Robert LeMaster always will treasure.

The seventh-grader at St. Gabriel the Archangel School in south St. Louis attended the inauguration of President Donald Trump Jan. 20 with his mom, Sarah LeMaster. They earlier requested tickets from Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt's office.

Planned Parenthood lawsuit challenges MO laws

Cynthia Mendez, center, was one of more than 200 people gathered in front of Planned Parenthood in October for a “Jericho March” held in conjunction with 115 other U.S. cities. In December, Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit in Missouri challenging some of the state’s abortion regulations.

A lawsuit challenging Missouri abortion regulations is the result of a U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down abortion laws in Texas, but pro-life advocates here say they believe the Missouri laws will be upheld as constitutional.

Planned Parenthood affiliates in Missouri filed the federal lawsuit Nov. 30, asking the court to stop the laws, which require abortion providers to have admitting privileges at local hospitals and upgrade their facilities to meet the standards of ambulatory surgical centers. Similar lawsuits were filed in Alaska and North Carolina.

Faithful Fan | Former NFL star stands out for his stance for life, education

Matt Birk is a graduate of Harvard University with a degree in economics. The native of St. Paul, Minn., was the recipient of the 2011 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award for his excellence on and off the field, including his emphasis on the importance of education through his HIKE (Hope, Inspiration, Knowledge and Education) Foundation.

Birk, a six-time Pro Bowl selection, was a standout center for the Minnesota Vikings and Baltimore Ravens from 1998-2012, concluding his career by helping Baltimore to a victory in Super Bowl XLVII.

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.

Real-life angels help moms choose life


Sue Cooke carefully inspected a stack of girls' clothing as she folded each piece and placed it in a bag.

"These are cute," she said, holding up a pair of khaki pants. "I hope they fit her."

Cooke was preparing to visit an old friend, Karina Eberhardt, and her 10-year-old daughter, McKenzie. Cooke has known the two since before McKenzie was born, when Karina was living in a maternity home. When the time came for her to move out, Cooke helped her find a car and a place to live and babysat McKenzie. Cooke essentially became a second mom to her.

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