Building a habit of prayer for poor souls

St. Mary of Perpetual Help Parish office manager Bev Clements, left, brought the gifts to the altar during Communion preparation during the All Souls’ Day Mass. Father Mark Bozada, right, celebrated the Mass at the cemetery while Nathan Smith, center, was the altar server.

A small procession of parishioners carrying materials for Mass wound out of St. Mary of Perpetual Help Church in Villa Ridge. Led by a cross, the group crossed the quiet two-lane Highway Am into the cemetery, where they gathered around a large stone altar to celebrate Mass on All Souls' Day.

About 40 people attended the Mass, celebrated by the parish pastor, Father Mark Bozada. It was part of the culmination of a 100-day novena for the poor souls in purgatory. The novena began July 26 on the feast of Sts. Joachim and Ann.

Who was St. Thérèse?

Born in 1873 in Alençon, France, Marie Francoise Thérèse Martin was the youngest of nine children to Louis and Zélie Martin.

In her childhood, she had a box to save her money for a special collection for the Society of the Propagation of the Faith.

St. Thérèse's writing desk tells the story of her mission to bring souls to Christ

Lisa Johnston | 

Nancy Schultejeans, a parishioner at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, wore her large brown scapular as she looked at the writing desk belonging to St. Thérèse of Lisieux. Schultejeans belongs to the Order of Carmel Discalced Secular, a lay community in St. Louis.
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Canonization date for John Paul II, John XXIII to be known in September

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis will host a meeting of cardinals Sept. 30 to formally approve the canonization of Blesseds John Paul II and John XXIII; the date for the canonization will be announced at that time, said Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints' Causes.

The cardinal told Vatican Radio Aug. 20 that only Pope Francis knows for sure the date he will proclaim the two popes saints, although he already implied that it is likely to be in 2014.

THE GOOD STEWARD | Saints for our time

Dan Conway

Catholics in the Archdiocese of St. Louis joined their sisters and brothers throughout the world in welcoming the news that two recent popes, Blessed John XXIII and Blessed John Paul II, soon will be canonized. Some of us remember both men, but all of us, regardless of our ages, are living in times that have been influenced by their witness to the Gospel and their sensitivity to the challenges of living our faith in turbulent times.

DEAR FATHER | What's in a name? An explanation of the saints mentioned at Mass

At the first session of the Second Vatican Council, Bishop Petar Cule from Yugoslavia rose to address the assembled bishops. The bishop had suffered greatly under the Communist government in his home country. Poor in health, yet strong in faith, Bishop Cule spoke at length about adding St. Joseph to the Roman Canon, known today as the First Eucharistic Prayer. The president of the council brushed off the nervous old bishop for more pressing conciliar matters. Unknown to both of them, another devotee of St.

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