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Catholic Charities, St. Vincent de Paul poised to help those impacted by flooding

Sandbags were removed surrounding the S. Central Avenue business district at Dreyer Ave. in Eureka. The wall of sandbags reached 7-8 feet and were successful in helping with the flood. 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 devastated.

Catholic Charities of St. Louis has stepped in to assist in the long-term recovery efforts of those affected by recent flooding in the St. Louis region.

Hundreds of households and businesses in the 11 counties of the Archdiocese of St. Louis have experienced damage from the flooding, many of them previously impacted by flooding in late December 2015/early January 2016.

“Faith moves mountains”

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In the midst of massive flooding in the first week of May, organized efforts and individual efforts helped in the emergency to save life and limb, homes and possessions, and businesses and inventory along the Meramec River — from Pacific in the west to Arnold in the south.

Two such efforts stand out as testaments to the brotherhood of man and to the power of prayer.

Fontbonne helps its neighbors on Fontbonne Day

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Dressed appropriately and perhaps providentially in school colors, Lovie Haynes, age 87, watched approvingly from her second-story deck as 10 volunteers from Fontbonne University, a few clad in matching purple, worked across the street in Friends of Hamilton Village Community Gardens.

Examples of faith guide World War II veteran in his service to country

Anthony Saputo cleared security at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport Nov. 12. The 92-year-old World War II veteran traveled to Washington, D.C., with the Greater St. Louis Honor Flight to visit the World War II Memorial.

When Anthony Saputo arrived at Utah Beach off the coast of France in late 1943, he and his U.S. Navy comrades were instructed to dig foxholes as an advance team looked for signs of the enemy leading to the D-Day invasion June 6, 1944.

Saputo placed his pup tent on the ground and got to work. Suddenly, he hit something. It was a rosary. There was no indication of whom it might have belonged to, but somehow Saputo knew it was a sign from God.

"I used that rosary every night, for years and years, even after I came home," he said. "It calmed my nerves anyway. I treasured it."

POPE’S MESSAGE | Jesus’ compassion is a call to service, not a vague sentiment

Pope Francis kisses a sick child during his general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican Aug. 17.

VATICAN CITY — Jesus' compassion toward people in need isn't a vague sentiment, but a calling for Christians to bring that same compassion to others, Pope Francis said.

By miraculously feeding thousands of people, Jesus made an act "of faith and prayer" that "shows the full strength of His will to be close to us and to save us," the pope said Aug. 17 at his weekly general audience.

BRIMMING WITH HOPE | Catholic school graduates serve the common good

Kurt Nelson

What do a man on Long Island, a resident of Ballwin, and a priest from Argentina have in common? The answer: They have all been served selflessly by a St. Louis Catholic school graduate in the past month.

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