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I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Jesus grants infinite mercy if we see and serve Him in others

On Nov. 26, we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King. The feast describes our commencement time on earth; the Scriptures vividly describe our future. Each of us, without fail, will be there. For some, it will be a time of receiving a sentence, and for others a diploma or reward — both unending.

Students display work ethic at neighborhood cleanup

From left, St. Mary’s High School student Brendan Seyss joined teacher Ty Van Valkenburg and students Jackson Cummings and Darius Harris in cleaning a street and sidewalk near the intersection of Osceola Street and South Grand Avenue Oct. 9. Students spent the day cleaning up streets and public areas near the school in south St. Louis.

The trash bags filled up quickly.

Ty Van Valkenburg and his crew of students from St. Mary's High School worked feverishly picking up trash and trimming grass and weeds from a sidewalk on the corner of Osceola and Grand, a few blocks north of their school in south St. Louis.

Wielding a shovel as he cut and scooped weeds and grass overtaking the sidewalk, Max Todd was almost too busy to talk. The junior managed a quick comment: "It's hard work. But we want to help out any way we can."

‘God’s Hands’ reach from Tinley, Ill. to cemetery here

Jack Ruane, a parishioner at St. Julie Billiart Church in Tinley Park, Ill., helped clear overgrowth from the grounds of Greenwood Cemetery. He was part of a group of volunteers from St. Julie Billiart working to help with maintenance at the historic African-American cemetery.

Seth Huisenga swung a sickle to slash overgrown weeds, some of them twice his height.

He made good progress with the simple tool, clearing an overgrown area of Greenwood Cemetery in the north St. Louis County suburb of Hillsdale. He discovered a headstone of a 1 1/2 year-old child who died Sept. 16, 1976. "At least it's uncovered now," Huisenga said.

Catholic War Veterans place faith at forefront of service to country

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For Catholic veterans who have dedicated their lives to the United States, service doesn't stop once active military duty is finished.

Service to others driven by faith has been the primary mission of Catholic War Veterans of the United States of America since its founding after World War I. Today, the organization has more than 7,000 members, mostly from the Vietnam War and Korean War eras, with a growing number of younger veterans from Desert Storm and beyond.

Pope approves new path to sainthood: heroic act of loving service

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has approved the fourth pathway to possible sainthood — giving one's life in a heroic act of loving service to others.

In a new apostolic letter, the pope approved new norms allowing for candidates to be considered for sainthood because of the heroic way they freely risked their lives and died prematurely because of "an extreme act of charity."

Project Life teens serve as signs of God’s presence

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After her farm was hit by a tornado more than three months ago, pretty much all that's left of Sharolyn LaRose-Brown's property is the shell of a home in which she once lived and several mounds of debris that once made up nine separate outbuildings.

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