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Tradition St. Ann novena finds new home at St. Nicholas Parish


Bill McHugh was a child in the 1950s when he started going to the St. Ann novena — a popular summertime event at the former St. Ann Church on Page and Whittier in north St. Louis. McHugh tagged along with his family to offer their prayers to grandmother of Jesus.

"I didn't really know what a novena was," he said. "Then I became an altar boy. I served at the novena Masses. ... We probably had four or five Masses a day."

Caterer Joan Buschmann is an anchor at Holy Trinity Parish, giving as much as she’s received

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Joan Buschmann started a catering business called “As You Like It” to support her family after her husband died. She operates out of Holy Trinity Parish in St. Ann and inspires the chefs at the parish who cook at the fish fries. She prepared a pineapple upside down cake for a Lenten fish fry.

Getting Joan Buschmann to sit down for a conversation is no easy task.

In between sharing stories from four-plus decades as a caterer, Buschmann buzzed around the kitchen at Holy Trinity Parish in St. Ann.

"I've got to go check my angel biscuits — I can't burn the biscuits," she politely interrupted, as if her brain were wired to a timer. The fluffy white biscuits would be used for ham sandwiches for a party that weekend.

Our Lady of Guadalupe feast celebrates Blessed Mother's generous response of faith

Marco Urbina nervously wrapped his fingers around a maraca as he waited in the church vestibule for the dancing to begin. The 14-year-old has attended Holy Trinity's annual Las Mañanitas and Mass to celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe since he was 6; now he's part of the matachines — a group of dancers who perform a ritual dance in honor of the Queen of Heaven.

"We dance for the Virgin Mary," said Marco, with a wide grin and a dimple in his cheek. "It's like celebrating a special birthday for the greatest woman who ever lived."

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