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St. Justin Martyr Parish puts faith into action

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Liz Golomski easily could have remained at home, supervising an outdoor service project for her and her husband, Steve.

But there was absolutely no way she would do that. She has received too many benefits from being served that it was only natural for her to give back in service to others, to live the words of Jesus Christ as quoted by St. Luke in Acts 20:35.

"It is more blessed to give than to receive."

'Apostles of Creation' rule at St. Justin School

St. Justin Martyr teacher Beth Kassel, and students Jack Ward, Sam Hazelton, Sophie Stephens, Laney Jorstad and Alexa Lofgren watched “Doc” at the chicken coop in the rear of the rectory, a previous STREAM project. This year, the students proposal was for a series of outdoor projects.

Instead of science class on a recent afternoon, middle-school students at St. Justin Martyr School in Sunset Hills faced a more daunting task.

They had to convince the adults sitting just five feet in front of them that their ideas for outdoor projects not only would benefit the parish and school but also would be doable, both from practical and financial standpoints.

On top of that, a Review photographer and reporter were on hand to observe.

No pressure, or anything.

"I was a little nervous," sixth grader Sophie Stephens admitted.

Not that it mattered, though.

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Mary O’Connell worked with Natalia Robles on a writing assignment comparing and contrasting hurricanes and floods. O’Connell holds a doctorate in education and teaches third grade at St. Justin Matryr School in Sunset Hills.

The students in Mary O'Connell's classes are about as far apart in age and demeanor as possible in education.

By day, she teaches third graders -- 8 and 9 year-olds -- at St. Justin Martyr School in Sunset Hills. In a classroom with child-sized seats arranged around tables, the walls are adorned with dinosaur drawings, colorful artwork and religious symbols, including the Cross of Jesus' crucifixion.

Faith is the key for parishes' support

The extraordinary support by St. Justin parishioners of a family dealing with a diagnosis of ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) has been replicated in the past with other parishioners and among Catholics of the archdiocese.

Parishioners at Holy Infant in Ballwin and Queen of All Saints in Oakville are just two of the examples of outreach in recent years. Other parishes have had similar efforts for people who have dealt with similar struggles, including victims of accidents. Employees and residents of Holy Angels Apartments in Bridgeton rallied around a resident who was coping with ALS.

St. Justin's 'Team Frogs' shows parish's support of family

St. Justin Martyr CYC soccer coach Dave Larson delivered his half-time talk to his team. Larson is continuing to coach while dealing with the impact of ALS, symptoms of which includes a rapid loss of the ability to speak.

The referee blew his whistle as the soccer ball crossed the sideline and went out of bounds. Coach Dave Larson made a substitution, signaling for one of his players on the bench to enter the game and pointing to the one being replaced.

As that player came to the sideline, Larson smiled at him and patted him on the back.

It's clear that Larson has good communication with with his players, that they respect him and have a special bond.

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