st. monica parish

'This is the day'

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In a pew with his family, young Liam Corley, age 6, watched intently as the events unfolded around the altar at St. Monica Church.

In the Rite of Dedication, Auxiliary Bishop Mark S. Rivituso blessed the altar, laid in the rectangular marble stone containing a relic, then anointed the stone and the granite surface with sacred chrism.

As the choir, including Liam's sister, Emily, filled the church with song, Bishop Rivituso worked his way around the sacred table, spreading the blessed oil by hand and making sure all four corners and everything in between were covered.

Arson draws parish family, community together

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An arsonist caused only material damage at St. Monica Church in Creve Coeur two days after Christmas, destroying the Nativity scene, perhaps irreparably damaging the altar, and creating smoke and water damage to close the building for a few weeks.

However, the parish suffered no harm in a spiritual sense. Masses and confessions went on as scheduled, just relocated to the adjoining school building — the gymnasium for weekend Masses, and a classroom for daily Masses and confessions.

St. Monica summer theater program builds community

Greg Siemer, who recently completed his sophomore year at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, is in his third summer teaching a theater program at St. Monica Parish. A graduate of the grade school there, he recently rehearsed with the cast of “Disney’s Peter Pan Jr.” during the early days of production.

In Peter Pan's Neverland, all you need is faith, trust and a little bit of pixie dust.

Faith and trust are precisely what Greg Siemer invested in his home parish, St. Monica in Creve Coeur, when he started a summer theater program three years ago. And it's been a homegrown success. This year's production of "Disney's Peter Pan Jr." has drawn about 30 youth from second through eighth grades, all of whom are learning the finer points of producing a live theater performance.

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