Stewardship

EnergyCare ‘angels’ a blessing to low-income clients

Barry McIntyre had been borrowing a fan from a neighbor to keep the hot air in his second floor apartment, but had to return it. Jana Ngugi and Justine Collum from EnergyCare installed a new air conditioning unit for him.

Barry McIntyre sat in front of the window air conditioner, with the relief he felt evident in his smile.

"It's going to be great tonight," he said. "This is beautiful. It's a blessing."

The blessing was thanks to EnergyCare, a nonprofit agency that provides year-round energy-related services in St. Louis City and St. Louis County for low-income households, especially the elderly, disabled, chronically ill and young children.

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.

Archdiocese keeps watchful eye on Boy Scouts organization

While several parishes in the archdiocese have transitioned to American Heritage Girls from the Girl Scouts, the archdiocese has taken a wait-and-see approach with the Boy Scouts of America in the wake of its decision to admit transgender youth.

"We stand largely in the same place we have; we're definitely looking at it with a more watchful eye," said Brian Miller, the executive director of the archdiocese Catholic Youth Apostolate.

American Heritage Girls growth continues on upswing in archdiocese

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A new American Heritage Girls troop at St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Parish launched just in time to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima.

This was good timing, as the American Heritage Girls' National Catholic Committee recently announced a new Our Lady of Fatima patch for girls to earn as they learn about the historic and spiritual significance of the events at Fatima.

Event helps ministry close gap after state cuts

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson spoke with people at a recognition dinner hosted by the Criminal Justice Ministry on June 1 at Moulin in St. Louis. Archbishop Carlson accepted the Luminary Award on behalf of the Archdiocese of St. Louis at the event.

The funding gap for the Criminal Justice Ministry caused by a state budget cut is closing, but the ministry still needs financial support to help the agency with its outreach.

Since 1979, the Criminal Justice Ministry has supported and empowered people impacted by incarceration. The agency provides jail and prison ministry, client re-entry services and advocacy for community safety and criminal justice reform.

“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.

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