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Rural Parish Workers' medical clinic a continuation of commitment to serve the poor

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With volunteer models such as Mimi Phelan walking the runway, the annual Fashion Show and Luncheon to benefit the Rural Parish Workers of Christ the King celebrated the past and supported the present Oct. 13 at The Ritz-Carlton: 75 years for the ministry and 50 for the "Friends" of the group hosting the fashion show fundraiser to support the ongoing work of serving the rural poor in the Old Mines area.

To this, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson added a bold vision for the future, giving the Rural Parish Workers and "Friends" even more cause for celebration.

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St. Simon School helps first-responders feel ‘warm and fuzzy’

Lisa Johnston | lisajohnston@archstl.org | twitter: @aeternusphoto

Alex Aubuchon and Kara Schwab joked with Assistant Chief Romona Kaminski from the Mehlville Fire Department. Kaminski is a parishioner at the parish and sends her children to the school.

St. Louis County Police Officer Steve Boyer had fun with a couple St. Simon the Apostle students, playing a bit of a "red-light, green-light" game as they walked on the school parking lot.

He was there on a breezy, chilly morning Oct. 11 for the school's breakfast for local first-responders — bagels, donuts, biscuits and gravy, burritos, fruit, juice and coffee. Boyer, who attends Holy Spirit Parish in Maryland Heights and is partial to long john donuts, remarked that he received a "warm fuzzy on a cold morning."

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Obituary | Sr. Katherine Misbauer, SL

A funeral Mass for Loretto Sister Katherine Misbauer was celebrated Oct. 7 at the Church of the Seven Dolors on the grounds of Loretto Motherhouse in Nerinx, Ky.

Sister Katherine, who served as assistant principal from 1970-74 and registrar from 1993-98 at Nerinx Hall High School in Webster Groves, died Oct. 1 at Loretto Motherhouse Infirmary. She was 78.

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Obituary | Sr. Rita Marie Lucash, ASC

A funeral Mass was celebrated Oct. 10 in the chapel of the Ruma Center in Ruma, Ill., for Sister Rita Marie Lucash. Sister Rita Marie, 89, was a professed member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ for 70 years. She died Oct. 2 at the Ruma Center.

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'Love Saves Lives' theme for 2018 March for Life

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Archdiocesan news briefs

Father Stanger named Great Preacher

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Long recovery ahead for communities hit by wildfires

SANTA ROSA, Calif. — The Diocese of Santa Rosa "has been hit hard" and "is in an ongoing state of uncertainty" because of Northern California wildfires that began the night of Oct. 8, said Bishop Robert F. Vasa.

At least 12 major fires were raging across the region, according to news reports. Of those 12, at least five were zero to 5 percent contained, and the rest were 15 to 70 percent contained. Fanned by warm winds, they devastated a vast swath of North California's wine country and forced 20,000 to evacuate. They left at least 17 people dead, and at least 180 others were missing.

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Death penalty is ‘contrary to the Gospel,’ pope says

The death penalty, no matter how it is carried out, "is, in itself, contrary to the Gospel," Pope Francis said.

Marking the 25th anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church at the Vatican Oct. 11, Pope Francis said the catechism's discussion of the death penalty, already formally amended by St. John Paul II, needs to be even more explicitly against capital punishment.

Capital punishment, he said, "heavily wounds human dignity" and is an "inhuman measure."

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Trump administration expands exemptions on contraceptive mandate

A group of Little Sisters of the Poor joined other women walking down the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington in 2016 after attending oral arguments in the Zubik v. Burwell contraceptive mandate case.

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration Oct. 6 issued interim rules expanding the exemption to the contraceptive mandate for religious employers, such as the Little Sisters of the Poor, who object on moral grounds to covering contraceptive and abortion-inducing drugs and devices in their employee health insurance.

Leaders of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops praised the action as "a return to common-sense, long-standing federal practice and peaceful coexistence between church and state."

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Justice Department issues memo on religious liberty to federal agencies

A man posed with a child Sept. 26 in front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. On Oct. 6, the U.S. Department of Justice issued guidance to all administrative agencies and executive departments regarding stating “to the greatest extent practicable and permitted by law … religious observance and practice should be reasonably accommodated in all government activity.”

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Justice issued guidance Oct. 6 to all administrative agencies and executive departments regarding religious liberty protections in federal law.

"To the greatest extent practicable and permitted by law ... religious observance and practice should be reasonably accommodated in all government activity, including employment, contracting and programming," the Justice Department stated in the 26-page memo to federal agencies.

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