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Obituary | Sr. Loretta Sigler, CPPS

A funeral Mass for Sister Loretta Sigler was celebrated March 9 in St. Joseph Chapel on the grounds of the Sisters of the Most Precious Blood in O'Fallon. Sister Loretta, 68, died March 3 after a battle with cancer.

Born in Bloomington, Ill., she received a bachelor's degree in education from Illinois State University in 1971. She entered the Sisters of the Most Precious Blood in 1976 and professed first vows in 1978.

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Ministry’s refusal to give up on people pays off


At an apartment in south St. Louis, Jerome Arnold greeted Phillip Melton as if they were old friends. But they'd only met a month earlier, after Melton had been released from prison.

Melton told Arnold that the move was simple, he'd unpacked and even lost weight. Most importantly, he hadn't had an alcoholic drink since he left prison.

"Way to go," Arnold praised Melton, referring to him as, "a good man, a good person, not a hassle."

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Obituary | Fr. David Corrigan, SJ

A funeral Mass for Jesuit Father J. David Corrigan was celebrated March 12 at St. Francis Xavier (College) Church in Midtown St. Louis.

Father Corrigan died March 6 in St. Louis. He was 82, a Jesuit for 65 years and a priest for 52 years.

Born in Springfield, Ill., he attended St. Louis University High School and entered the Society of Jesus at St. Stanislaus Seminary in Florissant in 1952. He pronounced first vows two years later. He was ordained a priest in 1965 at St. Mary's College, St. Marys, Kan., and pronounced final vows in 1969 at Regis University in Denver.

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Archdiocesan news briefs

Cor Jesu junior aces ACT

Junior Hannah Nicholson recorded the top composite score of 36 on the ACT in February, becoming the third Cor Jesu Academy to earn the top score this academic year. On average, less than one-tenth of one percent of students taking the ACT gets the top score.

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Nation and world briefs


Wuerl: 'Enduring presence of Christ in Eucharist' at heart of the faith

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Christian activists warn of slaughter of Syrian civilians in Afrin

Internally displaced people rode on the back of a truck with their belongings in Afrin, Syria. Christian activists warn that 1 million Syrian civilians will face certain slaughter in northwestern Afrin, where they allege Turkey and its militant allies have already carried out “war crimes” and “ethnic cleansing.”

AMMAN, Jordan — Christian activists warn that 1 million Syrian civilians will face certain slaughter in northwestern Afrin, where they allege Turkey and its militant allies have already carried out "war crimes" and "ethnic cleansing."

They have appealed to U.S. President Donald Trump and top U.S. officials to stop the bloodshed, warning that failure to act jeopardizes the hard-fought U.S.-led military campaign against Islamic State in Syria.

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U.S. delegates to pre-synod meeting lay out priorites

Three delegates will represent the United States at the pre-synod gathering March 19-25 at the Vatican in preparation for October's synod of bishops on "Young people, the faith and vocational discernment." The three, named by the U.S.

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DEAR FATHER | Reasons vary for pattern in distributing Communion under one or both species

Sometimes, this discussion of offering Holy Communion under both forms turns into a contentious issue. Some feel that when the Precious Blood isn't offered, they don't fully participate in Holy Communion or their rights as Catholics have been infringed upon. Far from feeling united in communion, individuals feel divided.

This view might be motivated by the underlying belief that clergy exclusively possess the Eucharist. Others participate only to the extent that this group allows. However, this view isn't wholly correct.

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FAITH AND CULTURE | Our Lenten hunger and hope

In our culture of plenty, it's tough to imagine going without food or sustenance. Yet the sad reality is that the people in developing countries often experience hunger in staggering numbers. We simply don't have personal experiences of sustained physical hunger; rather, in many ways, we're able to satisfy even our smallest cravings.

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GROWING UP CATHOLIC | Penance, fried into a celebration of God’s forgiveness

Lent is a time for prayer, penance, and mounds of spaghetti on fried fish.

Look, I'm as surprised to have written that sentence as you may be to have read it. The Lenten fish fry is a cultural phenomena, and the Catholic fish fries in St. Louis are without compare. When I first encountered this curiosity, I quickly realized I was out of my depth. Sure, I have a Master of Divinity and can read Greek, but at a fish fry I'm surrounded by expert-level Catholics who continue to school me on the art of how to do Lent right.

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