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Obituary | Deacon Roger Kreitler

A funeral Mass for Deacon Roger Kreitler was celebrated Aug. 10 at St Raphael the Archangel Parish in St. Louis. Deacon Kreitler died Aug. 6. He was 77 and had been a deacon for 16 years.

Born on Jan 9, 1940, in Festus, he married Johanna Zagroba on Nov. 7. They were blessed with three children (Jeff, Brian and Keith), along with two grandchildren (Mena and Brenin). He served our country for 6 years in the Missouri Air National Guard.

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Obituary | Sr. Joanne Seiser, SNDdeN

A funeral Mass for Sister Joanne (Mary Gregory) Seiser, SNDdeN, was celebrated Aug. 1 at the St. Julie Chapel in the Mount Notre Dame convent in Cincinnati. Sister Joanne died July 28 at Mount Notre Dame. She was 89 and had been a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur for 72 years.

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Obituary | Father Donald T. Dalton

A funeral Mass for St. Pius X High School fixture Father Donald T. Dalton will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, at Our Lady Church in Festus. Visitation will be 3-9 p.m. the previous day at the church, and also at 9 a.m. before the funeral Mass.

Father Dalton died Aug. 15. He was 82 and had been a priest for 57 years, all of which he spent at the high school in Festus. Father Dalton was ordained by Cardinal Joseph E. Ritter on April 2, 1960, at the St. Louis Cathedral. St. Pius opened the previous year.

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Report states genocide of Christians continues

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1,400-mile nautical pilgrimage draws attention to Fatima

Greg Dougherty departed Thunderbolt Marina in Savannah, Ga., Aug. 1. The Kentucky native is rowing from Miami to New York City via the Intracoastal Waterway to spread awareness of the centennial of Our Lady of Fatima apparitions.

SAVANNAH, Ga. — Rowing an 18-foot-long open canoe solo along the Intracoastal Waterway from Miami to New York City, Greg Dougherty hopes to draw attention to the centennial of the Marian apparitions at Fatima, Portugal.

The craft named the Santa Maria de Fatima packed with bags of food, clothes, emergency gear and a statue of Our Lady of Fatima looks both cramped and small for such a long voyage.

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Catholics on Guam stay centered in Christ amid threats by North Korea

Msgr. James Benavente blessed a boy after Mass Aug. 13 at Santa Barbara Church on the island of Guam. Leaders of the Catholic Church in Guam have called for residents to remain centered in the peace of Christ in the wake of threats from North Korea.

HAGATNA, Guam — The Catholic Church on Guam is urging its members and all people on the island to be prayerful and stay centered in Christ amid threats of missile attacks by North Korea.

Coadjutor Archbishop Michael J. Byrnes of Agana asked priests to promote prayers of peace at all Masses Aug. 13 as tensions continue, following threats by North Korea dictator Kim Jong Un to attack this American territory in the Marianas Islands.

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FAITH AT HOME | The sacred act of dishwashing

I hate dishwashing.

Laundry, I love: transforming jumbled heaps of tumbled clothes into neat, folded piles. Sweeping is satisfying. Wiping counters, even scrubbing sinks, brings simple pleasure.

But I cringe at crusty pots and pans. Any night of the week, I'd trade for any other chore. Yet life in a household requires rolling up sleeves and doing whatever dirty work needs to be done.

Even in the house of the Church. Turns out the saints agree.

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FAITH AND CULTURE | Guidance in the Spirit

Resiliency is among the most laudable qualities of the human spirit. Throughout history, human beings have bounced back from all kinds of troubling and disastrous events. Wars and catastrophes from the past two centuries provide examples of how much the human condition has had to endure. There is hardly a time in recent history when people were free of pain, destruction and violence.

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Response to violence and hatred in our nation

The sad events recently in Charlottesville, Va., again remind us of the evils of intolerance and injustice.

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I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | The Word of God is the truth that exposes lies

The readings for the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time make it clear that God intends to establish His authority on the face of the earth, in the hearts of all mankind so that mankind will come to know Him and accept His invitation to enter into the life of the Most Holy Trinity for all eternity.

In the first reading, God replaces Shebna as the master of the palace and gives that authority to Eliakim. Apparently, there had been mismanagement in the palace, and God didn't want His people to be led astray.

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