Before the Cross | Parish youth ministers share Christ with young Church

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Archbishop Robert J. Carlson Column

Dan Huss has been a youth minister at Incarnate Word Parish in Chesterfield for 13 years. He gave up his job as an accountant — and took a significant cut in pay — to share Christ with young people. He says he wouldn't go back on that life-changing decision for anything. He thanks God every day for the gift of his vocation as a husband and father of three children and as a minister to the young Church. Read more »

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Ordained to Transitional Deaconate Today!

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Article By Barbara Watkins | bwatkins@archstl.org 

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson will ordain five seminarians to the transitional diaconate for the Archdiocese of St. Louis at 10 a.m. Friday, May 6 at Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. Four of the men to be ordained at Kenrick-Glennon seminarians. The fifth, Donald Anstoetter, attends Pontifical North American College in Rome.

Transitional deacons are seminarians in their last year of preparation for ordination to the priesthood. A transitional deacon may baptize, distribute Holy Communion, witness marriages and lead rites for Christian burial. Read more »

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Behold the Pierced One: A Meditation on the Cross

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(from Archbishop Carlson's Pastoral Letter on Penance, Jesus Christ, the Divine Physician) 

The human heart is converted by looking upon him whom our sins have pierced.

(CCC, 1432; see Jn 19:37, Zech 12:10)

 By contemplating the cross we can come to a greater understanding of the wonder of God’s love for us, especially of His ardent desire to heal us.  The cross reveals to us both God’s character and the human situation. Read more »

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Bieber Fever

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 Enjoy this movie review of Never Say Never

By Christopher Stefanick

 

Okay, I admit it.  I have Bieber Fever.  I caught it from my preteen daughter after I took her to see Never Say Never.  It’s a low grade fever, though I’m thinking of starting a men’s support group.  It’s not his music (which is decent), it’s his potential as an accidental evangelistof millions of pre-teens that has me excited about him.  Did I say millions?  I meant tens-of-millions.  Read more »

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Dysfunctional Love Songs

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Recently Chris Stefanick, speaker from last year's Steubenville Conference, shared an article with me that he wrote.  I love Chris's straight forward and honest words, so if you like people who bet around the bush, don't read any further: 

Dysfunctional Love Songs

By Christopher Stefanick

The lessons packed in the love songs that are getting the most radio play today all seem to have a similar theme: if it isn’t dysfunctional, it isn’t love.  Read more »

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