Bishop Edward K. Braxton hosted a luncheon Sept. 12 at his residence for Father Evaristus Okaa Onwuogu, Personal Secretary to His Excellency, the Most Rev. Valerian M. Okeke, Archbishop of Onitsha, Nigeria. Father Onwuogu was a guest of the bishop while visiting fidei donum missionaries from Onitsha, who are serving in Belleville.
Each year, for the past nine years, people have gathered to honor individuals who have taken their faith out of the pews and into the marketplace — into the lives of the working men and women of our diocese, to the clients and customers who will reap the rewards of these laborers, in the clinics and hospitals, caring for the sick, in the courtroom making sure justice is served, in the lives of grief-stricken families, in the care of our children and “walking the talk” of faith in everyday life.
Each year Catholic parishes throughout the United States begin the catechesis of their young parishioners through religious education programs held in the evenings or on weekends for those who do not or are unable to attend Catholic schools.
Corpus Christi in Shiloh, St. Clare and St. Nicholas parishes in O’Fallon jointly sponsored a youth rally (retreat) for young people in grades five and six from 3:30-5:30 on Aug. 28 in the school gym.
Retirement living can mean many things, but to priests who have retired, it seldom means sitting in the rocking chair on a porch someplace. Many of our retired priests continue to minister in parishes, celebrating liturgies for the living and the dead, visiting the sick or homebound.