With its upcoming 30th anniversary, Holy Angels Shelter in East St. Louis is planning to celebrate and remember. Its mission has always been to offer women and children — families — a safe place to stay while they put their lives back together.
Each year, the Diocese of Belleville celebrates the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion as parishes bring catechumens and candidates to the cathedral where Bishop Edward K. Braxton greets each person.
Parishioners, friends and relatives gathered Feb. 16 for a final liturgy at St. Francis Xavier Church in St. Francisville. Everyone was welcomed at St. Lawrence Parish in Lawrenceville the following weekend.
Many students are among the more than 100 people who walked in support of an end to abortion Jan.26 in Carbondale. Some had already attended the national march for life in Washington, D.C., but also felt compelled to march in their local communities.
Father Nicholas Junker talks to some of the young people at a reception after a liturgy at St. Mary in Chester that celebrated Father Eugene Wojcik’s 40th anniversary as a priest. Clockwise, from left are: Nick Heffernan, Father Junker, Emma Rick, Nate and Jack Heffernan.