Stacey and Nick Gish unpacked gifts from their baby shower on July 7. The couple is expecting their first baby in a few months.

As they expect their first child, couple shares beauty of natural family planning as envisioned in 'Humanae Vitae' 

When Stacey and Nick Gish of St. John Paul II Parish in Affton were married in the Church in 2009, having a family was part of their plan. But the plan didn't unfold exactly as they envisioned.

"Everything we wanted to happen didn't happen," Stacey Gish said.

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Sister M. John Paul of the Fount of Mercy knelt before Bishop Mark Rivituso as she kissed the crucifix she was given. Sister John Paul made her first profession of vows as a Carmelite Sister of the Divine Heart of Jesus during Mass in the chapel at the St. Agnes Home on July 2.

At a ceremony that mirrored the grandeur of a wedding at the St. Agnes Home chapel in Kirkwood, only one of the spouses was visible to the congregation.

Sister M. John Paul Svejkosky made her first profession of vows at Mass on July 2, marking her completion of the novitiate for the Carmelites of the Divine Heart of Jesus (DCJ). In the homily, Auxiliary Bishop Mark Rivituso spoke of the "spousal intimacy" with Christ that vows bring a sister.

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John R. Groebl, nicknamed “Brother” by his family, was dedicated to writing with a typewriter, which he used by steadying his wrist and typing with one finger.

John R. Groebl's family knew they were called to play a role in furthering his purpose in life.

John was motivated and guided by the question of "Why did God make me?" He related to the answer found in the Baltimore Catechism: "God made me to know Him, to love Him and to serve Him in this world and to be happy with Him forever in heaven."

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Lisa Johnston  |  lisajohnston@archstl.org  |  @aeternusphoto  

Little Sister of the Poor, Sister Joseph Hobin was comforted by Joann Hilkerbaumer after closure of the nursing home was announced. 

After nearly 150 years serving the elderly poor in St. Louis, the Little Sisters of the Poor will be closing their St. Louis Residence nursing home on October 31, 2018.

The Little Sisters of the Poor announced July 6 that they will close their St. Louis Residence, after a nearly two-year search to find a new sponsor to manage the facility for the elderly poor in Old North St. Louis.

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The Roman Catholic Foundation of Eastern Missouri has distributed $751,403 in school grants for the 2018-19 academic year. The grants will fund 14 projects — 11 for Academic Capacity Enhancement plus three for Transformational Innovation — at 37 schools and three Parish Schools of Religion. Of the 14 grants, nine are for one school apiece, including two encompassing the Parish School of Religion. The five other grants involve multiple schools — 30 in all.

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