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With volunteer models such as Mimi Phelan walking the runway, the annual fashion show and luncheon to benefit the Rural Parish Workers of Christ the King celebrated the past and supported the present.

The event at The Ritz-Carlton on Oct. 13 celebrated 75 years for the ministry and 50 for the "Friends" of the group hosting the fashion show fundraiser to support the ongoing work of serving poor people in the Old Mines area in Washington County.

To this, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson added more cause for celebration.

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Something has to change. Everyday, our news is full of stories of hatred, violence and a clearly divided nation. It's easy to look around at everything that's wrong in the world and not know where to begin. Let me suggest that we begin with the one thing most in our control: us.

Even in the midst of the obvious hurt, confusion and even despair among our brothers and sisters, we can be a people of hope — a hope that's rooted in our redeemer and the gift of life that He offers us.

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Physically tired but spiritually uplifted, the Fatima pilgrims gathered for the closing Mass of their journey at Assumption Church in New Haven on Oct. 13 — fittingly, the 100th anniversary of the sixth and final apparition of our Blessed Mother in Fatima, Portugal.

They were the same individuals who set out five days prior from Immaculate Conception Church in Augusta, with a significant difference. Whereas they began the pilgrimage as strangers, they emerged as family.

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Ben Mueller, a two-sport athlete at De Smet Jesuit High School this fall, said he sees his chance to play soccer and run on the cross country team as “a gift from God. I’m definitely relying on Him to help me stay stronger and as time goes on, keep performing.”

Ben Mueller put on his game uniform and headed out to represent De Smet Jesuit High School.

He had to check his schedule to make sure it was the right uniform, however.

This fall sports season, it could be a soccer or cross country uniform. Mueller is a rare athlete who is playing two high school sports in one season — and it's working out well, according to the freshman and his coaches, who were happy to work out an arrangement allowing him to excel in both sports.

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Lisa Johnston | lisajohnston@archstl.org | twitter: @aeternusphoto

Alex Aubuchon and Kara Schwab joked with Assistant Chief Romona Kaminski from the Mehlville Fire Department. Kaminski is a parishioner at the parish and sends her children to the school.

St. Louis County Police Officer Steve Boyer had fun with a couple St. Simon the Apostle students playing "red-light, green-light" as they walked on the school parking lot.

He was there on a breezy, chilly morning Oct. 11 for the school's breakfast for local first-responders — bagels, donuts, biscuits and gravy, burritos, fruit, juice and coffee. Boyer, who is partial to long john donuts, said he received a "warm fuzzy on a cold morning."

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