St. Louis

The Music of Church Bells

By Sister Regina Siegfried, ASC

My parish church of St. Vincent de Paul, established in 1844 and the second-oldest church in St. Louis, recently rang its bells for the first time in several years.

Since the supports for the heavy bells were in dire need of repair, we were advised not to ring the bells until they and the church tower could be fixed.

So the bells were silent for too many days.

When we celebrated the feast of St. Vincent on Sept. 25, the parish members gathered on the church steps to hear the bells’ music again.

Divine Presence

By Sister Regina Siegfreid, ASC

My parish, St. Vincent De Paul in St. Louis, recently began offering Eucharistic adoration on Friday afternoons.

A city parish, St. Vincent sponsors a number of social ministries for our homeless and poor neighbors.
On a recent Friday afternoon, as I made my way from the parish hall and offices to the church, one of our homeless guests asked me for some clothing that he desperately needed for a new job he would begin on Monday. I asked him to stay for our evening meals program and I’d have his clothing.

Pokemon Go Players Miss the Real Hot Spots

By Sister Regina Siegfried, ASC

The day after a ferocious storm slammed into St. Louis, I walked to nearby Tower Grove Park to see for myself the heartbreaking damage to trees.

Downed trees and branches, although common after severe storms, are always disturbing. Earth, trees, park workers, and walkers seemed to feel the pain over the loss of these old, stately giants.

Off in the distance, Pokemon Go players who had gathered around a hotspot at the park’s music stand seemed oblivious to a huge branch that had fallen close to them.

A Precious Encounter with Jesus and Miss Nadine

By Sister Maria Hughes, ASC

Where have I adored the Blood of Christ today?

As an Adorer, I try to ponder this question each day. Yesterday, I met the precious blood of Jesus in a woman named Miss Nadine.

Sister Barbara Hudock, ASC, and I joined many others in greeting the Nuns on the Bus at Southside Housing Coalition Midtown Center in St. Louis. As we gathered, we met brothers and sisters from all parts of society. Painted on the side of the bus were the words, “reweaving the fabric of society.”

Seeds of Our Lives Collected and Sown

By Sister Regina Siegfried, ASC

Perhaps it’s my Shaw neighborhood’s proximity to the Missouri Botanical Garden, or maybe it’s Tower Grove Park’s historic greenness, or the neighborhood streets lined with tall, stately trees. Whatever the reason, Shaw teems with gardeners.

cosmos-flower-1336714A few weeks ago, a small pocket garden right around the corner from our house hosted an annual plant swap. I had a rich harvest of orange cosmos seeds from last year, so I packaged them and walked them over to the garden full of Shaw residents, swapping, exchanging, and trading plants.