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Did you know that the first Christian martyr, St. Stephen, ordained at the hands of the Apostlesas one of the first seven deacons, lived and died proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ? In thelast four decades, hundreds of men have proclaimed the same Gospel with their own lives, livesof loving service that have in turn changed countless other lives for the better. Called by Christto minister to the people of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, our Deacons are preaching God’s Wordto us, praying fervently for us, and caring compassionately for us each and every day. And eachyear, many men discern that same call and begin the process of formation that, God willing,leads to ordination as Deacons. Can you help support these men as they discern God’s will intheir lives? Deacon formation in the Archdiocese relies heavily on the support of this year’sannual Deacon Formation Collection, held this weekend in our Parish. Please be as generous aspossible. God bless you for your support!

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Please Support This Year’s Deacon Formation Collection

Did you know that, over the last four decades, dozens of Deacons of the Archdiocese of St. Louis have, in addition to their parish service, volunteered countless hours of selfless, lovingcare for those in our midst who are suffering and in need? Like those first seven ordained by theApostles, our Deacons are called to be ministers of charity and models of Christ-like compassionfor the sick, the poor, the imprisoned, and the dying, Deacons “wash the feet” of the faithfuleach day, seeing the face of Christ revealed in their ailing brothers and sisters. Deacons canbe found offering us comfort in every facet of daily life—nursing homes, hospitals, hospices,prisons, schools, airports, businesses, and more. Can you help our future deacons be Christ’shands and feet with your charitable donation to this year’s Deacon Formation Collection?Deacon formation in the Archdiocese relies heavily on the support of this year’s annual DeaconFormation Collection, held this coming October 2nd and 3rd. Please be as generous as possible.God bless you for your support!

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