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Schools lay out red carpet for renaissance in North County 

By Jennifer Brinker | jbrinker@archstl.org | twitter:@jenniferbrinker

 The red carpet was rolled out bright and early on Aug. 16 for students at St. Ferdinand School. While it was there to welcome them back on their first day, it also was symbol of the renaissance in Catholic education that's rolling out in North County schools.

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Promotional materials for The Wonder of Eve, a new program debuted by the archdiocesan Office of Natural Family Planning.

A newly revamped program is teaching young women about a natural approach to their health care.

The archdiocesan Office of Natural Family Planning debuted the Wonder of Eve at the archdiocesan Religious Education Institute and Leadership Conference earlier this month. The nearly hour-long program is for teenage girls and includes information on the design and function of the female body, including the reproductive system and menstrual cycles and how to track them naturally.

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For Catholic veterans who have dedicated their lives to the United States, service doesn't stop once active military duty is finished.

Service to others driven by faith has been the primary mission of Catholic War Veterans of the United States of America since its founding after World War I. Today, the organization has more than 7,000 members, mostly from the Vietnam War and Korean War eras, with a growing number of younger veterans from Desert Storm and beyond.

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St. Patrick Center and Pacific Dental Services Foundation held a free mobile dentistry clinic for clients. Dr.Adam Battaglia examined a clients teeth and said all he needed was a good cleaning.

Theresa Ruzicka, president of Catholic Charities of St. Louis, is proud of her organization's efforts to help break the cycle of poverty, empowering people to make permanent changes in their lives and support their efforts to lead self-sufficient, dignified lives.

Ruzicka was interviewed by the St. Louis Review after being named among the recipients of the Most Influential Business Women Awards from the St. Louis Business Journal. The award was presented to her Aug. 11.

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Updated Aug. 17

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