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The Archdiocese of St. Louis has a new blog -- St. Louis Areopagus. In his recent posting on the new blog, Paul VI Theological Institute director Ed Hogan explained the name: "Areopagus was a center of temples and cultural facilities, as well as a high court in Athens. But in the context of the Acts of the Apostles, St. Paul's speech also takes on great symbolic value: It is the proclamation of the Good News in the cultural center of the world. In other words, the Areopagus is the symbolic place where the Gospel meets the culture of the day." To find out more, check out our blog at blog.stlouisreview.com.
Pray with us
St. Ann is the grandmother of Jesus, and as all grandmothers do, she invites you to share her love and her prayers. Come and pray for your family at the annual St. Ann's Novena, to be held Wednesday, June 18, through Thursday, June 26, at Visitation/St. Ann's Shrine, 4515 Evans Ave. (at North Taylor) in St. Louis. Daily Masses will be celebrated at 6:30 and 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. On Sunday, July 22, Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. For information go online to vizstann.greatnow.com.
'Process of Forgiveness'
Father William Meninger, a Trappist priest who helped develop the method of centering prayer, will give a retreat next weekend, July 20-22, on "The Process of Forgiveness" at the Marianist Retreat & Conference Center in Eureka. The cost of $225 includes a private room and bath and all meals. The retreat is sponsored by Contemplative Outreach of St. Louis. To register, call (314) 918-8288 or visit centering prayerstl.org and click on "events."
Help the children
Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service in St. Charles will host a Children's Hunger Awareness Forum at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 26, at its facility, 4116 McClay Road. Panelists will include Bruce Sowatsky, executive director of the St. Charles County Community and Children's Resource Board; Becky Hoskins, executive director of the Lincoln County Resource Board; Pam Struckhoff, director of program services at Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service; and families "caught up in the cycle of homelessness and hunger." For information call (636) 441-1302, ext. 263. Kid-friendly snack donations to the food pantry would be most welcome.
Prometheus, a group of singers from throughout the country, will perform a concert of renaissance and contemporary choral music at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 19, at St. Gabriel the Archangel Church, 6303 Nottingham Ave. in St. Louis Hills. Prometheus will be directed by R. Paul Crabb, professor and director of choral activities at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Tickets are available at the door and online at prometheus music.org. For information call St. Gabriel Parish at (314) 353-6303 or email email@example.com.
St. Patrick Center, the Catholic Charities agency that fights homelessness, has been awarded $300,000 in grants to provide veterans with job training to help them succeed in civilian careers. The grants are being awarded under the U.S. Department of Labor's Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP). The City of St. Louis also was awarded $300,000 in similar grants. This is the third year that both St. Patrick Center and St. Louis received the grants, which are aimed at helping homeless veterans through occupational, classroom and on-the-job training, as well as job search and placement assistance, including follow-up services.
The 29th annual Mid-South Regional Charismatic Conference, sponsored by Catholic Charismatic Renewal of the Diocese of Nashville in Tennessee, will be Friday and Saturday, July 20-21, at St. Ignatius of Antioch Church, 601 Bell Rd. in Antioch, Tenn. For information and registration, go online to msrcc.org or call (615) 789-4598. The Diocese of Peoria in Illinois is holding its 26th annual Charismatic Renewal Conference Friday and Saturday, July 27-28, at the Four Seasons by Sheraton, 500 Hamilton Blvd. in Peoria. For information and registration, go online to ccr-cdop.org.
The Missouri Catholic Conference, policy arm of the state's bishops, is seeking nominations for its Citizen Recognition Award, to be presented to four Catholics -- one from each of the state's dioceses -- who make outstanding effort to serve the Church and the community. The awards will be presented at the MCC's Annual Assembly on Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City. If you know someone who has exemplified good citizenship in promoting Catholic values in the public policy arena and in local communities and parishes, contact the MCC to nominate them. Call (573) 635-7239 for a nomination form or download the form at mocatholic.org. Submissions are due Friday, July 20.
Jerrie Eubanks, a member of Holy Infant Parish in Ballwin, was named Miss Congeniality at the recent Ms. Missouri Senior Pageant. Eubanks is a retired educator who served many years in Catholic schools in the St. Louis Archdiocese, including 28 years teaching at St. Joseph School in Manchester.
Family Fest, a spiritual weekend for families, will be held from Friday-Sunday, Aug. 17-19, at Eagle Hurst Ranch in Steelville, Mo. The family-friendly program is in conjunction with the Apostolate For Family Consecration, a family ministry based in Ohio. The Eagle Hurst program will include talks by Father Brian Harrison, OS, of St. Mary of Victories Chapel in south St. Louis. There will be daily Mass, rosary, divine mercy chaplet and adoration, and activities include horseback riding, swimming, tubing and fishing. Accommodations include cabins, tents, camper sites and meals served family style. For cost and other information, go to eaglehurstranch.com/events or call (636) 931-3503.
Calling all women
Sarah's Playground, a day of fellowship and fun for women and girls, will be held Saturday, July 21, at Sacred Heart Parish, 17 Ann Ave. in Valley Park. Named for St. Sarah, patron saint of laughter, the day will begin with a 5K run at Meramec Levee-Arnold's Grove Trailhead near Highway 141. Other events will be held in the parish center and include fitness training, manicures, massages, crafts, cooking classes, fashion and scrapbooking, motivational and inspirational talks, and meals. Registration is due July 17; registration can be for the entire day or for individual events. For a registration form or more information, go online to sacredheartvp.org or call (314) 609-0845.
Learn how to welcome people into your parish by going door to door in a Home Visitation Workshop sponsored by the Archdiocesan Office of Laity and Family Life. The free program will be from 7-8 p.m. Thursday, July 26, at the Cardinal Rigali Center, 20 Archbishop May Drive in Shrewsbury. To register go online to archstl.org/cchresources. For more information, contact Seth Jansen at (314) 792-7178 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Feed 'em all volleyball
Crossroads St. Charles and Sheltering Wings will host their first Feed 'em All Volleyball Charity Tournament Saturday, Aug. 4. All proceeds will benefit the Sheltering Wings orphanage and school in West Africa. Six Cardinals baseball tickets go to the winning team. Registration begins at 4:30 p.m. for the event at The Sandbox in Wentzville. Cost is $160 per team. Players must be age 18 and older. Coed teams of six must have two females. For information or to register see CrossroadsStCharles.com.
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