Archdiocesan News Briefs | Nov. 26-Dec. 2

Highest honor

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson presented George Henry and Kathleen Schoen, two longtime Catholic educators, with the Order of St. Louis King Award, considered the highest honor of the St. Louis Archdiocese. The award presentation was part of a Nov. 19 celebration at the Cardinal Rigali Center honoring longtime archdiocesan employees. Henry, the archdiocesan superintendent of Catholic education, was recognized for 45 years of dedicated service, and Schoen, director of elementary religious education curriculum/personnel, was honored for 50 years. The St. Louis King Award is given to individuals for outstanding service to Christ and the Church.

Season of giving

Many Catholic organizations are seeking donations of time, talent and treasure to help needy families have a blessed and happy Christmas. St. Patrick Center, the Catholic Charities agency that fights homelessness, has opportunities to sponsor a family through its Christmas Wishes program; go online to or call (314) 802-0700. Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service is seeking companies, families and organizations for its Adopt-a-Family program; call (636) 441-1302 or email

Mass for bereaved cancelled

The annual Mass "In Memory of Our Children" in December has been cancelled. Mary Jo Pini, who has organized the Mass for years, is seeking volunteers to help coordinate future Masses. The annual tradition started in the 1980s and provides families who have lost a child a way to include them in their Christmas observance. Bereaved parents have said the Mass helps them celebrate Christmas with the memory of their child before taking part in holiday activities. For more information, call Pini at (636) 300-1954.

Year of Faith contest winner

Congratulations to Theresa Barnes of Festus who won the Review's monthly Year of Faith Toolkit Giveaway Contest. Barnes was randomly chosen from the correctly submitted answers to the following trivia question: "As explained in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the Second Vatican Council indicated three criteria for interpreting Sacred Scripture in accordance with the Holy Spirit, who inspired it. What are those three criteria?" The correct answer was: 1. Be especially attentive "to the content and unity of the whole Scripture." 2. Read the Scripture within "the living Tradition of the whole Church" and 3. Be attentive to the analogy of faith ... the coherence of the truths of faith among themselves and within the whole plan of Revelation (CCC 112-114). Watch for next month's contest.

Advent mosaic

"Magnificat Moments: A Mosaic," an Advent afternoon for single women, will be held from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at the School Sisters of Notre Dame campus, 320 E. Ripa Ave. in south St. Louis County. Cost is $5, which includes snacks and materials. Register by Dec. 5 to Sister Susan Renner, SSND, (314) 633-7013 or

New faces

John Gabriel will be the new president of Nerinx Hall High School in Webster Groves, succeeding Loretto Sister Barbara Roche, who is retiring after 27 years as president of the private Catholic girls' school. Gabriel, who is currently principal of Ursuline Academy in New Orleans, will begin his new position July 1, 2013.

Chaminade College Preparatory School in Creve Coeur has named Antoine Torrey as the new varsity head football coach, succeeding head football coach Doug Taylor, the second-most-winning coach in the school's history. Torrey, former head football and wrestling coach at Normandy High School, joined the Chaminade faculty at the beginning of this school year. He serves in several capacities, including assistant athletic director and assistant varsity wrestling coach.

Salesian anniversary

Father George Landicho Atok will celebrate the 30th anniversary of his priestly ordination with the Salesians of Don Bosco at a Mass Dec. 8 at the Mary Help of Christians Center in New York. Father George is the son of Domingo Ybañez Atok and Ana Anita Landicho-Atok, members of the Cathedral Basilica Parish.

Explore with the CSJs

Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet invites women ages 30-50 to enhance their discernment skills and receive information about the apostolic religious life as lived by the sisters at a Come and Explore event from 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at the sisters' motherhouse, 6400 Minnesota Ave. in south St. Louis. Participants are welcome to come early on Jan. 18 and/or stay through the evening of Jan. 19. For information, call or email Sister Kathleen Eiler (314) 678-0305 or or Sister Linda Markway at (314) 678-0315 or

Microfinancing update

Microfinancing Partners in Africa (MPA) raised nearly $40,000 with its annual Hunger Fast held in October. In conjunction with the United Nations' World Hunger Day, MPA sponsored the fast with those committing to fast securing sponsors who would pledge an amount per hour of fasting or one total amount. Money raised through the fast will be used for MPA's three partners in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. MPA's mission is to empower those living in extreme poverty to lift themselves up with dignity through education and microfinancing. Visit for more info.

Our Lady of Guadalupe celebrations

St. Cecilia Parish, 5418 Louisiana Ave. in south St. Louis, will have several celebrations to mark the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The parish will have a traditional Las Mañanitas beginning at 5 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12. The event will include Aztec dances and songs and a novena. The parish also will have a Mass at noon Sunday, Dec. 16. A special program, featuring Aztec dances and a play about Our Lady of Guadalupe's apparitions to St. Juan Diego, will take place after Mass.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, 1115 S. Florissant Road in Ferguson, also will have a feast day celebration on Dec. 12. The parish will begin the celebration at 12:01 a.m. Mass will be celebrated in Spanish at 1 a.m., and the Rosary will be prayed from 2-4 a.m., followed by Las Mañanitas at 5 a.m. There will be another Mass in Spanish at 6 a.m., followed by breakfast. Archbishop Robert Carlson will celebrate a 9 a.m. Mass, which will be followed by a brunch. To RSVP, call (314) 522-9264.

Lit up

Ameren Corporation is supporting holiday lighting at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, Ill., and at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center in St. Louis with a donation of $65,000 to support both charities. The Way of Lights at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows opened Nov. 16 in partnership with the medical center. At Cardinal Glennon, more than 3,000 strands of lights were donated by Ameren. Installation support was provided from Kaiser Electric, J.F. Electric, Alberici and Vee-Jay Cement Contracting. Proceeds from Way of Lights donations will support both Catholic charities coming together this holiday season. For more information, visit

Sharing the message

Tom Etling, chief executive officer of St. Patrick Center, shared the message of the Catholic Charities agency's fight against homeless with the Knights and Dames of the Order of Malta at the annual American Association's meeting and investiture of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and of Malta in New York on Nov. 9.

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