Archdiocesan news briefs

Watch those legislators

Missouri's legislative session begins Wednesday, Jan. 8. Catholic Charities Advocacy Department will be working on many issues such as expanding Medicaid in Missouri, ensuring adequate funding for food stamps and equity in the state's food stamp program and preventing tax reform that would harm charitable tax credits. The Catholic community is asked to join in advocating for the "least of these" by participating in action alerts, hosting an in-district meeting at your parish with your legislator or traveling to the capitol to attend a rally, vigil or advocacy day. For information, contact Pat Dougherty at pdougherty@ccstl.org or (314) 367-5500, ext. 1148.

Hot stuff

Every winter, Kennerly Elementary School brothers Brock, Chase and Drew Barger bundle up, boil gallons of water and serve hot chocolate to chilly passersby from a stand on their front lawn. Their proceeds -- more than $3,300 in the past three years -- have warmed the hearts of many local residents who benefit from the St. Vincent DePaul Society at Assumption Parish in south St. Louis County. The boys sold 600 cups this year and raised more than $1,500. It was kindergartner Drew's first year to help. Chase, who is in third grade, came up with the idea for his community service project during the school's Read, Right and Run campaign. "I wanted to do a good deed, and I wanted to help, so I said, 'Let's have a lemonade stand!' But it was too cold, so we sell hot chocolate instead," he said in a news release from the Lindbergh School District.

New principal at Marian

Marian Middle School has announced the appointment of a new principal, Mary Elizabeth Grimes. Grimes has a background in managing nonprofit organizations and experience in fund development, strategic planning, financial management and communications. Grimes, a member of the Cathedral Basilica Parish, most recently served as state director of the Greater Missouri Chapter of the March of Dimes. Marian Middle School is a Catholic school for fifth- through eighth-graders in south St. Louis, and is sponsored by several orders of women religious.

Religious Life at the Crossroads

Author and attorney Sister Amy Hereford, CSJ, will lead a conversation about the changing nature of religious life and the women and men who commit themselves to it, at an event 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, at Aquinas Institute, 23 S. Spring Ave., in Midtown St. Louis. Sister Amy recently published a book, "Life at the Crossroads," in which she explores the movements in religious life today and how religious life will fit into an emerging Church. The event is free and open to the public. Free parking is available in SLU's Laclede Lot, compliments of St. Louis University. Refreshments will be provided.

National champs honored

St. Louis University High School's national championship racquetball team, which won its third straight title and seventh overall in March, is among the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame 2013 Sports Achievement Award winners. The winners in attendance at the Hall's annual enshrinement ceremonies, slated for Sunday, Jan. 26, will be recognized for their accomplishments.

Healthy relationships

Woman's Place, the region's only nonresidential, drop-in center for women who have suffered emotional, physical or sexual abuse, is hosting a workshop from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Jan. 11, at 8300 Morganford Road in Affton, behind St. Mark Church. Learn the dynamics of healthy relationships, differences in healthy and unhealthy behaviors, and effective communication skills. There is no charge for the workshop but reservations are required at (314) 645-4848.

Cornerstone setting

The Cornerstone Scripture Study continues its 2013-14 study of the Book of Acts, sometimes referred to as "the Gospel of the Holy Spirit." Meetings continue in early January at various locations in the St. Louis area. For information, see www.thecornerstonescripturestudy.org or call Jan Schuster at (314) 822-2935.

Hildegard and more

"Mystical Matriarchs: A Series Led by Kathleen Davis" will be held at Mercy Center, 2039 N. Geyer Road in Frontenac, Mondays, Jan. 27, Feb. 3 and Feb. 10, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The series explores the life and spiritual insights of some of the Church's mystical matriarchs: Julian of Norwich, St. Hildegard and St. Teresa of Avila. Non-refundable registration for the entire series is $25 and is due Jan. 17. Total cost of the series, including registration, is $50 or $20 for individual sessions. Contact Bonnie Green at (314) 909-4677 or at bgreen@mercycenterstl.org.

Golden opportunity

St. Patrick Center's Pot O' Gold campaign is seeking volunteers on Friday and Saturday, March 14 and 15. With 12 people or fewer, you can staff a Pot O' Gold stand at a Schnucks store to raise cash and change for permanent, positive change. For more information, contact Katie Bixler at (314) 802-0681 or kbixler@stpatrickcenter.org.

Day of reflection

"Take Lord, Receive," a day of reflection for those with cancer and other chronic diseases as well as for those who care for them will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at Il Ritiro Franciscan Retreat in Dittmer. A Mass will be celebrated at 4 p.m. The presenter is writer and spiritual director Steve Givens, author of "Embraced by God: Facing Chemotherapy with Faith." Givens underwent chemotherapy treatments for three years for a blood disease and is now in remission. Registration is $22 before March 1 and includes lunch. Call (636) 274-0554 or email il.ritiro@gmail.com.

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