Archdiocesan news briefs

Caring for God’s Creation

Ed Biersmith from the Diocese of Shreveport, La., will be the keynote speaker at Caring for God’s Creation, an evening of prayer and faith formation hosted by the Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 29 at Tau Center, 335 South Kirkwood Road. Biersmith, trained by the Catholic Coalition on Climate Change, will address three questions: Why are Catholics called to care about climate change; what does the Church teach about climate change and environmental issues; and how does climate change impact the poor? RSVP at (314) 965-3700, or receptionist@fsolph.org.

Praying for prodigals

Genesis Ministry is presenting a Jubilee Year of Mercy “Praying for Prodigals: An Intercessory Prayer Retreat” to learn principles of intercessory prayer and spend time praying for prodigal family members, friends and others to return to God and experience His mercy. The retreat is the weekend of March 11-13 at Vision of Peace Hermitages in Pevely. Guest presenter is Sister Theresa Aletheia Noble, author of “The Prodigal You Love: Inviting Loved Ones Back to the Church.” Other presenters include Deacon Dennis Chitwood and John and Mary Jane Gresham. For more information or to register, visit www.genesis-ministry.org/retreats.

Divorce guidance

The Daughters of St. Paul in conjunction with the Archdiocese of St. Louis will host the “Catholic’s Divorce Survival Guide: Helping You Find Peace, Power and Passion after Your Divorce” at Pauline Books and Media, beginning Thursday, April 7, at 7 p.m. This 12-part DVD series is guided by Rose Sweet along with Father Mitch Pacwa, SJ, Father Don Calloway, MIC, and Ray Guarendi. Joseph Miller will be the facilitator. Miller, a parishioner of Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, is divorced with a decree of nullity. Cost is $25. For information, call Miller at (314) 660-8587.

Recognize seniors

Nominations are now being accepted for seniors to be recognized at the St. Andrew’s Resources for Seniors System’s 2016 Ageless Remarkable St. Louisans Gala. Each year, the event honors outstanding St. Louis area older adults, age 75-plus, for their contributions on their job and in areas such as philanthropy and volunteer service. Nominations are being accepted now through March 25 via the St. Andrew’s website at www.standrews1.com/nominate. A printable version of the nomination form is also available via the website and may be completed and mailed to the St. Andrew’s offices at 6633 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63130. Seniors from across the St. Louis area are eligible for recognition at the 2016 gala, which will take place Sunday, Oct. 23.

Lourdes feast day

La Salle Retreat Center in west St. Louis County held an open house on the Feast Day of Our Lady of Lourdes, Feb. 11, with visitors coming to see the 125-year-old replica of the Lourdes Grotto and learn about Mary’s appearance to St. Bernadette in France in 1858. A group prayer service was held at the grotto to call upon Mary’s intercession for our world, and especially for the sick and suffering on Feb. 11, World Day of the Sick. The late Brother Marvin Becker, who spent more than half of his 65 years as a Christian Brother at La Salle, worked in 2009-10 on a project to restore parts of the grotto. There are five other grottos on La Salle’s property, as well as a Stations of the Cross walk. All are welcome to call ahead for a visit and see why La Salle is often referred to as “holy ground.” The retreat center provides a place of hospitality and peace for retreat groups, conferences, workshops, and days of prayer. For information, visit www.lasalleretreat.org, or call (636) 938-5374.

Year of Mercy Reconciliation Initiative

The Lenten season is a time for repentance, conversion, and reconciliation. The parishes in the Archdiocese of St. Louis are joining together to offer numerous opportunities for the faithful to partake in the Sacrament of Reconciliation on the Year of Mercy Reconciliation Initiative to be held March 4-5 . Visit www.archstl.org/confession for more information and a schedule.

Blood drive

A Mercy Health Care’s blood drive was a smashing success last month at St. Dominic High School in O’Fallon. Students and teachers donated more than 80 units of blood.

beOne Resource Day

Parish leaders and other parishioners are invited to a beONE Resource Day from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 30, at the Cardinal Rigali Center, 20 Archbishop May Drive in Shrewsbury. Examples will be presented of best practices that have been learned from the results of the parish viability study. Registration is required at archstl.org/resourceday. For information, call (314) 792-7047 or email sandyshaw@archstl.org.

Good sports

This year, the Carl Fricks Sportsmanship Scholarship will award $15,000 in scholarship funds, with a record $10,000 going to a single student. The award is presented by the St. Louis Sports Commission Associates to St. Louis area high school seniors who exemplify honesty, integrity, selflessness, kindness, compassion and class in athletic competition. The application deadline is Monday, April 4. The scholarship is a program of the St. Louis Sports Commission’s Sportsmanship Foundation. For an application, visit www.stlouisreview.com/TJh.

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