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Come On In

The Museum of the Western Jesuit Missions is holding a neighborhood open house from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 21, at 700 Howdershell Road in Hazelwood. The free event will include tours of the historic building, part of the old St. Stanislaus Seminary that dates back to 1831. For information call Jesuit Father William Barnaby Faherty, museum director, at the Jesuit Archives, (314) 361-5122.

Lecture On Founder

The Academy of the Sacred Heart will host a lecture by Irish historian and author Sister Phil Kilroy, RSCJ, at 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 18, at the school, 619 N. Second St. in St. Charles. Sister Kilroy is the biographer of Madeleine Sophie Barat, foundress of the Society of the Sacred Heart.

Still Champion!

Well, he did it again. Father Joseph J. Portucheck, a retired priest residing at Regina Cleri in Shrewsbury, took home four silver medals and one bronze at his 16th St. Louis Senior Olympics earlier this spring. Competing in the 75-to-79 age group, the 78-year-old priest won four of his medals in biking races, which ranged in length from one-fourth mile to five miles. Father Portucheck also took home a silver in the 1,500-meter power-walking competition, an event that he entered for the first time this year.

Volunteers Sought

Hospice volunteers are being sought by Home Health Plus to assist terminally ill patients and their families. For information call (800) 338-6667.

Headmistress Retires

Sister Ann Caire, RSCJ, is retiring as headmistress of Villa Duchesne/Oak Hill School after 24 years of service. Sister Pat Beckman will become headmistress July 1. Sister Caire will go to Houston, Texas, to be interim head of the middle school at Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart, which she helped found in 1960.

What's Right

Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service in St. Charles and Guardian Angel Settlement's Earth Angels are two of a number of organizations honored by FOCUS St. Louis in its "What's Right With the Region" awards. Sts. Joachim and Ann was honored in the Promoting Stronger Communities category and Earth Angels in the Demonstrating Innovative Solutions category.

Merit Scholars

Seniors from several area Catholic high schools have been awarded College-Sponsored Merit Scholarships. Students, their high schools and colleges include: Daniel Eckert, St. Louis University High School, University of Kansas; Ryan Hatch, St. Louis University High, University of Arizona; Thomas Polokonis, St. Louis University High, Bradley University; Stephanie Ailor, Cor Jesu Academy, St. Louis University; Jill Allen, Nerinx Hall, University of Kansas; Timothy Beckmann, St. Louis University High, Oklahoma State University; Virginia Foy, Cor Jesu, Purdue University; Lara Heisohn, Cor Jesu, Truman State University; Talia Linneman, Notre Dame High School, Truman State University; Michael Macauley, St. Louis University High, St. Louis University; Valerie Stringer, Cor Jesu, University of Evansville; and Holly Klein, Valle High School, St. Louis University.

Names Of Note

John C. Weeks, a student at DeSmet Jesuit High School and member of Ascension Parish in Chesterfield, was selected to attend American Legion Boys State of Missouri this coming week at Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg, Mo. A member of the National Honor Society, he is active at his parish, school and Boy Scouts, earning DeSmet's "In Service" award for community service and extracurricular involvement. He is the son of Cliff and Kay Weeks of Chesterfield.

Two students at St. John the Baptist Learning Center in South St. Louis earned scholastic honors this year. Ann Heap received the Presidential Award for Academic Achievement for Most Improved Student, and Matthew Svoboda was on the "B" honor roll for all four quarters of eighth grade. Both students will attend St. John the Baptist High School in the fall.

Tee Time

The eighth annual Almost Home Golf Classic will be held Monday, July 16, at Whitmoor Country Club in St. Charles. Almost Home, sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Mary, is a transitional housing facility for homeless teen mothers and their children. Call (314) 771-HOME for information.

In Brief

Congratulations

Incarnate Word Academy has presented Sister Cathy Vetter, CCVI, with its Alumna of the Year award. Sister Vetter, a former co-vicar for religious for the Archdiocese of St. Louis, was praised as "an outspoken and dedicated advocate for the Incarnate Word Academy community."

Paul VI News

Paul VI Institute of Catechetical and Pastoral Studies still has classes open for the summer session. Registration for July and August classes closes Friday, June 15. Available classes include Foundations of Morality, History of the Church, Catholic Belief Today and Education in Human Sexuality and Life Issues. Call Ruth Beck at (314) 792-6451 or Mary Beier at (314) 792-6450.

Little Sisters' Junefest

The Little Sisters of the Poor, who care for low-income elderly people on the Northside, will hold their 14th annual Junefest from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 24, at their home, 3225 N. Florissant Ave. Roast beef dinners, a salad bar and children's meal will be offered and attractions will include booths, games, live music and a silent auction.

Eagle Scout

Matthew J. Pitlyk, a member of Boy Scout Troop 797 of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Florissant, recently earned Eagle Scout rank. The son of Judith Pitlyk, Matthew is a student at St. Louis University High School. His Eagle Scout project involved improvements to Little Creek Nature Area.

Aquinas Gatherings

Upcoming informational gatherings about Aquinas Institute of Theology include: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 12, at Aquinas Institute, on the campus of St. Louis University; noon Friday, June 15, at Kerry Group LCC in Sunset Hills; and 10 a.m. Saturday, July 28, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in North County. Call Marsha Goddard at (314) 977-7243 for more information. Aquinas Institute offers programs to prepare people to serve the Church and society.

Corpus Christi

St. Sebastian Parish will hold its third annual Corpus Christi procession at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 17, at 9950 Glen Owen Drive off Chambers Road in North County. The procession will be held rain or shine. If raining, it will be in church. Benediction will follow the procession. For information call (314) 868-0730.

Evening For Parents

An "Evening for Parents" will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 25, at St. Norbert Parish, 16475 New Halls Ferry Road in Florissant. Speakers will be study group leaders from Christian Parenthood: The Challenge. Topics will include the power of parental words, teen years and how to pass on faith. For information call (314) 427-3548.

Many Thanks

Students at Holy Infant School in Ballwin collected more than 5,000 servings of fruit juice for the food pantry at Circle of Concern, West County's community charity.

Infant/Child CPR

A course in Pediatric Basic Life Support, including CPR for infants and children, will be taught from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, at SSM DePaul Health Center, 12303 DePaul Drive in Bridgeton. Call (314) SSM-DOCS for information.

Help Wanted

The Archdiocese of St. Louis is looking for senior citizens to volunteer one hour a week in the OASIS Intergenerational Tutoring Program to work with students at schools throughout the archdiocese. Call (314) 371-0074 for information.

Merit Scholars

Seniors from several area Catholic high schools have been awarded College-Sponsored Merit Scholarships. Students, their high schools and colleges include: Daniel Eckert, St. Louis University High School, University of Kansas; Ryan Hatch, St. Louis University High, University of Arizona; Thomas Polokonis, St. Louis University High, Bradley University; Stephanie Ailor, Cor Jesu Academy, St. Louis University; Jill Allen, Nerinx Hall, University of Kansas; Timothy Beckmann, St. Louis University High, Oklahoma State University; Virginia Foy, Cor Jesu, Purdue University; Lara Heisohn, Cor Jesu, Truman State University; Talia Linneman, Notre Dame High School, Truman State University; Michael Macauley, St. Louis University High School, St. Louis University; Valerie Stringer, Cor Jesu, University of Evansville; and Holly Klein, Valle High School, St. Louis University.

Congratulations

Incarnate Word Academy has presented Sister Cathy Vetter, CCVI, with its Alumna of the Year award. Sister Vetter, a former co-vicar for religious for the Archdiocese of St. Louis, was praised as "an outspoken and dedicated advocate for the Incarnate Word Academy community."

In Brief

Summer School

A summer school program for students in Catholic high schools will be held at Bishop DuBourg and Rosary high schools for enrichment and make-up courses. Brochures and information are available from Catholic grade school and high school principals.

Camps At SLU High

St. Louis University High School will host summer basketball and football camps for boys in third through eighth grade. Football camp will be Monday-Thursday, June 11-14. Call (314) 531-0330, ext. 171. Basketball camps will be five separate weeks, beginning June 11. Call (314) 531-0330, ext. 157.

Speech! Speech!

Every member of the 26-student speech team at Ste. Genevieve du Bois School in Warson Woods earned either first-place blue ribbons or perfect score gold ribbons in Bellarmine speech competitions this year. The speech team is made up of sixth-through-eighth graders.

Congratulations

Meghan C. Mulvihill was presented with the 2001 Alumni Hood award, honoring a graduating Fontbonne College senior who has shown potential to be an outstanding alumnus. Mulvihill received the honor at the recent Fontbonne commencement.

Free Immunizations

Free immunization shots are available every Thursday this summer at Circle of Concern, 112 St. Louis Ave. in Valley Park. Call (636) 861-2623 for information.

Hospice Benefit

A fund-raiser will be held Friday, June 29, to benefit the Fern and Russell F. de Greeff Hospice House. The benefit will be at the Muny in Forest Park and includes appetizers and cocktails at 7 p.m. and a performance of "Miss Saigon" at 8:15 p.m., with the opportunity to meet cast members. St. Anthony's Medical Center owns and operates de Greeff House, which is celebrating its second anniversary. To purchase tickets, call (314) 525-7367.

The Concord Village Lions Club recently donated $25,000 to St. Anthony's Medical Center for the Fern and Russell F. de Greeff Hospice House.

A Job Well Done

St. Alexius Hospital recently presented Sister Marie Charles Buford, CSJ, and Richard Blome with its Spirit of St. Alexius Award. Sister Buford, the executive director of the Cardonelet Community Betterment Association, was recognized for her exemplary commitment to the health and welfare of the community. Blome, an employee in the hospital's engineering department, was recognized for living the mission of St. Alexius.

SLU Renovations

St. Louis University will renovate and expand its Busch Memorial Center on North Grand Boulevard. The school's board of trustees approved the plan, and the Student Government Association passed a resolution to assess a student fee to help the project. Other planned renovations include work on the Childgarden building on Lindell Boulevard and on the former Compton Heights Hospital on Lafayette Avenue. The projects are expected to total more than $16 million.

Women In Scripture

"Women in Scripture: Their Stories, Our Stories," an evening of reflection, prayer and sharing for women of different faith traditions, will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 7, at King's House Retreat and Renewal Center, 700 N. 66th St. in Belleville, Ill. Call (800) 779-7909.

Volunteers Turn Out

More than 50 volunteers from IBM Corp. turned out recently to trim, weed and dig at Marygrove, a residential treatment facility for emotionally disturbed children. The IBM employees were part of the company's twice-annual "Days of Caring" project. They also erected a new swing set and did other needed tasks at the children's agency, which is part of the Catholic Charities network and is located in Florissant.

Save Those Tabs

Tab Top Pandemonium is a community effort to raise funds for the Ronald McDonald House of Metro St. Louis, which will celebrate its 20th anniversary in July. Participants can collect tab tops pulled from aluminum cans all summer long and save them. On Saturday, Sept. 22, bring those tab tops to the Ronald McDonald House, 3450 Park Ave., where tab donations will be weighed and prizes given for most pounds collected. Then all the tab tops will be recycled by Cash's Scrap Metal and Iron. The projected goal is 20,000 pounds of tab tops, which will be worth approximately $10,000.

In Brief

Flores De Mayo

The National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, Ill., will hold a Flores de Mayo (Flowers of May) celebration on Saturday and Sunday, May 26 and 27, at the shrine, 442 S. DeMazenod Drive. The festival honors Our Lady of Penafrancia, the title of the Virgin Mary in the Philippines. Activities begin Saturday at 5 p.m. and include a rosary at the Lourdes Grotto. Mass and a candlelight rosary procession will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the shrine church. Mass also will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, May 27, with Filipino children, dressed in native attire, carrying a statue of Our Lady of Penafrancia. After Mass, a procession will take the statue to be permanently enshrined in the Christ the King Chapel.

Little Flower Remembers

Little Flower School in Richmond Heights held a playground dedication May 18. The playground was dedicated to the late Jane Sudhoff, who taught first grade for more than 25 years at the school, and the late Patrick Malloy, a former student and cancer victim.

Novena To Holy Spirit

St. Pius V Parish in South St. Louis will host a seven-day novena to the Holy Spirit at the church, 3310 S. Grand Blvd., from Ascension Sunday, May 27, through Saturday, June 2. The novena will be held at 7 p.m. daily and will include songs of praise, Scripture readings, witness about the power of the Holy Spirit, contemplative and intercessory prayer.

Paul VI Summer Classes

The Paul VI Institute of Catechetical and Pastoral Studies will offer 27 courses in its summer semester at various locations around the archdiocese. Registration deadline is Saturday, May 26, for June classes, and Friday, June 15, for July and August classes. For information call Mary Beier at (314) 792-6450 or Ruth Beck at (314) 792-6451.

Missionary To Speak

Father Dan Dorsey of the Glenmary Home Missioners will speak at Masses the weekend of June 9 and 10 at St. John the Apostle and Evangelist Church, 15 Plaza Square in Downtown St. Louis. Father Dorsey will discuss Glenmary's ministry in Appalachia, the rural South and the Southwest. He comes at the invitation of the Archdiocesan Mission Office.

Book Signing

Father Gerald Kleba, author of "Joseph Remembered " The Father of Jesus," will autograph copies of his book from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 2, at Feed My People thrift store, 171 Kingston Drive in Lemay. Father Kleba, senior associate pastor at Immaculate Conception Parish in Dardenne, will donate the profits of the books sold there to Feed My People. Signed copies of "Joseph Remembered" also will be available that day at Feed My People's High Ridge store, 3295 Ottomeyer Road.

Camps At SLU High

St. Louis University High School will host summer basketball and football camps for boys in third through eighth grade. Football camp will be Monday-Thursday, June 11-14. Call (314) 531-0330, ext. 171. Basketball camps will be five separate weeks, beginning June 11. Call (314) 531-0330, ext. 157.

Gypsy Caravan

The 29th annual Memorial Day Gypsy Caravan Flea Market will be held on the campus of St. Louis University, on Laclede Avenue between Grand and Vandeventer avenues, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, May 28. Billed as the Midwest's largest flea market, it is sponsored by the St. Louis Symphony Volunteer Association. More than 500 vendors are expected to take part.

In Brief

St. Joseph Shrine News

The blessing and dedication of the giant Pfeffer pipe organ will be done Sunday, May 20, during 11 a.m. Mass at the Shrine of St. Joseph, 1220 N. 11th St. in Downtown St. Louis. The organ, which has been at the shrine for 112 years, has been rebuilt over a two-year period, with restoration or replacement of its 1,895 pipes.

Young Opera Fans

Two Catholic grade schools have been participating in the education program of Opera Theatre of St. Louis and performed their own original operas this week. The kindergarten class at St. Simon School in South County put on "It's a Yummy World After All," written for them by St. Simon seventh-graders. Students at St. Mary Magdalen School in South St. Louis performed "Snow Weird and the 27 Dorks." The Opera Theatre program, Music! Words! Opera!, helps teachers introduce their students to opera and involves students in writing and performing their own operas. Sponsor is the Stupp Foundation, and schools participate with the aid of the E. Desmond Lee Music Education Collaborative.

Crumpets & Crowns

Crumpets & Crowns, a tea-and-hat party to support St. Louis Cathedral School's scholarship fund, will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 2, in the Jubilee Garden of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, Lindell Boulevard and Newstead Avenue in the Central West End. Reservations are due Saturday, May 26. Call (314) 531-6264 for tickets or information.

Do The Right Thing

Paul Kaiser, a student at St. Louis University High School, is among area students honored recently by KMOV-TV 4 in its "Do the Right Thing" awards. Paul helped extinguish an out-of-control yard fire threatening a woman and her small child, "demonstrating great courage, responsibility and perseverance while helping a stranger through a frightening and emergency situation." The awards are given in partnership with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, St. Louis County Police Department, Cooperating School Districts, AmerenUE and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Catholic author to speak

Paul Madrid, author and publisher/founder of Envoy Magazine, will speak at several area locations this weekend. Madrid, a host of two EWTN programs, will speak at: 7:30 p.m. today, May 18, at St. Claire of Assisi in Ellisville, (636) 300-0510; 9 a.m. Saturday, May 19, at Sts. Joachim and Ann in St. Charles, (636) 928-9193; 12:30 p.m. May 19 at the Holiday Inn in Wentzville, (636) 398-4541; 7 p.m. May 19 at St. Margaret Mary Alacoque in South County, (314) 892-4467; and 11 a.m. Sunday, May 20, at St. Joseph in Josephville (636) 332-6676. Call for more information.

Many Thanks

St. Vincent Home for Children has received a $100,000 grant from the Dana Brown Charitable Trust, believed to be the largest gift ever received by the agency. The grant will help fund a day treatment program and respite/ emergency shelter services. St. Vincent Home, located in Normandy, serves children ages 6-13 who have been abused or neglected or have behavioral or emotional disorders.

Tee Time

The second annual Rachel McManemy Memorial Golf Tournament will be on Saturday, Aug. 4, at Forest Park Golf Course. All proceeds go to the Rachel McManemy Scholarship Fund. Call Mike at (314) 544-0176 for information.

SLU Renovations

St. Louis University will renovate and expand its Busch Memorial Center on North Grand Boulevard. The school's board of trustees approved the plan, and the Student Government Association passed a resolution to assess a student fee to help the project. Other planned renovations include work on the Childgarten building on Lindell Boulevard and on the former Compton Heights Hospital on Lafayette Avenue. The projects are expected to total more than $16 million.

Volunteers Turn Out

More than 50 volunteers from IBM Corp. turned out recently to trim, weed and dig at Marygrove, a residential treatment facility for emotionally disturbed children. The IBM employees were part of the company's twice-annual "Days of Caring" project. They also erected a new swing set and did other needed tasks at the children's agency, which is part of the Catholic Charities network and is located in Florissant.

Gypsy Caravan

The 29th annual Memorial Day Gypsy Caravan Flea Market will be held on the campus of St. Louis University, on Laclede Avenue between Grand and Vandeventer avenues, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, May 28. Billed as the Midwest's largest flea market, it is sponsored by the St. Louis Symphony Volunteer Association. More than 500 vendors are expected to take part.

Help From The Lions

The Concord Village Lions Club has donated $25,000 to St. Anthony's Medical Center for the Fern and Russell de Greeff Hospice House.

In Brief

Choir Festival

The National Association of Pastoral Musicians, St. Louis Chapter, will hold a choir festival at 7 p.m. Monday, May 14, at St. Gabriel the Archangel Church, 6303 Nottingham Ave. in South St. Louis. Area adult, children's and handbell choirs will perform. The performance is free.

Spirit Of Giving

Students at St. Gerard Majella School in Kirkwood raised $2,000 to help a family buy its first home through the Catholic Commission on Housing, a Catholic Charities agency. The students presented a check for the amount at a May 9 Mass recognizing their efforts.

'In A Moment Noticed'

Parish musicians Sheila Moglia and Mary Ann Blankinship have released a piano instrumental CD, "In a Moment Noticed," of original music they composed and performed. Moglia is the music director of St. John Bosco Parish in Creve Coeur, and Blankinship is associate music director at St. Mary Magdalen Parish in South St. Louis and teaches at the school.

On The Air

Kevin Lavery of KWMU 90.7 FM recently produced a story on "Young Adults and Religion." The show, which aired earlier this week, included a focus on the Young Adult Ministry of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

Benefit For Fr. Dyer

A benefit dance honoring Father Donald Dyer, pastor of St. Christopher Parish in Florissant, will be held from 8 p.m to midnight Saturday, June 16, at St. Christopher, 11755 Mehl Road. The sponsor is North County Divorced Catholics. Father Dyer is suffering from cancer. For information, call Jeanette Aubuchon at (314) 838-8718.

Religious Art Show

A religious-themed art show and competition will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 20, at Our Lady of Good Counsel, 1160 St. Cyr Road in Bellefontaine Neighbors. The show is presented by the Society of Independent Artists of Greater St. Louis, and the sponsor is Dhimitri Zonia, finalist in the international competition of the Jesus 2000 show. Also on hand will be author Betty Pavlige, signing copies of her new book "Soulard's Second Century."

French Heritage Festival

Festival de la Nouvelle France will be held Memorial Day weekend, Saturday and Sunday, May 26 and 27, in Ste. Genevieve. The event will include music, French food, wine tasting, Native American music and African American spirituals, lectures and French colonial architecture tours. The festival will open with a reenactment of the arrival of Pere Marquette and the voyageurs at 10:50 a.m. Saturday, followed by a grand promenade to Ste. Genevieve Church. Sunday's events will include a Latin Mass with Gregorian chant at 11:30 a.m. at Ste. Genevieve Church. For information call (573) 883-2244.

A Really Fun Family

They know how to have fun at the Murphy household in South County. St. Catherine Laboure parishioners James and Susan Murphy and their sons, Sean and Joey, have been chosen as runner-ups in the Jolly Time Pop Corn "Search for the America's Most Fun Family."

Expansion Approved

SSM St. Joseph Hospital West has received approval from the Missouri Certificate of Need Committee to renovate and expand the emergency department. The planned project includes a 12,000-square-foot addition and renovation of about 3,200 square feet of existing space. The hospital had an increase in emergency room visits of 18.8 percent between 1998 and 1999, and an increase of 12.3 percent between 1999 and 2000.

Food For Thought

Sheila Page, math and science coordinator for St. Bridget of Kildare School in Pacific, has been selected by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) to participate in the Food and Drug Administration/NSTA's Food Science Professional Development Program. The program prepares educators to teach lessons in food science for middle school and older students.

Tee Time

The second annual Rachel McManemy Memorial Golf Tournament will be on Saturday, Aug. 4, at Fenton Park Golf Course. All proceeds go to the Rachel McManemy Scholarship Fund. Call Mike at (314) 544-0176 for information.

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