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In Brief

World Day of the Sick

Pope John Paul II has designated Monday, Feb. 11, as World Day of the Sick. Archbishop Justin Rigali will celebrate Mass at 12:05 p.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, Lindell Boulevard and Newstead Avenue in the Central West End. The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick will be administered during Mass. The Archbishop John L. May Distinguished Health Care Ministry Awards will be presented. For information call (314) 531-0511, ext. 118.

White Mass

In conjunction with the observance of World Day of the Sick on Monday, Feb. 11, a White Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, Lindell Boulevard and Newstead Avenue in the Central West End. The White Mass will be a recognition of the many local physicians, nurses and medical personnel. A reception will follow in nearby Boland Hall.

'I Pledge Allegiance...'

Nine students and a teacher from St. Sebastian School in North County led the Pledge of Allegiance before the meeting in the U.S. Senate caucus room on Jan. 22 in Washington, D.C., during the annual March for Life observance.

Open House

Annunciation School in Webster Groves will hold an open house for parents of preschoolers and transfer students on Sunday, Feb. 10. The open house will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the school, Glendale and Elm Avenues. Annunciation offers extended-day kindergarten and after-school care.

HEC Retreat

A HEC (Handicapped Encounter Christ) retreat will be held from 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 7, to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at Pallotine Renewal Center, 15270 Old Halls Ferry Road in Florissant. For more information, call Maureen Rauscher at (314) 892-6114 or Jeff Finnegan at (314) 522-0275.

Scout Sunday

The Catholic Youth Council will sponsor Scout Sunday prayer services for Catholic Boy Scouts in the St. Louis Archdiocese on Sunday, Feb. 3. Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Naumann will preside at a prayer service at 2:45 p.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, Lindell Boulevard and Newstead Avenue in the Central West End.

Dedication Ceremonies

Archbishop Justin Rigali officiated at dedication ceremonies today, Feb. 1, at the recently opened St. Patrick Apartments II in Florissant. St. Patrick II is the 12th apartment for low-income senior citizens operated by Cardinal Ritter Institute in the St. Louis area.

Bible Study

A seven-week study of "The Passion and Resurrection Narratives of Jesus" will be conducted at St. Joan of Arc Parish rectory, 5800 Oleatha Ave. in South St. Louis. The sessions will be 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays or 9 to 11 a.m. Thursdays beginning the week of Feb. 17 and ending the week of April 14, with a break for Holy Week and Easter Week. For information call Judy Wernert at (314) 351-0110 by Monday, Feb. 11.

Names Of Note

Pamela Schaeffer has been appointed director of communications and public relations for the Society of the Sacred Heart, U.S. Province, based in the Central West End. Schaeffer is the former religion writer and editor for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and managing editor of the National Catholic Reporter in Kansas City, Mo.

Angela Unger, accounts receivable person at the St. Louis Review, has been recognized for her 25-year membership in the St. Louis Newspaper Guild.

Linda Howard-Fitzgerald, fourth-grade teacher at St. Charles Borromeo School in St. Charles, is the author of an article published in Cable in the Classroom Magazine. Her article, "Discovering the Secrets of the Underground Railroad," appears in the February issue.

Returning Home

The six-week series of Catholics Returning Home will be held at 7 p.m. Thursdays, beginning Feb. 7, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, 4092 Blow St. in South St. Louis. For information call the rectory at (314) 481-7543 or the coordinators at (314) 832-7560.

In Brief

Blood Drive

A blood and platelet drive will be held from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, at Mary Queen of the Universe Parish, 4230 Ripa Ave. in Lemay. The drive will be conducted by Gateway Blood Association. Free total cholesterol screening is available for donors. Call (314) 638-3030, ext. 22, to register. Walk-ins are welcome.

Parent Network News

The Parent Network of Catholic High Schools will present a program on the crucial role of parents in helping teens make healthy choices at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, at DeSmet Jesuit High School, 233 N. New Ballas Road in West County. The program, to be held in the school theater, will be given by Dr. Marilyn Bader, prevention training coordinator for the local chapter of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse.

Humanitarian Award

Sister Antona Ebo, FSM, is the recipient of the 2002 Distinguished Humanitarian Award from the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. State Celebration Commission of Missouri. Sister Ebo was recognized for her continuing efforts to exemplify the ideals and efforts of Dr. King. In 1946 she was one of the first three African-American women to be received as postulants of the reunited Franciscan Sisters of Mary. Sister Ebo is pastoral associate at St. Nicholas Parish in North St. Louis. She assists several national Catholic organizations and archdiocesan committees in establishing guidelines for inclusion of minorities and women.

Super Trivia

Cardinal Carberry Senior Living Center will sponsor a Super Trivia Night at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 5316 Knights of Columbus Drive in Shrewsbury. For information call (314) 961-8000, ext. 323.

Super Students

Ali Nafar, a sixth-grader at St. Charles Borromeo School in St. Charles, won the school-level competition of the National Geographic Geography Bee. He will now compete to be one of the top scorers from Missouri.

Erica Brown, a first-grader at St. Martin de Porres School in Hazelwood, won second place in the Missouri Recycles Day Poster Contest. More than 3,400 entries were submitted in 13 grade levels.

In Brief

Penny Cup

The annual Penny Cup Challenge to benefit Our Lady's Inn, a residential shelter for pregnant women and their children, will be conducted during February at area Catholic schools. Any Catholic elementary or secondary school may participate. Students collect as many pennies as they can all month long, and the school that collects the most pennies per pupil will be awarded the Penny Cup Trophy. For information call Jane Tayon at (314) 481-4511.

Mixer Benefit

The third annual Rachel McManemy Memorial Fund-Raiser, a mixer for seventh-through-ninth-graders, will be from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at Occasions Gentry Center, 9451 Gentry St. in South County. Proceeds will go toward the Rachel McManemy Scholarship Fund for students entering area Catholic high schools. For information or directions, call (314) 544-6918.

Super Trivia

Cardinal Carberry Senior Living Center will sponsor a Super Trivia Night at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 5316 Knights of Columbus Drive in Shrewsbury. For information call (314) 961-8000, ext. 323.

Show Time For Birthright

Broadway on the Driveway, a theater group started by local youths Emily and Lacy Miller several years ago, will perform a variety show to benefit area Birthright organizations. The show will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at DeSmet Jesuit High School, 233 N. New Ballas Road in West County. Admission is free and donations will be taken up for Birthright. Call (636) 391-5992.

Relationship Conflict

Volunteers are needed for a Women's Wellness Project being conducted by St. Louis University that will examine the health effects of serious physical conflict within relationships. Volunteers will be needed for a total of two-and-one-half hours; all participants will be compensated. For information call (314) 977-2194.

Light Weigh

Light Weigh, a 12-week, Catholic, spiritual growth weight loss program, will hold an orientation at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, in Room 15 of St. Monica Parish Center, 12136 Olive Blvd. in Creve Coeur. For information call (314) 576-2938.

Scholarship News

Circle of Concern, West County's community charity, is looking for recipients and donors for its annual scholarships for graduating high school seniors. Eligible seniors must be from low- or moderate-income families and live or attend school in the Parkway, Rockwood or Valley Park school districts. Last year 14 young people were awarded a total of $33,000, to be used at four-year colleges, community colleges or professional trade schools. Call (636) 861-2623 for information.

Congratulations

Father Richard Tillman, pastor of St. Charles Borromeo Parish in St. Charles, is the recipient of the 2001 Humanitarian Award from the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce. Father Tillman was recognized for his many community and humanitarian efforts, including helping found Habitat for Humanity in St. Charles, helping establish an area food kitchen supported by the parish, providing a weekly Spanish Mass and establishing the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scripture Service.

Kevin F. Kast, head of SSM St. Joseph Health Center in St. Charles and SSM St. Joseph Hospital West in Lake St. Louis, has earned two awards for his leadership. Kast was awarded the Missouri Hospital Association's 2001 Visionary Leadership Award and is one of 12 people to received a ReinveSt. Louis Award from the St. Louis Business Journal, Plaza Financial Advisors Inc. and Maher and Co. PC.

In Brief

Renew Workshop

A workshop for Renew/Small Faith Community Participants and Leaders will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at St. Gerard Majella Parish, 1969 Dougherty Ferry Road in Kirkwood. The workshop is sponsored by the Catholic Education Office and the Office of Laity and Family Life. Registration is required; call (314) 792-7171.

Blessed Escriva Mass

Archbishop Justin Rigali will celebrate Mass in honor of the centennial of the birth of Blessed Josemaria Escriva at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, Lindell Boulevard and Newstead Avenue in the Central West End. Blessed Escriva, who was born in 1902 and died in 1975, founded Opus Dei, a worldwide Catholic organization that seeks to spread the search for holiness through ordinary work.

A Rose For Life

The Knights of Columbus conducted their annual Crusade for Life campaign this past weekend, providing little artificial roses to parishes all over the archdiocese. The roses were attached to pieces of paper on which parishioners attending Mass could sign their names and addresses, indicating their opposition to abortion. The roses and signatures were forwarded to elected officials.

SSNDs On 'Contact'

The Sacred Heart Program and the School Sisters of Notre Dame have produced a Contact radio show, "Inside the Golden Door," featuring an SSND program that aids women refugees and immigrants. The program will air the week of Jan. 13. St. Louis radio stations that carry the Contact radio program include 770 WEW-AM, which airs Contact at 6:30 a.m. Sundays. For more information, call (888) 726-6822.

Stand Against Violence

The Sisters of the Most Precious Blood have taken a corporate stance for the sacredness of all life and against violence, with a particular emphasis on calling for an end to the death penalty. A prayer service for victims of violence will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, in the Precious Blood Sisters' motherhouse chapel, 204 N. Main St. in O'Fallon. The community is welcome.

Relationship Skills

A class on "Relationship Skills for Singles," blending spirituality and personal development skills, will be held on five Monday evenings, beginning Jan. 14, in the rectory of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, 4431 Lindell Blvd. in the Central West End. Call Bridget Brennan at St. Francis Xavier (College) Church, (314) 977-7318.

Nominate A Brother

Nominations are open to recommend religious brothers for the "Call to Brotherhood Awards" from the Religious Brothers Conference. Brothers who exemplify brotherhood in the following areas are sought: Those who stand by the powerless; those who enable all to express their ministries; and those who have given a faith witness to the brothers' vocation. Nominations are due Friday, Feb. 15. For more information, contact Brother William Wright, GHM, at (312) 829-8525.

Cathedral Concerts

The ninth season of "Great Music in a Great Space," the Cathedral concert series, will feature the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, conducted by David Amado, at 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, Lindell Boulevard and Newstead Avenue in the Central West End. Call (314) 533-7662 for tickets.

Marian Conference

The St. Louis Marian Conference will be this weekend, Friday-Sunday, Jan. 11-13, at the Adam's Mark Hotel in Downtown St. Louis. Archbishop Justin Rigali will celebrate Mass at the conference opening at 4:30 p.m. today, Jan. 11. Call (314) 423-1075 for information.

Library Tour

The Parish Library Section of the Catholic Library Association will tour the video library at Most Precious Blood Parish, 3635 Union Road in South County, at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16. All parish librarians are welcome. Call (314) 351-0110.

Contemplative Outreach

Contemplative Outreach of St. Louis will sponsor an introductory workshop on centering prayer from 8:45 a.m to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 1551 Bennett St. in Warson Woods. The fee is $40 for the workshop and follow-up sessions. Call (314) 918-8288.

Bible Study

Bible study on First and Second Thessalonians will be held on four Monday nights, beginning Jan. 21, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the rectory basement of St. Joan of Arc Parish, 5800 Oleatha Ave. in South St. Louis. Call (314) 351-0110 by Monday, Jan. 14, to register.

Computer Grant

St. Michael School in Shrewsbury has received a $5,000 grant for upgrading its computer lab from the Schroeder Foundation. The money will be used to purchase two new computers, two new color laser printers and a digital camera.

Faith Development

Father Bob Aaron of King's House Retreat Center in Belleville, Ill., will speak on "Living in a World Out of Touch" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, in the church meeting room of Holy Redeemer Parish, 23 Joy Ave. in Webster Groves. The program, sponsored by the parish adult faith development organization, will cover retaliation and forgiveness and the "just war" concept. For information call Barb Foley at (314) 962-0038.

Lights! Camera! Action!

Oblate Media and Communications Corp. has chosen Bishop DuBourg High School students to appear in a nationally distributed video about ethical decision-making. Oblate Media, the media arm of the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, Ill., notified James Leibrecht, chair of DuBourg's fine arts department and founder of its Guild Theatre programs, and students auditioned for about 10 speaking parts, with 15 to 20 parts for extras. The video, "Teen Scenes," was set at DuBourg and other locations and will be used for youth groups, high school classes and other appropriate audiences.

Centers Of Excellence

Two programs at St. Louis University have earned Centers of Excellence designations from the university, which will provide the two programs with approximately $1 million in additional funding over three years. The excellent programs are the Liver Center, headed by doctors at SLU School of Medicine, and the Health Communication Research Laboratory, headed by a physician with the SLU School of Public Health.

In Brief

New Auxiliary

A graduate of Kenrick Seminary has been appointed auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Belize City-Belmopan in the Central American country of Belize. Bishop-elect Dorick McGowan Wright, a native of Belize City, was a member of the class of 1975 of Kenrick Seminary.

Christmas Spirit

The four offices in the Review building in the Central West End - the St. Louis Review, the Archdiocesan Pro-Life Office, the Archdiocesan Human Rights Office and the Office of Communications - shared some Christmas joy with the St. Louis Area Foodbank this holiday season. A food drive, organized by Maureen Kane of the pro-life office, resulted in 210 pounds of non-perishable food for hungry people in the St. Louis area.

SLUH Principal

Mary M. Schenkenberg has been named the first female principal of the all-male St. Louis University High School. Schenkenberg, who has a doctorate and is former principal of Nerinx Hall High School, will begin her duties in July. She replaces Robert L. Bannister, who will retire at the end of the current school year. Jesuit Father Paul G. Sheridan is president of the private Jesuit high school.

Fleur de Lis

The 43rd annual Fleur de Lis Ball will be held Saturday evening, Dec. 29, at the Adam's Mark Hotel in Downtown St. Louis. Proceeds from the ball, at which 28 young women will be presented to Archbishop Justin Rigali, will go to the Pediatric Research Institute of Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital. More than $2 million has been donated to Cardinal Glennon from Fleur de Lis proceeds over the years.

Free-Throw Competition

The Knights of Columbus Father Griffin Council 3586 will hold a free-throw competition beginning at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, at Assumption Parish, 4709 Mattis Road in South County. All boys and girls 10 to 14 years old are eligible and winners will progress through local, district and state championships. For information call Rich Tucker at (314) 487-4281.

Sweet Gifts

Thirty-six students from Notre Dame High School in Lemay, along with four faculty members, visited New York City recently loaded down with gifts. The students brought St. Louis gooey butter cakes, which they made themselves, to New York City firefighters at three fire stations affected by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The students also brought security blankets and homemade cards. The visit was part of an already planned HeArt (Home Economics and Art) Trip to New York City. At one point there was some thought of canceling the trip, but most parents and students said it would be a show of support for New York City.

Holiday Artist

Hanna Lillian Shirrell, a student at St. Gabriel School in South St. Louis, was chosen as grand prize winner of Mayor Francis Slay's Holiday Card Design Contest. More than 1,440 entries came from children 12 and under in St. Louis who participated in the contest. Hanna's design was used on the Mayor's holiday greeting card.

School Benefit

The 13th annual dinner auction for what until recently was Holy Angels School in Kinloch will be Saturday, Jan. 26, at Spazio's Gourmet Banquet Center at Westport. Now that Holy Angels has merged with Corpus Christi School in Jennings, the dinner auction will benefit the merged school. For information call (314) 522-6435.


Congratulations

Kevin F. Kast, head of SSM St. Joseph Health Center in St. Charles and SSM St. Joseph Hospital West in Lake St. Louis, has earned two awards for his leadership. Kast was awarded the Missouri Hospital Association's 2001 Visionary Leadership Award and is one of 12 people to received a ReinveSt Louis Award from the St. Louis Business Journal, Plaza Financial Advisors Inc. and Maher and Co. PC.

Centers Of Excellence

Two programs at St. Louis University have earned Centers of Excellence designations from the university, which will provide the two programs with approximately $1 million in additional funding over three years. The excellent programs are the Liver Center, headed by doctors at SLU School of Medicine, and the Health Communication Research laboratory, headed by a physician with the SLU School of Public Health.

Lights! Camera! Action!

Oblate Media and Communications Corp. has chosen Bishop DuBourg High School students to appear in a nationally distributed video about ethical decision-making. Oblate Media, the media arm of the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, Ill., notified James Leibrecht, chair of DuBourg's fine arts department and founder of its Guild Theatre programs, and students auditioned for about 10 speaking parts, with 15 to 20 parts for extras. The video, "Teen Scenes," will be shot in coming weeks at DuBourg and other locations and will be used for youth groups, high school classes and other appropriate audiences.

In Brief

Blessed Escriva Mass

Archbishop Justin Rigali will celebrate Mass in honor of the centennial of the birth of Blessed Josemaria Escriva at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, Lindell Boulevard and Newstead Avenue in the Central West End. Confessions will be available at 9:15 a.m. Blessed Escriva, who was born in 1902 and died in 1975, founded Opus Dei, a worldwide Catholic organization that seeks to spread the search for holiness through ordinary work. The first center of Opus Dei in St. Louis was founded in 1957.

Looking Ahead

A program of music, song and praise celebrating new life and the new year will be presented by the School Sisters of Notre Dame at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 5 and 6, at Notre Dame High School, 320 E. Ripa Ave. in Lemay. The program, which will feature the voices and musical talents of the sisters, will be in the school gym. RSVPs are due Monday, Dec. 17. Call the SSNDs at (314) 544-0425.

Volunteers Sought

The St. Louis County Department of Human Services is seeking volunteers to schedule appointments for its 2002 volunteer income tax assistance program with the County Older Resident Programs. Volunteers must be available weekdays from mid-January to the end of March. Training and mileage reimbursement will be provided. Call Ellen Sherman at (314) 615-4559 or TTY (314) 615-4425.

Free Flu Shots

St. Alexius Hospital will offer free flu shots for senior citizens at St. Alexius Hospital, 3933 S. Broadway, and Southtown Health Center, 4600 Chippewa Ave., in late December and early January. Appointments are required. For more information, call the flu shot hotline at (314) 865-7950.

Names Of Note

Emily Dames, a seventh-grader at St. Anthony of Padua School in South St. Louis, has been named to the Mayor's Youth Advisory Board. The daughter of Ken and Ann Dames, Emily is active in volleyball, scouts, swimming, speech team and has earned awards in math and science competitions.

Michele Hinton, social studies teacher at Cor Jesu Academy, is one of the first two Jamestown Scholars chosen by the National Parks Service and the Organization of American Historians. Hinton, who is working on her doctorate, is preparing a dissertation on the sociocultural adaptations of medicine in colonial Jamestown, Va. The Jamestown Scholarship, established in 2000, provides support for Ph.D candidates writing dissertations on Jamestown-related topics.

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