Archdiocesan news briefs | June 4, 2010

It’s parish picnic season, and Maddie Elliott, Seth Elliott and Lilly Elliott enjoyed a “motorcycle” ride at the St. Peter Parish picnic in St. Charles on May 16. The picnic also featured a parade, adult rides, games, food, music and lots of fun.

Father's Day cards

Honor the father in your life by making a donation to Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service in his name, and the Care Service will send a card on your behalf. The gift recognizes the impact of someone in your life while helping serve those in crisis, especially children, the elderly and the disabled. For information contact Jan Antor at (636) 441-1302, ext. 226, or Donations are tax deductible and help families and individuals in St. Charles, Lincoln and Warren counties.

Knights of Columbus will conduct Savers of Life program for mothers facing crisis pregnancies

The Missouri Knights of Columbus is sponsoring a statewide program to provide support to mothers facing crisis pregnancies.

In its ongoing commitment to pro-life issues, the Missouri Knights of Columbus is sponsoring a statewide program to provide support to mothers facing crisis pregnancies.

This is the second year for the Savers of Life program, which will be conducted during the month of May. All councils in Missouri have been invited to participate, noted program chairman Ed Spence.

Archdiocesan news briefs | Appril 16, 2010

Renewal conference

The Catholic Renewal Center will hold a one-day conference from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at Holy Redeemer Parish, Joy and Lockwood avenues in Webster Groves. Authors Francis and Judith MacNutt, authors and speakers on Christian healing, will be featured. Cost is $30, seniors $20, some scholarships available. For information call (314) 427-7786.

Local grant applications

Archdiocesan news briefs | Appril 2, 2010

Glennon benefit

It's time once again for the annual Bob Costas Benefit for Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center. This year's show, the 22nd annual Costas Benefit for Cardinal Glennon, will be at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 17, at the Fabulous Fox Theatre in Midtown St. Louis. Featured guests are singer Jennifer Hudson and comedian Jimmy Fallon. Ticket packages and corporate sponsorships are available. Tickets are from $25 to $100. For information or tickets, go to

Mobile unit provides free prenatal care

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Early one recent morning, the large trailer hooked up to a big, red pickup truck was already humming in the parking lot of St. John Vianney Parish in Goodyear.

Inside the trailer, two registered nurses and one nurse practitioner were getting ready for the day, reviewing charts, looking at scheduled appointments and having a quick breakfast.

Soon, anywhere between 10 and 30 pregnant women would enter the trailer turned medical center and receive prenatal care — for free.

The Maternity Outreach Mobile Unit — or MOMobile for short — has been providing free medical care to pregnant women for the past 15 years. It receives private donations and grants to cover operating costs, and serves mostly poor immigrant women.

Vitae Foundation to launch new targeted campaign this fall

For a woman who faces an unplanned pregnancy, assistance is out there. But the way in which the message of help is delivered is about to change.

Vitae Foundation, the Jefferson City, Mo.,-based national organization known for its media education efforts to build a culture of life, will launch a new campaign this fall. Its aim is to accommodate an ever-changing society and those who need the support to choose life for their unborn child.

 Vitae is popular for its television and radio advertising — including on the Missouri Tiger Radio Network, which broadcasts Mizzou sporting events in markets throughout the U.S. The new campaign, according to president Carl Landwehr, will expand its message to avenues such as roadside billboards, restaurants and bars, secular print ads and even social networking websites such as Facebook and MySpace.

“Our target audience is becoming more sophisticated and we have to change with the consumer and the resources,” said Landwehr, adding that Vitae’s primary target age range is women between 18 and 24.

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