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Legal community restarts St. Thomas More Society

St. Charles Circuit Judge Daniel Pelikan paused in his courtroom at the Juvenile Justice Cetner in St. Charles.

An area rich in Catholic heritage and a vibrant legal community now has a revitalized St. Thomas More Society.

"It is important to have an organization of our Catholic judges, lawyers and canon lawyers in our archdiocese," said St. Charles Circuit Court Judge Daniel Pelikan, who is helping to restart the monthly meetings of the society in the archdiocese.

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National bereavement group seeks to widen umbrella of ministry

Members of the board of trustees with the National Catholic Ministry to the Bereaved prayed Evening Prayer in the chapel of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet Oct. 14 during their fall board meeting.

When members of the National Catholic Ministry to the Bereaved convened here last week, they were brainstorming ways to expand the organization into an umbrella of services for those involved in bereavement ministry.

Knights' partnership with Cardinal Glennon pays off

John S. Appelbaum, state deputy of the Knights of Columbus in Missouri, has been out with fellow Knights seeking contributions for the annual Tootsie Roll Drive, this year Oct. 7-9, to raise funds for children with special needs.

"We are asking you to love these children as yourself!" proclaimed a Missouri Knights of Columbus newsletter in 1982 upon the announcement of a unique and long-lasting affiliation with SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center.

Memorial events set in archdiocese

Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attacks on the United States. Auxiliary Bishop Edward Rice will be the principal celebrant and homilist at Mass at the cathedral basilica, Lindell Boulevard and Newstead Avenue in the Central West Eng. The Knights of Columbus and honor guards from the St. Louis Police and Fire Departments will process into the cathedral, where seating will be set aside for police and fire personnel.

Zip Rzeppa joins new service organization

After more than five years leading the St. Louis Council of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Christopher "Zip" Rzeppa has joined another non-profit organization that serves people in need. 

Late last month, Rzeppa resigned as executive director of the Vincentians' St. Louis Council to become managing director of Angels' Arms, a local group that provides supportive homes for foster children while keeping sibling groups together. 

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