Marian Middle School gets $100,000 for STEM
Marian Middle School has received a $100,000 gift from Monsanto Company to support STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education. The gift is on top of the $250,000 Berges Family Foundation grant last year for the all-girls school to renovate classrooms on the lower level into an innovation center, with a STEM lab, a maker library, a maker workshop, a culinary kitchen and a multi-disciplinary area. Construction began in November, and students began using the center in April.
Gwen Smith is joining the Criminal Justice Ministry as its volunteer coordinator. She previously worked with ArchCity Defenders, the Institute for Advancing Justice Research and Innovation, and the Center for Women in Transition, among other organizations. Smith has a master's degree in social work from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work, focusing on criminal justice issues. She received several honors for her strong commitment to social justice and to improving interracial relations. The Criminal Justice Ministry recently honored Archbishop Robert J. Carlson with its Be the Light Award for the support given to the ministry by the archdiocese. For information, or to volunteer with the ministry, call (314) 881-6023.
St. Louis University High School announced Jack Behan will serve as the new head coach for the varsity ice hockey team. Behan had five national championships with the St. Louis Junior Blues (2004-07, 2010), in addition to 10 national tournament and eight championship-game appearances. A seven-time Mid-States High School All-Star Chicago Showcase coach and two-time USA Hockey Select coach for 17U in Lake Placid, N.Y,. he won two Mid-States Challenge Cup State Championships with Parkway South (1994, 1995). Behan was inducted to the St. Louis Amateur Hockey Hall of Fame in 2012 and received the St. Louis Sports Commission Sportsmanship Award in 2002. He succeeds Kevin Fitzpatrick as the hockey coach, following three successive Mid-States Challenge Cup appearances by the Junior Bills.
Criminal justice reform
St. Rose Philippine Duchesne Parish in Florissant will host a panel discussion, "Criminal Justice Reform: An Invitation to Dialogue," on Sunday, June 4, 1- 3 p.m. at its parish hall. The panel will consist of: Felicia Jones, a federal public defender; Nancy McCarthy, former regional administrator for the board of probation and parole; and Lt. Bill Kiphart, St. Louis City Metropolitan Police Department. The event is sponsored by the social justice councils at St. Rose Philippine Duchesne and St. Elizabeth, Mother of John the Baptist parishes, and the archdiocesan Peace & Justice Commission. For more information, contact Ross at (314) 223-4866 or [email protected].
Breast-cancer healing Mass
A special healing Mass for those who have been impacted by breast cancer will be celebrated by Father Jack Siefert at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, June 10, at St. Mary Magdalen, 2618 S. Brentwood Blvd. in Brentwood. A reception will follow. The Mass is organized by the archdiocesan Respect Life Apostolate.
Bishop Rivituso homecoming Mass
Auxiliary Bishop Mark S. Rivituso will celebrate his first Mass as a bishop at his childhood parish, St. Wenceslaus, at 9 a.m., Sunday, June 11. A reception will follow. The church is at 3014 Oregon Ave. in south St. Louis.
The Jewish Community Relations Council will honor F. Javier Orozco, executive director of Intercultural and Interreligious Affairs for the Archdiocese of St. Louis with the Norman A. Stack Community Relations Award Monday, June 12. The award will be presented at the council's annual recognition event for leaders and programs from 4-6 p.m. at the Luhr Building, 475 E. Lockwood Ave.in Webster Groves. The council established the award in 1989 to recognize leaders in St. Louis who have made significant contributions to interfaith understanding, intergroup relations and social justice. For information, email [email protected].
Fatima centenary celebration
A centenary celebration of the Fatima apparitions will take place on Tuesday, June 13, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, 4092 Blow St. in south St. Louis. The celebration will begin with a procession of Marian images at 6:30 p.m., followed by Mass at 7:30. The event is being organized by the Alliance of the Two Hearts.
Paulines host STEM events
In conjunction with the centenary celebration of Our Lady of Fatima, the Daughters of Paul will host a series of events in June featuring STEM activities for youngsters. Kids age 3-8 will "build" their own cars for "drive-in" movies based on Fatima and Marian themes. The first movie, "Day the Sun Danced," focuses on the miracle to close the Fatima apparitions; it'll be Tuesday, June 13, at 10:30 a.m. The second movie, "The Rosary with Br. Francis" will be Tuesday, June 20, also at 10:30. The third session will feature story time, "Mary and the Little Shepherds of Fatima," at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 27. In addition, the sisters will pray the Rosary at their backyard grotto, at 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 13, the 100th anniversary of the second apparition of Fatima. The events will be at Pauline Books & Media, 9804 Watson Road in Crestwood. For information, call (314) 965-3512.
Mass Mob meeting
The organizers of St. Louis Mass Mob are hosting a meeting to recruit parishes interested in hosting Mass Mob. The meeting will take place at 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 27, at Most Holy Trinity Church, 3519 N. 14th St. in north St. Louis. St. Louis Mass Mob also has a page on Facebook.
For the second consecutive year, White House Retreat in South St. Louis County will host a multidenominational spiritual retreat for veterans the weekend before Independence Day — Friday, June 30 to Sunday, July 2. Jesuit Father James Conroy, a Vietnam War veteran, will lead this retreat, which will include lectures, small group discussions, prayer services and more. Private lodging and meals are provided. The only cost for veterans is $25 for registration. White House conducts fundraisers to support this event. Registration is open and taken on a first-come first-served basis. To register or to make a donation to support the continuation of this retreat, please call (314) 416-6400. For information about the White House, which is at 7400 Christopher Drive in south county, visit www.whretreat.org.
Humanae Vitae Mass
The 49th anniversary of "Humanae Vitae," an encyclical on family love and the sanctity of life, will be celebrated Saturday, July 8, at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. Auxiliary Bishop Mark S. Rivituso will celebrate Mass at 5 p.m., which will be followed by by dinner and family entertainment in Boland Hall. Dinner costs $12 for adults and $6 for children ages 3-11 (maximum $50 per family). The Office of Natural Family Planning will host the celebration. Register by June 30 by calling (314) 997-7576 or emailing [email protected].
"Staycation" and concerts at Pallottine
Pallottine Renewal Center will host a Staycation Weekend, July 21-23, to showcase the heritage, culture and community of the region. Retreat and relax with overnight at Pallottine, while a chartered bus tour will stop at numerous historic and natural landmarks during the day. Participants will enjoy a "taste of North County" food excursion and a concert by the MO Bottom Project at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 22, at the center. The band's repertoire includes original contemporary and traditional folk, acoustic and classic rock, jazz, blues and gospel. On Wednesday, July 26, singer-songwriter and speaker Matt Faley will perform and share stories as part of the center's summer concert series. Faley works with young adult ministry in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. The Staycation costs $325 per person. The concerts, which will be followed by receptions, are free, but the suggested, free-will offering is $10. For more information, visit www.pallottinerenewal.org or call (314) 837-7100.
Sisters Sunshine Gala
Author and retreat director Paul Coutinho will be the guest speaker at the Sisters Sunshine Gala benefiting the Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Saturday, July 29, at the National Shrine Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, Ill. The gala will feature a $3,000-grand-prize reverse raffle, a dinner buffet, the sisters' bakery items and produce from their demonstration farm in De Soto. For information, visit www.fsolph.org.
Family retreat and vacation
The annual Missouri Holy Family Fest — Focus: Splendor of the Truth by St. Pope John Paul — will be held Thursday to Sunday, Aug. 10-13, at Eagle Hurst Ranch near Steelville. Sponsored by the Apostolate For Family Consecration, the fest features daily Masses, Rosaries, Chaplets of Divine Mercy and adoration. Father James Wasser, Missionaries of the Holy Family, will be the camp priest, and Jamie Garza of TNCE Productions (The New Catholic Evangelization) will be there for the youth. The ranch features horseback riding, pony rides, fishing, tennis and more. For information, visit www.eaglehurstranch.com. To register, call (314) 638-3382, (800) 257-2624.
Heartland Hospice is seeking volunteers to provide one-on-one attention to people in the final phase of a terminal illness who are in need of companionship. Heartland volunteers offer support and practical, caring help, staying with a patient so family members can take a break, reading Scripture to patients or holding their hand. All assignments are in close proximity to a volunteer's home, work or school. For information about the next training class, call Virginia at (314) 453-0990.