Tenor to sing for the Blues
Catholic tenor Scott Kennebeck was among nine people chosen to perform the National Anthem in a competition hosted by the St. Louis Blues and St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. Kennebeck, a cantor at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis and executive director of St. Louis Cathedral Concerts, was chosen from more than 650 people who auditioned last month. He will sing the "Star Spangled Banner" and "O Canada" at the Blues vs. the Montreal Canadiens game Jan. 30, 2018.
Students from 12 Missouri high schools, including Cor Jesu Academy in St. Louis, kicked off the 2017 Constitution Project competition Sept. 6 at the Missouri Capitol Building in Jefferson City. The students participated in two mock legislative debates — a student House debate and a student Senate debate. Approximately 250 students are expected to participate in this year's Constitution Project, which gives students a mock crime scene to investigate, report about and eventually try in a mock trial, all under the mentorship of local professionals in the fields of crime scene investigation, journalism and trial advocacy.
Personal emergency information kit
Bethesda Health Group has created a free personal emergency information kit for storing personal medical information in the event of a medical crisis or emergency situation. The kit is designed to be placed in the freezer, where emergency personnel are trained to look. The kit includes a freezer-safe pouch, medical forms and a refrigerator magnet for alert responders. The kits may be requested at www.bethesdahealth.org/safety.
SLU bicentennial celebration
St. Louis University will kick off its celebration of its 200th anniversary with a Mass under the St. Louis Gateway Arch Saturday, Sept. 23. Archbishop Robert J. Carlson and Father Ronald A. Mercier, SJ, provincial of the USA Central and Southern Province of the Society of Jesus, will celebrate the Mass at 5:30 p.m. Attendees will be invited to stay on the Arch grounds following Mass to enjoy a special fireworks display and other family-friendly activities, including music by the LustreLights, food trucks, face painting, magicians and inflatables. For more information on SLU bicentennial events, visit www.slu.edu/bicentennial.
Panel discussion on Confederacy
A panel discussion on "After Charlottesville: The Confederacy Monument Controversy," will take place at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 27, at the Center for Global Citizenship on the campus of St. Louis University. The discussion will focus on the history, memory and monuments of the Confederacy and Civil War and the current events surrounding the debate on removing these monuments. Panelists will include Katrina Thompson Moore, associate professor of history and African-American studies at SLU; Silvana Siddali, associate professor of history at SLU; Louis Gerteis, professor of history at the University of Missouri-St. Louis; and Rev. Traci Blackmon, senior pastor of Christ The King United Church of Christ in Florissant and executive minister for her church's national justice and witness ministries.
Learn about homelessness
A "Forum on Homelessness in our Community" including St. Louis organizations that serve homeless teens, pregnant women and other homeless people will be held from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, at Mary Queen of Peace School Gym, 680 W. Lockwood Ave. in Webster Groves. Topics include how human trafficking and other issues are impacting the St. Louis homeless population, along with innovative ways that local organizations are helping to address homelessness, and how others can help. The forum, sponsored by the parish men's and women's clubs, will include a Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service exhibit featuring photographs by local people who are homeless. Panelists include Peggy Forrest of Our Lady's Inn, Nancy Yohe of St. Patrick's Center and Sue King of Covenant House.
Bishop Daniel Flores of the Diocese of Brownsville, Texas, will be the homilist at the annual Red Mass for the legal profession at 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 1, at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. Known for his interest and empathy regarding immigration policy, he has a devoted following among Catholics and non-Catholics. The Diocese of Brownsville, located in the southernmost tip of Texas, includes more than a million Catholics who worship in 71 parishes and 44 missions. The Red Mass is celebrated annually for judges, prosecutors, attorneys, law school professors and students and government officials. A reception will follow in Boland Hall.