Three Missouri House Democrats are asking the state not to request a federal waiver from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to cut in-home and nursing care services for the elderly and disabled. Approximately 8,300 seniors and disabled will be affected. In May, the legislature passed a bill to restore funding by allowing the state's administration commissioner to take up to $35.4 million from unspent money in dedicated funds in order to maintain the current level of funding. But Gov. Eric Greitens vetoed the measure in June. The Missouri Catholic Conference reports that lawmakers have a chance at overriding the governor in September, but it's unclear if there is enough support should it come to a vote.
Project Rachel retreat
Project Rachel, a program of the archdiocesan Respect Life Apostolate, will host a weekend retreat Aug. 11-13 to offer healing to women who have suffered from an abortion experience. The confidential spiritual retreat includes one-on-one spiritual direction, Mass and the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available. Cost is $175, with a $50 deposit at the time of registration. Financial assistance is available. To learn more, contact Marisol Pfaff at (314) 792-7451 or email [email protected].
Icon retreat at Good Shepherd Gallery
Good Shepherd Gallery will hold an icon retreat/workshop from Monday, Aug. 14, through Saturday, Aug. 19. After orientation Sunday evening for out-of-town guests, classes will meet 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 14, through Friday, Aug. 18, with an hour-and-a-half lunch break. The session Saturday, starting at 11 a.m., will wrap up the week. The subject will be St. Michael the Archangel, though another subject may be chosen. Can't take a whole week out of your schedule? Register for Saturday afternoon classes. In addition, the gallery will host an Arts Appreciation Night at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11, featuring a slide presentation on "The Black Madonna." For more information, call (314) 522-1155.
Former school administrator John Wright will address St. Louis' long history of segregation by race, due to both legislative decisions and cultural systems, at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20, at Mary Mother of the Church Parish Hall, 5901 Kerth Road in south St. Louis County. Wright is a St. Louis Public Schools alumnus and spent his career in education, as a teacher, principal, assistant superintendent and interim superintendent. He has written 17 books on issues surrounding race in our region. Mary Mother of the Church has an 11 a.m. Mass. There will be time for questions and light refreshments. For information, call Ginny at (314) 487-6584.
Prayer service for those away from Church
"Turning Tear Drops of Sorrow into Tears of Joy," a prayer service to pray for family members who have fallen away from the Church to return, will take place at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27, at St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, 4900 Ringer Road in Oakville. The prayer service is organized by the Legion of Mary.
St. John's Bible inspires arts, crafts fair
St. Ann Parish in Normandy will host an arts and crafts fair with a different spin — "The Importance of Sacred Art to Our Faith" — on Saturday, Oct. 7, 10 a.m to 3 p.m. Inspired by the St. John's Bible, St. Ann's Arts and Crafts Festival will feature a presentation about the Bible by Father Charles Bouchard. In addition, Sister Glynis Mary McMamanon, RGS, of event co-sponsor Good Shepherd Gallery will have a presentation on praying with art. The proceeds from the festival will support St. Ann's St. Vincent DePaul conference in helping neighbors in need. Booth rental for artists is $30 per table. For more information or to reserve an artists table, contact planning chair Carmen Parker at (314) 346-5264.
The Annual Silver and Golden Wedding Jubilee Mass will be celebrated at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8, at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, 4431 Lindell Blvd. in the Central West End of St. Louis. Archbishop Robert J. Carlson will celebrate the Mass. Couples celebrating their 25th, 50th or 50-plus wedding anniversaries in 2017 are invited to the annual Mass. Couples who are registered to attend by Sept. 15 will receive a certificate and have their names and wedding date printed in the Mass program. To register or more information, visit www.stlouisreview.com/rPV or contact the Office of Laity and Family Life at (314) 792-7170.
Help future priests through the 25th Annual Convivium Mass and Dinner Auction Saturday, Nov. 4. Mass will be celebrated at 4:30 p.m. in the Chapel of St. Joseph at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, 5200 Glennon Drive in Shrewsbury, and the dinner and auction are at 6 p.m. at the Chase Park Plaza, 212 Kingshighway Blvd. in the Central West End of St. Louis. Proceeds support the annual operational budget of the seminary, the Kenrick Student Life Association, the Cardinal Glennon College Student Activity Fund and seminarian retreats. For information or to donate items, become a sponsor, advertise or make a contribution, visit www.kenrick.edu/convivium. To request an invitation, contact [email protected] or call (314) 792-7436.