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The Greater St. Louis Book Fair has awarded the English Tutoring Project a $4,000 grant to support its mission to provide English language acquisition at no charge to the families and the schools it serves. The project, founded in 1998 by 17 congregations of women religious, serves 140 students from 16 countries of origin in seven Catholic elementary schools in the Archdiocese of St. Louis. The Greater St Louis Book Fair will be held May 4-7 at Greensfelder Recreation Complex at Queeny Park.


SLU's First Friday series tackles faith, science

Systematic Theology professor Daniel Finucane will be the featured speaker at St. Louis University's First Friday Mass and Speaker Series for January. The session will be at noon, Friday, Jan. 13, in Boileau Hall, 38 N. Vandeventer Ave. After Mass and a light lunch, Finucane will present Science and Faith: Friends or Foes. Although the event is free. registration is requested at stlouisreview.com/bPj

Exhibit focuses on interior vison of artist

The Good Shepherd Gallery will feature the oil paintings of Gary Lang in its first art exhibit of 2017, Jan. 14-28. "Nature inspires my soul with its mystery and beauty while design systems guide my compositions," Lang stated. "Each work is a prayer, an experiment, and an expression of my interior life." Lang received a bachelor's degree in fine arts from Webster University, a master's in fine arts from Washington University and a master's in art education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The exhibit will begin with a reception and celebration, Saturday, Jan. 14 from 1-3 p.m. The gallery, at 252 South Florissant Road in Ferguson, is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. It's closed on Sunday.

MLK Mass

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson will celebrate the annual Archdiocesan Mass for the Preservation of Peace and Justice, at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. Father Art Cavitt of the St. Charles Lwanga Center will be the homilist. The annual Mass commemorates the birth and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. High school teens will be honored with the Model of Justice Award at a reception after Mass. For more information, call (314) 367-7929.

Roe vs. Wade Mass

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson will celebrate the annual Roe vs. Wade Mass at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. Following Mass, a Rosary procession to Planned Parenthood will take place. The Rosary procession will return to the cathedral basilica and conclude with Benediction. The Mass and procession is organized by the archdiocesan Respect Life Apostolate.

Girls' retreat

The Marianist Retreat and Conference center is hosting a "Hearts of Mary Retreat" Jan. 28-29 for girls ages seven through 14 and an accompanying mother, grandmother, aunt or godmother. Participants will explore how to apply the love and virtues of Mary to modern-day life. The overnight retreat will include talks for adults and children, games, music, crafts adoration, Confessions and Mass. Arrival is 5 p.m. Saturday, with departure at 4 p.m. Sunday. Cost is $75 per adult and $25 per child. Dinner, breakfast and lunch are included. For information or to register, call (636) 938-5390 or visit www.mretreat.org.

Volunteers needed

St. Patrick Center is seeking volunteers for the He Said She Said Trivia event on Saturday, Feb. 11, at Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark in Downtown St. Louis. Volunteers will assist with set-up, registration, raffle sales, food & beverage and scoring. Contact Michele Prevedel at (314) 802-0681 or [email protected]

Eucharistic conference

The Archbishop's Committee for Eucharistic Adoration is sponsoring a Lay Eucharistic Conference on March 4 at the Cardinal Rigali Center, 20 Archbishop May Drive in Shrewsbury. The conference will be presented by Msgr. Mark S. Rivituso, vicar general of the archdiocese. Registration begins at 8 a.m., and the conference concludes at noon. Registration deadline is Feb. 17. Forms are available at stlouisreview.com/bPB or contact Mary Ann Fox at (314) 373-8208.

Got nuns?

The Association of St. Louis Vocation Directors is sponsoring a Convent Crawl Feb. 17-18, an opportunity for single women ages 18-40 to visit with Catholic sisters in their houses and convents, pray with them and see how their ministries are making a positive impact in the world. Cost is $25, and scholarships are available. Call Sister Pam Falter, OSF, at (314) 703-4024 or email [email protected]; or visit stlouisreview.com/bPK/

beONE Day

A beONE Resource Day will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 28, the Cardinal Rigali Center, 20 Archbishop May Drive in Shrewsbury. Experience a practical look at the four beONE priorities with an emphasis on how each priority leads to missionary discipleship. The day addresses questions of: How can I work towards unity and peace in everything I do? How can I grow in relationship with Christ by showing mercy, forgiveness, and compassion to others? How can I use my own spiritual gifts & talents as a leader? What does beONE look like in all aspects of my life? See the on-line registration form at www.archstl.org/resourceday.

For couples

Retrouvaille is marriage program for couples whose marriage has become off course. It begins with a weekend program beginning Friday, Feb. 3, to help couples get their relationship back on track. For more information about the upcoming Retrouvaille Weekend program for couples, contact Theresa and Zulfi at (800) 470-2230 or visit www.HelpOurMarriage.com. 

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