Judges to review case
The Missouri Catholic Conference reports that Gov. Mike Parson will allow a panel of five former judges to review the death penalty case of Marcellus Williams. The inquiry was initially ordered last year by then-Gov. Eric Grietens. Williams was convicted of killing former St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Lisha Gayle during a robbery at her home in 1998. Williams was hours away from execution last August when Greitens stepped in and ordered the investigation. Greitens’ action followed the release of new DNA testing unavailable at the time of the killing indicating that the DNA found on the murder weapon belonged to an unknown person, according to a court petition.
EnergyCare’s summer program provides free small, energy-efficient air conditioners and energy assistance to prevent utility disconnections for senior citizens at high risk of health problems from the heat. EnergyCare services include visiting the home, assessing needs and eligibility, installing the air conditioner, and subsequent servicing and repair of the unit. In addition, EnergyCare provides education, advice and referrals to clients to help them stay cool. Call (314) 773-5900 for more information.
Coach It Right
The Coach It Right soccer clinic sponsored by the St. Louis Sports Commission’s Sportsmanship Foundation will be held from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, at Ursuline Academy, 341 S. Sappington Road in Kirkwood. The clinics are taught by Missouri Youth Soccer Association coaching director Jeff Muhr, and coaches who attend will receive the youth coaching certificate at no charge. To register, visit www.bit.ly/2B9AT9I. For information, call (314) 345-5130.
An evening of marriage enrichment will take place Saturday, Sept. 15, at Most Sacred Heart Church in Eureka. Married couples will learn about the one tool to enhance their marriage and relationship with God. The evening will begin with Mass at 5 p.m., followed by a potluck dinner and talk. The event, sponsored by Worldwide Marriage Encounter, is free; a freewill offering will be accepted. RSVP by Sept. 12 at
www.perfectpotluck.com/AVBI3616 or call Suzann Cross at (314) 303-4290.
Marriage on Tap
Worldwide Marriage Encounter will host “Marriage on Tap STL,” a date night for couples who wish to enrich their marriages, on Tuesday, Sept. 18, at The Pasta House Company, 8213 Delmar Blvd. in University City. Scott and Karen Seaborn, married for 34 years, will talk about managing conflict in relationships. A buffet dinner (with cash bar) is $20 per person. The dinner starts at 6 p.m., followed by the Seaborns’ talk. RSVPs are required by Sept. 14 at [email protected]. Visit the group’s Facebook page at Marriage on Tap STL.
Bishop Edward K. Braxton of Belleville, Ill., will present the Fourth Annual Montesinos Lecture on “Listen! Learn! Think! Pray! Act! The Catholic Church and the Racial Divide in the United States.” The lecture will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, at Aquinas Institute of Theology, 23 S. Spring Ave. in Midtown St. Louis. Bishop Braxton will continue the discussion at the Montesinos seminar, also held at Aquinas Institute, at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 24. The Montesinos Lecture is named for Father Antonio de Montesinos, a Dominican friar who preached against the exploitation of the Taíno people in the encomienda system imposed by the colonists on the island of Hispaniola in the 1500s. In 2015, Bishop Braxton issued a pastoral letter, “The Racial Divide in the United States: A Reflection for the World Day of Peace 2015,” followed the next year by a companion pastoral letter and by pastoral statements on the topic.
Retreat for CBC graduates
La Salle Retreat Center in Glencoe will host a one-night retreat just for Christian Brothers College graduates on Nov. 9-10. Presented by Christian Brother Armand Alcazar, The Road is Seldom a Straight Line retreat will give CBC grads an opportunity to discuss life’s journey and changes experienced in work, relationships, health and attitude. The overnight will include large-group presentations, small-group discussions, a memorial prayer service honoring deceased classmates, quiet time and more. Brother Armand served CBC as campus minister, choral director and retreat facilitator in the 1980s. Since then, Brother Armand earned degrees in spirituality and his doctorate in religious studies. He’s taught as a university professor for 26 years and has facilitated retreats in the U.S. and abroad. Free-will donation. For registration or more information, visit www.lasalleretreat.org/events/cbc-graduate-retreat. The registration deadline is Oct. 26.
Veterans Day 5k
The third annual Veterans Day 5K will be held in conjunction with the 35th annual St. Louis Regional Veterans Day Observance Ceremony and Parade on Saturday, Nov. 10. Included is a timed 5K, One-Mile Fun-Run, free Kids’ Dash and other activities. The family friendly event honors people who have served and are serving our country and raises awareness for
veteran homelessness. Twenty percent of St. Patrick Center’s clients are homeless veterans and proceeds from the event benefit these clients and their families. Entry fee is $30 or $35 beginning on Nov. 9. Veterans receive a $5 discount. New this year is an option for team registration. To register, visit
For information, contact
Maggie Kloppenberg at
[email protected] or (314) 802-5418.