Apostles of the Sacred Heart make professions
Seven women with ties to the Archdiocese of St. Louis were among eight religious sisters professing vows for the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in ceremonies at Mount Sacred Heart, the community’s Provincial House in Hamden, Conn. On Aug. 3, Cor Jesu Academy theology teacher Sister Catherine Frances Brodersen, Saint Louis University undergraduate and doctoral graduate Sister Kelsey Ann Shaver of Rolla and Sister Allison Lorraine Masserano of the Bronx professed first vows. Sister Elizabeth Doyle of St. Louis, Sister Christine Marie Rattini of Troy, Sister Lauren Elizabeth Zak of Florissant and St. Joseph (Imperial) teacher Sister Christina Skelley renewed vows as junior professed sisters. The main celebrant of the liturgy was Father Thomas J. Kelly, Mount Sacred Heart chaplain. Then, on Aug. 4, Sister Kathryn Press, professed perpetual vows during a Eucharistic Liturgy celebrated by Archbishop Leonard P. Blair of Hartford, Conn. Sister Kathryn earned a Masters of Divinity degree from Aquinas Institute of Theology.
Students from Cardinal Ritter College Preparatory were among about 250 students from 12 Missouri high schools to kick off the 2018 Constitution Project competition Sept. 5 at the Missouri Capitol Building in Jefferson City. Scheduled speakers included Missouri First Lady Teresa Parson, Missouri Speaker of the House Todd Richardson, Supreme Court of Missouri Judges Mary R. Russell and W. Brent Powell, as well as Don Hentges, a Vietnam War veteran. The students also participated in a mock legislative debate. The project 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.
Returning to the Church
The book, “The Prodigal You Love: Inviting Loved Ones Back to the Church,” by Sister Theresa Noble, fsp, will be the topic of discussion at the Daughters of St. Paul’s monthly Senior Day, on the second Thursday of each month, 1:30- 3:30 pm at Pauline Books & Media in Crestwood. Beginning on Thursday, Sept. 13, host Father John Johnson will facilitate a book discussion. There will be Adoration and Benediction in the sisters’ chapel as well as refreshments and fellowship in the Book Center. All seniors are welcome. For more information or to purchase the book, call (314) 965-3512.
Sacred Heart service day
The Society of the Sacred Heart, United States – Canada Province, will host a Sacred Heart Global Service Day on Saturday, Sept. 15. The Society’s St. Louis-based provincial office invites St. Louisans to join Sacred Heart schools, alum, friends, family, associates and affiliates around the world and participate in service projects on this day, to serve causes in areas that, if St. Philippine lived here today, would attract her. Beginning with projects in Australia and New Zealand, the service day will be “a wave of grace throughout the day, across the globe,” said Maureen Glavin, RSCJ, coordinator of the service day, which is the day after the 200th anniversary St. Philippine opened the first Sacred Heart school in the New World, the Academy of the Sacred Heart in St. Charles. For more details, visit
global-service-day. On Sept. 15, follow on social media using #sacredheartservice.
Social justice conference
The second annual Sister Antona Ebo Social Justice Conference will take place from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at Saint Louis University High School. Organized by the archdiocesan Peace and Justice Commission, the conference will include workshops on topics including racism, gun violence, immigration and incarceration. Plenary speaker will be Deacon Lawrence C. Houston, a preacher, speaker and educator from the Archdiocese of New Orleans. A plenary panel discussion on gun violence also will take place. Registration is $10 per person, with scholarships available. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Participants ages 13 and older are welcome. To register, see bit.ly/2MxwGSC; or contact Marie Kenyon at (314) 792-7062 or [email protected]
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.
Sin of racism
A Healing Mass for Sin of Racism will take place at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, 4431 Lindell Blvd., at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19. Archbishop Robert J. Carlson will be the celebrant. At the Mass, the racism that the Church has committed will be acknowledged. For more information, contact Marie Kenyon, director of the archdiocese’s Peace and Justice Commission, at (314) 792-7062 or [email protected]
Autobiography shares Catholic journey
The Daughters of St. Paul will host local author and actor Kevin O’Brien for a talk and book signing at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, at Pauline Books & Media in Crestwood. O’Brien recently published his autobiography, “An Actor Takes a Bow,” and shares his journey to the Catholic Church. He also will autograph copies of the book. Admission is free. For information, call (314) 965-3512.
A Eucharistic Adoration Conference will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Cardinal Rigali Center, 20 Archbishop May Drive in Shrewsbury. The schedule includes Mass, a keynote address by Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Robert J. Hermann and more. To register, visit
www.archstl.org/sacred-worship. For information, email
[email protected] or call (314) 792-7231.
Healing and evangelization
Mary Healy, professor of sacred Scripture at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, will present “These Signs Will Accompany Those Who Believe: The Role of Healing in Evangelization” at the 23rd annual Peter Richard Kenrick Lecture on Thursday, Oct. 4. The lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, 5200 Glennon Drive in Shrewsbury. The lecture is free and open to the public. Limited seating is available, so anyone planning to attend is asked to register in advance by contacting
[email protected] or calling (314) 792-6100 by Oct. 2.
Catholic perspective on end-of-life issues
The Roman Catholic Foundation of Eastern Missouri will present “The Conversation: A Catholic Perspective on End-of-Life Issues” on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Oakville. Father Kristian Teater will discuss the principles of Catholic bioethics, a topic of interest for many Catholics making health-care plans for themselves or caring for ill or aging loved ones. The free seminar will also include presentations on Catholic funeral and cemetery planning, estate planning and advance directives and charitable gift planning. For registration, visit rcfstl.org/the-conversation. In addition, three other seminars are planned: Saturday, Oct. 20 at St. Rose Philippine Duchesne Parish in Florissant; Saturday, Nov. 3 at Immaculate Conception Parish in Dardenne Prairie; and Saturday, Nov. 17 at Cardinal Rigali Center in Shrewsbury.
La Salle Retreat Center in Glencoe will host a Pumpkin Fest 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7. The festivities include live music, food, local vendors, games, hayrides and pumpkins, all on La Salle’s beautiful grounds. Admission is free. La Salle Retreat Center is at 2101 Rue De LaSalle Drive. For information, visit www.lasalleretreat.org/events/pumpkin-festival/