Help for hurricane victims
Archbishop Robert J. Carlson is asking parishes to hold a second collection at all Masses Sept. 29-30 and Oct. 6-7 for the immediate and long-term aid to people recovering from damage of Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas and surrounding states. Catholic Charities of St. Louis will forward the funds to Catholic Charities USA for distribution among the Catholic Charities agencies providing relief in the impacted communities. “I know I speak for everyone in the Archdiocese of St. Louis when I say how deeply saddened I am by the deaths and the devastation,” Archbishop Carlson wrote. “I ask you to please join your prayers to mine for our neighbors who must now rebuild their lives.”
Cancer center named
St. Anthony’s Medical Center, to be re-christened Mercy Hospital South on Oct. 1, will name its planned new cancer center in honor of David M. Sindelar, St. Anthony’s former board chairman and CEO. A groundbreaking and blessing on Sept. 24 included the unveiling of a heritage wall to celebrate the history of St. Anthony’s and the Franciscan Sisters who founded the hospital; construction is expected to be completed in early 2020. Under the leadership of Sindelar, a Saint Louis University graduate and St. Justin Martyr parishioner, St. Anthony’s and Mercy reached an affiliation agreement in February 2017. Sindelar died the following month from cancer at the age of 59. The David M. Sindelar Cancer Center will be a stand-alone comprehensive cancer care facility on the Mercy Hospital South campus. It will provide patients one location for diagnosis and treatment of cancers, enhanced technological capabilities and access to oncology and surgical specialists.
Are you or a loved one facing cancer? Are you a caregiver for someone facing cancer? If so, the Daughters of St. Paul will host an evening of reflection, faith and fellowship in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Thursday, Oct. 4, at Pauline Books & Media in Crestwood, from 4 to 6 p.m. Donna Heckler, author of “Living Like a Lady When You Have Cancer” and a cancer survivor, will facilitate the event, which starts with Mass at 4 p.m. For information or registration call (314) 965-3512.
Brooks Goedeker, executive director, of the St. Louis Redevelopment Corporation, will give a presentation titled, “A Look at St. Louis/Midtown Redevelopment,” at Saint Louis University’s First Friday Mass and Speaker Series on Friday, Oct. 5, at Boileau Hall. Sponsored by SLU’s Office of Mission and Identity, the event will open at noon with Mass, followed by a light lunch then Goedeker’s presentation. Jesuit Father Michael Rozier (Nov. 2) and SLU law professor Susan McGraugh (Dec. 7) will speak at the monthly sessions through the end of the year. To RSVP, email [email protected].
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, 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 also will include presentations on Catholic funeral and cemetery planning, estate planning and advance directives and charitable gift planning. For registration, visit rcfstl.org/the-conversation. Additional “Conversation” seminars are scheduled: 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.
‘No Place Like Home’
The fifth annual “No Place Like Home” 5K Run/Walk Saturday, Oct. 6, will benefit Depaul USA’s St. Louis programs, which provide supportive housing and services to people experiencing homelessness. The event will be in Tower Grove Park starting at the Sons of Rest Shelter, with registration and packet pick-up beginning at 8 a.m. and the 5K run at 9 a.m. For information or reservations, visit
Bishop-emeritus Robert J. Hermann will preside Sunday, Oct. 7, at the dedication of the new Chaplain-Priest Hermitage at Vision of Peace Hermitage in Pevely. The ceremony will begin with Mass at 10 a.m., followed by the dedication. The hermitage for chaplains is new construction in addition to the nine existing hermitages for retreat guests as well as the building housing the Monsignor William J. Lyons’ Spirituality Center, St. Benedict’s Chapel and the caretaker’s residence, completed in 2015. According to current chaplain Msgr. Edmund Griesedieck, the new hermitage will serve as a residence for any priests filling the role of chaplain, specifically committed to being available to retreatants for Mass, reconciliation and/or spiritual direction. For information about Vision of Peace, visit
vophermitages.org or call
Our Lady of Guadalupe for Life benefit
Our Lady of Guadalupe for Life will host its annual benefit dinner on Sunday, Oct. 7, at Orlando Gardens in south St. Louis County. Auxiliary Bishop Mark S. Rivituso will be the main speaker at the dinner. The evening will begin at 4:30 p.m. with Mass celebrated by Bishop Emeritus Robert J. Hermann, followed by dinner and Bishop Rivituso’s talk. Zip Rzeppa will be master of ceremonies. Proceeds benefit the organization, which sponsors pro-life billboards along area roadways. For reservations, call (314) 487-2066 or (314) 920-1212.
Month of Mary
The Daughters of St. Paul will present the DVD series, “The Bible and the Virgin Mary,” at 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 9 through Nov. 13 at Pauline Books & Media in Crestwood. Produced by the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology and facilitated locally by Tom Block, the series presents the mystery of Our Lady woven into the fabric of Sacred Scripture. The registration fee of $25 covers participant book. For registration or more information, call (314) 965-3512.
Our Lady of Aparecida
A Mass on the feast of Our Lady of Aparecida, the principal patroness of Brazil, will be celebrated at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, at St. Joseph Church, 567 St. Joseph’s Lane in Manchester. The Mass in Portuguese, English and Spanish is open to people from all cultures and is touted as a good cultural exchange opportunity for children. Members of Grupo da Misericórdia prepare music and help plan for the Mass.
Auxiliary Bishop Mark S. Rivituso will celebrate the annual White Mass for health care professionals at 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, Lindell Boulevard and Newstead Avenue in the Central West End. Mass is associated with St. Luke, the patron of physicians and surgeons, whose feast day is October 18. Catholic physicians, nurses, physicians’ assistants, emergency personnel, other health care professionals and their families are invited. A reception will follow Mass in Boland Hall. For more information, call (314) 792-7812.
In collaboration with the archdiocesan Mission Office, the Daughters of St. Paul will present “Let’s Be Missionaries!” to celebrate World Mission Month, on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Pauline Books & Media in Crestwood. Kim Becvar, coordinator of the Missionary Childhood Association, will educate and encourage children in their call to be missionary disciples through prayer, crafts, activities and refreshments. Children ages 7-11 are welcome. For information and registration, call (314) 965-3512.
Isolation no more
“From Isolation to Community: Mental Illness at Home and Church,” a three-part, faith-based education and awareness series sponsored by Karla Smith Behavioral Health, will be presented from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturdays, Oct. 20, Nov. 3 and Nov. 10 at Union United Methodist Church, 721 E. Main St. in Belleville, Ill. The program is open to anyone who lives with mental illness, or has a friend of a person with mental illness or has substance abuse issues. The discussions will be within a Christian ecumenical faith context on strategies for coping with a mental illness. The fee of $25 covers books and handouts. For registration or more information, contact Tom Smith at (618) 628-3129 or [email protected].
Event to honor the Sisters of St. Joseph
The Board of Directors of Cardinal Ritter Senior Services will honor the Sisters of St Joseph of Carondelet St. Louis Province with Heart and Cross Award for providing support to low-income seniors in the St. Louis community, especially through Cardinal Ritter Senior services. The community continues to provide financial support, and many Sisters of St. Joseph have served as employees. Sister Suzanne Wesley served as CEO for 20 years, Sister Suzanne Giblin in campus ministry for many years, Sister Kathleen O’Malley formed the first adult day program and then continued on at Our Lady of Life Apartments, and Sister Nancy Folkl also worked at Our Lady of Life. The award will be presented at CRSS’s Return to Motown event Friday, Nov. 2 at the Clayton Plaza Hotel, which includes an auction, dinner and dancing. Tickets and tables are still available at www.cardinalritterseniorsservices.org or by calling the development office at (314) 961-8000, ext. 1323.