St. John Paul II
Father Jewel Aytona, CPM, will lead a parish mission Dec. 9-13 at St. John Paul II Parish, 4980 Heege Road in Affton. Each day of the mission will begin with eucharistic adoration and confessions at 6 p.m., followed by a presentation at 7 p.m. Confessions will be available again after the presentation. Topics will include God, the Father of mercies; Eucharist, food for the journey; and our heavenly Mother.
Feast of Our Lady of
Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, 1115 S. Florissant Road in Ferguson, will host a celebration for the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The celebration will begin with a gathering at 10 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, and continue throughout the night. Prayer and song will take place at midnight, followed by Mass at 1 a.m. Dec. 12. Las Mananitas, featuring prayers and dancing, song and breakfast, will be from 2-4:30 a.m., followed by the Rosary and re-enactment of the story of St. Juan Diego and apparitions by Our Lady. A Mass in Spanish will be celebrated at 6 a.m., followed by breakfast; a Mass in English will be celebrated at 9 a.m., followed by brunch.
Holy Trinity Parish, 3500 St. Luke Lane in St. Ann, will also celebrate the feast, beginning with an outdoor procession at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, followed by a Spanish Mass in church at 11 a.m. featuring special music and dance. A social will take place in the gymnasium afterward. On Wednesday, Dec. 12, the parish will have early morning prayer and song with a mariachi band at 5 a.m., followed by a Spanish Mass at 6 a.m. Mexican chocolate and sweet breads will be served after Mass in the church basement.
during the holidays
“An Evening for the Divorced and Separated: Finding Comfort and Peace During the Holidays” will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at Cardinal Rigali Center, 20 Archbishop May Drive in Shrewsbury. Greg DeNeal, a licensed professional counselor, will be the featured speaker at the free event sponsored by the archdiocesan Office of Marriage and Family Life. For registration contact, Julie Bostick at JulieBostick@archstl.org, or (314)792-7180.
Advent vocations retreat
Has St. Louis got nuns? You bet. Single women ages 18-40 thinking about religious life will visit with them and experience religious life Dec. 14-15 in the St. Louis Convent Camino. Starting at the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet motherhouse at 6400 Minnesota Ave. in St. Louis, the Camino gives single women a chance to visit Catholic sisters in their houses and convents, learn about the sisters’ communities and ministries and join them in prayer and fellowship. The cost is $25, but scholarships are available. For information or to register, visit www.goo.gl/eLJ1ck or contact Sister Amy Hereford, CSJ, at (314) 972-4763 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Advent Taize prayer service
St. Richard Parish, 11223 Schuetz Road in Creve Coeur, will host an Advent Taize prayer service at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16. The St. Richard Chorale will provide music, accompanied by harp, flute, guitar, violin and handbells.
The 41st Annual Christmas Concert of The Young Catholic Musicians will be performed from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, and again Friday, Dec. 28, at Seven Holy Founders Church, 6737 S. Rock Hill Road in Affton. The proclamation of the Christmas story will be presented by the 50-member orchestra and choir. Cindy Preszler, a meteorologist for many years at KSDK-TV, will narrate Dec. 27. Msgr. Joseph M. Simon, rector of the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, will narrate Dec. 28. Tickets are $10 for reserved seats and $5 for general admission. For information call (314) 962-9260 or email email@example.com. Make checks payable to YCM Concert Tickets, c/o Mary Smith 144 Cottage Ave., St. Louis, MO 63119.
Basketball with a heart
The annual Mary McDermott Third Grade Basketball Tournament will be held the weekend of Dec. 27-29 at Immacolata Parish Gym, 8900 Clayton Road in Richmond Heights. All proceeds benefit SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital, in particular the Cardiac Catheterization Suite named in honor of Mary McDermott, a former patient who was born with heart and liver problems and lived to age 24. A silent auction will feature sports memorabilia items, including a St. Louis Blues sweater signed by Vladimir Tarasenko, plus four club seat tickets to the March 23 game; a U.S. National Team shirt signed by Borussia Dortmund star Christian Pulisic; an official Flagstick Flag from The Masters signed by 2015 winner Jordan Spieth; four tickets to a Nov. 2, 2019, University of Notre Dame home football game vs Virginia Tech; a portrait of Mia Hamm signed by the star of the U.S. Women’s National Team; a 40-person St. Louis Cardinals’ suite (all inclusive) for April 19, 2019; and more. The online auction opens on Dec. 10. Visit MMcDHoops.givesmart.com or text MMcDHoops to 52182. An expanded menu of food will be available. To contribute to the cause, make a check payable to SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Foundation, 3800 Park Ave., St. Louis, Mo. 63110, with “Mary McDermott” on the memo line. For information, email
firstname.lastname@example.org or call