Emerson Excellence in Teaching Awards
Eight educators from Catholic grade schools, high schools and universities were among 109 people from the St. Louis metropolitan area who were honored at the 29th annual Emerson Excellence in Teaching Awards ceremony Nov. 11 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel. They included Courtney Barrale, St. Gerard Majella School in Kirkwood; Andrew Eggert, St. Francis Borgia Regional High School in Washington; Amanda Goughenour, Sts. Joachim and Ann School in St. Charles; Janet Semsar, Ste. Genevieve du Bois School in Warson Woods; Anthony Borchardt, Fontbonne University; John Meyer, Nerinx Hall High School; and Sally Beth Lyon and Julie Wolter, Saint Louis University.
Heaters, blankets needed
Feed My People, a Christian food pantry and help center, is seeking donations of heaters and blankets. Blankets of any size are needed. Only new, UL approved space heaters with automatic shut-off will be accepted. Donate at either Feed My People location, 171 Kingston Drive in Lemay or 3295 Ottomeyer Road in High Ridge, during regular business hours. Feed My People serves the poor and hungry through food pantries, low-cost thrift stores and more than 25 additional support programs.
Today and Tomorrow
Pete Cerone and Kate Tansey have joined the Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation as senior directors of advancement. Cerone will direct the planning and implementation of fundraising activities for the foundation, supervise development and communications staff and provide strategic direction and support to partner schools in the implementation of fundraising programs. He recently served as director of advancement at St. John Vianney High School. Tansey is primarily responsible for the development and institutional advancement efforts of Cardinal Ritter College Prep High School. She most recently served as vice-president of special gifts at United Way of Greater St. Louis.
Volunteers are needed for the Women’s Night Program at St. Patrick Center in Downtown Each night, 20 women stay there. Volunteer groups are needed to plan, prepare and serve dinner each evening from 5-7 p.m. Each group chooses the menu. All shifts are pre-scheduled. The volunteer group purchases all food for the meal. St. Patrick Center also needs help with a trivia party that will take place Friday, Feb. 8, at the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark. Contact Samantha Decker at (314) 802-0681 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lessons & Carols
Auxiliary Bishop Mark S. Rivituso will preside at an Advent Festival of Lessons & Carols at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, Lindell Boulevard and Newstead Avenue. The afternoon will include an hour of Advent readings and music featuring the Archdiocesan Choirs. For more information, call the Cathedral music office at (314) 373-8227.
The Valle Catholic Schools Foundation is sponsoring a Christmas concert Friday, Dec. 21, at Ste. Genevieve Church, 49 DuBourg Place in Ste. Genevieve, starting at 7 p.m. Christine Westhoff will be featured and accompanied by organist Timothy Allen. The concert is free, with refreshments and a cash bar at DuBourg Centre after the concert.
‘Way of Lights’ run
The National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows will host a 5K competitive run and 1.5-mile fun walk Saturday, Jan. 5, with check-in beginning at 5 p.m. and the race starting at 6:30 p.m. Trophies will be awarded to the overall male and female winners, with medals to the top three men and top three women in each age group. Big River Running of St. Louis will provide timing services, with race results available on the day of the run. Registration costs $30 for the run before Friday, Dec. 7, or $35 after; the walk is $20 before Dec. 7 or $25 after. For more information or to register: call (618) 394-6292, email email@example.com or visit www.snows.org/run
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
An ecumenical prayer service for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will take place at 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, at St. Monica Church, 12140 Olive Blvd. in Creve Coeur. A reception will follow. According to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which has been observed for more than 100 years, is an octave of prayer for visible Christian unity. Christians move toward the fulfillment of Jesus’ prayer at the Last Supper “that they all may be one” (John 17:21). The week is traditionally observed Jan. 18-25 in churches all over the world. For more local resources, visit www.archstl.org/ecumenical.
Marriage on Tap
Father Paul Hoesing will be the main speaker at the next Marriage on Tap, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, at the Pasta House, 8213 Delmar Blvd. in University City. Father Hoesing, dean of seminarians and director of human formation at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, will speak on “This is My Body, Given for You: Faithful Priesthood Needs the Faithful Witness of Faithful Marriage.” Cost is $20 per person, which includes a buffet dinner, tax and tip. Cash bar will be available. Sponsored by Worldwide Marriage Encounter, the evening, is open to all married couples. RSVP by Jan. 11 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit Marriage on Tap STL on Facebook.