Ride to St. Louis
Biking for Babies missionaries departed July 7 from Wisconsin, Ohio, Mississippi and Colorado on a long-distance bike ride to St. Louis on July 13 for an event at Tower Grove Park. Since 2009, Biking for Babies has raised more than $550,000. Today, it involves more than 30 missionaries (riders and their support crews) and supports approximately 40 pregnancy resource centers across 15 states. Biking for Babies is in its 10th year of sending out young adults from all sides of the country to spread awareness and raise funds for pregnancy resource centers in America.
On July 23, Deacon Frank and Mary Olmsted of the Archdiocese of St. Louis and William McGuire of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis will receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award from St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology in Indiana. The Olmsteds, members of St. Cletus Parish in St. Charles, are the first married couple to receive this award. It is awarded for outstanding service to the Church and to St. Meinrad. They both completed master’s degrees in religious education at St. Meinrad and have served on several boards in the past and currently at the seminary. In 2018, Frank retired after 34 years as theology teacher and campus ministry director at De Smet Jesuit High School in Creve Coeur and 10 years at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan. He also taught evening and summer courses for Paul VI Institute in St. Louis for 20 years and is a deacon serving at St. Cletus Parish. Mary retired as director of religious education at St. Cletus, where she worked for 21 years in three stints. She also taught English as a second language at Benedictine College, directed retreats at the Passionist and Marianist retreat centers in St. Louis and was a theology teacher at Duchesne High School in St. Charles.
“Fatal Flaws,” a film that addresses the issue of assisted suicide, will be shown at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, at the St. Louis Priory School Theater. To learn more about the film, co-sponsored by the St. Anselm Respect Life Committee and the archdiocese’s Respect Life Apostolate, visit www.stanselmstl.org or call (314) 878-2120. Admission is free. The St. Louis Priory Theater is located at 500 S. Mason Road in Creve Coeur.
The Fr. William Scheid Players will perform the musical “Once Upon A Mattress” at Nerinx Hall High School Heagney Theatre, 530 E Lockwood Ave. in Webster Groves, to benefit ministries of the Catholic Youth Apostolate. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 19, and at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 20, and Sunday, July 21. The cast features three priests from the Archdiocese of St. Louis and more than 70 youth and adults from 35 parishes. For $12 reserved tickets and information, call Ann at (314) 605-7521 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.bit.ly/2NvIyWl. Tickets are $15 at the door.
Our Lady of Guadalupe for Life will host another Living Rosary for Life at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, July 21, at Assumption Church, 4725 Mattis Road in south St. Louis County. The group will pray the Rosary, have exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction as they venerate the Precious Blood of Jesus. Light refreshments will be served afterward. Our Lady of Guadalupe for Life is a nonprofit group that sponsors pro-life billboards along St. Louis area highways.
‘Waking Up White’
St. Cletus Parish in St. Charles is hosting a discussion of the book, “Waking Up White,” by Debby Irving. The group will meet at 7 p.m. for four Thursdays beginning July 25 in the parish hall, 2705 Zumbehl Road. Easy to read, informative and eye-opening, “Waking Up White” shares the author’s sometimes cringe-worthy struggle to understand racism and racial tensions after being raised in a white, upper-class community. Her perspectives on bias, stereotypes, manners and tolerance are fresh and insightful. Copies of the book are available at St. Cletus for a $10 freewill donation. Attendance at all sessions not necessary, but you must register to PJ@saintcletus.org.
Worldwide Marriage Encounter is hosting several upcoming Marriage Encounter Weekends. The weekends are for married Christian couples who value their relationship and desire a richer, fuller life together. The next weekends will take place Aug. 9-11 and Sept. 27-29 at the Courtyard Marriot in St. Peters. To apply or learn more information, visit stl-wwme.org/schedule.php or call (314) 649-7317.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul of St. Louis will host a talk by W. Bradford Wilcox on “Poverty, Family Structure & The Way Forward … The Road to Economic Opportunity” from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Bush Student Center on the Saint Louis University campus, 20 N. Grand Blvd. Wilcox will address the importance of intact families. Following his talk, Wilcox will join a panel discussion on encouraging the intact family. He is director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia, professor of sociology at the University of Virginia, visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the Institute for Family Studies. The event is co-sponsored by the Archdiocese of St. Louis and Saint Louis University. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is an international Catholic lay organization dedicated to providing person-to-person service to all in need. Seating for the free event is limited. Register at www.svdpstlouis.org/register.
‘Songs of Hope’
Arts & Faith St. Louis is presenting a free concert at the Sheldon Concert Hall to build a harmonious St. Louis. “Songs of Hope,” the ninth annual interfaith concert, will be performed at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, at the Sheldon, 3648 Washington Blvd. in St. Louis. Tickets are available for pickup starting an hour before the event. This year’s concert will feature both adult and young singers and musicians from six faith communities, including Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Buddhist vocal ensembles from across the metropolitan area. Also featured will be soprano Christine Brewer, performing new music by composer and clarinetist Stephanie Berg that was recently premiered at Powell Symphony Hall, and an interfaith youth chorus led by Maria Ellis. New this year will be a storyteller chosen in collaboration with the MU Extension Division Storytelling Festival. Arts & Faith St. Louis began in 2011 on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. For more information, contact Barbara Murray at email@example.com or (314) 553-9900.
A celebration of marriage
The annual Silver and Golden Jubilee Mass for couples celebrating 25, 50, or more than 50 years of marriage in 2019 will be celebrated at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, 4431 Lindell Blvd. Archbishop Robert J. Carlson is the celebrant. Couples registered by Aug. 24 will receive a certificate of congratulations, and their names and wedding date will be printed in the Mass program. To register, visit www.archstl.org/jubilee or call (314) 792-7170