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Women’s prayer breakfast March 28 brings new ministry to the city

New ministry seeks to connect people to Jesus through Mary

Christ is alive in the city.

A new program of a similar name is aimed at reaching women of faith from diverse backgrounds. The first event, a prayer breakfast scheduled for March 28 at Cardinal Ritter College Preparatory School, will feature a personal witness story from Bonita Cornute, retired St. Louis TV journalist and member of St. Alphonsus Liguori “Rock” Church.

The event is organized by Christ Alive Through Mary, a new women’s Catholic witness ministry that falls under the umbrella of the archdiocesan Catholic Renewal Center. Jewel Jacobs, who is organizing the event at Cardinal Ritter, said the hope is that the new ministry will be accessible to many in the archdiocese.

Noting an increased interest among Hispanic Catholic women within the charismatic renewal movement, Jacobs observed that there are African American Catholic women who would be just as interested in the ministry. “I said, there are black folks here, too, devout Catholics who go to prayer breakfasts — why don’t we have any coming?” Jacobs said to fellow members of the Catholic Renewal Center’s service team. “After some prayer and discernment, we decided, let’s go to the city.”

Jacobs, a member of Sts. Teresa and Bridget Parish, said her personal witness story includes a special devotion to the Blessed Mother. It is through Mary that we reach her Son, Jesus. She said the Blessed Mother has been there for her in some personal challenges, including her husband’s diagnosis with cancer eight years ago (he’s in remission now) and growing up with alcoholism in her family.

“We go to (Mary) and she takes us to her Son,” Jacobs said. “She prays for us, loves us, but everything is through her Son.”

The prayer breakfast on March 28 also will feature praise and worship music. After the talk, people will be invited to participate in discussion. Confessions and opportunities for personal healing prayer also will be available.

Jacobs said the prayer breakfast will be held four times a year, and suggestions are being considered for future locations throughout the archdiocese. “Jesus went to the people,” she said. “He went and sent His disciples out two by two. That’s something that I hope we can do. We are not here just for the African American community, but for everybody.”

“Christ Alive in the City”

WHAT: “Christ Alive in the City” is a prayer breakfast organized by a new women’s witness ministry, Christ Alive Through Mary, offered through the archdiocesan Catholic Renewal Center.

WHERE: Cardinal Ritter College Preparatory School

WHEN: Saturday, March 28; registration is at 8:30, with the program beginning at 9. Bonita Cornute, retired TV journalist and member of St. Alphonsus Liguori “Rock” Church will share her witness story.

COST: $20 per person, or $120 for a table of 8. Reservations will be accepted through March 24. To register or for more information, see www.archstl.org/renewal or call (314) 801-8688. A collection of laundry and dish detergent, cleaning supplies, soap and paper products will be taken up for people in need.

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