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Pallottine Renewal Center November 2019 Communications

REFLECT: Liturgy to Rededicate PRC Chapel

RENEW: Relationships with music, food & dance

Tales Behind the Photos

Rededication of the Chapel
Bishop Mark Rivituso and Rev. Tim Cook joined the Sisters, Board of Directors, Staff and over 100 Friends to celebrate 50 years of dedicated service to God’s people through the Pallottine Renewal Center.  In the homily,  Bishop Rivituso stressed the importance of our Renewal Center and its mission, and how it has been a gift, allowing many individuals and groups to Reflect, Renew and Refresh during their time at Pallottine.  His theme reminded all in attendance to spend part of each day as a “mini Retreat” reflecting on God, renewing their relationship with God, and being refreshed by Him. 

Our Guest of Honor: John Cook
Special guests were Mr. John Cook, his son, Fr. Tim and his daughters Amy and Cindy.  Mr. Cook was on the first advisory board and later served on the board with the Friends of Pallottine.  His wife, Evelyn, was one of the founders of the PRC Quilters. We also remembered their daughter, Beth Spilker, who died a few days before the anniversary.  She used to come with her mom to special events and helped at Pancake Breakfasts and Mother’s Day Fashion Shows. 

Dinner and Auction:  A Night of Song and Dance
Our chef, Jen Krehmeyer and her hardworking staff, served fancy hors d’oeuvres and an incredible, delectable dinner.  Musicians Jackie and Lee entertained with live music covering the last five decades.  Fr. Tim Cook performed two songs, including “Get Your Kicks on Route 66” in honor of his dad.  At one point Sisters and guests enjoyed dancing that brought a smile all around.

Fall Festival with a Louisiana Flavor
On Sunday, we continued the celebration for the neighborhood with our Fall Festival.  Music was by Zydeco Crawdaddy’s.  Together Just 1 Taste Catering, Beer Outside, Laughing Bear Bakery, Salem Lutheran Apple Butter, Missouri Honey, Sparkie the Clown and face painter, and the St. Louis Zoo.  The Mt. Hope Show Me Jumpers hopped to it in the gym and showed the audience how creative jump roping can be.  

St. Louis Zoo Special Mention
The St. Louis Zoo joined us to talk about the St. Louis Zoo North Campus and to promote their community discussion to be held on Saturday, October 12 from 10 to 11:30 at Ferguson Community Center.  Registration is required to participate in co-designing the future of education at and around the Zoo’s new property in north St. Louis County.  Register at stlzoo.org/edresearch.

Update from Pallottine Missionary Sisters
Sr. Mary Grace Barile, SAC, Pallottine Sisters expressed gratitude for your support of the Renewal Center ministry and the staff’s faithfulness to the mission.  Coming from West Virginia were Sr. Mary Grace and Sr. Mary Terence.  Arriving from Maryland were Sr. Stella, Sr. Danuta, Sr. Sahaya and Sr. Amutha.  The latter four sisters have come from Poland and India to start an international Pallottine community.  They hope to be joined by two sisters from Africa in the future.

Bishop Mark Rivituso with Fr. Tim Cook
Sisters were a wonderful part of our Rededication!
Bishop Mark Rivituso Blessing our Chapel for 50th Anniversary Re-dedication
The dinner was fantastic – proudly put together by PRC staff and enjoyed by over 100 guests
The kitchen staff, led by Jen Krehmeyer, did an outstanding job preparing and serving a very elegant meal to over 100 guests. They prepared for this event even with three retreats the week of the dinner auction! Once the meal was complete the dance floor filled up! Fr. Tim Cook surprised all when he took to the stage and then the sisters couldn’t resist the fun and got up and danced with many guests, including Sr. Maureen McGuire, Executive Vice President and Chief Mission Integration Officer for Ascension and our very own Dave Creech! What an amazing celebration!
Employee, Kevin Lafser showed off an amazing gifted voice at the rededication.
Mt. Hope Show Me Jumpers
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