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Shrine to host healing service

The National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows will host a Charismatic Mass and Healing Service at 7 p.m. Saturday in Christ the King Chapel.

The shrine is at 442 S. De Mazenod Drive in Belleville. Call the Rev. Ed Hauf at 394-6454 for more information.

Blaes named Chautauqua priest

The Rev. Donald A. Blaes, a retired priest of the Catholic Diocese of Belleville, has been selected to serve as a Catholic chaplain at the Chautauqua Institute in upstate New York.

The institute was founded in 1874 as a religious educational source but has broadened to include scientific, intellectual, artistic, musical and dramatic pursuits.

About 150,000 people take advantage of programs on its 783-acre site for nine weeks each summer. Two priests reside in the Catholic House each week, lecturing and otherwise serving Catholics in attendance.

Blaes will serve as chaplain Aug. 1-8. His lecture topic is "Religion in the 21st Century: Where are We, Where are We Headed?" He's believed to be the first Belleville priest to be selected for this summer duty.

Creation series continues Sunday

St. George's Episcopal Church will celebrate the Holy Eucharist at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sunday. The third part of the six-week summer forum "In the Beginning" will be held at 9:15 a.m. in the Parish Hall.

The Rev. Canon Dale Coleman will lead the third part, "Other Middle Eastern, Greek and Roman Views of Creation."

Upcoming parts include "A Scientist Looks at Genesis" on Aug. 16, "A Dialogue on the American Conflict Over Genesis: The Scopes Trail of 1925 and its Aftermath" on Aug. 23 and "Genesis 3: The Problem of Evil" on Aug. 30.

St. George's is at 105 E. D St. in Belleville. Call 233-6320 for more information.

Church to host concert series

Christ United Methodist Church in Fairview Heights will host a concert series on Sunday evenings in August.

All concerts will begin at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary (doors open at 6:30) at 339 Frank Scott Parkway East. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at or 277-4659.

Performers include:

* Dino Kartsonakis on Sunday; $12 for general admission.

* The Jeff Allen Band on Aug. 16; an offering will be taken.

* Shane & Shane on Aug. 23; $12 for general admission.

* Don Frazure on Aug. 30; an offering will be taken.

Sons of the Father to perform in Troy

Les Snyder and Sons of the Father will sing at 9:20 and 10:45 a.m. Sunday at Bethel Baptist Church in Troy.

Snyder and his sons, Chris and Brent, live in West Frankfort. They record on the House of Grace label and travel the United States, singing at more than 270 services per year.

They regularly appear on TV and radio shows. Their music ranges from traditional hymns to progressive gospel styles.

The church is at 7775 Collinsville Road in Troy. Call 667-7775 or visit for more information.

Paula D'Arcy will speak at shrine

Author Paula D'Arcy will be featured in two programs Aug. 14-16 at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows.

D'Arcy's ministry grew from personal tragedy. Pregnant with her second child, she and her unborn baby survived a drunken driving accident that killed her husband and 21-month-old daughter.

Her book, "Gift of the Red Bird," was called by U.S. Catholic "one of the top ten spiritual books you'll ever read."

* 7 p.m. Friday: "Great Lessons of the Journey." D'Arcy will look back over the key lessons life has taught as she moved through early heartache and to a new beginning.

* 9:30 a.m. Aug. 15 through noon Aug. 16: "The Blessings Inside Sorrow." She will speak about opening your eyes and hearts to the blessings you can find even in loss.

The cost is $20 for Friday evening; $89 full weekend; $149 full weekend and two nights lodging. Pre-registration required at For information, call 397-6700. ext. 6270.

First Baptists to dedicate wing

First Baptist Church of Fairview Heights will host a ribbon cutting ceremony and reception on Sunday to dedicate the Unity Building Children's Wing to the memory of the late Franklin Neal. Neal served in the preschool division for more than 20 years. The ceremony and reception will follow 10:15 a.m. worship.