Metro-East Living

Religion briefs

Pet blessing at Shrine

The National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows invites the public to bring domesticated pets to an event called Celebrate Creation and Creatures. It will include an outdoor Mass at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, with Friar Serrano and a Blessing of the Animals in honor of St. Francis of Assisi at 6 p.m. at the Lourdes Grotto. Pets must be leashed or crated. Owners are responsible for picking up after them, and only those that are well-behaved should come to the Mass. Bring containers if desired; water will be available. For more information, call 618-394-6276 or email to

Mental illness awareness

First Assembly of God in Belleville will hold an Ecumenical Candlelight Service at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, to mark the beginning of Mental Illness Awareness Week. The church is at 900 Fair Oaks Drive. For more information, contact Tom Smith with the Karla Smith Foundation at 618-628-3129 or email to

Union Full Gospel church event

Minister Dr. Leeanna Hill and the Voices of Joy will perform at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Union Full Gospel Baptist Church, 2402 Tudor Ave., East St. Louis. The Rev. Daryl Williams Sr. is worship leader. Special guests include Brother Bert & The Singing Angels, Mr. James Wafer & The Highly Pha’Vord Singers, Barbara Wolfe, evangelist Mary Rich, The Joyfulletts Singers, Union Full Gospel Choir and more. CDs will be available for $10.