Metro-East Living

Religion briefs

Hunger outreach expanded

New Shining Light Feed the Hungry Outreach, 740 Broadway in Venice, has been expanded to include five days of free meals a week. Hours are 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and 7:30 to 9 a.m. Sundays. No paperwork or ID is required. Anyone who is hungry is welcome. For more information, call 618-530-2347, 618-558-1945 or 618-798-1677.

Pastor serves 34 years

New Shining Light is celebrating the 34th pastoral anniversary of Bishop John H. Williams and First Lady Linda Williams during its Founders Ball at 7 p.m. Friday at 1302 Klein St. in Venice. Admission is $20. To get tickets, contact chairperson Tonia Cotton at 618-979-5912. The celebration will continue with services at 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Oct. 9 at 740 Broadway in Venice.

Red Mass planned at cathedral

Bishop Edward K. Braxton and the St. Thomas More Committee invites the public to the annual Red Mass at 7:45 p.m. Oct. 14 at St. Peter’s Cathedral in Belleville. It marks the opening of the modern U.S. Supreme Court term but traces its tradition to the Red Mass in Paris in 1245. The congregation will ask for God’s guidance for government officials, attorneys, policemen, firemen and others who serve the community. Uniforms encouraged. Reception to follow. For more information, call 618-234-8800.

Retreat focuses on Beatitudes

Victorious Missionaries, which offers spiritual support for people with disabilities, is sponsoring a fall retreat called “Beatitude Mercy: God’s Recipe for Health” at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville. It will begin with dinner Oct. 21 and end with lunch Oct. 23. The Rev. Ron Meyer of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate is leading the retreat. The cost is $175, which includes six meals, two nights hotel lodging, snacks and handouts ($115 without lodging). Preregistration required. For more information, call 618-394-6281 or visit