Metro-East Living

St. Clare to celebrate 150th anniversary with open house

St. Clare of Assisi Parish invites the public to an open house from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13, at the church, 1411 Cross St., O’Fallon. The event is part of a series of celebrations for the parish’s 150th anniversary.

Tours of the church building, which opened in 2007, will feature the 100 million-year-old fossil stone altar and baptismal font, Turkish iconography of Christ’s Passion, also known as Stations of the Cross, and hand-blown glass windows of the Creation. Historical artifacts and relics of saints also will be on display. The celebration will include live music and refreshments. Information: 618-632-3562 or

175th anniversary of St. Salvator Lutheran church

One of a series of special church services celebrating St. Salvator Lutheran’s 175th anniversary will take place at 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 13, in Venedy. The guest speaker will be the Rev. Mark Harriss, who is the son of a St. Salvator church member and currently pastor of Zion Lutheran Church in Hillsboro, Missouri.

National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows program

The program, “Caring for Our Common Home — The Environment,” will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows Church, 442 S. De Mazenod Drive, Belleville. The fee to attend is $20.

Presenters include:

▪ Jean Ponzi — Earthworms Host, KDHX.

▪ Mike Roberts — Former KSDK-Channel 5 meteorologist.

▪ Peter Raven — Senior science adviser, Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Science.

▪ Vic Hamer — Founder of “Give Me Water Lord,” invites attendees to bring lightly used shoes and handbags to help bring clean water to Kenya.

Preregistration is required may be made online at or by calling the Shrine, 618-397-6700, ext. 6270.

Feed My Sheep 5K run or walk

The 5K Run or Walk and Kid’s Fun Run for Honduras and Scholar Sponsorship will take place at 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, at Christ Church, 339 Frank Scott Parkway East, Fairview Heights. The cost to participate is $75 to sponsor a Honduran child with school supplies for a year or $25 to participate in the race only. Registration forms are available at the Sync Center or online at Information: Chris Shriver, 636-474-9599.

Free clothing giveaway

“The Faith House,” Faith United Baptist Church, is holding a free clothing giveaway from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, in the Southview Plaza shopping center parking lot, 100 Southview Plaza Drive, O’Fallon, while supplies last. A youth group fundraiser barbecue sale will take place during the giveaway to raise money for a mission trip to Champaign. For more information, call the church at 618-632-7384.