Highland News Leader

Special church events in the Highland area for the week of April 16

Sts. Peter and Paul to host annual Women’s Day

The annual Women’s Day, sponsored by the ladies of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Collinsville, will highlight the famous Lady of Guadalupe Shrine in Mexico and the miracles that occurred there in 1531. The event is scheduled for Saturday, April 18 from 8 a.m to 3 p.m. at the Collinsville Knights of Columbus Hall on Illinois 157. The event is entitled, “Our Lady of Guadalupe, Arrange the Roses in Our Lives.”

Marty Rotella, Grammy-nominated songwriter, speaker and producer, will sing and speak on the appearance of Our Lady of Guadalupe. His song, Wait on Tepeyac and other songs will teach about this great miracle. Julie Scheller, teacher at Sts. Peter and Paul School, will speak on her spiritual journey.

The Guitar Group from St. Cecilia’s Church in St. Louis will perform and serenade during the outside procession and recitation of the Rosary. The event will include Reconciliation, Eucharistic Adoration, and Benediction. A collection of first- and second-class relics of saints will be displayed in a room adjacent to the main hall.

The day will also include continental breakfast, lunch, shopping at vendors’ booths and prize giveaways. The cost is $20.

All women, 16 years of age and older, are invited to attend. Registration forms are available by calling Sts. Peter and Paul Church Office at (618) 345-4343, or by visiting www.saintspeter-paul.org. Call Judy Cruz, Women’s Day chair, at (618) 670-5192, if you have any questions.

Handbell concert at Maryville church on Sunday

The Gateway Ringers will present a festive spring concert featuring Easter and spring season favorites using five octaves of handbells and three octaves of chimes at Our Lord’s Lutheran Church, 150 Wilma Drive in Maryville, on Sunday, April 19 at 4 pm.

As part of the event, the Gateway Ringers will present “Spectrum,” featuring music of color and light. The program includes a wide variety of selections, including William Payn’s Prisms, Cathy Moklebust’s Lux Aeterna, and Dave Brubeck’s Blue Rondo à la Turk.

The concert is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the concert. Donations will be accepted to defray transportation costs. CDs of the Gateway Ringers may be purchased at the concert.

The choirs of Our Lord’s are hosting the reception as part of the church’s Easter hospitality for both members and the community.

The Gateway Ringers is an auditioned community choir comprised of handbell ringers from the St. Louis and metro-east area. The mission of the Gateway Ringers is to inspire excellence in musicianship and heighten awareness of handbell music. The group was formed in the fall of 1995 and is active in the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers (AGEHR) at the area and national levels.

For more information, call Loretta at (618) 345-5692.