One of the 16 workshops will invite participants to “Meet St. Francis of Assisi.” Another workshop offered by St. Louis Auxiliary Bishop Edward Rice will discuss Pope Francis’ special concern for the poor. Other workshops will offer practical advice on soup kitchens, maternity homes and how parishes can better respond to the needs of the most vulnerable in their community. Moral theologian Fr. James Knapp (Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, St. Louis, MO) will address the present state of the institution of marriage and what lies ahead in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision. A former Missouri state senator (Franc Flotron) will sit down for an interview about the Missouri General Assembly – is it broken or does it properly represent the people of Missouri? These are just a few of the many workshops participants will be able to choose from.
Over the years the MCC Annual Assembly has become known as a premier event for Catholics to attend. It is not just about becoming better informed; the assembly offers an opportunity for Catholics to meet and share the challenges they face in their own communities and parishes.
This year’s assembly is set for Saturday, September 28, 2013. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. in the 3rd Floor Capitol Rotunda. The keynote address by Bishop Richard E. Pates will take place in the historic chamber of the House of Representatives.
Breakout workshops follow the keynote address and then lunch is provided at no charge. Following the afternoon workshops there is a brief closing session. There are also activities for youth, including a mock legislature and scavenger hunt inside the Capitol.
The day ends with a Mass concelebrated by the bishops of Missouri. The day is free; there is no registration fee and each participant is given an information packet to take home with them.
For those who need transportation assistance, don’t hesitate to call the MCC at 1-800-456-1679. You can register here. Don’t miss out on this inspiring and informative day.
The bishops of Missouri are on hand and the day closes with an inspiring Mass at historic St. Peter Church across from the State Capitol.