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Input and response needed…

STLMetro is seeking feedback about expanding premium transit services to more communities. There are four proposed routes, of which Metro will choose two, to compete for federal funding. Metro wants to hear from all interested individuals, especially those who do not have regular access to cars. How? Between now and Friday, September 13th, visit: www.movingtransitforward.org/stlrapidtransit and offer your input. Or attend one of three public meetings, Sept. 10th at St. Louis City Hall from 11a-1p – (presentation at noon). Or Sept. 11th at the Richmond Heights Community Center: 5:30-7:30 (presentation at 6:30) or Sept. 12th at The Florissant Valley Campus – Student Services Center, again, from 5:30-7:30 (6:30 presentation). See the bulletin board in the rear of church for more details.

The Missouri Catholic Conference is asking you to contact your two U.S. Senators and your Representative and urge them to vote against a resolution authorizing the use of military force in Syria. Instead, ask them to support U.S. leadership, in collaboration with the international community, for an immediate ceasefire in Syria and serious, inclusive negotiations for peace.

In a recent letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, Bishop Richard E. Pates, Chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace, wrote: “The path of dialogue and negotiation between all components of Syrian society, with the support of the international community, is the only option to put an end to the conflict…. We ask the United States to work with other governments to obtain a ceasefire, initiate serious negotiations, provide impartial and neutral humanitarian assistance, and encourage building an inclusive society in Syria that protects the rights of all its citizens, including Christians and other minorities.”

Visit mocatholic.org for more background and information.

Finally, on a ‘different kind of action needed’, classes are being formed for the RCIA – the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. If you know of someone who might be considering becoming Catholic or at least learning and studying more about the Catholic faith, have them contact me (Fr Bill) at 314-385-5090 x855 at their earliest convenience.

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