Fall Auction Hosts Generous Supporters — stlouiscenter

Through the generosity of St. Joseph Mercy Hospital-Chelsea and the local community, St. Louis Center held its 31st Annual Fall Dinner Auction on Saturday, November 10, 2018. It was a true night of giving, as many special presentations were made to support the children and adults who call St. Louis Center their home. As the […]

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Recognition for 10 Successful Years

Thalavadi – For World Special People’s Day all the institutions from the Erode District, including Nazareth Illam, were invited to attend the program organized by DDRWO of Erode. Mr. Prabhakaran, collector, and MLA’s of east and west constitution of Erode district were the guests for the day. In the cultural events many differently-abled people showcased their talents, one of our residents performed a beautiful dance on stage. It was a joyful moment for Nazareth Illam and the Congregation to receive the best institution award with a certificate and a trophy from Mr. Prabhakaran. Fr. Ligory, Community Superior, was awarded for rendering best service for the people. It is apparent that everyone appreciated our institution and our service.

Catholics Celebrate Disabilities

Legazpi – The holidays were here again which made our children and youth with special needs rejoice when they rendered a musical skit, sang carols and played their musical instruments during the program during our observance of National Catholic Disability Day December 3rd held at Harong Kan Sagrada Familia. They not only enjoyed mingling with other persons with disabilities from different Special Education Centers in Legazpi City, but they were also grateful for the goodies given as gifts from generous benefactors. It was worth the effort of the many days of practices in order to come up with a meaningful and enjoyable stage presentation. Indeed it was applauded and appreciated.

Patriotic Parade — stlouiscenter

Chelsea – Caitlin Blomquist, Fitness Specialist with the Fitness for Life program, planned a Fourth of July parade for all of the participants of St. Louis Center. Sarah played the recorder as everyone marched around the Special Needs Playground and the kickball field. Each person decorated a t-shirt for the festivities with the best designs […]

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St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea presents $100,000 to St. Louis Center — stlouiscenter

READ: St. Joe’s Chelsea presents $100K to @St_Louis_Center for new #EMR https://t.co/L5inn3mcOE #PeopleCentered pic.twitter.com/5I8EoLN7dS — St. Joe’s Health (@stjoes_health) July 7, 2016 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

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Baseball, Hot Dogs and Detroit — stlouiscenter

Detroit – Thanks to the generosity of the Detroit Tigers Foundation, the residents of St. Louis Center received 40 tickets to enjoy a Tigers game against the Minnesota Twins on the night of Tuesday, July 19th in Downtown Detroit at Comerica Park. While sitting in the third deck of the stadium, the fans from SLC […]

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Dinner with Friends — stlouiscenter

Chelsea – Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Michigan Center has become very supportive of St. Louis Center in recent years, and their Knights of Columbus Council has been actively seeking opportunities to interact and do things for the residents. This summer, Grand Knight Bill Roller proposed another barbeque for our residents, and on a […]

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St. Louis Center Resident Retires — stlouiscenter

On April 6, 2016, Administration and staff of St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea held a retirement party for St. Louis Center resident Julian Early. Julian had worked in the Food Service Department for the last 10 years. The St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea Board of Trustees presented Julian a beautiful plaque which stated: The St. Joseph Mercy […]

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Bishop of Lansing Celebrates Guanellian Anniversary with Servants of Charity

Chelsea, MI – On Sunday February 24, 2013, a packed church at St. Mary Parish in Chelsea, MI joined the Bishop of Lansing at 10:00 a.m. Mass to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the visit of St. Louis Guanella to the United States in 1913. The Most Rev. Bishop Earl Boyea presided over the Mass attended by 400 people, along with five priests from the local Guanellian community at St. Louis Center, and Rev. William J. Turner, Pastor of St. Mary Church. Forty St. Louis residents and staff members were in attendance, along with many families from the St. Louis Guanella Council of the Knights of Columbus. The Cardinal O’Hara 4th Degree Assembly provided the Color Corps for the Mass.

During his homily, Bishop Boyea spoke of the significance of St. Louis Guanella’s outreach to America, and the contribution of the Guanellian congregation of priests to the Diocese of Lansing. At the end of Mass, Fr. Joseph Rinaldo, SdC., presented Bishop Boyea with a gift of a relic of St. Louis Guanella in a new reliquary. The relic was a bone fragment of St. Guanella, which according to Catholic teaching, is worthy of veneration by the faithful.

After Mass, nearly 200 people remained for an “Italian Breakfast” that consisted of deli meats, bread, cheese, fruit, and yogurt. Fr. Joseph Rinaldo, Provincial Treasurer, spoke about the history of Fr. Guanella’s visit (December 15, 1912 – Feb. 8, 1913), the crowd was treated to a short film about the life of Fr. Guanella, State Deputy Michael Malinowski of the Michigan Knights of Columbus spoke of the importance of caring for persons with developmental disabilities, and Bishop Boyea gave a final blessing to everyone at the end of the program.

Fr. Louis Guanella was canonized as a saint of the Catholic Church on October 23, 2011 at Vatican Square in Rome, and founded the Servants of Charity congregation of priests in 1908. He made it his mission in life to care for the “poorest of the poor,” especially persons with developmental disabilities.

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Fr. Joseph Rinaldo Honored at Special Paesano’s Dinner

Fr. Joseph and friends
Fr. Joseph and friends
Fr. Joseph (3rd from left) poses with his friends Toni and Jack Tocco, and Norm Neuman.

Fr. Joseph Rinaldo, SdC., Provincial Treasurer of the Divine Providence Province, was honored at a special dinner on Monday June 25, 2012 attended by fifty people at Paesano’s Restaurant in Ann Arbor, MI. This was the second year for this fundraising dinner, offered to support the operations of St. Louis Center in Chelsea, MI.

This year’s dinner featured the foods of Sicily, Fr. Joseph’s home area, and included a five course meal with Spada Putanesca and seared duck breast as the main attractions. Each item was then paired with a special selection of white or red wine.

During the meal, Fr. Joseph was honored by his friends from the local community, who stood-up to praise his life’s devotion to persons with developmental disabilities, and in the end, he received several special gifts. A case of nero d’avola wine, a replica painting of the Dream of St. Joseph by Francisco Rizi, and several premium cigars.