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Sunday, 13 March 2011 11:04

‘Mary Within Us’ theme of annual women’s day in Collinsville

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COLLINSVILLE — The women of Ss. Peter and Paul Church in Collinsville are holding their annual women’s day event on Saturday, April 16 at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Rt. 157 in Collinsville. The day runs from 8 a.m. through 3 p.m., costs $15 and includes lunch. Women from throughout the diocese are invited to register to attend.

The day, entitled “Mary Within Us” will be both informative and enjoyable, says Carol Moore, publicity chair of the day, which has been a springtime parish event for over five years. This year the featured singer will be Danielle Rose, while Carolyn King and Deby Schlapprizzi will be the inspirational speakers.

Rose is a 2002 graduate of the University of Notre Dame who has bachelor’s degrees in music and theology. As a teenager she volunteered with Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity and before graduating from college she had already released her debut album, Defining Beauty.

In 2004, Rose received a personal blessing from Pope John Paul II, who remembered her from her ministry at World Youth Day in Toronto. She also presented the Holy Father with her second album, Mysteries, a collection of meditations upon the 20 mysteries of the rosary. She has since recorded two more albums, I Thirst and Pursue Me. Rose spent two years discerning a vocation as a religious but left the convent in November 2009 to continue sharing her music for the glory of God and the salvation of souls.

King is a Catholic speaker, teacher and convert from Lutheranism. At the peak of her successful business career as an investment consultant, she was featured in the Wall Street Journal and was interviewed on Tom Brokaw’s NBC Nightly News in a story called How successful women balance work and family.

King began her speaking ministry in 2001 with St. Joseph’s Communications, and served as a CCD teacher and taught in a Catholic woman’s prayer group in her own diocese for four years. In 2004 she was a guest on EWTN’s The Journey Home. She is deeply devoted to the sacraments, the Blessed Mother and the saints. She believes that the challenging times people live in today are no match for the transforming grace of God.

Schlapprizzi has a bachelor’s degree in communications and business at St. Louis University. She completed post-graduate studies in counseling and gerontology and is married and the mother of five children (four who are living). She is the host of the Splendor of You radio program that addresses varied topics of faith in contemporary living.

A long-time pro-life advocate and motivational speaker, Schlapprizzi delivers a message of purpose and hope and reminds listeners to embrace a unique and matchless calling. She has interviewed Matthew Kelly, Christopher West and others. She has also been a guest on national talk radio and is a national and local lecturer on matters of faith and morals. She has received multiple honors from Catholic leaders and organizations.

Moore says attendees at the women’s prayer day will have free time to shop during breaks as exhibitors and vendors from the local Collinsville area will be on hand. Attendance prizes will also be awarded.

Those who wish to attend the event are asked to register as soon as possible by visiting www.saintspeter-paul.org and clicking on “Parish News and Forms” to download a registration form. Completed forms should be mailed to: SSPP Women’s Day, 207 Vandalia, Collinsville, IL 62234. For further information, contact event chair Judy Cruz at (618) 344-3475.