Guests were invited to attend The Friends of the Rural Parish Workers of Christ the King at their 50th Annual Fashion Show and Luncheon that was held recently at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Clayton, Missouri. Just before the fashion show commenced, Archbishop Robert Carlson announced plans to bring health care and family social services through Catholic Charities of St. Louis to augment the rural ministry. A medical clinic, staffed mostly by volunteers but with a staff doctor, will be piloted on Rural Parish Workers property in Old Mines, and hopefully set the stage for the Catholic Mobile Clinic to also bring health care and social services to uninsured in and around nearby parishes. The Rural Parish Workers, a group of lay women bound by religious vows, serve about 2,500 people a year, providing food, clothing, shelter and utility assistance. Co-chairs for the luncheon were Therese Hagemeister and Vicki Messmer.
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