Catholic radio station to hold launch party

Utah's first Catholic radio station will have a "Station Launch Party" today, 9:30-10 a.m., at the KIHI (AM-1010) radio tower, 6173 W. 2100 South, West Valley City.

The Most Rev. John C. Wester, bishop of the Diocese of Salt Lake City, will bless the station and do a ceremonial flip of the switch to being full-time Catholic broadcasting to Utah.

The station will be part of the Immaculate Heart Radio Network.

Christ United Methodist to install new pastor

The Rev. Dr. Marti Zimmerman has accepted the position of Senior Pastor at Christ United Methodist Church, 3300 S. 2375 East. She will be installed on Sunday, Aug. 23 at the 10 a.m. church service. Rev. Zimmerman has presided over Smoky Hill United Methodist Church in Centennial, Colo., for the past 17 years. She is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder, studied at the Universitat Regensburg in Germany, received her Masters of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in New York City and a Doctorate of Ministry from the Iliff School of Theology in Denver Colorado.

The Rev. Steve Goodier, former Pastor at CUMC, has accepted the position of District Superintendent of the Rocky Mountain Region of the United Methodist Church.

Opera presentation at Unitarian church

"Who was Treemonisha: A Conceptual Look at Scott Joplin's Grand Opera," will be presented by David Owens, Mary Craig and friends, on Sunday, Aug. 23, 10 a.m., in the final "summer forum" event at the First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake, 569 S. 1300 East. For more information, go to: www.slcuu.org or call 801-582-8687 for more details.

Christian Life Center to host Chona Pierce

Chona Pierce will perform at the Christian Life Center Church, 2352 E. Highway 193, Layton, on Sunday, Aug. 23, 6 p.m. Tickets are $18.50 in advance or $20 at the door.

This event is presented by the People for Christ Ministry. Go to www.ticketswest.com for tickets.

Free screening of 'Humanity Ascending'

A free, public screening of the movie, "Humanity Ascending," will be held on Monday, Aug. 24, 7 p.m., at All Saints Episcopal Church, 1710 Foothill Drive.

This is a film by Barbara Marx Hubbard. There also will be a community discussion and sneak preview to a December conference with Hubbard, James O'Dea, Andrew Harvey and local leaders from the Salt Lake area. Go to www.allsaintsslc.org for more details.

St. Francis Xavier plans parish festival

St. Francis Xavier Catholic Parish, 4501 W. 5215 South, will hold its annual parish festival on Saturday, Aug. 29, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. There will be food, games and entertainment. The public is invited.

Blessed Sacrament to hold Fall Festival

The Blessed Sacrament Church and School will stage its annual Fall Festival on Aug. 29-30 at 9800 S. 1700 East, Sandy. There will be games, food, entertainment, a silent auction and more. Admission is free and public is invited. Go to: www.blessedsacramentsandy.parishesonline.com for more details.

Mass for students, 'Folkfest' are planned

St. Catherine and Newman Center will hold their annual "Mass on the Grass," Sunday, Aug. 30, 7 p.m., on President's Circle, 200 S. University St. This Mass blesses the students, faculty, staff and campus for the coming school year. St. Joseph the Worker Catholic "Folkfest" will be Sept. 11-13 at 7405 S. Redwood Road.

Car show, crafts, entertainment, food, games and outdoor Mass are some of the events planned.

Cathedral of Madeleine book is now available

A new book, "The Story of the Cathedral of the Madeleine," is now available for $16.95. This is a 128-page book with 40 historical photos and 16 color plates.

Go to: www.sagebrush-press.com for more information.

Reconnect with Earth at USU workshop

Multiple organizations have teamed up to present an eco-spiritual conference at Utah State University during the Labor Day weekend. The workshop is Sept. 5-7 at the Eccles Conference Center on the USU campus. Cost for the three-day workshop is $199 for adults, $77 for students with ID and free for children ages 8-16. To register, call 435-797-0423 or 800-538-2663, or go to www.chaupinsuyu.org.

'Autism and Faith' meeting Sept. 17

"Autism and Faith" will be presented on Thursday, Sept. 17, 9 a.m. to noon at the Sanderson Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing lecture hall, 5700 S. 1500 West, Taylorsville.

Go to www.utahparentcenter.org for more information or to register. Space is limited.

St. Olaf to celebrate its 50th next year

St. Olaf Catholic School in Bountiful will celebrate its 50th year in 2010 and is seeking to contact past students so they can join in the anniversary celebrations.

If you know of any past students and their whereabouts, send an e-mail to dparkin@stolafs.org.

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