A Gift Gathering Party To benefit the St. Ambrose School

You’re Cordially Invited To:
A Gift Gathering Party
To benefit the St. Ambrose School
Investing in the Future Auction
Sponsored by:
the St. Ambrose Forever Endowment Fund
Friday, October 5th
7:00 pm
St. Ambrose Cafeteria
Appetizers and Drinks Provided
RSVP to: gegiudici@crescentparts.com
Please bring a gift for the Silent or Live auction.
Thank you for your support

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Piazza Imo

On June 20, 2018, the Hill Piazza committee held a groundbreaking ceremony announcing the dream of a Piazza on “The Hill” is a reality.
The plan to build a beautiful Italian inspired piazza, in front of St. Ambrose Church has begun.

An area to provide a central gathering place; an outside space to educate our children and a contemplatively spot to rest, meditate and reflect.

Although we have the funding to initiate the construction of the Piazza, we must continue to raise funds to complete and maintain this new inspiration on the “Hill.”

There are exciting opportunities to consider for naming rights. A few examples are tree memorials, planters, wall fountains, and benches. If you are interested in purchasing a naming right, please contact Cathy Ruggeri-Rea at 314-304-2962 to review details


4 CHESS TABLES $25,000.00 each
2 WALL FOUNTAINS $25,000.00 each
1 ENCASED TELEVISION (informational/educational) $20,000.00
8 BENCHES $15,000.00 each
6 POLE LAMPS $10,000.00 each
8 LONDON PLAN TREES $10,000.00 each
22 PLANTERS $ 3,000.00 each


10 x 10 Panel (5 lines) $ 5,000.00
8 x 10 Panel (3 lines) $ 3,000.00
1 Lines of Print $ 1,000.00

Make checks payable to the Hill Piazza, Inc. and mail to 6801 Hoffman 63139 attention Cathy. The Hill Piazza, Inc. is a 501©(3) organization and donations are tax deductible.

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CIAO St Louis and St. Ambrose Church Family Health & Wellness Fair

Sunday, October 14, 2018
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
St. Ambrose Church Hall

Blood pressure screenings
 Visiting Nurse Association:
o Flu (3 years and older ) and pneumonia vaccines
o MUST present health insurance card
 Health insurance education
 Nutrition Education and Assessment
 Alzheimer’s Education and Information Sessions
 Many vendors providing health education and resources that are available to the community
 Health awareness activities for children
 Free Raffles
 Healthy Refreshments
 Agencies with information and services:
o Health Literacy Ministry
o Alzheimer’s Association
o Center for Hearing and Speech
o On the Hill Health Mart Pharmacy
 Register for free monthly vitamins for children 2-12 years
o Oasis Lifelong Adventure
o Aging Answers
o We Care Mobile Dental
o Body, Mind Spirit and Holistic Solutions
o St. Louis Community College
 Brain food tasting
 Nutrition Assessments
o Abbott EMS
o Missouri Poison Center
o Nursing Specialties-Nurses for You
o St Ambrose Prayer Shawl Ministry
o American Red Cross
o Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital
o Total Access Urgent Care
o Morganford Massage and Spa
 5-minute chair massages

Please contact Loretta April, 314-550-4059


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Winners of the 2018 Miss Italian Saint Louis pageant

By Christina Bartels  Source: Il Pensiero

The Miss Italian Saint Louis pageant
gives young Italian American women the
chance to be the spokesperson for their
generation. Miss Italian Saint Louis teaches
girls public speaking, interviewing, time
management and the Italian heritage. While
doing all this, the girls are having fun and
making friendships that will last a lifetime!

This year’s event was held Sept. 15,
2018 at Favazza’s on The Hill. Food and
drinks were provided, and families were
invited to support the girls as well.

Miss Italian Saint Louis is an
important tradition on The Hill that is vastly
underrated. Bringing back Miss Italian
Saint Louis to the community is something
that has been an honor to be a part of.
Miss Italian Saint Louis is a public figure
for young women to look up to and give
them a chance to get involved in a positive
organization. It is a way to add the younger
generations into the already established
organizations. This is critical to help carry
on these traditions that are already set in
place. This pageant gives young women
a chance to be confident in themselves by
using their title to show off our heritage with
confidence and poise to the Saint Louis

To be a part of Miss Italian Saint
Louis you need to fill out an application (this
year’s was found on Facebook-Miss Italian
Saint Louis) or also on www.hillstl.org. With
that, the girls were required to write a small
essay and attend required events. The day
of the pageant, the girls participated in an
interview process, an onstage question
(they received before hand to give time
to prepare) and also judged on general
poise. It is NOT a beauty pageant. It is a
scholarship pageant that combines life
skills with general poise and effort. After
the pageant, the girls were required to
attend a celebratory lunch. A recoginition
dinner will be held Sept. 29, where they will
receive their scholarship. And, they will be
in the Columbus Day parade. After that the
girls are free to use their title to help better
themselves and their community in any way
they choose! The judges this year were
Kathy Ferrara, Adrianne Caruso and Sergio
Ramos; MC, Scott Biondo; helpers, former
Miss Italian Saint Louis: Laura Beffa and
former Jr. Miss Italian Saint Louis: Juliana

Little Miss Italian Saint Louis: ages 10-13
Winner: Brianna Garavaglia
Jr. Miss Italian Saint Louis: ages 14-17
Winner: Ellsie Basola
Miss Italian Saint Louis: ages 18-21
Winner: Jessica Santangelo

The following were scholarship donations:
Miss Italian Saint Louis is awarded the
Rose Anne Saracino scholarship ($500)

Jr Miss Italian Saint Louis is awarded the
Lena Vitale scholarship ($250)

Little Miss Italian is awarded the Angelina
Fabbio scholarship ($100)

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Potential Visit from a Representative of the Italian Consul Office To St. Louis In 2019

Next year the Italian Consul in Chicago, Giuseppe Finoccchiaro, has agreed to send a representative from his office to help individuals obtain Italian passports and Italian citizenships.     However, we must demonstrate there are a sufficient number of individuals in St. Louis who are in need of these services.

Obtaining Italian passports and citizenships can be very involved and usually requires a trip to Chicago to finalize the documentation. This is an opportunity to get assistance in St. Louis in completing the documentation and potentially save an expensive trip to Chicago.

We are compiling a list of those in St. Louis who would like to make an appointment to meet with this representative. APPOINTMENTS WILL BE NECESSARY.

In addition, individuals must present their documentation to a member of our committee here in St. Louis for review before appointments are given. This will insure that those who have completed their documentation will be able to finalize the necessary paperwork for their passport or citizenship at their appointment. This will enable us to provide the Italian Consul’s office with a list of those who request an appointment.

For additional information please contact one of the following:                                         

                                          Rio or Marianne Vitale – 314.846.5802

                                          Vincenzo DiPiazza – 314.707.2429

                                          Chris Stephens – 314.308.0113

                                          Angelo Sita – 314.781.9341    


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Italian Heritage Festa & Parade on the Hill October 7, 2018

October 6
Vino & Aperitivo Recognition night

Dinner at 7PM at the Italia-America Bocce Club celebrating the Grand Marshall Dr. Robert A. Bergamini, MD and Spirit of Columbus Award-winner Ms. Dorothy Bartoni.

Dinner will be aperitivo-style featuring a sampling of dishes from DiGregorio’s Market, Bartolino’s, LoRusso’s, and Guido’s. an open wine bar, and dancing.

October 7

Italian Heritage Parade 12:30 pm

Italian Heritage Festa in Berra Park 1pm – 6pm

Live Music from

Savio DiMartino 1-3 PM

Paint the Earth 3-6 PM

Food from


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Unique, Italian Exhibit Opens Italian Fest Collinsville IL

by: Annette M. Graebe

Collinsville’s Italian Fest is launching its 35th birthday party with a rare photo exhibit called ITALY: BEHIND THE SCENES.

The show takes visitors for a quick trip to Italy — off the beaten path — to places rarely seen on commercial tours.  It goes deep into Italy’s regions – from the mountains to the sea – to visit “the amazing, the unusual, and the unknown.”

The exhibit, open now through Oct. 7, is located at Collinsville Library, 408 West Main.

Library hours are Mon. – Thurs. (9 a.m. – 8 p.m.), Fri./Sat. (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.), and Sun. (1-5 p.m.)  The library closes at 3 p.m., Sept. 22, for the parade, and will be closed Sept. 28.

AND Italian Fest doesn’t end there. Learn more about the big Main Street Festival (Sept. 21 & 22), the bocce tournament (Sept. 22nd, Glidden Park), Italian Film (Sept. 20), parade (Sept. 22), and more at www.italianfest.net.

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CIAO St Louis and St. Ambrose Church Family Health & Wellness Fair

  • Blood pressure screenings
  • Flu ( 3 years and older ) and pneumonia vaccines
    • MUST present health insurance card 
  • Health insurance education
  • Nutrition Education and Assessment
  • Alzeimher’s Education and Information Sessions
  • Healthy food tastings
  • Many vendors providing health education and resources that are available to the community
  • Health awareness activities for children
  • Free Raffles
  • Healthy Refreshments
    • Agencies with information and services:
    • Health Literacy Ministry
    • Alzheimer’s Association
    • Center for Hearing and Speech
    • Oasis Lifelong Adventure
    • Aging Answers
    • We Care Mobile Dental
    • Body, Mind Spirit and Holistic Solutions
    • Louis Community College Department of Food Science
    • Abbott EMS
    • Missouri Poison Center
    • Nursing Specialties-Nurses for You
    • St Ambrose Prayer Shawl Ministry

Please contact Loretta April, 314-550-4059

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CIAO St Louis and St. Ambrose Church Present Family Health and Wellness Fair

by Loretta Vitale April

CIAO St Louis and St. Ambrose Church have joined together to bring the community a Health And Wellness Fair, Sunday, October 14, 2018, in the Church Hall from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.  The event is a first of its kind for the parish.

When CIAO Board member and parishioner, Loretta Vitale April, asked Monsignor Bommarito what he thought of the idea of a health Fair for the parish, he was very enthusiastic.

Ellie Sicola (Nursing Director for Senior Services, Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center at St. Anthony’s/Mercy Hospital) and Jeanie Smith (Clinical Nurse Manager, High Risk Cardiology at Barnes Jewish Hospital) are sisters, who also serve on the CIAO St Louis Board, came up with idea. “We wanted to reach out to the Hill community, as well as serve the families here,” said Ellie Sicola. CIAO is part of the neighborhood. Its office and studio is located inside The Hill Neighborhood Center.

Together, Ellie and Jeanie began approaching their many contacts and vendors in the healthcare field. Loretta joined their committee as the liaison for St. Ambrose church and recruited a few RN parishioners to help out, including Judy Brusatti, Marsy Camino and Domenica Allen. “This committee has put together an amazing event that will be enjoyed by the whole family,” said Loretta.

Among the highlights of the Fair will be free health screenings, including blood pressure. St. Louis Community College Nutrition and Food Service students accompanied by their professor, Jeanne Florini, will prepare food for tasting and educate children and adults on healthy eating. Jeanne Florini is also a CIAO Board member. “My students are very excited to come to St. Ambrose to share what they have learned with our community,” said Professor Florini.

The Visiting Nurses Association will be giving flu and pneumonia vaccines. “If you want your flu shot, it’s free, but you must bring your insurance card and/or Medicare card with you.” Jeanie wants to remind everyone that this very important.

A representative from the Alzheimer’s Association will be giving informational workshops throughout the morning, every half hour.  The sessions will provide important education and resources for Alzheimer’s patients, families and caregivers.

In addition, Cardinal Glennon Hospital will be there with health and safety information. There will also be information and education for adults and the elderly.

When guests come in to the fair, they will sign a guest list and be given a free bag with goodies inside and they will sign up for the free raffles. Among the free raffles includes a blood pressure machine, several first aid kits and many other prizes. Guests will be treated to healthy snacks, including fruit and granola bars.  The Parish Mount Carmel Sodality will be hostesses for serving.  Marie Wohlert, President of Mount Carmel said, “We are so happy to be a part of the Health Fair, it’s a great parish event”.

The Committee is continuing to work on making this Health Fair the most fun and most informative.  So be prepared for some surprises not talked about here.

Families and individuals will visit the many agencies and vendors who are providing information and education (and giveaways).  Each agency/vendor will have a table where they can greet guests and offer information and education.

For a complete list of participants and services being offered at the Family Health Fair, please see the flyer in this issue and in the St. Ambrose church bulletin.

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Rudolph Edward Torrini Dies at 95 years of age

Rudolph Edward Torrini
Born March 31, 1923 (age 95)
Died: September 5, 2018
St.Louis, Missouri

Education BFA, Washington University 1949; Fulbright Scholar, Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze 1949; MFA, University of Notre Dame 1958

Known for Sculpture, Wood Carving, Drawing
Notable work Italian Immigrants, Martin Luther King, Union Soldier
Rudolph Edward Torrini (born March 31, 1923) is an American artist most known for his sculptures, wood carvings and bronze public monuments in the St. Louis area, including “The Immigrants”, “The Union Soldier,” and “Martin Luther King.” A student of Croatian sculptor Ivan Mestrovic, his work is also influenced by the works of Auguste Rodin. Torrini trained and taught Bob Cassilly, founder of the City Museum in St. Louis, and also helped establish the Master of Fine Arts program in Fontbonne College.


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