Four parishes to host singer Annie Karto in concert

Singer-songwriter Annie Karto will perform four concerts in central Illinois next month and one of them will benefit the Family Resources Center in downtown Peoria.

Planned for 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 12, the fundraiser will be hosted by St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 904 E. Lake Ave., in Peoria Heights. Refreshments will be served and Karto’s CDs will be available for purchase.

A free will offering will be accepted to support the work of the Family Resources Center, a free-loan library offering thousands of books and films to teach reverence for life at all stages.

Karto lives in Treasure Island, Fla., and is a member of the Eucharistic Apostles of the Divine Mercy, a lay outreach of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception in Stockbridge, Mass. They work to promote Divine Mercy through prayer cenacles, promoting eucharistic adoration and praying the Chaplet of Divine Mercy for the sick and dying.

Her music has won awards nationally and internationally and she has traveled around the United States to speak at parishes, conferences and retreats.

Karto’s other concerts in central Illinois include:

— Monday, May 9, at 7 p.m. at Blessed Sacrament Church, 225 E. Greenwood St., Morton. No advanced reservations are required for this concert, which is sponsored by the parish’s adult faith formation team. Refreshments will be available. For more information contact Cathy Konsky at (309) 266-6791 or send e-mail to ckonsky@mortonblessedsacrament.org.

— Tuesday, May 10, at 7 p.m. at Epiphany Church, 1006 E. College Ave., Normal. The theme for this performance, which is sponsored by Our Lady of the Epiphany Legion of Mary, is “Walking with Mary through the Mysteries of the Rosary.” A free will offering will be accepted and light refreshments will be served. For more information, send e-mail to Cathy at cjnalew@frontier.com.

— Wednesday, May 11, at 7 p.m., in Feeney Hall at St. Matthew’s Church, 1303 Lincolnshire Drive, Champaign. A free will offering will be received. For more information, contact Jan at (217) 607-1144 or jdennis76@comcast.net.

Karto’s CDs will be available for purchase at all of these appearances. To hear a sample of her music and learn more about her story of faith, go to anniekarto.com.

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