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21st Sunday of Ordinary Time

Stewardship thought for the week

August 24, 2014 – 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Or who has given the Lord anything that he may be repaid?” – Romans 11:35

St. Paul reminds us of a central fact of stewardship. We cannot give the Lord anything, because God already owns it all. God made everything. All that we can do is return a portion of God’s many gifts back to Him. Sincere gratitude for our gifts opens our hearts to joyful generosity!

Stewardship of Treasure

Last week’s collection:

Envelopes $825.00; Loose $316.00; Other $110.00.

Total $1,251.00

 

Masses this week:

Date

Intentions

Celebrant

Saturday, August 16

Ann & Gene Smith, Sr.

Father Paul Rothschild

Sunday, August 17

Stacy Winkler

Father Paul Rothschild

Saturday, August 23

Otto & Rose Marie Stanovsky

Father Paul Rothschild

Sunday, August 24

Bill Hrdlicka, Jr.

Friar Ed Mundwiller

 

 

 

Married couples are invited to register for a seven-week marriage enrichment opportunity sponsored by the Office of Laity and Family Life and by Worldwide Marriage Encounter, held Tuesday evenings, 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Cardinal Rigali Center. Evenings begin September 23 and end November 4. To register, visit archstl.org/RestoreRenewRekindle. For more information contact Deacon Jim Russell at jimrussell@archstl.org

Help Wanted: Our weekend masses are a community celebration and we need your help. To make our liturgies a more meaningful celebration of our faith, there are a number of ministries that you can participate in. Most of them require little or no additional time on your part. Please prayerfully consider the following at either 4:30 on Saturday or 9:30 on Sunday:

  • Choir/musicians
  • Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist
  • Altar servers (male or female)
  • Hospitality Ministers (greeters and ushers)
  • Lectors
  • Environmental ministers (flowers & other decorations

Jesus calls all of us to be active participants in the Eucharist.

Catholics Come Home® will premier its high production quality, moving TV series filmed in over a dozen scenic locations in the US and Canada, called “Catholics Come Home” on EWTN Thursday night, Sep. 4 at 10 p.m. EST.

 

The series will consist of thirteen 30-minute episodes, each featuring an interview with someone who recently returned to Jesus and the Catholic Church as a result of Catholics Come Home and responding to the call of the Holy Spirit. Guests include former atheists, agnostics, and others.

 

Rosary and Eucharistic Adoration for Peace: During the month of August we will be praying the Rosary every Tuesday at noon. Eucharistic Adoration will then continue until 2:00 pm. We will be praying especially for our neighbors in Ferguson. Please join us.

Deacon Mike: Organ news. We lost the opportunity to purchase a new console but we can still go ahead with the plan to replace the keyboards. We’re going to do that with the intention of replacing the console when another one becomes available.

When that happens we will receive credit for the keyboards. The first phase of this renovation should be complete before Christmas.

Welcome to the church! Last Sunday I baptized young Jack Scott. If you were at 9:30 mass you probably noticed the joyful noise from Jack, his sister, and his cousins. What a glorious sound it was. I previously baptized Jack’s older sister and I married his parents. Let’s give thanks for new life and pray for Jack and his family.

The situation in Ferguson is ongoing. It may be several months before the grand jury makes a decision. Please continue to pray for the family of Michael Brown, for the people of Ferguson, and for Officer Wilson.

“Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.”


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Stewardship thought for the week

August 17, 2014 – 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

For the gifts and the call of God are irrevocable.” – Romans 11:29

God has a special mission in mind for each of us. He has given us the gifts we need to accomplish that mission. We are called to be good stewards by using those gifts to do the work that He has planned for each of us. If we deny our gifts or fail to use them as God calls us to use them, then some part of His work will be left undone.

Stewardship of Treasure

Last week’s collection:

Envelopes $1,140; Loose $438.00; Other $10.00.

Total $1,588.00

 

Masses this week:

Date

Intentions

Celebrant

Saturday, August 16

Jack Armbruster

Father Paul Rothschild

Sunday, August 17

Bill Korpecki

Father Paul Rothschild

Saturday, August 23

Ann & Gene Smith, Sr.

Father Paul Rothschild

Sunday, August 24

Stacy Winkler

Father Paul Rothschild

 

 

CHARITY OUTREACH AUGUST:  This is the final weekend for our school supply collection. But, if you have anything to contribute you can bring it to the rectory on Monday. As always, thank you for your generosity.

Married couples are invited to register for a seven-week marriage enrichment opportunity sponsored by the Office of Laity and Family Life and by Worldwide Marriage Encounter, held Tuesday evenings, 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Cardinal Rigali Center. Evenings begin September 23 and end November 4. To register, visit archstl.org/RestoreRenewRekindle. For more information contact Deacon Jim Russell at jimrussell@archstl.org

Help Wanted: Our weekend masses are a community celebration and we need your help. To make our liturgies a more meaningful celebration of our faith, there are a number of ministries that you can participate in. Most of them require little or no additional time on your part. Please prayerfully consider the following at either 4:30 on Saturday or 9:30 on Sunday:

  • Choir/musicians
  • Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist
  • Altar servers (male or female)
  • Hospitality Ministers (greeters and ushers)
  • Lectors
  • Environmental ministers (flowers & other decorations

Jesus calls all of us to be active participants in the Eucharist.

Rosary and Eucharistic Adoration for Peace: During the month of August we will be praying the Rosary every Tuesday at noon. Eucharistic Adoration will then continue until 2:00 pm. We will be praying especially for our neighbors in Ferguson. Please join us.

Deacon Mike: Our city is making national and even international news this week and not in a good way. As I write this (Thursday) the situation in Ferguson doesn’t seem to be getting any better. It’s a miracle that more people haven’t been hurt or killed.

I have enclosed a letter from Archbishop Carlson, speaking as the Chair of the Cabinet of the Interfaith Partnership of Greater Saint Louis. I hope you take it to heart. We can accomplish amazing things through prayer. If you feel helpless, or frightened during these difficult times, God will see you through and if enough of us get down on our knees and ask Him for a peaceful resolution of this situation, He will answer our prayers.

Our civil “leaders” don’t have the answers to the issues that divide us. Each of us, through our prayers, can be more effective than any government agency.

 

Pray for peace and justice!


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

17th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Stewardship thought for the week

July 27, 2014 – 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

“We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purposes.” – Romans 8:28

Do you really trust God? Do you believe that all things work for good? Faith is a challenge for everyone at times. Putting our trust in God, in everything we do, means that God’s plan for our lives may be different than our plan. When one door closes, another one opens. Trust in God, His plan is always better.

Stewardship of Treasure

Last week’s collection:

Envelopes $1,214.83; Loose $381.00; Other $117.00.

Total $91,712.83

 

Masses this week:

Date

Intentions

Celebrant

Saturday, July 26

Angeline Thier

Fr. Robert Dorhauer

Sunday, July 27

Theresa Kaspar

Fr. Paul Rothschild

Saturday, August 2

Jack Armbruster

TBA

Sunday, August 3

Lydia Milner

Fr. Paul Rothschild

 

 

CHARITY OUTREACH AUGUST:  Our neighbors at St. Wenceslaus are collecting school supplies for St. Francis Cabrini Academy.  St. Francis Cabrini elementary school supports children of South St. Louis City, including St. John Nepomuk and St. Vincent dePaul Parishes.  Helpful supplies include:  crayons, pens, pencils, paper, notebooks, folders, erasures, rulers, scissors, etc.  Collection baskets are available at the side altar until August 18th.

 

The Young Catholic Musicians, an archdiocesan wide group of singers and musicians are holding auditions during July and August, preparing for their 40th Year of service to the Church. If you know anyone age 10-17 who can sing or play an instrument, and would be interested in joining this prestigious group, have them contact Father Bruce Forman at 314.231.7464 or Mrs. Mary Smith at 314.962.9260 to schedule an audition. You can visit their web site at www.archstl.org/musicians or www.youngcatholicmusicians.com.

The YCM will be providing music at Saint John Nepomuk for our 9:30 mass on April 19, 2015.

There will be a second collection next weekend for the Latin American Apostolate. If you heard Father Tom preach in the last few weeks, you know that there are some very dedicated people working in the mission field and that they need our support. Please be generous.

Hospitality Sunday, next weekend, August 3. There will be pastries and coffee in the hall following 9:30 mass.

Help Wanted: Our weekend masses are a community celebration and we need your help. To make our liturgies a more meaningful celebration of our faith, there are a number of ministries that you can participate in. Most of them require little or no additional time on your part. Please prayerfully consider the following at either 4:30 on Saturday or 9:30 on Sunday:

  • Choir/musicians
  • Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist
  • Altar servers (male or female)
  • Hospitality Ministers (greeters and ushers)
  • Lectors
  • Environmental ministers (flowers & other decorations

Jesus calls all of us to be active participants in the Eucharist.

Rosary and Eucharistic Adoration for Peace: During the month of August we will be praying the Rosary every Tuesday at noon. Eucharistic Adoration will then continue until 2:00 pm. Please come and pray for peace in all the troubled areas of the world, here in the United States, and in our own homes and families.

Deacon Mike: The world situation right now can sometimes be overwhelming. It seems that our problems are so big and that there are so many of them that there may never be a resolution. But don’t lose heart! There is something we can do and that is to pray. Pray for peace. Pray for justice. Pray for patience and wisdom. Ask God to help those in charge find peaceful solutions and ask Him to give you the grace to go on with your life in spite of what you see and read in the news.

 

To that end, as you see above, we will be praying the Rosary for peace every Tuesday in August at noon. Depending on the response, we may continue in September, but that’s up to you. If every church in the world would focus on world peace for the next thirty days I think we’d all be surprised in the results.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16th Sunday of Ordinary Time

 

Stewardship thought for the week

July 20, 2014 – 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

“The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a man who sowed good seed in his field…He who sows good seed is the Son of Man, the field is the world, the good seed the children of the kingdom.”- Matthew 13:24, 37-38

As children of God, we are all “good seeds,” blessed by God with the potential to accomplish much good in the world. We fulfill God’s plan when we share our talents and our financial gifts to help build God’s kingdom on earth. Through our stewardship we sow “good seeds” on earth to ultimately help each other get to Heaven!

Stewardship of Treasure

Last week’s collection:

Envelopes $678.00; Loose $214.00; Other $35.00.

Total $93.00

Masses this week:

Date

Intentions

Celebrant

Saturday, July 19

Florence Chomin

Fr. Tom Poth

Sunday, July 20

John & Lillian Hrdlicka

Fr. Tom Poth

Saturday, July 26

Angeline Thier

TBA

Sunday, July 27

Theresa Kaspar

Fr. Paul Rothschild

 


There will be no hospitality Sunday this month due to the holiday weekend.


 

The Young Catholic Musicians, an archdiocesan wide group of singers and musicians are holding auditions during July and August, preparing for their 40th Year of service to the Church. If you know anyone age 10-17 who can sing or play an instrument, and would be interested in joining this prestigious group, have them contact Father Bruce Forman at 314.231.7464 or Mrs. Mary Smith at 314.962.9260 to schedule an audition. You can visit their web site at www.archstl.org/musicians or www.youngcatholicmusicians.com.

The YCM will be providing music at Saint John Nepomuk for our 9:30 mass on April 19, 2015.

Help Wanted: Our weekend masses are a community celebration and we need your help. To make our liturgies a more meaningful celebration of our faith, there are a number of ministries that you can participate in. Most of them require little or no additional time on your part. Please prayerfully consider the following at either 4:30 on Saturday or 9:30 on Sunday:

  • Choir/musicians
  • Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist
  • Altar servers (male or female)
  • Hospitality Ministers (greeters and ushers)
  • Lectors
  • Environmental ministers (flowers & other decorations

Jesus calls all of us to be active participants in the Eucharist.

Deacon Mike: There has been much discussion recently about the practice of mass intentions. When Father celebrates the mass for any intention, whether the subject of the intention is deceased, sick, or celebrating some special event such as an anniversary, the grace conferred on that person (or persons) is infinite. Whether the mass is celebrated for one intention or several, the grace received by the intention isn’t reduced.

Traditionally a stipend is offered to the priest. In ancient times, and even today in some poor countries, the stipend was (and is) an important part of the priest’s income. With few exceptions, priests are only allowed to accept one stipend per day. This is to remove any appearance that masses are being “sold”.

Because of the sacred nature of the intention and the grace attached to it, nothing is added to the grace by publicly announcing the attention of a particular mass. According to EWTN, “Some parishes are content with posting a notice on a bulletin board or on its weekly broadsheet. Others prefer to announce the intention before Mass begins; others immediately after the greeting. Still others insert the name during the general intercessions. Any one of these solutions is possible.”

We have chosen to let the weekly bulletin serve as our means of announcing intentions for each mass. Anything more than that adds nothing to the grace applied to the person for whom the mass is being celebrated!

In several cases the oral announcement of mass intentions has led to confusion and unhappiness when a mistake has been made. You can be sure that Father is celebrating the mass for the intention listed in the bulletin. And, again, the grace obtained is infinite. Nothing can add to or subtract from that infinite grace.

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saints Peter and Paul

 

Stewardship thought for the week

June 29, 2014 – Saints Peter and Paul

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”  2 Timothy 4:7

Stewardship is not an easy life style. No one promised that it would be. It is counter-cultural to most things in the world today. However, putting God first in all things, living a life of gratitude and being generous with our time, talent and treasure brings tremendous joy to those who are disciplined. Fight the good fight and keep the faith!

Stewardship of Treasure

Last week’s collection:

Envelopes $1,611.00; Loose $306.00; Catholic Communications Campaign $78.00; Other $30.00.

Total $2,025.00

Masses this week:

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, June 28 Robert Staat & John Konecnik Fr. Paul Rothschild
Sunday, June 29 Hedwig Hanus Fr. Paul Rothschild
Saturday, July 5 Draper Bickham  
Sunday, July 6 Joe & Toni Eichner  

 


The second collection today is for Peter’s Pence (for our Holy Father).

 

What a blessing it was to have the Icon of the Black Madonna at Saint John’s last weekend.  This was a totally unexpected event for us and shows the power of our prayers, especially to the Holy Infant of Prague.  May He continue to watch over us as we pray to Him.

Our 160TH Anniversary picnic was a success!  Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to pull this off, especially to Jim Peterson who was our chair and our benefactor.  When we all work together wonderful things happen.  A special thanks goes to everyone who donated prizes.

Financial results will be available next week.

Our next big event will be our World Famous Goulash Festival on November 2.  We are still looking for someone to chair this important fund- raiser.  In past years, this has been our biggest money maker of the year and this year looks to be bigger than ever.

Please give your prayerful consideration to taking charge of this event.

Quote of the Week:  “Jesus offers us something greater than the World Cup; something even greater than the World Cup! Jesus offers us the opportunity for a fruitful and happy life, and a never-ending future by His side, in eternal life. That’s what Jesus has to offer.”  Pope Francis

 

 

Deacon Mike: As you read this, I will be nearing the end of my vacation.  I will be back in the office on Tuesday, July 1.

The last few weeks have been very hectic.  We’ve had some kind of event almost every weekend.  Most people would never believe what we’re able to do at Saint John’s with such a small number of people.  Thanks to everyone for your hard work and dedication.

Our next big event isn’t until November so we have some time to relax and reflect and to build up our relationship with God.  What a great time to think about family and friends who may have gotten out of the “mass habit”.

We have a great opportunity in the summer months to invite people to join us for mass and then to enjoy a nice meal at one of the many great Soulard and Lafayette Square restaurants.  Or, make a day of it and attend a Cardinal game.

 

Next week we will be celebrating the birth of our nation.  In spite of our many problems, this is still the greatest country on earth and God has blessed us in many ways.  Sadly, many of our brothers and sisters have forgotten about all that God has done for us and have turned away from Him.

As we celebrate next week with picnics and barbecues, let’s all take some time to give thanks for our blessings and remember that our forefathers (and foremothers) made a treacherous journey across the ocean to come to our shores in search of freedom, especially religious freedom.  Please pray, as I do, that our society will once again become “one nation under God”.

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Corpus Christi

 

Stewardship thought for the week

June 22, 2014 – Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi)

“Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread.”  1 Corinthains 10:17

As disciples of Jesus, we are called to lead holy lives and invite others to join us. Living a stewardship lifestyle, being grateful and generous with our gifts, serves a twofold purpose. One, it helps build God’s kingdom here on earth. Two, it is a road map to Heaven. Let’s help each other get there!

Stewardship of Treasure

Last week’s collection:

Envelopes $1,611.00; Loose $306.00; Catholic Communications Campaign $78.00; Other $30.00.

Total $2,025.00

Masses this week:

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, June 21 Steve Jerabek Fr. Peter West
Sunday, June 22 Rose Mana Fr. Peter West
Saturday, June 28 Robert Staat & John Konecnik Fr. Paul Rothschild
Sunday, June 29 Hedwig Hanus Fr. Paul Rothschild

 


 

Upcoming Events:

Saturday and Sunday, June 21-22, Icon of the Black Madonna

Sunday, June 22, 160th Anniversary Barbecue and Picnic, 11:00am-?. Live music will be provided by Joe Polach. We are in need of cakes. Please bring them to the picnic.

Next weekend there will be a second collection for Peter’s Pence (for our Holy Father).

 

Charity Outreach for June: During the month of June we will be collecting for Sts. Peter & Paul Community Services (PPCS).   PPCS provides housing and supportive services to those who are homeless, especially those who experience mental illness or live with HIV.  A wish-list-of-items-in-short-supply is available at the doors of the Chapel (look for the green sheets).  Our collection will help alleviate their ongoing need for basic clothing:  socks, shirts, underwear.  Sts. Peter & Paul Church also runs a “Bus Pass Program” for those who need help getting to a new job.  If you’re interested in making amonetary donation for that program,please feel free to add an envelope marked “Bus Pass Program” to our weekly mass collection.  Final day for donations will be next weekend, June 29th.

Black Madonna

Today we welcome Father Peter West and the Icon of the Black Madonna. It is an honor and a privilege to have the Icon make Saint John Nepomuk one of it’s stops on its world tour.

Deacon Mike: By now I’m sure you’re aware of the publicity surrounding Archbishop Carlson’s recent deposition in a 30 year-old child abuse case in Minnesota. First, let me say that child abuse in any form is a terrible thing and should never be condoned, whether it’s committed by a member of the clergy or by anyone else.

Second, I have no more information about this situation than you do. But, I will say this. While we’re not bffs, I think I know the Archbishop well enough to say that he would never do anything that might cause a child to be harmed. In fact, he’s been a leader in the move to eliminate all child abuse from the church. Keep in mind that the local media and the Catholic Church don’t have the same goals and objectives.

Third, and most important, you and I are called to be disciples of Jesus Christ. We worship Him and adore him. Whatever your feelings on this current situation, please don’t let anything come between you and the Lord. All of us are sinners and all of us are called to forgive those who trespass against us.

Please pray for the victims of child abuse. That goes without saying. But we must also pray for the perpetrators, and for our bishops and archbishops. Our relationship with the Creator, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is a personal one and isn’t dependent on any fallible human being.

Remember, “Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone.”
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pentecost

 

Stewardship thought for the week

June 8, 2014 – Pentecost Sunday

“To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.”  1 Corinthians 12:7

To receive the gift of the Holy Spirit you must open your heart and let Him in! Open your heart and be grateful for all the gifts God has given us. Regardless of your circumstance, God has given us all blessings. What we do with those gifts will determine our eternal fate. Generously sharing your gifts with those that are less fortunate certainly puts us on the path to Heaven.

Your Stewardship of Treasure

Last week’s collection:

Envelopes $663.00; Loose $335.00; Ascension $35.00; Cardinal Glennon Hospital $285.00 Other $10.00.

Total $1,328.00

Masses this week:

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, June 7 Jim Brush TBA
Sunday, June 8 Sam Ulett Fr. Paul Rothschild
Saturday, June 14 Frances Dvorak Fr. Paul Rothschild
Sunday, June 15 Bill Korpecki Fr. Paul Rothschild

 


 

Upcoming Events:

Sunday, June 15, Father’s Day.

Saturday and Sunday, June 21-22, Icon of the Black Madonna

Sunday, June 22, 160th Anniversary Barbecue and Picnic, 11:00am-?. Live music will be provided by Joe Polach.

We are in need of prizes for the picnic. Gift cards are particularly popular. If you have any connections with restaurants, stores, or sports teams and can secure items for the picnic, your help would be greatly appreciated. We can also use new, useful items. We have baseball tickets for the Cardinals and the Gateway Grizzlies. But wait, there’s more. We are also in need of cakes.

Father’s Day breakfast will be served following 9:30 mass on Sunday, June 15. Many thanks to the ladies who have volunteered to prepare a hot breakfast for all of us dads.

Next weekend there will be a second collection for the Catholic Communications Campaign.

Charity Outreach for June: During the month of June we will be collecting for Sts. Peter & Paul Community Services (PPCS).   PPCS provides housing and supportive services to those who are homeless, especially those who experience mental illness or live with HIV.  A wish-list-of-items-in-short-supply is available at the doors of the Chapel (look for the green sheets).  Our collection will help alleviate their ongoing need for basic clothing:  socks, shirts, underwear.  Sts. Peter & Paul Church also runs a “Bus Pass Program” for those who need help getting to a new job.  If you’re interested in making amonetary donation for that program,please feel free to add an envelope marked “Bus Pass Program” to our weekly mass collection.  Final day for donations will be June 29th.

Organ update: On further review, we find that our organ has more problems than we thought. The repair we had planned would only be a band-aid solution. Even with the planned repair, it’s only a matter of time until we have to replace the entire console. Joe Salvador, who has been maintaining our instrument for years has located a gently-used console that we can purchase for just over $10,000, a big savings over a new one.

After discussing this with Joe, Steve, and others, and since you’ve donated more than 40% of the needed money, we’ve decided to go ahead with the replacement. Our beautiful pipe organ is as much a part of our historic church as the statues, or the stained glass windows and should be kept in top shape.

On Saturday and Sunday, June 21 and 22, we will welcome the Icon of the Black Madonna, Our Lady of Czestochowa, to our chapel. Father Peter West has traveled thousands of miles across Russia, Europe, and North America with the icon on a pilgrimage in defense of life. This is a great honor and privilege for our community. Please see the bulletin insert for more details.

Deacon Mike: Not much room left so I’ll just say that we have received a lot of compliments lately (and a few donations) from visitors who have been very complimentary about the welcome they have experienced at our chapel. Thanks to everyone who has followed Jesus’ instructions and gone out of their way to make these strangers feel at home.

 

Have a blessed week!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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