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30th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Stewardship thought for the week

 

 

October 26, 2014 – 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time 

 

“Whoever sacrifices to any god, save to the Lord only, shall be utterly destroyed.” – Exodus 22:20

 

Do you put other “gods” before God? Is your love of money, power, status or some personal possession greater than your love for God? If so, you may want to pay attention to the scripture reading because you are not going to like the outcome. The good news – it’s not too late to put God first in your life.

 

Last week’s collection:

Envelopes $525.00; Loose $183.00; World Mission Sunday $157.00; Other $55.00

Total $920.00

 

Masses this week:

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, October 25 Michael Tallent Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, October 26 Gene Smith, Jr. Father Paul Rothschild
Saturday, November 1 Michael Tallent Father Paul Rothschild
Sunday, November 2 Joe Klein TBA

 

 

Goulash Festival workers are still needed. There are signup sheets at both entrances to the chapel. We are also still looking for prizes and for cakes for dessert.

 

Once again we will have live music provided by Joe Polach. We are also still looking for prizes, especially gift cards. Please bring anything you might have to the rectory, or call for pickup.

 

We are also in need of cakes for dessert.

 

Additional yard signs are available in church. Please take as many as you need. (And please return them after November 2.)

 

Word-of-mouth is the best form of advertising. Invite your friends and neighbors to join us next Sunday for this major community building and fund raising event.

 

This year All Saints Day falls on Saturday, November 1. It is not a Holy Day of obligation.

 

2nd Collection next weekend is for the Retirement Fund for Religious. Share your gratitude for the senior Catholic sisters, brothers, and religious order priests who made a positive difference in so many lives.

 

Daylight savings time ends next Sunday, November 2. Don’t forget to set your clocks back and recover the hour of sleep you lost last spring.

 

A Prayer Campaign for all Priests, Deacons, Seminarians, and Consecrated Religious will begin on Monday, October 20, and end on Monday, December 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

 

All Catholics are invited to sign a pledge to pray ten Hail Marys each day of the campaign. The completed pledges will be bound in book form and presented to the Archbishop on Saturday, December 6, at the 5:00 pm mass at the Cathedral Basilica. All are welcome to attend this mass.

 

Sign-up sheets are located at the entrances to the chapel.

 

Deacon Mike: Just a word this week about our upcoming Goulash Festival. If you haven’t been in a while, or if you’ve never been, you’re missing out on a good time and some very good food. Even the workers always have fun!

Please plan on coming and bring someone with you. There’s no better way to introduce someone to our community. They’ll have a chance to meet a lot of nice people (that’s you), have some fun, and to tour our historic chapel.

In addition, this is a major fund-raiser and, frankly, we need the revenue. If you notice, our collections last week were just $920.00 and $157.00 of that goes to the World Missions, leaving us with just $763.00 to cover expenses. Thankfully we had a wedding last Saturday which generated more revenue than our two masses combined.

In the coming months, we’re going to have to take a serious look at our chapel finances. But, for now, please do all you can to promote our Goulash Festival to your friends and neighbors.

On the subject of finances, we have been informed by the City that the depression in 11th Street in front of Church is being caused by our connection to the main water line. It must be repaired and it’s our responsibility. We don’t know yet how much this is going to cost, but it probably won’t be cheap. Stay tuned.

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


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

29th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Stewardship thought for the week

October 19, 2014 – 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time 

 

“Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s.”  – Matthew 22:21

Everything we are and everything we have belongs to God. We aren’t “owners” of anything, we are merely “stewards” of the gifts God has given each of us. All God is asking is that we give back a portion of what He gave us. This is the essence of Stewardship. God should be our first priority in everything. All else comes second.

 

Last week’s collection:

Envelopes $835.00; Loose $201.00; Permanent Diaconate $15.00; Other $15.00

Total $1,066.00

Masses this week:

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, October 18 Gabriel & Michael Armstrong Father Paul Rothschild
Sunday, October 19 Kathryn Greer Father Paul Rothschild
Saturday, October 25 Michael Tallent Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, October 26 Gene Smith Father Paul Rothschild

 

Goulash Festival workers are still needed. There are signup sheets at both entrances to the chapel. We are also still looking for prizes and for cakes for dessert.

Once again we will have live music provided by Joe Polach. We are also still looking for prizes, especially gift cards. Please bring anything you might have to the rectory, or call for pickup.

We are also in need of cakes for dessert.

If you have any Goulash Festival signs at home, please bring them to church so we can recycle them.

Additional yard signs are available in church. Please take as many as you need. (And please return them after November 2.)

This year All Saints Day falls on Saturday, November 1.

A Prayer Campaign for all Priests, Deacons, Seminarians, and Consecrated Religious will begin on Monday, October 20, and end on Monday, December 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

All Catholics are invited to sign a pledge to pray ten Hail Marys each day of the campaign. The completed pledges will be bound in book form and presented to the Archbishop on Saturday, December 6, at the 5:00 pm mass at the Cathedral Basilica. All are welcome to attend this mass.

Sign-up sheets are located at the entrances to the chapel.

Deacon Mike: Much media attention has been paid this week to the document which was released on the work of the Synod of Bishops. This was an interim report. Nothing has been decided. The work of the Synod will continue for another year. There’s even some question about accuracy of the translation from the original Italian.

Two things to keep in mind: First, historically, the Catholic Church has been very slow to make changes. Second, Church Doctrine can never change. Jumping to conclusions based on an interim document is very unproductive.

For example, Jesus told Peter and the Apostles, “who ever hears you hears me.” Yet, it wasn’t until the First Vatican Council in 1969-70 that the Church officially proclaimed the doctrine of Papal Infallibility. That’s nearly two centuries to officially recognize something that had been common knowledge since the very first days of the Church.

The doctrine of the Immaculate Conception, which was predicted by the Old Testament prophets and written about in the Gospels wasn’t officially declared to be Church doctrine until 1854!

The Church moves very slowly when it moves at all. If there are going to be any earth-shattering changes to Church teaching coming from this Synod, it’s very likely that you and I will be long gone from this earth before it happens. Controversy sells newspapers. Whenever you see or hear the secular media speculating on what the Vatican is going to do, it’s just that; speculation. Don’t take it too seriously. When real change happens, we’ll be the first to know.

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


 

26th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Stewardship thought for the week

September 28, 2014 – 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Son, go out and work in the vineyard today.” – Matthew 21:28

Christian discipleship is not easy, God never promised it would be. But, what He did promise is that if we put Him first in all things, He will provide all that we need. Through our daily decisions we have the opportunity to generously share our gifts and help those who may not be in position to help themselves.

Last week’s collection:

Envelopes $910.00; Loose $223.00;Other $157.00.

Total $1,290.00

 

Masses this week:

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, September 27 Frances Dvorak Father Paul Rothschild
Sunday, September 28 Sam Ulett Father Paul Rothschild
Saturday, October 4 John Brush Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, October 5 Bill Korpecki TBA

 

 

 

Jitro, Czech Girls Choir.  This group 25-50 girls has been admired all over the world for 35 years. They will be presenting a Christmas concert at the Cathedral Basilica on Monday, November 24, at 8:00 pm. What a great way to get in the Christmas spirit. Tickets range from $19.00 to $39.00. You can order tickets by phone at 314.533.7662. Or, there are ticket order forms at the entrances to the Chapel.

 

Irish Country Fair: The Hibernian Irish Country Fair will be held on Sunday, October 5, at Saint James Church in Dogtown, from noon until 7:00 pm. There will be Irish music and dance, children’s activities, an Irish Market, food, beverages, booths, and games. Admission is free.

 

Goulash Festival workers are needed. There are signup sheets at both entrances to the chapel. We are also still looking for prizes.

 

Second Collection next weekend will be for formation of permanent deacons. While the diaconate itself gets its funding from the ACA, the men in formation pay most of the expenses for five years of schooling out of their own pockets. This collection helps defray some of those costs. Please be generous.

 

Next Sunday, October 5, is the first Sunday of the month, Hospitality Sunday. Pastries and coffee will be served in the hall after mass.

 

Deacon Mike: I’d like to share some information with you this week on finances for our Chapel. For the fiscal year ended June 30, we had total income of $142,000 (all figures are rounded) and expenses of $195,000, for a deficit of $53,000, or roughly $1,000 per week.

Just to give you an idea of what it takes to run the chapel, our occupancy expense (insurance and utilities) is $34,000 per year, or $615 per week. Our annual assessment to the Archdiocese (employee benefits, high school contribution, and other things) is $32,000, or, again, about $615 per week. There are other expenses which must also be paid. The $1,290 we contributed this week barely covers just these two items. Several times recently, our offerings have been less than $1,000.

The good news is that we have investments which generate part of our income. The bad news is that we frequently have to draw on those investments to pay the bills. If everything stays the same, eventually we will run out of money. And, every time we dip into the principal, we reduce our investment income.

Now, our mission has nothing to do with money. Our mission is to make disciples. If we make more disciples, the money will follow. But, I think it’s important that you know where we stand financially.

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


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time

Stewardship thought for the week

September 7, 2014 – 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

“You, son of man, I have appointed watchman for the house of Israel.” – Ezekiel 33:7

Many of us are generous with our gifts. However, how often is our generosity at the minimum level required? We do just enough or give just enough. Remember, the Lord calls us to be generous with all the gifts He has given us, to grow them and return them with increase.

Stewardship of Treasure

Last week’s collection:

Envelopes $949.00; Loose $386.00; Other $5.00.

Total $1,340.00

 

Masses this week:

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, September 6 Deceased of the Klaric family TBA
Sunday, September 7 Lerlene Jefferson Father Paul Rothschild

 

Saturday, September 13 Michael Tallent TBA
Sunday, September 14 Bill Korpecki Father Paul Rothschild

 

 

Kitchen Tree: Many thanks to Elsie Korpecki for a wonderful idea. Many of the items in our kitchen are wearing out or have disappeared. Rather than just request “kitchen utensils” and winding up with duplicates, we have placed a “kitchen tree” in church, similar to the Jesse Tree at Christmas. You may take a tag (or as many as you’d like) and donate the corresponding item. There will be big items (blender) and small (measuring spoons). Anything you can donate will be greatly appreciated.

 

Jitro, Czech Girls Choir.  This group 25-50 girls has been admired all over the world for 35 years. They will be presenting a Christmas concert at the Cathedral Basilica on Monday, November 24, at 8:00 pm. What a great way to get in the Christmas spirit. Tickets range from $19.00 to $39.00. You can order tickets by phone at 314.533.7662. Or, there are ticket order forms at the entrances to the Chapel.

 

Second Collection this weekend is for the Catholic University of America.

 

Hospitality Sunday: Today, September 7, we will be serving coffee and pastries in the hall after 9:30 mass. Everyone welcome!

Message from the Holy Father on Parish Unity: Included in this week’s bulletin is a message from Pope Francis on unity. He writes, “Our first comfort comes from the fact that Jesus prayed so much for the unity of the disciples.” He calls on us all to make a serious examination of conscience. Please take his message home and give it your prayerful consideration.

Deacon Mike: Labor Day is considered by many to be the end of the summer season (in spite of our lofty temperatures). As I write this the Cardinals are in first place and, at least in Cardinal Nation, all is right with the world. Advent is just weeks away!

Of course we realize that in the “real” world all is far from right. Let us continue to pray for peace but at the same time to remain vigilant. Our rights, and our very lives are being threatened from many directions.

Religious freedom is still under attack and we can’t afford to let our guard down. As Christians, we’re all called to safeguard our hard-won freedoms of religion and speech. Evil triumphs when good people do nothing.

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


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time

Stewardship thought for the week

August 31, 2014 – 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

“What profit would there be for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life?” – Matthew 16:26

St. Francis of Assisi once said, “Remember, you are what you are in the eyes of God, and nothing else.” We often forget this stewardship wisdom when we spend all of our time, talent and treasure to gain more of the world’s riches. We need to set our priorities based on God’s values and not the values of the material world.

Stewardship of Treasure

Last week’s collection:

Envelopes $375.00; Loose $344.00; Other $10.00.

Total $729.00

 

Masses this week:

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, August 30 Otto & Rose Marie Stanovsky Father Paul Rothschild
Sunday, August 31 Bill Hrdlicka, Jr. Friar Ed Mundwiller

 

Saturday, September 6 Deceased of the Klaric family TBA
Sunday, September 7 Lerlene Jefferson TBA

 

 

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

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.

 

Kitchen Tree: Many thanks to Elsie Korpecki for a wonderful idea. Many of the items in our kitchen are wearing out or have disappeared. Rather than just request “kitchen utensils” and winding up with duplicates, we will be placing a “kitchen tree” in church, similar to the Jesse Tree at Christmas. You may take a tag (or as many as you’d like) and donate the corresponding item. There will be big items (blender) and small (measuring spoons). Anything you can donate will be greatly appreciated.

 

Jitro, Czech Girls Choir.  This group 25-50 girls have been admired all over the world for 35 years. They will be presenting a Christmas concert at the Cathedral Basilica on Monday, November 24, at 8:00 pm. What a great way to get in the Christmas spirit. Tickets range from $19.00 to $39.00. You can order tickets by phone at 314.533.7662. Or, there are ticket order forms at the entrances to the Chapel.

 

Deacon Mike: Thanks to Elsie Korpecki for coming up with the “kitchen tree” idea. Remember, this is your church and your constructive ideas are always welcome. If we all work together we can do great things!

Labor day is the last holiday of the summer. I hope you have a great long weekend. Please be safe.

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


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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