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3rd Sunday of Advent

Stewardship thought for the week

December 14, 2014 – 3rd Sunday of Advent

“Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” – 1 Thessalonians 5:16 – 18 

This scripture reading sums up Stewardship. “Rejoice always” means place your trust in God; He will provide all that you need. “Pray constantly” means prayer should be a running conversation with God throughout the whole day, every day. “Give thanks in all circumstances” means even in bad situations, thank God. Suffering a little bit helps build empathy for others in similar situations.

Last week’s collection:

Envelopes $946.00; Loose $274.00; Other $99.00

Total $1,319.00

Masses this week:

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, December 13 Draper Bickham Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, December 14 Rose Mana TBA
Saturday, December 20 Jack Armbruster Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, December 21 Bill Korpecki Father Paul Rothschild

CHARITY OUTREACH DECEMBER: The third Advent Candle has been lit and this is the final weekend for Christmas Donations.  Gifts for children will be shared with our neighbors at St. Wenceslaus and St. Francis Cabrini Academy.  St. Wenceslaus assists a wide range of children from young kids through preteens & teens.  All gifts are welcome.  Please leave gifts unwrapped OR include a tightly affixed label which itemizes the contents. Collection baskets will be available at the side altar through December 14th.   

Please contact the rectory for any donations after December 14th.  We’ll make sure gifts get into the hands of a family in need!

 

Second collections: If you write a check for a second collection, please make it payable to Saint John Nepomuk. We consolidate all the offerings and write a single check to the organization involved.

Poinsettias: Many thanks to everyone who has contributed a poinsettia for our Christmas decorations. The response has been so good, we’ve had to order more plants. Our chapel will be a sea of red for the Christmas season.

Speaking of Christmas decorations, we will be decorating the chapel on Sunday December 21 after the 9:30 mass. Many hands make light work.

Giving Thanks. Now is the season we give thanks to God for all He has done for us this past year and throughout our lives. It is also a good time to consider how we might give back some of our wealth or assets to Him through His Church with a special year-end gift. You can make such a donation to Saint John Nepomuk Chapel by contacting Sue at the Rectory.

Remember, God can never be outdone in generosity.

 

Oplatki (Christmas wafers) are available at the rectory or see Sue or Deacon Mike after mass.

One of our seminarians will be speaking at both masses this weekend on the Seminary collection.

Please welcome him.

The Christmas party was a big success! Thanks to everyone who attended. It’s great when we get together as a community.

Deacon Mike:  Here it is, the third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday. The word gaudete means rejoice. While Advent is a penitential season, today we lighten it up a bit with the rose vestments and altar décor. While Advent is a somber season, it’s also a season for anticipating the greatest birth in the history of the human race.

We’re just days away from the coming of the Lord. Gaudete! Rejoice!

2nd Sunday of Advent

Stewardship thought for the week

December 7, 2014 – 2nd Sunday of Advent

“Prepare the way of the Lord…” – Mark 1:3

We are all called to live a holy life. We are all called to invite others to live holy lives. Living a stewardship lifestyle, being grateful and generous with our gifts, does just that – it puts us on the path to holiness and it invites others to be holy, too.

 

 

Last week’s collection:

Envelopes $769.00; Loose $272.00; Other $20.00

Total $1,061.00

 

Masses this week:

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, December 6 Michael Tallent Father Paul Rothschild
Sunday, December 7 Steve & Stephanie Niemczyk Father Paul Rothschild
Saturday, December 13 Draper Bickham Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, December 14 Rose Mana TBA

 

 

CHARITY OUTREACH DECEMBER:  As the Advent Season fast approaches; St. John Nepomuk will repeat our annual Christmas collection.  Gifts for children will be shared with our neighbors at St. Wenceslaus and St. Francis Cabrini Academy.  St. Wenceslaus assists a wide range of children from young kids through preteens & teens.  All gifts are welcome.  Please leave gifts unwrapped OR include a tightly affixed label which itemizes the contents. Collection baskets will be available at the side altar through December 14th.

 

Monday, December 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, is a holy day of obligation. We will not be having mass at Saint John’s, so please attend mass at the church of your choice and have a blessed holy day.

 

 

There will be no Hospitality Sunday in December due to the Christmas party on the 6th.

 

 

Second collections: If you write a check for a second collection, please make it payable to Saint John Nepomuk. We consolidate all the offerings and write a single check to the organization involved.

 

Poinsettias: This year we are offering the opportunity to donate a poinsettia for our Christmas decorations. The cost is $10.00 and you will be able to take the plant home after Christmas. Each plant will be marked with the donor’s name. This would be a nice family gift to the chapel or a memorial to a loved one who has passed away.

 

Giving Thanks. Now is the season we give thanks to God for all He has done for us this past year and throughout our lives. It is also a good time to consider how we might give back some of our wealth or assets to Him through His Church with a special year-end gift. You can make such a donation to Saint John Nepomuk Chapel by contacting Sue at the Rectory.

 

Remember, God can never be outdone in generosity.

 

 

Deacon Mike: Looking over this week’s bulletin I notice that there are several items asking you to give, either to Saint John’s, or to the poor, or just giving in general. I sense a pattern here. Our readings this weekend begin, “Comfort, give comfort to my people says my God.”

 

Isn’t that what we’re called to do as disciples? Whether it’s time, talent, or treasure, Jesus asks us to share with others, to give them comfort. As we near the end of our 160th Jubilee year, it’s good to remember the generosity of those who came before us here at Saint John Nepomuk leaving us this beautiful church.

 

We have a great responsibility. I met with the stained glass company this week concerning the repair of our window. Mr. Frei, great-great grandson of the founder of the company told me that our windows could last 1,000 years. What a sobering thought! You and I are stewards of a great treasure that must be protected.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1st Sunday of Advent

Stewardship thought for the week


November 30, 2014 – 1st Sunday of Advent

 

“Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time will come.” – Mark 13:33

 

We all take things for granted. In particular, we take time for granted. Our lives are so busy, many of us are planning our time – our days, weeks, months, even years in advance. Remember, our time on earth is a gift. None of us knows how long we will be here. Start today and begin thanking God for each and every day. Take time in silence, everyday, and listen to what God is saying to you.

 

Last week’s collection:

Envelopes $855.00; Loose $201.00; Other $65.00

Total $1,121.00

 

Masses this week:

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, November 29 Ann & Gene Smith, Sr TBA
Sunday, November 30 Joe Sulz Father Paul Rothschild
Saturday, December 6 Michael Tallent Father Paul Rothschild
Sunday, December 7 Steve & Steephanie Niemczyk Father Paul Rothschild

 

 

Christmas Party: Don’t forget that our parish picnic party will be held Saturday, December 6 following 4:30 mass. There is no charge for the party but we have to know how much food to order. Please RSVP to the rectory with the number in your group.

 

There will be a catered dinner, Christmas music, and attendance prizes. You won’t want to miss it. We must inform the caterer of the total number of dinners by December 1.

 

CHARITY OUTREACH DECEMBER:  As the Advent Season fast approaches; St. John Nepomuk will repeat our annual Christmas collection.  Gifts for children will be shared with our neighbors at St. Wenceslaus and St. Francis Cabrini Academy.  St. Wenceslaus assists a wide range of children from young kids through preteens & teens.  All gifts are welcome.  Please leave gifts unwrapped OR include a tightly affixed label which itemizes the contents. Collection baskets will be available at the side altar through December 14th.

 

There will be no Hospitality Sunday in December due to the Christmas party on the 6th.

 

Second collections: If you write a check for a second collection, please make it payable to Saint John Nepomuk. We consolidate all the offerings and write a single check to the organization involved.

 

Poinsettias: This year we are offering the opportunity to donate a poinsettia for our Christmas decorations. The cost is $10.00 and you will be able to take the plant home after Christmas. Each plant will be marked with the donor’s name. This would be a nice family gift to the chapel or a memorial to a loved one who has passed away.

 

 

Deacon Mike: Today marks the beginning of Advent, a wonderful time of preparation for the coming of the Christ Child. Here in Saint Louis we’re called to pray for peace and tranquility more than ever. Let’s pray that the birth of our Lord will inspire all of us to work tirelessly for peace, just as He did so many centuries ago.

We live in a society that pressures us to think about worldly things, especially at this time of year. Please make time in your busy life to pray and reflect on all the good things in your life. We all have much to be thankful for.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stewardship thought for the week

November 16, 2014 – 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

“Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a little, I will set you over much…”- Matthew 25:21

 

God expects us to nurture and develop the gifts He has given us and then generously give back with increase. He doesn’t want us to waste or hoard the gifts He has given us; He expects us to grow our gifts, use them wisely and be generous with them.

 

Last week’s collection:

Envelopes $1,206.00; Loose $216.00; Religious Retirement $55.00; Other $40.00

Total $1,517.00

 

Masses this week:

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, November 15 Deceased of the Brush Family Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, November 16 Bill Korpecki Father Paul Rothschild
Saturday, November 22 Anna Brinker Father Paul Rothschild
Sunday, November 23 Joe & Toni Eichner Friar Ed Mundwiller

 

 

Goulash Festival Yard Signs: We’re still missing some signs. If you have any, please return them as soon as possible.

 

 

Banns of Marriage II:

Stephanie Gerber and Steve Niemczyk

Saturday, November 22 @ Saint John Nepomuk Chapel

 

Pray for Peace.  It appears that the Saint Louis County Grand Jury will be handing down its decision very soon in the case of Michael Brown. Both local law enforcement and protesters are preparing for the possibility that Officer Wilson will not be indicted. If that is the case, there is a good chance that the civil unrest will become more vocal and possibly violent.

 

Please pray for peace in our community.

 

There will be a second collection next week for the Campaign for Human Development.

 

Our Christmas Party will be Saturday, December 6 following 4:30 mass. There is no charge for the dinner but if you don’t make a reservation, there won’t be enough food. Please be considerate of others and call Sue at the rectory for reservations, including the number that will be in your party.

 

Many thanks on behalf of the Kitchen Crew to all who donated kitchen utensils. Any job is easier with the proper tools. We are still in need of a food processor if anyone else would like to help out.

 

Poinsetttias: We’re going to try something new this year. We’re asking anyone who’s interested to donate $10.00 toward the purchase of a poinsettia for church. Your name will be on your plant and after Christmas you may take it home and plant if for next year. If you’re interested, please contact Sue at the rectory.

 

 

Deacon Mike: Wednesday evening or early Thursday morning, someone threw a brick through our Nativity window. They also damaged the protective Plexiglas on several other windows.

We have insurance to cover such a loss, but the deductible is $2,500.00. Vandalism to the house of God is much more than an economic loss. This is our church home and our home has been violated. We have no idea who’s responsible and probably never will.

I don’t know if this is related to the other vandalism in the City and County, but it should be a wake-up call to all of us. The problems aren’t “out there” somewhere. They’re in our own neighborhoods.

Jesus tells us to “turn the other cheek” and to forgive others as we would like to be forgiven. It’s tempting to lash out at whoever committed this crime, but that does us no good, and can even cause us further harm.

Please pray for the person or persons who did this. Thank God that the damage was only to property and not to any members of our community. And pray that cooler heads will prevail in Saint Louis and elsewhere and that peace can be restored.

Frankly, it makes me sick that our most beautiful window has been damaged. But, it could have been much worse (cyclone of 1896). I just hope we can have it repaired before Christmas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.”


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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