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Ascension of Our Lord

Stewardship thought for the week

May 17, 2015 – Ascension of Our Lord

 

“Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.” – 1 John 4:15

How strong is your faith?  When you have an opportunity to defend your faith or clarify a question about your faith, do you do it?  Or, do you remain silent so that others don’t think you are weird?  Pray for the courage to be strong in your faith and share your witness with others.

Last week’s collection: Envelopes $887.00; Loose $343.00

Total $1,230.00

Masses this week:

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, May 16 Gloria Kempfling Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, May 17 Joe Sulz Father John Mayer
Saturday, May 23 Joseph Lodoly Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, May 24 Deceased of the Klaric Family Father Paul Rothschild

Remember, God can never be outdone in generosity.

The barbecue/picnic will be Sunday, June 7 from 11:00-5:00. The menu will be as last year. Joe Polack will be providing live music.

We are looking for prizes for our stands. If you have anything to donate, or if you know any merchants who would be willing to donate prizes, we’re accepting donations at the rectory.

We also will be needing cakes for dessert and for the cake booth.

More help needed: We get many requests for tours of our historic church, especially in the summer months. If you’d be interested in helping share the story of our historic chapel with our visitors, we’d love to hear from you. Contact Sue or Deacon Mike at the rectory.

Another good way to help your community would be to volunteer as a wedding sacristant. This is a very infrequent job that involves opening the chapel for weddings and rehearsals and assisting the celebrant and the wedding party. Again, contact Sue or Deacon Mike if interested.

 

Fried Chicken and Kettle Beef Dinner at Saint Anne’s parish in French Village. Dinner will be served in the air-conditioned hall from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm on Sunday, June 14. There will be quilt bingo games and free kids’ games. For more information, contact Bernice at 573.358.2112.

Church of the Good Shepherd in Hillsboro will be having their annual picnic on Sunday, May 31. They will be serving fried chicken, kettle beef, and barbecued pork steak dinners. There will be games, live music, and rides for the kids. It’s a nice ride out to Hillsboro and it sounds like a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Summer Expenses: Many of us will be going on vacation during the months ahead. Please don’t forget Saint John’s while you’re away. Our expenses continue week to week and sometimes extraordinary expenses occur as well. For instance, just this week we had the church air conditioner and one of the refrigerators in the hall serviced. Your weekly contributions are much needed and much appreciated.

“He ascended into heaven.” At every mass we declare of faith and include these words. Today we celebrate the feast of the Ascension. It used to be Ascension Thursday, but the Church in the United States has moved the celebration to the nearest Sunday. So, Ascension Thursday is now on today, Sunday. Whatever day of the week it falls on, the fact that our Lord did ascend into heaven is one of the cornerstones of our Catholic belief.

“He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.”

Serenity prayer. You’ve probably heard it many times and associated it with 12 Step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous or Overeaters Anonymous, but it’s a wonderful prayer, especially as we begin our day:

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;

The courage to change the things I can;

And the wisdom to know the difference.

 

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Stewardship thought for the week

May 3, 2015 – 5th Sunday of Easter

Do you “walk the talk?”  Does your action reflect what you say?  If not, spend time every day in prayer, give some of your talent to help one of your parish’s ministries and give some of your money to support the work of the Church.

Last week’s collection: Envelopes $777.00; Loose $83.00; Special Donation $1,500.00; Other $25.00

Total $2,385.00

Masses this week:

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, May 2 Dorothy Belaska Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, May 3 Lydia Milner TBA
Saturday, May 9 Mary Goley Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, May 10 Bill Korpecki Father Paul Rothschild

Remember, God can never be outdone in generosity.

The Annual Catholic Appeal is under way. If you haven’t picked up your pledge card, it was mailed to you this week. This is an important collection that helps many of our less fortunate brothers and sisters. Chances are you or someone you love has been helped by an ACA agency, or will be some time in the future. Please be generous to this once-a-year appeal.

Also you can help greatly by returning your ACA card as soon as possible. This is a three-week campaign so we should have all the pledge cards back by mid-May.

Mark your calendars: Thank you to everyone involved in our Crowning of the Holy Infant of Prague, especially to Father Robert Dorhauer, our celebrant. This is an important event for our community and your participation is appreciated.

The barbecue/picnic will be Sunday, June 7 from 11:00-5:00. The menu will be as last year. Joe Polack will be providing live music.

We are looking for prizes for our stands. If you have anything to donate, or if you know any merchants who would be willing to donate prizes, we’re accepting donations at the rectory.

 

Help Needed: We would still like to have additional altar servers for both masses. We have two regular servers now, but it would be nice to share the workload. If you’re interested in providing this valuable service, please see Deacon Mike after mass or call the rectory. This ministry requires no extra time on your part.

Tailgate Sale: Our neighbors at Saint Wenceslas will be having a tailgate sale on Saturday, May 16, from 8:00 am-3:00 pm. Spaces are available for just $15.00. This is a great way to help with your spring cleaning.

Barbecue will be available from 10:00 am-2:30 pm.

For more information or reservations please call Tim @ 314.882.5332.

The members of Saint Wenceslas are very supportive of our events. Please consider supporting their tailgate sale.

Pentecost Novena  We want to be preparing ourselves for Pentecost, and nine days prior we begin the Pentecost Novena on May 15. Join us from 7:00-8:00 p.m. at the Cardinal Rigali Center in the St. Vincent de Paul Chapel. The speakers will be: May 15 – Franciscan Sisters of the Martyr St. George; May 16 – Bishop Robert J. Hermann; May 17 – Fr. José Ramirez, S.M.; May 18 – Fr. John Horn, S.J.; May 19 – Sr. Mary Antona Ebo, FSM; May 20 – Sr. M. Margaretta Dalton, F.S.G.M.; May 21 – Jane Guenther, MDiv; May 22 – Society of Our Mother of Peace

Deacon Mike: On April 18 Father Koeninger and I held a memorial mass for a lady who was never a member of Saint John’s, but who had long-standing family ties to our chapel. This week I received a thank you note from the family with a donation for $1,500.00.

The note said, in part, “That is such a great space with a radiant sense of comfort. It has to be preserved if at all possible.”

Please don’t take our beautiful chapel for granted. If visitors feel this strongly about Saint John Nepomuk, should we do any less? Our weekly collections are not covering our operating expenses.

Obviously there are many Catholic churches in Saint Louis where we could all worship but none with the historical significance of Saint John’s. What you chose to give is between you and God. But if we want to keep our chapel open, we must all do as much as we can to give future generations the chance to worship here.

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Easter

Stewardship thought for the week

April 5, 2015 – Easter Sunday

“Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” – COLOSSIANS 3:2

On this day we thank God for His Son, Jesus, who died and rose for us.  We celebrate and sing “Alleluia.”  Let’s try to keep the joy of this Easter season in our hearts throughout the year! Pray daily and listen for God’s response on how we should use our gifts to fulfill His plan.

Last week’s collection: Envelopes $882.00; Loose $234.00

Total $1,483.00

Masses this week:

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, April 4 Joseph Hromadka Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, April 5 Joe Klein Father Paul Rothschild
Saturday, April 11 Droska, Miller, & Giebels families Father Paul Rothschild
Sunday, April 12 Lerlene Jefferson TBA

Remember, God can never be outdone in generosity.

Holy Week: A big thank you to everyone who helped get the chapel ready for Holy Week.

Mark your calendars: The crowning of the Holy Infant of Prague will be Sunday, May 3. Everyone is welcome but if you want to attend the dinner following, you must order tickets. Forms are available on the tables in church.

The barbecue/picnic will be Sunday, June 7 from 11:00-5:00. Please watch the bulletin or the web site for more information.

Charity Outreach for March: We are still collecting non-perishable food items for Saint Vincent de Paul’s food pantry.   We are extending the deadline until April 12. Thank you for your generosity.

The 2nd Collection today will be for Regina Cleri. Our priests have been there for us. We need to be there for them in their retirement.

To our visitors: Welcome to Saint John Nepomuk Chapel! Whether you’re an old friend joining us again for this special day, or if this is your first visit to our beautiful chapel, we’re glad you chose to spend part of your day with us.

If you’d like to be on our mailing list, there are visitor envelopes at the entrances of the chapel. It’s not necessary to put anything in the envelope (of course, you’re welcome to do so), but if you give us your contact information, we’ll be glad to put you on our mailing list.

You can also follow us on facebook at the address at the top of this bulletin.

Help Needed: We are in need of one or more altar servers for 9:30 Sunday mass. If you’re interested in providing this valuable service, please see Deacon Mike after mass or call the rectory. This ministry requires no extra time on your part.

Deacon Mike:

As we celebrate Jesus’ victory death, I thought I’d share with you a part of Pope Francis’ Easter greeting:

This is the culmination of the Gospel, it is the Good News par excellence: Jesus, who was crucified, is risen! This event is the basis of our faith and our hope. If Christ were not raised, Christianity would lose its very meaning; the whole mission of the Church would lose its impulse, for this is the point from which it first set out and continues to set out ever anew. The message which Christians bring to the world is this: Jesus, Love incarnate, died on the cross for our sins, but God the Father raised him and made him the Lord of life and death. In Jesus, love has triumphed over hatred, mercy over sinfulness, goodness over evil, truth over falsehood, life over death.

That is why we tell everyone: “Come and see!” In every human situation, marked by frailty, sin and death, the Good News is no mere matter of words, but a testimony to unconditional and faithful love: it is about leaving ourselves behind and encountering others, being close to those crushed by life’s troubles, sharing with the needy, standing at the side of the sick, elderly and the outcast… “Come and see!”: Love is more powerful, love gives life, love makes hope blossom in the wilderness.

 

 

Palm Sunday

Stewardship thought for the week

March 29, 2015 – Palm Sunday

 

“Pilate again said to them, ‘Then what shall I do with the man whom you call the King of the Jews?’ And they cried out again, ‘Crucify him.’” – Mark 15:12-13

 

Jesus told us “whatever you do for the least of my brothers, you do for me.” Every day we are presented opportunities to help someone. Every day we have the opportunity to see the face of Jesus in others and be the face of Jesus to others. Pray for the courage to stand up for those in need of our help.

Last week’s collection: Envelopes $882.00; Loose $234.00

Total $1,483.00

Masses this week:

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, March 28 John Brush Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, March 29 Joe Klein Father Paul Rothschild
Thursday, April 2 Deceased 1st Responders Father Paul Rothschild
Saturday, April 4 Joseph Hromadka Father Paul Rothschild
Sunday, April 5 Bill Korpecki Father Paul Rothschild

Remember, God can never be outdone in generosity.

Bad Weather: OK, we’re being optimistic here and removing the bad weather notice until next year.

Holy Week: We will be decorating the chapel for Holy Week today, Sunday, after 9:30 mass. Please join us as we prepare for this holiest of weeks. Many hands make light work.

After the Good Friday service, we will be preparing the chapel for Easter.

Services for Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday will be held each day at 4:30 pm.

From the Young Catholic Musicians: “thank you for allowing us to come to your parish and celebrate mass with the wonderful parishioners of Saint John Nepomuk Parish. It truly was an enjoyable experience for each one. We are so grateful for the hospitality that was given to all of us in the YCM.”

 

You generously contributed $353.00 to support the YCM’s mission.

Charity Outreach for March: We are still collecting non-perishable food items for Saint Vincent de Paul’s food pantry.   We are extending the deadline until April 12. Thank you for your generosity.

2nd Collections: There will be a 2nd collection for the Holy Land on Good Friday. The 2nd collection on Easter will be for Regina Cleri. Our priests have been there for us. We need to be there for them in their retirement.

There will be no Hospitality Sunday in April as the first Sunday is Easter Sunday.

Help Needed: We are in need of one or more altar servers for 9:30 Sunday mass. If you’re interested in providing this valuable service, please see Deacon Mike after mass or call the rectory. This ministry requires no extra time on your part.

Meditation: The insert in today’s bulletin is from Archbishop Carlson’s pastoral letter, Jesus Christ, The Divine Physician.

Deacon Mike:

The liturgies of Holy Week remind us of the ups and downs in our own lives. Today, Palm Sunday, Jesus arrives in Jerusalem in triumph. The people recognize Him as their Savior.

Then on Thursday, one of His inner circle, the Apostle Judas will turn Him in to the authorities for thirty pieces of silver leading to his torture and death on Good Friday.

Then, next Sunday He will rise from the dead triumphant over even death itself. What a roller-coaster ride!

Most likely, you and I will never be crucified. But we do have our ups and downs. When we’re sick, or hurting, or lonely, of suffering in any way, it’s good to remember how Jesus overcame the greatest “down” of all and rose in glory just three days later.

Just as we share in His suffering, one day we hope to share in His resurrection.

 

 

5th Sunday of Lent

Stewardship thought for the week

March 22, 2015 – 5th Sunday of Lent

 

“I will be their God and they shall be my people.” – Jeremiah 31:33

 

What does it mean to be God’s people? It means we recognize that everything we have and everything we are belongs to God. We aren’t “owners” of anything, we are merely “stewards” of the gifts God has given us. It means we are willing to use our gifts and our lives to care for our neighbors and the world, just as God cares for us.

Last week’s collection: Envelopes $917.00; Loose $346.00; Catholic Relief Services $90.00; Other $130.00

Total $1,483.00

Masses this week:

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, March 22 Joseph & Stella Remes Father Paul Rothschild
Sunday, March 23 Bill Korpecki. Father Carl Schelbe
Saturday, March 28 John Brush Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, March 29 Joe Klein Father Paul Rothschild

Remember, God can never be outdone in generosity.

Bad Weather: Remember, in the event of bad weather, cancellations will be posted on the rectory voice mail, 314.231.0141.

Please remember that our expenses go right on regardless of the weather. In fact, bad weather increases our costs, especially for snow removal. We count on your weekly contributions, whether we have mass or not.

Holy Week: Next Sunday, March 29, is Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week. After 9:30 mass we will be preparing the chapel for the Easter Triduum. Please join us as we prepare for this holiest of weeks. Many hands make light work.

Services for Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday will be held each day at 4:30 pm.

Young Catholic Musicians: This past Sunday’s mass was awesome! What a thrill it was to have the chapel full of people and full of music! It was like Christmas in March.

I can’t promise that we’ll be able to get the YCM again any time soon, but if you’d like to follow their schedule, it’s online at http://youngcatholicmusicians.com. Quite a few of the musicians were away last weekend for a state band event, so if you’d like to hear the full ensemble, check their schedule for future dates.

I haven’t heard yet what our contributions were, but when I do, I’ll let you know.

Note, we traded dates with Saints Peter and Paul in Collinsville, IL so they will be there on April 19 which was the date they were originally scheduled to be here.

Window Update: As you can see, work has begun on our broken window. The hope is that it can be repaired and installed before Easter. Please keep this project in your prayers.

Deacon Mike:

Archbishop Carlson begins His Pastoral Letter on Reconciliation, Jesus Christ the Divine Physician, Archbishop Carlson asks a very interesting question: “In the Gospels, how many times does someone ask Jesus to forgive his or her sins? Zero. That’s right — it never happens.”

That’s amazing! Jesus is the Divine Healer. He’s the one who can forgive us yet no one He met in person ever asked Him to do it. You and I can’t afford to be so cavalier about forgiveness. If we want it we have to ask for it.

Obviously, Lent is the perfect time to ask God’s forgiveness, especially if we haven’t been to confession in a long time. Many of our neighboring parishes have special times for reconciliation over the next two weeks. Jesus is waiting for you. Don’t disappoint Him.

 

 

Have a blessed Lent!

 

4th Sunday of Lent

Stewardship thought for the week

March 15, 2015 – 4th Sunday of Lent

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son…”  – John 3:16

Of all the wonderful gifts that God has given to us, the gift of His own Son is truly the greatest. How can we ever thank God for a gift like that? God does not ask us to sacrifice our own precious firstborn, but He does ask that we be generous in making some sacrifices for Him.

Last week’s collection: Envelopes $872.00; Loose $215.00; Other %40.00

Total $1,137.00

Masses this week:

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, March 14 Draper Bickham Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, March 15 Gene Smith, Jr. TBA
Saturday, March 22 Joseph & Stella Remes Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, March 23 Bill Korpecki TBA

Remember, God can never be outdone in generosity.

Welcome to the Young Catholic Musicians! We want to thank this outstanding group of young people for joining us for mass this morning. Your gift of music is a blessing to all.

There will be a second collection this weekend for Catholic Relief Services as well as a collection on Sunday for the Young Catholic Musicians.

Bad Weather: Remember, in the event of bad weather, cancellations will be posted on the rectory voice mail, 314.231.0141.

Please remember that our expenses go right on regardless of the weather. In fact, bad weather increases our costs, especially for snow removal. We count on your weekly contributions, whether we have mass or not.

Digitizing Documents: Bob Deppe has been generously donating his time to digitize the old documents and pictures we have in the rectory. He has completed scanning the “Red Book”, the 125th Jubilee history of the parish. This will soon be on the parish web site for anyone to enjoy.

Bob will be doing the same with other items as time permits. Modern technology will allow these things to continue to exist long after the paper and ink have been lost.

Deacon Mike:

 

Again I want to welcome the Young Catholic Musicians, their parents, and adult leaders to Saint John Nepomuk Chapel. It’s been many years since our church has been filled with such glorious sung prayer. A special thanks to Father Bruce Forman and Mrs. Mary Smith for bringing this special treat to SJN.

These young people are donating their time and talent to spread the good news of the Gospel throughout the Archdiocese of Saint Louis and to other cities during their summer tour. Over the years they have touched the hearts of thousands of people, Catholic and non-Catholic alike.

We are blessed to have them here with us this weekend, especially during the Holy Season of Lent.   They minister to just one parish per month from September through April, so you can see it’s a special privilege to have them here with our small community. Of course, the good news for them is that this is about as short a trip as they can make from their home at Saints Peter and Paul.

You can stay informed about their activities, including their schedule at http://www.youngcatholicmusicians.com/.

Please keep the YCM, and all young people in your prayers.

 

 

Have a blessed Lent!

 

3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time

Stewardship thought for the week

March 8, 2015 – 3rd Sunday of Lent

“You shall not carve idols for yourselves in the shape of anything…”  – Exodus 20:4

How many “gods” do you put before God?  “Idols” do not always take the shape of physical things, things we can touch and feel.  Those are easy to recognize.  Many times they take the form of things we cannot touch and are much harder to spot – pride, power, ego, comfort or health.

Last week’s collection: Envelopes $355.00; Loose $27.00;

Total $382.00

Masses this week:

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, March 7 Tim Buckley Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, March 8 Joe & Toni Eichner Father Paul Rothschild
Saturday, March 14 Draper Bickham Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, March 15 Gene Smith, Jr. TBA

Remember, God can never be outdone in generosity.

Young Catholic Musicians.  Next Sunday is the big day!  The YCM will be leading us in sung prayer at the 9:30 mass.   You will never attend a more prayerful mass!  Please be here and bring your friends and family.

We will be providing lunch for them after mass.

Hospitality Sunday:  There will be coffee and pastries in the hall after 9:30 mass this weekend.

There will be a second collection next weekend for Catholic Relief Services as well as a collection for the Young Catholic Musicians.

Bad Weather:  Remember, in the event of bad weather, cancellations will be posted on the rectory voice mail, 314.231.0141.

Please remember that our expenses go right on regardless of the weather.  In fact, bad weather increases our costs, especially for snow removal.  We count on your weekly contributions, whether we have mass or not.

Picnic date set:  Our barbecue/picnic will be held on Sunday, June 7.  Thanks to Jim Peterson for stepping up to chair this event again this year.

There will be a used book sale at the American-Czech Educational Center today, March 8, from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.

Deacon Mike:  Window News:  Since so many people weren’t here last weekend, I’m repeating last week’s comments.

We have received the estimate on the window repair.  All that remains is to determine what the insurance company will pay for and how much we will have to pay.

For now, I’d like to share with you a couple of comments from Strephen Frei about our windows:

They are “the finest Munich Pictorial stained glass ever produced by our studio….It is the very height of pictorial painting on glass that has ever been done in mankind’s 1,000 year history of glass.”

“Saint John’s stained glass rivals any windows, in any church, in the world.”  I hope that you agree that we must do whatever is necessary to restore and protect this valuable gift.

On another important subject, people often ask how they should pray.  I thought you might be interested in the following from famous Catholic author & speaker Matthew Kelly:

Matthew Kelly’s Prayer Process

Gratitude: Begin by thanking God in a personal dialogue for whatever you are most grateful for today.

Awareness: Revisit the times in the past twenty-four hours when you were and were not the-best-version-of-your-self. Talk to God about these situations and what you learned from them.

Significant Moments: Identify something you experienced in the last twenty-four hours and explore what God might be trying to say to you through that event (or person).

Peace: Ask God to forgive you for any wrong you have committed (against yourself, another person, or Him) and to fill you with a deep and abiding peace.

Freedom: Speak with God about how He is inviting you to change your life, so that you can experience the freedom to be the-best-version-of-yourself.

Others: Lift up to God anyone you feel called to pray for today, asking God to bless and guide them.

Pray the Our Father.

Have a blessed Lent!

 

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