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31st Sunday of Ordinary Time

Stewardship thought for the week

October 30, 2016                                          31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

“But Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, ‘Behold, half of my possessions, Lord, I will give to the poor, and if I extorted anything from anyone I shall repay it four times over.’”   LUKE 19:8

 

We are all called to graciously give back to the Lord in proportion to the blessings we have been given.  This means everyone isn’t called to give the same amount, but is called to give equal sacrifice.  No amount is too small or insignificant!  Open your heart, how is God calling you?

 

 

Last week’s collection: Envelopes $930.00; Loose $115.00; World Mission Sunday $244.00

 

Total: $1,289.00                                                  Remember, God can never be outdone in generosity.

 

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, October 29 Michael Talent, Jr. Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, October 30 Dorothy Belaska Father Paul Rothschild
Saturday, November 5 Horak & Capone Families Father Paul Rothschild
Sunday, November 6 John & Francis Klenc TBA
     

Upcoming Masses:

 

Second Collection this weekend is for the victims of the hurricane in Haiti. Please see the attached letter from Archbishop Carlson. Thank you, in advance, for your generosity.

 

Second Collection next weekend is for retired religious. Again, thank you for your generosity

 

Goulash Festival News

We are still in need of prizes for our games. Gift cards are especially welcome but we can use all types of items. You may bring prizes to the rectory any time during business hours or drop them off in church.

 

We will be needing desserts on the day of the event (November 6). Many visitors come just for the home-made desserts so, thank you in advance, for contributing to the success of this important fund-raiser.

 

Please mark your name on your cake pans, what kind of cake it is, and whether it contains nuts.

 

While the Goulash Festival does raise much-needed funds, it’s also an important way for us to reach out to the community. It would be great if every member of SJN could volunteer an hour or two of your time to meet and greet our neighbors and to help out where needed.

 

Servers needed for Sunday morning mass. Steve Frei has been helping out, but we’d like to spread the workload a little bit. If you’d like to help, please see Deacon Mike after mass or call the rectory. It’s a good way to get more involved in the Eucharist.

 

 

,Mass Mob—Remember, our Mass Mob will be held on Sunday, January 8, the Feast of the Epiphany. Plans are well underway to make this a huge celebration. Be sure you talk it up to your friends and family. Again, this is an opportunity for everyone to pitch in. We will need ushers, extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist, greeters, and people to serve coffee and refreshments. There will be more information as we get closer to the big day.

 

Deacon Mike: I will be having back surgery on Tuesday (a poor way to spend the Feast of All Saints but at least I’ll be able to spend Halloween with my grandson). According to the doctor, I may be away as long as a month. I want to thank everyone for pitching in on the Goulash Festival and on the preparations for the Mass Mob. I know I’m leaving everything in good hands.

 

I will be speaking to Sue on a regular basis so if you have any questions or special needs for me, please let her know.

 

I’d especially appreciate it if you would remember me in your prayers as I will you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

29th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Stewardship thought for the week

October 16, 2016                                                               29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

“…be persistent whether it is convenient or inconvenient…”        2 Timothy 4:2

 

It is not always convenient to be a good steward, especially when all the temptations of our busy and materialistic world get in the way.  Now add our own pride and ego into the equation and living a stewardship lifestyle may be downright uncomfortable!  Remember, God didn’t call us to be comfortable.  He called us to be faithful.

 

Last week’s collection: Envelopes $497.00; Loose $169.00; Other $30.00

 

Total: $696.00                                                   Remember, God can never be outdone in generosity.

 

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, October 15 Draper Bickham Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, October 16 John Klenc Father Paul Rothschild
Saturday, October 22 Jim Brush Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, October 23 Mary Duggan Father Paul Rothschild
     

Upcoming Masses:

 

Second Collection next weekend will be for World Mission Sunday. Thank you, in advance, for your generosity.

 

Goulash Festival News—There are still some letters and raffle tickets in church. Please take yours home so we don’t have to mail them.

 

We are in need of prizes for our games. Gift cards are especially welcome but we can use all types of items. You may bring prizes to the rectory any time during business hours or drop them off in church.

 

We will be needing desserts on the day of the event (November 6). Many visitors come just for the home-made desserts so, thank you in advance, for contributing to the success of this important fund-raiser.

 

While the Goulash Festival does raise much-needed funds, it’s also an important way for us to reach out to the community. It would be great if every member of SJN could volunteer an hour or two of your time to meet and greet our neighbors and to help out where needed.

 

Servers needed for Sunday morning mass. Steve Frei has been helping out, but we’d like to spread the workload a little bit. If you’d like to help, please see Deacon Mike after mass or call the rectory. It’s a good way to get more involved in the Eucharist.

 

 

 

Soulard Oktoberfest which was threatened with cancellation, will be held next Friday and Saturday,October 21 and 22. The festival has been moved from east of Broadway where it’s been in the past to Soulard Market Park. This change will put the event much closer to Saint John’s and could cause some traffic congestion for Saturday afternoon mass. Please allow some extra time to get here on next Saturday for 4:30 mass.

 

Mass Mob—Remember, our Mass Mob will be held on Sunday, January 8, the Feast of the Epiphany. Plans are well underway to make this a huge celebration. Be sure you talk it up to your friends and family. Again, this is an opportunity for everyone to pitch in. We will need ushers, extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist, greeters, and people to serve coffee and refreshments. There will be more information as we get closer to the big day.

 

The Upcoming election will be challenging. Many agree that neither major party candidate for president is acceptable and that the choice will come down to the “lesser of two evils”. Obviously neither candidate offers a clear-cut choice to Catholics of good faith.

 

One thing we must all keep in mind, according to Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila, of Denver, The right to life is the most important and fundamental right, since life is necessary for any of the other rights to matter. There are some issues that can legitimately be debated by Christians, such as which policies are the most effective in caring for the poor, but the direct killing of innocent human life must be opposed at all times by every follower of Jesus Christ. There are no legitimate exceptions to this teaching.

“The health of our nation depends on a deep respect for human life from the moment of conception until natural death, and the future of our society depends on how we protect that right. If we don’t, eventually we will go the way of Rome and Greece and other great civilizations that have risen and fallen.”

 

It’s our duty to familiarize ourselves with both party’s platforms and choose accordingly.

 

You can read Bishop Aquqila’s entire article at http://denvercatholic.org/voting-catholic-2016/.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Stewardship thought for the week

October 9, 2016                                                                 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

“Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?”    Luke 17:18

 

Most of us live “easy” lives.  We have food, shelter and clothing.  We go on vacation every year and own a car or two.   Most of us take this all for granted.  Did you ever notice that people with the least amount of possessions are usually the most grateful?  Shouldn’t this be the other way around?  Take time every day and thank God for all He has given you.

 

Last week’s collection: Envelopes $887.00; Loose $797.00; Permanent Diaconate $726.00

 

Total: $2,410.00                                                   Remember, God can never be outdone in generosity.

 

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, October 8 Mary Duggan Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, October 9 Bill Korpecki TBA
Saturday, October 15 Draper Bickham Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, October 16 John Klenc Father Paul Rothschild
     

Upcoming Masses:

 

Thank you to everyone who contributed so generously to the second collection for formation of Permanent Deacons.

 

Oktoberfest at Saint Pius V, South Grand at Utah, Friday, October 21. Delicious brats and cold brews from Civil Life Brewery. Dinner starts at 4:00. Live music starts at 6:00. There will be a 50/50 drawing and other prizes. Full plates are $8.00. Half plates are $4.00.

 

Hospitality Sunday, today, October 9. Coffee and donuts will be served in the Hall following 9:30 mass.

 

Goulash Festival News—There are still some letters and raffle tickets in church. Please take yours home so we don’t have to mail them.

 

We are in need of prizes for our games. Gift cards are especially welcome but we can use all types of items. You may bring prizes to the rectory any time during business hours or drop them off in church.

 

We will be needing desserts on the day of the event (November 6). Many visitors come just for the home-made desserts so, thank you in advance, for contributing to the success of this important fund-raiser.

 

While the Goulash Festival does raise much-needed funds, it’s also an important way for us to reach out to the community. It would be great if every member of SJN could volunteer an hour or two of your time to meet and greet our neighbors and to help out where needed.

 

Servers needed for Sunday morning mass. Steve Frei has been helping out, but we’d like to spread the workload a little bit. If you’d like to help, please see Deacon Mike after mass or call the rectory. It’s a good way to get more involved in the Eucharist.

 

 

Soulard Oktoberfest which was threatened with cancellation, will be held Friday and Saturday,October 21 and 22. The festival has been moved from east of Broadway where it’s been in the past to Soulard Market Park. This change will put the event much closer to Saint John’s and could cause some traffic congestion for Saturday afternoon mass. Please allow some extra time to get here on that Saturday for 4:30 mass.

 

Saint Francis of Assissi parish, in Luebbering, MO wil be holding their Fall Festival, Turkey Dinner, and Meat Shoot next Sunday, October 16, from 11:30 am-3:00 pm.

 

There will be games for children and a flea market.

 

The parish is located off Hwy 30 on Highway FF (3 miles south of Lonedell). For more information call 1-636-629-1717.

 

Mass Mob—Remember, our Mass Mob will be held on Sunday, January 8, the Feast of the Epiphany. Plans are well underway to make this a huge celebration. Be sure you talk it up to your friends and family. Again, this is an opportunity for everyone to pitch in. We will need ushers, extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist, greeters, and people to serve coffee and refreshments. There will be more information as we get closer to the big day.

 

Father Joseph Menker, who grew up at SJN called to tell us that he’s now at the Dammert Geriatric Center at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows. He wanted you to know that he’s praying for you and that he’d appreciate your praying for him.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

27th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Stewardship thought for the week

October 2, 2016                                                   27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

“For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control.”  2 Timothy 1:7

 

Many of us compartmentalize our Faith, we bring it out only when we attend Mass or when we attend a parish event.  Being a good steward requires discipline and striving to put God first in everything, all the time.  The next time you are at a neighborhood party, at work or out shopping, would your actions signal to others that you are a good and faithful servant of our Lord?

 

Last week’s collection: Envelopes $1,150.00; Loose $244.00; Catholic University $25.00; Other $35.00

 

Total: $1,454.00                                                    Remember, God can never be outdone in generosity.

 

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, October 1 Kellie Schallon Father Paul Rothschild
Sunday, October 2 Larry Smid Father Paul Rothschild
Saturday, October 8 Mary Duggan Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, October 9 Bill Korpecki TBA
     

Upcoming Masses:

 

There will be a second collection this weekend for the Formation of Permanent Deacons.  Money raised from this collection helps cover some of the expenses of men in training to be deacons. Here at SJN, we are more aware than most of the value of deacons’ service to help in situations formerly handled only by priests. Thank you for your generosity!

 

Oktoberfest at Saint Pius V, South Grand at Utah, Friday, October 21. Delicious brats and cold brews from Civil Life Brewery. Dinner starts at 4:00. Live music starts at 6:00. There will be a 50/50 drawing and other prizes. Full plates are $8.00. Half plates are $4.00.

 

Beyond Sunday–Thanks to everyone who pledged to the Beyond Sunday campaign. As of now, we have received pledges totaling $36,000.00. In spite of our overly-ambitious goal, we were still high on the list of contributing churches in our group.

 

 

We have been notified that we will be receiving our first distribution (our 40% share of moneys received) of $2,635.34 during the month of September. We will put the money to good use.

 

Goulash Festival News—Plans are proceeding nicely. The GF letters and raffle tickets were mailed this week. Letters for members are located at the entrances to the Chapel. Please take yours home.

 

We are in need of prizes for our games. Gift cards are especially welcome but we can use all types of items. You may bring prizes to the rectory any time during business hours or drop them off in church.

We will be needing desserts on the day of the event (November 6). Many visitors come just for the home-made desserts so, thank you in advance, for contributing to the success of this important fund-raiser.

 

While the Goulash Festival does raise much-needed funds, it’s also an important way for us to reach out to the community. It would be great if every member of SJN could volunteer an hour or two of your time to meet and greet our neighbors and to help out where needed.

 

Soulard Oktoberfest which was threatened with cancellation, will be held Friday and Saturday,October 21 and 22. The festival has been moved from east of Broadway where it’s been in the past to Soulard Market Park. This change will put the event much closer to Saint John’s and could cause some traffic congestion for Saturday afternoon mass. Please allow some extra time to get here on that Saturday for 4:30 mass.

 

Mass Mob—Remember, our Mass Mob will be held on Sunday, January 8, the Feast of the Epiphany. Plans are well underway to make this a huge celebration. Be sure you talk it up to your friends and family. Again, this is an opportunity for everyone to pitch in. We will need ushers, extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist, greeters, and people to serve coffee and refreshments. There will be more information as we get closer to the big day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

26th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Stewardship thought for the week

September 11, 2016                                                                         24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

Everything I have is yours.”    Luke 15:31

 

Stewardship thought for the week

September 25, 2016                                         26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

“My child, remember that you received what was good during your lifetime while Lazarus likewise received what was bad; but now he is comforted here, whereas you are tormented.  Moreover, between us and you a great chasm is established…”     Luke 16:25-26

 

When God created the world He declared that it was good and He gave it to all mankind for us to enjoy.  However, over the years we have created a chasm between those who have great gifts and those who do not.  In today’s Gospel we see that with our own generosity we must bridge that gap between those who have much and those who have little or we may find ourselves on the wrong side of the chasm in the next life.

 

Last week’s collection: Envelopes $1,360.00; Loose $165.00; Improvement Fund $170.00; Other $60.00

 

Total: $1,755.00                                                   Remember, God can never be outdone in generosity.

 

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, September 24 Frances Dvorek Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, September 25 Stephen Lamczyk Father Paul Rothschild
Saturday, October 1 Kellie Schallon Father Paul Rothschild
Sunday, October 2 Larry Smid Father Paul Rothschild
     

Upcoming Masses:

 

 

Chapel Cleanup: Many thanks to the IBEW volunteers who did such a fine job of cleaning and relamping the chapel. We couldn’t continue to operate without the generosity of our friends.

 

 

A Look Back – In Jan 1964, Bob Goddard, stated the following in his daily column of the St. Louis Globe Democrat (remember that newspaper?): “How is this for a record? R. Joseph Stanovsky has been playing the organ and teaching school at St. John Nepomuk Church since 1914.”

 

Rainer Joseph Stanovsky was born on Nov 13, 1879, in Moravia. His strong talent for music was evident at an early age; at 12 years of age, he routinely substituted for the organist at church services. (I was not able to find information as to how he developed his talent.)

 

Upon the death of Joseph Balin, organist at SJN, in 1914, Mr. Stanovsky volunteered to leave his homeland and assume those duties at SJN. In addition to his role as organist, he was a music teacher at the school and director of the parish choir. For many years he taught piano, violin, cello, bass fiddle and trumpet. Mr. Stanovsky also acted as co-editor of the “Hlas,” the national Czech periodical.   His Golden Jubilee was celebrated on Feb 9, 1964 at SJN.

 

There will be a second collection next weekend for the Formation of Permanent Deacons.  Money raised from this collection helps cover some of the expenses of men in training to be deacons. Here at SJN, we are more aware than most of the value of deacons’ service to help in situations formerly handled only by priests. Please be generous to this important collection.

 

Giant Flea Market—Our friends at Saints Peter and Paul are having their annual flea market this weekend, September 23-25. Lots of treasures are being offered for sale at bargain prices! Plus, proceeds help support SPP’s ministry to the poor and homeless. Check it out!

From Deacon Mike: I want to extend my sincere thanks for all your thoughts, prayers, and cards while I was in the hospital last week. It was a rough week but your prayers gave me strength and helped with the healing process which is still going on.

 

I’m sorry I wasn’t able to be here for the IBEW clean-up project, but it went off without a hitch and the chapel looks wonderful. Plans for the Goulash Festival are also moving along nicely. Thank you to everyone involved.

 

We have been very blessed at SJN and I’m convinced that our devotion to the Holy Infant of Prague has a lot to do with it.

 

“O sweet Jesus Child to thee do I cleave. In thy powerful aid I firmly believe.

infant of prague

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

24th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Stewardship thought for the week

September 11, 2016                                                                         24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

Everything I have is yours.”    Luke 15:31

 

Our Heavenly Father gives us everything, including the chance to share in His eternal kingdom.  Yet, like the Prodigal Son we are often lured away by the materialism of our society.  Do we really want to turn our backs on all that God offers in exchange for a material wealth that has no lasting value?

 

Last week’s collection: Envelopes $890.00; Loose $205.00; Catholic University $25.00; Other $35.00

 

Total: $1,155.00                                                   Remember, God can never be outdone in generosity.

 

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, September 10 Theresa Kaspar Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, September 11 Bill Korpecki Father Mike Lydon
Saturday, September 17 Richard Dvorak Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, September 18 Anezka Jeglova Father Paul Rothschild
     

Upcoming Masses:

 

Goulash Festival planning meeting will be held this Tuesday, September 13, at 6:30 pm. Everyone is welcome.

 

Chapel Cleanup: IBEW volunteers will be cleaning the chapel on Thursday, September 15. We are in need of buckets and rags which will be returned (clean) after we’re done with them. Please drop them off at the rectory by Tuesday. Thank you.

 

Hospitality Sunday will be today (Sunday) after 9:30 mass. Coffee and donuts will be served. Everyone welcome.

 

A Look Back – The School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND) began teaching at SJN in 1869 and at that time, they lived at the St. Peter and Paul convent. In 1880, Fr. Hessoun acquired a residence at the corner of 11th & Julia to be used as a convent. The home was built in 1848 by Herman Bernsen, a milkman. Five nuns and two candidates moved into this residence. A third story was added to the convent in the autumn of 1884 to accommodate the increasing number of nuns assigned to SJN.

 

One of the nuns who resided in this convent was Sr Joella, a novice who came from Milwaukee in 1894. Her first assignment was first grade, a class of 66. She continued to teach at SJN, uninterrupted, for 46 years until she fell ill in 1940. When Sr Joella finished teaching, Bohemian was no longer heard in the school, except for religious hymns sung during the Infant of Prague celebration.

 

convent-archThe former convent is now a residence, but evidence still exists that it was a religious structure. A cross was built above the doorway to the courtyard between the convent and the old school and is still visible from 11th street.

 

 

 

 

 

My ParIsh App: If you haven’t already signed up for our app, it’s a great way to keep up with what’s going on at SJN. Even though it’s only September, it’s good to remember that any weather-related cancellations will be posted on the app.

 

Signing up is easy. Just text the word “app” to 88202 or scan the qr code below with your smart phone or tablet.

myparish qr code

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time

Stewardship thought for the week

September 4, 2016                                             23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

“Everyone of you who does not renounce all his possessions cannot be my disciple.”    Luke 14:33

 

When we first hear this statement, it seems that Jesus is making an unrealistic demand upon us.  How can we renounce all of our possessions?  We need them to live.  However, what we must renounce is the belief that they belong to us.  Everything that we have belongs to God alone.  All of our resources are entrusted to us not only for our own use, but also so that we can help others.  Once we renounce the idea that we possess or are entitled to anything, it is much easier to share the many gifts that God has given us.  Then we truly are His Disciples.

 

 

Last week’s collection: Envelopes $919.00; Loose $190.00

 

Total: $1,109.00                                                   Remember, God can never be outdone in generosity.

 

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, September 3 Michael Tallent, Jr Father Paul Rothschild
Sunday, September 4 Lerlene Jefferson Father Paul Rothschild
Saturday, September 10 Theresa Kaspar Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, September 11 Bill Korpecki TBA
     

Upcoming Masses:

 

Second Collection this weekend is for the Catholic University of America. Did you know:

 

  • CUA is the Catholic University of the United States?
  • Nearly 1/3 of US bishops are alumni along with 12,400 living priests and religious?
  • CUA serves nearly 7,000 students through its twelve schools?

Thank you for your generosity!

 

Good news on our chapel cleanup: The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers will be holding their annual convention in Saint Louis next month. As part of their anniversary celebration they will be performing service projects around the area. They have generously offered to help with the cleanup of our chapel including cleaning the statues and the light fixtures. They will also be installing new LED light bulbs throughout the chapel. The date for this project is September 15. Many thanks to Bob Deppe for making this contact for us.

 

Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer, even though many of our young people have been back in school for several weeks. Some of our friends and family will be traveling on this last three-day weekend of summer. Please keep all travelers in your prayers.

 

As you probably know, today, Sunday, September 4, Mother Teresa of Calcutta will be canonized by Pope Francis. For Mother’s followers the canonization ceremony is merely a formality. They knew it all along.

 

Here at SJN, we have a special devotion to many saints. We look at their lives as examples of how we should live out our Christian discipleship.

 

It’s unlikely that most of us will live a life of dedicated service comparable to Mother Teresa. But each of us, in our own way, can be a great saint.

 

As Mother said:

 

“The greatest disease in the West today is not TB or leprosy; it is being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for. We can cure physical diseases with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair, and hopelessness is love. There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread but there are many more dying for a little love. The poverty in the West is a different kind of poverty — it is not only a poverty of loneliness but also of spirituality. There’s a hunger for love, as there is a hunger for God.” 
― Mother TeresaA Simple Path: Mother Teresa

mother teresa