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22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time

Stewardship thought for the week

August 30, 2015 – 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Be doers of the word and not hearers only…”   (James 1:22)

What do you do to live God’s word?  Do you share your time in prayer with God?   Do you use your talent to help those in need?  Are you generous with your financial resources?  If not, what are you waiting for?

Last week’s collection: Envelopes $742.00; Loose $424.00; Other $5.00

Total: $1,171.00

Masses this week:

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, August 29 Stanovsky Anniversary Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, August 30 Dorothy Belaska Father Paul Rothschild
Saturday, September 5 Michael Tallent Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, September 6 Lerlene Jefferson Father Paul Rothschild

Remember, God can never be outdone in generosity.

From Dynamic Catholic, Alive! Grace

Grace is a supernatural gift of God to men and angels for our eternal salvation. The Church makes a distinction between sanctifying grace and actual grace. Sanctifying grace is “the gratuitous gift that God gives us to make us participants in His Trinitarian Life” (Compendium 423). It is the permanent disposition (quality, or condition) to live and act in keeping with God’s call. Actual grace refers to God’s interventions at the beginning of our conversion or along our path to holiness. http://archstl.org/dynamic

Hospitality Sunday for September will be Sunday, September 13. Note this is a change from the normal first Sunday schedule as the first weekend of September is a holiday weekend. Coffee and pastries will be served in the hall following 9:30 mass.

Many thanks to Bob Deppe who has been working with our historical records, digitizing them for use on our web site. In the process of working with this material, Bob has uncovered a lot of interesting things that you may not be aware of. We’ve decided to include some of them in the bulletin, starting today. We hope you enjoy them.

 

A Look Back – 1854   Construction of the original St. John Nepomuk Church began in May 1854 and on April, 1855, Fr. Henry Lipovsky, assigned to St. Mary of Victories, said the first holy mass. The first solemn high mass was celebrated May 11, 1855 (the feast of St. John) by the famous Jesuit missionary, Fr. Pierre Jean De Smet. The little wooden church and school was located at Soulard and 11th on land donated by Fr. Renaud, a French Priest.

The church of St. John Nepomuk became the first tangible accomplishment of the Bohemian community and was only accomplished because of the hard work and sacrifices of these individuals.

Second collection next weekend will be for the Catholic University of America.

Goulash Festival news: As you know, our annual Goulash Festival will be held on Sunday, November 1. We are in need for prizes for our games and a possible silent auction. If you have items to donate, or if you have connections with local businesses for gift card donations, please help us out.

The Goulash Festival is our largest fund-raiser of the year and the more opportunities we give our visitors to spend their money, the better.

Here’s a suggestion: If you know someone who is moving or having an estate sale, they often have good items left over. Their donation to SJN is tax deductible and is helping a worthy cause.

Items must be new or collectible. Donations can be brought to church, dropped off at the rectory, or call us and we’ll arrange for pick-up.

First Annual Blue Mass for First Responders will be held Sunday, September 13 at 10:00 am at the Cathedral Basilica, celebrated by the Most Reverend Edward M. Rice. Coffee and donuts will be served afterward in Boland Hall.

Marriage Encounter: Discover more about yourself and your spouse as you grow more deeply in love on a Marriage Encounter weekend.

Weekends will be presented on September 25-27 or December 4-6. For more information call 314.469.7317 or apply online at http://www.stlwwme.org.

 

 

18th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Stewardship thought for the week

August 2, 2015 – 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Each day the people are to go out and gather their daily portion; thus will I test them, to see whether they follow my instructions or not.”     (Exodus 16:4)

When the Israelites gathered more than their daily portion of manna, the surplus became wormy and rotten.  In the same way today, God calls us to be content with a fair portion and to be willing to share the rest.

Last week’s collection: Envelopes $1,412.00; Loose $381.00

Total: $1,793.00

Masses this week:

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, August 1 Draper Bickham Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, August 2 Edward Klenc Father Paul Rothschild
Saturday, August 8 Angeline Their Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, August 9 Gene Smith, Jr. TBA

Remember, God can never be outdone in generosity.

From Dynamic Catholic, Alive! Confirmation

Confirmation confirms and strengthens baptismal grace. “The effect of Confirmation is a special outpouring of the Holy Spirit like that of Pentecost. This outpouring impresses on the soul an indelible [permanent] character and produces a growth in the grace of Baptism.” (Compendium, 268) Those who are confirmed are given a special strength to witness to the Christian faith, by being bound more firmly to Christ and His Church. Do you remember why you chose your confirmation name? http://archstl.org/dynamic

First Thursday Social…You are invited to attend the Our Lady of Sorrows Women’s Guild Lotto Social, held the first Thursday of each month in Faenger Hall (5030 Rhodes Ave, 63109). Doors open at 10:00 am. Games begin at 11:15 am. Delicious and affordable lunch is available. Come join the fun!

Papa-Palooza: Join us September 19, beginning at 2:00 pm for Papa-Palooza, our local family celebration of the Philadelphia World Meeting of Families and Papal Visit. It will be an afternoon of family fun and games, an outdoor Mass (4:30 pm) celebrated by Bishop Rice, dinner by P’sghetti’s, and a rollicking concert of praise and worship. Papa-Palooza will be held on the campus of Kenrick Glennon Seminary. $15.00 per family or $5.00 per person. For more information, www.archstl.org/palooza.

Planned Parenthood: Please take home and read the enclosed joint statement from the Bishops of the state of Missouri. Surely you’re aware of the recent news concerning Planned Parenthood and the sale of body parts from aborted babies. This is an abomination and just compounds the evil of abortion.

This is something that cannot be tolerated in a free society and must be stopped. Please learn all you can about this terrible practice and do everything in your power to put it to an end. There will be more information coming from the Church in the days and weeks ahead.

Deacon Mike: More on the loaves and fishes. You may recall that last week’s Gospel told the familiar tale of the loaves and fishes and how Jesus fed the multitudes with just a few fish and loaves of bread. It was a great miracle and one that comes to mind each week as we try to balance our chapel budget.

This week we wrote a check for our largest single annual expense, our support of the Archdiocese, in the amount of $30,162.00. This figure includes our support of Catholic Education and insurance on our physical plant. We pay this assessment annually in July in one lump sum. But, if you break it down on a weekly basis, it comes to just over $580.00 per week.

Our collections last week were unusually large but average right around $1,000.00 weekly, leaving us about $420.00 per week to pay our other expenses.

The recent heavy rains have revealed leaks in the chapel roof. If the entire roof must be replaced, this will be a major expense.

There are some other sources of revenue, specifically weddings and events, but essentially the chapel is not self-sustaining. If we are going to keep the chapel open for future generations, it’s imperative that we increase our revenue. Please keep this in mind as you make your weekly offering.

Everything we have comes from God and we’re called to be good stewards of His many gifts.

 

 

 

17th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Stewardship thought for the week

July 26, 2015 – 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

“There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish; but what good are these for so many?”    (John 6:9)

The miracle of the Loaves and Fishes is the only miracle which is recorded six times in the Gospel.  It carries two important messages.  First, no matter how little we have, we always have enough to share.  Second, Christ can take our humble gifts and do great things with them if we are just willing to let Him.

Last week’s collection: Envelopes $677.00; Loose $205.00; Other $152.00

Total: $1,034.00

Masses this week:

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, July 25 Florence McEwan. Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, July 26 Brett Barczewski (continued health) Father Paul Rothschild
Saturday, August 1 Draper Bickham Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, August 2 Edward Klenc Father Paul Rothschild

Remember, God can never be outdone in generosity.

Our Lady Help of Christians Parish Picnic

Father Frank Koeninger’s parish is having their annual picnic on Sunday, July 26 from 11:00 am-8:00 pm. This is an old-fashioned country church picnic with food, bingo, silent auction, and a lot of other fun things.

It’s a short one hour drive from Soulard and promises to be a fun day. See the enclosed flyer. Hope to see you there!

There will be a second collection next weekend, August 1-2, for the Latin American Apostolate.

The Young Catholic Musicians will be holding auditions for their choir and orchestra. We were blessed to have these young people with us this spring so you know the quality of the liturgical music they provide.

Young people (age 10-17) with musical talent are invited to audition. For additional information, please contact Father Bruce Forman at 314.231.7464 or Mrs. Mary Smith at 314.962.9260. The YCM web site is www.youngcatholicmusicians.com.

From Dynamic Catholic, Alive! Anointing of the Sick

The Anointing of the Sick is a Sacrament instituted by Christ, as attested by Saint James. What is Anointing of the Sick? This Sacrament confers a special grace which unites the sick person more intimately to the Passion of Christ for his good and for the good of all the Church. It gives comfort, peace, courage, and even the forgiveness of sins if the sick person is not able to make a confession. (Compendium, 319) http://archstl.org/dynamic

The Anointing of the Sick is not the same as the old “Last Rites”.

Marriage: Please take time to review the USCCB document on marriage included with this weeks’ bulletin. Take it home and read it thoroughly. The recent Supreme Court decision does nothing to altar the Church’s view of Sacramental Marriage, which is between one man and one woman.

You may not think this affects you, but any attack on our right to practice our faith as we see fit, is an affront to our religious freedom.

There is more information on this subject on the USCCB web site, http://usccb.org/issues-and-action/marriage-and-family/marriage/promotion-and-defense-of-marriage/index.cfm, or on the Archdiocese web site, http://archstl.org/marriage.

 

 

15th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Stewardship thought for the week

July 12, 2015 – 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

“He instructed them to take nothing for the journey but a walking stick – no food, no sack, no money in their belts.” (Mark 6:8)

How different we are from the Apostles who took nothing when they ventured out to serve God.  Today, we make our journey through life more difficult because of all the material baggage that we drag along.  Yet, the more we can let go of, the freer we are to serve God with love and joy.

Last week’s collection: Deacon Mike is on vacation. Collection totals will resume in two weeks.

Masses this week:

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, July 11 Otto Stanovsky Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, July 12 Bill Korpecki Father Paul Rothschild
Saturday, July 18 Gene Smith, Jr. Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, July 19 Sam Ulett TBA

Remember, God can never be outdone in generosity.

From Dynamic Catholic, Alive! Holy Orders

What is the sacrament of Holy Orders? “It is the Sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to his Apostles continues to be exercised in the Church until the end of time.”

There are three degrees of Holy Orders: bishops (episcopate), priests (presbyterate), and deacons (diaconate). When ordained, a man is anointed by the Holy Spirit with an indelible mark uniting him with Christ. This week, please take some time to pray for our bishops, priests, and deacons, and in for an increase in vocations in the Archdiocese of Saint Louis.

FORMING MEN FOR CHRIST

MASS, COFFEE AND TALK WITH FR. JAMES MASON

All men are invited to join Fr. James Mason, J.D., the seminary’s next President-Rector, for Mass, coffee, and a talk at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Clayton on the second Thursday of every month. The purpose of this monthly event is to help form men in the faith and moral teachings of the Catholic Church.

For more information visit http://kenrick.edu/resources/formingmenforchrist/.

Religious Freedom: Our nation is in turmoil! Religious freedom is being attacked as never before in our history. Freedom of religion is turning into freedom from religion. Our Catholic beliefs are being questioned by many both within and outside the Church.

Bishop Rice recently gave a homily on the defense of marriage. He said, “It’s the perfect storm right now between atheism, fundamentalism, and intolerance, so that we should not take it for granted, religious freedom and the freedom to celebrate the sacraments the way we desire.”

“And if you don’t care about these issues, let me give you a quote from Martin Niemoller, the Lutheran pastor during World War II Germany. He said, “First, they came for the socialists, but I did not speak out. I wasn’t a socialist. Then, they came for the unionists. I didn’t belong to a union, so I didn’t speak out. Then, they came for the Jews, but I wasn’t a Jew, so I didn’t speak out. Then, they came for me, and there was no one left to speak out.”

Please pray for our country and for those who make our laws.

You can read or listen to Bishop Rice’s complete homily at http://archstl.org/marriage.

 

 

14th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Stewardship thought for the week

July 5, 2015 – 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

“As the Lord spoke to me, the spirit entered me and set me on my feet, and I heard the one who was speaking say to me, ‘Son of man, I am sending you…’”   (Ezekiel 2:2-3)

God asks each of us to do some special work for Him.   He gives us the resources we need to do His work. However, do we listen to God when He calls?  Do we get up on our feet and give our talent to do the work He asks of us? Remember, God doesn’t call the equipped, he equips the called.

Last week’s collection: Deacon Mike is on vacation. Collection totals will resume in two weeks.

Masses this week:

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, July 4 Draper Bickham Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, July 5 Hedwig Hanus Father Paul Rothschild
Saturday, July 11 Otto Stanovsky Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, July 12 Bill Korpecki Father Paul Rothschild

Remember, God can never be outdone in generosity.

Pastoral Council Meeting: This Tuesday evening, July 7 in the hall at 6:30 pm. Everyone is welcome.

 

Quilt Raffle: We are still selling tickets for the beautiful bird quilt which will be given away at the Goulash Festival. Tickets are available at the entrances to the Chapel. Tell your friends!

Happy Birthday! Father Paul Spielman is turning 80. Please join us for a celebration in the hall following 9:30 mass today, July 5.

Our next planned event is the Goulash Festival on November 1. To date, we have no one to chair this event. This will be discussed at the upcoming Pastoral Council meeting. A lot of people look forward to the Goulash Festival and it’s a major fundraiser. Please consider volunteering to chair this event. It would be a shame to have to call it off.

From Dynamic Catholic, Alive! The Lord’s Day

Are your Sundays centered on worship and relaxation of mind and body? Sunday symbolizes the new creation ushered in by the Resurrection of Christ. For this reason the “center of the liturgical season is Sunday.” The faithful are obliged to participate at Holy Mass every Sunday (and holy day of obligation). This obligation-although Mass is more than an obligation-is one of the precepts of the Church. Do you know a Catholic who is not attending Mass? It may be a good time to invite him or her back.

God bless America.  This weekend we celebrate the birth of our nation. Sometimes it seems like our Founding Fathers wouldn’t recognize what we’ve become. God has blessed us abundantly yet many of us have turned our backs on Him.

This weekend, let’s all pray for our country, one nation under God. Let’s pray that our friends and neighbors will become more aware of the blessings they’ve received and grateful to the One who provides us with everything, even our very life.

We may have our problems but this is still the greatest country on earth.

 

 

13th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Stewardship thought for the week

June 28, 2015 – 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

“…as a matter of equality your abundance at the present time should supply their want, so that their abundance may supply your want, that there may be equality.”  – 2 CORINTHIANS 8:14

Not only are we responsible for our own lives, but we are responsible for the lives of those around us.  Not only is it important that we grow, nurture and share our gifts, but we should teach our children this same lesson and encourage others to do the same.

Last week’s collection: Envelopes $622.00; Loose $184.00

Total $806.00

Masses this week:

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, June 27 Robert Staat & John Konecnik Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, June 28 Joe Klein TBA
Saturday, July 4 Draper Bickham Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, July 5 Hedwig Hanus Father Paul Rothschild

Remember, God can never be outdone in generosity.

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Charitable Outreach (May/June):  This is the last week of our June outreach collection for Cardinal Ritter Senior Services (CRSS). If you have any more white t-shirts (size Large to XXXL) or small luxury items (books, playing cards, crafts, beauty items) please place them at the side altar.

Baskets will be delivered July 6.

Thank you again for your generosity.

 

Pastoral Council Meeting: Tuesday evening, July 7 in the hall at 6:30 pm. Everyone is welcome.

Second Collection this weekend is for Peter’s Pence.

From Dynamic Catholic, Alive! Full, Conscious, & Active Participation

The Second Vatican Council’s Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy sought to promote full, conscious, and active participation in the sacred liturgy. What is full, conscious, and active participation? It doesn’t necessarily mean being a reader, usher, or extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, although these things are good. Full, conscious, and active participation means plugging into the beauty and truth of the liturgy through increased holiness and solemn prayer.

Saints Peter and Paul will be holding their annual homecoming this Sunday, June 28. Their will be breakfast (and the folks at SPP know how to cook!) Miss Jubilee and the Humdingers will perform from 12:00 noon until 3:00 pm. There will be games and a silent auction, plus other activities.

Saints Peter and Paul have always been very supportive of our events, so please consider attending their Homecoming. For more information, call Phyllis Sandusky at 314.231.9923.

Father Paul Spielman is turning 80 in July and we will have a birthday gathering for him in the hall following 9:30 mass on Sunday, July 5. Breakfast will be served. Please RSVP to the rectory so we know how much food to order.

Our next planned event is the Goulash Festival on November 1. To date, we have no one to chair this event. This will be discussed at the upcoming Pastoral Council meeting. A lot of people look forward to the Goulash Festival and it’s a major fundraiser. Please consider volunteering to chair this event. It would be a shame to have to call it off.

What is marriage? There was an excellent insert in last week’s Saint Louis Review on the subject of marriage. If you missed it, there’s some good information on the topic on the Archdiocese’ web site, http://archstl.org/marriage. There is a lot of discussion about marriage with the upcoming Supreme Court decision. This site will give you reliable answers on what the Church teaches.

The Church’s definition of marriage as between one man and one woman will not change regardless of the Supreme Court’s ruling.

Please pray for our nation as we navigate through difficult times.

 

 

12th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Stewardship thought for the week

 June 21, 2015 – 12th – Sunday in Ordinary Time

“He said to them, ‘Why are you afraid?  Have you no faith?’”  – Mark 4:40

 

Most of us like to be in control.  Loss of control makes us fearful.  Try changing your perspective, let God be the pilot!  There’s an old saying “do you want to make God laugh?  Tell him your plans.”  Put your trust in God, He always has a better plan!

Last week’s collection: Envelopes $687.00; Loose $284.00; Other $120.00

Total $1,091.00

Masses this week:

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, June 20 Draper Bickham Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, June 21 Joe Klein Father Paul Rothschild
Saturday, June 27 Robert Staat & John Konecnik Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, June 28 Joe Klein TBA

Remember, God can never be outdone in generosity.

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Charitable Outreach (May/June):  During the month of June St. John Nepomuk will continue our Charitable Outreach Program by collecting for Cardinal Ritter Senior Services (CRSS).

CRSS provides services to improve the quality of life for senior adults by promoting and providing social, health, and housing programs in St. Louis Region.  A wish-list-of-items-in-short-supply is available at the doors of the Chapel (look for the green sheets) and focuses on small luxury items (books, playing cards, crafts, beauty items) and white t-shirts for use on their craft days (size Large to XXL).

 

Collection baskets will be available at the side altar throughout the month of June.  

 

Pastoral Council Meeting: Tuesday evening, July 7 in the hall at 6:30 pm. Everyone is welcome.

Second Collection next weekend is for Peter’s Pence.

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Joe Sodemann who became husband and wife last Saturday evening here at Saint John’s. Jessica Sodemann is the daughter of Catherine and Greg Deutch of our community.

Saints Peter and Paul will be holding their annual homecoming on Sunday, June 28. Their will be breakfast (and the folks at SPP know how to cook!) Miss Jubilee and the Humdingers will perform from 12:00 noon until 3:00 pm. There will be games and a silent auction, plus other activities.

Saints Peter and Paul have always been very supportive of our events, so please consider attending their Homecoming. For more information, call Phyllis Sandusky at 314.231.9923.

Father Paul Spielman is turning 80 in July and we will have a birthday gathering for him in the hall following 9:30 mass on Sunday, July 5. Breakfast will be served. Please RSVP to the rectory so we know how much food to order.

Picnic results:

Here are the totals raised at our Barbecue/Picnic:

Many thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make this event successful, especially Jim Peterson who did a great job organizing everything and cooking all day out in the hot sun.

Our next planned event is the Goulash Festival on November 1. To date, we have no one to chair this event. This will be discussed at the upcoming Pastoral Council meeting. A lot of people look forward to the Goulash Festival and it’s a major fundraiser. Please consider volunteering to chair this event.

 

 

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