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The Most Holy Trinity

Stewardship thought for the week

May 22, 2016                                                           The Most Holy Trinity Sunday

 

“But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth…”    JOHN 16:13

 

Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to help us know and live the truth.  To prepare ourselves, we need to open our hearts to receive this gift before we can give it.  Develop a daily prayer routine to ask the Holy Spirit to help guide our thoughts and actions.

 

 

Last week’s collection: Envelopes $975.00; Loose $200.00; Other $160.00

Total: $1,335.00                                                   Remember, God can never be outdone in generosity.

 

Upcoming Masses:

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, May 21 Florence Chomin Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, May 22 Larry Smid Father Francis Ryan
Saturday, May 28 Florence Chomin Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, May 29 Larry Smid Father Paul Rothschild
     

 

 

 

 

A Look Back – On Dec 7, 1941 – one of the most fateful days in America – the terrible news about Pearl Harbor spread throughout the crowd attending a lecture in the St. John Nepomuk (SJN) parish hall. All understood the impact of the Japanese attack. American and its people immediately girded for war.

 

In June, 1942, Fr. Prokes, the administrator of SJN called upon the parishioners to unite into a special organization, known as “The Home Front” to: aid and comfort our boys in the service; fulfill our civic and patriotic duties as citizens; join the Civil Defense Corps; and aid the Red Cross.

 

The Home Front sponsored many different activities, foremost being communication with the troops, that will be described further in a future column. These activities were financed primarily by an annual carnival held on the parish premises. The first of these carnivals as held Aug 22, 1942 and netted $1,200.

 

Information for this column was obtained from the book “125th Jubilee of St. John Nepomuk Church.

 

 

Annual Catholic Appeal—Our goal for this year is $3,731.00 which is just a few dollars above our 2015 total. To date we have pledged $3,170.00 so our goal is well within reach. We distributed 40 pledge cards and have received 29 back. Please return yours as soon as possible. The ACA helps so many of our less fortunate brothers and sisters.

 

Parish Picnic News: Our picnic/barbecue will be held on Sunday, June 5 and coincides with the Lafayette Square House Tour so we’re expecting a nice crowd. There will be an ad for the picnic in the House Tour book. There will also be an ad in the Saint Louis Review and in the Lafayette Square and Soulard Newspapers so we are expecting a nice crowd.

Thanks to Jim Peterson for once again stepping up to be our picnic chairman.

 

We are in need of prizes. If you can donate something, especially gift cards from local merchants, it will be much appreciated. We will also need desserts. Last year we ran out and had to make a last-minute “dessert run” to the store.

 

Yard signs for the picnic are available in church. If you can place one or more in a prominent location, please take as many as you need. Remember to return them after the picnic so we can use them again next year.

 

CHARITY OUTREACH MAY:  During the month of May we will be collecting for St. Martha’s Hall Emergency Shelter.  St Martha’s Hall is committed to helping battered women and their children break the cycle of violence in their lives.  The emergency shelter has three little things on their wish-list that would make a big difference for the facility: Trash Bags (sizes 13, 32, 64 gallon), Aluminum Foil, and Basic Tennis shoes (“Keds” style for women and kids, variety of sizes).   If you wish to help out, a reminder of the wish-list-of-items-in-short-supply is available at the doors of the Chapel (look for neon-green flyers).  Final day for donations will be May 23rd.

 

 

SJN APP: Stay connected to our community through our smart-phone/tablet app. App users are the first to know important things going on, upcoming events, and Catholic news. The app is available for iPhone and Android through their app stores. You can also download it by texting the word “app” to 88202, or you can scan this qr code:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pentecost

Stewardship thought for the week

May 15, 2016                                                                                                           Pentecost Sunday

 

“The Advocate, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you.”     JOHN 14:26

 

The materialism of our society lures us to concentrate more on what we want than on what God wants for us.  The relativism of our world tells us that we should be tolerant of all things, that there is no absolute truth.  Pray to the Holy Spirit to put the right words in our mouths when challenged about our faith.

 

 

Last week’s collection: Envelopes $1,182.00; Loose $281.00; Other $27.00

Total: $1,1490.00                                                    Remember, God can never be outdone in generosity.

 

Upcoming Masses:

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, May 14 John Vanac Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, May 15 Bill Korpecki Father Paul Rothschild
Saturday, May 21 Florence Chomin Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, May 22 Larry Smid TBA
     

 

 

 

 

From Dynamic Catholic Alive—Pentacost—The Holy Spirit The Holy Spirit is the Master of Prayer (Compendium, 146). Who is the Holy Spirit? The Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Most Blessed Trinity. He is God, one and equal with the Father and the Son. (Compendium, 47) The Holy Spirit is also intimately connected with the Church. “The Spirit builds, animates, and sanctifies the Church” (Compendium, 145). Have you opened your heart to the Holy Spirit? archstl.org/dynamic

 

 

Annual Catholic Appeal—Our goal for this year is $3,731.00 which is just a few dollars above our 2015 total. To date we have pledged $2,265.000 so our goal is well within reach. We distributed 40 pledge cards and have received 19 back. Please return yours as soon as possible. The ACA helps so many of our less fortunate brothers and sisters.

 

Parish Picnic News: Our picnic/barbecue will be held on Sunday, June 5 and coincides with the Lafayette Square House Tour so we’re expecting a nice crowd. There will be an ad for the picnic in the House Tour book.

 

On Tuesday, May 17 at 6:30 there will be a meeting in the Parish Hall to plan for this event. Thanks to Jim Peterson for once again stepping up to be our picnic chairman.

We are in need of prizes. If you can donate something, especially gift cards from local merchants, it will be much appreciated. We will also need desserts. Last year we ran out and had to make a last-minute “dessert run” to the store.

 

CHARITY OUTREACH MAY:  During the month of May we will be collecting for St. Martha’s Hall Emergency Shelter.  St Martha’s Hall is committed to helping battered women and their children break the cycle of violence in their lives.  The emergency shelter has three little things on their wish-list that would make a big difference for the facility: Trash Bags (sizes 13, 32, 64 gallon), Aluminum Foil, and Basic Tennis shoes (“Keds” style for women and kids, variety of sizes).   If you wish to help out, a reminder of the wish-list-of-items-in-short-supply is available at the doors of the Chapel (look for neon-green flyers).  Final day for donations will be May 23rd.

 

Saint Wenceslaus Tailgate Sale will be next Saturday, May 21st, from 8:00 am-3:00 pm. Spaces are available at $15.00. Barbecue will be served from 10:00 am-2:30 pm. For information or reservations please call Tim at 314.814.0486 or Paul at 314.865.1020 during normal business hours.

 

SJN APP: Stay connected to our community through our smart-phone/tablet app. App users are the first to know important things going on, upcoming events, and Catholic news. The app is available for iPhone and Android through their app stores. You can also download it by texting the word “app” to 88202, or you can scan this qr code:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5th Sunday of Easter

Stewardship thought for the week

April 24, 2016                       5th Sunday of Easter 

 

“I give you a new commandment: love one another.  As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.”    JOHN 13:34

 

It is easy to love someone when they love us back.  But it takes courage to love someone when we feel unappreciated, used or feel our opinion doesn’t matter.  It takes courage to “love my neighbor” when he may be someone I don’t like, someone I don’t know or someone who doesn’t look like me.

 

 

Last week’s collection: Envelopes $658.00; Loose $203.00; Other $15.00

Total: 876.00                                                   Remember, God can never be outdone in generosity.

 

Upcoming Masses:

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, April 23 Ann & Gene Smith, Sr. Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, April 24 Louise Cain TBA
Saturday, April 30   Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, May 1   Father Paul Rothschild
     

 

Crowning and Picnic information is available at the entrances to the Chapel. Please pick yours up.

 

The Crowning will be held next Sunday, May 1, at 4:00 pm. Father Paul Rothschild will be the celebrant. Dinner tickets are $15.00 for adults and $5.00 for children under 12. Dinner tickets must be ordered by Monday, April 25. No dinner tickets will be sold at the door.

 

To prepare for the Crowning we will be removing the tomb from the Chapel following 9:30 mass on Sunday, April 24. Your help will be greatly appreciated.

 

 

Workday for Exterior Church Repairs

Saturday May 7th, is a scheduled workday to conduct interim repair of openings above the nave of the church.  As a result of accessing the bell tower in the winter, it became apparent pigeons are actively trespassing in this ceiling area.  There are windows that are obviously broken too as seen from the street.  This workday will attempt to put up chicken wire to prevent access by the pigeons and to scope out solutions for a long term repair effort.  If you can handle a hammer and don’t mind climbing or reaching heights, we appreciate you participation. We will start Saturday morning at 9:00 AM with lunch served.

 

A Look Back –Fr. Wenceslaus Linek, appointed pastor of St. John Nepomuk (SJN) in May 1926, and Fr. Albert Prokes, appointed his assistant a month later, immediately focused their attention on the 1929 celebration of the Diamond Jubilee of the parish.

 

The priests undertook many necessary, yet neglected, improvements and repairs to the church and other parish buildings. There was a complete redecoration and illumination of the church and sanctuary and repairs were made to the exterior of all of the buildings. During this time, Fr. Linek designed and commissioned the building of the grotto of Lourdes, which still is prominent in the vestibule. He obtained artifacts (e.g. shoes, crutches) left by the faithful at the original Lourdes Grotto which gave the special meaning to the SJN monument. Beautiful stained glass windows, even now the pride of the church, were installed in the summer of 1929 by the Emil Frei Stained Glass Company of St. Louis.

 

The Diamond Jubilee was celebrated during the last week of Nov 1929. SJN, due to the leadership and efforts of the pastor and assistant, was modernized and upgraded to properly represent the storied history and stature of SJN.

 

Information for this article was obtained from the book, “125th Jubilee of St. John Nepomuk Church.”

 

 

Annual Catholic Appeal—ACA cards will be distributed this weekend at all masses. Please give this important appeal your prayerful consideration and return your completed pledge card as soon as possible.

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4th Sunday of Easter

Stewardship thought for the week

April 17, 2016                                                       4th Sunday of Easter 

 

“The disciples were filled with joy and the Holy Spirit.”    ACTS 13:52

 

Because the disciples heard Our Lord’s call, they were able to spread the Gospel message with strength and vitality.  We, too, can experience that same joy if we take time to open our hearts, listen to God, ask for His direction and allow the Holy Spirit to guide our lives and our decisions.

 

 

Last week’s collection: Envelopes $658.00; Loose $203.00; Other $15.00

Total: 876.00                                                   Remember, God can never be outdone in generosity.

 

Upcoming Masses:

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, April 16 Ted & Grace Loeffelmann Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, April 17 Bill Korpecki Father Paul Rothschild
Saturday, April 23 Ann & Gene Smith, Sr. Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, April 24 Louise Cain TBA

 

Crowning and Picnic information is available at the entrances to the Chapel. Please pick yours up.

 

The Crowning will be held on Sunday, May 1, at 4:00 pm. Father Paul Rothschild will be the celebrant. Dinner tickets are $15.00 for adults and $5.00 for children under 12. Dinner tickets must be ordered in advance. No dinner tickets will be sold at the door.

 

To prepare for the Crowning we will be removing the tomb from the Chapel following 9:30 mass on Sunday, April 24. Your help will be greatly appreciated.

 

 

Workday for Exterior Church Repairs

Saturday May 7th, is a scheduled workday to conduct interim repair of openings above the nave of the church.  As a result of accessing the bell tower in the winter, it became apparent pigeons are actively trespassing in this ceiling area.  There are windows that are obviously broken too as seen from the street.  This workday will attempt to put up chicken wire to prevent access by the pigeons and to scope out solutions for a long term repair effort.  If you can handle a hammer and don’t mind climbing or reaching heights, we appreciate you participation. We will start Saturday morning at 9:00 AM with lunch served.

 

A Look Back – Wenceslaus Francis Linek was born in November, 1889 and was baptized at St. John Nepomuk (SJN), where he later attended school. Albert Leonard Prokes was born in May 1902. He too was baptized at SJN, but attended school at St. Wenceslaus. These men were to cross paths in 1926 during a challenging period at SJN, when both were priests assigned to the parish.   2nd and 3rd generation Bohemians, who were naturally becoming assimilated into the American culture constituted much of the population of the parish and were challenging established traditions.

 

Fr. Linek was ordained on December 20, 1914, six months before the rest of his class because his services were needed. WWI had broken out and with Austria-Hungary deeply involved, it was not possible to get a priest from overseas for the people of that nationality in St. Louis. Fr. Linek was immediately assigned as pastor of Holy Trinity Slovak Church. It was a sensitive assignment for the Czech priest, but he quickly gained the confidence of the Slovak parishioners. He was pastor at Holy Trinity for 12 years and during this time he had to orchestrate movement of the parish two different times; the church was originally at 12th and Park and had to be moved back to accommodate the widening of 12th St; finally the church was moved to the 1800 Block of So. 9th. Fr. Linek was appointed Pastor of SJN in May 1926.

 

Fr. Prokes was ordained in June 1926 and was immediately assigned to assist Fr. Linek at SJN. We will look at the efforts and accomplishments of these two priests in future columns.

 

Annual Catholic Appeal—It’s that time of year again. Next weekend we will be distributing the ACA cards at both masses. Please remember that the ACA is not the same as Beyond Sunday. While Beyond Sunday addresses the long-term needs of our chapel and the archdiocese, ACA funds current needs. Please see the enclosed note.

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3rd Sunday of Easter

Stewardship thought for the week

April 10, 2016                                                                                     3rd Sunday of Easter

 

“Peter was distressed that Jesus had said to him a third time, ‘Do you love me?’ and he said to him, ‘Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Feed my sheep.’”     JOHN 21:17

 

All of us are challenged to show our love for Jesus by “feeding His sheep.”  Through prayer ask God how you should best use your time, talent and treasure to assist those who are in need.  Remember that giving is an act of worship and helps advance the mission of our parish and greater Church.

 

 

Last week’s collection: Envelopes $712.00; Loose $314.00; Other $115.00

Total: $1,141.00                                                   Remember, God can never be outdone in generosity.

 

Upcoming Masses:

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, April 9 Droska, Miller, & Giebels Families Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, April 10 Lerlene Jefferson Father Paul Rothschild
Saturday, April 16 Ted & Grace Loeffelmann Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, April 17 Bill Korpecki Father Paul Rothschild
     
     
     
     

 

 

Crowning and Picnic information is available at the entrances to the Chapel. Please pick yours up.

 

The Crowning will be held on Sunday, May 1, at 4:00 pm. Dinner tickets are $15.00 for adults and $5.00 for children under 12. Dinner tickets must be ordered in advance. No dinner tickets will be sold at the door.

 

To prepare for the Crowning we will be removing the tomb from the Chapel following 9:30 mass on Sunday, April 24. Your help will be greatly appreciated.

 

From Dynamic Catholic Alive—What is holiness? Holiness is our sharing in the divine life of the Trinity, a profound intimicy with God. This holiness is at the heart of Catholic renewal: “Everything we wish to achieve in the Church depends first and foremost upon the depth of our response to His call to Holiness.” (Archbishop Carlson) Which saints serve as models of holiness for you? Holiness is not just for the saints. archstl.org/dynamic.

Belfry update: We are still waiting on the second estimate for the bell tower cleaning. As soon as we receive it, we will be selecting the company to do the work.

 

Beyond Sunday:  Thanks to everyone who has turned in their Beyond Sunday pledge card. We have already gotten some very generous pledges.

 

To date we have received over $36,000 in pledges with employer matching contributions of $9,000.00. We’d like to wrap this up as soon as possible, so if you haven’t returned your pledge card, please do so as soon as possible.

 

Even if you don’t plan to make a pledge, it’s important that we get your card back. We must account for all of them. Cards may be placed in the collection basket or mailed to the rectory.

For more information, visit http://rcfstl.org/beyond-sunday/

 

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You can download our app to your smart phone or tablet by texting the word “app” to 88202 or by visiting your app store and searching “my parish app”.

 

If you don’t have a smart phone or tablet, and you would like to stay informed about the happenings here at SJN, follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SaintJohnNepomuk/.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2nd Sunday of Easter

Stewardship thought for the week

April 3, 2016                                                  2nd Sunday of Easter

 

“Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’”     JOHN 20:21

 

Peace – the first gift of the risen Lord.  Just as Jesus sent the apostles out into the world to share His peace and Good News, so too, He sends us.  As disciples of Jesus, we are called to be grateful and generous.  We should look for opportunities to share His peace with our brothers and sisters not only within our local parish boundaries, but outside of them as well.  In giving, you will receive the peace of Christ.

 

 

Last week’s collection: Envelopes $897.00; Loose $830.00; Easter $505.00; Holy Land $180.00; Regina Cleri $586.00; Other $105.00

Total: $3,103.00                                                   Remember, God can never be outdone in generosity.

 

Upcoming Masses:

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, April 2 Robert Staat Father Paul Rothschild
Sunday, April 3 Anna M. Finegan Father Paul Rothschild
Saturday, April 9 Droska, Miller, & Giebels Families Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, April 10 Lerlene Jefferson Father Paul Rothschild
     
     
     
     

 

If you would like to stay informed about the happenings here at SJN, follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SaintJohnNepomuk/.

 

Crowning and Picnic information is available at the entrances to the Chapel. Please pick yours up.

 

A Look Back: In the last several columns we explored the vital role of St. John Nepomuk in the establishment of and the significant growth of the, “First Bohemian Central Catholic Union.” This organization was a national benevolent society that grew from an initial membership in 1878 of 538 representing 10 lodges to 6,253 members in 120 lodges in 1868 to over 13,700 members in 245 lodges by 1900.

 

To date, we have concentrated on the death benefits available to members. The Union, however, also assumed a critical role in the assimilation of the Bohemian immigrants to America and support to the Catholic Church.

 

A basic tenet of the Union was that a good American must be a decent and respectable citizen and to promote this tenet passed several regulations. For instance, an individual who married outside the Church was excluded from membership. Members were expected to send their children to Catholic school and to support their parishes by giving “. . .at least four dollars annually.” The reading of atheistic periodicals was banned and members were encouraged to subscribe to the “Hlas” periodical. Beginning in 1896, applicants were required to present evidence they are Catholic of good standing from their pastor.

 

Thank you from the deacon community. We are grateful for your diaper donations which went to Saint Vincent DePaul.

 

Beyond Sunday:  Thanks to everyone who has turned in their Beyond Sunday pledge card. We have already gotten some very generous pledges.

 

Please give this campaign your prayerful consideration and return your pledge card as soon as possible. Even if you don’t plan to make a pledge, it’s important that we get your card back. We must account for all of them. Cards may be place in the collection basket or mailed to the rectory.

For more information, visit http://rcfstl.org/beyond-sunday/

SJN App Feature-of-the-Week. Messages.

  • Helpful chapel updates
  • Easily reply to requests
  • Connect with SJN throughout the week.
  • Be aware of what’s happening.

 

Learn more or download our app at myparishapp.com, or text “app” to 88202.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easter

Stewardship thought for the week

March 27, 2016                                                                     Easter Sunday

“He went about doing good and healing all those oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.” (Acts 10:38)

 

On this Easter Sunday, allow Jesus to fill your mind, body and soul. Pray for guidance on how to live your life, open your heart to those in need and give thanks to God for all that He has given you.

 

 

Last week’s collection: Envelopes $1,247.00; Loose $198.00; Other $225.00

Total: $1,670.00                                                   Remember, God can never be outdone in generosity.

 

Upcoming Masses:

Date Intentions Celebrant
Holy Saturday, March 26 Michael Tallent, Jr Father Frank Koeninger
Easter Sunday, March 27 Joe Sulz TBA
Holy Saturday, April 2 Robert Staat Father Paul Rothschild
Easter Sunday, April 3 Anna M. Finegan Father Paul Rothschild
     
     
     
     

 

If you would like to stay informed about the happenings here at SJN, follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SaintJohnNepomuk/.

 

Note that in the event of inclement weather, schedule changes will be available on our voice mail, and on Facebook.

 

Second collection next weekend will be for the Catholic Home Mission Appeal.

 

Belfry News: As mentioned here last week, we’ve received a bid of $7,800.00 for the cleaning of the bell tower including waste removal. After speaking with several of you, this seems like a good bid and we have requested permission from the Archdiocese to proceed. We’ll keep you posted.

 

2nd Collections: Good Friday for the Holy Land and Easter for Regina Cleri.

 

From Dynamic Catholic Alive—Easter.  “Thus it is written that the Messiah would suffer and rise from the dead on the third day.” (Lukke 24:46) The Church celebrates Easter as the feast of feasts. This celebration of the resurrection of Christ continues until Pentecost, which is seen as the birth of the Church. “And if Christ has not been raised, then empty (too) is our preaching; empty, too, your faith.” (1 Corinthians 15:14). Have a blessed Easter! archstl.org/dynamic.

 

Introducing the SJN app! To help you stay up-to-date on what’s happening in our community, we are now offering a smart phone app for your convenience. The SJN app will give you easy access to our calendar of events, the readings for the day, popular Catholic prayers, and news from the Archdiocese and around the Catholic world. It also provides you with an on-line copy of our weekly bulletin and messages from SJN, delivered right to your smart phone.

 

This app is provided to us at no charge by Diocesan & Trinity Publications, publishers of Catholic Saint Louis, the Archdiocesan news magazine.

 

You can download our app by texting the word “app” to 88202, or by scanning the QR code that follows. We are one of the first communities in the area to offer this app and we hope you will find it useful. Watch for new features to be added.

The app will be especially useful for those who don’t attend SJN on a regular basis. It’s a great way to stay in touch and to be notified about special events.

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Beyond Sunday:  Thanks to everyone who has turned in their Beyond Sunday pledge card. We have already gotten some very generous pledges.

 

Please give this campaign your prayerful consideration and return your pledge card as soon as possible. Even if you don’t plan to make a pledge, it’s important that we get your card back. We must account for all of them. Cards may be place in the collection basket or mailed to the rectory.

For more information, visit http://rcfstl.org/beyond-sunday/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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