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EASTER SUNDAY

Stewardship thought for the week

April 16, 2017-Easter Sunday

 

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

 

Do you put God first in all things? Possessions, money, power, ego can easily become gods to many of us. Do a quick check of what is important to you. Is God at the very top of the list? If not, your priorities need to be re-adjusted. Don’t let earthly things become a god before God.

 

Last weekend’s collections: Envelopes $967.00; loose $214.00; Catholic Home Missions $25.00; Other $25.00

 

Total: $1231.00

 

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, April 15, Easter Vigil Michael Tallent, Jr. Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, April 16, Easter Bill Korpecki Father Reginald Wolford
Saturday, April 22 Robert Staat Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, April 23 Frances Klenc Father Paul Rothschild
     

Upcoming Masses:

 

 

Special Collection: Our priests are our shepherds. You can show your appreciation for their years of service by giving generously to the Archbishop’s Easter Collection for Retired Priests today.

 

Once again this year, the deacons of the Archdiocese are sponsoring a Diaper Drive during April. All diapers collected will be distributed in our neighborhood. Please consider adding a box of diapers to your shopping list to be contributed to needy families. Disposable diapers can be a real financial burden to poor families. The last day for this collection is April 23.

 

Old photos: Volunteers have been going through all the old photos and documents on the third floor of the rectory. We were visited last week by two representatives of the Archdiocese Archives who gave us a lot of information on cataloging and preserving these valuable pieces of history.

 

Sadly many of the pictures aren’t labeled so we have no way of identifying them. We need your help!   We have put a number of these items on our Facebook page (link above). Take a few minutes (hours ?) to browse through them. If you see anyone you recognize, let us know. This will be a great help to our members and to those who look to us for genealogy information.

 

The photo in last week’s bulletin was Father Prokes.

 

Thank you for your help.

 

The Annual Catholic Appeal begins next weekend. Pledge cards will be distributed at both masses. Why not sign yours while you’re here saving you time later. We’d like to wrap this up as soon as possible.

 

Crowning of the Infant Jesus of Prague will be held on Sunday, May 7, at 4:00 pm. This years crowner will be Fiona McGrath, daughter of Padraig & Sarah McGrath, granddaughter of Kevin and Rebecca Spradling. Dinner will follow in the hall. Reservations must be made in advance. Sign-up sheets are at the entrances to the chapel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Palm Sunday

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4th Sunday of Lent

Stewardship thought for the week

March 26, 2017 – 4th Sunday of Lent

“Not as man sees does God see, because man sees the appearance but the Lord looks into the heart.” 1 SAMUEL 16:7

How often do we invest our time, talent and treasure in creating an appearance that does not matter at all to God?  We strive to impress with our clothing, home, career, possessions, car and other marks of distinction.  But none of these illusions of greatness will impress God.  Instead, He will look into our hearts to see how much we loved Him, how much we loved others and how we showed that love by the way we used our time, talents and treasure here on earth.

 

Last weekend’s collections: Envelopes $627.00; loose $216.00; Other $85.00

 

Total: $928.00

 

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, March 25 Joseph & Stella Remes Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, March 26 Kenneth Kalbac Father Paul Rothschild
Saturday, April 1 Bill Kroupa Father Paul Rothschild
Sunday, April 2 Lerlene Jefferson TBA
     

Upcoming Masses:

 

Crowning and Picnic Letters and raffle tickets are available at the entrances to church. Please pick yours up.

 

Church Decorations – In his sermon at the Mass Mob, Fr. Rothschild invited the attendees to take in the beauty of the church, but contemplate the religious significance of the paintings, statues and symbols. Over the next weeks we will look at the background and significance of these decorations. I have pulled most of this information from the “Red Book” published to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the church in 1979.

 

As you enter the vestibule, over the doorway, you will see a beautiful painting of our Lord pointing to his sacred heart. Above his head, in Czech, are the words: “Come to Me, all ye who labor and are burdened and I will refresh you.” Below these words, also in Czech, are the words “Let no evil enter here.” What a beautiful, comforting, invitation from our Lord.

 

 

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On Sunday, April 9 (Palm Sunday) we will be decorating the church for Holy Week following 9:30 mass. Your help would be greatly appreciated.

 

Next weekend there will be a second collection for Home Missions Appeal.

 

The Czech Festival will be held at the Czech Educational Center, 4690 Landsdowne, on Saturday, April 1, from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. There will be Czech dinners, a botique, booths, games, and live music.

 

Trivia Night at Saint Anthony of Padua on Saturday, April 22. Doors open at 6:00, play begins at 7:00. Admission is $25.00 per person and includes soda, beer, and snacks. There will be attendance prizes, silent auctions, and cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places.

 

 

RSVP Lisa Sieve @ 314.655.0512 or Jeannie Tiemann @ 314.795.7227.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3rd Sunday of Lent

Stewardship thought for the week

March 19, 2017 – 3rd Sunday of Lent

 

“Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again.” JOHN 4:13

 

Jesus reminds us that material things, even something as basic as water, can never satisfy us for long.  When we build our lives around material possessions we always want more.  True Joy and Peace only comes when we follow Jesus; when we become more “God-centered” and less “self-centered”.

 

Last weekend’s collections: Envelopes $1,384.00; loose $293.00; Other $130.00

 

Total: $1,847.00

 

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, March 18 Draper Bickham Father Reginald Wolford
Sunday, March 19 Bill Korpecki Father Reginald Wolford
Saturday, March 25 Joseph & Stella Remes Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, March 26 Kenneth Kalbac Father Paul Rothschild
     

Upcoming Masses:

 

 

Thank you to everyone who helped with the clean-up project. The windows have been replaced in the attic and primer-painted. There is some work still to do but everything is sealed up tight and looks 1000% better.

 

Crowning and Picnic Letters and raffle tickets are available at the entrances to church. Please pick yours up.

 

Friar Ed Mundwiller is on the mend. We spoke to him this week. He had surgery on his leg and the doctors are telling him not to put any weight on it for three months. He says he’s getting around on crutches and a walker. He’s very appreciative of all the prayers, cards and good wishes. He’s looking forward to returning to SJN soon. Please keep him in your prayers.

 

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Next weekend there will be a second collection for Catholic Relief Services.

 

The Czech Festival will be held at the Czech Educational Center, 4690 Landsdowne, on Saturday, April 1, from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. There will be Czech dinners, a boutique, booths, games, and live music.

 

 

Rummage sale, presented by the Ladies of Charity, will be held at Saint Vincent DePaul on Saturday, April 1, from 9:00 am – 11:00 am. For more information, call 314.231.9328.

 

 

Financial results are in for calendar year 2016. There’s quite a bit of good news (with the exception of the bottom line). Our income was $126,620, $12,116 more than 2015 and our expenses were $184,295 vs. $191,873 or an improvement of $7,577. The bad news is that our expenses exceeded our income by $57,675. However, this was an improvement of $29,254 over 2015.

 

 

Our short-term goal is to break even which means either (1) find more members (2) encourage our current members to contribute more, or (3) further cut expenses.

 

 

Frankly, we’ve done some serious trimming of expenses and may have done about all we can. So, that leaves (1) and (2). Please give this some serious thought and prayer. Your suggestions are welcome.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2nd Sunday of Lent

Stewardship thought for the week

March 12, 2017 – 2nd Sunday of Lent

 

“Go forth from the land of your kinsfolk and from your father’s house to a land that I will show you.” Genesis 12:1

 

God calls all of us to leave behind our old ways and to follow Him, placing our complete trust in Him.  Some of the old ways that we may have to struggle to leave behind might be materialism, selfishness and greed.  Yet God promises to show us a new land and a better way to live.

 

Last weekend’s collections: Envelopes $1,334.80; loose $168.00; Church in Central & Eastern Europe $191.00; Black & Indian Missions $154.00

 

Total: $1,847.80

 

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, March 11 Frank & Angela Koester Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, March 12 Donald Mitas Father Reginald Wolford
Saturday, March 18 Draper Bickham TBA
Sunday, March 19 Bill Korpecki Father Reginald Wolford
     

Upcoming Masses:

 

 

A Look Back – As you enter the main vestibule of the church and look on the north wall, you will see a very large, glass-encased banner of St. Wenceslaus, which had been the property of the St. Wenceslaus Society in 1856. Directly below the banner is a bronze plaque of St. Wenceslaus, the patron of Czechoslovakia, with the following inscription: “St. Wenceslaus, Keep us and our descendents from destruction.” This plaque was presented to Dr. Hynek Dostal by the newly-formed Republic of Czechoslovakia, after WWI, to recognize his efforts to establish that independent nation.

 

Dr. Dostal was one of the most prominent members in SJN’s history. He immigrated to America at the request of his brother, a pastor in Iowa, to teach. In 1901, he answered a call from Msgr Hessoun, to become editor of the “Hlas,” a monthly publication that focused on preserving the Czech culture and promoting the Catholic faith. He used the “Hlas” as a platform to call for Czech independence. Dr. Dostal also spoke across tirelessly across America and Europe to further this cause. His efforts came to fruition shortly after WWI when the independent nation of Czechoslovakia was formed.

 

Dr. Dostal is one of three signatories on the Czech Declaration of Independence.

 

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Hospitality Sunday is today, March 12. Coffee and donuts will be served in the hall after 9:30 mass. Please join us.

 

The Czech Festival will be held at the Czech Educational Center, 4690 Landsdowne, on Saturday, April 1, from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. There will be Czech dinners, a botique, booths, games, and live music.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1st Sunday of Lent

Stewardship thought for the week

March 5, 2017 – 1st Sunday of Lent

 

“It is written: The Lord, your God, shall you worship and him alone shall you serve.” Matthew 4:10

 

Tempted between the riches and power of this world and service to God, Jesus chose service to His Father.  If we wish to truly follow Jesus, we, too, must decide to turn away from power and riches and put God at the center of our lives.  How is God calling you to serve?

 

Last weekend’s collections: Envelopes $842.00; loose $127.00; Other $5.00

 

Total: $974.00

 

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, March 4 Lillian Valencia Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, March 5 Marie Sedlak Father Paul Rothschild
Saturday, March 11 Frank & Angela Koester Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, March 12 Donald Mitas Father Paul Rothschild
     

Upcoming Masses:

 

 

A Look BackThe multiple party agreement discussed in the last edition of A Look Back for development of a senior housing complex around St. John, to be managed by the Archdiocese of Stl, was signed in Apr 79. The properties were to be acquired and transferred to the Lasalle Park Redevelopment group by Dec 79. Six amendments were subsequently signed that moved the completion of the property transfer to Jun 83. I was not able to find information to explain why the extensions were required.

 

SJN was a signatory on the agreement as it owned 4 properties, two on 12th St and two on Carroll, which were acquired prior to the Lasalle Park redevelopment initiative. The Carroll St. properties were bought in the early 70’s for $1 and payment of back taxes from a family that moved to the Boston area; the structures on the property were dilapidated. The 12th St. property was acquired from Ms. Mary Jensa, a long-time parishioner, who willed the properties to SJN upon her death.

 

The senior housing complex was never developed, although I could find no record of events leading to that decision. Instead, the area featured new housing. A Feb 21, 1988 article in the Post Dispatch advertised availability of condominiums in the “St. John Square.” This “square” included new housing on Carroll (including the property once owned by SJN) and 15 loft condos in the two SJN school buildings; the conversion of the school buildings was not part of the original planning. The two properties on 12th St became part of the church parking lot.

 

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There will be a second collection this weekend for Black and Indian missions next weekend.

 

Spring forward! Don’t forget to set your clocks next Saturday night for Daylight

Savings Time/

 

 

Used Book Sale at the Czech Hall, 4690 Landsdowne, Sunday March 5, 10:00 am -2:00 pm for the CSA Fraternal Life, Lodge Missouri #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Stewardship thought for the week

February 26, 2017 – 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.  You cannot serve God and mammon (material wealth).” Matthew 6:24

 

For many people, God and money run “neck and neck” as their first priority. Making money and spending money becomes the center of their life and they actually become a slave to money.  The solution – become more generous.  Giving money to Church and charity frees us from slavery to money and from making money a “god” before God.

 

Last weekend’s collections: Envelopes $1,430.85; loose $188.00; Improvement Fund $210.00; Other $40.00

 

Total: $11,868.85

 

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, February 25 NO MASS MARDI GRAS
Sunday, February 26 Bill Korpecki Father Dave Polek
Wednesday, March 1 Ash Wednesday Harold Eichenseer Father Paul Rothschild
Saturday, March 4 Lillian Valencia Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, March 5 Marie Sedlak Father Paul Rothschild
     

Upcoming Masses:

 

 

 

Seminary Collection—We received a nice letter from Father Mason, President of Kenrick-Glennon Seminar thanking us for our donation to the annual Christmas collection and assuring us of the prayers of the seminarians and asking us for our prayers. Remember, these young men are the future of our Church.

 

Looking for volunteers to participate in a workday for cleanup plus another task to paint exterior trim around the north window and a dormer window on Lafayette.  Proposed date is next Saturday March 4th, beginning at 9:00 AM.  Ideally we need 4 people to support cleanup and 2 dedicated people to be on a lift to perform the painting of the windows near the top of the church.  Painting the windows is dependent on the weather and future dates will most likely be required.  Let Ron Pallman or Phil Lamczyk know of your availability.

 

Best Lent Ever–Join Dynamic Catholic for the Best Lent Ever, a FREE email program designed to help you have a life-changing Lent. You’ll get…Short inspirational videos and practical tips for making this Lent one to remember.

 

Based on Matthew Kelly’s latest book, Resisting Happiness, this program will help you identify what stands between you and happiness…and what to do about it. Are you ready for your best Lent ever?

 

If you haven’t taken home your copy of Resisting Happiness, do it today. Lent is right around the corner.

 

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While we’re on the subject of Lent, we will be having mass and distribution of ashes on Ash Wednesday at 10:30 am. Notice the time change. Please join us.

 

There will be a collection for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe this Wednesday. There will also be a second collection for Black and Indian missions next weekend.

 

 

Lent is fish fry season. Please patronize our South Side neighbors. There will be a list of fish fries in the Review but to get you started, Saint Pius V has an excellent fish dinner (fried or baked) with three homemade sides and dessert for only $9.00. There will be live music. SPV is on South Grand at Utah. Remember, South City fish is the best fish.

 

 

Used Book Sale at the Czech Hall, 4690 Landsdowne, Sunday March 5, 10:00 am -2:00 pm for the CSA Fraternal Life, Lodge Missouri #1