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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.

 

 

11th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Stewardship thought for the week

June 14, 2015 – 11th – Sunday in Ordinary Time

“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive good or evil, according to what he has done in the body.”      – 2 Corinthians 5:10

We are all accountable for the gifts God has given us on Earth – our time, talent and treasure.  One day each of us will be asked by God what we did with those gifts.  How will you respond?

Last week’s collection: Envelopes $1,082.00; Loose $463.00; Cardinal Glennon Hospital $202.00; Other $85.00

Total $1,832.00

Masses this week:

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, June 13 Frances Dvorak Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, June 14 Bill Korpecki Father Paul Rothschild
Saturday, June 20 Draper Bickham Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, June 21 Joe Klein Father Paul Rothschild

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. Exact time will be in next week’s bulletin. Everyone is welcome.

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: We’re still waiting on some final expenses, but we cleared more than $4,000 on our barbecue/picnic. More important, it was a wonderful day of working together for the good of the community and making new friends. There will be a detailed report in next week’s bulletin.

Someone commented how wonderful it was to see so many happy volunteers working together for a common goal.

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.

Congratulations to our raffle winners:
$500.00 Jim Dostal

$100.00 Robert Ebert

$50.00   Alice Slavik

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.

 

 

Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ

Stewardship thought for the week

June 7, 2015 – Feast of Corpus Christi

“Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them and they all drank from it.”  – Mark 14:23

Jesus, the perfect steward, gave thanks, just before He gave Himself to us completely for our salvation.  He offers us the chance to drink from His cup.  In the Eucharist, we meet Christ personally and, if we listen to Him, we know what drinking from His cup means for each of us.  Often, it means our own sacrifice – giving up some of our time, talent and treasure to do His work on earth.

Last week’s collection: Envelopes $957.00; Loose $424.00; Catholic Home Missions $235.00

Total $1,616.00

Masses this week:

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, June 6 Dorothy Belaska Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, June 7 Aurelia Cowell TBA
Saturday, June 13 Frances Dvorak Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, June 14 Bill Korpecki Father Paul Rothschild

Remember, God can never be outdone in generosity.

Thanks to everyone who helped make our barbecue/picnic a success. If you placed any yard signs, please return them to church at your convenience.

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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 July.  

 

For the kids: Our Lady of Sorrows will be holding vacation bible school for children from pre-kindergarten through incoming 5th graders. The theme is the Our Father and the young people will learn about this important prayer, taught to us by Jesus Himself. The camp runs from July 19-July 23. For more information call Christina Sanders at 314.351.1600 or visit www.olsorrows.com.

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.

Of course, our barbecue and picnic is today, Sunday, June 7. Please join us for food and fun from 11:00-5:00 pm. And, invite your friends!

Feast of the Body and blood of Christ. Today we celebrate what used to be called the Feast of Corpus Christi. It’s the same feast, regardless of what we call it. The actual day of the feast was this past Thursday, the Thursday after Holy Trinity Sunday. But, like many of our Holy Days, it’s been moved to the following Sunday.

The change of name and date in no way diminishes the importance of this day. What an awesome God we have that He would send His Son to save us from our sins, and give us the gift of His very Body and Blood. Remember that Jesus said that if we don’t eat His Flesh and drink His Blood, we have no life in us.

We Catholics are very blessed! Never take this gift for granted.

 

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