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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.

 

Sign up at BestLentEver.com.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Look Back – The Lasalle Park Redevelopment initiative was an effort begun in the late ‘60s, pursued by a unique team of private firms, and Federal and local government to revitalize a 140-acre tract around St. John. SJN and the Archdiocese of Stl joined this team in the mid ‘70s.

Msgr Prokes and Fr. Pavlik were convinced that many of the seniors who had moved from the area, but still attended services and events at SJN, would move back to the area if suitable senior housing was available. Once the neighborhood was stabilized, families would then be more open to moving back, further stabilizing the parish. A feasibility study was completed in Mar 78 that looked at development of 150 senior housing units, plus courtyard and parking in the area bounded by Carroll, Menard, Lafayette and 12th (Tucker). The study was presented to the Archdiocese, who approved the study in Dec 78.

To implement the approved study, an agreement was signed in Apr 79 by Ralston Purina, the city of Stl, the Archdiocese and Fr. Pavlik. This agreement outlined the responsibilities of each of the parties to acquire certain properties and transfer these properties to the Redevelopment organization, which then would pursue building of the senior housing.

6th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Stewardship thought for the week

February 12, 2017 – 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

“For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of  heaven.” Matthew 5:20

 

The scribes and Pharisees lived according to the letter of the law and they used this to elevate themselves above the other people.  Jesus is clear – it’s the love that you have in your heart that will get you to heaven.  Simply following church rules out of obligation, not love, does not put you on the path to heaven.  Attending Mass on Sunday and then gossiping about a fellow parishioner on the parking lot is an example of a modern day Pharisee.

 

Last weekend’s collections: Envelopes $1,180.00; loose $384.00; Other $125.00

 

Total: $1,689.00.

 

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, February 11 Draper Bickham Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, February 12 Doug Redfearn Father Paul Rothschild
Saturday, February 18 Rita Vanac Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, February 19 Bill Korpecki TBA
     

Upcoming Masses:

 

 

Friar Ed—Deacon Mike spoke to Friar Ed this week. He’s up and around, walking with crutches. Typical Friar Ed, he’s more concerned with the person who attacked him than he is with his own welfare; a true Franciscan. He’s very grateful for your prayers and good wishes and looking forward to coming back to SJN.

 

We sent him a “get well” plant from all of us at SJN. If you would like to contribute to said plant, there will be a second collection today.

 

Welcome Father Anthony Gerber and the Juventutam group celebrating the extraordinary Latin high mass this weekend. This is a very special event in the life of our church. Come back any time.

 

Saturday, February 25, there will be no 4:30 mass due to Mardi Gras. As usual, cars will not be permitted east of Tucker.

 

Hospitality Sunday will be this Sunday, February 12. We will be serving cookies and coffee. All are welcome.

 

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 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.

 

Don’t give up chocolate for Lent. 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?

 

Sign up at BestLentEver.com.

 

While we’re on the subject of Lent, we will be having mass and distribution of ashes on Ash Wednesday at 11:00 am. Please join us.

 

Marriage dates are filling up for 2017. If you know anyone who is contemplating marriage this year and would like to hold the big day at one of the most beautiful churches in Saint Louis, have them contact the rectory or visit the marriage page on our web site. We are already booking weddings for 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Stewardship thought for the week

January 29, 2017 – 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:3

 

This one confuses people.  Replace the word “humble” for “poor” and it makes more sense.  People that are humble recognize their dependence on God and trust that He will provide all that they need.  Unfortunately, for many of us, pride and ego enters our lives and we think we can live without God. Remember – God first in all circumstances.

 

 

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, January 28 Lydia Milner Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, January 29 Anlezka Jeglova Father Dave Polek
Saturday, February 4 Rosella Vanac Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, February 5 Carol Kovac Father Paul Rothschild
     

Upcoming Masses:

 

End of the year tax stuff—Contribution statements have been mailed out. If you have any questions call Sue at the rectory. Note that any contributions received after December 31, 2016 will appear on your 2017 statement.

If you made any donations other than your weekly envelopes and would like a letter from us confirming your contribution, please list the donation and the amount and either put it in the collection basket or mail or email it to Sue. We want to be sure you get all the credit you deserve from the IRS.

A Look Back – In 1896, an horrendous tornado destroyed the St. John Nepomuk Church building and much of the surrounding area. The parish community quickly rebuilt the church. After WWII a series of events occurred that seriously impacted the parish; these events became known as “man-made cyclones.”

 

Government programs to help vets returning from service enabled many to acquire new homes in areas outside the core of the city. 2nd and 3rd generation immigrants became more assimilated to American society and often did not maintain the strong ties to the core Czech roots and felt comfortable moving out.

 

The 1950’s found many of the homes in Soulard and Bohemian Hill in various states of disrepair and much of the area was labeled as “slum.” The movement to rehabilitate homes had not yet taken hold and buildings were left as shells.

 

The homes in the area bound by 12th and 14th Streets, Choteau and Lafayette were razed and replaced with the Darst-Webbe housing projects; the first of these apartments opened in Oct 1956. Finally, major changes to the road and highway system in this area resulted in demolition of many homes. Gravois was widened and Highways 55 and 44 were constructed. As a result, the number of families enrolled in the parish declined dramatically.

 

Beyond Sunday—To date, the campaign has received pledges totaling $91 million. The members of SJN have pledged a total of $39,300.00. As promised, we have received 40% of the money collected so far from our pledges, $2,636.95. This money is in a separate account and will be used for future projects. Thank you for your generosity!

The Young Catholic Musicians are looking for new members. If you know a talented young person, age 10-17 who would like to share his or her musical gift with the church, auditions are taking place now. The YCM leads the sung prayer at a different parish each month. This ministry has a positive impact on the faith lives of the members and their families. For information, contact Father Bruce Forman at 314.231.7464 or email revycm@charter.net. Visit their web site http://www.youngcatholicmusicians.com.

Tridentine Mass: Something that hasn’t happened at SJN in many years, a Solemn High Tridentine (Latin) mass will be celebratedin Observance of the Apparition of the  Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday, February 11 at 11:00 am. More information to follow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time

Stewardship thought for the week

January 22, 2017 – 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

“He called them, and immediately they left their boat and their father and followed Him.” Matthew 4:22 

 

Just as Jesus called the first apostles, He calls each of us to follow Him, too.  Not everyone is called to leave their business or family behind, but we are expected to put God first in everything.  Everything from our time in daily prayer, our talent in participating in one of our parish ministries and our treasure to support the financial needs of our parish mission.

 

Last week’s collection: Envelopes $605.00; Loose $220.00; Saint Louis Review $50.00; Other $35.00

Total $910.00

 

Upcoming Masses

 

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Intentions

 

 

 

 

Celebrant

Saturday, January 21 Ann & Gene Smith, Sr. Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, January 22 Bill Korpecki TBA
Saturday, January 28 Lydia Molina Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, January 29 Anezka Jiglova TBA
     

Upcoming Masses:

 

 

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Download our app: Our parish app is a great way to keep up with what’s going on at the chapel. You can download the app by texting the word “app” to 88202 on your smart phone.

 

Saint Louis Review—If you’re getting your Catholic news from the secular media you’re getting less than half the story. If you want to stay informed, you need to read the Review. Renewal envelopes are in your packet. It’s a real bargain.

Inclement weather—Another reminder that if mass is cancelled you can find out on our facebook page, on our app, or by watching KTVI Channel 2 or KMOV Channel 4. We have also applied to Channel 5 but haven’t heard back from them.

End of the year tax stuff—Contribution statements have been mailed out. If you have any questions call Sue at the rectory. Note that any contributions received after December 31, 2016 will appear on your 2017 statement.

If you made any donations other than your weekly envelopes and would like a letter from us confirming your contribution, please list the donation and the amount and either put it in the collection basket or mail or email it to Sue. We want to be sure you get all the credit you deserve from the IRS.

 

Deacon Mike—This week I attended the Mass Mob meeting at Most Holy Trinity Church. Most of the people in attendance had been at our Mass Mob on the 8th. The comments were almost universally positive. There were a lot of mentions of the friendliness and hospitality of our members. You did yourselves and SJN proud.

Several people said that they would be back for future events. Let’s keep the momentum going! A small group of dedicated Christians can do great things (remember, there were only twelve Apostles). If anyone has any suggestions for future activities, please let me know.

The next Mass Mobs will be held:

  • Mass Mob XI   March 19 Saint Luke’s
  • Mass Mob XII   May 14   Saint Wenceslaus
  • Mass Mob XIII July 9 Our Lady of Presentation
  • Mass Mob XIV Sept 17 Little Flower

Please consider supporting these other Mass Mob events. We’ll give you more information as it becomes available.

Note that some of Steve McMullen’s pictures from the Mass Mob have been posted on our web site. If you have any pictures you’d like to contribute, please email them to me and I’ll upload them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time

Stewardship thought for the week

January 15, 2017 – 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

“Now the Lord has spoken who formed me as his servant from the womb…” Isaiah 49:5 

 

You have to do what God is calling you to do and I have to do what God is calling me to do.  Guess what, each of has been given a different plan!  So, stop comparing yourself to others.  Don’t let envy and jealousy enter your life.  Be thankful for the gifts God has given you and generously share them with others.

 

Last week’s collection: Envelopes $1,721.00; Loose $3,602.00; Other $117.00

Total $5,296.00

 

 

 

Upcoming Masses

 

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Intentions

 

 

 

 

Celebrant

Saturday, January 14 John Brush Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, January 15   Communion Service
Saturday, January 21 Ann & Gene Smith, Sr. Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, January 22 Bill Korpecki TBA
     

 

 

 

2017 Calendar—Here are the dates for important events in 2017. Please mark your calendar.

 

Crowning of the Blessed Infant of Prague—This is the highlight of our religious year when we venerate the Infant Jesus. We always celebrate the Crowning on the first Sunday of May, this year on May 7. A Czech dinner follows.

 

Barbecue—June 4 is the date of our annual picnic. Join us for delicious barbecue, games, prizes, and fun.

 

Saint John Nepomuk’s World-Famous Goulash Festival—Home-made goulash with all the trimmings is another way we salute our Czech forbearers. We also serve baked chicken and have plenty of games, prizes, music, and fun. Mark your calendar for November 3.

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Download our app: Our parish app is a great way to keep up with what’s going on at the chapel. You can download the app by texting the word “app” to 88202 on your smart phone.

 

Saint Louis Review—If you’re getting your Catholic news from the secular media you’re getting less than half the story. If you want to stay informed, you need to read the Review. Renewal envelopes are in your packet. It’s a real bargain.

Inclement weather—Another reminder that if mass is cancelled you can find out on our facebook page, on our app, or by watching KTVI Channel 2 or KMOV Channel 4.

MASS MOB—The Mass Mob exceeded all our most optimistic expectations. The crowd of more than 500 people loved the church, the mass, and the hospitality of you, our members. The weather cooperated and things just couldn’t have gone much better.

So many people worked so hard to make this event a success that it’s impossible to individually thank everyone who made it happen. But, we are especially grateful to Father Paul Rothschild and Friar Ed Mundwiller (along with the four servers from Saint Dominic Savio) for making the mass special.

The chapel was beautiful making us glad that we chose the Feast of the Epiphany to be “mobbed”.

As you can see from last week’s collections our visitors were very generous and their contributions are greatly appreciated. But, this event was NOT a fund-raiser. It was another chance for our community to welcome visitors and to display our hospitality. You never fail to welcome strangers and to make them feel at home, as your ancestors did so many years ago. You made them proud!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Epiphany of our Lord

Stewardship thought for the week

January 8, 2017 – Epiphany of Our Lord

 

“Then they opened their treasures and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.” Matthew 2:11

 

The image of the Magi kneeling before the infant Jesus and opening their treasure chests for Him is an image that we should all try to follow all year long. In gratitude for all that we have been given, we are called to generously share all of our gifts, not just the ones we pick and choose.  God wants us to be the most generous with that one thing that means the most to us.

 

 

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, January 7 Gary Craden Father Paul Rothschild
Sunday, January 8 Deceased former priests & pastors of Saint John Nepomuk Father Paul Rothschild
Saturday, January 14 John Brush Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, January 15 Doug Redfearn TBA
     

Upcoming Masses:

 

2017 Sunday envelopes are available for pickup on the table in the vestibule of the Chapel. Please take your with you so we don’t have to mail them.

2017 Sunday religious calendars, courtesy of Kutis Funeral Homes, are at the side entrance and in the vestibule of the Chapel.

 

Welcome Mass Mob XVisitors are always welcome at Saint John Nepomuk Chapel. This weekend we are especially blessed to host Mass Mob X.

 

One of the hallmarks of our Czech culture is hospitality and we’re excited to have so many visitors to our historic church. There are thousands of Catholics in the Saint Louis area who have some family connection to Saint John’s Church and School. If you’re in that group, welcome back! If this is your first visit, we hope to see you again at mass, or for one of our special events.

 

Crowning of the Blessed Infant of Prague—This is the highlight of our religious year when we venerate the Infant Jesus. We always celebrate the Crowning on the first Sunday of May, this year on May 7. A Czech dinner follows.

 

Barbecue—June 4 is the date of our annual picnic. Join us for delicious barbecue, games, prizes, and fun.

 

Saint John Nepomuk’s World-Famous Goulash Festival—Home-made goulash with all the trimmings is another way we salute our Czech forbearers. We also serve baked chicken and have plenty of games, prizes, music, and fun. Mark your calendar for November 3.

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Download our app: Our parish app is a great way to keep up with what’s going on at the chapel. You can download the app by texting the word “app” to 88202 on your smart phone.

 

Undecorating the church—Next Sunday after 9:30 mass we will be removing the Christmas decorations. Remember, many hands make light work.

Saint Louis Review—If you’re getting your Catholic news from the secular media you’re getting less than half the story. If you want to stay informed, you need to read the Review. Renewal envelopes are in your packet. It’s a real bargain.

What’s up with the chalk? Marking our homes for Epiphany is an ancient custom of the Church. Be sure to take home a piece of blessed chalk and write “20 + C + M + B + 17” above the front door of your home. The markings stand for the current year (2017) plus the initials of the three wise men, Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar.