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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.

 

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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?

 

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.