Stewardship thought for the week
1st Sunday of Advent
“But when these signs begin to happen, stand erect and raise your heads because your redemption is at hand.” (Luke 21:28)
We celebrate Advent each year in preparation of the birth of Jesus, His first coming, as we await his second coming. In this Advent season, use the sacrament of Reconciliation to strengthen your relationship with Jesus. It’s never too late.
Last week’s collection: Envelopes 1,102.00; Loose $249.00; Campaign for Human Development $95.00; Other $15.00
Total: $1,461.00 Remember, God can never be outdone in generosity.
Masses this week:
|Saturday, November 28||Michael Tallent||Father Frank Koeninger|
|Sunday, November 29||Joe & Toni Eichner||Father Paul Rothschild|
|Saturday, December 5||Michael Tallent||Father Frank Koeninger|
|Sunday, December 6||Edward Klenc||Father Paul Rothschild|
From Dynamic Catholic, Alive What is Advent? While our society often equates Advent with the Christmas shopping season, it is, of course, much more! In the season of Advent, which begins the fourth Sunday before Christmas, we relive the long period of expectancy between the promise of a Messiah and the Incarnation of Christ. “Christmas is not an event within history, but is rather the invasion of time by eternity” (Hans Urs von Balthasar). How are you preparing for the coming of the Lord? http://archstl.org/dynamic.
A Look Back
Under Msgr. Joseph Hessoun’s leadership, St. John Nepomuk (SJN) grew tremendously in the 1870’s and 1880’s. The church was getting extremely crowded and a decision had to be made to either expand the church or establish a second Bohemian parish. Msgr. Hessoun favored expansion.
Msgr. Hessoun acquired property immediately west of the church to accommodate the expansion, but had to overcome another issue. An alley ran immediately to the rear of the church, limiting expansion. Monsignor negotiated a work-around with the city that included permission to build over that alley and run a new alley along the side of the newly acquired property. Preparations were then complete to expand the church.
The Vicar General of the Archdiocese, Fr. Henry Muehlsiepen, however, put a stop to the expansion. He favored establishment of a new parish, further west, since the population was migrating in that direction. Msgr. Hessoun shifted his focus to formation of a new parish.
Msgr. Hessoun became a “real estate broker” to obtain the funds for the new church. He bought a lot at McNair and Pestalozzi in 1889 for $9,000 and sold that property two years later. The profits from that sale were used to acquire a tract of land one block wide (between Crittenden and Arsenal) and five blocks long (Nebraska to Texas). This large tract was subdivided and lots sold separately. The proceeds from these sales were used to build a second Bohemian church on Oregon Ave. that was dedicated to Saint Wenceslaus in 1895.
CHARITY OUTREACH DECEMBER: During this season of Advent, St. John Nepomuk will repeat our annual Christmas collection. Gifts for children will be shared with our neighbors at St. Wenceslaus and St. Francis Cabrini Academy. All gifts are welcome. Please leave gifts unwrapped OR include a tightly affixed label which itemizes the contents. Collection baskets will be available at the side altar through December 14th.
2016 envelopes are available for pickup on the table in the vestibule of the chapel. Please take yours at your earliest convenience. 2016 calendars, courtesy of Kutis Funeral Homes, are located there as well.
Bell Tower Cleanup: Many thanks to Greg Deutsch, Phil Lamczyk, and Ron Pallmann for completing the first phase of the bell tower cleanup. Approximately ten 10-gallon buckets of bird droppings and skeletal remains were removed from the second level. The door that was allowing pigeons to enter the belfry was closed.
The next phase will be exploratory in an attempt to gain access to the upper belfry and to scope out future work. Additional hands are needed to form a “bucket brigade” to lower waste from the top of the tower to the landing below.
The next work party will be on Saturday, November 28 at 9:00 am. Any additional help would be greatly appreciated.