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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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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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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas 2016

Stewardship thought for the week

December 25, 2016 – The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas)

 

“And the Word became flesh” John 1:14

 

Jesus is God’s ultimate gift of love to us.  The countless other blessings that God showers upon us are nothing compared to the gift of His only Son.   The only appropriate way for us to respond to such generous love is with our own generous love.  When we dedicate our lives to sharing all the gifts God has placed in our hands, the peace of Christ truly will control our hearts and we will know Christmas joy every day.

 

 

Last week’s collection: Envelopes $607.00; Loose $80.00; Other $65.00

 

Total: $772.00                                                   Remember, God can never be outdone in generosity.

 

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, December 24 Otto & R J Stanovsky & Joseph & Mary Walta Friar Ed Mundwiller
Sunday, December 25 Bill Korpecki Friar Ed Mundwiller
Saturday, December 31 Michael Tallent, Jr. Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, January 1 Gene Smith, Jr. TBA
     

Upcoming Masses:

 

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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.

Oplatki: (Christmas wafers) are a Czech tradition and ave available at the rectory or see Deacon Mike or Sue.

 

Charity Outreach for December: Thanks to everyone who contributed. Many children will have a merrier Christmas thanks to you.

 

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

 

Mass MobRemember, our Mass Mob will be held on Sunday, January 8, the Feast of the Epiphany. Plans are well underway to make this a huge celebration. Be sure you talk it up to your friends and family. Again, this is an opportunity for everyone to pitch in. We will need ushers, extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist, greeters, and people to serve coffee and refreshments. There will be more information as we get closer to the big day.

 

Young Catholic Musicians: The YCM will hold their 39th annual Christmas Concert on December 28th and 29th at 7:30 pm at Seven Holy Founders Church. Narrators will be Angela Hutti from Fox 2 and News 11 on Wednesday and Nancy Werner, Chancellor of the Archdiocese on Thursday. Tickets are just $5.00 and $10.00. For more information please call Mary Smith at 314.962.9260.

 

Seminary Collection: The second collection on Christmas Eve and Christmas day will be for Cardlinal Glennon Seminary.

 

Download our app: Our parish app is a great way to keep up with what’s going on at the chapel, especially in the case of inclement weather. Closures will be posted on the app, on our Facebook page, and on our answering machine. You can download the app by texting the word “app” to 88202 on your smart phone.

 

Merry Christmas: Today is the day we celebrate the birth of the Lord, the greatest day in the history of the world. Thank you for celebrating this great day with us.

Saint John Nepomuk has been the site of Christmas celebrations for 162 years and we hope and pray that this tradition will continue for many years to come. On behalf of all our staff we want to wish you the very merriest of Christmases and a joyous new year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3rd Sunday of Advent

Stewardship thought for the week

December 11, 2016 – 3rd Sunday of Advent

 

“You too must be patient.  Make you hearts firm, because the coming of the Lord is at hand.” James 5:8

 

Patience is another one of those things many of us struggle with.  We want things to go according to our plan and our schedule.  Any change brings anxiety and fear.  Through daily prayer we better align ourselves with God’s will and His plan, which is far better than anything we can come up with on our own.

 

 

Last week’s collection: Envelopes $842.00; Loose $336.00; Military $245.00; Other $200.00

 

Total: $1,623.00                                                   Remember, God can never be outdone in generosity.

 

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, December 10 Joe Klein Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, December 11 Joe & Tone Eichner Father Paul Rothschild
Saturday, December 17 Draper Bickham Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, December 18 Joe Sulz Father Paul Rothschild
     

Upcoming Masses:

 

 

Christmas Decorations: Sunday, December 18, we will decorate the church following 9:30 mass.   After we finish church we will go over to the hall and clean it up for the Mass Mob pastry and coffee service. Lunch will be served.

 

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.

Oplatki: (Christmas wafers) are a Czech tradition and ave available at the rectory or see Deacon Mike or Sue.

 

Charity Outreach for December: Once again we are collecting toys for the children of Saint Wenceslas Church and Saint Francis Cabrini Academy. Gifts for kindergarten to preteens and teens are welcome.

 

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

 

Mass Mob—Remember, our Mass Mob will be held on Sunday, January 8, the Feast of the Epiphany. Plans are well underway to make this a huge celebration. Be sure you talk it up to your friends and family. Again, this is an opportunity for everyone to pitch in. We will need ushers, extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist, greeters, and people to serve coffee and refreshments. There will be more information as we get closer to the big day.

 

Deacon Mike: I want to thank everyone for your thoughts and prayers during my surgery and on-going recovery. I especially want to thank everyone for pitching in to keep things running so smoothly while I was gone. If I single anyone out, I’ll surely leave some out, so this is a blanket “thank you” to everyone.

 

If this experience has taught me anything (and every experience should teach us something) it’s that this is YOUR             church and it will continue on long after I’ve moved on. Congratulations on a job well-done. The Goulash Festival, Christmas Party, Christmas Eulogies, and Mass Mob have been or will be great successes thanks to all of you.

 

I’ve returned to the office one day per week and will assist at mass on a limited basis for the near future.

 

Also, thank you for your prayers for my brother Harold, who passed away peacefully on Thanksgiving morning after a long illness. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

31st Sunday of Ordinary Time

Stewardship thought for the week

October 30, 2016                                          31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

“But Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, ‘Behold, half of my possessions, Lord, I will give to the poor, and if I extorted anything from anyone I shall repay it four times over.’”   LUKE 19:8

 

We are all called to graciously give back to the Lord in proportion to the blessings we have been given.  This means everyone isn’t called to give the same amount, but is called to give equal sacrifice.  No amount is too small or insignificant!  Open your heart, how is God calling you?

 

 

Last week’s collection: Envelopes $930.00; Loose $115.00; World Mission Sunday $244.00

 

Total: $1,289.00                                                  Remember, God can never be outdone in generosity.

 

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, October 29 Michael Talent, Jr. Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, October 30 Dorothy Belaska Father Paul Rothschild
Saturday, November 5 Horak & Capone Families Father Paul Rothschild
Sunday, November 6 John & Francis Klenc TBA
     

Upcoming Masses:

 

Second Collection this weekend is for the victims of the hurricane in Haiti. Please see the attached letter from Archbishop Carlson. Thank you, in advance, for your generosity.

 

Second Collection next weekend is for retired religious. Again, thank you for your generosity

 

Goulash Festival News

We are still in need of prizes for our games. Gift cards are especially welcome but we can use all types of items. You may bring prizes to the rectory any time during business hours or drop them off in church.

 

We will be needing desserts on the day of the event (November 6). Many visitors come just for the home-made desserts so, thank you in advance, for contributing to the success of this important fund-raiser.

 

Please mark your name on your cake pans, what kind of cake it is, and whether it contains nuts.

 

While the Goulash Festival does raise much-needed funds, it’s also an important way for us to reach out to the community. It would be great if every member of SJN could volunteer an hour or two of your time to meet and greet our neighbors and to help out where needed.

 

Servers needed for Sunday morning mass. Steve Frei has been helping out, but we’d like to spread the workload a little bit. If you’d like to help, please see Deacon Mike after mass or call the rectory. It’s a good way to get more involved in the Eucharist.

 

 

,Mass Mob—Remember, our Mass Mob will be held on Sunday, January 8, the Feast of the Epiphany. Plans are well underway to make this a huge celebration. Be sure you talk it up to your friends and family. Again, this is an opportunity for everyone to pitch in. We will need ushers, extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist, greeters, and people to serve coffee and refreshments. There will be more information as we get closer to the big day.

 

Deacon Mike: I will be having back surgery on Tuesday (a poor way to spend the Feast of All Saints but at least I’ll be able to spend Halloween with my grandson). According to the doctor, I may be away as long as a month. I want to thank everyone for pitching in on the Goulash Festival and on the preparations for the Mass Mob. I know I’m leaving everything in good hands.

 

I will be speaking to Sue on a regular basis so if you have any questions or special needs for me, please let her know.

 

I’d especially appreciate it if you would remember me in your prayers as I will you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

29th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Stewardship thought for the week

October 16, 2016                                                               29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

“…be persistent whether it is convenient or inconvenient…”        2 Timothy 4:2

 

It is not always convenient to be a good steward, especially when all the temptations of our busy and materialistic world get in the way.  Now add our own pride and ego into the equation and living a stewardship lifestyle may be downright uncomfortable!  Remember, God didn’t call us to be comfortable.  He called us to be faithful.

 

Last week’s collection: Envelopes $497.00; Loose $169.00; Other $30.00

 

Total: $696.00                                                   Remember, God can never be outdone in generosity.

 

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, October 15 Draper Bickham Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, October 16 John Klenc Father Paul Rothschild
Saturday, October 22 Jim Brush Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, October 23 Mary Duggan Father Paul Rothschild
     

Upcoming Masses:

 

Second Collection next weekend will be for World Mission Sunday. Thank you, in advance, for your generosity.

 

Goulash Festival News—There are still some letters and raffle tickets in church. Please take yours home so we don’t have to mail them.

 

We are in need of prizes for our games. Gift cards are especially welcome but we can use all types of items. You may bring prizes to the rectory any time during business hours or drop them off in church.

 

We will be needing desserts on the day of the event (November 6). Many visitors come just for the home-made desserts so, thank you in advance, for contributing to the success of this important fund-raiser.

 

While the Goulash Festival does raise much-needed funds, it’s also an important way for us to reach out to the community. It would be great if every member of SJN could volunteer an hour or two of your time to meet and greet our neighbors and to help out where needed.

 

Servers needed for Sunday morning mass. Steve Frei has been helping out, but we’d like to spread the workload a little bit. If you’d like to help, please see Deacon Mike after mass or call the rectory. It’s a good way to get more involved in the Eucharist.

 

 

 

Soulard Oktoberfest which was threatened with cancellation, will be held next Friday and Saturday,October 21 and 22. The festival has been moved from east of Broadway where it’s been in the past to Soulard Market Park. This change will put the event much closer to Saint John’s and could cause some traffic congestion for Saturday afternoon mass. Please allow some extra time to get here on next Saturday for 4:30 mass.

 

Mass Mob—Remember, our Mass Mob will be held on Sunday, January 8, the Feast of the Epiphany. Plans are well underway to make this a huge celebration. Be sure you talk it up to your friends and family. Again, this is an opportunity for everyone to pitch in. We will need ushers, extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist, greeters, and people to serve coffee and refreshments. There will be more information as we get closer to the big day.

 

The Upcoming election will be challenging. Many agree that neither major party candidate for president is acceptable and that the choice will come down to the “lesser of two evils”. Obviously neither candidate offers a clear-cut choice to Catholics of good faith.

 

One thing we must all keep in mind, according to Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila, of Denver, The right to life is the most important and fundamental right, since life is necessary for any of the other rights to matter. There are some issues that can legitimately be debated by Christians, such as which policies are the most effective in caring for the poor, but the direct killing of innocent human life must be opposed at all times by every follower of Jesus Christ. There are no legitimate exceptions to this teaching.

“The health of our nation depends on a deep respect for human life from the moment of conception until natural death, and the future of our society depends on how we protect that right. If we don’t, eventually we will go the way of Rome and Greece and other great civilizations that have risen and fallen.”

 

It’s our duty to familiarize ourselves with both party’s platforms and choose accordingly.

 

You can read Bishop Aquqila’s entire article at http://denvercatholic.org/voting-catholic-2016/.