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Easter

Stewardship thought for the week

April 5, 2015 – Easter Sunday

“Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” – COLOSSIANS 3:2

On this day we thank God for His Son, Jesus, who died and rose for us.  We celebrate and sing “Alleluia.”  Let’s try to keep the joy of this Easter season in our hearts throughout the year! Pray daily and listen for God’s response on how we should use our gifts to fulfill His plan.

Last week’s collection: Envelopes $882.00; Loose $234.00

Total $1,483.00

Masses this week:

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, April 4 Joseph Hromadka Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, April 5 Joe Klein Father Paul Rothschild
Saturday, April 11 Droska, Miller, & Giebels families Father Paul Rothschild
Sunday, April 12 Lerlene Jefferson TBA

Remember, God can never be outdone in generosity.

Holy Week: A big thank you to everyone who helped get the chapel ready for Holy Week.

Mark your calendars: The crowning of the Holy Infant of Prague will be Sunday, May 3. Everyone is welcome but if you want to attend the dinner following, you must order tickets. Forms are available on the tables in church.

The barbecue/picnic will be Sunday, June 7 from 11:00-5:00. Please watch the bulletin or the web site for more information.

Charity Outreach for March: We are still collecting non-perishable food items for Saint Vincent de Paul’s food pantry.   We are extending the deadline until April 12. Thank you for your generosity.

The 2nd Collection today will be for Regina Cleri. Our priests have been there for us. We need to be there for them in their retirement.

To our visitors: Welcome to Saint John Nepomuk Chapel! Whether you’re an old friend joining us again for this special day, or if this is your first visit to our beautiful chapel, we’re glad you chose to spend part of your day with us.

If you’d like to be on our mailing list, there are visitor envelopes at the entrances of the chapel. It’s not necessary to put anything in the envelope (of course, you’re welcome to do so), but if you give us your contact information, we’ll be glad to put you on our mailing list.

You can also follow us on facebook at the address at the top of this bulletin.

Help Needed: We are in need of one or more altar servers for 9:30 Sunday mass. If you’re interested in providing this valuable service, please see Deacon Mike after mass or call the rectory. This ministry requires no extra time on your part.

Deacon Mike:

As we celebrate Jesus’ victory death, I thought I’d share with you a part of Pope Francis’ Easter greeting:

This is the culmination of the Gospel, it is the Good News par excellence: Jesus, who was crucified, is risen! This event is the basis of our faith and our hope. If Christ were not raised, Christianity would lose its very meaning; the whole mission of the Church would lose its impulse, for this is the point from which it first set out and continues to set out ever anew. The message which Christians bring to the world is this: Jesus, Love incarnate, died on the cross for our sins, but God the Father raised him and made him the Lord of life and death. In Jesus, love has triumphed over hatred, mercy over sinfulness, goodness over evil, truth over falsehood, life over death.

That is why we tell everyone: “Come and see!” In every human situation, marked by frailty, sin and death, the Good News is no mere matter of words, but a testimony to unconditional and faithful love: it is about leaving ourselves behind and encountering others, being close to those crushed by life’s troubles, sharing with the needy, standing at the side of the sick, elderly and the outcast… “Come and see!”: Love is more powerful, love gives life, love makes hope blossom in the wilderness.

 

 

Palm Sunday

Stewardship thought for the week

March 29, 2015 – Palm Sunday

 

“Pilate again said to them, ‘Then what shall I do with the man whom you call the King of the Jews?’ And they cried out again, ‘Crucify him.’” – Mark 15:12-13

 

Jesus told us “whatever you do for the least of my brothers, you do for me.” Every day we are presented opportunities to help someone. Every day we have the opportunity to see the face of Jesus in others and be the face of Jesus to others. Pray for the courage to stand up for those in need of our help.

Last week’s collection: Envelopes $882.00; Loose $234.00

Total $1,483.00

Masses this week:

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, March 28 John Brush Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, March 29 Joe Klein Father Paul Rothschild
Thursday, April 2 Deceased 1st Responders Father Paul Rothschild
Saturday, April 4 Joseph Hromadka Father Paul Rothschild
Sunday, April 5 Bill Korpecki Father Paul Rothschild

Remember, God can never be outdone in generosity.

Bad Weather: OK, we’re being optimistic here and removing the bad weather notice until next year.

Holy Week: We will be decorating the chapel for Holy Week today, Sunday, after 9:30 mass. Please join us as we prepare for this holiest of weeks. Many hands make light work.

After the Good Friday service, we will be preparing the chapel for Easter.

Services for Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday will be held each day at 4:30 pm.

From the Young Catholic Musicians: “thank you for allowing us to come to your parish and celebrate mass with the wonderful parishioners of Saint John Nepomuk Parish. It truly was an enjoyable experience for each one. We are so grateful for the hospitality that was given to all of us in the YCM.”

 

You generously contributed $353.00 to support the YCM’s mission.

Charity Outreach for March: We are still collecting non-perishable food items for Saint Vincent de Paul’s food pantry.   We are extending the deadline until April 12. Thank you for your generosity.

2nd Collections: There will be a 2nd collection for the Holy Land on Good Friday. The 2nd collection on Easter will be for Regina Cleri. Our priests have been there for us. We need to be there for them in their retirement.

There will be no Hospitality Sunday in April as the first Sunday is Easter Sunday.

Help Needed: We are in need of one or more altar servers for 9:30 Sunday mass. If you’re interested in providing this valuable service, please see Deacon Mike after mass or call the rectory. This ministry requires no extra time on your part.

Meditation: The insert in today’s bulletin is from Archbishop Carlson’s pastoral letter, Jesus Christ, The Divine Physician.

Deacon Mike:

The liturgies of Holy Week remind us of the ups and downs in our own lives. Today, Palm Sunday, Jesus arrives in Jerusalem in triumph. The people recognize Him as their Savior.

Then on Thursday, one of His inner circle, the Apostle Judas will turn Him in to the authorities for thirty pieces of silver leading to his torture and death on Good Friday.

Then, next Sunday He will rise from the dead triumphant over even death itself. What a roller-coaster ride!

Most likely, you and I will never be crucified. But we do have our ups and downs. When we’re sick, or hurting, or lonely, of suffering in any way, it’s good to remember how Jesus overcame the greatest “down” of all and rose in glory just three days later.

Just as we share in His suffering, one day we hope to share in His resurrection.

 

 

5th Sunday of Lent

Stewardship thought for the week

March 22, 2015 – 5th Sunday of Lent

 

“I will be their God and they shall be my people.” – Jeremiah 31:33

 

What does it mean to be God’s people? It means we recognize that everything we have and everything we are belongs to God. We aren’t “owners” of anything, we are merely “stewards” of the gifts God has given us. It means we are willing to use our gifts and our lives to care for our neighbors and the world, just as God cares for us.

Last week’s collection: Envelopes $917.00; Loose $346.00; Catholic Relief Services $90.00; Other $130.00

Total $1,483.00

Masses this week:

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, March 22 Joseph & Stella Remes Father Paul Rothschild
Sunday, March 23 Bill Korpecki. Father Carl Schelbe
Saturday, March 28 John Brush Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, March 29 Joe Klein Father Paul Rothschild

Remember, God can never be outdone in generosity.

Bad Weather: Remember, in the event of bad weather, cancellations will be posted on the rectory voice mail, 314.231.0141.

Please remember that our expenses go right on regardless of the weather. In fact, bad weather increases our costs, especially for snow removal. We count on your weekly contributions, whether we have mass or not.

Holy Week: Next Sunday, March 29, is Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week. After 9:30 mass we will be preparing the chapel for the Easter Triduum. Please join us as we prepare for this holiest of weeks. Many hands make light work.

Services for Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday will be held each day at 4:30 pm.

Young Catholic Musicians: This past Sunday’s mass was awesome! What a thrill it was to have the chapel full of people and full of music! It was like Christmas in March.

I can’t promise that we’ll be able to get the YCM again any time soon, but if you’d like to follow their schedule, it’s online at http://youngcatholicmusicians.com. Quite a few of the musicians were away last weekend for a state band event, so if you’d like to hear the full ensemble, check their schedule for future dates.

I haven’t heard yet what our contributions were, but when I do, I’ll let you know.

Note, we traded dates with Saints Peter and Paul in Collinsville, IL so they will be there on April 19 which was the date they were originally scheduled to be here.

Window Update: As you can see, work has begun on our broken window. The hope is that it can be repaired and installed before Easter. Please keep this project in your prayers.

Deacon Mike:

Archbishop Carlson begins His Pastoral Letter on Reconciliation, Jesus Christ the Divine Physician, Archbishop Carlson asks a very interesting question: “In the Gospels, how many times does someone ask Jesus to forgive his or her sins? Zero. That’s right — it never happens.”

That’s amazing! Jesus is the Divine Healer. He’s the one who can forgive us yet no one He met in person ever asked Him to do it. You and I can’t afford to be so cavalier about forgiveness. If we want it we have to ask for it.

Obviously, Lent is the perfect time to ask God’s forgiveness, especially if we haven’t been to confession in a long time. Many of our neighboring parishes have special times for reconciliation over the next two weeks. Jesus is waiting for you. Don’t disappoint Him.

 

 

Have a blessed Lent!

 

4th Sunday of Lent

Stewardship thought for the week

March 15, 2015 – 4th Sunday of Lent

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son…”  – John 3:16

Of all the wonderful gifts that God has given to us, the gift of His own Son is truly the greatest. How can we ever thank God for a gift like that? God does not ask us to sacrifice our own precious firstborn, but He does ask that we be generous in making some sacrifices for Him.

Last week’s collection: Envelopes $872.00; Loose $215.00; Other %40.00

Total $1,137.00

Masses this week:

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, March 14 Draper Bickham Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, March 15 Gene Smith, Jr. TBA
Saturday, March 22 Joseph & Stella Remes Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, March 23 Bill Korpecki TBA

Remember, God can never be outdone in generosity.

Welcome to the Young Catholic Musicians! We want to thank this outstanding group of young people for joining us for mass this morning. Your gift of music is a blessing to all.

There will be a second collection this weekend for Catholic Relief Services as well as a collection on Sunday for the Young Catholic Musicians.

Bad Weather: Remember, in the event of bad weather, cancellations will be posted on the rectory voice mail, 314.231.0141.

Please remember that our expenses go right on regardless of the weather. In fact, bad weather increases our costs, especially for snow removal. We count on your weekly contributions, whether we have mass or not.

Digitizing Documents: Bob Deppe has been generously donating his time to digitize the old documents and pictures we have in the rectory. He has completed scanning the “Red Book”, the 125th Jubilee history of the parish. This will soon be on the parish web site for anyone to enjoy.

Bob will be doing the same with other items as time permits. Modern technology will allow these things to continue to exist long after the paper and ink have been lost.

Deacon Mike:

 

Again I want to welcome the Young Catholic Musicians, their parents, and adult leaders to Saint John Nepomuk Chapel. It’s been many years since our church has been filled with such glorious sung prayer. A special thanks to Father Bruce Forman and Mrs. Mary Smith for bringing this special treat to SJN.

These young people are donating their time and talent to spread the good news of the Gospel throughout the Archdiocese of Saint Louis and to other cities during their summer tour. Over the years they have touched the hearts of thousands of people, Catholic and non-Catholic alike.

We are blessed to have them here with us this weekend, especially during the Holy Season of Lent.   They minister to just one parish per month from September through April, so you can see it’s a special privilege to have them here with our small community. Of course, the good news for them is that this is about as short a trip as they can make from their home at Saints Peter and Paul.

You can stay informed about their activities, including their schedule at http://www.youngcatholicmusicians.com/.

Please keep the YCM, and all young people in your prayers.

 

 

Have a blessed Lent!

 

3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time

Stewardship thought for the week

March 8, 2015 – 3rd Sunday of Lent

“You shall not carve idols for yourselves in the shape of anything…”  – Exodus 20:4

How many “gods” do you put before God?  “Idols” do not always take the shape of physical things, things we can touch and feel.  Those are easy to recognize.  Many times they take the form of things we cannot touch and are much harder to spot – pride, power, ego, comfort or health.

Last week’s collection: Envelopes $355.00; Loose $27.00;

Total $382.00

Masses this week:

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, March 7 Tim Buckley Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, March 8 Joe & Toni Eichner Father Paul Rothschild
Saturday, March 14 Draper Bickham Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, March 15 Gene Smith, Jr. TBA

Remember, God can never be outdone in generosity.

Young Catholic Musicians.  Next Sunday is the big day!  The YCM will be leading us in sung prayer at the 9:30 mass.   You will never attend a more prayerful mass!  Please be here and bring your friends and family.

We will be providing lunch for them after mass.

Hospitality Sunday:  There will be coffee and pastries in the hall after 9:30 mass this weekend.

There will be a second collection next weekend for Catholic Relief Services as well as a collection for the Young Catholic Musicians.

Bad Weather:  Remember, in the event of bad weather, cancellations will be posted on the rectory voice mail, 314.231.0141.

Please remember that our expenses go right on regardless of the weather.  In fact, bad weather increases our costs, especially for snow removal.  We count on your weekly contributions, whether we have mass or not.

Picnic date set:  Our barbecue/picnic will be held on Sunday, June 7.  Thanks to Jim Peterson for stepping up to chair this event again this year.

There will be a used book sale at the American-Czech Educational Center today, March 8, from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.

Deacon Mike:  Window News:  Since so many people weren’t here last weekend, I’m repeating last week’s comments.

We have received the estimate on the window repair.  All that remains is to determine what the insurance company will pay for and how much we will have to pay.

For now, I’d like to share with you a couple of comments from Strephen Frei about our windows:

They are “the finest Munich Pictorial stained glass ever produced by our studio….It is the very height of pictorial painting on glass that has ever been done in mankind’s 1,000 year history of glass.”

“Saint John’s stained glass rivals any windows, in any church, in the world.”  I hope that you agree that we must do whatever is necessary to restore and protect this valuable gift.

On another important subject, people often ask how they should pray.  I thought you might be interested in the following from famous Catholic author & speaker Matthew Kelly:

Matthew Kelly’s Prayer Process

Gratitude: Begin by thanking God in a personal dialogue for whatever you are most grateful for today.

Awareness: Revisit the times in the past twenty-four hours when you were and were not the-best-version-of-your-self. Talk to God about these situations and what you learned from them.

Significant Moments: Identify something you experienced in the last twenty-four hours and explore what God might be trying to say to you through that event (or person).

Peace: Ask God to forgive you for any wrong you have committed (against yourself, another person, or Him) and to fill you with a deep and abiding peace.

Freedom: Speak with God about how He is inviting you to change your life, so that you can experience the freedom to be the-best-version-of-yourself.

Others: Lift up to God anyone you feel called to pray for today, asking God to bless and guide them.

Pray the Our Father.

Have a blessed Lent!

 

2nd Sunday of Lent

Stewardship thought for the week

March 1, 2015 – 2nd Sunday of Lent

“’Here I am!’ he answered.” – Genesis 22:11

It is easy to say, “Here I am, Lord,” when we are kneeling in church. Can we just as easily answer, “Here I am, Lord,” when we go home, when a neighbor needs our help, when a fellow parishioner asks us to join a committee, or when a letter asks for our financial help? These are often exactly the places where Jesus calls us to be.

Last week’s collection: Envelopes $622.00; Loose $233.00; Church in Central & Eastern Europe $50.00; Black & Indian Missions $155.00; Other $50.00

Total $1,110.00

Masses this week:

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, February 28 Lillian Valencia Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, March 1 Paul Armbruster Father Paul Rothschild
Saturday, March 7 Tim Buckley Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, March 8 Joe & Toni Eichner Father Paul Rothschild

Remember, God can never be outdone in generosity.

Young Catholic Musicians. The YCM is a group of talented young people from throughout the Archdiocese, both singers and musicians. Each month they lead the music for mass at a different parish. We are blessed to have them scheduled at Saint John Nepomuk this year on Sunday, March 15.

This is an important mass for us as it will give us the opportunity to make an impression on a lot of new people. The YCM doesn’t normally come to a church as small as ours, so let’s show them a good turnout and make them feel welcome.

We will be providing lunch for them after mass.

Hospitality Sunday: There will be coffee and pastries in the hall after 9:30 mass this weekend.

 

Bad Weather: Remember, in the event of bad weather, cancellations will be posted on the rectory voice mail, 314.231.0141.

Please remember that our expenses go right on regardless of the weather. In fact, bad weather increases our costs, especially for snow removal. We count on your weekly contributions, whether we have mass or not.

Daylight Savings Time begins next Saturday, March 7. Set your clocks forward one hour. [The noon church bell will ring at noon again, instead of 11:00.]

Deacon Mike: Window News: We have received the estimate on the window repair. All that remains is to determine what the insurance company will pay for and how much we will have to pay.

For now, I’d like to share with you a couple of comments from Strephen Frei about our windows:

They are “the finest Munich Pictorial stained glass ever produced by our studio….It is the very height of pictorial painting on glass that has ever been done in mankind’s 1,000 year history of glass.”

“Saint John’s stained glass rivals any windows, in any church, in the world.” I hope that you agree that we must do whatever is necessary to restore and protect this valuable gift.

On another important subject, people often ask how they should pray. I thought you might be interested in the following from famous Catholic author & speaker Matthew Kelly:

Matthew Kelly’s Prayer Process

Gratitude: Begin by thanking God in a personal dialogue for whatever you are most grateful for today.

Awareness: Revisit the times in the past twenty-four hours when you were and were not the-best-version-of-your-self. Talk to God about these situations and what you learned from them.

Significant Moments: Identify something you experienced in the last twenty-four hours and explore what God might be trying to say to you through that event (or person).

Peace: Ask God to forgive you for any wrong you have committed (against yourself, another person, or Him) and to fill you with a deep and abiding peace.

Freedom: Speak with God about how He is inviting you to change your life, so that you can experience the freedom to be the-best-version-of-yourself.

Others: Lift up to God anyone you feel called to pray for today, asking God to bless and guide them.

Pray the Our Father.

 

6th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Stewardship thought for the week

February 15, 2015 – 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Brothers and sisters, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.” – 1 Corinthians 10:31

Do a quick check of your priorities. Where does God rank in that list? If He’s not first, you have some work to do. Putting God first in everything helps develop the attitude of “ I am grateful for the gifts God gave me” instead of “I want more”. For most people gratitude leads to generosity.

Last week’s collection: Envelopes $712.00; Loose $252.00; Saint Louis Review $30.00; Other $35.00

Total $1,029.00

Masses this week:

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, February 14 NO MASS NO MASS
Sunday, February 15 Bill Korpecki Father Paul Rothschild
Wednesday, February 18 For our deceased Veterans Father Paul Rothschild
Saturday, February 21 Steve Jerabek Father Paul Rothschild
Sunday, February 22 Sam Ulett Father Paul Rothschild

Remember, God can never be outdone in generosity.

Ash Wednesday is this week, February 18. We will have mass and distribution of ashes at 9:30 followed by coffee in the hall.

Lent: Abstinence from meat is to be observed by all Catholics fourteen (14) years of age and older on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and all the Fridays of Lent.

 

Fasting is to be observed by all Catholics who are eighteen (18) years of age but not yet fifty-nine (59) years of age on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.

Those who are bound to fast may take only one full meal. Two smaller meals are permitted if necessary to maintain strength according to one’s needs, but eating solid foods between meals is not permitted. Catholics should not lightly excuse themselves from these prescribed Lenten penitential practices.

Young Catholic Musicians. The YCM is a group of talented young people from throughout the Archdiocese, both singers and musicians. Each month they lead the music for mass at a different parish. We are blessed to have them scheduled at Saint John Nepomuk this year on Sunday, March 15.

This is an important mass for us as it will give us the opportunity to make an impression on a lot of new people. The YCM doesn’t normally come to a church as small as ours, so let’s show them a good turnout and make them feel welcome.

We will be providing lunch for them after mass.

2nd Collection: There will be a second collection on Ash Wednesday for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe. This is an important ministry serving many of our distant relatives. If you’re not planning on attending Ash Wednesday mass, please bring your offering next weekend.

 

Bad Weather: Remember, in the event of bad weather, cancellations will be posted on the rectory voice mail, 314.231.0141.

Deacon Mike: Lent is a special time of the year for us Catholics and some other Christians. We have six weeks to get spiritually ready for Jesus’ death and resurrection. It’s the time when we “give something up for Lent”. A lot of jokes are made about giving up something like roller skating, which we don’t do anyway.

Lenten penance doesn’t necessarily mean we have to give something up. It’s a wonderful opportunity to add something new. They say it takes three weeks to establish a habit.   It follows that if we decide to add additional prayers, or to do something extra for the poor during Lent, it will become a habit that will stay with us.

There are many opportunities in the Archdiocese to do things during the next six weeks. Check out the Saint Louis Review for ideas.

 

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