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12th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Stewardship thought for the week

June 25, 2017 – 12th Sunday of Ordinary Times

 

“Everyone who acknowledges me before others I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father.” MATTHEW 10:32

 

Do you share your Catholic faith with others? Do you defend your Catholic faith or do you remain silent when the situation arises? Do you pray in public before meals? Pray for the strength and courage to be a joyful witness of our Catholic faith when the opportunity presents itself.

 

Last weekend’s collections: Envelopes $529.00; loose $206.00; Other $3.00

 

Total: $738.00

 

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, June 24 Robert Staat & John Konecnik Father Paul Rothschild
Sunday, June 26 Lydia Milner Father Paul Rothschild
Saturday, July 1 Ann & Gene Smith Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, July 2 Joe Sulz TBA
     

Upcoming Masses:

 

 

ACA Update—To date you have pledged $4,330.00. Our goal is $4,432.00. We are very close. If you haven’t returned your pledge card please do so as soon as possible.

 

Next weekend there will be a second collection for Peter’s Pence. The purpose of the Peter’s Pence Collection is to provide the Holy Father with the financial means to respond to those who are suffering as a result of war, oppression, natural disaster, and disease.

 

Thank you for standing in solidarity with the Holy See through your generosity.

 

AUDITIONS – FOR THE YOUNG CATHOLIC MUSICIANS

The choir and orchestra of The Young Catholic Musicians are holding auditions in preparation for their 44th Year of service to the Church. These young people (aged 9-17) represent over 50 parishes and schools in the Archdiocese of St. Louis. They learn quality liturgical music and lead the music for Mass once each month at different parishes. Singers and instrumentalists (Brass, Woodwinds, Strings, and Percussion) contact Fr. Bruce Forman (314-231-7464 or revycm@charter.net) or Mrs. Mary Smith (314-962-9260 or smithycm@sbcglobal.net) for additional information and to schedule an audition. Visit our web pages at http://www.archstl.org/musicians or http://www.youngcatholicmusicians.com.

 

Free Concert—Friday, June 30 at the Cardinal Rigali Center. The concert will honor our veterans and will feature Saint Louis’ own world-famous Soprano Christine Westhoff. This will also mark the release of Christine’s new CD, Gloria Halleluja. Donations will go to the VA Medical Center at Jefferson Barracks.

 

What a great way to begin the Independence Day weekend!

 

Sign up for our parish app—Stay up-to-date on what’s happening with our parish app. You’ll get updates, weekly bulletins, prayers, and Catholic news. The app is free. All you have to do is text the word “app” to 88202.

 

Vacation—As you know, when you’re on vacation most of your bills just keep coming. The phone company doesn’t accept “I was on vacation” as a reason for not paying. Your church’s expenses also go on 365 days per year. In fact, our bills are usually higher in the summer. Please don’t forget us!
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Corpus Christi

Stewardship thought for the week

June 18, 2017 – Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi)

 

“Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread.”  1 CORINTHIANS 10:17

 

As disciples of Jesus, we are called to lead holy lives and invite others to join us. Living a stewardship lifestyle, being grateful and generous with our gifts, serves a twofold purpose. One, it helps build God’s kingdom here on earth. Two, it is a road map to Heaven. Let’s help each other get there!

 

Last weekend’s collections: Envelopes $1,075.00; loose $501.00; Other $270.00

 

Total: $1,846.00

 

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, June 17 Draper Bickham Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, June 18 Bill Korpecki TBA
Saturday, June 24 Robert Staat & John Konecnik Father Paul Rothschild
Sunday, June 26 Lydia Milner Father Paul Rothschild
     

Upcoming Masses:

 

 

ACA Update—To date you have pledged $4,330.00. Our goal is $4,432.00. We are very close. If you haven’t returned your pledge card please do so as soon as possible.

 

Read Between the Wines Summer Book ClubThe Daughters of Saint Paul will once again host their summer book club, WINE (Women in the New Evangelization) beginning at 1:00 pm on June 21 at their book store on Watson Road.

 

Stay connected with your faith and friends this summer while reading Who Does He Say You Are? by Coleen Mitchell. For more information call 314-965-3512.

 

Saints Peter and Paul parish will be hosting a get-to-know-your-brunch on Sunday, June 25. They have invited us and Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. This should be a lot of fun and there will be some great food. The brunch is free but they need a head count to know how much food to prepare. There are sign-up sheets at the entrance to church. They will be accepting free-will donations. The deadline for signing up is today.

 

Free Concert—Friday, June 30 at the Cardinal Rigali Center. The concert will honor our veterans and will feature Saint Louis’ own world-famous Soprano Christine Westhoff. This will also mark the release of Christine’s new CD, Gloria Halleluja. Donations will go to the VA Medical Center at Jefferson Barracks.

 

What a great way to begin the Independence Day weekend!

 

Sign up for our parish app—Stay up-to-date on what’s happening with our parish app. You’ll get updates, weekly bulletins, prayers, and Catholic news. The app is free. All you have to do is text the word “app” to 88202.

 

Vacation—As you know, when you’re on vacation most of your bills just keep coming. The phone company doesn’t accept “I was on vacation” as a reason for not paying. Your church’s expenses also go on 365 days per year. In fact, our bills are usually higher in the summer. Please don’t forget us!
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Most Holy Trinity

Stewardship thought for the week

June 11, 2017 – Most Holy Trinity

 

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son…” JOHN 3:16

 

Is your love conditional? Is there a price others have to pay to receive your love? Are you generous with your time, money and possessions? If you give someone something, do you expect something in return? Do you give your time freely or do you “fit it in” when it’s convenient for you? Pray for a grateful and generous heart.

 

Last weekend’s collections: Envelopes $1,124.00; loose $219.00; Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital $289.00; Other $5.00

 

Total: $1,637.00

 

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, June 10 Frances Dvoak Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, June 11 Aiden Klenc Father Paul Rothschild
Saturday, June 17 Draper Bickham Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, June 18 Bill Korpecki TBA
     

Upcoming Masses:

 

This Sunday, June 10 will be hospitality Sunday. Coffee and donuts will be served following 9:30 mass.

 

CHARITY OUTREACH:  We are currently collecting breakfast cereal for St. Martha’s Hall Emergency Shelter.  St Martha’s Hall is committed to helping battered women and their children break the cycle of violence in their lives.

 

St. Martha’s Hall hosts both kids and mothers, so all kinds of cereals are welcome, anything from a sweet treat for the kids to healthy granola.  Whatever your favorite cereal, pick up an extra box while at the store and share one with those in need.  Collection baskets are on the side altar and the final day for donations will be June 18.

 

More on Liturgical Ettiquette—from the bulletin of the Cathedral Basilica.

 

“Although the Church doesn’t require everyone to be dressed in their “Easter finest” every week for mass, please remember that the way we dress for church is, oftentimes, a sign of how important the celebration of the Eucharist is to us.

 

The bow immediately before receiving Holy Communion should be done with the conscious recognition that it is the Lord Himself before Whom we bow. He is truly present in the Eucharist and the extension of our hands must acknowledge our acceptance of a gift, not a grabbing for something owed us. The hands are completely empty, extended in the gesture of acceptance. The Lord should not be just another item among keys or other personal items.

 

Saints Peter and Paul parish will be hosting a get-to-know-your-brunch on Sunday, June 25. They have invited us and Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. This should be a lot of fun and there will be some great food. The brunch is free but they need a head count to know how much food to prepare. There are sign-up sheets at the entrance to church. They will be accepting free-will donations. Please sign up this week at either entrance to the chapel.

 

Picnic follow-upMany thanks to everyone who helped make our picnic/barbecue successful. Unfortunately we had some unexpected competition so our results fell somewhat short of last year. Special thanks to Jim Peterson for chairing the event and to Greg Deutsch who prepared all the pork steaks at home.

 

Our total revenue was $4,176.65 with some expenses possibly outstanding. Last year the amount was $5,128.50.

 

Here’s the breakdown:

 

Dinners     $1,660.15

Raffle           1,136.00

Straws             513.50

Pulltabs             69.00

Ham raffle       100.00

Cash donation 530.00

Bar                   167.50

Total             4,176.65

 

Raffle winners:

Robert Sager   $500.00

Larry Havel       100.00

Phillip Lamczyk   50.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pentecost

Stewardship thought for the week

June 4, 2017-Pentecost Sunday

 

“To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.”  1 CORINTHIANS 12:7

 

To receive the gift of the Holy Spirit you must open your heart and let Him in! Open your heart and be grateful for all the gifts God has given us. Regardless of your circumstance, God has given us all blessings. What we do with those gifts is our gift back to God. Generously sharing our gifts keeps us more “God-centered” and less “self-centered”.

 

Last weekend’s collections: Envelopes $845.00; loose $446.00; Other $55.00

 

Total: $1,346.00

 

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, June 3 Kellie Schallon Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, June 4 Edward Klenc TBA
Saturday, June 10 Frances Dvoak Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, June 11 Aiden Klenc Father Paul Rothschild
     

Upcoming Masses:

 

 

There will be a second collection this weekend for the Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital

 

Next Sunday, June 10 will be hospitality Sunday. Coffee and donuts will be served following 9:30 mass.

 

CHARITY OUTREACH MAY:  During the month of May/June we will be collecting for St. Martha’s Hall Emergency Shelter.  St Martha’s Hall is committed to helping battered women and their children break the cycle of violence in their lives.

 

The emergency shelter has a little thing on their wish-list that would make a big difference for the facility: Breakfast Cereals!   St. Martha’s Hall hosts both kids and mothers, so all kinds of cereals are welcome, anything from a sweet treat for the kids to healthy granola.  Whatever your favorite cereal, pick up an extra box while at the store and share one with those in need.  Collection baskets are on the side altar and the final day for donations will be mid-June.

 

More on Liturgical Ettiquette—from the bulletin of the Cathedral Basilica.

 

“Churches are meant to be sacred space, places where all can pray and worship. While a cordial greeting is never out of place,, carrying on an audible and protracted conversation is never appropriate.

 

“Out of respect and reverence of Christ in the Eucharist, arriving at Mass on time and remaining until the priest has recessed down the aisle is appropriate behavior. Leaving Mass early amd disturbing the flow of communion in order to exit is unacceptable.

 

“Please place cell phones and beepers in the silent mode, and please remain in church ‘til the end to be blessed and commissioned to go forth in Jesus’ name.”

 

Saints Peter and Paul parish will be hosting a get-to-know-your-brunch on Sunday, June 25. They have invited us and Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. This should be a lot of fun and there will be some great food. The brunch is free but they need a head count to know how much food to prepare. There are sign-up sheets at the entrance to church. They will be accepting free-will donations.

 

Intentions to the Infant of Prague—Over the years SJN has received many blessings through our devotion to the Infant of Prague, including our continued existence. To make our devotion more personal, we have placed a basket near Saint Joseph’s altar and blank 3 X 5 cards. If you have a special prayer need, please place it on a card and put it in the basket. Remember, the Infant told Father Cyril that the more we honor Him, the more He will bless us.

 

Remember, your prayers are between you and God. No one else will see them. From time-to-time we will burn the cards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6th Sunday of Easter

Stewardship thought for the week

May 21, 2017-6th Sunday of Easter

 

“For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that be God’s will, than for doing evil.” 1 PETER 3:17

 

The old line says “if you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.” Many of us are diligent in our planning, making sure things are progressing smoothly, then disaster strikes, we don’t get the result that was intended. An unforeseen problem arises. Many times we may respond negatively. Why me? I did everything right! Here’s the thing – God has a different and better plan in store for you.

 

Last weekend’s collections: Envelopes $902.00; loose $414.00; Other $245.00

 

Total: $1,561.00

 

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, May 20 Draper Bickham Father Paul Rothschild
Sunday, May 21 Bill Korpecki Father Paul Rothschild
Saturday, May 27 Robert Brush Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, May 28 Joe Klein Father Paul Rothschild
     

Upcoming Masses:

 

 

There will be a second collection this weekend for the Catholic Communications Campaign.

 

CHARITY OUTREACH MAY:  During the month of May/June we will be collecting for St. Martha’s Hall Emergency Shelter.  St Martha’s Hall is committed to helping battered women and their children break the cycle of violence in their lives.

 

The emergency shelter has a little thing on their wish-list that would make a big difference for the facility: Breakfast Cereals!   St. Martha’s Hall hosts both kids and mothers, so all kinds of cereals are welcome, anything from a sweet treat for the kids to healthy granola.  Whatever your favorite cereal, pick up an extra box while at the store and share one with those in need.  Collection baskets are on the side altar and the final day for donations will be mid-June.

 

Church Decorations – On Pentecost, we commemorate the coming of the Holy Spirit to the early followers of Jesus. The Holy Spirit brought seven gifts to mankind, which are reflected in the decorations of the church. There are seven gold medallions on the south wall of the church, just below the stations which symbolize these gifts. (One is hidden by a confessional)

WISDOM – represented by the dove, which symbolizes the Holy Spirit. The dove is surrounded by rays or light, whereby the human spirit is illumined with heavenly wisdom.

UNDERSTANDING – represented by a lighted olive oil lamp. This gift is the lamp which lights the way for us in the darkness of the world.

COUNSEL – the scale, or balance, reflects the gift enabling us to judge correctly and wisely.

FORTITUDE – a fighting eagle is the symbol of courage to fight evil. The eagle is rising from the flames, or temptation; therefore the eagle rising from the flames is the victory of Christ over hell.

KNOWLEDGE – this gift is portrayed by a globe, representing earthly knowledge, which must be used to obtain the eternal and not for concern of the material.

PIETY – represented by a cross. The closed hand in this picture depicts the Hand of God coming to answer our prayers.

FEAR OF THE LORD – this gift is shown by an eye, inside of a triangle. The eye is the ever presence of the Lord, who knows and sees all. The triangle is a symbol of the Holy Trinity.

 

Picnic meeting—There will be a meeting to plan for our annual barbecue/picnic. It will be held Wednesday, May 24 at 6:30.

 

 

Intentions to the Infant of Prague—Over the years SJN has received many blessings through our devotion to the Infant of Prague, including our continued existence. To make our devotion more personal, we have placed a basket near Saint Joseph’s altar and blank 3 X 5 cards. If you have a special prayer need, please place it on a card and put it in the basket. Remember, the Infant told Father Cyril that the more we honor Him, the more He will bless us.

 

Remember, your prayers are between you and God. No one else will see them. From time-to-time we will burn the cards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5th Sunday of Easter

Stewardship thought for the week

May 14, 2017-5th Sunday of Easter

 

“The stone which the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.”  1 PETER 2:7

 

Everyone is given unique gifts. Many people are able to recognize their talents and abilities, but there are many people who are unsure of their gifts. This may make them feel worthless. If you know someone who is struggling for a direction in life, give them a little encouragement. Help them discern how they might use their skills. No gift is too small or insignificant.

 

Last weekend’s collections: Envelopes $1,130.00; loose $248.00; Other $55.00

 

Total: $1,433.00

 

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, May 13 Michael Tallent, Jr. Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, May 14 Anezka Jeglova Father Reginald Wolford
Saturday, May 20 Draper Bickham Father Paul Rothschild
Sunday, May 21 Bill Korpecki Father Paul Rothschild
     

Upcoming Masses:

 

 

There will be a second collection next weekend, May 20-21, for the Catholic Communications Campaign.

 

The Annual Catholic Appeal is underway. Please return yours as soon as possible, even if you aren’t contributing this year. We’re coming into a busy time and we’d like to wrap this up as soon as possible.

 

Crowning of the Infant Jesus of Prague—Thanks to everyone who participated in last Sunday’s Crowning. It was a beautiful ceremony and the dinner went very well.

 

Mothers’ Day is this weekend, a special day to honor our mothers and others in our lives who fulfill the role of motherhood. Join us Sunday morning for donuts and coffee in the hall as we celebrate our moms.

 

Farewell Father Reginald—Father Reginald Wolford has been assigned to the University of Missouri Newman Center. We wish him all the best in his new assignment. Join us after Sunday mass to wish him a fond farewell.

 

Parish App—Please don’t forget about our SJN app. It’s a great   way to keep informed about what’s happening. You can sign up for free by texting the word “app” to 88202.

 

Hospitality Sunday will be this week, May 14 following 9:30 mass. We realize that this is also Mothers’ Day, but it’s Father Reginald’s last day with us and we’d really appreciate it if you could stop by and wish him well in his new assignment.

 

Picnic meeting—There will be a meeting to plan for our annual barbecue/picnic. It will be held Wednesday, May 24 at 6:30.

 

 

Intentions to the Infant of Prague—Over the years SJN has received many blessings through our devotion to the Infant of Prague, including our continued existence. To make our devotion more personal, we have placed a basket near Saint Joseph’s altar and blank 3 X 5 cards. If you have a special prayer need, please place it on a card and put it in the basket. Remember, the Infant told Father Cyril that the more we honor Him, the more He will bless us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EASTER SUNDAY

Stewardship thought for the week

April 16, 2017-Easter Sunday

 

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

 

Do you put God first in all things? Possessions, money, power, ego can easily become gods to many of us. Do a quick check of what is important to you. Is God at the very top of the list? If not, your priorities need to be re-adjusted. Don’t let earthly things become a god before God.

 

Last weekend’s collections: Envelopes $967.00; loose $214.00; Catholic Home Missions $25.00; Other $25.00

 

Total: $1231.00

 

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, April 15, Easter Vigil Michael Tallent, Jr. Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, April 16, Easter Bill Korpecki Father Reginald Wolford
Saturday, April 22 Robert Staat Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, April 23 Frances Klenc Father Paul Rothschild
     

Upcoming Masses:

 

 

Special Collection: Our priests are our shepherds. You can show your appreciation for their years of service by giving generously to the Archbishop’s Easter Collection for Retired Priests today.

 

Once again this year, the deacons of the Archdiocese are sponsoring a Diaper Drive during April. All diapers collected will be distributed in our neighborhood. Please consider adding a box of diapers to your shopping list to be contributed to needy families. Disposable diapers can be a real financial burden to poor families. The last day for this collection is April 23.

 

Old photos: Volunteers have been going through all the old photos and documents on the third floor of the rectory. We were visited last week by two representatives of the Archdiocese Archives who gave us a lot of information on cataloging and preserving these valuable pieces of history.

 

Sadly many of the pictures aren’t labeled so we have no way of identifying them. We need your help!   We have put a number of these items on our Facebook page (link above). Take a few minutes (hours ?) to browse through them. If you see anyone you recognize, let us know. This will be a great help to our members and to those who look to us for genealogy information.

 

The photo in last week’s bulletin was Father Prokes.

 

Thank you for your help.

 

The Annual Catholic Appeal begins next weekend. Pledge cards will be distributed at both masses. Why not sign yours while you’re here saving you time later. We’d like to wrap this up as soon as possible.

 

Crowning of the Infant Jesus of Prague will be held on Sunday, May 7, at 4:00 pm. This years crowner will be Fiona McGrath, daughter of Padraig & Sarah McGrath, granddaughter of Kevin and Rebecca Spradling. Dinner will follow in the hall. Reservations must be made in advance. Sign-up sheets are at the entrances to the chapel.