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5th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Stewardship thought for the week

February 7, 2016                                 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? Who will go for us?’ ‘Here I am,’ I said, ‘send me!’” (Isaiah 6:8)

 

Every day – in little ways and in big ways – God asks, “Whom shall I send?” Whether it is someone to take on a new ministry or just someone to open a door for a stranger, God constantly provides doors of opportunity. The next time you hear God calling, have the courage to walk through the door and say “Here I am, Lord.”

 

 

Last week’s collection: Envelopes $1,077.00; Loose $335.00; Saint Louis Review $60.00 Other $155.00

Total: $1,627.00                                                   Remember, God can never be outdone in generosity.

 

Upcoming Masses:

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, February 6 NO MASS NO MASS
Sunday, February 7 Dorothy Helfrich Father Paul Rothschild
Wednesday, February 10 Gary Craden Father Paul Rothschild
Saturday, February 13 Jeffery Calehuff Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, February 14 Bill Korpecki TBA
     
     
     
     

 

A Look Back:

In the last edition, we looked at the tumultuous beginnings that resulted in two Bohemian benevolent societies in St. Louis in the mid 1850’s; the Czecho-Slovak Benevolent Society (CSPS), a secular organization favored by the “free-thinkers,” and the Catholic- sponsored St. Wenceslaus Society.

 

At the same time the Catholic society was beginning its work, Fr. Lipovsky, a priest at St. Mary of Victories, was charged with organizing the first Bohemian parish, St. John Nepomuk (SJN). Fr. Lipovsky leaned heavily on the members of the St. Wenceslaus society who provided moral and financial support as well as labor; due to their collective efforts, the first mass at SJN was celebrated in the spring of 1855. The members of the society were very proud of their Bohemian origins, of SJN and of their Catholic religion and did much in the early years to preserve and defend each of these.

 

In 1865, when SJN was in desperate need of a pastor and faced the risk of closure, they petitioned the St. Louis Archbishop for another Bohemian priest. When a volunteer was found, Fr. Hessoun, the society paid for his passage and other expenses. Members of the society attended all major Catholic celebrations in the St. Louis area and donated to many Bohemian causes throughout America and in their motherland. The society provided funds for the bells, vestments and other equipment at SJN, the school and the rectory.

 

At the25th anniversary of the St. Wenceslaus Society, the following was written addressing the virtues of this society: Conditions 25 years ago were sad and trying. Funds for the promotion of worthy causes were scarce. The Bohemians were torn between Catholicism and freethought. It became the business of the St. Wenceslaus Society to save their compatriots for the Church. The organization handled its noble task well. The society became a shield of Catholicism.

 

Ash Wednesday mass and distribution of ashes will be held Wednesday morning at 9:30.

 

Charity Outreach for February: Lent is fast approaching. We will again be collecting non-perishable canned goods for the Saint Vincent de Paul Food Pantry. All canned goods are welcome. A wish list of items in short supply and information about the SVDP Food pantry will be available at the doors of the Chapel.

 

If you would like to stay informed about the happenings here at SJN, follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SaintJohnNepomuk/.

 

Note that in the event of inclement weather, schedule changes will be available on our voice mail, and on Facebook.

 

 

Beyond Sunday is a capital campaign being implemented by Archbishop Carlson to ensure the future of our Catholic schools and to assist local faith communities with necessary projects. Saint John Nepomuk will be taking part in Beyond Sunday in the near future.

 

You will be hearing more about this important iniative soon, but for now, we’ve enclosed a bulletin insert for your review. Please give this effort your prayerful consideration.

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4th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Stewardship thought for the week

January 31, 2016                                             4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

“Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, it is not pompous.” (1 Corinthians 13:4)

 

Do you get jealous? Do you focus more on the things that other people have than on the gifts that God has given to you? Are you pompous? Do you acquire more possessions to impress others? At times we are all guilty of these things. Pray for more humility. Pray to become less self-centered and more God-centered.

 

 

Last week’s collection: Envelopes $590.00; Loose $264.48; Saint Louis Review $30.00; Flood Relief $200.00; Other $10.00

Total: $1,094.48                                                   Remember, God can never be outdone in generosity.

 

Upcoming Masses:

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, January 30 Rita Vanac Father Paul Rothschild
Sunday, January 31 Dorothy Belaska Father Carl Scheble
Saturday, February 6 NO MASS NO MASS
Sunday, February 7 Dorothy Helfrich Father Paul Rothschild
     
     
     
     

 

A Look Back:

One of the first organizations established at St. John Nepomuk (SJN) after the formation of the parish in 1854 was the St. Wenceslaus Society. The society was the first among the early benevolent institutions founded to provide Bohemian immigrants a safety net in case of sickness or death. This organization also became vital for preservation of SJN and of the Catholic Church in America. The origin of the St. Wenceslaus Society was very contentious and reflected the deep rift between those who remained loyal to the Catholic Church and the “freethinkers,” those who denounced the church.

 

In March 1854, a small group of Czechs gathered in a tavern owned by Jake Motl on 9th Street, between Lafayette and Soulard, with the purpose to organize a Czech society to provide material support to immigrants in case of sickness or death in that immigrant’s family. This organization became known as the “Berlin Club.” While there was agreement among the members concerning the overall purpose of the organization, there was a major divide concerning sponsorship of the organization; whether the Berlin Club would fall within the umbrella of the Catholic Church or if the organization was to be secular. This significant split lasted for several months.

 

At the beginning of June, the secretary of the Berlin Club, Mr. Neustadt, called a meeting where he intended to introduce by-laws that would establish the Berlin Club as Roman Catholic. The “free-thinkers” were prepared for this approach and when the by-laws were announced, Mr. Motl grabbed the secretary’s books and his supporters chased the Catholic faction out of the hall. The chairman, Mr. Pohl, immediately announced that the society would be known as the Czecho-Slovak Benevolent Society (CSPS), an independent organization. Those driven from the hall then formed their own organization, “The Bohemian Roman Catholic Benevolent Society,” under the patronage of St. Wenceslaus.

 

In the next edition, we will look further at the importance of the St. Wenceslaus Society defending the Catholic Church in St. Louis and throughout America.

 

Hospitality Sunday: Join us for pastries and coffee following 9:30 mass next Sunday, February 7.

Charity Outreach for February: Lent is fast approaching. We will again be collecting non-perishable canned goods for the Saint Vincent de Paul Food Pantry. All canned goods are welcome. A wish list of items in short supply and information about the SVDP Food pantry will be available at the doors of the Chapel.

 

If you would like to stay informed about the happenings here at SJN, follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SaintJohnNepomuk/.

 

Note that in the event of inclement weather, schedule changes will be available on our voice mail, and on Facebook.

 

 

The Mardi Gras Parade will be Saturday, February 6. As in past years, Lafayette will be closed at Tucker, so there will be no 4:30 mass.

 

Congratulations to Father Carl Scheble, a good friend of Saint John’s (and our celebrant this Sunday) on his appointment to the position of Dean of the South City Deanery. It’s always good to have friends in high places.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stewardship thought for the week

January 24, 2016                                               3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time

 

“Go, eat rich foods and drink sweet drinks, and allot portions to those who had nothing prepared…” (Nehemiah 8:10)

 

Ezra’s instructions to the people show us that God does not forbid us from enjoying the good things in life, He wants us to be happy! However, He expects us to generousxly share our blessings with those who re in need without expecting anything in return.

 

 

Last week’s collection: Envelopes $950.00; Loose $452.00; Saint Louis Review $280.00; Other $135.00

Total: $2,493.00                           Remember, God can never be outdone in generosity.

 

Upcoming Masses:

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, January 23 Josephine Kahle Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, January 24 Mary Duggan Father Paul Rothschild
Saturday, January 30 Rita Vanac Father Paul Rothschild
Sunday, January 31 Dorothy Belaska TBA
     
     
     
     

 

 

A Look Back:

Beginning with the first two residents in Sept 1910, through the Great Depression and two World Wars, the Hessoun Orphanage cared for hundreds of children. Children were supported at the orphanage until their fourteenth birthday, at which time they ere returned to their legal guardians. If no legal guardian was available, attempts were made to place the children with reliable families or institutions. In the mid 1930’s, the annual cost to maintain the orphanage was approximately $12,000, all of which was obtained thru charity. The principal source of funding was from the United Relief and from the generosity of the Slav people at the four parishes sponsoring the orphanage. In addition, an annual national appeal was made in the “Hlas” magazine. Also, a very large picnic was held each year, which brought in as much as $3,500.

 

In March 1952, Archbishop Ritter notified the Board there was no longer a need for the orphanage, as excess capacity was available at other orphanages such as at St. Vincent in Normandy. A number of attempts were made, unsuccessfully, to find other uses for the property, including potentially as a home for seniors. In 1954 the Orphanage Board of Trustees was officially dissolved and the property and possessions sold for $90,000; this money was donated to the Cardinal Glennon Memorial Hospital Fund, where a memorial to Msgr Hessoun was erected. St. Paul’s Church in Fenton now stands on part of the land previously occupied by the orphanage. The building which housed the orphanage was destroyed by fire in 1970. The cornerstone was salvaged and reinstalled on the outside of St. John Nepomuk Church; it can be found under the memorial to Fr. Lipovsky, the first pastor of SJN.

 

Catholic Men for Christ Conference is scheduled for Saturday, February 6 at the Peabody Opera House. For more information visit http://catholicmenforchrist.org.

 

If you would like to stay informed about the happenings here at SJN, follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SaintJohnNepomuk/.

 

Note that in the event of inclement weather, schedule changes will be available on our voice mail, and on Facebook.

 

 

The Mardi Gras Parade will be Saturday, February 6. As in past years, Lafayette will be closed at Tucker, so there will be no 4:30 mass.

 

Belfry Clean-up: We have received an email from the Archdiocese telling us to cease and desist on the clean up. They have some serious safety concerns. So,,,,no further work days are planned.

 

Many thanks to everyone who participated in this project. We’ll let you know how we’re going to proceed in the future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time

Stewardship thought for the week

January 17, 2016                           2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

“To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit is given for some benefit.” (1 Corinthians 12:7)

 

St. Paul tells us that God has blessed each of us for a reason. How has God blessed you? Are you using your gifts according to God’s plan; helping to do His work here on earth? Remember that if you don’t do the work God planned for you, no one else can do it.

 

 

 

Last week’s collection: Envelopes $926.00; Loose $325.00; Flood Relief $950.00; Other $34.00

Total: $1,532.00                           Remember, God can never be outdone in generosity.

 

Upcoming Masses:

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, January 16 Jim Brush Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, January 17 Bill & John Korpecki Father Paul Rothschild
Saturday, January 23 Josephine Kahle Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, January 24 Mary Duggan Father Paul Rothschild
     
     
     
     

 

A Look Back: The Hessoun Bohemian Catholic Orphanage, which accepted its first two residents in Sept 1910, strengthened and grew under the hard work and sacrifices of the five Bohemian nuns of the Poor School Sisters of Notre Dame. During this time, the order itself also expanded its numbers and missions. Within a decade, the number of nuns in the order increased from the original five to 52 in America, with the other nuns assigned to missions in Iowa and Nebraska.   In fact, the original two residents of the orphanage, sisters Anna and Agnes Kalbac, joined the order. The nuns in Fenton had a strong desire to be closer to the remainder of their congregation and   requested permission in 1920 to be relieved of their mission at the orphanage.

 

The Venerable Sisters of the Holy Cross, headquartered in Moravia, agreed to accept the mission to staff the orphanage and in August 1920 Archbishop Glennon transitioned responsibility of the orphanage to this order. One consideration impacting the decision for this order accepting the mission in American was that two of the nuns were sisters of Dr. Hynek Dostal, Chairman of the Orphanage Board. They were part of the original contingent in Fenton.

The Holy Cross Sisters served faithfully until the closing of the orphanage in 1952.

 

 

 

Catholic Men for Christ Conference is scheduled for Saturday, February 6 at the Peabody Opera House. For more information visit http://catholicmenforchrist.org.

From Dynamic Catholic Alive! What is prayer?

 

Prayer is, first and foremost, a heartfelt conversation and living relationship with God. “Whether we realize it or not, prayer is the encounter of God’s thirst with ours. God thirsts that we may thirst for Him.” (CCC 256) Prayer is the essential element of a serious spiritual formation process. “There is no substitute for a daily commitment to prayer” (Archbishop Carlson). How does your prayer life stand right now? Archstl.org/dynamic

 

St. Louis Review: This weekend, January 16 & 17, is the weekend to renew your subscription. If you only get your Catholic news from the mainstream media, you’re not getting the whole story. A subscription to the Review is a good investment in your faith.

 

If you would like to stay informed about the happenings here at SJN, follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SaintJohnNepomuk/.

 

Note that in the event of inclement weather, schedule changes will be available on our voice mail, and on Facebook.

 

Flood Relief: Thanks to everyone who

contributed to assist the victims of the recent flooding.

Through your generosity we raised $1,197.00.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baptism of the Lord

Stewardship thought for the week

January 10, 2016                                                Baptism of the Lord

 

“John answered them all, ‘I baptize you with water; but he who is mightier than I is coming…he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit… ’” (Luke 3:16)

 

The Catholic Catechism states that “Jesus’ immersion in the water is a sign for all human beings of the need to die to themselves to do God’s will.” In other words, as baptized Catholics there is only one gift that we need to give to Jesus – the gift of ourselves. Once we surrender ourselves to God, we will know in our hearts what God calls us to do.

 

 

Last week’s collection: Envelopes $918.00; Loose $443.00; Solemnity of Mary $117.00; Flood Relief $950.00; Other $65.00

Total: $2,493.00                           Remember, God can never be outdone in generosity.

 

Upcoming Masses:

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, January 9 John & Mary Klaric Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, January 10 Sam Ulett Father John Mayer
Saturday, January 16 Jim Brush Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, January 17 Bill & John Korpecki Father Paul Rothschild
     
     
     
     

 

 

2nd Collection for Flood Victims: Thank you to everyone who contributed to our collection for the victims of the recent flooding. In case you missed it, we will repeat this second collection this weekend.

 

From Dynamic Catholic Alive! Baptism

Today we celebrate the Baptism of the Lord, who was baptized by John the Baptist to sanctify the waters. “Baptism isn’t just a ceremony or ritual, it is a sacrament; a sacrament brings us into a living relationship with God. The Lord himself dwells within us through baptism and desires us to share in His holiness and mission.” (Archbishop Carlson) Are you living out your baptismal calling through a life of holiness and mission? Archstl.org/dynamic

 

St. Louis Review: Next weekend, January 16 & 17, is the weekend to renew your subscription. If you only get your Catholic news from the mainstream media, you’re not getting the whole story. A subscription to the Review is a good investment in your faith.

 

If you would like to stay informed about the happenings here at SJN, follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SaintJohnNepomuk/.

 

Note that in the event of inclement weather, schedule changes will be available on our voice mail, and on Facebook.

 

 

Bell Tower Update

Many thanks to the dozen people who participated in cleanup of the bell tower on Saturday morning, January 2. We are especially grateful to people from outside the community who gave their time to help.

 

Debris was cleared and pigeon droppings were partially removed from the belfry floor. At the center of the floor, the height of the droppings was approximately four feet. About 40% of the droppings were cleared at the end of the day. A good estimate of the total amount of the debris is shy of 3,000 pounds, or 1 ½ tons.

 

We have contacted the Verdin Company who installed the bells originally to get an estimate on making all three bells functional again. The goal is to have the work done in time for Easter.

 

We will be having another work party on Saturday, February 6, beginning at 9:00 am, possibly lasting 5-6 hours.

 

Lunch will be provided.

 

Trivia Night: Saint Pius V will be hosting a trivia night on Saturday, January 16. Doors open at 6:00 with trivia beginning at 7:00. The price is $20.00 per person, or $160 per table of eight. Call 314-772-1525 for reservations.

 

Undecorating: We will be taking down the Christmas decorations in the Chapel on Sunday, January 10, following 9:30 mass. Your help will be greatly appreciated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Epiphany of Our Lord

Stewardship thought for the week

January 3, 2016                                     Epiphany of Our Lord

 

“…the Gentiles are co-heirs, members of the same body, and co-partners in the promise in Christ Jesus through the Gospel.” (Ephesians 3:6)

 

Today we celebrate that Christ came to all of us, not just the Hebrews. He made us all one body with Him. We were all given different gifts; we all have different yet equally valuable roles to play in the Body of Christ. Ask God how He wants you to use your gifts so that we may all “be one” in this Year of Mercy.

 

 

Last week’s collection: Christmas Envelopes $885.00; Loose $2,940.00; Seminary $557.00; Sunday Envelopes $799.00; Sunday Loose $285.00; Other $65.00

Total: $5,531.00                           Remember, God can never be outdone in generosity.

 

Upcoming Masses:

Date Intentions Celebrant
Thursday, December 31 Michael Tallent, Jr Father Paul Rothschild
Friday, January 1 Joe Sulz Father Paul Rothschild
Saturday, January 2 Robert Brush Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, January 3 Lydia Milner Father Paul Rothschild
Saturday, January 9 John & Mary Klaric Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, January 10 Sam Ulett TBA
     
     

 

 

A Look Back

 

Several weeks ago in this space, we looked at the establishment of the Hessoun Orphanage in Fenton, MO and the difficulties encountered finding an order of nuns willing to staff the facility. An initial request to the Poor School Sisters of Notre Dame in Bohemia by Msgr. Hessoun was turned down and no American order agreed to accept this mission. A subsequent request by Fr. Bleha, who succeeded Msgr. Hessoun as pastor of St. John Nepomuk, to the Notre Dame nuns in Bohemia, was met with approval. The order agreed to provide 5 nuns for a period of six years. (The timeframe was later extended by four years) The nuns arrived in St. Louis in May 1910.

 

The Bohemian nuns were ill-prepared for their mission and encountered many hardships during the first several years. In addition to the initial demands of establishing the facility and caring the residents, the issues were magnified by the nuns’ inability to speak and understand English, strange customs, different climate, insufficient food and distance separating the nuns from their motherhouse. The nuns, several of who were in their mid twenties, reflected the most difficult trial was not having someone available to give advice and spiritual counseling. Fr. Bleha, because of his many duties and of the distance between SJN and the orphanage, was a seldom visitor. The local priest, at St. Paul Church in Fenton, did not understand the Czech language and did not have a clear understanding of their mission or the difficulties they faced. He could not provide the needed counsel or encouragement.

 

The nuns, however, persisted and conditions at the orphanage slowly improved. In Sept 1910, the first two orphans were admitted to the orphanage. By Aug 1911, eight others came and by 1913 an additional twelve were in residence. During the Spanish influenza epidemic of 1918-1919 the orphanage filled a very real and urgent need. Many heads of households perished during this time and the nuns had as many as 57 children in their care.

 

 

Hospitality Sunday: Pastries and coffee will be served following 9:30 mass on Sunday, January 3.

 

If you would like to stay informed about the happenings here at SJN, follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SaintJohnNepomuk/.

 

Note that in the event of inclement weather, schedule changes will be available on our voice mail, and on Facebook.

 

Bell Tower Update

The next phase of the bell tower project will be a major cleanup of the belfry floor. This will take place this Saturday, January 2, beginning at 9:00 am.

 

A bucket brigade is essential to lowering the buckets of waste down from the tower and out of the church. We need more help! Everyone is welcome. Please contact Sue at the rectory if you’d like to help. We also need addional 5 gallon buckets.

 

Note that the material to be removed is dry and the odor is much like lawn fertilizer.

 

Lunch will be provided.

 

Undecorating: We will be taking down the Christmas decorations in the Chapel on Sunday, January 10, following 9:30 mass. Your help will be greatly appreciated.

 

Deacon Mike: Thank you so much to everyone who contributed to making our Christmas liturgies so special. Both masses were beautiful and the crowd on Christmas Eve was amazing! Thanks to everyone who celebrated Jesus’ birthday with us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4th Sunday of Advent

Stewardship thought for the week

4th Sunday of Advent

 

“For behold, when the voice of your greeting came to my ears, the babe in my womb leaped for joy.” (luke 1:44)

 

When you hear the scripture readings and Gospel reading each Sunday, do you “leap for joy?” If not, don’t blame the lecturer or priest, rather look inside yourself. Do you prepare for Mass each week or do you just show up and expect to be entertained?

Last week’s collection: Envelopes $832.00; Loose $360.00; Other $50.00

Total: $1,242.00                           Remember, God can never be outdone in generosity.

 

Upcoming Masses:

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, December 19 Draper Bickham Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, December 20 John A. Grib, Sr. TBA
Thursday, December 24 Otto, RJ, & F Stanovsky & Joseph & Mary Walta Father Paul Rothschild
Friday, December 25 Kellie Abernathy Father Paul Rothschild
Saturday, December 26 Michael Tallent, Jr Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, December 27 Bill Korpecki Father Paul Rothschild

 

A Look Back

 

(This is a continued look at the Fenton orphanage from the book “Hessoun Bohemian Catholic Orphanage” by George Luebbers.)

The orphanage Board of Managers was successful organizing the four parishes sponsoring the orphanage (St. John Nepomuk, St. Wenceslaus, St. Joseph Croatia and Holy Trinity) and raising needed funds for establishment of the orphanage. Many discussions were held, however, concerning the location; should the orphanage be located within or outside the St. Louis city limits.   Finally, suitable ground became available in Fenton and a 100-acre plot (the old Thurman farm) was purchased for $10,000.

The Board had much more difficulty staffing the orphanage. Early on, Msgr. Hessoun petitioned the Poor Sisters of Notre Dame in Bohemia to provide teachers for the young people in the orphanage; this petition was denied. The committee then searched throughout the US, but no order would assume responsibility for the orphanage. Fr. Charles Bleha, the successor pastor to Msgr. Hessoun, visited Bohemia and again petitioned the Poor School Sisters of Notre Dame for their support. This petition was met with success and the order agreed, much of it from reverence and respect for Msgr. Hessoun, to provide five nuns to staff the orphanage.

The nuns sailed from Bremen, Germany on April 30, 1910 and assumed responsibility of the orphanage on May 23, 1910. They toiled all summer to prepare the orphanage and the first two residents were admitted September 17, 1910. The sisters, in return for their services, received their board and $10 per month per child.

The nuns encountered many hardships in their mission which we will look at in future columns.

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CHARITY OUTREACH DECEMBER:  Thank you to everyone who contributed gifts for the children at Saint Wenceslas. This is a season of giving and your generosity will help a lot of children to have a Merry Christmas.

If you still have items to contribute, please contact the rectory and we’ll see that they get distributed.

There will be a second collection on Christmas for the Kenrick-Glennon Seminary.

Oplatki (Christmas wafers) are a Czech tradition dating to early Christian times. These wafers of unleavened bread are shared before the Christmas Eve meal and, are symbolic of the Eucharist. The word “Bethlehem” means “house of bread” and makes the Oplatki wafer even more significant as a symbol of the Savior’s birth. Please see Sue for yours.

Welcome Visitors!   The Christmas season brings a lot of visitors to Saint John’s. We want to welcome you and let you know that you’re welcome every weekend all year long!

Bell Tower Update

The next phase of the bell tower project will be a major cleanup of the belfry floor. The proposed cleanup date is January 2, beginning at 9:00 am.

A bucket brigade is essential to lowering the buckets of waste down from the tower and out of the church. We need more help! Everyone is welcome. Please contact Sue at the rectory if you’d like to help. We also need addional 5 gallon buckets.

Note that the material to be removed is dry and the odor is much like lawn fertilizer.

Lunch will be provided.

Poinsettias: This year we are offering the opportunity to donate a poinsettia for our Christmas decorations. The cost is $10.00 and you will be able to take the plant home after Christmas. Each plant will be marked with the donor’s name. This would be a nice family gift to the chapel or a memorial to a loved one who has passed away.

 

 

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