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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.

 

4th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Stewardship thought for the week

February 8, 2015 – 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Rising very early before dawn, he left and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed…He told them, ‘Let us go on to the nearby villages that I may preach there also. For this purpose have I come.’” – Mark 1:35, 38

In today’s Gospel reading we see a perfect example of stewardship. Jesus gives His time to do all that God wishes – healing the sick and preaching. Yet, Jesus also makes time to be alone in prayer. It is through prayer, spending time with God, that we find the strength to do what God wishes us to do. Be sure to find time every day to be with God.

Last week’s collection: Envelopes $742.00; Loose $130.00; Saint Louis Review $50.00; Other $95.00

Total $1,017.00

Masses this week:

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, January 31 Jean Overkamp Father Paul Rothschild
Sunday, February 1 Hedwig Hanus TBA
Saturday, February 7 Jim Brush Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, February 8 Lydia Milner Father Paul Rothschild

Remember, God can never be outdone in generosity.

Pastoral Council Meeting. We held a meeting on Sunday. I want to thank Ron Pallman, Philip Lamczyk, and Donna DiManuel for volunteering to be President, Vice President, and Secretary respectively. Our chapel is only as good as our lay leadership.

We discussed upcoming events including the Crowning of the Infant of Prague on Sunday, May 3 and the spring barbecue. We are in need of someone to be in charge of these two important events.

Several people have complained about our dropping the Homecoming last year. It was cancelled because no one was willing to step up and run it. The same may happen with the barbecue/picnic if no one volunteers to be in charge. We’d be more than happy to reinstate the Homecoming, if we can find someone to take charge.

Mardi Gras is taking place all over the Soulard neighborhood. This year’s Grand Parade will be held next Saturday, February 14. As in past years, the city will be closing Lafayette Avenue at Tucker. There will be no mass next Saturday.

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.

 

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

Deacon Mike: It’s almost my favorite time of the year! It’s two weeks until Lent and fish fry season! Many of our South Side neighbors have Lenten fish fries. It’s a good way to financially support our neighbors and to have a great meal.

Of course, fried fish isn’t what Lent is all about, but I think it’s a good way of looking at this penitential season. Our attitude about penance is very important. You can look at abstinence from meat as a negative; something the Church makes you do. Or you can look at it as a positive; a way to make new friends and enjoy some great food while still showing your love and appreciation for all God’s done for us.

Remember that we’re told that when we fast, we shouldn’t put on sack cloth and ashes. No one should be able to tell we’re fasting by our outward appearance.

Whatever we decide to do for Lent, we should do it joyfully, knowing that it brings us closer to God.

 

3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time

Stewardship thought for the week

January 25, 2015 – 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” – Mark 1:17

 

Jesus’ call to “Follow me” is a call to all Christians! Jesus asks us to help Him build his church on earth by generously sharing all our gifts of prayer, talent and treasure. Remember, Jesus calls us to generously develop and share all our gifts, not just the ones we pick and choose.

Last week’s collection: Envelopes $627.00; Loose $265.00; Saint Louis Review $210.00; Other $35.00

Total $1,137.00

Masses this week:

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, January 24 Poor Souls in Purgatory Father Paul Rothschild
Sunday, January 25 Joe Sulz Father Paul Rothschild
Saturday, January 31 Jean Overkamp Father Paul Rothschild
Sunday, February 1 Hedwig Hanus Father Paul Rothschild

Remember, God can never be outdone in generosity.

Pastoral Council Meeting. There will be a meeting of the Pastoral Council on Sunday, February 1, following 9:30 mass. One of the major items on the agenda will be the election of officers for 2015. Council members are urged to attend but everyone is welcome.

Hospitality Sunday is next week, February 1. Join us for pastries and coffee prior to the Council meeting.

Mardi Gras is taking place all over the Soulard neighborhood. This year’s Grand Parade will be held on Saturday, February 14. As in past years, the city will be closing Lafayette Avenue at Tucker. There will be no Saturday mass on that day.

Spaghetti Dinner: Our friends at Saint Frances Cabrini Acadamy (Saint Wenceslaus Church) will be holding a spaghetti dinner on Saturday, February 7, from 5:00-7:00 pm. Dinners include spaghetti, salad, bread, dessert, and a drink. Tickets are $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for kids. The school cafeteria is located at 3022 Oregon. For more info, call Peggy at 776-4033.

Deacon Mike: Speaking of Saint Wenceslaus, I got a nice letter this week from Father Weurth, thanking us for our generous contributions to their Christmas collection for the poor. He wrote, in part, “Your generosity and love helped make this Christmas Season a happy and joyful time for so many children who otherwise would have had to do without.”

He closed his letter saying, “Please know that our parish family is very proud to call Saint John Nepomuk our neighbor and friend.”

I’d like to add my thanks to everyone who contributed. As it says in the Stewardship quote above, Jesus calls us to share our time, talent, and treasure. Well done, good and faithful servant.

In 2015, we will be running ads in the Saint Louis Review for our various events, and to make the community more aware of our existence. (Yes, we’re still open.) We will also continue advertising in the Soulard and Lafayette Square newspapers. We will also be present in the social networks. If anyone has a talent for copyrighting and ad layout, I would welcome your help.

As I’ve mentioned in the past, we need more support from the community if we’re going to remain viable. As you can see above, our collections last week were less than $1,000.00. Our expenses are much more than that. In 2015 we will begin to appeal to former members and alumni in various ways. We will discuss some of this at the Pastoral Council meeting. Your suggestions are always welcome.

 

Baptism of the Lord

Stewardship thought for the week

January 11, 2015 – Baptism of the Lord

“After me comes he who is mightier than I, the thong of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie.”  – Mark 1:7

We are put on this earth to love God, love our neighbor and make disciples. How many times does our own pride and ego get in the way on fulfilling God’s plan for us? Humbling ourselves before God and putting Him first in all things should be our top priority.

Last week’s collection:

Envelopes $577.00; Loose $309.00; Solemnity of Mary $425.00; Other $195.00

Total $1,506.00

Masses this week:

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, January 10 Deceased priests of SJN Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, January 11 Dick & Donna Armbruster TBA
Saturday, January 17 Poor Souls in Pergatory Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, January 18 Bill Korpecki TBA

The Saint Louis Review is the only place to be sure of getting accurate news about your Catholic faith. If you’re relying on the secular media as your only source, then you’re only getting part of the story, or perhaps wrong information. Please renew your subscription to the Review next weekend. At $30.00, it’s less than $1.00 per week.

Remember, God can never be outdone in generosity.

2014 Tax Statements: If you’d like a printed summary of your 2014 giving to Saint John Nepomuk Chapel, please let Sue know. She’ll be happy to provide it for you.

We will be “undecorating” the church this Sunday, January 11, after 9:30 mass. You may take home your poinsettias today (Sat or Sun) or if you’d prefer to wait for a little warmer weather, you can pick them up next week.

Bad Weather: It’s that time again. We never know what to expect from the weather, but if the roads are bad, in the interest of safety, we may have to cancel mass. In the event of snow and/or ice, please check our Facebook page or call the rectory for a recorded message.

Catholic Men for Christ: The 8th annual Saint Louis Conference will be held Saturday, February 7, at the Peabody Opera House. There are some outstanding speakers scheduled to appear. Check the bulletin boards in church for more information.

Deacon Mike: If you’re interested in joining me at the Catholic Men for Christ conference mentioned above, I have two free tickets. Let me know ASAP if you’d like to go because if no one is interested, I’ll pass the tickets along to another parish. It looks like a very interesting day.

We have a lot of old pictures, books, and other material stored in the rectory. It would be great if we could scan some of it and make it available in digital format. It’s not rocket science, but it is time consuming. This would be a good project for someone familiar with our history who might be able to identify some of the old pictures. There’s no hurry on this, but if anyone is interested in helping out, please let me know. There’s some real treasure here and it would be nice to have it in a format that will last forever.

Feast of the Holy Family

Stewardship thought for the week

December 28, 2014 – The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

 

“…as the Lord has forgiven you, so you must forgive.” – Colossians 3:13

 

Forgiveness – one of the hardest things for people to do. It’s amazing how long we can hold a grudge or be angry with someone. As we celebrate the feast of the Holy Family, take this opportunity to give the gift of forgiveness to someone – maybe someone in your family, maybe a friend, maybe a co-worker or neighbor or, maybe yourself. Pick up the phone or text someone right now.

 

 

Last week’s collection:

Envelopes $856.00; Loose $183.00; Other $15.00

Total $1,054.00

 

Masses this week:

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, December 27 Michael Tallent Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, December 28 Wilbert & Dorothy Hrdlicka Father Paul Rothschild
Wednesday, December 31 Michael Tallent Father Frank Koeninger
Thursday, January 1 Carl Skapik Father Paul Rothschild
Saturday, January 3 John Nuti Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, January 4 Frank & Rose Kulisek Father Paul Rothschild

 

 

Christmas Decorations:   A big THANK YOU to everyone who helped decorate the chapel for Christmas. It looks beautiful. If you know someone who hasn’t been to mass for a while, why not invite them to visit Saint John Nepomuk during this beautiful time of the year.

 

Giving Thanks. Now is the season we give thanks to God for all He has done for us this past year and throughout our lives. It is also a good time to consider how we might give back some of our wealth or assets to Him through His Church with a special year-end gift. You can make such a donation to Saint John Nepomuk Chapel by contacting Sue at the Rectory.

 

Remember, God can never be outdone in generosity.

 

 

Deacon Mike: As we begin a new year it’s always good to look back on the past twelve months and reflect on what God has done for us. Personally I’m very thankful to everyone who has contributed to our chapel, both in time, talent, and treasure.

Finances are always a challenge for us but God sent us a lot of weddings in 2014, including one this weekend. We also held two successful fund-raisers this year. Thanks be to God that we have investments to cover the shortfall of weekly collections. Obviously these funds won’t last forever, especially when we have to use them to pay ordinary expenses. We will continue to look for new ways to raise revenue in 2015.

The vandalism to our beautiful Nativity window is very sad, but it WILL be fixed. Of course God has a way of turning bad things into good. Publicity about the broken window has led to our being contacted by people from all over the country. They say there’s no such thing as “bad publicity” and I guess this incident proves that true.

As we end the year I want to especially thank Father Paul Rothschild, Father Frank Koeninger, Friar Ed Mundwiller, Father John Mayer, and all the other priests who have been kind enough to celebrate mass with us. The Eucharist is the source of our life and without the generosity of these men, our chapel would die. As the Archbishop calls more deacons to be parish administrators, the competition for available priests will become more of an issue. We are very blessed to have loyal men who want to celebrate the Eucharist with us.

Finally, I want to thank all of you for your assistance and your patience in 2014. It’s been a challenge in many ways, but God never gives us anything we can’t handle. Working together anything’s possible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4th Sunday of Advent

Stewardship thought for the week

December 21, 2014 – 4th Sunday of Advent

 

“Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you!” – Luke 1:28

 

Faith is a gift from God. During this Christmas season take time in silence and pray to God. Thank Him for all the gifts He has given you. Try to set aside any anger or resentment you have and really open your heart to receive the gift of God’s grace.

 

 

Last week’s collection:

Envelopes $856.00; Loose $183.00; Other $15.00

Total $1,054.00

 

Masses this week:

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, December 20 Jack Armbruster Father Paul Rothschild
Sunday, December 21 Bill Korpecki Father Paul Rothschild
Christmas Eve—4:30 Otto & R.J. Stanovsky &

Joseph & Mary Walta

Father Paul Rothschild
Christmas Day—9:30 Theresa Kaspar Father Paul Rothschild
Saturday, December 27 Michael Tallent Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, December 28 Wilbert & Dorothy Hrdlicka Father Paul Rothschild

 

 

CHARITY OUTREACH DECEMBER: Thanks to everyone who contributed to our gift collection. Everything has been delivered to Saint Wenceslas. You have made it a Merry Christmas for a lot of poor children.

 

Poinsettias: Many thanks to everyone who has contributed a poinsettia for our Christmas decorations. The response has been so good, we’ve had to order more plants. Our chapel will be a sea of red for the Christmas season.

 

Speaking of Christmas decorations, we will be decorating the chapel on Sunday December 21 after the 9:30 mass. Many hands make light work.

 

Giving Thanks. Now is the season we give thanks to God for all He has done for us this past year and throughout our lives. It is also a good time to consider how we might give back some of our wealth or assets to Him through His Church with a special year-end gift. You can make such a donation to Saint John Nepomuk Chapel by contacting Sue at the Rectory.

 

Remember, God can never be outdone in generosity.

 

Oplatki (Christmas wafers) are available at the rectory or see Sue or Deacon Mike after mass.

 

There will be a second collection on Christmas Eve and Christmas day to assist our seminarians. Your generosity will be greatly appreciated.

 

Happy Birthday to Pope Francis who celebrated his 78th birthday this week.

 

Deacon Mike: Well it’s hard to believe but Christmas is this week! I’d like to thank everyone who contributed their time, talent, and treasure to our Christmas party and to our preparations for the Christmas liturgy.

Our Chapel is never moiré beautiful than it is when it’s decorated for the Christmas season. It’s a joyous time that doesn’t end on December 25, but continues through the feast of the Baptism of the Lord on January 4.

 

I’d like to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas. My prayer is that you and your families will enjoy a blessed time of fellowship with one another and with your friends and neighbors. God bless you all!

Merry Christmas!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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