Weekly bulletin of Saint John Nepomuk Chapel

Latest

5th Sunday of Easter

Stewardship thought for the week

April 24, 2016                       5th Sunday of Easter 

 

“I give you a new commandment: love one another.  As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.”    JOHN 13:34

 

It is easy to love someone when they love us back.  But it takes courage to love someone when we feel unappreciated, used or feel our opinion doesn’t matter.  It takes courage to “love my neighbor” when he may be someone I don’t like, someone I don’t know or someone who doesn’t look like me.

 

 

Last week’s collection: Envelopes $658.00; Loose $203.00; Other $15.00

Total: 876.00                                                   Remember, God can never be outdone in generosity.

 

Upcoming Masses:

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, April 23 Ann & Gene Smith, Sr. Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, April 24 Louise Cain TBA
Saturday, April 30   Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, May 1   Father Paul Rothschild
     

 

Crowning and Picnic information is available at the entrances to the Chapel. Please pick yours up.

 

The Crowning will be held next Sunday, May 1, at 4:00 pm. Father Paul Rothschild will be the celebrant. Dinner tickets are $15.00 for adults and $5.00 for children under 12. Dinner tickets must be ordered by Monday, April 25. No dinner tickets will be sold at the door.

 

To prepare for the Crowning we will be removing the tomb from the Chapel following 9:30 mass on Sunday, April 24. Your help will be greatly appreciated.

 

 

Workday for Exterior Church Repairs

Saturday May 7th, is a scheduled workday to conduct interim repair of openings above the nave of the church.  As a result of accessing the bell tower in the winter, it became apparent pigeons are actively trespassing in this ceiling area.  There are windows that are obviously broken too as seen from the street.  This workday will attempt to put up chicken wire to prevent access by the pigeons and to scope out solutions for a long term repair effort.  If you can handle a hammer and don’t mind climbing or reaching heights, we appreciate you participation. We will start Saturday morning at 9:00 AM with lunch served.

 

A Look Back –Fr. Wenceslaus Linek, appointed pastor of St. John Nepomuk (SJN) in May 1926, and Fr. Albert Prokes, appointed his assistant a month later, immediately focused their attention on the 1929 celebration of the Diamond Jubilee of the parish.

 

The priests undertook many necessary, yet neglected, improvements and repairs to the church and other parish buildings. There was a complete redecoration and illumination of the church and sanctuary and repairs were made to the exterior of all of the buildings. During this time, Fr. Linek designed and commissioned the building of the grotto of Lourdes, which still is prominent in the vestibule. He obtained artifacts (e.g. shoes, crutches) left by the faithful at the original Lourdes Grotto which gave the special meaning to the SJN monument. Beautiful stained glass windows, even now the pride of the church, were installed in the summer of 1929 by the Emil Frei Stained Glass Company of St. Louis.

 

The Diamond Jubilee was celebrated during the last week of Nov 1929. SJN, due to the leadership and efforts of the pastor and assistant, was modernized and upgraded to properly represent the storied history and stature of SJN.

 

Information for this article was obtained from the book, “125th Jubilee of St. John Nepomuk Church.”

 

 

Annual Catholic Appeal—ACA cards will be distributed this weekend at all masses. Please give this important appeal your prayerful consideration and return your completed pledge card as soon as possible.

Bulletin_feature_bulletin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4th Sunday of Easter

Stewardship thought for the week

April 17, 2016                                                       4th Sunday of Easter 

 

“The disciples were filled with joy and the Holy Spirit.”    ACTS 13:52

 

Because the disciples heard Our Lord’s call, they were able to spread the Gospel message with strength and vitality.  We, too, can experience that same joy if we take time to open our hearts, listen to God, ask for His direction and allow the Holy Spirit to guide our lives and our decisions.

 

 

Last week’s collection: Envelopes $658.00; Loose $203.00; Other $15.00

Total: 876.00                                                   Remember, God can never be outdone in generosity.

 

Upcoming Masses:

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, April 16 Ted & Grace Loeffelmann Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, April 17 Bill Korpecki Father Paul Rothschild
Saturday, April 23 Ann & Gene Smith, Sr. Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, April 24 Louise Cain TBA

 

Crowning and Picnic information is available at the entrances to the Chapel. Please pick yours up.

 

The Crowning will be held on Sunday, May 1, at 4:00 pm. Father Paul Rothschild will be the celebrant. Dinner tickets are $15.00 for adults and $5.00 for children under 12. Dinner tickets must be ordered in advance. No dinner tickets will be sold at the door.

 

To prepare for the Crowning we will be removing the tomb from the Chapel following 9:30 mass on Sunday, April 24. Your help will be greatly appreciated.

 

 

Workday for Exterior Church Repairs

Saturday May 7th, is a scheduled workday to conduct interim repair of openings above the nave of the church.  As a result of accessing the bell tower in the winter, it became apparent pigeons are actively trespassing in this ceiling area.  There are windows that are obviously broken too as seen from the street.  This workday will attempt to put up chicken wire to prevent access by the pigeons and to scope out solutions for a long term repair effort.  If you can handle a hammer and don’t mind climbing or reaching heights, we appreciate you participation. We will start Saturday morning at 9:00 AM with lunch served.

 

A Look Back – Wenceslaus Francis Linek was born in November, 1889 and was baptized at St. John Nepomuk (SJN), where he later attended school. Albert Leonard Prokes was born in May 1902. He too was baptized at SJN, but attended school at St. Wenceslaus. These men were to cross paths in 1926 during a challenging period at SJN, when both were priests assigned to the parish.   2nd and 3rd generation Bohemians, who were naturally becoming assimilated into the American culture constituted much of the population of the parish and were challenging established traditions.

 

Fr. Linek was ordained on December 20, 1914, six months before the rest of his class because his services were needed. WWI had broken out and with Austria-Hungary deeply involved, it was not possible to get a priest from overseas for the people of that nationality in St. Louis. Fr. Linek was immediately assigned as pastor of Holy Trinity Slovak Church. It was a sensitive assignment for the Czech priest, but he quickly gained the confidence of the Slovak parishioners. He was pastor at Holy Trinity for 12 years and during this time he had to orchestrate movement of the parish two different times; the church was originally at 12th and Park and had to be moved back to accommodate the widening of 12th St; finally the church was moved to the 1800 Block of So. 9th. Fr. Linek was appointed Pastor of SJN in May 1926.

 

Fr. Prokes was ordained in June 1926 and was immediately assigned to assist Fr. Linek at SJN. We will look at the efforts and accomplishments of these two priests in future columns.

 

Annual Catholic Appeal—It’s that time of year again. Next weekend we will be distributing the ACA cards at both masses. Please remember that the ACA is not the same as Beyond Sunday. While Beyond Sunday addresses the long-term needs of our chapel and the archdiocese, ACA funds current needs. Please see the enclosed note.

aca 1 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3rd Sunday of Easter

Stewardship thought for the week

April 10, 2016                                                                                     3rd Sunday of Easter

 

“Peter was distressed that Jesus had said to him a third time, ‘Do you love me?’ and he said to him, ‘Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Feed my sheep.’”     JOHN 21:17

 

All of us are challenged to show our love for Jesus by “feeding His sheep.”  Through prayer ask God how you should best use your time, talent and treasure to assist those who are in need.  Remember that giving is an act of worship and helps advance the mission of our parish and greater Church.

 

 

Last week’s collection: Envelopes $712.00; Loose $314.00; Other $115.00

Total: $1,141.00                                                   Remember, God can never be outdone in generosity.

 

Upcoming Masses:

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, April 9 Droska, Miller, & Giebels Families Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, April 10 Lerlene Jefferson Father Paul Rothschild
Saturday, April 16 Ted & Grace Loeffelmann Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, April 17 Bill Korpecki Father Paul Rothschild
     
     
     
     

 

 

Crowning and Picnic information is available at the entrances to the Chapel. Please pick yours up.

 

The Crowning will be held on Sunday, May 1, at 4:00 pm. Dinner tickets are $15.00 for adults and $5.00 for children under 12. Dinner tickets must be ordered in advance. No dinner tickets will be sold at the door.

 

To prepare for the Crowning we will be removing the tomb from the Chapel following 9:30 mass on Sunday, April 24. Your help will be greatly appreciated.

 

From Dynamic Catholic Alive—What is holiness? Holiness is our sharing in the divine life of the Trinity, a profound intimicy with God. This holiness is at the heart of Catholic renewal: “Everything we wish to achieve in the Church depends first and foremost upon the depth of our response to His call to Holiness.” (Archbishop Carlson) Which saints serve as models of holiness for you? Holiness is not just for the saints. archstl.org/dynamic.

Belfry update: We are still waiting on the second estimate for the bell tower cleaning. As soon as we receive it, we will be selecting the company to do the work.

 

Beyond Sunday:  Thanks to everyone who has turned in their Beyond Sunday pledge card. We have already gotten some very generous pledges.

 

To date we have received over $36,000 in pledges with employer matching contributions of $9,000.00. We’d like to wrap this up as soon as possible, so if you haven’t returned your pledge card, please do so as soon as possible.

 

Even if you don’t plan to make a pledge, it’s important that we get your card back. We must account for all of them. Cards may be placed in the collection basket or mailed to the rectory.

For more information, visit http://rcfstl.org/beyond-sunday/

 

Bulletin_feature_readings

You can download our app to your smart phone or tablet by texting the word “app” to 88202 or by visiting your app store and searching “my parish app”.

 

If you don’t have a smart phone or tablet, and you would like to stay informed about the happenings here at SJN, follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SaintJohnNepomuk/.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2nd Sunday of Easter

Stewardship thought for the week

April 3, 2016                                                  2nd Sunday of Easter

 

“Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’”     JOHN 20:21

 

Peace – the first gift of the risen Lord.  Just as Jesus sent the apostles out into the world to share His peace and Good News, so too, He sends us.  As disciples of Jesus, we are called to be grateful and generous.  We should look for opportunities to share His peace with our brothers and sisters not only within our local parish boundaries, but outside of them as well.  In giving, you will receive the peace of Christ.

 

 

Last week’s collection: Envelopes $897.00; Loose $830.00; Easter $505.00; Holy Land $180.00; Regina Cleri $586.00; Other $105.00

Total: $3,103.00                                                   Remember, God can never be outdone in generosity.

 

Upcoming Masses:

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, April 2 Robert Staat Father Paul Rothschild
Sunday, April 3 Anna M. Finegan Father Paul Rothschild
Saturday, April 9 Droska, Miller, & Giebels Families Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, April 10 Lerlene Jefferson Father Paul Rothschild
     
     
     
     

 

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

 

Crowning and Picnic information is available at the entrances to the Chapel. Please pick yours up.

 

A Look Back: In the last several columns we explored the vital role of St. John Nepomuk in the establishment of and the significant growth of the, “First Bohemian Central Catholic Union.” This organization was a national benevolent society that grew from an initial membership in 1878 of 538 representing 10 lodges to 6,253 members in 120 lodges in 1868 to over 13,700 members in 245 lodges by 1900.

 

To date, we have concentrated on the death benefits available to members. The Union, however, also assumed a critical role in the assimilation of the Bohemian immigrants to America and support to the Catholic Church.

 

A basic tenet of the Union was that a good American must be a decent and respectable citizen and to promote this tenet passed several regulations. For instance, an individual who married outside the Church was excluded from membership. Members were expected to send their children to Catholic school and to support their parishes by giving “. . .at least four dollars annually.” The reading of atheistic periodicals was banned and members were encouraged to subscribe to the “Hlas” periodical. Beginning in 1896, applicants were required to present evidence they are Catholic of good standing from their pastor.

 

Thank you from the deacon community. We are grateful for your diaper donations which went to Saint Vincent DePaul.

 

Beyond Sunday:  Thanks to everyone who has turned in their Beyond Sunday pledge card. We have already gotten some very generous pledges.

 

Please give this campaign your prayerful consideration and return your pledge card as soon as possible. Even if you don’t plan to make a pledge, it’s important that we get your card back. We must account for all of them. Cards may be place in the collection basket or mailed to the rectory.

For more information, visit http://rcfstl.org/beyond-sunday/

SJN App Feature-of-the-Week. Messages.

  • Helpful chapel updates
  • Easily reply to requests
  • Connect with SJN throughout the week.
  • Be aware of what’s happening.

 

Learn more or download our app at myparishapp.com, or text “app” to 88202.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easter

Stewardship thought for the week

March 27, 2016                                                                     Easter Sunday

“He went about doing good and healing all those oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.” (Acts 10:38)

 

On this Easter Sunday, allow Jesus to fill your mind, body and soul. Pray for guidance on how to live your life, open your heart to those in need and give thanks to God for all that He has given you.

 

 

Last week’s collection: Envelopes $1,247.00; Loose $198.00; Other $225.00

Total: $1,670.00                                                   Remember, God can never be outdone in generosity.

 

Upcoming Masses:

Date Intentions Celebrant
Holy Saturday, March 26 Michael Tallent, Jr Father Frank Koeninger
Easter Sunday, March 27 Joe Sulz TBA
Holy Saturday, April 2 Robert Staat Father Paul Rothschild
Easter Sunday, April 3 Anna M. Finegan Father Paul Rothschild
     
     
     
     

 

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.

 

Second collection next weekend will be for the Catholic Home Mission Appeal.

 

Belfry News: As mentioned here last week, we’ve received a bid of $7,800.00 for the cleaning of the bell tower including waste removal. After speaking with several of you, this seems like a good bid and we have requested permission from the Archdiocese to proceed. We’ll keep you posted.

 

2nd Collections: Good Friday for the Holy Land and Easter for Regina Cleri.

 

From Dynamic Catholic Alive—Easter.  “Thus it is written that the Messiah would suffer and rise from the dead on the third day.” (Lukke 24:46) The Church celebrates Easter as the feast of feasts. This celebration of the resurrection of Christ continues until Pentecost, which is seen as the birth of the Church. “And if Christ has not been raised, then empty (too) is our preaching; empty, too, your faith.” (1 Corinthians 15:14). Have a blessed Easter! archstl.org/dynamic.

 

Introducing the SJN app! To help you stay up-to-date on what’s happening in our community, we are now offering a smart phone app for your convenience. The SJN app will give you easy access to our calendar of events, the readings for the day, popular Catholic prayers, and news from the Archdiocese and around the Catholic world. It also provides you with an on-line copy of our weekly bulletin and messages from SJN, delivered right to your smart phone.

 

This app is provided to us at no charge by Diocesan & Trinity Publications, publishers of Catholic Saint Louis, the Archdiocesan news magazine.

 

You can download our app by texting the word “app” to 88202, or by scanning the QR code that follows. We are one of the first communities in the area to offer this app and we hope you will find it useful. Watch for new features to be added.

The app will be especially useful for those who don’t attend SJN on a regular basis. It’s a great way to stay in touch and to be notified about special events.

myparish qr code

 

Beyond Sunday:  Thanks to everyone who has turned in their Beyond Sunday pledge card. We have already gotten some very generous pledges.

 

Please give this campaign your prayerful consideration and return your pledge card as soon as possible. Even if you don’t plan to make a pledge, it’s important that we get your card back. We must account for all of them. Cards may be place in the collection basket or mailed to the rectory.

For more information, visit http://rcfstl.org/beyond-sunday/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Palm Sunday

Stewardship thought for the week

March 20, 2016                                                  Palm Sunday

 

“I tell you, Peter, before the cock crows this day, you will deny three times that you know me. “ (Luke 22:34)

 

How many times have you heard someone make a disparaging comment about Jesus or the Catholic faith? How do you react? Do you remain quiet not to cause a disturbance or worst yet, because you don’t want your friends or family to think negatively about you? Pray for the courage to speak up and enter into a respectful dialogue.

 

Last week’s collection: Envelopes $987.00; Loose $484.00; Catholic Relief Services $85.00 Other $100.00

Total: $1,571.00                                                   Remember, God can never be outdone in generosity.

 

Upcoming Masses:

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, March 19 Albert Kaspar Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, March 20 Bill Korpecki Father Paul Rothschild
Holy Thursday, March 24 Doug Redfearn Father Paul Rothschild
Holy Saturday, March 26 Michael Tallent, Jr Father Frank Koeninger
Easter Sunday, March 27 Joe Sulz Father Paul Rothschild
     
     
     
     

 

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.

 

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.

 

 

A Look Back– The second annual convention of the “Bohemian Roman Catholic First Central Union of the United States” was held in Chicago in 1878. By this time, the number of parishes represented in the Union increased from ten to nineteen and the number of members increased from 538 to 1,414. At this convention additional benefits were legislated for the members in addition to the $500 death benefit for each member; a member received $150 upon the death of his wife.

 

While the financial risk was reduced with a national organization as opposed to the individual parish benevolent societies, this risk still existed, as evidenced by a letter in the SJN parish files. The letter also clearly demonstrates the importance of the benevolent societies in the 1880’s. This letter, dated Jan 24, 1886, from the “Citizens Sanitary Aid Association,” warned that St. Louis was in imminent danger of a cholera epidemic in the coming season and due to lack of resources “. . .our city is not in a condition to withstand its ravages. . .”   The letter further implored “. . .it behooves every Benevolent Society whose objects are the care of the sick, burying of the dead, and providing for the WIDOWS and ORPHANS, as well as every other order of which LIFE INSURANCE is a feature, to take an active interest in this manner.” Finally, the letter warned that “A loss of a hundred members in organizations where the benefits are $2,000 would entail not only the loss of valuable lives of protectors of families, but also a loss of $200,000 to the organization.”

 

 

Belfry News: We have received an estimate for the completion of the cleaning of the bell tower with removal of the waste. The total cost will be $7,800.00. This does not include the cost to repair the bells.

 

2nd Collections: Good Friday for the Holy Land and Easter for Regina Cleri.

 

RIP, Charlotte Miller, a long-time member of SJN who was buried this past Wednesday. Please keep Lottie and her family in your prayers.

 

Thank you to the anonymous person who left the Hyacinths in church. Someone commented that their fragrence “makes life worth living.” Small acts of kindness go a long way.

 

 

Beyond Sunday:  Thanks to everyone who has turned in their Beyond Sunday pledge card. We have already gotten some very generous pledges.

 

Please give this campaign your prayerful consideration and return your pledge card as soon as possible. Even if you don’t plan to make a pledge, it’s important that we get your card back. We must account for all of them. Cards may be place in the collection basket or mailed to the rectory.

For more information, visit http://rcfstl.org/beyond-sunday/

Have a Blessed Holy Week!

Follow Saint John Nepomuk on our new app.  Keep up to date on what’s happening at our Chapel, in the Archdiocese and throughout the Catholic world.  Text App to 88202 click here to download.

Screen Shot 2016-03-16 at 12.39.09 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5th Sunday of Lent

Stewardship thought for the week

March 13, 2016                                                                           5th Sunday of Lent 

 

For his sake I have accepted the loss of all things and I consider them so much rubbish, that I may gain Christ…” (Philippians 3:8)

 

The first commandment says that we shall not put other gods before the Lord. Detaching ourselves from material possessions and considering them ”rubbish” does just that. It strengthens our relationship with Jesus and allows us to live more freely and joyfully.

 

Last week’s collection: Envelopes $1,592.00; Loose $350.00; Catholic Relief Services $85.00 Other $200.00

Total: $2,227.00                                                   Remember, God can never be outdone in generosity.

 

Upcoming Masses:

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, March 12 Draper Bickham Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, March 13 Mary Ann Rabion Father Paul Rothschild
Saturday, March 19 Albert Kaspar Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, March 20 Bill Korpecki Father Paul Rothschild
     
     
     
     

 

 

Charity Outreach for Lent:  The last day to drop off canned goods for the Saint Vincent de Paul Food Pantry will be Palm Sunday (3/20). All canned-goods are welcome and collection baskets are located at the side altar. Diapers donated will also be given to Saint Vincent de Paul, so you may bring them until the 20th as well. Thank you for your contributions!

 

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.

 

A Look Back– Representatives from ten Bohemian Catholic Churches throughout America met at St. John Nepomuk (SJN) beginning Sept 28, 1877 for the purpose of forming a national Catholic Benevolent Society.

 

These representatives came in response to an invitation from the St. Wenceslaus Benevolent Society at SJN. Before this meeting, individual parishes often sponsored their own benevolent societies, many of which provided mortuary benefits to their members; bringing these groups under one umbrella would minimize the financial risk faced by any one parish organization. A national organization would also strengthen the communication and ties between the dispersed Bohemian communities and support the Catholic faith in its fight against the influence of the secular “free-thought” movement that was gaining strength in America. The meeting proved to be a success and an agreement was reached to form the “Bohemian Roman Catholic First Central Union of the United States.

 

At this meeting a mortuary benefit of $300 for each of the 538 members was established. The benefit amount was then dependent upon the size of the union. When the membership reached 700 members, the amount was increased to $350 and the death benefit was increased by $50 for every 100 additional members until a benefit of $500 was reached.

 

Belfry News: Representatives from Envirotech visited SJN on Thursday to inspect the bell tower. We should be getting an estimate from them shortly. Then we’ll decide how to proceed with the clean up.

 

 

Saint Anthony of Padua Trivia Night will be held on Saturday, April 2 in the parish hall. Admission is $20.00 per person and includes beer, soda and snacks. Play begins at 7:00. Call Lisa Sieve at 314.655.0512 or Jeannie Tiemann at 314.795.7227.

 

Beyond Sunday:  Thanks to everyone who has turned in their Beyond Sunday pledge card. We have already gotten some very generous pledges.

 

Please give this campaign your prayerful consideration and return your pledge card as soon as possible. Even if you don’t plan to make a pledge, it’s important that we get your card back. We must account for all of them. Cards may be place in the collection basket or mailed to the rectory.

For more information, visit http://rcfstl.org/beyond-sunday/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.