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14th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Stewardship thought for the week

July 5, 2015 – 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

“As the Lord spoke to me, the spirit entered me and set me on my feet, and I heard the one who was speaking say to me, ‘Son of man, I am sending you…’”   (Ezekiel 2:2-3)

God asks each of us to do some special work for Him.   He gives us the resources we need to do His work. However, do we listen to God when He calls?  Do we get up on our feet and give our talent to do the work He asks of us? Remember, God doesn’t call the equipped, he equips the called.

Last week’s collection: Deacon Mike is on vacation. Collection totals will resume in two weeks.

Masses this week:

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, July 4 Draper Bickham Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, July 5 Hedwig Hanus Father Paul Rothschild
Saturday, July 11 Otto Stanovsky Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, July 12 Bill Korpecki Father Paul Rothschild

Remember, God can never be outdone in generosity.

Pastoral Council Meeting: This Tuesday evening, July 7 in the hall at 6:30 pm. Everyone is welcome.

 

Quilt Raffle: We are still selling tickets for the beautiful bird quilt which will be given away at the Goulash Festival. Tickets are available at the entrances to the Chapel. Tell your friends!

Happy Birthday! Father Paul Spielman is turning 80. Please join us for a celebration in the hall following 9:30 mass today, July 5.

Our next planned event is the Goulash Festival on November 1. To date, we have no one to chair this event. This will be discussed at the upcoming Pastoral Council meeting. A lot of people look forward to the Goulash Festival and it’s a major fundraiser. Please consider volunteering to chair this event. It would be a shame to have to call it off.

From Dynamic Catholic, Alive! The Lord’s Day

Are your Sundays centered on worship and relaxation of mind and body? Sunday symbolizes the new creation ushered in by the Resurrection of Christ. For this reason the “center of the liturgical season is Sunday.” The faithful are obliged to participate at Holy Mass every Sunday (and holy day of obligation). This obligation-although Mass is more than an obligation-is one of the precepts of the Church. Do you know a Catholic who is not attending Mass? It may be a good time to invite him or her back.

God bless America.  This weekend we celebrate the birth of our nation. Sometimes it seems like our Founding Fathers wouldn’t recognize what we’ve become. God has blessed us abundantly yet many of us have turned our backs on Him.

This weekend, let’s all pray for our country, one nation under God. Let’s pray that our friends and neighbors will become more aware of the blessings they’ve received and grateful to the One who provides us with everything, even our very life.

We may have our problems but this is still the greatest country on earth.

 

 

13th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Stewardship thought for the week

June 28, 2015 – 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

“…as a matter of equality your abundance at the present time should supply their want, so that their abundance may supply your want, that there may be equality.”  – 2 CORINTHIANS 8:14

Not only are we responsible for our own lives, but we are responsible for the lives of those around us.  Not only is it important that we grow, nurture and share our gifts, but we should teach our children this same lesson and encourage others to do the same.

Last week’s collection: Envelopes $622.00; Loose $184.00

Total $806.00

Masses this week:

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, June 27 Robert Staat & John Konecnik Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, June 28 Joe Klein TBA
Saturday, July 4 Draper Bickham Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, July 5 Hedwig Hanus Father Paul Rothschild

Remember, God can never be outdone in generosity.

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Charitable Outreach (May/June):  This is the last week of our June outreach collection for Cardinal Ritter Senior Services (CRSS). If you have any more white t-shirts (size Large to XXXL) or small luxury items (books, playing cards, crafts, beauty items) please place them at the side altar.

Baskets will be delivered July 6.

Thank you again for your generosity.

 

Pastoral Council Meeting: Tuesday evening, July 7 in the hall at 6:30 pm. Everyone is welcome.

Second Collection this weekend is for Peter’s Pence.

From Dynamic Catholic, Alive! Full, Conscious, & Active Participation

The Second Vatican Council’s Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy sought to promote full, conscious, and active participation in the sacred liturgy. What is full, conscious, and active participation? It doesn’t necessarily mean being a reader, usher, or extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, although these things are good. Full, conscious, and active participation means plugging into the beauty and truth of the liturgy through increased holiness and solemn prayer.

Saints Peter and Paul will be holding their annual homecoming this Sunday, June 28. Their will be breakfast (and the folks at SPP know how to cook!) Miss Jubilee and the Humdingers will perform from 12:00 noon until 3:00 pm. There will be games and a silent auction, plus other activities.

Saints Peter and Paul have always been very supportive of our events, so please consider attending their Homecoming. For more information, call Phyllis Sandusky at 314.231.9923.

Father Paul Spielman is turning 80 in July and we will have a birthday gathering for him in the hall following 9:30 mass on Sunday, July 5. Breakfast will be served. Please RSVP to the rectory so we know how much food to order.

Our next planned event is the Goulash Festival on November 1. To date, we have no one to chair this event. This will be discussed at the upcoming Pastoral Council meeting. A lot of people look forward to the Goulash Festival and it’s a major fundraiser. Please consider volunteering to chair this event. It would be a shame to have to call it off.

What is marriage? There was an excellent insert in last week’s Saint Louis Review on the subject of marriage. If you missed it, there’s some good information on the topic on the Archdiocese’ web site, http://archstl.org/marriage. There is a lot of discussion about marriage with the upcoming Supreme Court decision. This site will give you reliable answers on what the Church teaches.

The Church’s definition of marriage as between one man and one woman will not change regardless of the Supreme Court’s ruling.

Please pray for our nation as we navigate through difficult times.

 

 

12th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Stewardship thought for the week

 June 21, 2015 – 12th – Sunday in Ordinary Time

“He said to them, ‘Why are you afraid?  Have you no faith?’”  – Mark 4:40

 

Most of us like to be in control.  Loss of control makes us fearful.  Try changing your perspective, let God be the pilot!  There’s an old saying “do you want to make God laugh?  Tell him your plans.”  Put your trust in God, He always has a better plan!

Last week’s collection: Envelopes $687.00; Loose $284.00; Other $120.00

Total $1,091.00

Masses this week:

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, June 20 Draper Bickham Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, June 21 Joe Klein Father Paul Rothschild
Saturday, June 27 Robert Staat & John Konecnik Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, June 28 Joe Klein TBA

Remember, God can never be outdone in generosity.

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Charitable Outreach (May/June):  During the month of June St. John Nepomuk will continue our Charitable Outreach Program by collecting for Cardinal Ritter Senior Services (CRSS).

CRSS provides services to improve the quality of life for senior adults by promoting and providing social, health, and housing programs in St. Louis Region.  A wish-list-of-items-in-short-supply is available at the doors of the Chapel (look for the green sheets) and focuses on small luxury items (books, playing cards, crafts, beauty items) and white t-shirts for use on their craft days (size Large to XXL).

 

Collection baskets will be available at the side altar throughout the month of June.  

 

Pastoral Council Meeting: Tuesday evening, July 7 in the hall at 6:30 pm. Everyone is welcome.

Second Collection next weekend is for Peter’s Pence.

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Joe Sodemann who became husband and wife last Saturday evening here at Saint John’s. Jessica Sodemann is the daughter of Catherine and Greg Deutch of our community.

Saints Peter and Paul will be holding their annual homecoming on Sunday, June 28. Their will be breakfast (and the folks at SPP know how to cook!) Miss Jubilee and the Humdingers will perform from 12:00 noon until 3:00 pm. There will be games and a silent auction, plus other activities.

Saints Peter and Paul have always been very supportive of our events, so please consider attending their Homecoming. For more information, call Phyllis Sandusky at 314.231.9923.

Father Paul Spielman is turning 80 in July and we will have a birthday gathering for him in the hall following 9:30 mass on Sunday, July 5. Breakfast will be served. Please RSVP to the rectory so we know how much food to order.

Picnic results:

Here are the totals raised at our Barbecue/Picnic:

Many thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make this event successful, especially Jim Peterson who did a great job organizing everything and cooking all day out in the hot sun.

Our next planned event is the Goulash Festival on November 1. To date, we have no one to chair this event. This will be discussed at the upcoming Pastoral Council meeting. A lot of people look forward to the Goulash Festival and it’s a major fundraiser. Please consider volunteering to chair this event.

 

 

11th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Stewardship thought for the week

June 14, 2015 – 11th – Sunday in Ordinary Time

“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive good or evil, according to what he has done in the body.”      – 2 Corinthians 5:10

We are all accountable for the gifts God has given us on Earth – our time, talent and treasure.  One day each of us will be asked by God what we did with those gifts.  How will you respond?

Last week’s collection: Envelopes $1,082.00; Loose $463.00; Cardinal Glennon Hospital $202.00; Other $85.00

Total $1,832.00

Masses this week:

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, June 13 Frances Dvorak Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, June 14 Bill Korpecki Father Paul Rothschild
Saturday, June 20 Draper Bickham Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, June 21 Joe Klein Father Paul Rothschild

Remember, God can never be outdone in generosity.

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Charitable Outreach (May/June):  During the month of June St. John Nepomuk will continue our Charitable Outreach Program by collecting for Cardinal Ritter Senior Services (CRSS).

CRSS provides services to improve the quality of life for senior adults by promoting and providing social, health, and housing programs in St. Louis Region.  A wish-list-of-items-in-short-supply is available at the doors of the Chapel (look for the green sheets) and focuses on small luxury items (books, playing cards, crafts, beauty items) and white t-shirts for use on their craft days (size Large to XXL).

 

Collection baskets will be available at the side altar throughout the month of June.  

 

Pastoral Council Meeting: Tuesday evening, July 7 in the hall. Exact time will be in next week’s bulletin. Everyone is welcome.

Saints Peter and Paul will be holding their annual homecoming on Sunday, June 28. Their will be breakfast (and the folks at SPP know how to cook!) Miss Jubilee and the Humdingers will perform from 12:00 noon until 3:00 pm. There will be games and a silent auction, plus other activities.

Saints Peter and Paul have always been very supportive of our events, so please consider attending their Homecoming. For more information, call Phyllis Sandusky at 314.231.9923.

Father Paul Spielman is turning 80 in July and we will have a birthday gathering for him in the hall following 9:30 mass on Sunday, July 5. Breakfast will be served. Please RSVP to the rectory so we know how much food to order.

Picnic results: We’re still waiting on some final expenses, but we cleared more than $4,000 on our barbecue/picnic. More important, it was a wonderful day of working together for the good of the community and making new friends. There will be a detailed report in next week’s bulletin.

Someone commented how wonderful it was to see so many happy volunteers working together for a common goal.

Many thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make this event successful, especially Jim Peterson who did a great job organizing everything and cooking all day out in the hot sun.

Congratulations to our raffle winners:
$500.00 Jim Dostal

$100.00 Robert Ebert

$50.00   Alice Slavik

Our next planned event is the Goulash Festival on November 1. To date, we have no one to chair this event. This will be discussed at the upcoming Pastoral Council meeting. A lot of people look forward to the Goulash Festival and it’s a major fundraiser. Please consider volunteering to chair this event.

 

 

Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ

Stewardship thought for the week

June 7, 2015 – Feast of Corpus Christi

“Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them and they all drank from it.”  – Mark 14:23

Jesus, the perfect steward, gave thanks, just before He gave Himself to us completely for our salvation.  He offers us the chance to drink from His cup.  In the Eucharist, we meet Christ personally and, if we listen to Him, we know what drinking from His cup means for each of us.  Often, it means our own sacrifice – giving up some of our time, talent and treasure to do His work on earth.

Last week’s collection: Envelopes $957.00; Loose $424.00; Catholic Home Missions $235.00

Total $1,616.00

Masses this week:

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, June 6 Dorothy Belaska Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, June 7 Aurelia Cowell TBA
Saturday, June 13 Frances Dvorak Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, June 14 Bill Korpecki Father Paul Rothschild

Remember, God can never be outdone in generosity.

Thanks to everyone who helped make our barbecue/picnic a success. If you placed any yard signs, please return them to church at your convenience.

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Charitable Outreach (May/June):  During the month of June St. John Nepomuk will continue our Charitable Outreach Program by collecting for Cardinal Ritter Senior Services (CRSS).

CRSS provides services to improve the quality of life for senior adults by promoting and providing social, health, and housing programs in St. Louis Region.  A wish-list-of-items-in-short-supply is available at the doors of the Chapel (look for the green sheets) and focuses on small luxury items (books, playing cards, crafts, beauty items) and white t-shirts for use on their craft days (size Large to XXL).

 

Collection baskets will be available at the side altar throughout the month of July.  

 

For the kids: Our Lady of Sorrows will be holding vacation bible school for children from pre-kindergarten through incoming 5th graders. The theme is the Our Father and the young people will learn about this important prayer, taught to us by Jesus Himself. The camp runs from July 19-July 23. For more information call Christina Sanders at 314.351.1600 or visit www.olsorrows.com.

Saints Peter and Paul will be holding their annual homecoming on Sunday, June 28. Their will be breakfast (and the folks at SPP know how to cook!) Miss Jubilee and the Humdingers will perform from 12:00 noon until 3:00 pm. There will be games and a silent auction, plus other activities.

Saints Peter and Paul have always been very supportive of our events, so please consider attending their Homecoming. For more information, call Phyllis Sandusky at 314.231.9923.

Of course, our barbecue and picnic is today, Sunday, June 7. Please join us for food and fun from 11:00-5:00 pm. And, invite your friends!

Feast of the Body and blood of Christ. Today we celebrate what used to be called the Feast of Corpus Christi. It’s the same feast, regardless of what we call it. The actual day of the feast was this past Thursday, the Thursday after Holy Trinity Sunday. But, like many of our Holy Days, it’s been moved to the following Sunday.

The change of name and date in no way diminishes the importance of this day. What an awesome God we have that He would send His Son to save us from our sins, and give us the gift of His very Body and Blood. Remember that Jesus said that if we don’t eat His Flesh and drink His Blood, we have no life in us.

We Catholics are very blessed! Never take this gift for granted.

 

Ascension of Our Lord

Stewardship thought for the week

May 17, 2015 – Ascension of Our Lord

 

“Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.” – 1 John 4:15

How strong is your faith?  When you have an opportunity to defend your faith or clarify a question about your faith, do you do it?  Or, do you remain silent so that others don’t think you are weird?  Pray for the courage to be strong in your faith and share your witness with others.

Last week’s collection: Envelopes $887.00; Loose $343.00

Total $1,230.00

Masses this week:

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, May 16 Gloria Kempfling Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, May 17 Joe Sulz Father John Mayer
Saturday, May 23 Joseph Lodoly Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, May 24 Deceased of the Klaric Family Father Paul Rothschild

Remember, God can never be outdone in generosity.

The barbecue/picnic will be Sunday, June 7 from 11:00-5:00. The menu will be as last year. Joe Polack will be providing live music.

We are looking for prizes for our stands. If you have anything to donate, or if you know any merchants who would be willing to donate prizes, we’re accepting donations at the rectory.

We also will be needing cakes for dessert and for the cake booth.

More help needed: We get many requests for tours of our historic church, especially in the summer months. If you’d be interested in helping share the story of our historic chapel with our visitors, we’d love to hear from you. Contact Sue or Deacon Mike at the rectory.

Another good way to help your community would be to volunteer as a wedding sacristant. This is a very infrequent job that involves opening the chapel for weddings and rehearsals and assisting the celebrant and the wedding party. Again, contact Sue or Deacon Mike if interested.

 

Fried Chicken and Kettle Beef Dinner at Saint Anne’s parish in French Village. Dinner will be served in the air-conditioned hall from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm on Sunday, June 14. There will be quilt bingo games and free kids’ games. For more information, contact Bernice at 573.358.2112.

Church of the Good Shepherd in Hillsboro will be having their annual picnic on Sunday, May 31. They will be serving fried chicken, kettle beef, and barbecued pork steak dinners. There will be games, live music, and rides for the kids. It’s a nice ride out to Hillsboro and it sounds like a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Summer Expenses: Many of us will be going on vacation during the months ahead. Please don’t forget Saint John’s while you’re away. Our expenses continue week to week and sometimes extraordinary expenses occur as well. For instance, just this week we had the church air conditioner and one of the refrigerators in the hall serviced. Your weekly contributions are much needed and much appreciated.

“He ascended into heaven.” At every mass we declare of faith and include these words. Today we celebrate the feast of the Ascension. It used to be Ascension Thursday, but the Church in the United States has moved the celebration to the nearest Sunday. So, Ascension Thursday is now on today, Sunday. Whatever day of the week it falls on, the fact that our Lord did ascend into heaven is one of the cornerstones of our Catholic belief.

“He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.”

Serenity prayer. You’ve probably heard it many times and associated it with 12 Step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous or Overeaters Anonymous, but it’s a wonderful prayer, especially as we begin our day:

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;

The courage to change the things I can;

And the wisdom to know the difference.

 

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Stewardship thought for the week

May 3, 2015 – 5th Sunday of Easter

Do you “walk the talk?”  Does your action reflect what you say?  If not, spend time every day in prayer, give some of your talent to help one of your parish’s ministries and give some of your money to support the work of the Church.

Last week’s collection: Envelopes $777.00; Loose $83.00; Special Donation $1,500.00; Other $25.00

Total $2,385.00

Masses this week:

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, May 2 Dorothy Belaska Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, May 3 Lydia Milner TBA
Saturday, May 9 Mary Goley Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, May 10 Bill Korpecki Father Paul Rothschild

Remember, God can never be outdone in generosity.

The Annual Catholic Appeal is under way. If you haven’t picked up your pledge card, it was mailed to you this week. This is an important collection that helps many of our less fortunate brothers and sisters. Chances are you or someone you love has been helped by an ACA agency, or will be some time in the future. Please be generous to this once-a-year appeal.

Also you can help greatly by returning your ACA card as soon as possible. This is a three-week campaign so we should have all the pledge cards back by mid-May.

Mark your calendars: Thank you to everyone involved in our Crowning of the Holy Infant of Prague, especially to Father Robert Dorhauer, our celebrant. This is an important event for our community and your participation is appreciated.

The barbecue/picnic will be Sunday, June 7 from 11:00-5:00. The menu will be as last year. Joe Polack will be providing live music.

We are looking for prizes for our stands. If you have anything to donate, or if you know any merchants who would be willing to donate prizes, we’re accepting donations at the rectory.

 

Help Needed: We would still like to have additional altar servers for both masses. We have two regular servers now, but it would be nice to share the workload. If you’re interested in providing this valuable service, please see Deacon Mike after mass or call the rectory. This ministry requires no extra time on your part.

Tailgate Sale: Our neighbors at Saint Wenceslas will be having a tailgate sale on Saturday, May 16, from 8:00 am-3:00 pm. Spaces are available for just $15.00. This is a great way to help with your spring cleaning.

Barbecue will be available from 10:00 am-2:30 pm.

For more information or reservations please call Tim @ 314.882.5332.

The members of Saint Wenceslas are very supportive of our events. Please consider supporting their tailgate sale.

Pentecost Novena  We want to be preparing ourselves for Pentecost, and nine days prior we begin the Pentecost Novena on May 15. Join us from 7:00-8:00 p.m. at the Cardinal Rigali Center in the St. Vincent de Paul Chapel. The speakers will be: May 15 – Franciscan Sisters of the Martyr St. George; May 16 – Bishop Robert J. Hermann; May 17 – Fr. José Ramirez, S.M.; May 18 – Fr. John Horn, S.J.; May 19 – Sr. Mary Antona Ebo, FSM; May 20 – Sr. M. Margaretta Dalton, F.S.G.M.; May 21 – Jane Guenther, MDiv; May 22 – Society of Our Mother of Peace

Deacon Mike: On April 18 Father Koeninger and I held a memorial mass for a lady who was never a member of Saint John’s, but who had long-standing family ties to our chapel. This week I received a thank you note from the family with a donation for $1,500.00.

The note said, in part, “That is such a great space with a radiant sense of comfort. It has to be preserved if at all possible.”

Please don’t take our beautiful chapel for granted. If visitors feel this strongly about Saint John Nepomuk, should we do any less? Our weekly collections are not covering our operating expenses.

Obviously there are many Catholic churches in Saint Louis where we could all worship but none with the historical significance of Saint John’s. What you chose to give is between you and God. But if we want to keep our chapel open, we must all do as much as we can to give future generations the chance to worship here.

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