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6th Sunday of Easter

Stewardship thought for the week

May 21, 2017-6th Sunday of Easter

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Total: $1,561.00

 

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

Upcoming Masses:

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5th Sunday of Easter

Stewardship thought for the week

May 14, 2017-5th Sunday of Easter

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Total: $1,433.00

 

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

Upcoming Masses:

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EASTER SUNDAY

Stewardship thought for the week

April 16, 2017-Easter Sunday

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Total: $1231.00

 

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

Upcoming Masses:

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Thank you for your help.

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Palm Sunday

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4th Sunday of Lent

Stewardship thought for the week

March 26, 2017 – 4th Sunday of Lent

“Not as man sees does God see, because man sees the appearance but the Lord looks into the heart.” 1 SAMUEL 16:7

How often do we invest our time, talent and treasure in creating an appearance that does not matter at all to God?  We strive to impress with our clothing, home, career, possessions, car and other marks of distinction.  But none of these illusions of greatness will impress God.  Instead, He will look into our hearts to see how much we loved Him, how much we loved others and how we showed that love by the way we used our time, talents and treasure here on earth.

 

Last weekend’s collections: Envelopes $627.00; loose $216.00; Other $85.00

 

Total: $928.00

 

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, March 25 Joseph & Stella Remes Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, March 26 Kenneth Kalbac Father Paul Rothschild
Saturday, April 1 Bill Kroupa Father Paul Rothschild
Sunday, April 2 Lerlene Jefferson TBA
     

Upcoming Masses:

 

Crowning and Picnic Letters and raffle tickets are available at the entrances to church. Please pick yours up.

 

Church Decorations – In his sermon at the Mass Mob, Fr. Rothschild invited the attendees to take in the beauty of the church, but contemplate the religious significance of the paintings, statues and symbols. Over the next weeks we will look at the background and significance of these decorations. I have pulled most of this information from the “Red Book” published to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the church in 1979.

 

As you enter the vestibule, over the doorway, you will see a beautiful painting of our Lord pointing to his sacred heart. Above his head, in Czech, are the words: “Come to Me, all ye who labor and are burdened and I will refresh you.” Below these words, also in Czech, are the words “Let no evil enter here.” What a beautiful, comforting, invitation from our Lord.

 

 

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On Sunday, April 9 (Palm Sunday) we will be decorating the church for Holy Week following 9:30 mass. Your help would be greatly appreciated.

 

Next weekend there will be a second collection for Home Missions Appeal.

 

The Czech Festival will be held at the Czech Educational Center, 4690 Landsdowne, on Saturday, April 1, from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. There will be Czech dinners, a botique, booths, games, and live music.

 

Trivia Night at Saint Anthony of Padua on Saturday, April 22. Doors open at 6:00, play begins at 7:00. Admission is $25.00 per person and includes soda, beer, and snacks. There will be attendance prizes, silent auctions, and cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places.

 

 

RSVP Lisa Sieve @ 314.655.0512 or Jeannie Tiemann @ 314.795.7227.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3rd Sunday of Lent

Stewardship thought for the week

March 19, 2017 – 3rd Sunday of Lent

 

“Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again.” JOHN 4:13

 

Jesus reminds us that material things, even something as basic as water, can never satisfy us for long.  When we build our lives around material possessions we always want more.  True Joy and Peace only comes when we follow Jesus; when we become more “God-centered” and less “self-centered”.

 

Last weekend’s collections: Envelopes $1,384.00; loose $293.00; Other $130.00

 

Total: $1,847.00

 

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, March 18 Draper Bickham Father Reginald Wolford
Sunday, March 19 Bill Korpecki Father Reginald Wolford
Saturday, March 25 Joseph & Stella Remes Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, March 26 Kenneth Kalbac Father Paul Rothschild
     

Upcoming Masses:

 

 

Thank you to everyone who helped with the clean-up project. The windows have been replaced in the attic and primer-painted. There is some work still to do but everything is sealed up tight and looks 1000% better.

 

Crowning and Picnic Letters and raffle tickets are available at the entrances to church. Please pick yours up.

 

Friar Ed Mundwiller is on the mend. We spoke to him this week. He had surgery on his leg and the doctors are telling him not to put any weight on it for three months. He says he’s getting around on crutches and a walker. He’s very appreciative of all the prayers, cards and good wishes. He’s looking forward to returning to SJN soon. Please keep him in your prayers.

 

Best Lent Ever–Join Dynamic Catholic for the Best Lent Ever, a FREE email program designed to help you have a life-changing Lent. You’ll get…Short inspirational videos and practical tips for making this Lent one to remember.

 

Based on Matthew Kelly’s latest book, Resisting Happiness, this program will help you identify what stands between you and happiness…and what to do about it. Are you ready for your best Lent ever?

 

If you haven’t taken home your copy of Resisting Happiness, do it today. It’s not too late to have the best Lent ever.

 

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Next weekend there will be a second collection for Catholic Relief Services.

 

The Czech Festival will be held at the Czech Educational Center, 4690 Landsdowne, on Saturday, April 1, from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. There will be Czech dinners, a boutique, booths, games, and live music.

 

 

Rummage sale, presented by the Ladies of Charity, will be held at Saint Vincent DePaul on Saturday, April 1, from 9:00 am – 11:00 am. For more information, call 314.231.9328.

 

 

Financial results are in for calendar year 2016. There’s quite a bit of good news (with the exception of the bottom line). Our income was $126,620, $12,116 more than 2015 and our expenses were $184,295 vs. $191,873 or an improvement of $7,577. The bad news is that our expenses exceeded our income by $57,675. However, this was an improvement of $29,254 over 2015.

 

 

Our short-term goal is to break even which means either (1) find more members (2) encourage our current members to contribute more, or (3) further cut expenses.

 

 

Frankly, we’ve done some serious trimming of expenses and may have done about all we can. So, that leaves (1) and (2). Please give this some serious thought and prayer. Your suggestions are welcome.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2nd Sunday of Lent

Stewardship thought for the week

March 12, 2017 – 2nd Sunday of Lent

 

“Go forth from the land of your kinsfolk and from your father’s house to a land that I will show you.” Genesis 12:1

 

God calls all of us to leave behind our old ways and to follow Him, placing our complete trust in Him.  Some of the old ways that we may have to struggle to leave behind might be materialism, selfishness and greed.  Yet God promises to show us a new land and a better way to live.

 

Last weekend’s collections: Envelopes $1,334.80; loose $168.00; Church in Central & Eastern Europe $191.00; Black & Indian Missions $154.00

 

Total: $1,847.80

 

Date Intentions Celebrant
Saturday, March 11 Frank & Angela Koester Father Frank Koeninger
Sunday, March 12 Donald Mitas Father Reginald Wolford
Saturday, March 18 Draper Bickham TBA
Sunday, March 19 Bill Korpecki Father Reginald Wolford
     

Upcoming Masses:

 

 

A Look Back – As you enter the main vestibule of the church and look on the north wall, you will see a very large, glass-encased banner of St. Wenceslaus, which had been the property of the St. Wenceslaus Society in 1856. Directly below the banner is a bronze plaque of St. Wenceslaus, the patron of Czechoslovakia, with the following inscription: “St. Wenceslaus, Keep us and our descendents from destruction.” This plaque was presented to Dr. Hynek Dostal by the newly-formed Republic of Czechoslovakia, after WWI, to recognize his efforts to establish that independent nation.

 

Dr. Dostal was one of the most prominent members in SJN’s history. He immigrated to America at the request of his brother, a pastor in Iowa, to teach. In 1901, he answered a call from Msgr Hessoun, to become editor of the “Hlas,” a monthly publication that focused on preserving the Czech culture and promoting the Catholic faith. He used the “Hlas” as a platform to call for Czech independence. Dr. Dostal also spoke across tirelessly across America and Europe to further this cause. His efforts came to fruition shortly after WWI when the independent nation of Czechoslovakia was formed.

 

Dr. Dostal is one of three signatories on the Czech Declaration of Independence.

 

Best Lent Ever–Join Dynamic Catholic for the Best Lent Ever, a FREE email program designed to help you have a life-changing Lent. You’ll get…Short inspirational videos and practical tips for making this Lent one to remember.

 

Based on Matthew Kelly’s latest book, Resisting Happiness, this program will help you identify what stands between you and happiness…and what to do about it. Are you ready for your best Lent ever?

 

If you haven’t taken home your copy of Resisting Happiness, do it today. It’s not too late to have the best Lent ever.

 

Sign up at BestLentEver.com.

 

Hospitality Sunday is today, March 12. Coffee and donuts will be served in the hall after 9:30 mass. Please join us.

 

The Czech Festival will be held at the Czech Educational Center, 4690 Landsdowne, on Saturday, April 1, from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. There will be Czech dinners, a botique, booths, games, and live music.