2017 Advent/Christmas Season

  • Reconciliation
    • Every Saturday after 8:00 am Mass until all are heard, and 3:00 - 4:00 pm
    • December 11, 7:00 pm, during Advent Monday Holy Hour
  • Sundays of Advent
    • December 3, December 10, December 17, December 24
    • Regular Mass Schedule:  Saturdays 4:30 pm, Sundays 8:00 am and 10:30 am
    • Advent this year comes at a time of anxiety and hope.  Many of us are struggling and are afraid for our future.  It's not easy to hope when times are bad.  Mary, as she waited for the birth of her child into an uncertain world, knew how to live with hope - to believe the promises of God.  So Advent is a time when we wait, with Mary, for the birth of new life into a world living in the shadows.
  • Immaculate Conception of Mary (Holy Day of Obligation)
    • Friday, December 8 - 8:00 am and 5:30 pm Mass
    • Today we celebrate the doctrine of the sinlessness of Mary, and Mary as patroness of the United States under her title, Mary Immaculate.
  • Christmas
    • Christmas Eve - Sunday, December 24, 4:30 pm and 10:30 pm Mass
    • Christmas Day - Monday, December 25, 8:00 am and 10:30 am Mass
    • God of love, Father of all, the darkness that covered the earth has given way to the bright dawn of your Word made flesh.  Make us a people of this light.  Make us faithful to your Word that we may bring your life to the waiting world.  Grant this through Christ our Lord.  Amen
      (International Committee on English in the Liturgy {ICEL})  
  • Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph
    • Sunday, December 31 - regular Mass schedule: 4:30 pm eve before, 8:00 am, 10:30 am
    • Prayer for Families:  Gracious God, we consecrate our families to you, to your son Jesus, and to the Holy Spirit, declaring "as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord." May our homes be your dwelling place, and be filled with the light, love, joy, and peace of your kingdom.  Amen
  • Mary, the Holy Mother of God, New Year's Day
    • Not a day of obligation
    • Only Mass will be on Monday, January 1, regular Mass schedule, 8:00 am
  • Epiphany of the Lord
    • Sunday, January 8, regular Mass schedule, 4:30 pm eve before, 8:00 am and 10:30 am
       
  • Sounds of the Season Christmas Concert

    • Sunday, January 8, 2 pm
    • Instrumental and vocal music
       
  • Baptism of the Lord
    Monday, January 9, 8:00 am Mass
    End of Christmas Liturgical Season.  Ordinary Time begins.
     

Advent/Christmas Events

  • Advent Wreath Prayer

This prayer may be used for lighting your candles each week of Advent:

Lord God, Your Church joyfully awaits the coming of its Savior, who enlightens our hearts and dispels the darkness of ignorance and sin.  Pour forth your blessings upon us as we light the candles of this wreath.  May their light reflect the splendor of Christ, who is Lord, forever and ever.  Amen.
  • Giving TREE Project

SCCA 8th grade students made our "ornaments" this year and used the symbol of a footprint as they focus on their positive impact or 'footprint' on the school, each other, and as a class overall - as they will be the first to graduate from SCCA.   Let our minds be open to our 'footprint' on the world!  Choose an "ornament" with a gift suggestion from the tree near our baptismal window and share the love of Christ with others in need.
Bring your unwrapped gift back by December 12th

  • Advent Monday Holy Hour

One hour of prayer in church in front of the Blessed Sacrament, with guided points for meditation to provide fuel for prayer.  The Holy Hour is an ancient tradition of silent prayer that provides one with the opportunity to respond to Jesus's invitation, "Come, away by yourself to a quiet place, and rest for a while"       (cf. Mk 6:31).

Monday, December 4, 11, 18 - 7:00 pm
Monday, December 11
- with Reconciliation

 

  • Holiday Adopt a family

Assist others at Christmas time. Please contact Parish Nurse, Kathy Pimmel at 314-832-2838

  • shepherd's marathon

Look for me around the neighborhood this Advent season!  Find him on the blog at the top of the page   or on Facebook: St Joan of Arc (St. Louis, Mo) Community

Look for me around the neighborhood this Advent season!  Find him on the blog at the top of the page   or on Facebook:
St Joan of Arc (St. Louis, Mo) Community

Our Shepherd hastens to bring hope
with Adidas on his feet.
Glad tidings he delivers
to all friends and neighbors he meets. 
He runs from home to home
spreading the reason...
Jesus, our Savior
is why we celebrate this season.
Because of Him we are saved.
Because of Him we are loved.
The best Christmas gift ever
sent from our God above.
This Advent, run with the shepherd.
Speak of Emmanuel coming.
Be ready, keep waiting...
act gracious and loving.
Then rejoice with the shepherd
after he runs his race.
He returns to St. Joan of Arc
for the Wondrous Birth we embrace.