Pastor's Column for Nov 5, 2017

Dear Friends,

This weekend we welcome Father Paul Rothschild and Father Mike Lydon to St. Joan of Arc in a “pulpit exchange” with St. Dominic Savio parish. Fr. Rothschild is pastor at St. Dominic Savio and was a professor of mine at the seminary.  Fr. Lydon is President of Bishop Dubourg High School and is in-residence at St. Dominic. I’ll be preaching the Masses at St. Dominic Savio this weekend. Frs. Rothschild and Lydon are brother priests and good friends- we welcome them to SJA!

Some have asked about how the Homecoming did, financially. We’re still paying bills so we don’t have a final number yet.  As soon as we can, we’ll publish the final report.

My thanks to you for responding to my invitation to use the Scrip Program for regular purchases. We are already seeing an increase in the rebate to the parish- so THANK YOU!  Let’s keep it going!

And finally, we hold in prayer this month our second graders who are preparing to receive their First Reconciliation on Tuesday, November 14.  Along with our friends from Our Lady of Sorrows, we’ll celebrate this sacrament with them as they prepare to receive their First Communion in the spring. We hold and support them in prayer!

Know that you are loved dearly and prayed for daily.

Peace and prayers for you

Fr. Craig

 

Source Material - The Wedding Garment

At our Masses this past weekend we heard about the Wedding Garment as a 'prerequisite' to enter the wedding banquet (a.k.a. Heaven). During the homily I tried to explain how this wedding garment has to do with Christian Baptism, identity and a life of virtue and good works.  I wanted to share this paragraph from some source material that I used in preparing to preach. The paragraph comes from Fire of Mercy, Heart of the Word, Vol. 3 by Erasmo Leiva-Merikakis. It is published by Ignatius Press.

"At crucial moments in Jesus' life (the Baptism and the Transfiguration), the Father's voice resounds from heaven and utters the very same words: 'This is my one dear Son, in him I take great delight'(3:17, 17:5, NET). It seems the Father has nothing else to say to use but this. And this is more than enough because, if Jesus is his only begotten Son, and if it is in Jesus that the Father takes all his delight, it is clear that we must come to resemble Jesus as closely as possible if we, too, are to be a source of the Father's delight. Our own salvation and bliss consist in nothing else but entering, in Jesus, into the same relationship with the Father that he himself enjoys"(523).

And finally, we remember our point for prayer: "Remember who we are; remember who loves us; and then do whatever we (and the Father) wants!"

Have a good week and see you around the ranch!

 

 

Eucharistic Adoration at SCCA/SJA

Eucharistic Adoration ~ A personal invitation to spend time with Jesus.

The Students at South City Catholic Academy would like to invite you to spend time praying with us on Wednesday, November 1 at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church. The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed directly after the All School Mass that morning and will conclude with Benediction at 2:50pm.

Saint John XXIII, Pope (1958 – 1963), who made a daily Holy Hour before the Blessed Sacrament, reminds us on the importance of Eucharistic Adoration, "In the Blessed Sacrament a heavenly school is open to you, with the best teacher one can possibly imagine, Jesus Christ himself."

 

Come prayer with us – we will be praying for you.

For more information, contact Pam Miller, SCCA’s Director of Faith Formation and Liturgy. pmiller@SCCAstl.org

Men's Evening of Prayer

South City Recollection for Men

Take a break from the rat race. Experience the peace and tranquility of a quiet time of prayer lead by Fr Mike Giesler, a priest of Opus Dei. Get some practical advice on how to live your faith. Make a resolution or two to improve in your roles as husband, father, friend or worker. Confession will be available.

October 24, 2017, @ 7:30 pm St Raphael Catholic Church, 6000 Jamieson Ave., 63109. Join us beforehand, if you are able, for dinner and fellowship at Dado’s Cafe from 5:45 to 7:00 pm.

Contact Joe Cyr: jmcyrjr@me.com or Kevin Franklin: kfranklin1130@gmail.com

Announcements for the Coming Week

1. “Mass times for the Holy day of Obligation next week on August 15 have been changed. Please check the bulletin! “

 2. “Please join us on Thursday, August 10th to celebrate the opening of our new partnership school, South City Catholic Academy. The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will begin at 5:00 pm on Pernod Avenue.  Come meet staff, faculty, families and share in special activities and treats.  The Welcome Home Celebration will end at 8:00 pm.”

Pastor's Column

Sunday, August 6 2017

Dear Friends,

On this feast day of the Transfiguration I can’t help but to think of the ‘transforming’ that’s been happening at St. Joan of Arc this summer. SJA School has been transformed into SCCA: our heritage and traditions melding with that of OLS to create something new. The building itself transformed via paint and lighting; reconfigured walls, etc. New landscaping around the campus to refresh the curb appeal.  But even more than that: our parish community is changing too! We are getting younger. Since January (or halfway through the year) we have had 24 Baptisms! We have crying babies and squirming toddlers at Mass and I couldn’t be happier about that. I want us to share that excitement and get the word out there that we are a young, vibrant and viable parish: our Sunday worship, adult faith formation, young adult ministry, SVDP outreach, and community life are signs of our vitality and dedication to our call to be disciples and apostles of Jesus. All are welcome at SJA: both new parishioners and those parishioners who may have wandered from regular attendance. This week, let’s invite them to our praying, serving, welcoming and vibrant community!

Know that you are loved dearly and prayed for daily.

Peace and prayers for you,
 

Pastor's Column

Pastor’s Column
Sunday, July 30, 2017

Dear Friends,

First, an update on South City Catholic Academy.  As of today, Monday, July 24th the enrollment is 230 students, plus another 25 or so in the Learning Center. We are so excited to be partnering with Our Lady of Sorrows parish and the Archdiocese to provide this excellent opportunity for the children of our parishes and the neighborhood. The work being done in the building is moving right along.  We are on schedule to be finished by the first day of school: new drop ceilings and LED lights; reconfigured walls; new playground and landscaping; new STEM lab on the third floor; new paint, etc. We will be having an Open House sometime after the first day of school so the parish can see the “new” school. (A word also about the air conditioner in the gym: we are in the process of bidding and scheduling the replacement of those units. They are shot: they need to be replaced. We’ll be working with the archdiocese to make that happen. I’ll keep you posted.) And finally, in regards to South City Catholic Academy: many have asked about my part in the new school. I’ll be serving in a few different roles: a member of the Board of the Directors and the ‘pastor designate’. I’ll be present every day; teaching religions classes; celebrating sacraments; assisting the principal where and when needed, etc. Whatever I can do to help, that’s where I’ll be.

 

Continue your prayers for South City Catholic Academy- teachers, staff and administration. And our students and their families! Our Lady of Sorrows- pray for us! St. Joan of Arc- pray for us!

 

Secondly, I am so pleased to announce the kick off of our new Young Adult Apostolate: VISIONS. St. Joan of Arc received VISIONS from the Lord to be of service to her country and her Church. She was committed to a VISION of Peace, Justice and Freedom. She had a VISION for the Church in her country built on prayer and commitment to the Gospel. It is in this spirit that we invite the young people of the St. Joan of Arc parish community to be a part of VISIONS: A young adult group. We’ll be having a BBQ following 4:30 pm mass on Saturday, August 12th in area behind church, at the back entrance of the rectory. As our church community continues to engage and minister to young adults and families, we are looking for new ways to bridge the gap between the youth and our senior parishioners. VISIONS is looking for young, enthusiastic parishioners and their families, between the ages of 18 and 40, who are looking for a way to get involved within the church community. Parishioners of all ages are welcome to attend the BBQ and learn more about our group!" More details to come in next week’s bulletin.

Know that you are loved dearly and prayed for daily.

Peace and prayers for you.

Fr. Craig 

Introducing A Young Adult Apostolate: VISIONS

I am so pleased to announce the kick off of our new Young Adult Apostolate: VISIONS. St. Joan of Arc received VISIONS from the Lord to be of service to her country and her Church. She was committed to a VISION of Peace, Justice and Freedom. She had a VISION for the Church in her country built on prayer and commitment to the Gospel. It is in this spirit that we invite the young people of the St. Joan of Arc parish community to be a part of VISIONS: A young adult group. We’ll be having a BBQ following 4:30 pm mass on Saturday, August 12th in area behind church, at the back entrance of the rectory. As our church community continues to engage and minister to young adults and families, we are looking for new ways to bridge the gap between the youth and our senior parishioners. VISIONS is looking for young, enthusiastic parishioners and their families, between the ages of 18 and 40, who are looking for a way to get involved within the church community. Parishioners of all ages are welcome to attend the BBQ and learn more about our group!" More details to come here, Facebook and the parish bulletin.