Pastor's Column

Sunday, March 10, 2019
Dear Friends,

Happy Lent. We’ve begun our Lenten observance in preparation for the celebration of Easter. A few things to keep in pray with here.

A big thank you to everyone who participated in the Appeal for our Sister Parish in Guatemala. We are assisting them in building a church on the parish grounds. We’ve raised $13,413.25. That number automatically gets doubled thanks to an anonymous generous donor who has matched every penny that we’ve raised. Our total gift to Fr. Sergio and the Community of Hope in Guatemala is $26, 826.50.  WOW!! Once again, SJA is a witness to the generous hearts of Christians. Thank you!

Here's a special opportunity to support our school community. There’s a Trivia Night to benefit South City Catholic Academy on Saturday, March 30th, 6pm at the Our Lady of Sorrows Parish Center- Faenger Hall. It’s $200 for a table and all the fun that comes with a Trivia Night. The contact is Therese Nims at (314) 775-6016 (call or text) or theresenims@gmail.com.  Please consider putting a table together and joining in the fun. All proceeds benefit the South City Catholic Academy Makerspace. Let me know if you need more information.

It’s with a grateful heart that we recognize the retirement of Ed Ortleb as SJA’s St. Vincent de Paul Society Conference President. Ed has served faithfully for years and years. Ed- thank you for your generous service to the parish and to the needy who come to us asking for help! I’d like to thank Denny Brennan for agreeing to serve as the new President. Denny will assume leadership responsibilities immediately. Thank you, Denny, for being willing to serve.

To that end, I am pleased to announce our third Parish Life Initiative Apostolate Meeting on Monday, March 25 at 7pm in the parish office. Our topic is Social Justice, Outreach to the Poor and our St. Vincent de Paul Society. We’ve got a lot of great ideas to expand our outreach to the poor both in our neighborhood and beyond. So, if you’re interested in getting involved and have some ideas to share, please join me, Monday, March 25 at 7pm in the parish office.

So, here’s the line-up of the Parish Life Initiative Apostolate Meetings scheduled so far.

-Tuesday, March 19th – New Parishioner Outreach/Welcoming/Mentoring Apostolate

-Wednesday, March 20th – SJA Goes Green! Caring for our Common Home Apostolate

-Monday, March 25th – Social Justice, St. Vincent de Paul, Outreach to the Poor Apostolate

All meetings will happen at 7pm in the parish office/rectory. Please contact me directly if you have any questions or would like more information.  There are more Apostolate meetings coming, so please keep an eye on the bulletin, web site blog and Facebook page. 

Know that you are loved dearly and prayed for daily.