1st Monday of Advent Holy Hour

Away in a Manger


Away in a manger,
No crib for a bed,
The little Lord Jesus
Laid down his sweet head;
The stairs in the sky
Looked down where he lay,
The little Lord Jesus,
Asleep on the hay.

The cattle are lowing,
The Baby awakes,
But little Lord Jesus,
No crying he makes;
I Love thee, Lord Jesus!
Look down from the sky,
And stay by my cradle
Till morning is nigh.

Be near me, Lord Jesus,
I ask the to stay
Close by me forever,
And love me, I pray;
Bless all the dear children
In thy tender care,
And fit us for heaven
to live with thee there.








-First Meditation Point: “the little Lord Jesus” willingly takes on human form at its most vulnerable and dependent, that of newborn baby.  And yet He contains in Himself the infinity, omnipresence, omnipotence, and omniscience of God. How big are my problems? My sins? My fears and anxieties? And is my idea of who God is to and for me big enough to encompass and ultimately conquer those things that seem insurmountable?

            -Scripture to pray with: Job, chapter 38-42 

-Second Meditation Point: What else have I tried to conquer or cope with those things that haunt, hurt and hunt me?  Escapism in its forms: self-medication through food, drink, shopping, entertainment, internet? Do I use sarcasm, gossip and detraction to build up a façade of my false self? Have I truly taken the time to find the relevant teachings of Christ in Scripture and the Tradition of the Church to assist me in discovering and living the best and truest version of myself?

            -Scripture to pray with: Psalm 139; Jeremiah 18:1-8

-Third Meditation Point: Am I aware of the times when I feel close to God, Father, Son and Spirit and when I feel distant from Him? What circumstances and experiences in my daily life bring me closer to Him and which take me away from Him? Am I aware that God has something to say to me now?

            -Scripture to pray with: Psalm 51; John 15

1st Sunday of Advent Reflection

By Dan Queathem, a parishioner

First Sunday of Advent

November 27, 2016


Put on the Armor of Light  (Romans 13:12)


On this First Sunday of Advent, we celebrate a new year in the life of the Church. Our readings seem to ask us, What new years resolutions will you make this Advent? The Church invites us to reflect on our lives and rededicate our minds and hearts to Jesus this Christmas.


In our first reading from Isaiah, we hear, Come, let us climb the Lords mountain that He may instruct us in His ways and we may walk in His paths (Is. 2:1-5). Isaiah reminds us that the Christian life is not easy. Like climbing a mountain, it can be difficult and bumpy at times. But the reward is well worth the effort.


In his letter to the Romans, St. Paul challenges us to throw off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light (Romans 13:12). With the start of Advent, his exhortation is more urgent than ever. In the most humble manger, our Lord is born to Mary, the virgin of Nazareth. He draws close to us and invites us to follow Him.


In Matthews gospel, Jesus exhorts us, Stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come (Mt 24:42). Wake up, Jesus cries out to us, for I am coming to dwell with you. Are you ready to receive me?


As we begin this new liturgical year, take some time to reflect on your life. Consider what resolutions you need to make to prepare your heart for Christ. Is God calling you to pray for 10 extra minutes each day? Has it been a while since your last confession? Is Jesus inviting you to read scripture or to arrive to church early to talk quietly with Him? Maybe He is asking you to serve your family, friends, parish or community in a new way.


In whatever way Jesus is calling you to prepare for His coming this Christmas, do not ignore Him. Listen to Him. Create space in your life for Him. Make your New Years resolutions this Advent and stick with them. When you do, you will experience the profound joy and lasting peace that come only from walking in the light of the Lord (Isaiah 2:5).

This weekend at SJA

Masses this weekend:

Thursday, Nov 24 - Thanksgiving - 9:30am - Fr. Craig presiding and preaching

Saturday, Nov 26, 4:30pm - Monsignor Dempsey

Sunday, Nov 27, 8am - Father Rafi

10:30am - Father Craig

1st Sunday of Advent: Come, Lord Jesus!

And check this out: this Sunday, after Mass, we're going to Baptize 6 babies! How awesome is that?!?! SJA is young and growing!

A Town Hall Meeting - A Renaissance in Catholic Education

On Thursday, November 17, our parish will host a town-hall meeting regarding the recommendations that were shared with us on Sunday, October 30, on the future of our school and Catholic education in the Archdiocese of St. Louis.  Since that meeting, the School Oversight Committee planning committee has been addressing the questions that were submitted.  They have let us know that they appreciate everyone’s participation and questions, and that they are looking forward to talking with you further.  At this town-hall meeting, the questions you submitted will be answered by representatives from the School Oversight Committee.  In addition, you will be able to ask additional questions of our guests.  I would encourage all parishioners and parents to take advantage of this opportunity to hear more about these recommendations and to share your thoughts.  The meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Church.


In addition to the communication channels shared at the October 30 meeting (Southcityschoolsinfo@archstl.org; 314.792.7308; 20 Archbishop May Drive, STL, MO 63119), the School Oversight Committee has set up a webpage where information concerning the recommendations is posted (www.archstl.org/renaissance). The webpage will be updated as more information is available for publication (i.e.:  Town-Hall Q &A).