Here I am at the 6000 block of Potomac, praying with the Blessed Mother thanks to the Daughter of Mary member who lives here!  This weekend is Gaudete (Rejoice) Sunday and I hope everyone is getting ready to 'usher' in another celebration of Christ's birth!  Let's give a cheer to our church ushers, since one lives here, also!  Thanks for the years of dedication to SJA!


This Week's Pastor's Column

Pastor’s ColumnSunday, December 10, 2017


Tomorrow, Monday, December 11, Monsignor Dempsey and I will be available to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation from 7-8pm in church.  The celebration is part of the regular Advent Holy Hour devotion on Mondays that include Eucharistic Adoration and guided meditation. All are welcome and invited!

A point a prayer:

As we prepare to celebrate, once again, the birth day of Jesus, a question presents itself: what difference did Jesus’s birth make for the human experience? Volumes and volumes have been written in an attempt to answer this question. The answers range from the cosmic and unimaginable to the personal and spiritual. I guess there’s our place for prayer this Advent: what difference does the celebration of Christmas make in my life? As I go to Christmas parties and engage with all the secular expectations of Christmas like gift giving and ‘peace and good-will to all mankind’, what real difference does the real Incarnation of God into the human experience make in my life? Or is it an empty social convention that I just have to “get through the holidays”. Let’s ask the Blessed Mother to pray for us: may we be engaged with the cosmic, spiritual and personal affect that God’s Incarnation in Jesus makes not only in the world, but in my life, my daily lived experience. If I don’t know what the affect is, well, then that’s my place for prayer!

Know that you are loved dearly and prayed for daily.

Peace and prayers for you,

Christmas Scrip Cards!!

Family and friends asking Santa Claus for gift cards this Christmas?!?! Buy those gift cards from the St. Joan of Arc Scrip Fundraising Program. We have a ton in stock from a wide variety of stores and services. We sell them on Saturday/Sunday after Mass and they're always available for purchase every day in the parish office. If we don't have something in stock, we can order it, and it'll be here in 5-7 business days. Drop us a line at the parish office for more info! or (314) 832-2838

The Shepherd's Marathon

The SJA shepherd's marathon has begun for 2017!  He's showing his age but will try to run around the neighborhood again this year, starting at the Kid Kare Building.  Here's the first part of his message:

Our shepherd hastens to bring hope                                                                                               With Adidas on his feet                                                                                                                     Glad tidings he delivers                                                                                                                    To all friends  and neighbors he meets!


The Week's Pastor's Column

Pastor’s Column for Sunday, December 3, 2017

Dear Friends,

A happy and blessed Advent to you.

I’d like to invite you, especially young members of the SJA community, to a casual Christmas gathering after the 4:30pm Mass next Saturday, December 9 in the school cafeteria/parish center. Visions, the SJA Young Adult Group, will host the event with food, beverages, games for the kids and adults. I’d like to personally invite the young families and single people of the parish. And don’t forget your festive Christmas sweater! Here’s the announcement that appeared on the parish web site and facebook page:


"Are you looking for the perfect opportunity to break out your newest Christmas sweater? Visions Young Adult group invites you to join in an evening of fellowship at our 1st annual Christmas Party. This event will be after 4:30 mass on Saturday, December 9th in the South City Catholic Academy cafeteria. Join fellow parishioners of all ages in celebrating the advent season with Visions final event of the 2017 year! Pizza and beverages will be provided along with fun Christmas themed activities for kids and those who are kids at heart this time of year. We hope all are able to join us in celebrating a great 2017 and don't forget to dress festive! Contact parishioner Nate Kulla with questions at"

Our Advent Holy Hours continue again this year: each Monday of Advent in church from 7-8pm: Eucharistic Adoration, guided meditation, and Benediction at 8pm. We’ll have additional priests for the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Monday, December 11 from 7-8pm.

Know that you are loved dearly and prayed for daily.

Peace and prayer for you,