The 55+ Club of SMMA is a senior social club. Our regular sessions include the meeting, refreshments and bingo with occasional guest speakers and entertainment. Among these monthly sessions are: a New Year’s party, an indoor pot luck picnic in June, a trip to Fairmount Park in July, a Ted Drewes’ custard social in September, a wiener roast in October, pumpkin pies in November and a Christmas party in December. Guests are always welcome. You need not be a parishioner to belong to the club. Meetings are held on the second Sunday of the month, 1:30 p.m. in the Cafeteria.
Contact: Paul Gross, Jr. – Call 314 487-3723
Achieving Christ in Our Neighborhood (ACTION)
This is a ministry for developmentally disabled adults who are sometimes overlooked in the mainstream activities of daily parish life and the opportunities offered for social, ministerial and outreach activities. A group of volunteers holds monthly themed events with lunch for the participants, their parents and caregivers. Attendees participate in fun activities while parents and caregivers share ideas and offer support to each other.
Contact: Carmen Alivernia – Call 314 329-6799
Contact: Judy Burns – Call 314 892-5522 – Email Judy Burns
Contact: Judy Ryan – Call 314 892-6329 – Email Judy Ryan
The Athletic Association is a community effort to provide a Catholic/ Christian environment for our parishioners, young and old, to participate in sports (baseball, softball, soccer, volleyball, & basketball). Volunteers from the parish run the organization and volunteer as coaches. The Athletic Association has a direct impact on our students beyond the field by contributing to the Bible presentation for our 6th graders in the Fall, and offering four scholarships each year to graduating students who have participated in sports. Major funding for these and all other activities is provided by a Calendar Raffle with daily winners. SMMA Athletic Association relies on volunteer support. Every parent of a child in an athletic program throughout the calendar year is a member of the association. Meetings are held on the second Monday of the month, 8:00 p.m. in the Cafeteria.
The auction is a major fundraiser for the parish and requires many volunteers to support it. We need parishioners who are interested in administration, computer input, decorating, soliciting donations and ads, mailings, pick-up of items, as well as helping out the night of the auction with spotting and closing bids and clean-up. Contact: Robin Dannegger, 283-2249, firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact: Robin Dannegger – Call 314 283-2249 – Email Robin Dannegger
Come join our Bridge Club. We are always looking for new people who are interested in playing bridge and having fun. Meetings are held on Wednesdays, 9:00 a.m.- Noon in the Scout Room.
Contact: Barb McLean – Call 314 892-2111
The Grief Support Group is a parish ministry offered for those grieving the loss of a loved one. Through our support group meetings, we hope to bring about comfort, compassion, consolation and healing. Resources, programs and one-on-one support are available. Our meetings are held at SMMA in the Teacher Aide Room several times during the year.
Contact: Jim & Betsy Wyrsch – Call 314 842-4224
Holy Name Society
The Holy Name Society is a men’s spiritual, service and fraternal organization. The society sponsors several prayer events for its members, including two annual White House Retreats and a Communion Breakfast. It also sponsors the first Friday fish fries (September-Lent) and the Lenten fish fries to support the Pro-Life committee and the SMMA St. Vincent de Paul Society, respectively.
Together with other parish organizations, the Holy Name Society financially sponsors Bibles for our 6th graders, religious formation of parish members, Eagle Scout projects, as well as many other worthwhile causes.
Social events include the Father-Son Christmas Party, Father-Daughter Valentine’s Dance and Grizzlies baseball game. Meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month, 7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria immediately following a rosary recitation & Mass at 6:45 p.m. Mass in church.
Contact: Rich Sartori – Call 314 422-4069 – Email Rich Sartori
Home & School Association
This organization is open to all parents of students in St. Margaret Mary Alacoque School and strives to promote unity and communication between home and school. The objectives of the Home & School Association are to support the faith development and religious growth of the students in the school. In addition, the organization supports SMMA School through hospitality, fundraising, social events and volunteer activities. Meetings are announced in the school newsletter.
Contact: Marianne Freiling – Call 314 487-1666 Ext. 214 – Email Marianne Freiling
Knights of Columbus Council 14719
The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic men’s organization dedicated to Christian unity, fraternity, charity and patriotism. We are guided by our belief in God and the Catholic Church, but also have a great belief in each other and in ourselves. We believe that a man is defined by his actions as a follower of God and as a leader in his community. Among the many activities we sponsor are the annual golf tournament, the National MR (Tootsie Roll) Drive, a Christmas Raffle, Free Family Night, Grade School Soccer Challenge and Free-Throw Contest, and St. Patrick’s Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner. These events allow us to provide direct financial support to the SMMA Tuition Fund & OASIS Program, Vocation Scholarship, SMMA Teen Ministry and SMMA ACTION Group and many other charitable undertakings.
Today, we are looking for the next generation of Knights…men of character and conviction who are driven by both faith and conscience
to do truly meaningful works. Join the Knights if you want to: enhance your family life, serve your community, strengthen your faith, and enjoy the satisfaction. We are open to Catholic men 18 years of age and older. Meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of the month, 7:00 p.m. in the Cafeteria.
Join the many volunteers it takes to plan this monumental June event. Meetings begin in January.
Contact: Jill Vaughn – Call 314 845-9246 – Email Jill Vaughn
Receive prayer requests by e-mail and say daily prayers for whomever or whatever they need. Everyone is welcome to participate by signing up to receive emails.
Contact: BettyAnn Henn – Call 314 605-9420 – Email Prayer Chain
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Prayer shawls are prayerfully knitted or crocheted by talented parishioners for those among us who are experiencing difficulties of illness or loss. A shawl is a gift that comforts; a visible sign of God’s love for us; a gift from the heart to nourish the spirit.
Contact: Betsy Wyrsch – Call 314 842-4224
Anyone interested in quilting or any type of sewing or stitching should join us on Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. or Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. until Noon for relaxing, productive fellowship. Items are raffled, sold through orders, after some Masses and at an occasional craft fair with profits going back to the parish. There are some projects available for working at home.
Contacts: Marilyn Dudenhoeffer – Call 314 892-7561 – Email Marilyn Dudenhoeffer
Joan Loseto – Call 314 892-3566 – Email Joan Loseto
SMMA participates in a well-established scouting program. Details of each program can be obtained by calling the contact person for that level.
The Boy Scout Program fosters belief in God, while learning new skills through camping, hiking, backpacking, water activities, community and church service. During the 45 years of Troop 671’s existence, with over 1,500 young men participating, we have been very active with campouts, hikes, trips and service. Dedicated leaders emphasize the aims of scouting: promoting character, fitness and citizenship, and developing leadership in our youth. Boys ages 10 1⁄2-18 welcome. Meetings are every Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. in the Scout Room.
Contact: Paul Giljum – Call 314 892-2926 – Email Paul Giljum
Our Cub Scout program is for boys school aged through 10 years. The Cub Scouts help to foster belief in God, while the scouts learn new skills, working individually as well as with others.
Contact: Bob Juergens – Call 314 487-8792 – Email Bob Juergens
Our Girl Scout program includes girls from kindergarten through 8th grade. A girl may join at any level and participate in age-specific developmental activities. Note: Interested high school girls should call for additional information.
Contact: Jenny Holcomb – Call 314 845-2453 – Email Jenny Holcomb
American Heritage Girls
American Heritage Girls is a faith-based girls’ program for ages 5 – 18. “Building women of integrity through service to God, family, community and country” is AHG’s mission. Girls participate in many fun and fulfilling activities in efforts to fulfill their mission.
Contacts: Brad Downen – Call 314 220-3488 – Email Brad Downen
Mary Blanner – Call 314 941-4721 – Email Mary Blanner
This committee is comprised of volunteers who maintain the Parish website.
Contact: Bill Herberholt – Email Bill Herberholt
This group of volunteers contacts new parishioners to provide information about what SMMA has to offer, creating a welcoming atmosphere through phone calls and hand delivery of welcome packets.
Contact: Jo Ann Hasty – Call 314 952-0581 – Email Jo Ann Hasty
Contact: Beth Frazier – Call 314 359-1079 – Email Beth Frazier
Widows & Widowers
This group provides a social gathering opportunity for men and women who share the personal loss of a spouse. We meet 4-6 times per year, normally on the second Tuesday of the month.
Contact: Dee Wirtz – Call 314 894-0393 – Email Dee Wirtz
Women’s Inspirational Network (WIN)
WIN aspires to spiritually inspire the women of SMMA through prayer, service and fellowship for the honor and glory of God. Meetings are on the 1st Wednesday of the month, year round at 7:00 p.m.
Contact: WIN Board – Email WIN Board
Young Adult Catholics Hanging Together (YACHT CLUB)
The SMMA YACHT Club (Young Adult Catholics Hanging Together) connects young (and young at heart!) adults (21+) of the parish with each other and with the parish through social, service, and faith based activities. This organization was established to help build a sense of community and support among young adults of the parish who sometimes struggle to connect with one another if they don’t have kids in first grade! Past events include baseball games, human foosball, adult Easter egg hunt, speaker series, food truck Fridays, etc. Members are single, divorced, married, married with kids, married with dogs…. some are newly engaged, and some just celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary!