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ACTS Retreat
ACTS is a three day and three night Catholic lay retreat presented by fellow parishioners. Talks and activities during the retreat focus on Adoration, Community, Theology and Service, from which the ACTS program acronym is derived. Retreats begins on a Thursday evening and end the following Sunday at a Mass celebrated with the parish community. Retreats for men and retreats for women are given separately.
Contact: Paul Cooper – Call 314 487-2522 Ext. 222 – Email Paul Cooper


Adult Education and Faith Formation
Faith formation is a life-long process so we need to attend to it throughout our entire life. At the parish level we offer a few things on a regular basis and special things to address needs or interests as they arise. Each fall and spring we offer a 6 week, small group discussion series. These are promoted by the Archdiocese and are usually Scripture based.

The Legion of Mary maintains a spiritual reading library near the Adoration Chapel in the back of church. These materials are available to all free of charge. There is also a pamphlet rack in the back of church featuring moderately priced materials appropriate to each season.

SPECIAL NOTE: Our Archdiocese has a unique educational program called “Paul VI Pontifical Institute of Catechetical & Pastoral Studies.” Our parish pays a flat fee enabling any of our parishioners to take classes free of charge. Many of the courses are offered on-line. Their website is www.archstl.org/paul6

We are partnering with Lighthouse Catholic Media to bring their faith-raiser program to you and your family.  In the display located in the church lobby, you will find moderately priced CDs, books, booklets and pamphlets by prominent Catholic speakers and writers.   (Examples include Dr. Scott Hahn, Matthew Kelly, Fr. Robert Barron, Blessed Mother Teresa, Archbishop Fulton Sheen, etc.)  These materials are very effective tools for both evangelization and catechesis.  Titles rotate often, so be sure to check the display frequently.

We are always open to suggestions. If you’re interested in something relative to faith or morals, we would like to help you find a way to explore it! 
Contact: Paul Cooper – Call 314 487-2522 Ext. 222 – Email Paul Cooper


Bible Study
Our parish participates in the Archdiocesan sponsored adult-ed series offered each fall and spring. The sessions are usually scripture based and the 6 week small group formats take place in parishioners’ homes or at the parish. 
Contact: Paul Cooper – Call 314 487-2522 Ext. 222 – Email Paul Cooper


Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW)
During the 10:00 a.m. Sunday Mass, children in grades K-4 are invited to leave church with a team of volunteers to go over to the school foyer where Scriptures are proclaimed from the Children’s Lectionary. The team then provides a reflection experience after which the children pray the Apostles’ Creed and Petitions. The children return to church during the offertory. There is no fee or registration for children to participate. Four teams of parishioners rotate through the weekends of each month to provide the experience. 
Contact: Paul Cooper – Call 314 487-2522 Ext. 222 – Email Paul Cooper


Elementary School Program
The School is a Christ-Centered, Family-Sensitive setting that provides quality Catholic education for the children of our parish. We are proud to prepare students in faith, with knowledge, through leadership and service to become prepared for a life of discipleship. Our commitment is best expressed by the message that greets our families as they enter the school building: Be it known to all who enter here that Christ is the reason for this school, the unseen, but ever-present teacher in its classes, the model of its faculty, the inspiration of its students. St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Elementary School is accredited by the Missouri Non-Public Accrediting Association and a member of the National Catholic Education Association.

Additional information is available at the School Website

Contact: Marianne Freiling – Call 314 487-1666 Ext. 214 – Email Marianne Freiling


Legion of Mary
The Legion of Mary is a world-wide organization of Catholic men and women who offer their services to their Pastor to aid him in performing spiritual works in the parish. This is done by placing themselves under the banner of Mary so that with her help they may develop greater holiness in their own lives, as well as spread a deeper devotion to Mary among others. Meetings are held every Monday, 9:00 a.m., (immediately following 8:00 a.m. Mass), in the Parish Office, small conference room. Members generally spend about 2 hours per week in their works.

Auxiliary Membership consists of those who are unable to assume the duties of active membership, but who associate themselves with the Legion by undertaking a service of prayer. This service consists in the daily recitation of the prayers comprised in the Tessera, namely: the invocation and prayer of the Holy Spirit; five decades of the rosary and the invocations which follow them; the Catena; and the prayers described as “concluding prayers.”

The Legion also maintains free materials to borrow in a Catholic reading library near the Adoration Chapel as well as a pamphlet rack in the back of church featuring moderately priced materials appropriate to each season.
Contact: Mary Dolores Downey – Call 314 293-1855
Contact: Bert Tonkovic – Call 314 487-4316 – Email Bert Tonkovic
Contact: Laurie Jennewein – Email Laurie Jennewein


Parish School of Religion (PSR)
The PSR Program provides religious instruction for students in grades 1-8 who do not otherwise receive formal religion classes. The program runs from September through May, and meets on Monday evenings, 6:00-7:15 p.m. Registrations are taken in May for those returning and in August for new participants. Mid-year registrations are handled individually by the Director of Religious Education. psr

Additional information is available at the  PSR Website
Contact: Paul Cooper – Call 314 487-2522 Ext. 222 – Email Paul Cooper


Preschool Program
The Preschool provides a loving Christian environment that helps three, four and five year old students grow intellectually, spiritually, emotionally and socially. This program is open to all families in our neighborhood and operates under the direction of the SMMA School Principal. The Preschool operates nine months of the year (September-May). Morning and afternoon sessions are available throughout the week, as well as Lunch Bunch, which is an extended day opportunity. 

Additional information is available at the Preschool Website

Contact: Marianne Freiling – Call 314 487-1666 Ext. 214 – Email Marianne Freiling


Protecting God’s Children
Participation in the Protecting God’s Children Program is mandatory for all archdiocesan employees and volunteers, 18 years of age and older, who work with children on a regular basis. 

This includes all employees and volunteers in the Scouting Programs, all coaches/assistant coaches/umpires/referees in the sports programs, as well as all volunteers in the Youth Ministry, PSR, CLOW, Preschool of Religion, Vacation Bible School and Day School. 

Developed by National Catholic Services, Protecting God’s Children is a comprehensive program that includes two video presentations which incorporate stories from victims of sexual abuse and their families, who speak about the impact that the abuse has had on them. In addition, the videos feature testimony from perpetrators of child abuse. 

The program also provides information on how to prevent situations that can lead to abuse, on what behaviors should raise concern about abuse, and on how to report abuse.
Contact: Barbara Hoeing -Call 487-2522, Ext. 206 – Email Barb Hoeing 


Respect Life Committee
Rooted in the love of all human life from conception to natural death in keeping with the law of God, we commit ourselves as the Pro-Life Committee of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque parish to prayer, physical and financial assistance where there is a need to help save lives with particular focus on those issues in the culture that threaten life – abortion, infanticide, euthanasia and unethical advances in scientific technology. 
The SMMA Respect Life Committee meets on the first Monday of the month, 4 – 5 times during the school year. All pro-life parishioners are welcome to join.
Contact: Debbie Zobrist – Call 314 892-1214 – Email Debbie Zobrist


Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
RCIA is a four-stage process for adults wanting to profess the Catholic faith. The program cycles in conjunction with the liturgical calendar and culminates with Initiation at the Easter Vigil. Inquiries about the program are always welcome. 
Contact: Paul Cooper – Call 314 487-2522 Ext. 222 – Email Paul Cooper


Stewardship Committee
Volunteers coordinate Stewardship Awareness Sunday events and help further stewardship education throughout the year. The committee always welcomes new volunteers.
Contact: Tom Holcomb – Call 314 894-9833 – Email Tom Holcomb


Vacation Bible School (VBS)
Our VBS is a teen service project. Under the supervision of the Director of Religious Education, teens from the parish design a 5 day event for the younger children (preschool-3rd grade) to “play” with Bible stories. VBS takes place the last full week of June. 
Contact: Paul Cooper – Call 314 487-2522 Ext. 222 – Email Paul Cooper


Weekends for the Engaged
For engaged couples who select a parish-based preparation program, we provide a weekend format to explore the program “Beloved.” The weekends are offered every four months and are facilitated by host couples.
Contact: Paul Cooper – Call 314 487-2522 Ext. 222 – Email Paul Cooper


Youth Ministry
St. Margaret Mary Alacoque’s Youth Ministry strives to guide our young Catholic Church towards the WAY of TRUTH by providing opportunities to develop and dedicate their thoughts, words and actions to living the LIFE of Christ.

Middle schoolers, high schoolers and young adults are invited to grow in their faith as a community through many and varied opportunities and events throughout the year. Along with weekly youth group, we participate in the Steubenville Youth Conference, Washington, D.C. Pro-Life March, Luke 18 Youth Retreat, plus much more.

Junior High Ministry (7th & 8th Graders): Two Mondays a month at 7:00 p.m. in the Youth Room during school year supplemented by summer activities

High School Youth Group: Every Sunday 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. in the Youth Room

Magis Nights: Held the 4th Tuesday of every month from 7:30-9:00 p.m. for students 7th-12th Grades

If you are a young adult and feel called to serve in ministry with the youth, please contact Melissa. Adult volunteers are needed to chaperone, drive, assist with fundraisers, Luke 18 food prep and provide sleep houses.  Follow us on Instagram and Twitter @smma_ym.

Contact: Director of Youth Ministry, Melissa Boesch –
Call 314 487-2522 Ext. 261 – Email Melissa Boesch