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ACTS Retreats

ACTS retreats have enriched the lives of hundreds of thousands of people; men and women, teens and retirees, rich and poor, Catholic and non-Catholic, in the United States as well as other countries. They have reinvigorated the spiritual lives of individuals, of families, of entire parishes.  Join your fellow parishioners for a weekend ACTS retreat to laugh together, pray together, and renew your relationship with God and one another.

Parishioners of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque are pleased to present the ACTS weekend retreat. Members of our parish present the retreat with spiritual direction from our parish priests.

A retreat begins with check-in at St. Margaret Mary Alacoque church at 6:15pm on Thursday evening. It ends with 11:30am Mass on Sunday at St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, followed by a potluck lunch in the Parish Center for retreatants and their families. Transportation is provided to and from the retreat center.

PLEASE NOTE: The cost of the retreat should not prevent anyone from attending the retreat. Confidential financial assistance is available. 

Frequently Asked Questions click here.

2017 Women’s Retreat – September 14 – 17 ~ Click here to download retreat registration info.
2017 Men’s Retreat Scheduled for December 7 – 10 ~ Registration info will be available soon.

Contacts:
Men Retreats: Ed Kovarik – 314 487-1570 – Email Ed Kovarik
Womens Retreats: Kathy Milner – 314-651-2587 – Email Kathy Milner


Altar Society
These volunteers care for the altar area and sacristy. Working with a partner, they clean the altar, holy water fonts and change the altar cloths. 
Contact: Mary Sue Westmeyer – Call 314 892-6469 – Email Mary Sue


Ambassadors (Greeters)
This group of dedicated individuals greets parishioners and visitors at weekend Masses. This is the perfect opportunity to create a welcoming atmosphere through a warm smile and friendly greeting for those entering our faith community to celebrate the liturgy. Volunteers generally greet one time per month at a weekend Mass.
Contact: Parish Office – Call 314 487-2522 Ext. 201 – Email Parish Office


Eucharistic Adoration
Eucharistic Adoration is prayer time in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. We have a beautiful Adoration Chapel and all parishioners are welcome. Four Chapel Administrators who serve a two-year term are needed to ensure that the schedule runs smoothly for adorers and that the chapel is maintained appropriately. Time specific volunteers are also needed to ensure that someone is present around the clock. You can also substitute for an absent regular adorer as often as your schedule allows. You will find it is a quiet and emotionally rewarding experience that will bring you closer to the Lord.
Please visit our Adoration Website.


Extraordinary Ministers
Volunteers, who are at least 18 years of age, assist the priest with distribution of Holy Communion. You will be trained and commissioned for this ministry and assigned approximately 2 Masses per month.
The current schedule is available on the Documents to Download page.
Contact: Barbara Druhe – Call 314 849-4704 – Email Barbara Druhe 


Gift Bearers
Gift Bearers are members of the congregation who present the bread and wine to the priest at Mass. Any member/family in the congregation is welcome to volunteer to bring the gifts to the altar by picking up the small statue of the Holy Family that sits on the table with the gifts before Mass begins. The individual/family keeps the statue with them in the pew and places it back on the table when they pick up the gifts for presentation.


Lectors
Lectors are called to proclaim the Word of God in the first and second readings, prayers of the faithful, and end of Mass announcements. At a Mass without music, they may read the Responsorial Psalm. Each lector is generally assigned to one Mass per month.
Contact: Brian Groppe – Call 314 845-9065 – Email Brian Groppe 


Liturgy Committee
This committee, made up of representatives from the Liturgical Ministries, (Choirs, Extraordinary Ministers, Lectors), our priests, deacons and our DRE, plans and provides for the spiritual development of each member of the Parish community through the liturgical celebration. All parishioners are welcome to participate in this group. Meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of the month, 7:00 p.m. in the Teacher’s Lounge, (no meetings in June and July). 
Contact: Parish Office – Call 314 487-2522 Ext. 201 – Email Parish Office


Music Ministry
Our volunteer singing groups praise God and provide leadership to the congregation in their singing of parts of the Mass and hymns. We also sing special music on occasions to inspire and uplift the congregation. Our funeral choir provides an Evangelistic voice to believers and non-believers alike.

Cantor: These individuals sing and lead congregational singing at liturgical celebrations.
Contact: Mike Laubert – Call 314 892-8821 – Email Mike Laubert

Children’s Choir: This children’s choir (grades 2-6) sings on the 1st Sunday of the month at the 10:00 a.m. Mass.
Contact: Sharon Albritton – Call 314 892-7367 – Email Sharon Albritton

Contemporary Choir: This adult and young adult choir normally sings on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and if needed, 5th Sundays at the 10:00 a.m. Mass, and at other liturgical celebrations. Their focus is on performing various styles of liturgical music including traditional and contemporary music, accompanied by a variety of musical instruments. The choir practices one evening per week throughout the school year.
Contact: Sharon Albritton – Call 314 892-7367 – Email Sharon Albritton

Funeral Choir: Also known as the Resurrection Choir, this choir sings the funeral Masses. We meet one-half hour before the Mass begins to warm up and go over the hymns.
Contact: Mike Laubert – Call 314 892-8821 – Email Mike Laubert

Saturday 4:30 p.m. Choir: We have found a number of people who love to sing and like the Saturday 4:30 p.m. Mass. This “melody only” choir sings the Mass parts and hymns in unison to keep things simple. We warm up at 4:00 p.m. right before the Mass. Some members augment the 8:30 a.m. choir for special liturgical celebrations including Christmas, Triduum, and Easter.
Contact: Mike Laubert – Call 314 892-8821 – Email Mike Laubert

Traditional Choir: This choir sings the 8:30 a.m. Mass and other liturgical celebrations using a wide variety of repertoire from Classical to Contemporary music, as well as singing the normal Sunday liturgies. The Traditional Choir practices September through May on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m.
Contact: Mike Laubert – Call 314 892-8821 – Email Mike Laubert

Youth Ministry Praise & Worship Band:
This youth-based musical group comprises singers and musicians performing primarily Contemporary Christian songs and an occasional traditional hymn for the 11:30 a.m. Sunday Mass. Songs are accompanied by a variety of instruments including piano, drum, ukulele, bass, acoustic and electric guitars, violin, bongo and djembe drums. The band rehearses Tuesday evenings from 7:00-8:30.
Contact: Melissa Boesch – Call 314 487-2522, ext. 261 – Email Melissa Boesch


Rosary Recitations
The Legion of Mary leads a daily recitation of the Rosary after 8:00 a.m. Mass. Parishioners, along with school children, recite the Rosary together at 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday afternoons during the school year.


Servers
Altar servers are boys and girls in grades 5-8, who assist the ministers at the altar. After a training program, they are scheduled in advance to serve specific Masses. 
Contact: Parish Office – Call 314 487-2522 Ext. 201 – Email Parish Office


Ushers
Ushers are the first person to be met inside church with a welcoming attitude, setting the tone for worship as they greet everyone with a pleasant smile, and if needed escort them to their seats. Ushers collect the offertory, assist with the logistics for Holy Communion, which includes providing assistance for those with physical limitations who are not able to come forward for reception of Holy Communion. Ushers hand out bulletins as Mass concludes with a friendly farewell. They are scheduled for approximately 1-2 Masses per month.
Contact: Debbie Zobrist – Call 314 892-1214 – Email Debbie Zobrist


Vocation Icon
Parishioners have the opportunity to have the Vocation Icon in their home for a week to pray for vocations to the priesthood, permanent diaconate, and consecrated religious life and to heighten awareness of each person’s call to holiness and service.
Contact: Ken & Nancy Weis – Call 314 487-0127 – Email Ken & Nancy Weis