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Msgr. Norb Ernst Pastor
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November

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Welcome to the beautiful season of Advent that begins a new Liturgical Year! During this very busy time of the year, Advent allows us to quiet our hearts and prepare spiritually for the Christmas Season. “Advent has a two-fold character: as a season to prepare for Christmas when Christ’s first coming to us is remembered, and as a season when that remembrance directs our mind and heart to await Christ’s second coming at the end of time. Advent thus is a period of devout and joyful expectation.” (from the Ordo)

Since Advent is a season of joyful expectation, we will offer the Blessing For Expecting Parents at our Masses next weekend. 

One of the traditional Catholic ways of preparing for Christmas is to go to confession. Once again we will offer our Advent Reconciliation Weekend which will take place at St. Francis of Assisi church Friday, December 17, 6 – 8pm and Saturday, December 18, 9am – 3pm. The priests of our parish, as well as SFA and QAS, will be hearing confessions that weekend. Celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation is a beautiful way to prepare for Christmas.

I wanted to add an encouraging word about Year End Giving. Realizing you receive many requests for donations, each year your generous response to our Year End Appeal has allowed us to meet our budget. Year end giving could also benefit your tax situation.

First of all, SPECIAL THANKS to those of you who have supported our parish this past year, specifically through Sunday Offerings and our Gold Envelope Ensuring the Future Fund, and especially all those who switched to E-giving through Faith Direct. For those who haven’t been able to do weekly donations, maybe a year end gift could be a possibility and an expression of gratitude to God for all His gifts and blessings you have received.

Have you ever practiced “waiting?” I know I’m not too good at it. Advent is a time to practice this virtue. We are willing to wait for things we consider very important. Tickets to the World Series! Parents wait 9 months for their child. Jesus had promised to return, commonly called the Second Coming. When he didn’t, many of the first Christians struggled to believe in His promise. So…the prayer of Advent: “Wait for the Lord with courage. Be stouthearted and wait for the Lord!”

Happy Advent!

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NEW SYSTEM FOR SAFE ENVIRONMENT COMPLIANCE

The Archdiocese of St. Louis has developed a new system for safe environment compliance called Prevent and Protect STL. Everyone (clergy, employees, and volunteers) ministering to minors and vulnerable adults in the Archdiocese is required and asked to register in the new system. Click here for more information.

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Happenings

  • Advent by Candlelight
    Presence over Presents Advent by Candlelight Sunday, November 28, 2021 5 to 8 pm in the Parish Center As we prepare our …
  • Youth Ministry – Luke 18 & Steubenville News
    SMMA Luke 18 Retreat SMMA Youth Ministry will be hosting its Luke 18 Retreat for all parish 7th graders the weekend of December 3-5, and …
  • Giving Tree
    THE CHRISTMAS GIVING TREE WILL BE DECORATED AND IN THE CHURCH FOYER ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27! Please take an ornament tag which …
  • Athletic Association Trivia Night
      SPORTS  TRIVIA NIGHT JANUARY 14thSponsored by SMMA Athletic Association In the SMMA Parish Center Doors open at 6:00 pm and trivia starts …


More Happenings…

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Current Religious Schedules

Monday – Friday, 6:30 & 8:00 am Saturday – 8:00 am
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Saturday Vigil 4:30 pm
Sunday 7, 8:30, 10:00 & 11:30 am.
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Saturdays, after 8:00 am Live Stream Mass approximately 8:40 am
Saturdays 3:30 to 4:15 pm Also, the First Tuesday of
the month at 8:30 am or by Appointment

One Sunday a month from 6 to 7 pm, Fr. Samuel will offer a Virtual Holy Hour Live Stream including Adoration and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. Check the bulletin for schedule.

Everyone is welcome to join us through the same link that is used for daily Mass.
Holy Hour is live-streamed.
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Eucharistic Adoration

Our Eucharistic Adoration Chapel, located in St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Church is open for visitors to adore beloved Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, in the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar. Catholics and non-Catholics are welcome to stop in and pray during these hours:

Continuous Adoration Monday 7am through Wednesday 7pm
Thursday 7am – 7pm
Friday 7am – 7pm

The Chapel is closed during the evenings after 7 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and on weekends.  On weekends it serves as the Cry Room during Masses. Adoration is also suspended during these holidays:

      • Christmas Day
      • New Year’s Day
      • Good Friday

For more information … Email:smmaadorationchapel@gmail.com
Adoration Chairpersons: John and Linda Ederle.
Click here for more info.

Eucharistic Minister, Lector, Usher, and Altar Server Schedules are now available online here. If you would like to be a Mass Minister contact Sue Brandt in the Parish Office. sbrandt@smmaparish.org or phone 314-487-2522 Ext. 201.

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Would that I could exhaust myself in acts of thanksgiving and gratitude towards this Divine Heart, for the great favor He shows us, in deigning to accept our help to make Him known, loved and honored; He reserves infinite blessings for all those who devote themselves to this work."–St. Margaret Mary Alacoque See MoreSee Less
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"But rather, love your enemies and do good to them, and lend expecting nothing back; then your reward will be great and you will be children of the Most High, for he himself is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. Be merciful, just as [also] your Father is merciful."–Luke 6:35-36 See MoreSee Less
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St. John Berchmans (1599-1621) was born in Flanders, Belgium, the eldest of five children of a shoemaker. He was a virtuous and well-liked child who would often rise early to serve at two or three Masses a day before he reached the age of seven. On Friday evenings he had a custom of making the Stations of the Cross outdoors while barefoot. When he was nine years old his mother suffered from a long and terrible illness, and John faithfully attended her bedside until she died. As a pious young person devoted to the things of God, he enrolled in a Jesuit college where he was known for being an energetic and outgoing student with great academic potential and leadership qualities. He also joined the Society of the Blessed Virgin and prayed her Office daily. He discerned a vocation to the religious life and began priestly formation as a Jesuit. His way of holiness was to perform his ordinary duties with extraordinary fidelity and perfection even in the smallest details, believing that, "If I do not become a saint when I am young, I shall never become one." He died tragically of a fever at the age of twenty-two while studying for the seminary in Rome. Many miracles were attributed to him after his death. St. John Berchmans is the patron saint of altar servers and young people. His feast day is November 26th. See MoreSee Less
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"If you suffer with Him, you will reign with Him. If you cry with Him, you will have joy with Him. If you die with Him on the cross of tribulation, you will possess the eternal dwelling place in the splendor of the saints. And your name, written in the book of life, will be glorious among men."–St. Clare of Assisi See MoreSee Less
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"Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light."–Matthew 11:28-30 See MoreSee Less
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St. Catherine of Alexandria (4th c.) was born to a noble pagan family in Alexandria, Egypt, and her father was governor of the city. She was an intelligent child who devoted herself to study, and converted to the Christian faith after the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to her in a vision. Many of her fellow Christians were put to death under the reign of Roman Emperor Maxentius. Catherine, at the age of 18, rebuked the emperor to his face for this injustice, giving a skillful defense of the Christian faith. In response, Maxentius brought fifty of his best philosophers to debate with her and refute her claims. St. Catherine not only won the argument by confounding her opponents, but she caused many of them to convert to the Christian faith. The emperor offered Catherine a royal marriage if she would renounce her faith, but she refused. She was imprisoned, and while in captivity, through her newfound fame, converted the emperor’s wife and two hundred of his soldiers. When this was discovered, Maxentius had them all put to death. Catherine was to be tortured and killed by being torn apart on a spiked wheel, but the wheel fell to pieces when it touched her. She was finally martyred by beheading. St. Catherine is the patroness of philosophers, preachers, lawyers, apologists, scholars, and librarians, to name a few. Her feast day is celebrated on November 25th. See MoreSee Less
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"Crosses release us from this world and by doing so bind us to God."Blessed Charles de Foucauld See MoreSee Less
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