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Mass Live-Stream Page on YouTube
This link will take you to the parish YouTube page.
Scroll down on that page to find the live feed link for the current Mass time.
Dates and times are shown below the 
church photos.

Also previous Mass recordings are available on this page.

 

 

Presence – The Mystery of the Eucharist
Link to Presence web page.
(User name and password will still be required to access videos)
Lent video series download documents:
Overview Flyer
PRESENCE 1 -Questions
Episode 1 – Video Discussion
PRESENCE 2 -Questions
Episode 2 – Video Discussion
PRESENCE 3 -Questions
Episode 3  – Video Discussion

Msgr. Norb Ernst Pastor
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April

Next weekend we begin the Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA). The ACA touches the lives of so many people. Your ACA pledge cards will be available in the church foyer. I thank you in advance for helping me and our parish do our part for the ACA.

Attention – men of the parish. This bulletin has an article about a prayer breakfast offered by Fr. Mike Lydon. Some may recall that Fr. Lydon served at our parish many years ago. I’m sure this would be time well spent.

This is the time of the year when we ask for information to update our Guidebook & Directory records. We can keep your phone number private, but it’s good to have an accurate one on file. If your contact information has changed, please advise our Parish Office. Whenever I try to call a parishioner, quite often the number I have is not working. Thanks for your attention to this.

We’re offering a Communal Anointing of the Sick on Sunday, April 28th, at 2:00pm in church. If you know someone who might need help getting here, that would be a wonderful gift of your time and talent.

This Thursday evening our 8th grade parishioners will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. Retired Archbishop Robert Carlson will be our celebrant. Join me in praying for them and their families that the power of the Holy Spirit will inspire them to live as disciples of the Lord Jesus. Now we look forward to First Holy Communion for our 2nd grade parishioners on May 5th.

Hopefully, you remember the beautiful story of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. Today’s Gospel begins with the last verse of this story.

Totally discouraged after Jesus was crucified, they are leaving Jerusalem…on the road “to nowhere.” Jesus appears and walks with them, though they don’t recognize him. He asks what they are talking about. They respond…”Are you the only one who doesn’t know what’s happened these last few days!” Jesus responds, maybe with a little humor, trying to cheer them up…”What things?” So they pour out their hearts full of dashed hopes and dreams. When Jesus starts to leave, they say…stay with us…he does and breaks bread with them….AND WITH THAT!…their eyes are opened and they recognize Him in the breaking of the bread. May our eyes be opened at each Mass and recognize the REAL PRESENCE of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist.

Easter blessings!

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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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Bulletin Submissions Email:
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Happenings

  • 2024 Diva Dash
    Please join us for a night of murder, mystery and mayhem where everyone is a suspect and no one is safe! It’s …
  • Men’s White House Spring Retreat
    Monday, April 22 – Thursday, April 25 “God, grant me the serenity, to accept the things I cannot change…. the courage, to …
  • Anointing of the Sick
    Anointing of the Sick Sunday, April 28 – 2:00 PM In the Church You are invited to come and celebrate this Sacrament …
  • Picnic – Save the Date
    Save the Date! Parish Picnic will be Saturday June 1, 2024 with the Adult Celebration on Friday May 31st. We are now …


More Happenings…

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Mass Live-Stream Page on YouTube
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Dates and times are shown below the 
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Supporting Our Parish

This may be a good time to
sign up for online giving.
Here you can make a one-time donation if you do not want
to sign up at this time.

As always thanks for supporting our Parish!

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St. Bademus (d. 376 A.D.) was a wealthy and noble citizen of Bethlapeta in Persia. Desiring to give himself completely to God, he gave away his wealth and founded a monastery where he led a life of prayer and austerity. His sanctity was known to all, and he trained his monks to progress in devotion, virtue, and love of God. One day he and seven of his monks were abducted during the Christian persecution by King Sapor of Persia. He was chained in a dungeon for four months and whipped daily for his faith. He suffered his tortures for Christ and triumphed over them with patience and joy. One day a Christian prince named Nersan was also put into the dungeon, and, seeing the torments he would endure, apostatized from the faith in order to be released. To prove his conversion, the king ordered Nersan to slay St. Bademus on the spot. Bademus, after declaring his willingness to die for Christ, also warned Nersan of the account he would have to give to God for his actions. Nersan, timid and fearful, then killed Bademus with several awkward and misplaced blows. The pagans who were present admired the abbot’s holy and resigned death, while abhorring the king’s cruelty. St. Bademus’ feast day is April 10th. See MoreSee Less
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Daily Verse"Consider your own calling, brothers. Not many of you were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. Rather, God chose the foolish of the world to shame the wise, and God chose the weak of the world to shame the strong, and God chose the lowly and despised of the world, those who count for nothing, to reduce to nothing those who are something, so that no human being might boast before God."–1 Corinthians 1:26-29 See MoreSee Less
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"Therefore, my brother, scorned as you are by men, lashed as it were by God, do not despair. Do not be depressed. Do not let your weakness make you impatient. Instead, let the serenity of your spirit shine through your face. Let the joy of your mind burst forth. Let words of thanks break from your lips."–St. Peter Damian See MoreSee Less
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Bl. Katarzyna Celestyna (Catherine Celestine) Faron (1913-1944) was born in Zabrzez, Poland. At the age of five she was orphaned and raised by pious, childless relatives. Desiring the religious life, she entered the Congregation of the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate in 1930. She served in the community as a kindergarten teacher and catechist. After the breakout of World War II she became the leader of her religious house, ran an orphanage, and helped the poor. She was eventually arrested by the Gestapo, charged with conspiracy against the Nazis, and sent to the Auschwitz concentration camp on the feast of Epiphany in 1943, where she was assigned to manual labor digging ditches. She praised God in all her suffering and resigned herself to following His will. Due to the poor conditions she developed typhoid fever and tuberculosis. Because she completed the nine First Fridays devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, she trusted that she wouldn’t die without Holy Communion, as Our Lord promised. On December 8, 1943, the feast of the Immaculate Conception, she received Holy Communion as viaticum which was secretly brought to the camp by a prisoner priest. While on her deathbed she prayed intensely for various intentions on a rosary made of bread. According to witnesses she offered her sufferings for the conversion of a priest who had fallen away from the Church, who did eventually return to the true Faith. Bl. Katarzyn finally died from her illness on Easter morning. She is one of the 108 beatified Polish Catholic Martyrs killed during World War II by Nazi Germany. Her feast day is April 9th. See MoreSee Less
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Daily Verse"Hearken to me, you who pursue deliverance, you who seek the Lord; look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the quarry from which you were digged."–Isaiah 51:1 See MoreSee Less
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"Without love, deeds, even the most brilliant, count as nothing."–St. Therese of Lisieux See MoreSee Less
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St. Julie Billiart (1751-1816) was born in Cuvilly, France, to a large and prosperous farming family. By the age of seven she knew her catechism by heart, and would gather her playmates together and teach it to them. Her spiritual progress was so remarkable that her parish priest allowed her to make an early first communion at the age of nine, at which time she took a vow of chastity. As a teenager she already had the reputation of being a living saint. When financial ruin struck her family she worked in the fields alongside the reapers. At the age of twenty-two she became paralyzed and remained a bed-ridden invalid for the next twenty-two years. However this did not prevent her from having an active life. She received Holy Communion daily, made altar laces and linens, catechized the village children from her bedside, and spent many hours in contemplative prayer. When the French Revolution erupted she gave aid to priests in her home, and soon after was smuggled to safety while hidden in a hay cart. She took refuge in the home of a countess, and due to her sanctity soon had a company of young, noble ladies gathered around her bed to whom she taught the ways of the interior life. From this St. Julie founded and led the Institute of the Sisters of Notre Dame dedicated to the Christian education of girls and the training of catechists. After making her vows in 1804, she was cured of her paralysis. For the next twelve years she made over a hundred journeys as she founded fifteen convents of her order. St. Julie Billiart’s feast day is April 8th. See MoreSee Less
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