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New information is continually added to the All Things New website, including in the FAQ tab. If you’ve not done so already, you can also subscribe to the All Things New newsletter by clicking the yellow “Stay Connected” button on the All Things New homepage.

The All Things New committee has provided the Disciple Maker Index (DMI) results for our parish to share with our parishioners. 
Click here to view the SMMA Parish report.
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YOUNG ADULTS – YOUR CHANCE TO BE HEARD

All young adults whether single, married, with or without children, ages 18-39 are encouraged to fill out the survey. Here they may anonymously share their beliefs and interests, their needs, their experience in parishes, and their hopes for the future of the church in St. Louis. Responses are due by September 12th with a report being published in October.
Click here to complete the Young Adults Survey

The Archbishop is Asking: Evangelizing and Social Outreach
 
As part of All Things New, Archbishop Rozanski and Vicar for Strategic Planning Fr. Chris Martin are asking Catholics where they would like to see our local Church increase its focus in the areas of evangelization (reinvigorating the faithful and sharing Christ with others) and social outreach (caring for the needs of others). 
 
Please share your ideas on this two question survey, open through Aug. 21. Our SMMA All Things New committee members will report results to the the Archdiocesan Evangelization and Social Outreach committees. 
 

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Msgr. Norb Ernst Pastor
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August

First of all…Happy 90th Birthday (Aug. 11th) to Msgr. Leach. We had a FABULOUS parish celebration of his birthday last Sunday. Msgr. Had a great time visiting with all of you. We continue to pray for his good health and his transition to his new home at Regina Cleri. Here’s to you, Monsignor! Ad Multos Annos!

The Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Monday August 15th, is NOT A HOLYDAY OF OBLIGATION this year. When this feast falls on a Saturday or a Monday it is not a day of obligation for Catholics to attend Mass. You are invited to come pray with us at our regular morning Masses on the 15th.

This bulletin has information about our RCIA. If you know someone who is interested in becoming Catholic, or at least inquiring, invite them to check in with Paul Cooper. (More info)

I also highlight in this bulletin the information about the YOUNG ADULT SURVEY sponsored by All Things New. Please inform any young adults you know and invite them to participate. (Survey Link)

In last week’s Pastor’s Pen, I offered words of THANKS for your financial support during the past Fiscal Year. Our year end financial report is in this bulletin. Our Finance Committee will give a summary report in their pulpit talk this Fall.

Our Sacramental Records also follow this same time frame. We had 49 Baptisms (only 28 parish Baptisms). We had 14 Marriages here at SMMA, although many of our couples choose the more “cathedral type” churches in the area, so the total is much higher. I do encourage them to be married at their parish ‘cause I love our church, but I usually lose out.We had 93 Funerals – so a reminder how important our Funeral Ministry is here at SMMA.

We’re hosting a Blood Drive this Thursday in the Parish Center. Please consider giving the gift of life.

As our new school year begins this Tuesday, I offer a heartfelt WELCOME BACK to our SMMA grade school families. It’s fabulous to have the smiling faces of the children with us once again. There is a banner in our school foyer that best says what our grade school is all about. “Let it be known to all who enter that Jesus Christ is the reason for this school, the unseen but ever-present teacher in all our classrooms.” I know you join me in asking God’s abundant blessings on our 2022/23 school year. Also, join us this Tuesday for an OPENING DAY prayer service at 9:30am in church.

God bless you!

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~ 2022-23 School – PSR – RCIA News ~

School News & Important Dates
Parish School of Religion (PSR) &
Interested in becoming Catholic RCIA Information

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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

  • Blood Drive
    SMMA BLOOD DRIVE! Thursday, August 18 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM In the Parish Center To ensure social distancing, please make an …
  • Cub Scout Information Meeting
    Attention Grades K – 5 Thursday, August 25 – 7pm. Cub Scout Pack 671 is looking for new recruits. Join us for …
  • Boy Scout Trivia Night
    Save the Date BOY SCOUT TRIVIA NIGHT SEPTEMBER 24th Friends of the Boy Scout Troop 671
  • SMMA Women’s ACTS Retreat
    Women’s ACTS Retreat October 13-16, 2022 Registration Now Available! ACTS is a three day and three night Catholic lay retreat presented by …


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 Friday 10pm

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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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. Cassian of Imola (4th c.) was the Bishop of Brescia near Milan, Italy. When a wave of persecution erupted under the Roman Emperor, Cassian fled to Imola, Italy, where he found work as a schoolmaster teaching children how to read and write. He was a disciplined and effective educator. In addition to instructing his students in the Christian faith, he also taught them a form of shorthand that allowed them to write as fast as they could speak. A city official discovered that Cassian was a Christian and denounced him to the government authorities. Cassian was arrested and ordered to offer sacrifice to the pagan gods, which he refused. As punishment the local judge ordered that he be stripped, bound, and tied to a stake. He was then turned over to his pagan students, numbering about 200, to be tortured to death. His students used their iron styli (writing instruments) to mercilessly carve into his skin and slowly stab him to death. St. Cassian died from the many wounds inflicted all over his body. St. Cassian of Imola is the patron saint of students, school teachers, shorthand writers, court reporters, stenographers, and parish clerks. His feast day is August 13th. See MoreSee Less
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"Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to serve, for the sake of those who are to obtain salvation?"–Hebrews 1:14 See MoreSee Less
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"You must ask God to give you power to fight against the sin of pride which is your greatest enemy – the root of all that is evil, and the failure of all that is good. For God resists the proud."–St. Vincent de Paul See MoreSee Less
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The Archbishop is Asking: Evangelizing and Social OutreachAs part of All Things New, Archbishop Rozanski and Vicar for Strategic Planning Fr. Chris Martin are asking Catholics where they would like to see our local Church increase its focus in the areas of evangelization (reinvigorating the faithful and sharing Christ with others) and social outreach (caring for the needs of others).Please share your ideas on this two question survey, open through Aug. 21. Our SMMA All Thi…See more See MoreSee Less
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St. Jeanne (Jane) Frances de Chantal (1572–1641) was born in Dijon, France. She was the daughter of the president of parliament, and lived up to her noble status as a refined, cheerful, and beautiful woman. At the age of twenty-one she married a baron and together they had six children. She was strong in her faith, having daily Mass said in her castle, giving alms to the poor, and skillfully managing her household. After seven years of marriage, her husband was killed in an accident. To protect the estate for her children, she was obliged to live with her ill-tempered father-in-law for seven years. When she was thirty-two she met St. Francis de Sales, whom she had previously seen in a vision after praying for a spiritual director. To her private vow of chastity she added another of obedience to his direction, while continuing to provide for her children. At the age of forty-five, after meeting her family obligations, she and St. Francis founded a religious institute for women, the Congregation of the Visitation, which was to exemplify the virtues of the Virgin Mary at the Visitation. The Visitation sisters accepted women who were rejected from other religious orders due to age or illness. They were notable for their charitable works. Aristocrats and the nobility flocked to Jeanne de Chantal’s reception-room to seek her counsel. She underwent great trials, including the deaths of many of her close family and friends. She also traveled extensively to found new Visitation houses, having established eighty-six at the time of her death. Her feast day is August 12th. See MoreSee Less
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