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Msgr. Norb Ernst Pastor
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July

I treated our teachers to lunch at the Fairmont Race Track. We all had a great time and even won a few races! Fr. Samuel had to leave for appointments prior to this photo.

I know we join the prayerful gratitude of the Pro Life community with the recent Supreme Court decision, and hope the Gospel of Life touches the hearts of more and more people. Speaking of hearts, we especially pray that the Lord touches the hearts of women (and men) with unplanned pregnancies…that if/when tempted to choose abortion, they may know and believe that the fetus is a developing human person, a child of God, and that they choose life. It’s also a good time to remember ministries like OUR LADY’S INN, that provide care and support for mothers after they give birth.

“My” theatre group, The Fr. Scheid Players, are once again presenting a musical production this summer. We are staging The Little Mermaid at Nerinx Hall High School on the weekend of July 22-24. Ticket information is available at annmaddenstl1@gmail.com. Ann will also be selling tickets in our church lobby next weekend, July 9/10. We love our audience!

Last weekend we had our annual guest missionary, Fr. Joseph Thien Vu, appeal for your generosity for the Catholic Church in Vietnam. If you were away, you can still contribute through Faith Direct, or mark an envelope, Vietnam.

July 1,2021 begins a new fiscal year. It’s a good time to THANK YOU for your financial support of our parish, and all the special collections & appeals, throughout the past year. I do want to highlight the value of contributions to our GOLD ENVELOPE: ENSURING THE FUTURE campaign here at our parish. Gold Envelop donations help in two very important ways: supporting our school (we’ve had no tuition increases in recent years) & capital improvements (allows us to maintain our beautiful campus). So, all your financial support is essential of course, but especially Gold Envelope contributions.

Also, contributions to our SMMA TUITION FUND are extremely valuable. Each year we help about 30 families with reduced tuition that amounts to over $70,000. My personal thanks to all those who donated to our Tuition Fund this last fiscal year.

This Thursday we’re offering our SERVERS’PICNIC. Parents of our wonderful servers, if you didn’t get the detailed information, please call the Office.

Happy 4th of July

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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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Current Bulletin

Bulletin Submissions Email:
bulletin@smmaparish.org

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Happenings

  • Youth Ministry – Steubenville Mid-America
    SMMA Youth Ministry Join Us For FEARLESS Steubenville Mid-America When: July 15-17, 2022 Who: Students entering 9-12 grade Where: Springfield, MO Cost: …
  • SMMA Women’s ACTS Retreat
    SAVE THE DATE! The Next Women’s ACTS Retreat October 13-16, 2022  Details coming soon Watch for coming registration info.


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. Maria Goretti (1890–1902) was born in Italy to a humble farming family. Her father died from malaria when she was 9, leaving the family destitute. Her mother and older siblings worked in the fields while Maria managed the household chores and cared for her younger siblings. One summer day while the family was in the fields, Maria was attacked by their neighbor, a 19-year-old boy named Alessandro, who attempted to rape her. Maria wasn’t yet 12 years old. She fought back, yelling to him that it was a sin and that he would go to hell for his actions. In a rage over her refusal, Alessandro stabbed Maria fourteen times. Doctors operated to save her life, without anesthesia, and Maria lingered for two days after the attack. She verbally forgave Alessandro for his crime, offered her suffering to God, and died while holding a crucifix. Alessandro went to prison for murder, full of hardness of heart. One day in prison Maria appeared to him in a dream. She placed 14 white lilies, one at a time, into his hands; one for each of the times he stabbed her. This stunning experience of forgiveness brought him to repentance, and Alessandro was converted. Upon leaving prison he sought reconciliation with Maria’s mother and with the Church. Alessandro called Maria "his little saint" and prayed to her daily. He also attended her canonization Mass in 1950. Alessandro joined the Franciscans as a lay brother until his death in 1970. St. Maria Goretti is the patron saint of children, youth, young girls, the poor, martyrs, purity, poverty, chastity, rape victims, and forgiveness. Her feast day is July 6th. See MoreSee Less
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“Many men keep the commandments in the way sick men take medicine: more from fear of dying in damnation than for joy of living according to our Savior’s will. Just as some persons dislike taking medicine, no matter how pleasant it is, simply because it is called medicine, so there are some souls who hold in horror things commanded simply because they are commanded . . . On the contrary, a loving heart loves the commandments. The more difficult they are, the sweeter and more agreeable it finds them, since this more perfectly pleases the Beloved and gives Him greater honor.”—St. Francis de Sales, See MoreSee Less
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"All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle."–St. Francis of Assisi See MoreSee Less
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St. Zoe of Rome (d. 286 A.D.) was a noblewoman married to a Roman court official during the reign of the infamous Emperor Diocletian. For six years she suffered from a condition that left her unable to speak; when she met St. Sebastian she fell at his feet so that he would heal her. St. Sebastian made the Sign of the Cross over her, and from that moment her speech miraculously returned. As she was being healed she had a vision of an angel standing next to St. Sebastian holding a book in which was written everything that St. Sebastian preached. Her first words were ones of thanks and praise to God, and many witnesses of the miracle were brought to faith in Christ. Zoe and her husband then received baptism at the hands of St. Polycarp, along with many others who had come to believe in Christ through St. Sebastian’s miracles. Of this new group of Christians, St. Zoe was the first to be martyred for her faith. She was greatly devoted to St. Peter the Apostle, and was arrested while praying at his tomb. She was martyred by being hung from a tree by her hair, with a fire lit under her feet. After her death her body was thrown into the Tiber River. She then appeared in a vision to St. Sebastian, who was in prison awaiting his execution, to tell him of her martyrdom and subsequent glory. St. Zoe of Rome’s feast day is July 5th. See MoreSee Less
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“He that sacrifices to God his property by alms-deeds, his honor by bearing insults, or his body by mortifications, by fasts and penitential rigors, offers to Him a part of himself and of what belongs to him; but he that sacrifices to God his will, by obedience, gives to Him all that he has, and can say: Lord, having given you my will, I have nothing more to give you.”—St. Alphonsus Liguori See MoreSee Less
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"Let us never forget that if we wish to die like the saints we must live like them."–St. Eugene de Mazenod See MoreSee Less
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