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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.

As the multi-year process of All Things New continues, the next step is to hear more robustly from parishioners about their specific parish. In October and November the archdiocese will host over 350 listening sessions throughout our 178 parishes. Beginning today, you’re invited to register for your parish’s listening session. Read more about the listening sessions in the St. Louis Review: https://www.archstl.org/parish-workbooks-to-aid…

Register today for your listening session here: https://allthingsnew.archstl.org/Ways…/Listening-Sessions


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Msgr. Norb Ernst Pastor
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September

I see the front cover of this bulletin highlights Priesthood Sunday. This is sponsored by the Serra Club, a lay organization that promotes vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life. On behalf of Fr. Samuel and Msgr. Leach, too, I thank you for all the TLC and prayerful support you send our way.

This weekend we have a Pulpit Talk and 2nd Collection for our SPLASH ministry. Remember we’ve been helping build fresh water wells in various regions of Africa. More information is in this bulletin.

Next weekend is the annual appeal for the Permanent Deacons Formation. There’s a nice letter from Archbishop Rozanski in this bulletin reminding us of the purpose of this appeal. There is an envelope in your packet. Of course, you can donate through Faith Direct or simply mark an envelope DEACONS. We are blessed to have our two permanent deacons, Andy Daus and Bob Orr, serving SMMA and beyond our borders.

I want to add my personal WELCOME BACK to our Widows and Widowers. They stopped gathering when the pandemic began and we’ve had many funerals in the past two years. So, I offer a personal invite to those who have recently lost their spouse, and to all our widows and widowers. There’s always a great spirit of fellowship and support when they gather. Further information is in this bulletin.

Remember to sign up – online only (see info & link above)– for the two LISTENING SESSIONS here at our parish in November, sponsored by the All Things New Initiative. SMMA is in Planning Area 5 and there will be several DRAFT MODELS of future parish configurations. The Archbishop is seeking feedback from parishioners regarding the draft model options.

Next Saturday we’re hosting here at SMMA a seminar on “end of life issues” entitled: The Conversation, A Catholic Perspective on Cycle of Life Issues. I was asked to speak about Funeral and Cemetery Planning. Details are in this bulletin.

Every four years all the priests of the Archdiocese gather with our Archbishop at the Lake of the Ozarks for our CONVOCATION, a coming together for study, prayer and fellowship. Fr. Samuel and I will be there October 4th through the 7th. White House Jesuit, Fr. Frank Reale, will offer our weekday Masses while we’re away.

Welcome to the beautiful (hopefully) season of Fall!

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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

  • Cremation Seminar
     WHAT IS THE CHURCH’SPOSITION ON CREMATION?  Ensure that your final plans and those of your loved ones are aligned with Catholic teaching. …
  • 40 Days For Life
    40 Days For LifeSMMA’s Day to Witness at Planned ParenthoodSeptember 28 – November 6 Will you join the ranks of more than …
  • Life Chain
    Sunday, October 2 from 2-3pm. Across from St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church Sunday, October 2, for this year’s Life Chain. We will …
  • WIN Meeting
    Wednesday, October 5 – 7PM ALL WOMEN INVITED. Haven’t been in a while? We look forward to seeing you again. Bring a friend. Our next …


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. Vincent de Paul (1581–1660) was born in France to a peasant farming family. As a child he grew up herding sheep, and showed such an aptitude for his studies that his father sold the family oxen to fund his seminary education. After his ordination in 1600, St. Vincent worked in Toulouse as a tutor to pay for his doctorate. In 1605, while traveling by sea, he was captured by Turkish pirates. He was taken to Tunis in Africa and sold into slavery four times before escaping in 1607 along with his master, whom he had coverted to the faith. St. Vincent then continued his studies in Rome, and afterwards returned to France. He served as a parish priest and ministered to the nobility; however, two life-changing encounters with destitute people inspired him to begin work among the poor and marginalized. He gathered the wealthy women of his parish to collect funds for missionary projects. From this group came the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul. He also founded an Order of priests, the Vincentians, who, during a time of general laxity and ignorance among the clergy, devoted themselves to the Evangelical Councils while serving in small towns and villages. He committed himself to the education of priests and conducted many retreats for their spiritual formation. He also ministered to convicts suffering deplorable conditions in prison, and won many to the faith in addition to building them a hospital. St. Vincent renewed the faith of France during a time of spiritual crisis. For this he was named the patron of charitable works. He is also the patron of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, an organization dedicated to the service of the poor, now working in 132 countries. His feast day is September 27th. See MoreSee Less
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"Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; yet the word you hear is not mine but that of the Father who sent me."–John 14:23-24 See MoreSee Less
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"We should strive to keep our hearts open to the sufferings and wretchedness of other people, and pray continually that God may grant us that spirit of compassion which is truly the spirit of God."–St. Vincent de Paul See MoreSee Less
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Sts. Cosmas and Damian (d. 287 A.D.) were twin brothers born in Arabia. They both became skilled physicians who practiced in Asia Minor. They took no money for their medical services, for which they were well-respected. Because of their charity they drew many to the Catholic faith. During the Christian persecution under the Roman Emperor Diocletian, Cosmas and Damian were targeted, arrested, and tortured. After being miraculously preserved from injury throughout their cruel tortures, holding firm in their faith to the end, they were finally killed by beheading. They were martyred together with their three brothers. Their remains were buried in Syria and many miracles were attributed to them. In gratitude for the healing he received through the intercession of Sts. Cosmas and Damian, Roman Emperor Justinian I (6th c.) restored a church dedicated to their honor in Constantinople, which became a place of pilgrimage. Sts. Cosmas and Damian are regarded as the patron saints of physicians, surgeons, and pharmacists. They are mentioned by name in the Roman Canon of the Mass, and share a feast day on September 26th. See MoreSee Less
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"Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. He will bring forth your vindication as the light, and your right as the noonday. Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over him who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices!"–Psalm 37:5-7 See MoreSee Less
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Holiness consists simply in doing God’s will, and being just what God wants us to be."–St. Therese of Lisieux – The Little Flower See MoreSee Less
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St. Cleophas (1st c.) was one of Jesus’ seventy disciples, and one of the two disciples who were traveling along the road to Emmaus after the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus in Jerusalem, as recounted in Luke’s Gospel. The resurrected Jesus appeared and walked along the road with St. Cleophas and his companion, explaining the events of his Passion and how they fulfilled the Holy Scriptures. According to one tradition, Cleophas (also known as Alphaeus), was a relative of Jesus; he was the brother of St. Joseph, and therefore was Jesus’ uncle. Cleophas was the husband of St. Mary of Cleophas, and they had three sons we know by name: St. Simon, St. James the Less, and St. Jude. St. Cleophas, through his daughter Mary Salome, was also grandfather to St. James the Greater and St. John. Therefore three of his sons and two of his grandsons were among the Twelve Apostles. According to tradition, St. Cleophas was martyred by the Jewish authorities in the same home in which he received Jesus as a guest. His feast day is September 25th. See MoreSee Less
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