Summaries of parish feedback received from All Things New listening sessions, key parish leaders, online surveys, individual letters and emails were prepared in January and are now online at http://allthingsnew.archstl.org.
Ah – It’s picnic weekend! I always love this wonderful parish/community event. Special thanks to our picnic chairperson, Jill Vaughn, and her many, many helpers!
I know there are so many worthy causes that come your way, but the annual collection for Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital this weekend is certainly one of them. Several of our parishioners work at the hospital and many of our families’ children received great care there. You can give through Faith Direct, your Sunday Envelope or mark a plain envelope “Glennon Hospital.” I thank you for your generosity.
Some of you may still have your ACA pledge/gift card at home. There is still time to return it. Remember, we are trying to raise our % of participation. Even a small gift of a dollar or two can do a lot of good when joined with so many others. Thanks for helping our parish do its part for the ACA.
The Kenrick-Glennon Days are fast approaching. This is a Catholic summer camp for boys sponsored by the Archdiocesan Vocation Office each summer. Camp One is for boys going into the 6th & 7th grades, June 12 – 14; Camp Two is for 8th & 9th grades, June 15 – 17. We’ve had kids attend these camps at the seminary in the past and found they are quite delightful.
Attention: parents of grade school, middle school & high school students. Do you know what TOTUS TUUS is? Check out this bulletin. We’re very fortunate to offer this experience for the young people of our parish.
Attention all young adults, 18-35 yrs. There is a Young Adult Retreat at the White House, June 22-25, directed by Fr. Anthony Wieck, SJ and Fr. Matthew Baugh, SJ. Call 314-416-6400 for more information or go to: whitehouseretreat.org/youngadult
God bless our Annual Parish Picnic!
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.
The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, or Corpus Christi, is celebrated on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday in honor of the institution of the Holy Eucharist (in some U.S. dioceses it is transferred to the following Sunday). The feast originated with the visions of St. Juliana of Mont Cornillon, a Belgian nun deeply devoted to the Holy Eucharist, to whom Jesus appeared requesting a feast in honor of the Blessed Sacrament. St. Juliana shared this with the Church hierarchy, and after decades of opposition Pope Urban IV instituted the feast of Corpus Christi for the universal Church in 1264. At the time there was a formal dispute among theologians on the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist—that is, Christ’s actual Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity—for the first time in Church history. In response to this heresy and in support of the authenticity of St. Juliana’s visions, a Eucharistic Miracle took place in Orvieto, Italy which proved the truth of the literal interpretation of Christ’s doctrine handed down from the Apostles. The Holy Father requested that the liturgy for the feast be composed by St. Thomas Aquinas, now one of the Church’s most sublimely poetic liturgies. Corpus Christi is traditionally accompanied with Eucharistic large and elaborate public processions, most notably by the Holy Father in Rome. … See MoreSee Less
St. William of York (d. 1154) was born to a powerful family in England, the nephew of the king. He became a priest and then treasurer of York Minster Cathedral at the time when the English crown was contested by two grandchildren of William the Conqueror. When the Archbishop of York died, William was chosen to take his place. Kind-hearted and generous to the poor, he was well-liked by the people; however, he faced political and ecclesiastical opposition from the rival to the English throne. Because he was consecrated without papal approval, William was accused of wrongdoing by those who wanted their preferred prelate in the position; even St. Bernard of Clairvaux opposed him. Although he eventually confirmed William’s appointment, the Pope died before the pallium was given, and the new pope took the side of William’s detractors. A new archbishop was ordained in his place while William went to live as a monk with his uncle, a bishop, in quiet prayer and penance. The people of York, upset that their favorite had been deposed, took to rioting. Six years later the Archbishop of York died, and another new pope made William the successor. The people were overjoyed at his return—so many came to greet him as he entered the city that a bridge collapsed under their weight; the fact that no one was hurt was considered a miracle. A few months later, after celebrating Mass on Trinity Sunday, William became ill and died. Poisoning was suspected but never confirmed. Miracles took place at his tomb which gave rise to his canonization in 1227. His feast day is June 8th. … See MoreSee Less
Daily Verse"I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world."–John 6:51 … See MoreSee Less
"This bread is bread before the words of the Sacrament. But when the words of Christ come to it, it is the body of Christ … Before the words of Christ it is a cup full of wine and water. When the words of Christ become operative, the blood which has redeemed the people is caused to be there."–St. Ambrose … See MoreSee Less
Bl. Anne of St. Bartholomew (1549–1626) was born in Spain, one of seven children. Her parents died when the plague swept through Spain, leaving her an orphan at the age of ten. She then became a shepherdess tending her brother’s sheep. From a young age she had an extraordinary spiritual life, including being graced with many visions. In one of them the Blessed Virgin Mary told her she would become a nun, which was further encouraged by a vision of Jesus. When she tried to enter the monastery she was turned away for being too young. Years later, when her family tried to arrange her marriage, she finally entered the Carmelite monastery at the age of 21, the same one in which St. Teresa of Avila lived. St. Teresa chose Anne as her personal secretary and assistant, even though she had to teach Anne how to write. For five years St. Anne was the companion of St. Teresa of Avila, traveling with her and assisting her in the establishment of new foundations. It was in Anne’s arms that St. Teresa died in 1582. After Teresa’s death, Anne assisted in the foundation of several other monasteries in France, becoming prioress at three of them. She went on to found a monastery in the Netherlands where she remained until her death. After her death over 150 approved miracles (and more that have not been officially approved) were attributed to her intercession. Her feast day is June 7th. … See MoreSee Less
Daily Verse"He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For in him were created all things in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers; all things were created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together."–Colossians 1:15-17 … See MoreSee Less
"All the science of the Saints is included in these two things: To do, and to suffer. And whoever has done these two things best, has made himself most saintly."–Saint Francis de Sales … See MoreSee Less