Msgr. Norb Ernst
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September 2019

I wanted to begin by saying THANKS! for all the get well cards and prayers. My hamstring injury is on the mend.

I’m sure you’ve seen the scenes of total destruction is some parts of the Bahamas from Hurricane Dorian. I know so many appeals come your way, but if you wish to help simply mark your check or envelope “hurricane” and place in our Sunday Collection or send to our Parish Office. Catholic Charities of St. Louis will forward 100% of funds raised to Catholic Relief Services which is providing relief in hurricane-impacted communities.

We had an inspiring Mass this past Wednesday with our SMMA school children inviting First Responders. (See the picture in this bulletin.) I highlighted the teaching of Jesus….”there is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” These courageous men and women are willing to do that for people they don’t even know. Let’s continue to pray for peace in our world, for an end to violence and terrorism, and for the safety of all First Responders and also our military people currently serving.

On Sunday evening, October 13th, at Orlando Gardens (Hwy 55 & Union Rd) there is a Benefit Dinner sponsored by Our Lady of Guadalupe for Life. Some of the featured speakers are Bishop Herman, Fr. Tom Keller and Zip Rzeppa. Proceeds will support Pro-Life Billboards in and around the metropolitan area. For further information call: 314-487-2066.

At our recent Finance Committee meeting, we discussed our Gold Envelope Campaign, specifically that some of our newer parishioners may not be familiar as to its purpose.

Years ago it’s purpose was DEBT REDUCTION as we had a 3.5 million debt upon completion of our Parish Center, Gymnasium, school air conditioning, and other campus improvements. Now it’s purpose is two-fold: the school & capital improvements. Unless specified, donations are split 50/50 between these two causes. “The school” supports the general operation of our school (we’ve had only one tuition increase over the past many years) – “capital improvements” goes to things like parking lot upkeep, church roof repairs, and general maintenance of our facilities. By the way, our Finance Committee is not a “closed group.” If you’d like to be on the committee, let me know.

MADE FOR MORE with Christopher West and Mike Mangione is coming to our parish on Tuesday evening, October 29th. Four other parishes are co-hosting the event and it’s being promoted Archdiocesan wide. If you have heard of the theology of the body or Christopher West, then you know the great potential of this event. Please spread the word and invite your family and friends. This is an excellent opportunity to grow deeper in our faith as a community as well as invite and welcome new people in. Click here for more details.

God Bless You!

Msgr. Norb Ernst – Pastor

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