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Msgr. Norb Ernst Pastor
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October

This weekend we celebrate World Mission Sunday. Archbishop Mitchell Rozanski will celebrate our 10am Mass, followed by fellowship (coffee & donuts) in the Parish Center.

Local missionary groups will have information about their ministries available there. Our parish was chosen for this special Mass with our Archbishop due to the large number of Daily World Missionnaires among our parishioners. All are welcome!

Next weekend the Catholic Racial Justice Collaborative (CRJC) is sponsoring RACIAL JUSTICE SUNDAY in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, suggesting that it become an annual observance. This celebration presents Catholics with a day that focuses on loving each other, as well as working to eliminate racism throughout our Archdiocese.

The teachings of the Catholic Church are clear in terms of the sinfulness of racism and the need to work to do away with it. Sunday, October 31, is a specific day to hear and be energized by Pope Francis’ reminder that “racism is a sin.” None of us can do all that is required at this moment. But just because we cannot do everything doesn’t mean we should not do something. And one thing we all can do is to pray for healing of any racial prejudice and respect for all people, as children of God.

November is fast approaching. The Feast of All Saints, November 1st, falls on a Monday this year. Therefore, it is NOT observed as a Holy Day of Obligation. Our Masses will be at 6:30am and 8:00am. 

All Souls Day is Tuesday, November 2nd. Along with our usual daily Masses, just a reminder of our special Annual Mass of Remembrance on that Tuesday evening at 7:00pm. Due to the pandemic, we were NOT ABLE to offer this Mass last year. So, all who have lost a loved one during the past two years are especially invited to this Mass.

We’re happy to be able to offer our Liturgical Ministers Appreciation Dinner this year on Friday evening, Oct. 29th. I like to be “liberal” with this invitation. If you’re wondering…does this apply to me, I’d say YES! Further information is in this bulletin.

We love celebrating Halloween with the children of our parish – especially since it was canceled last year due to the pandemic. Msgr. Leach, Fr. Samuel and I will “spook them” in the Parish/School Office Lobby on Halloween evening, from 6:00 – 7:30pm. Bring your children or grandchildren by for “giant candy bars!”

Thanks for your generosity to the annual Mission Sunday Appeal!

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Saturday, November 13, 2021

SMMA Parish Center


Go to the Auction Website to Register as a bidder.
Get your group together and purchase your table for the Gala.
(Tickets Available for purchase now)
Auction Website

If you did not receive the auction email you can download it here.
Parishioner Info/Donation Documents

If you own a business and wish to donate to our auction download this document –
Business Donation Document

Additional details will be posted soon.
Questions?  Email – auction@smmaparish.org

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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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Stay Informed
Current Bulletin

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Happenings

  • Am. Heritage Girls – Food Drive
    American Heritage Girls Food Drive Friday, October 22 7:00am – 5:00pm As part of National Day of Service, the American Heritage Girls …
  • KOC Adult Halloween Party
    3rd Annual Adult Halloween Party Saturday, October 23 VFW Hall – 6 to 11:30 pm 6327 Lemay Ferry Road A great time …
  • Liturgical Ministers Appreciation Dinner
    LITURGICAL MINISTERS APPRECIATION DINNER Friday, October 29th in the Parish Center All Liturgical Ministers are invited to an evening of recognition, appreciation, …
  • Trunk or Treat
    Trunk or Treat! Saturday, October 30 5:30 to 7:30 PM SMMA Back Parking Lots Who: 375 SMMA Parish witches, ghosts and goblins! (So …


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 Wednesday 7pm
Thursday 7am – 7pm
Friday 7am – 7pm

The Chapel is closed during the evenings after 7 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and on weekends.  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

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to sign up at this time.

As always thanks for supporting our Parish!

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