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St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Parish

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Mass Live-Stream Page on YouTube
This link will take you to the parish YouTube page.
Scroll down on that page to find the live feed link for the current Mass time.
Dates and times are shown below the 
church photos.

Also previous Mass recordings are available on this page.

 

Daily Masses
Monday – Friday 6:30am & 8:00am

Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday 7:00pm
Saturday 8:00am & 4:30pm

Reconciliation
Mondays and Wednesdays after 7:00pm Mass beginning February 19
Saturday 8:30am and 3:30 -4:15pm
First Tuesday 8:30am

Stations of the Cross With Our School Children
2pm in Church
Friday, March 8 and March 22

Lenten Fish Fries
Every Friday  until Easter.
In the cafeteria from 4-7pm.
We appreciate your support!

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Msgr. Norb Ernst Pastor
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March

Welcome to March! As we continue our Lenten journey, we look forward to Holy Week, the Sacred Triduum, and Easter Sunday at the end of this month.

I wanted to give you a “heads up” about an annual “spring cleaning” that parish volunteers have been doing over the years. On Holy Saturday morning, March 30th, beginning around 8:00am, volunteers spruce up our campus, refreshing the mulch and trimming all the bushes. Please mark your calendar if you would be available. Many hands make light work! Please check in with the Parish Office so we know how many are coming.

Speaking of our landscaping, Ed Kovarik, who has worked for us part-time, is retiring, although he will coordinate our March 30th effort. If you, or someone you know, would like this part-time job, let me know. And…THANK YOU ED!

To parents of our high schoolers (‘cause I don’t think they read the bulletin, do they:-)… check out the front cover of this bulletin – about the Annual Steubenville Retreat for high school students. We’ve had many of them attend over the years and have always found it very inspirational. My personal thanks to Fr. Quarnstrom for helping coordinate this opportunity for spiritual growth and renewal for our young parishioners.

This bulletin has some very informative Pro Life information, especially follow-up services after the birth of a baby. There are some who criticize the Catholic Church as being only “pro birth” but then afterwards, the church is not there for the parents. Check out Walking with Moms (walkingwithmomsSTL.com), Our Lady’s Inn, and the many other support ministries offered by the Catholic Church. Help us spread the word!

The Priests of our local three parishes are once again offering a Reconciliation Weekend at St. Francis of Assisi on March 22 & March 23. Look for the schedule of priest confessors next weekend.

And I want to highlight our upcoming BLOOD DRIVE here at SMMA on Monday, March 11th, from 1 – 6pm in the Parish Center. Give the gift of life!

Hope you’re having the Best Lent Ever!

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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

  • WIN Meeting
    The Women’s Inspirational NetworkWINe – Down WednesdayMarch 6, after the 7 p.m Mass.In the cafeteria Our next WINe Down Wednesday meeting will …
  • Spring Blood Drive
    SMMA BLOOD DRIVE! Monday, March 11 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM In the Parish Center Please make an appointment by calling 314-251-GIVE …
  • ACTION Meet-Up
    ACTION Meet-Up Achieving Christ In Our Neighborhood Notice different date! March 16, 10am to 1pm – Cafeteria This gathering for developmentally disabled …
  • Ministry Leaders Meeting
    SMMA Ministry Leaders Meeting Saturday, March 23, 8:30 – Noon In the Parish Center The Stewardship Committee is planning a Ministry Leaders …


More Happenings…

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Mass Live-Stream Page on YouTube
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Pope Saint Hilary (5th c.) was Bishop of Rome from 461 to 468. Not much is known of his early life other than that he was from Sardinia. He rose to prominence in the Church when he became archdeacon under Pope St. Leo the Great, working closely with him as a trusted aid. St. Leo sent Hilary as one of the papal legates to the Council of Ephesus in 449. There St. Hilary fought bravely against the monophysite heresy, for which his life was threatened. He was forced into hiding and fled back to Rome for safety. He was so highly esteemed that after Pope Leo’s death he was elected to the papacy. As pope, St. Hilary fought for the rights of the papacy in spiritual matters against the Roman Emperor, and increased organization and discipline between the bishops and the Holy See. He also did much work in building, remodeling, and decorating Roman churches and other public places. Pope St. Hilary’s feast day is February 28. See MoreSee Less
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"The fast of Lent has no advantage to us unless it brings about our spiritual renewal. It is necessary while fasting to change our whole life and practice virtue. Turning away from all wickedness means keeping our tongue in check, restraining our anger, avoiding all gossip, lying and swearing. To abstain from these things—herein lies the true value of the fast."–St. John Chrysostom See MoreSee Less
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St. Gabriel Possenti (1838-1862), also known as St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows, was one of thirteen children born to a well-to-do Italian family in Assisi. As a young man he enjoyed the society and the worldly life of a typical teenager. He was known as a fancy dresser and a good dancer, he possessed good horsemanship and marksmanship, he frequented parties, and twice was engaged to be married. After his graduation from school he shocked everyone by announcing that he was going to be a Passionist priest, having been inspired to his vocation by the Blessed Virgin Mary, to whom his family had a great devotion. His life was then marked with prayer, sacrifice, and devotion to Our Lady of Sorrows, taking the religious name Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother. He was stricken with tuberculosis about a year before he was to be ordained, and died at the age of 24. Many miracles were attributed to him after his death, including the healing of St. Gemma Galgani. St. Gabriel Possenti is the patron saint of Catholic youth, seminarians, clerics, students, and Catholic Action. His feast day is February 27th. See MoreSee Less
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Daily Verse"O God, thou art my God, I seek thee, my soul thirsts for thee; my flesh faints for thee, as in a dry and weary land where no water is. So I have looked upon thee in the sanctuary, beholding thy power and glory. Because thy steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise thee. So I will bless thee as long as I live; I will lift up my hands and call on thy name."–Psalm 63:1-4 See MoreSee Less
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"Our perfection does not consist of doing extraordinary things, but to do the ordinary well."–St. Gabriel Possenti See MoreSee Less
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St. Porphyry (Porphyrius) of Gaza (c. 347-420 A.D.) was born in Thessalonica in present-day Greece. Although a wealthy man, at the age of 25 he went to live in Egypt as a desert hermit. He later moved to Palestine near the Jordan River, then to Jerusalem itself. He did great penances and would often visit the holy places where Jesus lived and walked, despite his poor health. He then renounced all material goods and his inheritance and became a priest in Jerusalem at the age of 40. The relics of the True Cross in Jerusalem were entrusted to his care. Despite his protests he was ordained Bishop of Gaza, a pagan stronghold with an insignificant Christian community. Gaza’s pagans were hostile, and St. Porphyry appealed to the emperor for protection and for the destruction of pagan temples, which he obtained. St. Porphyry built a Christian church on the site of the most important pagan temple dedicated to the chief god, so that he could say Mass in the place where the devil was previously most honored. St. Porphyry labored for his flock and won many converts through his miracles, though pagan opposition continued throughout his life. He was successful in spreading the Christian faith across his diocese. His feast day is February 26. See MoreSee Less
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Daily Verse"At present we see indistinctly, as in a mirror, but then face to face. At present I know partially; then I shall know fully, as I am fully known. So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love."–1 Corinthians 13:12-13 See MoreSee Less
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