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Msgr. Norb Ernst Pastor
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September

Our PSR had a nice “opening night” last Monday. I told the children and parents that a lawn sign you see at Christmas is also very appropriate for our PSR – “Jesus is the reason for our PSR.” PSR is not school, but for “making disciples” (we used the Gospel reading…go and make disciples of all the nations Matt. 28: 10.) Join me in offering our prayerful support for our PSR families and catechists.

At my Finance Committee meeting this week we reviewed the value of our Gold Envelope Fund – 1/2 for our school and 1/2 for parish capital improvements.

Here are some improvements we were able to make because of this fund:
new floors in school = $31,888
new shades in the classrooms = 18,730
new sound system for church = 46,865
live stream camera in church = 9,333
new gym AC evaporator coil = 17,758
repair church handicap doors = 3,976
asphalt & sidewalk repairs = 17,373

So…you see the importance of our Gold Envelope Fund. I thank you for your past donations and, of course, ask for your continued generosity.

The front cover of this bulletin has the announcement of our Special Mass of Remembrance this Monday evening, 7:00pm in church. All are welcome, but we especially invite families who lost a loved one but were unable to gather due to pandemic restrictions.

Next Saturday is our parish day with the 40 Days For Life. Join me and your fellow parishioners as we witness for life at Planned Parenthood. And blessings for all Pro Life efforts.

Whoops…I put this in my Pastor’s Pen last week, but it was meant for this week.

Our Gospel this weekend portrays the contrast of Divine Nature with Human Nature. Jesus, totally dedicated to doing his Father’s will, begins to tell his disciples of his mission to suffer and die on the cross, and be raised on the third day, for the salvation of all God’s children. He notices his disciples are discussing something rather vehemently while he was speaking, and asks them what they are arguing about. They sheepishly admit that they were arguing about who is/will be most important in his kingdom. Good thing he was very patient with them…as God is always patient with us and our human nature.

God bless you!

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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

  • SMMA Mum Fundraiser
    SMMA Mum Fundraiser Get your house ready for Fall & support your school/parish at the same time! SMMA’s Home & School Association has joined with the …
  • 40 Days For Life
    40 Days For Life SMMA’s Day to Witness at Planned Parenthood Saturday, September 25th The Fall campaign for the 40 Days for Life …
  • Catholicism Uncorked!
      Save the Date!Friday, October 1st – SMMA Parish CenterDoors open at 6:30 pmProgram begins at 7:00 pmSpeaker will be Ron “Towel Man” Baechle …
  • Recollection For Women
    October Evening of Recollection For Women Monday, October 4th 7:30 to 9:30 pm In the church There will be an Evening of …


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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As always thanks for supporting our Parish!

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Love Our Lady and make her loved; always recite the Rosary and recite it as often as possible."— St. Padre Pio See MoreSee Less
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"O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever."1 Chronicles 16:34 See MoreSee Less
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St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina (1887–1968) was born to peasant farmers in southern Italy. By the time he was 5 years old he practiced a life of penance and made the decision to give himself completely to God. He grew up working in the fields, and at the age of 19 joined the Capuchin Franciscan friars. His Franciscan spirituality was characterized by a life of poverty, love of nature, and charity to those in need, especially to those who were his "spiritual children." St. Padre Pio had many spiritual gifts and was a great miracle-worker. These were well-documented from multiple reliable sources and included bilocation, levitation, reading souls, and physical healing by touch. Word of his holiness spread and people both pious and curious flocked to see him, especially to have him hear their confession. He is the first priest known to have received the stigmata, for which he suffered suspicion and investigation. Because of the unusual supernatural phenomena surrounding his life, he is considered one of the great visionaries and mystics of the Church. Padre Pio died in 1968 at the age of 81. He was canonized by Pope St. John Paul II in 2002. Because of the many miracles he performed during his life, he is commonly invoked as a healing saint for various ailments. His feast day is September 23rd. See MoreSee Less
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"Grant me, O Lord my God, a mind to know you, a heart to seek you, wisdom to find you, conduct pleasing to you, faithful perseverance in waiting for you, and a hope of finally embracing you."— St. Thomas Aquinas See MoreSee Less
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"One of the scribes, when he came forward and heard them disputing and saw how well he had answered them, asked him, "Which is the first of all the commandments?" Jesus replied, "The first is this: ‘Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is Lord alone! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these."Mark 12:28-31 See MoreSee Less
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St. Ignatius of Santhia (1686-1770) was born in Italy to an upper-class family. He received his early education from a devout priest, a relative of his mother, who inspired him to join the priesthood. He studied philosophy and theology, and after his ordination served as a diocesan priest for six years. St. Ignatius earned a reputation as an excellent preacher of retreats and missions, and he had a promising future within the diocese. His family and parishioners were surprised and disappointed when he decided to join the Capuchin Franciscans in Turin as a poor, humble friar. However, St. Ignatius flourished in the poverty and simplicity of the Franciscan way of life. He became well-known for his wisdom and sanctity, and many people from all walks of life came to him for confession and spiritual direction. He had a great devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and prayed the rosary faithfully. He served God with humble obedience and inspired this virtue in the Franciscan novices over whom he had charge. He spent his last years on a sickbed where he continued to hear confessions and give direction to his visitors. St. Ignatius of Santhia’s feast day is September 22nd. See MoreSee Less
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SMMA: 10 am Funeral Mass for Katie Stevenson, Tues, Sept 21 See MoreSee Less
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