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Community Ministries – St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Parish

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Community Ministries

Achieving Christ in Our Neighborhood (ACTION)
This is a ministry for developmentally disabled adults who are sometimes overlooked in the mainstream activities of daily parish life and the opportunities offered for social, ministerial, and outreach activities. A group of volunteers holds monthly themed events with lunch for the participants, their parents, and caregivers. Attendees participate in fun activities while parents and caregivers share ideas and offer support to each other.
Contact: Judy Burns – Call 314 892-5522 – Email Judy Burns
Contact: Judy Ryan – Call 314 892-6329 – Email Judy Ryan

Athletic Association
The Athletic Association is a community effort to provide a Catholic/ Christian environment for our parishioners, young and old, to participate in sports (baseball, softball, soccer, volleyball, basketball, golf, lacrosse and track). Volunteers from the parish run the organization and volunteer as coaches. The Athletic Association has a direct impact on our students beyond the field by contributing to the Bible presentation for our 6th graders in the Fall and offering four scholarships each year to graduating students who have participated in sports. Major funding for these and all other activities are provided by a Calendar Raffle. SMMA Athletic Association relies on volunteer support. Every parent of a child in an athletic program throughout the calendar year is a member of the association. Meetings are held on the second Monday of the month, 8:00 p.m. in the Cafeteria.

Additional information about the Athletic Association
President – Daniel Volansky – Call 314 550-2056 – Email Dan Volansky
Vice President – Joe Schneider – Call 314 313-4569 – Email Joe Schneider
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Auction Committee
The auction is a major fundraiser for the parish and requires many volunteers to support it. We need parishioners who are interested in administration, computer input, decorating, soliciting donations and ads, mailings, pick-up of items, as well as helping out the night of the auction with spotting and closing bids and clean-up.
Contact: Jessica Talleur  – Email  

Holy Name Society
The Holy Name Society is a men’s spiritual, service, and fraternal organization. The society sponsors several prayer events for its members, including two annual White House Retreats and a Communion Breakfast. It also sponsors the first Friday fish fries (September-Lent) and the Lenten fish fries to support the Pro-Life committee and the SMMA St. Vincent 
de Paul Society, respectively.

Together with other parish organizations, the Holy Name Society financially sponsors Bibles for our 6th graders, the religious formation of parish members, Eagle Scout projects, as well as many other worthwhile causes.

Social events include the Father-Son Christmas Party, Father-Daughter Valentine’s Dance, and the Grizzlies baseball game. Meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month, 7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria immediately following a rosary recitation & Mass at 6:45 p.m. Mass in church.
Contact: Rich Sartori – Call 314 422-4069 – Email Rich Sartori 

Home & School Association
This organization is open to all parents of students in St. Margaret Mary Alacoque School and strives to promote unity and communication between home and school. The objectives of the Home & School Association are to support the faith development and religious growth of the students in the school. In addition, the organization supports SMMA School through hospitality, fundraising, social events, and volunteer activities. Meetings are announced in the school newsletter.
Contact: Peggy Visconti – Call 314 487-1666 Ext. 214 – Email Peggy Visconti

Knights of Columbus Council 14719
The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic men’s organization dedicated to Christian unity, fraternity, charity, and patriotism. We are guided by our belief in God and the Catholic Church, but also have a great belief in each other
 and in ourselves. We believe that a man is defined by his actions as a follower of God and as a leader in his community. Among the many activities, we sponsor are the annual golf tournament, the National MR (Tootsie Roll) Drive, a Christmas Raffle, Free Family Night, Grade School Soccer Challenge and Free-Throw Contest, and St. Patrick’s Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner. These events allow us to provide direct financial support to the SMMA Tuition Fund & OASIS Program, Vocation Scholarship, SMMA Teen Ministry and SMMA ACTION Group, and many other charitable undertakings.

Today, we are looking for the next generation of Knights…men of character and conviction who are driven by both faith and conscience 
to do truly meaningful works. Join the Knights if you want to: enhance your family life, serve your community, strengthen your faith, and enjoy the satisfaction. We are open to Catholic men 18 years of age and older. Meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of the month, 7:00 p.m. in the Cafeteria.

Additional information is available at the Knight’s Website or email
Contact: John Dempsey – Call 314 845-0088

Picnic Committee
Join the many volunteers it takes to plan this monumental June event. Meetings begin in January.
Contact: Jill Vaughn – Call 314 420-5174 – Email Jill Vaughn 

Prayer Chain
Receive prayer requests by e-mail and say daily prayers for whomever or whatever they need. Everyone is welcome to participate by signing up to receive emails.
Contact: BettyAnn Henn – Call 314 605-9420 – Email Prayer Chain

Prayer Shawl Ministry
Prayer shawls are prayerfully knitted or crocheted by talented parishioners for those among us who are experiencing difficulties of illness or loss. A shawl is a gift that comforts; a visible sign of God’s love for us; a gift from the heart to nourish the spirit.
Contact: Betsy Wyrsch – Call 314 842-4224 

Anyone interested in quilting or any type of sewing or stitching should join us on Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. or Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. until Noon for relaxing, productive fellowship. Items are raffled, sold through orders, after some Masses, and at an occasional craft fair with profits going back to the parish. There are some projects available for working at home.

Contacts: Marilyn Dudenhoeffer – Call 314 200-8402 – Email Marilyn Dudenhoeffer 
                  Susan Furrer – Call 314 379-4384

SMMA participates in a well-established scouting program. Details of each program can be obtained by calling the contact person for that level.

Boy Scouts
The Boy Scout Program fosters a belief in God while learning new skills through camping, hiking, backpacking, water activities, community
, and church service. During the 55 years of Troop 671’s existence, with over 1,500 young men participating, we have been very active with campouts, hikes, trips, and service. Dedicated leaders emphasize the aims of scouting: promoting character, fitness, and citizenship, and developing leadership in our youth. Boys ages 10 1⁄2-18 welcome. Meetings are every Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. in the Scout Room.
Contact: Paul Giljum – Call 314 892-2926 – Email Paul Giljum

Cub Scouts
Our Cub Scout program is for boys in Kindergarten through 5th grade. The Cub Scouts help to foster belief in God, while the scouts learn new skills, working individually as well as with others.
Contact: Tim Crawford – Call 314 799-4488 – Email SMMA Pack 671
Contact: Christine Figge – Call 314 323-5185 – Email SMMA Pack 671

Girl Scouts
Our Girl Scout program includes girls from kindergarten through 8th grade. A girl may join at any level and participate in age-specific developmental activities. Note: Interested high school girls should call for additional information.
Contact: Jenny Holcomb – Call 314 681-2839 – Email Jenny Holcomb

American Heritage Girls
American Heritage Girls is a faith-based girls’ program for ages 5
– 18. “Building women of integrity through service to God, family, community, and country” is AHG’s mission. Girls participate in many fun and fulfilling activities in efforts to fulfill their mission.
Contacts: Brad Downen – Call 314 220-3488 – Email American Heritage Girls
Tiffany Hunt – Call 314 960-6115 – 

Web Committee
This committee is comprised of volunteers who maintain the Parish website.
Contact: Bill Herberholt – Email Bill Herberholt

Welcome Committee
This group of volunteers contacts new parishioners to provide information about what SMMA has to offer, creating a welcoming atmosphere through phone calls and hand delivery of welcome packets.
Contact: Jo Ann Hasty – Call 314 952-0581 – Email Jo Ann Hasty

Widows & Widowers
This group provides a social gathering opportunity for men and women who share the personal loss of a spouse. We meet 4-6 times per year, normally on the second Tuesday of the month.
Contact: Dee Wirtz – Call 314 894-0393 – Email Dee Wirtz  

Women’s Inspirational Network  (WIN)
WIN aspires to spiritually inspire the women of SMMA through prayer, service and fellowship and fun for the honor and glory of God. Meetings are on the 1st Wednesday of the month, September thru May at 7:00 p.m.
Contacts: Christine Brust – Email Christine Brust – Call 314-805-7757
Cathy ParuchEmail Cathy Paruch – Call