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Adult Education and Faith Formation
Faith formation is a life-long process so we need to attend to it throughout our entire life. At the parish level, we offer a few things on a regular basis and special things to address needs or interests as they arise. Each fall and spring we offer a 6 week, small group discussion series. These are promoted by the Archdiocese and are usually Scripture-based.

The Legion of Mary maintains a spiritual reading library near the Adoration Chapel in the back of the church. These materials are available to all free of charge. There is also a pamphlet rack in the back of church featuring moderately priced materials appropriate to each season.

SPECIAL NOTE: Our Archdiocese has a unique educational program called “Paul VI Pontifical Institute of Catechetical & Pastoral Studies.” Our parish pays a flat fee enabling any of our parishioners to take classes free of charge. Many of the courses are offered online. Their website is

We are partnering with Lighthouse Catholic Media to bring their faith-raiser program to you and your family.  In the display located in the church lobby, you will find moderately priced CDs, books, booklets, and pamphlets by prominent Catholic speakers and writers.   (Examples include Dr. Scott Hahn, Matthew Kelly, Fr. Robert Barron, Blessed Mother Teresa, Archbishop Fulton Sheen, etc.)  These materials are very effective tools for both evangelization and catechesis.  Titles rotate often, so be sure to check the display frequently.

We are always open to suggestions. If you’re interested in something relative to faith or morals, we would like to help you find a way to explore it!
Contact: Paul Cooper – Call 314 487-2522 Ext. 222 – Email Paul Cooper

Bible Study
Our parish participates in the Archdiocesan sponsored adult-ed series offered each fall and spring. The sessions are usually scripture-based and the 6-week small group formats take place in parishioners’ homes or at the parish.
Contact: Paul Cooper – Call 314 487-2522 Ext. 222 – Email Paul Cooper

Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW)
During the 10:00 a.m. Sunday Mass, children in grades K-4 are invited to leave the church with a team of volunteers to go over to the school foyer where Scriptures are proclaimed from the Children’s Lectionary. The team then provides a reflection experience after which the children pray the Apostles’ Creed and Petitions. The children return to church during the offertory. There is no fee or registration for children to participate. Four teams of parishioners rotate through the weekends of each month to provide the experience. 
Contact: Paul Cooper – Call 314 487-2522 Ext. 222 – Email Paul Cooper

Elementary School Program – Grades K-8
The School is a Christ-Centered, Family-Sensitive setting that provides a quality Catholic education for the children of our parish. We are proud to prepare students in faith, with knowledge, through leadership and service to become prepared for a life of discipleship. Our commitment is best expressed by the message that greets our families as they enter the school building: Be it known to all who enter here that Christ is the reason for this school, the unseen, but ever-present teacher in its classes, the model of its faculty, the inspiration of its students. St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Elementary School is accredited by the Missouri Non-Public School Accrediting Association and is a member of the National Catholic Education Association. SMMA School has been recognized as a Virtue Based Restorative Discipline School of Distinction.
Additional information is available at the School Website
Contact: Peggy Visconti – Call 314 487-1666 Ext. 214 – Email Peggy Visconti

FORMED is a revolutionary digital platform that gives our parish unprecedented access to video-based study programs, feature films, audio presentations, and eBooks from the Church’s foremost presenters.  All parishioners are eligible to receive a FREE subscription.  Simply log onto and register using our parish code of  X2DVK6 or go through Free subscriptions are for parishioners only and have been provided through the generosity of parish organizations

Legion of Mary
The Legion of Mary is a worldwide organization of Catholic men and women who offer their services to their Pastor to aid him in performing spiritual works in the parish. This is done by placing themselves under the banner of Mary so that with her help they may develop greater holiness in their own lives, as well as spread a deeper devotion to Mary among others. Meetings are held every Monday, 9:00 a.m., (immediately following 8:00 a.m. Mass), in the Parish Office, small conference room. Members generally spend about 2 hours per week in their works.

Auxiliary Membership consists of those who are unable to assume the duties of active membership, but who associate themselves with the Legion by undertaking a service of prayer. This service consists in the daily recitation of the prayers comprised in the Tessera, namely: the invocation and prayer of the Holy Spirit; five decades of the rosary and the invocations which follow them; the Catena; and the prayers described as “concluding prayers.”

The Legion also maintains free materials to borrow in a Catholic reading library near the Adoration Chapel as well as a pamphlet rack in the back of church featuring moderately priced materials appropriate to each season.
Contact: Mary Anne Jones – Call 314 971-5742 – Email Mary Anne Jones

Natural Family Planning Classes
Marquette Method is a science-based, research-based, professionally taught modern method of Natural Family Planning taught by nurses. Couples are taught about 21st-century fertility monitoring (current devices) and traditional biomarkers. Although couples learn several markers of fertility, they are empowered to use what “works for them”.
Contact: Mary Lee Barron PhD, APRN, FNP-BC,  Email

Parish School of Religion (PSR)
The PSR Program provides religious instruction for students in grades 1-8 who do not otherwise receive formal religion classes. The program runs from September through May and meets on Monday evenings, 6:00-7:15 p.m. Registrations are taken in May for those returning and in August for new participants. Mid-year registrations are handled individually by the Director of Religious Education.
Additional information is available at the  PSR Website
Contact: Paul Cooper – Call 314 487-2522 Ext. 222 – Email Paul Cooper

Preschool Program
The Preschool provides a loving Christian environment that helps three, four, and five-year-old students grow intellectually, spiritually, emotionally, and socially. This program is open to all families in our neighborhood and operates under the direction of the SMMA School Principal. The Preschool operates nine months of the year (September-May). Morning and afternoon sessions are available throughout the week, as well as Lunch Bunch, which is an extended day opportunity.
Additional information is available at the Preschool Website
Contact: Peggy Visconti – Call 314 487-1666 Ext. 214 – Email Peggy Visconti

Respect Life Committee
Rooted in the love of all human life from conception to natural death in keeping with the law of God, we commit ourselves as the Pro-Life Committee of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque parish to prayer, physical and financial assistance where there is a need to help save lives with particular focus on those issues in the culture that threaten life – abortion, infanticide, euthanasia and unethical advances in scientific technology. The SMMA Respect Life Committee meets on the third Monday of the month in September, November, January, March and May. All pro-life parishioners are welcome.

Contact: Ray Kalbac, 314 461-2367, Email Ray Kalbac

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
RCIA is a four-stage process for adults wanting to profess the Catholic faith. The program cycles in conjunction with the liturgical calendar and culminates with Initiation at the Easter Vigil. Inquiries about the program are always welcome.
Contact: Paul Cooper – Call 314 487-2522 Ext. 222 – Email Paul Cooper

Stewardship Committee
Volunteers coordinate Stewardship Awareness Sunday events and help further stewardship education throughout the year. The committee always welcomes new volunteers.
Contact: Beth Vordtriede – Call 314 487-5776 – Email Beth Vordtriede

Vacation Bible School (VBS)
Our VBS is a teen service project. Under the supervision of the Director of Religious Education, teens from the parish design a 5-day event for the younger children (preschool-3rd grade) to “play” with Bible stories. VBS takes place the last full week of June.
Contact: Paul Cooper – Call 314 487-2522 Ext. 222 – Email Paul Cooper

Weekends for the Engaged
For engaged couples who select a parish-based preparation program, we provide a weekend format to explore the program “Beloved.” The weekends are offered every four months and are facilitated by host couples.
Contact: Paul Cooper – Call 314 487-2522 Ext. 222 – Email Paul Cooper

Youth Ministry
St. Margaret Mary Alacoque’s Youth Ministry strives to guide our young Catholic Church towards the WAY of TRUTH by providing opportunities to develop and dedicate their thoughts, words, and actions to living the LIFE of Christ. Middle schoolers, high schoolers, and young adults are invited to grow in their faith as a community through many and varied opportunities and events throughout the year. Along with weekly Life Teen programming, we participate in the Steubenville Youth Conference, Washington, D.C. Pro-Life March, Luke 18 Youth Retreat, plus much more.
EDGE Middle School Ministry (7th & 8th Graders): Two Mondays a month at 7:00-8:30 pm in the Youth Room during school year supplemented by summer activities.
Life Teen High School Ministry: Every Sunday 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. in the Youth Room
If you are a young adult and feel called to serve in ministry with the youth, please contact Hannah Aulbach. Adult volunteers are needed to chaperone, drive, assist with fundraisers, Luke 18 food prep and provide sleep houses.
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Contact: Director of Youth Ministry, Hannah Aulbach –
Call 314 487-2522 Ext. 204 – Email Hannah Aulbach