Notes from Our Pastor


































Our Pastor, Father John Brennell, with his loyal companion Malcolm.

Sunday October 22

“Very often it is grandparents who ensure that the most important values are passed down to
the grandchildren, and many people can testify that they owe their initiation into the Christian life
to their grandparents!"
-Pope Francis (apostolic exhortation—“The Joy of Love”)

Dear parishioners:
I received a lovely gift this week, a book! Not just any book, but one authored by our parishioner
Sue Erschen. Sue who has written articles that have appeared in America, The
Priest magazine, Our Sunday Visitor and St. Anthony Messenger, was asked by Our Sunday
Visitor Publishing to write a book for grandparents who wish to help draw their grandchildren
closer to God. God's Guide for Grandparents is now available through OSV (
Congratulations Sue! Thank you for using your gifts to enrich our parish and help our
grandparents draw their grandchildren to Jesus.
(Sounds like a good Christmas Grandparents gift.)

When I was reflecting on Sue's particular gifts, I realized that I receive lovely gifts from
parishioners every week. Whether it's those who are liturgical ministers each weekend, those
who take Communion to the homebound, those who plan and volunteer at the parish festival
or golf tournament, the monthly bingo, those who care for the poor in the St. Vincent DePaul
Society, Affton Christian Food Pantry or make and serve dinners at St. Vincent DePaul, those
who quilt, who offer Spiritual Formation programs . . . the list goes on and on! So many
offer their God given talents and their Charism to serve and build up the Body of Christ here at
Seven Holy Founders and in our larger community! It is all a gift! Praise God and thank you!

One more gift that is freely shared and is lovely! Prayer. For many reasons some
parishioners are not able to share their time and talent with the parish right now. Perhaps raising
your children and work obligations fill your days and weeks. Some of you have served the
parish so beautifully over the years, but because of age or infirmity, you can't serve as
you might wish to now. There is no more important gift that you can share than praying for your
parish community. Pray that we grow in love and stay close to the mission to bring others the
joy of knowing their Savior, Jesus Christ!

I am so grateful for the lovely gift you all are to me and your fellow parishioners!

In Christ,
Fr. John


Sunday October 15

Dear Parishioners:

Thanks to all who shared their gifts for planning and hard work to prepare our Fall
Festival last Saturday and supported the effort in any way, (the baked goods kept
showing up at the rectory door and were so tempting)! What a great day it was to
gather with fellow parishioners, friends and neighbors!
Thanks for those who organized and brought our parish golfers together for the golf
tournament this Saturday. We have reason to be grateful for so many parishioners
who share their time and talent to bring us together, socially and spiritually!

Please mark your calendar with upcoming reasons to gather!
Blessing of Animals, Saturday October 21st.
Fried Chicken Dinner, Sunday November 5th.
Men's ACTS Retreat, Thursday evening November 30th to Sunday December 3rd.

And for anyone who is experiencing the loss of a loved one and is looking for
spiritual and emotional support, remember the Grief Share program has begun on
Monday evenings. It is not too late to come. You can contact Sr. Pat and she will be
able to assist you!

Again, thanks to all who care so generously for our parish community and help us
become the "Living Stones" of the church that God calls us to be!

In Christ,
Fr. John


Sunday October 8

Dear Parishioners,

This Wednesday, October 11th is the feast of Pope St. John XXIII. I've always had a great
affection for this simple, compassionate and good humored priest. After his death a copy of a
journal of his spiritual notes and reflections, "Journal of a Soul" was published. He began to
keep the journal when he was only 14 years old and continued until a few months before his
death at age 81! The Journal is still in print and opens a window into the soul of a man who
would lead the church.
In the sermon at his canonization the following words from his journal "Only for Today" were
read. I try to read them daily as a guide to living close to Jesus! It is in that spirit that I offer
them to you!

Only for today, I will seek to live my day positively, without trying to solve the problems of my
life all at once.
Only for today, I will be happy in the certainty that I was created to be happy, not only in the
next world, but also in this one.
Only for today, I will do one good deed and not tell anyone about it.
Only for today, I will make a plan for myself: I may not follow it to the letter, but I will make it.
And I will guard against haste and indecision.
Only for today, I will firmly believe, despite appearance, that the good Providence of God cares
for me as if I were the only person in the world.
Only for today, I will have no fears. In particular,
I will not be afraid to enjoy what is beautiful!.

Lord, help and sustain your people by the prayers of Saint John XXIII.
May his example of goodness and simplicity of heart renew in us the power of your mercy
and love.
May his prayers help us to follow Christ more faithfully and spend our lives in loving
service to others.
(Opening prayer for the feast of St. John XXIII.)

Blessings on this new week!
Fr. John








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