Notes from Our Pastor

 

                                   

June 24,2018

Dear parishioners:
One of the things I love about summer is that since there are fewer meetings and
appointments in the evening, I find myself doing a little more reading.

If you enjoy reading, then you know the urge is always there to tell others about a good
book. (Maybe it is that secret urge many of us have to be a book reviewer.)

So, in the secular vein, if you are looking for a great summer read may I suggest "A
Gentleman in Moscow" by Amor Towels. A fascinating story told with compassion,
wit and a gentle spirit!

How about some spiritual reading? I picked up "Before you Hit Send . . . Preventing
Headache and Heartache", by Emerson Eggerichs, at Pauline Books and Media. In a
time of incivility in speech, Eggerichs makes suggestions that not only lead to civility,
but also to charity in our communication. His suggestions may also keep us from
headaches, heartaches and sin! He elaborates on the age old caution to "think before
we speak" with four questions to ask ourselves with everything we communicate! Is it
true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? Is it clear? What a great pre-examination of
conscience!

So you can take these suggestions from a wanna-be book critic for what they are worth.

And, if you will indulge me; some parishioners have asked for details about the Fr.
William Scheid Players summer production of "Guys and Dolls."
The show will be at Incarnate Word Academy, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday July, 20,
21, and 22. (7:30pm Friday and Saturday and 2pm on Sunday.) You can
visit http://www.catholicyourthstl.org for ticket information or there are some order forms
in the lobbies of church. All proceeds go to support the Catholic Youth Apostolate.
So you have a pastor who is not only a would-be book critic, but also actor!

Have a good summer!
In Christ,
Fr. John

 

June 17, 2018

Happy Father’s Day!
Dear parishioners:
We will, of course, be blessing all the fathers who gather with us for Eucharist this Sunday. I also want to offer you blessing prayers you may use if you are fortunate enough to gather with family this weekend. These prayers are from
Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers, published by our National Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Father’s Day Blessing

(The following prayer may be used with the table blessing. All may stretch out their hands over the father in a gesture of blessing.)

May God, who gives life on earth and in heaven, lead you to walk by the light of faith and so help your children attain the good things Christ has promised us. Amen.

Or

God our Father, in your wisdom and love you made all things. Bless our father. Let the example of his faith and love shine forth. Grant that we, his family, may honor him always, with a spirit of profound respect. Grant this through Christ our Lord. And for our deceased fathers. Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace! Amen.

In Christ,
Fr. John

PS … I will be out of town after the 11am Mass this Sunday, and return Thursday morning.

 

June 10, 2018

Dear parishioners:
Two wonderful retreat opportunities are quickly approaching!
For the men of the parish the annual White House Retreat begins Thursday,
June 21st and concludes with lunch on Sunday June 24th. The white house retreat is a silent,
preached retreat. It offers free time to rest, reflect and listen to the Lord speaking to you!

The annual Women's ACTS Retreat begins on Thursday, July 26th and ends with a luncheon after the
11:00am parish Mass here at Seven Holy Founders! It offers an opportunity to hear the witness of other
faithful women in the parish, to share faith or just to be nourished by the company of others who are
trying to draw closer to the Lord, and in so doing, listen to the Lord speaking to you!

If you are new to the parish, what a wonderful opportunity to meet others who call Seven Holy Founders
home and Jesus, Lord! I often assure people that if you give Jesus your time, whether on a silent retreat or a more active retreat like ACTS, he will certainly Honor the gift of your time and be present to you in a
special way!

If this summer is not a good time to make a retreat, may I make the suggestion that when you are out
running errands someday you stop by Pauline Books and Media and find a bit of spiritual reading.
The sisters would love to direct you to a book that helps you grow in knowing God's love for you!

Good summer to you all!

In Christ,
Father John

 

 

 

 

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