Notes from Our Pastor

August 14, 2022

 

Dear parishioners:

As our children and grandchildren return to school, let me share a blessing prayer that you may want to pray with them and for them.

Blessed are you, God our Father,
maker of the universe:
you have sent Jesus to be our brother
and to save us in your love.

Bless + us as we begin this year,
and help us in all we do for you.
Let the Holy Spirit give us light,
and lead us to you through Jesus Christ our Lord.

A reminder for our Parish School of Religion families to register for the new year if you have not yet done so. We will celebrate our opening at our 9:00 a.m. Mass on Sunday, August 28, followed by an Open House which will begin in the parish hall. If anyone would want to serve the children in the PSR by being on our substitute teacher list, it would be a great blessing. You can contact Jenifer Broyles, our PSR director, at jbroyles@foundersaffton.org.

As our children return to Holy Cross Academy, the teachers and staff will join us on Monday, August 15, at the 8:00 a.m. Mass. What a great opportunity to pray for our students, parents, faculty and staff! And a word of gratitude to our parishioners John Fechter, who is serving as president of HCA School Board this year, and Emilie Baker and Stephanie True who are serving on the board!

And some exciting news!  The annual HCA Gala will be held at SHF on November 19!  So save the date and plan on attending!

In Christ,
Fr.  John

P.S. It’s looking like the most affordable option for making a pilgrimage to the Holy Land will be February 12-22, 2023. With these dates in mind, please email me at jbrennell@foundersaffton.org if you are interested in making the trip. More information will be coming! 

 

August 7, 2022

 

Dear parishioners:

I want to share with you two ways to participate in the All Things New Initiative. The Disciple Makers Index survey results proved an overwhelming desire to see more young people involved in parish life. Young adults are gifted with the energy, time, creativity and talents needed by the Church.

We invite the young adults in the parish to take a survey that is available on the All Things New website!

The U.S bishops define young adults as individuals between the ages 18-39, and say “persons in their late teens, twenties and thirties represent diverse cultural, racial, ethnic, educational, vocational, social, political and spiritual backgrounds. They are college students, workers and professionals; they are persons in military service; they are single, married, divorced or widowed; they are with or without children; they are newcomers in search of a better life.” To all young adults, please take the time to complete the survey. You can find the survey at https://allthingsnew.archstl.org/Ways-to-Engage/Young-Adult-Survey!

The archdiocese is also looking for feedback from all parishioners on what you believe the top priorities are for evangelization and community outreach in our parish. We hope to have those questions available in a Flocknote survey and a paper copy survey in church this week or next.
Or you can go to this link Evangelization and Social Outreach Parishioner Feedback

Please pray for the grace of the Holy Spirit to renew the Church of St. Louis! Pray for a calm and gentle spirit as our archdiocese moves forward in the All Things New Initiative!

In Christ,
Fr. John  

 

July 31, 2022

 

Dear parishioners:

When the pandemic began to spread throughout the United States, we took simple precautions to keep everyone safe. Disinfecting pews after Mass along with our hands when coming and going may now seem a distant memory. One other precaution we took was to pause on offering Christ’s Precious Blood at Eucharist. At that same time, some of our Eucharistic Minsters decided to leave the ministry.

 

We now know so much more on how covid is spread. Also, we are blessed with so many in our parish family having been vaccinated and boosted that it seemed time to offer that great gift of Christ’s Precious Blood again. On the feast of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ, we began offering the gift of the Precious Blood on a limited basis at the Saturday evening 4:30pm Mass and at the Sunday 9:00am Mass.

 

One reason we decided to offer it on a limited basis was because we did not know how many of you would be interested in receiving the Precious Blood. There seems to be a good number of parishioners who receive under both species at those Masses. Another reason we were limited is because of the number of Eucharistic Minsters that are available, especially at the 7:00am and 11:00am Mass on Sunday.

I invite those who ministered before the pandemic to consider returning to that ministry.   I ask all of you to consider whether God is asking you to serve as Eucharistic Minister. A couple of considerations. You do not have to personally receive the Precious Blood to minster. Also, I know some have concerns that as a minister when they come to the altar to receive communion, they have to confront the steps around the altar. Know that if the second concern keeps you from ministering you can receive communion without coming up the steps.

If you have an interest in serving as a Eucharistic Minister, you can drop an email to the office staff or give us a call!  It would bea great blessing to offer Christ's Precious Blood at all Masses.

In Christ,
Fr. John

 

 

 

 

 

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