JANUARY 15, 2017 2ND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME VOL. 128 #03
STS. PETER & PAUL PARISH 1919 South 7th Street St. Louis, Missouri 63104
Our Mission: Opening Hearts to Christ through Prayer, Fellowship & Service
STS. PETER AND PAUL PARISH A Catholic Parish in the Historic Soulard Neighborhood Serving the Poor ******************************************************************* Parish Office 314-231-9923 Website: http://www.stspeterandpaulstl.org Shelter Office 314-621-5520 The Young Catholic Musicians 314-962-9260 Peter & Paul Community Services 314-588-7111 St. Frances Cabrini Academy 314-776-0883 Hall & YCM 314-773-8486 Franklin Room 314-664-7706
MASSES Saturday: Sunday: Holydays: Holidays: Weekdays:
5:00 pm 9:30 am 12:05 pm 9:00 am 8:30 am Mon.-Tues.-Thurs. in the vestibule of the church 5:30 pm Mon. when Council Meets 12:05 pm in church — Wed. Reconciliation: the Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered 15 minutes before the weekend Masses and by appointment.
STAFF Father Bruce Forman, Pastor Deacon Thomas Gorski Phyllis Sandusky, Admin Officer -firstname.lastname@example.org Roger Kleffner, Maintenance – Rectory & Church Maintenance – Parish Hall & Grounds Mary Smith, The Young Catholic Musicians
PREPARATION FOR FIRST HOLY COMMUNION AND RECONCILIATION: Contact Deacon Dennis Stovall. 314-231-9923 PREPARATION FOR CONFIRMATION: Kelly.
Contact Kevin 314-231-9923
THE RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION FOR ADULTS (RCIA): Contact Kevin Kelly with any interest in pursuing membership in the Catholic Church, in learning more about the Church, or returning to the Church. 314- 231-9923 SACRAMENT OF MATRIMONY: Archdiocesan guidelines require engaged couples to prepare for their marriage at least six (6) months before the scheduled wedding takes place. Engaged couples planning marriage, contact Deacon Thomas Gorski. 314-231-9923
WEDDING MUSIC CONSULTANT: Contact Mary Smith for all wedding Masses at Sts. Peter & Paul Church. Mary will advise couples in choosing music and musicians. All musicians, cantors, and vocalists for Mass must be approved by our Music Consultant. 314-962-9260
HOLY ORDERS AND CONSECRATED (RELIGIOUS) LIFE: If interested, please call parish rectory or the Archdiocesan Office of Vocations.
GROUP TOURS of Historic Sts. Peter and Paul Church can
PARISH COUNCIL Pastor - Fr. Bruce Forman email@example.com President of Parish Council- Tim Hobart firstname.lastname@example.org Secretary - Phil Willman email@example.com Finance Committee - Gary Meyer Worship - Kathy Doerr Education & Community Formation Communications – Brett Delaria firstname.lastname@example.org Parish Life - Michelle Heitmann Stewardship – Michelle Heitmann email@example.com Social Services & Social Justice - Jan Meyer Choir Director - Kathy Doerr Church Decorating& Design - Joe Thele Dance - Suzanne Tushar Lectors – Stephen Sukanek Eucharistic Ministers – Tom Korte Servers – Cathy Weisbrod Ushers/Greeters –Frank Koishor, Chair Ushers/Greeters – Andy Alaska, Co-Chair
INFANT BAPTISMS: Contact Debbie Wedemeier (6) six months before anticipated birth for Baptismal Preparation. 314-276-4578
be scheduled by contacting Phyllis Sandusky at the Rectory office. 314-231-9923
MEALS FOR THE NEEDY are served in the Parish Hall
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CONFESSION SCHEDULE FOR NEIGHBORING PARISHES ST. WENCESLAUS PARISH - (314) 865-1020 3014 Oregon Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63118 Saturdays 3:00 - 3:30 pm or by appointment. ST. VINCENT DE PAUL CHURCH– (314) 231-9238) 1408 S 10th St., Saint Louis, MO63104-3275 Saturdays 3:45 pm or by appointment
from the 2nd to the 21st of each month. To help serve the poor and homeless, call Alicia Manteiga, Volunteer Coordinator at PPCS at 314-338-8191 or main line at 588-7111.
PARISH MID LEVEL HALL RENTAL: Available for rental by parishioners only for receptions, banquets, parties, rehearsal dinners. Contact Phyllis Sandusky. 314-231-9923 PARISH SCHOOL OF RELIGION: Exists to support parents with children in public school or home schooled in their efforts to evangelize and pass the Catholic Faith on to their children. Please contact Fr. Leo J. Spezio, Director. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 314.773-3070 Website Below: http://sites.google.com/site/southcitydeanerypsr/home
STS. PETER & PAUL HAS A NEWLY FORMED YOUNG ADULTS GROUP (Ages: 20’s & 30’s). They meet once a month. If you are in your 20’s or 30’s, we invite you to come. Please contact Ryan Sitki at email@example.com
PRAYER CHAIN REQUESTS: If you would like to submit a prayer chain request, please submit them to Phyllis Korte at firstname.lastname@example.org. ENCOUNTER GOD IN THE SACRED SCRIPTURE If you promise to spend five (5) minutes a day reading the bible, take a bible free. Bibles can be found in the vestibule of church at the bible display.
We welcome all of our parishioners, neighbors and visitors. If this is your first time visiting our parish and you like what you see and hear and it fills your need, please consider making this your home parish. Our Mission is “Opening Hearts to Christ through Prayer, Service and Fellowship. We invite you to join our parish as a full-time member or you may make this your associate parish by attending at least once a month and supporting our parish through your contribution envelopes. To do so, please ask one of the ushers for a Membership Profile Questionnaire to complete and return to the rectory office or place it in the collection basket or on the piano after Mass. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the parish office at 314-231-9923. We are grateful for all of our members and visitors.
John testified further, saying, “I saw the Spirit come down like a dove from heaven and remain upon him. LITURGICAL ASSISTANTS
Jan Jan Jan Feb
ATTENTION TO NEW DAILY MASS SCHEDULE
Effective Monday, January 16th, Mass will be celebrated at 8:30 AM on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday in the vestibule of the church. Come to the front Church doors at 8th and Allen. Wednesday will remain at 12:05 pm in church. No Mass on Fridays. READINGS FOR THE WEEK – JAN. 16 - 22, 2017
Monday: Tuesday: Wednesday: Thursday: Friday: Saturday: Sunday:
Jan Jan Jan Feb
15 22 29 05
Dianna Antonacci, Larry & Sally Backer, Laura Bone, Beth Durban and Kathleen Wayman
Kate Gerber, Suzanne Kern, Tom Korte, Frank Koishor, Leanne McCrate and Phil Willman
Michelle Heitmann Brett Delaria (1) Phil Willman (2)
Mary Kathryn Victor Jeanne Marie Kelly (1) Hilda Willman (2)
USHERS/GREETERS Mary Gebhart, Anna Moser, Gary Meyer And John Meyer
Laura Bone, Marykay Fulton & Ken Kern
Tori Carlson, Pat Mottershead and Bretton Delaria
PREACHING SCHEDULE 14 & 15 Fr. Bruce Forman 21 & 22 Deacon Tom Gorski 28 & 29 Fr. Bruce Forman 04 & 05 Deacon Tom Gorski
Heb 5:1-10; Ps 110:1-4; Mk 2:18-22 Heb 6:10-20; Ps 111:1-2, 4-5, 9, 10c; Mk 2:23-28 Heb 7:1-3, 15-17; Ps 110:1-4; Mk 3:1-6 Heb 7:25 -- 8:6; Ps 40:7-10, 17; Mk 3:7-12 Heb 8:6-13; Ps 85:8, 10-14; Mk 3:13-19 Heb 9:2-3, 11-14; Ps 47:2-3, 6-9; Mk 3:20-21 Is 8:23 -- 9:3; Ps 27:1, 4, 13-14; 1 Cor 1:10-13, 17; Mt 4:12-23 [12-17]
DONUT HOSPITALITY SCHEDULE Kern’s Mottershead’s & Link’s Hobart’s Choir
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS Jan Meyer, Pat Mottershead, Cary Stock, Joe Thele and Debbie Wedemeier
LECTORS Mike Schrand Joe Thele (1) Kathy McKinnon (2)
BAPTISM THIS WEEKEND Elizabeth Bolesta, the daughter of Evan and Jennifer Bolesta will be baptized at the 9:30 Mass this Sunday. We welcome Elizabeth, a child of God. May she grow in the light of God’s love. Congratulations from
your parish family!
PARISH FAMILY NEWS Happy Birthday! Jan Jan
With Mardi Gras fast approaching (February 25) we want to make an appeal for volunteers to help with our Potty Club and Beer Booth efforts on Saturday Feb. 25.
David Ottersbach Katie Hopkins
Happy Anniversary! None this week. WELCOMENEW PARISHIONERS Sts. Peter & Paul welcome Sister Suzanne Giblin, CSJ to our parish family. Please introduce yourself to others, so we can all get to know you.
PLEASE REMEMBER IN YOUR PRAYERS… Chuck Hejkal, Steve Ippolito, Al Niehoff, Andy Alaska, David Hackmann, Sister Rose Marie, George & Elaine Darner, Mike and Gail McDonough, Dawn Butler, Dennis Chitwood, Margaret Rallo, Cierra Rogers, Willa Ottersbach, Suzanne Kern, Jessica Grib and Mary Smith. Also include in your prayers all their caregivers. Please pray for strength, courage, patience and healing for all those mentioned above and also for all the people in the world who need physical and emotional healing. PLEASE NOTIFY THE OFFICE TO REMOVE OR ADD SOMEONE TO THE PRAYER LIST. COLLECTIONS FOR SHELTER NEEDS Peter and Paul Community Services (PPCS) operate a men’s shelter in the basement of our Church for seventy men, 365 days per year. During the Month of JANUARY, we will collect TOOTHBRUSHES AND TOOTHPASTE for our clients in the shelter. Please drop your donations in blue plastic tubs at church when you attend Mass. By targeting an individual item each month, we will be able to donate the items that are short in their supplies. Thank you for your generous support of this project. If you have any questions, please contact Jan Meyer through the parish office number 314-231-9923. Services & Social Justice Ministry NEED YOUR ATTENTION Please pick up your parish Christmas Book, titled, “The Real Story” on the table near the information center in church. Also pick up the new updated directory. Please notify the office of any contact information changes, i.e. phone, email address, etc. THANK YOU!
We have a special need for help with the Potty Club and could use lots more help for the Beer Booth. We are holding fort at the corner of 7th & Geyer starting at 9:00 am till about 6:00 pm for this most important fund raising effort for our parish. Volunteers are able to get good eats in the rectory, warm up & use the restrooms as well. It’s loads of fun and helps our parish greatly. Please call Sharon Link at (314) 729-1977 or email her at email@example.com for (Potty Club) and Tim Hobart at (314) 330-3119 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org for (Beer Booth). Thank you so much and don't forget to "Laissez les bon temps rouler!" (Let the good times roll!)
SUZANNE: STRONG! TRIVIA NIGHT Please join in our fundraiser to support our friend Suzanne Kern in her fight against Ovarian Cancer. When: Where: Who:
February 4, 2017 (Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Game starts 7 p.m.) Sts. Peter and Paul Parish Mid-Level Hall 8th and Allen, enter off parking lot. You and seven of your smartest friends. Eight (8) to a table.
Tables only, no individual seats sold. $160/table $150.00 if prepaid before the event. What is provided? Bit o’ snacks, beer, wine, soda. Feel free to bring your own food and drinks as well.
Please make checks payable to Suzanne Kern. Mail Checks to: Trivia Night, c/o Katie, 5725 Holly Hills, St. Louis, MO 63109 Questions: contact Katie at 314-799-6668 (cell) or email her at email@example.com. PICK UP REGISTRATION FORM AT THE INFORMATION CENTER IN CHURCH UPCOMING WEDDINGS Timothy Guntli / Rebecca Anglo
THREE MISSIONS Today we begin with one of the "servant songs" from the book of Isaiah, a song prophetic of Jesus' ministry of service. Isaiah's mission is not only to bring back the children of Jacob to gather in Israel; it is also to be "a light to the nations" (Isaiah 49:6). Jesus Christ, as servant, will be the fulfillment of the ancient prophecy and the basis of the new. This Sunday we begin a series of readings from Paul's letter to the Corinthians. Here Paul is identified by his mission: he is an apostle of Jesus Christ. The church at Corinth to whom he addresses this letter is also identified: it is part of the universal church of God. The Corinthians are called to holiness, as are all Christians. Though the feast of the Baptism of the Lord was celebrated last Monday, today's Gospel also alludes to the importance of that event. The reading emphasizes that Jesus "outranks" John: his baptism in the Spirit will eradicate sin. Jesus accepts John's baptism, even though it is he himself who is the Lamb of God. Copyright (c) J. S. Paluch Co., Inc. INTERCESSIONS FOR LIFE For the world: May we build a culture that embraces every man, woman, and child as priceless and that never treats any of them as a burden; We pray to the Lord: STEWARDSHIP “Now the Lord has spoken who formed me as his servant from the womb...” ISAIAH 49:5 You have to do what God is calling you to do and I have to do what God is calling me to do. Guess what, each of has been given a different plan! So, stop comparing yourself to others. Don’t let envy and jealousy enter your life. Be thankful for the gifts God has given you and generously share them with others. That we may faithfully live as God’s stewards, fulfilling the plan He had for each of us as He formed us in the womb. MARRIAGE MOMENTS In these days of racial tension, yes, black lives matter. Yes, all lives matter. Presumably you've had to figure out how to resolve differences in your own marriage. Do you have friends of a different race than your own? Relationships matter. Make friends. PARENTING POINTERS Many people are on the move this weekend. Some going to Washington DC for the Inauguration, others for the Women's March. Talk to your children about standing up for what they believe in. www.SusanVogt.net
TREASURES FROM OUR TRADITION As soon as Christmas ends, people begin planning for Easter! Originally, the source of our Paschal Triduum was but a single liturgy extending from Saturday sundown to sunrise on Easter Sunday. The two days leading up to the liturgy were days of fast, not only for the elect, but for the church preparing to baptize them. A fifth-century pope explained that the church imitated the apostles, who were in hiding with their grief from the arrest of Jesus, and therefore sacraments, even penance, were forbidden. Inevitably, though, people wanted to come together, and so eventually a Liturgy of the Word developed for Good Friday. This was the first step toward today's shape of the Triduum, and gradually new ideas were embraced, including the veneration of the cross and a simple Communion service. Interestingly, the Word remained central, since we know that in those days the pope did not receive Communion at this liturgy, even though the faithful had that option. In the other churches of Rome, priests and people received Communion under both species. Although the custom of Communion on Good Friday took hold, it did not endure past the Middle Ages. The central liturgies of the year slowly unraveled and disappeared from parish life. Remember that there were no seminaries in those days, and books were a rare luxury. Most priests could only manage to celebrate a simple "low" Mass, and few parishes could afford the ritual books that would guide a priest through the complex forms. Holy Week remained important in private devotion, but for a time the liturgies virtually disappeared Rev. James Field, Copyright (c) J. S. Paluch Co.
SAVE THE DATE FREE INCOME TAX PREPARATION If you plan to take advantage of this service and e-filing, you will need an appointment. Please respond by Monday, February 13th to the office at firstname.lastname@example.org or to Fr. Bruce Forman’s email at email@example.com. This service includes tax return preparation, e-filing, and direct deposit of refund if desired by the taxpayer. All services are free. The volunteers are certified to do almost all Federal tax returns unless they involve depreciation (such as rental property), or involve selfemployment income with expenses over $25,000 or result in a net loss. The service also includes preparation of State tax returns including the MO Property Tax Credit (also known as the circuit breaker). If enough are interested in this service, we will arrange to have the volunteers set up on site at Sts. Peter and Paul on Saturday afternoon, March 4th from noon until 4 pm.
HAVING DINNER WITH AN OLD FRIEND By: Molly Jud, Events and Programs Coordinator, Office of Laity and Family Life "Welcome back home!" a friend of mine whispered with an embrace before we sat down for dinner. "It’s so good to be back," I replied, as we began chatting and eating our meal, I was struck by the ease of our conversation. Though we had lived far away from each other, and life had continued on for the both of us, a deep friendship remained in both our hearts. Questions flew out of our mouths and responses were given with joy and sadness, tears and laughs, and by the end of the night I was reminded of the depth of this particular friendship. A friendship I couldn't believe I had let slip through the cracks at times. This past October I moved back to St. Louis after living and working in Switzerland and Washington DC. Two amazing opportunities that this little adventurous heart loved! But growing up as the oldest of six kids with two wonderful parents, I knew there was going to be a day that I wanted to be back home where my roots were planted. Thankfully God had the same idea, and a priest friend of mine sent me the job description for the Events Coordinator for the Office of Laity and Family Life with the Archdiocese. Now I get to plan events like the Catholic Men for Christ and Catholic Women for Christ conferences that are coming up this February and March. Ironically, these events have reminded me what it is like to come home to a familiar place. Just like meeting an old friend for dinner, I have come to see how these conferences are a great way to rekindle a friendship with Our Lord. To learn new things, to catch up on life, and spend time in joy, healing, and peace and to reconnect with a Person—namely the Person of Jesus! Maybe this years’ Catholic Men and Catholic Women for Christ conferences could give you a chance to catch up with an old friend you may have lost touch with, to put a friendship back on track, and leave with a new resolve and discovery that you are grateful for! CATHOLIC MEN FOR CHRIST 10TH ANNUAL ST. LOUIS CONFERENCE Tickets discounted through Jan. 15! Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 - Touhill Performing Arts Ctr. Featuring... Marcus Grodi, The Coming Home Network Rev. Art Cavitt, Exec.Director, St. Charles Lwanga Ctr. Jon Leonetti, Internat’l. Catholic Speaker and Author Damon Owens, Internat’l. Catholic Speaker and Author Register by January 15 for $35 discounted price: catholicmenforchrist.org
CATHOLIC WOMEN FOR CHRIST CONFERENCE SATURDAY, MARCH 25, 2017 Doors Open 7:30 AM - Concluding Mass 4:00 PM Touhill Performing Arts Center University of Missouri — St. Louis 1 University Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63121 Fees (lunch included) $35 ends 2/15/2017 $40 2/16/2017-3/24/2017 $50 at Door $15 High School & College Women (up to age 25) Free Religious—Please register. Questions: Office of Laity & Family Life 314-792-7185 BEHOLD THE LAMB OF GOD I wonder if anyone understood John the Baptist when he called Jesus the Lamb of God. After Jesus' death and resurrection, the apostles began to understand that Jesus' blood, shed on the cross, freed us all from sin and death. Yet here is the Baptizer already acting like a disciple before Jesus has gathered any disciples or even begun to preach. In today's Gospel, John the Baptist gives us some hints about discipleship. First, John trusts God with things he does not understand. He says twice that he did not know Jesus. We too may not always understand where God is leading us. If you have lost a loved one, are looking for work when no one is hiring, or are dealing with serious illness, this is the time to trust that God still loves and cares for you. John also knew that doing God's work meant that God was working through him. Originally, John baptized others as sign of repentance, but he soon came to see that his real work was to make Jesus "known to Israel" (John 1:31). When we try to do what God wants, it is good to remember that God is the one in control and who decides what the result will be. John's third hint teaches us that a disciple shares his or her faith in God. So John testifies that Jesus is the Son of God. Even today, when Jesus is known throughout the world, we still need to share our faith experiences so those without faith may be attracted to it, and even those with faith can be encouraged by our sharing. You may be surprised to find that your own faith deepens the more you share it with others. Tom Schmidt, Copyright (c) J. S. Paluch Co. GOD KNOWS BEST God's creative wisdom was at its best when making humans. There are four holes in the head for information to go in, and only one for it to go out. --Anonymous VISION Some people see more in a walk around the block than others see in a trip around the world. --Anonymous
SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME As we enter Ordinary Time, following the Christmas season, our readings suggest that something extraordinary is going on. In the passage from Isaiah, during the time of their exile the people of Israel are terribly confused and lost, and they long desperately for the healing and renewing presence of God. A servant is chosen, called to remind God's people that God's promises to them will be fulfilled. In the Gospel, as we move to the ministry of John the Baptist, Israel is again aching for God to be present among them. John proclaims that Jesus is the real deal, the Lamb of God, the fulfillment of God's promises. The Holy Spirit remains with Jesus. And as John testifies, when Jesus baptizes with the Spirit, this is God healing and renewing the people. CALLED TO TESTIFY All four Gospels speak of the baptism of Jesus, but the Gospel of John does so in a distinct way. The evangelist does not narrate the story, but instead provides the testimony of John the Baptist about the event. John simply reports the descent of the Holy Spirit and the Spirit's continued presence in Jesus. John the Baptist is thus shown as an exemplary disciple of Jesus; one who not only does great deeds, but also always points to Jesus. John testifies to Jesus; he proclaims him as the Christ and his entire life gives evidence of the lordship of Jesus. We too are invited to testify in daily life, to give testimony and to be evidence of God's reign in our world. LIGHT TO THE NATIONS From the beginning, the people of Israel understood themselves as a people who are gathered by God with a distinct purpose: to be so united with their God and with each other that they form a society filled with justice and mercy, and generously share with others. Imbued with God's graciousness and compassion, they are to be "a light to the nations," an example to all for how to live in community, and how to live in peace with all peoples. Our passage from Isaiah speaks to us today because all our parishes and Christian communities are similarly called to be such a light, to our neighbors and to our world. Every society struggles to find ways to live peaceably together. Bitterness in conflict and suspicion of strangers are all too common. The quality of our life together in Christian community thus matters a great deal. How we address conflict, how we forgive each other, and how we welcome strangers can be a source of light to our world. Put another way, as Paul wrote to the community in Corinth, we are called to holiness, to testify to God's graciousness in our life together. Copyright (c) J. S. Paluch Co., Inc. ARCHDIOCESAN AREA-WIDE PRAYER MEETING
Thursday, January 26, 2017, 7:30 p.m. at the Cardinal Rigali Center. Praise and worship - teaching - prayer. Our speaker for the evening is well-known meteorologist Mike Roberts, who will speak on “The Relationship Between Suffering and Joy.” If you have questions, please contact Jane Guenther at 314-792-7734 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
BISHOP ROBERT BARRON'S AWARD WINNING SERIES "CATHOLICISM" will be presented here at Sts. Peter and Paul after 9:30 Mass for 10 weeks starting January 29th. This visually rich series of videos will immerse you in the art, architecture, literature, and music of the Catholic tradition while opening up the ten topics listed below in a manner that is highly relevant for a long practicing Catholic as well as an unbaptized inquirer. Each session will be followed by a group discussion. The ten topics are: 1. Amazed and Afraid- The Incarnation 2. Happy are We- The teachings of Jesus 3. The Ineffable Mystery of God- That which nothing greater can be thought 4. Our Tainted Nature's Solitary Boast- Mary, Mother of God 5. The Indispensable Men- Saints Peter & Paul 6. A Body Both Suffering and Glorious- The Mystical Union of Christ and His Church 7. Word Made Flesh, True Bread of Heaven- The Eucharist and the Liturgy 8. A Vast Company of Witnesses- The Communion of Saints 9. The Fire of His Love- Prayer and the life of the Spirit 10. World without End- The Last Things THIS IS FREE AND ALL ARE WELCOME. IF YOU KNOW OF SOMEONE WHO WOULD BE INTERESTED IN ATTENDING, PLEASE INVITE THEM. beONE RESOURCE DAY All are welcome to attend a beONE Resource Day on Saturday, January 28, 2017, 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at the Cardinal Rigali Center (20 Archbishop May Dr., 63119). For more information visit our website at archstl.org/resourceday. SUBSCRIBE TO THE ST. LOUIS REVIEW This year the St. Louis Review’s theme is Living Our Faith / Vive Tu Fe. The St. Louis Review is your resource to local, national and international faith news. If you are not a parish subscriber, contact the parish office or simply pick up a form at the information center of church and enclose it with your payment. Either drop it in the collection basket or mail it back to the office of the St. Louis Review. If you are a parish subscriber, please consider renewing your subscription using the envelope in your packet.
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