Wednesdays of November: Masses for Deceased
The month of November is a special time when we remember our deceased family members and friends. One of the ways to express our love for them is to offer a Holy Mass for his or her intention. In our Parish there will be a series of five Masses offered every Wednesday in November at 11:30 a.m. for the souls of those departed whose names you wish to provide us. If you are interested in having these five Masses offered for your deceased loved ones, please pick up a special envelope at the side entrance to the church, or in the parish office, and return it with the names of your beloved deceased.
November 1: All Saints Solemn Vespers
On the evening of All Saints we will gather together at 6:00 p.m. to sing Solemn Vespers, or liturgical Evening Prayer of the Church. The service of Vespers is part of an ancient monastic tradition of Liturgy of the Hours, that is prayer services (or “offices”) that occur at different times/hours of each day: Lauds (morning), Diurnal Offices (mid-day), Vespers (evening), and Compline (bedtime). Please join us for this beautiful and very dignified liturgical prayer service, followed by a light reception.
November 2: All Souls Day Masses and Blessing of the Graves
The Church seeks to help the faithful departed by earnest prayer to God, and in particular, by remembrance of them on All Souls Day and throughout the month of November. In the communion of the saints, the communion of Christ’s members with one another, the Church obtains spiritual help for those who have preceded us in faith. This spiritual communion brings the consolation of hope to us who remember with gratitude, love and devotion those who have gone before us in faith. It is in this spirit that we commemorate our faithful departed on All Souls Day and bless their graves. We entrust them once again to the purifying and life giving love of the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Special Masses for All the Faithful Departed will be offered at 11:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
The first week of November is also a time when, in accordance with ancient Catholic tradition, the graves of our deceased loved ones are blessed, especially those who passes away in the last year. Please contact Fr. Marek. Or one of our Assisting Priests, if you would like to schedule such a blessing.
November 13: Fall Festival
Our Parish Fall Festival is around the corner! Please invite your friends and neighbors to join us for 10:00 a.m. Solemn Mass, followed by great Polish meal, drinks, and all-together fun-filled day! The Fall Festival Committee would appreciate all contributions, especially for the Silent Auction and Wine Booth - please contact Gene Koziatek at 314.846.7819.
November 27: Parish Thanksgiving Brunch
On Sunday after Thanksgiving Day we will take time to gather at the table and express our gratitude for God’s blessings that our Parish and each one of us has received. We invite everybody to join us for a Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner on November 27th at 10:30 a.m. (there will be only one Mass on that day). Please call Jeannette Harris at 636-795-4078 to discuss what kind of a dish you can bring.
December 3: Ladies Sodality Brunch
Ladies Sodality will hold its Holiday Brunch on Saturday, December 3rd at LaBonne Bouchee Bakery & Café, 12344 Olive Blvd., Creve Coeur, MO at 10:00 a.m. All members and spouses are invited to join us. Each person will order separately off the menu with prices for brunch ranging from $3.95-$10.95 plus drinks, tax and gratuity. Please let one of the Sodality officers know by Sunday, November 20th if you will be attending so we can reserve the correct number of tables.
December 11: Christmas Church decorating
On Sunday, December 11th at 12:15 p.m. Christmas decorations and the manger scene will be installed in our church. We need volunteers to join our team in this joyful chore! Please call Randy Mindak at 314.962.6355 to declare your willingness to be a part of this adventure.
December 24 & 25: Christmas Schedule
On Saturday, December 24th, we will celebrate Christmas Eve Mass at 4:00 p.m. and then 10:00 p.m. “Midnight Mass.” On Christmas Day (Sunday) December 25th, solemn Masses of the Nativity of Our Lord will be celebrated at 9:00 a.m. (English) and 11:00 a.m. (Polish). Invite your friends, neighbors, and family to experience the spirit of Christmas in our beautiful church!
January 6 & 7: Women’s Epiphany Retreat
All ladies are invited to join us for a two day Epiphany Retreat on Friday and Saturday of January 6th and 7th. The theme of this retreat will be “What Precious Gifts Am I Offering?” Rev. Annie Watson will lead us in this special time of prayer, reflection, and group sharing. On Friday we will meet from 6pm until 8pm, and on Saturday we will reconvene at 11am and conclude with 4pm Mass. Snacks and Saturday lunch will be provided. This Retreat will be taking place in the Rudawski Center (our Sunday School and Library Building). Please call Mother Annie (859-583-1948) if you would like to participate!