January 22: “Sip and Savor” Wine Party
We will be hosting our annual wine tasting event on Sunday, January 22nd at 12:15 p.m. in the small meeting room of the Polish Heritage Center. Please bring your favorite bottle of wine to SIP and an appetizer to SAVOR and share, along with your own wine glass. Prizes will be awarded to the top three wines to be voted on by the participates. With any questions, please call Greg or Chris Zinselmeier at 636.493.0979.
February 4 & 5: Blessing of Throats
In honor of Saint Blaise, the patron saint of people with throat illnesses, we will hold a special blessing of throats at all three Masses on the weekend of February 4th and 5th. Those with throat illnesses, or anyone who wishes to avoid getting such a malady, are invited to participate in this rite, whereby the priest touches the throats of the faithful with two crossed candles while invoking the prayer of Saint Blaise and imparts God’s blessing.
February 11 & 12: Discernment Meetings with Archbishop de Paulo
On the weekend of February 11-12 we will host in our Parish the Most Rev. Craig J. N. de Paulo, Archbishop of the Old Catholic Church in the United States (OCCUS). He will be here to answer any questions we may have in regards to his letter of December 6, 2016 and his invitation to create our own diocese within the OCCUS. Archbishop de Paulo will visit us together with his wife Catherine and son Christian. He will address us after each Mass. Questions and comments are welcomed. We recommend familiarizing yourself with Archbishop’s church and its practices by visiting www.occus.org
February 26: “Pride” Committee Meeting
All Parishioners and friends interested in having a strong Catholic presence at the “Pride Festival” this year are invited to attend our first organizational meeting on Sunday, February 26th. We will gather in the sacristy immediately following the 9:00 a.m. Mass. Please contact Allen Irby with any questions at 314-608-4110 or via e-mail at: email@example.com
February 26: “Zapusty” Pre-Lenten Party
Please join us for the Zapusty Party which is a Polish version of the famous “Mardi Gras” celebration. In Poland it is sometimes called “Fat Thursday”, as it was celebrated the last Thursday before Lent - our last chance to dance and be merry before Lenten fast. The most desirable food on this day is “pączki”, a special kind of donut filled with fruit jelly, which will be available for sale.
March 1: Ash Wednesday
The season of Lent starts on Wednesday, March 1st. As a sign of penitential character of those forty days, the foreheads of the faithful are marked with ashes. In our church this will be done during two Masses: 11:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. (both Masses in the main church building). We encourage all Parishioners to attend this poignant ceremony and thus inaugurate the Season of Lent.
March 11: Mouse Race FUNdraiser
On Saturday, March 11th we will host our Third Annual Mouse Race! Reserve your tables early and bring your family and friends for a fun filled evening. The doors will open after 4:00 pm Mass is finished. Everyone 16 or older is invited to participate. Individual tickets are $15 or reserve a table for 10 for only $125 and get a chance to name your mouse. Admission includes setups, snacks and losing ticket prize drawings after each race. A cash bar will be available. Call or see Kathy Luedde 314-570-0917 for advanced tickets.
April 21: “From Silence to Solidarity” - Meeting with Fr. Roy Bourgeois
Fr. Roy Bourgeois, an excommunicated Maryknoll priest, human rights activist, and 2010 Noble Peace Prize Nominee will deliver a presentation in our church on Friday, April 21, at 7:00 p.m. The title of his speech will be “My Journey from Silence to Solidarity.” This event is free and open to public, with free will donations encouraged to support Fr. Roy’s ministry. On April 22nd and 23rd (Saturday and Sunday) Fr. Roy will preach at our both English Masses.
Fr. Bourgeois served four years as a naval officer and received the Purple Heart after being wounded in a bombing. After discharge from the Navy, he entered the seminary of the Maryknoll Missionary order. As a priest he worked with the marginalized in Bolivia and El Salvador. Later he became an outspoken peace activist and strong supporter of women’s ordination movement.