October 8: Outdoor Mass & Blessing of the Animals
The Blessing of animals is conducted in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi’s love for all God’s creatures. We invite all the animals with their human friends to join us for a special outdoor Mass on Saturday, October 8th at 4:00 p.m. Let this joyful and beautiful ceremony remind us of the sacredness of all life!
During the month of September until the Blessing of the Animals Mass on October 8, the Sunday School classes will conduct a pet food collection to benefit Bi-State Pet Food Pantry serving 150 families and over 500 pets in need every month. A donation box will be located in back of the church.
October 30: “Trunk or Treat”
On the last Sunday before the Eve of All Hallows we invite all our young friends, ages 17 and younger, us for a joyful “Trunk or Treat” celebration from 10:15 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. (between the Masses). Please dress in church appropriate customs to make sure that you will not get locked in church’s scary dungeon with all the vampires, demons, and such! Our adult members and friends are encouraged to come with trunks full of goodies and treat our youngsters with sweet generosity!
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
It is not too early to be thinking of the Fall Festival - invite your friends and neighbors to join us for 10:00 a.m. Solemn Mass, great dinner, Polish drinks and souvenirs, 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.