September 11 & 12: Polish Falcons Festival
The Polish Falcon Festival will be held September 11th and 12th, Friday and Saturday. Friday, an outdoor Garden Party will be from 4:00pm-10:30pm. Saturday, lunch and dinner will be from 11:00am-7:30pm, and the Garden Party will be from 11:00am-10:30pm. Music provided Friday and Saturday night from 6:30pm- 10:30pm The Polish Falcons are located at 2013 St. Louis Ave., and the telephone number is 314-421-9614.
September 12: Walk With Us!
Several “hiking enthusiasts” in our Parish invite everybody on another walking adventure! On Saturday, September 12th we will visit Fort Belle Fontaine Park (13002 Bellefontaine Road; Saint Louis, MO 63138). Let’s meet at the main entrance at 10:00 a.m. - please bring a bag lunch. With any questions, please call Becky Janski (636-299-6068).
September 13: Sunday School Year Inauguration
Official Inauguration of a new Sunday School year will take place on September 13th. A special blessing of schoolchildren, along with their schoolbags and other educational equipment (pens, crayons, rulers, calculators, etc.) will be offered during 9:00 a.m. Mass. Afterwards, children will meet with their new teachers and proceed together to JREC (Joseph Rudawski Educational Center) for the first class of this new school year. As the family of faith we all pray for God’s blessing upon our young members and their educational adventures.
September 19: “Polish Open” Golf Tournament
The Polish Heritage Open will tee off on Saturday, September 19th at The Falls Golf Course. This “tradition like no other“ will feature the world famous vodka cart; the pickle hole, Taste of Poland tent, and a wonderful afternoon with family and friends. This year’s PHO committee is seeking volunteers for this special event which benefits the Polish Heritage Center. If you are able to help at the 2015 PHO, please contact Jim Nowogrocki (firstname.lastname@example.org or 314-922-7657); Joe Galkowski (email@example.com or 314-518-8765) or Ed Poniewaz (firstname.lastname@example.org).
September 20: Investiture Ceremony
At the beginning of this year six of our parishioners have begun their seminary training, and are taking classes at the STEP Program through Notre Dame University. To symbolize their commitment to training for the holy orders of deacon, they will be solemnly vested with a clerical garb (cassock and a seminarian’s collar, which is slightly different from a clergy collar) during 9:00 a.m. Mass on September 20th. Such an outward sign serves as a visible symbol of one’s willingness to do the will of God in the service of God’s people. Come, celebrate with us God’s gift of vocation to ordained ministry in our midst!
October 3: 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 3rd 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 3, 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 during September with final donations to be made on October 3. Items needed are: Canned dog and cat food (unopened); dry dog and cat food (opened or unopened); dog and cat treats (opened or unopened); cat litter (opened or unopened). If you have any questions, please call Christine Mindak at 314-482-7810.
October 11: Trivia Party
It is time for another afternoon of fun playing Trivia! We will start at 12:30 p.m. in the small hall of the PHC. There will be a $5 per person entry fee which will be used for prize money. Chose your team, but try to limit the number to 7 or 8 players. Even if you do not have a team, we would love to have you join us anyway, and we will be glad to put a team together for you. Please bring your own snacks and munchies, drinks may be purchased at our “Chapel” Bar. Contact Ken or Sue Beekman at 636 936-1785 if you have any questions. We hope to see you there!
October 18: “BRAVO Bach” Concert
On Sunday, October 18th, at 3:00 p.m. we will host once again The Bach Society of Saint Louis with another spectacular choral concert, “BRAVO Bach!” Included will be music from past concerts, representing all six of our conductors. The program also features Mary Wilson, a Young Artist from 1997-99, singing Handel’s Gloria for virtuoso soprano and strings, plus several pieces that will include alums of the Bach Society Chorus. After the performance join us for refreshments in the adjoining Polish Heritage Hall to meet friends and greet the performers. Tickets can be purchased at www.bachsociety.org
October 25: “Trunk or Treat”
On the last Sunday before the Eve of All Hallows we invite all our young friends, ages 17 and younger, to join 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!
October 31: All Saints Solemn Vespers
On the Eve of All Saints we will gather together at 5:00 p.m. to sing Solemn Vespers, or First Evening Prayer of that important holiday. As with the Jewish Sabbath, the Catholic, Anglican, and Orthodox Churches always begins their major feast days at dusk, the evening before the feast, with the praying of First Vespers. 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, Diurnal Offices, Vespers, and Compline. Please join us for this beautiful and very dignified liturgical prayer service, followed by a light reception.
November 8: 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. Mass, great dinner, pumpkin carving fun, Polish drinks and souvenirs, and all-together fun-filled day! We are in the process of collecting various donations and items for different booths. Fall Festival Committee would appreciate all contributions - please contact Gene Koziatek at 314.846.7819.