From your parish, with love

Recently, 55 of our children were able to receive First Communion! The children did beautifully and are a reminder to each of us to not take this precious gift for granted.  Going forward, from time to time you may notice pews are reserved for some of their classmates (and their immediate families) to also receive First Communion. At our 11:00 am Mass this Sunday, there are several children who will do so.  With the possibility of attendance being larger than normal at that Mass, we anticipate opening Fr. Dowling Hall to provide additional seating.  We are so grateful to all who have helped prepare our children for this holy Sacrament. May these children continue to deepen their relationship with Christ. And, wherever their life’s journeys take them, may they know that God is always with them.

Each year every parish in the archdiocese is asked to bring in a speaker to teach about their missionary efforts and to ask for the parish’s support. Because of the Coronavirus pandemic no parishes will do so this year. But we are still invited to share in the important work. Franciscan Works is a Catholic missionary organization dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty for children and families through material and spiritual support and a Catholic education. We are invited to support their effort. To donate or learn more information about their work, click here: www.franciscanworks.org/give

Remember that Confessions are from 3:30-4:30 in the dining room. (Please enter the door by the gym.) In-person Masses are at 5:00 on Saturday, and Sunday at 8:30 and 11:00. (Because we are only able to seat in every third pew to be appropriately distanced, we are already in compliance with the 25% capacity restriction that St. Louis County put into effect July 31, 2020).  For all gatherings please check your temperature before leaving home. Masks are to be worn for the entire service (other than when consuming Communion). Social distancing and other safe practices are always to be observed. To watch Mass online, check out recent homilies, find thoughts for the day, or more, as always, please go to the ‘You Are Loved’ banner on our webpage, or just click here: You Are Loved!

Finally, some of you remember the old poem “Footprints in the Sand” which speaks of how God is there to carry us in the difficult times. Perhaps this version captures a bit of God’s care these days:

Through it all – and in many different ways – God is with us!

With love,

Fr. Joe, Fr. Leo, the Deacons
and staff at Most Sacred Heart