SAFE ENVIRONMENT PROGRAM

Archdiocese of St. Louis Safe Environment Program

The purpose of the Safe Environment Program is to create a safe environment for our children.  All volunteers are required to comply with the Procedures developed to implement the policy.

April 21, 2017

 

Recently the church was re-inspected by the structural engineering firm, SSC Engineering Inc., to make sure that the building was safe for occupancy.  The church is inspected every two years and the report has been posted to the parish website.  The report included several action items which need to be addressed; these will be, or have been taken care of and will assure that “the church is still safe for occupancy for the foreseeable future”.

 

pdf 2017 Structural inspection (1.50 MB)

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'The Incarnation'
'The Incarnation'
Illustration by Abigail Witte

Christ's incarnation troubles some Christians. It almost always did.

Today, as in past centuries, some find it difficult to accept the Incarnation fully. They doubt, perhaps, that God really could or would become man.

Perhaps, too, they wonder why on earth the Lord would enter as fully and warmly as the Gospels say He did into the lives of people of all kinds, including those living in situations that fell far short of perfect.

Thus it becomes difficult for them to take the Incarnation with complete seriousness. A suspicion wins out in them that a "real" Incarnation would diminish the true God.

Pope Francis calls attention to these kinds of doubts about the Incarnation in "Rejoice and Be Glad" ("Gaudete et Exsultate"), his spring 2018 apostolic exhortation on the call to holiness.

Christ's incarnation has a way of affirming all that is good about life in this world and casting light on every person's human dignity.

But when the Incarnation is not taken seriously, it becomes hard to understand how holiness could be pursued in the midst of the actual, "incarnate" lives people lead — in the context, too, of the others they live alongside or encounter in their daily comings and goings.

A recurring theme in "Rejoice and Be Glad" insists, however, that paths to holiness await people of faith in precisely these kinds of situations. Pope Francis fears that doors to holiness close when this world's value is ignored and God is thought to be absent from human lives.

In other words, doors to holiness close when the Christian mystery is disembodied.

No one can "claim to say where God is not, because God is mysteriously present in the life of every person in a way that He Himself chooses," the pope explains. He states that "even when someone's life appears completely wrecked, even when we see it devastated by vices and addictions, God is present there" (No. 42).

So, "if we let ourselves be guided by the Spirit rather than our own preconceptions, we can and must try to find the Lord in every human life" (No. 42).

"Rejoice and Be Glad" examines two currents of thought in Christian history that still are found in "new forms" today. Each one in its own way denigrated Christ's incarnation and was judged by the Church to represent false teaching: gnosticism and Pelagianism.

Gnosticism among Christians, a strain of thinking that surfaced down through history in various forms and under various names, locates Christian perfection in knowledge and the mind's wisdom. The trouble is, writes Pope Francis, that gnostics "think of the intellect as separate from the flesh and thus become incapable of touching Christ's suffering flesh in others, locked up as they are in an encyclopedia of abstractions" (No. 37).

For Pelagians, who derived that label from a fourth-century monk named Pelagius, Christian perfection comes largely through human effort. Holiness is viewed as a result of our own work, not God's work in us.

Ultimately, Pope Francis suggests, those with a Pelagian bent place their trust in their own powers and leave little room for God's grace to work in them.

The result can be that in trusting their own powers, these people cannot affirm the concrete, limited human situations where grace works. But Pope Francis thinks "the lack of a heartfelt and prayerful acknowledgment of our limitations prevents grace from working more effectively within us" (No. 50).

He cautions that new forms of gnosticism and Pelagianism can weigh down the Church and block progress "along the path to holiness" (No. 62).

The call to holiness is a call to see "two faces, that of the Father and that of our brother," Pope Francis observes. Even better is the ability to see just one face, "the face of God reflected in so many other faces" (No. 61).

For "God's very image is found" in "every one of our brothers and sisters, especially the least, the most vulnerable, the defenseless and those in need" (No. 61). Indeed, the pope concludes:

"With the scraps of this frail humanity, the Lord will shape His final work of art" (No. 61).

The new apostolic exhortation starkly challenges today's Christians to take the dignity of all human life seriously, viewing it in light of Christ's incarnation. To illustrate this challenge's true scope, the pope writes:

"If I encounter a person sleeping outdoors on a cold night, I can view him or her as an annoyance, an idler, an obstacle in my path, a troubling sight, a problem for politicians to sort out or even a piece of refuse cluttering a public space.

"Or I can respond with faith and charity, and see in this person a human being with a dignity identical to my own, a creature infinitely loved by the Father, an image of God, a brother or sister redeemed by Jesus Christ.

"That is what it is to be a Christian!"

The pope then asks, piercingly, "Can holiness somehow be understood apart from this lively recognition of the dignity of each human being?" (No. 98). 

>> "Gaudete et Exsultate"

Pope Francis' recent apostolic exhortation, "Gaudete et Exsultate," starkly challenges today's Christians to take the dignity of all human life seriously, viewing it in light of Christ's incarnation.

The pope offers a road map for simple ways that everyday people can be holy.

He also reflects on the Sermon on the Mount and asks people to go beyond the poetry found in the beatitudes.

The exhortation can be found at www.stlouisreview.com/joo 

>> Five Attitudes

Pope Francis outlines five spiritual attitudes necessary when striving for lives of holiness. They are "signs of holiness in today's world" and "five great expressions of love for God and neighbor," he wrote.

Perseverance, patience and meekness

These three qualities demonstrate "solid grounding in the God who loves us" and form an inner strength that "enables us to persevere amid life's ups and downs," Pope Francis said.

Joy and a sense of humor

"Christian joy is usually accompanied by a sense of humor," the pope said. "The saints are joyful and full of good humor," far from "putting on a dreary face," he said.

Boldness and passion

"Look at Jesus. His deep compassion ... did not make Him hesitant, timid or self-conscious as often happens with us. Quite the opposite," Pope Francis wrote.

Community

"Growing in holiness is a journey in community, side by side with others. ... A community that cherishes the little details of love, whose members care for one another and create an open and evangelizing environment, is a place where the risen Lord is present," the pope said.

Constant prayer

"Are there moments when you place yourself quietly in the Lord's presence, when you calmly spend time with Him, when you bask in His gaze?" Pope Francis asked in the exhortation. "In that silence, we can discern, in the light of the Spirit, the paths of holiness to which the Lord is calling us." 

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix released for the first time ever in its history a documentary-style short film that seeks to create awareness of a crisis in masculinity found in today’s society. The short film, titled “A Call to Battle,” is available for viewing in English with Spanish subtitles at http://www.IntoTheBreach.net. Released only a few months after the promulgation of Bishop Olmsted’s apostolic exhortation “Into the Breach,” the new short film shows the urgency of the Diocese of Phoenix to confront head on today’s crisis in masculinity. With regards to this crisis highlighted by the film, Michael Phelan, director of the Marriage and Respect Life Office said, “Historical circumstances have periodically devastated families, but we have never seen the disparagement of masculinity and fatherhood, or abandonment of men’s responsibilities that we are seeing now. It calls for an unprecedented response from the Church.” Earlier this month Bishop Olmsted said in a statement, “I encourage our men to discover or rediscover their identity as men in Christ.” The Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix was established Dec. 2, 1969, by Pope Paul VI. Led by the Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted, more than 1.1 million Catholics make this diverse, vibrant and faith-filled diocese their home.

 http://intothebreach.org/resources/

Children should be baptized in the faith, Pope Francis says

Pope Francis kisses a baby girl during his trip to Fatima May 12-13, 2017 Credit: LUSA Press Agency/CNA.
Pope Francis kisses a baby girl during his trip to Fatima May 12-13, 2017 Credit: LUSA Press Agency/CNA.
 

.- Pope Francis spoke about the sacrament of Baptism on Wednesday, emphasizing the importance of the Catholic practice of baptizing infants, since the grace of the Holy Spirit helps them to grow in virtue.

“Why baptize a child who does not understand?” the pope asked April 11. “When we baptize a child, the Holy Spirit enters that child, and the Holy Spirit makes... the Christian virtues grow inthat child, who will then flourish.”

Though we hope that when a child grows up he or she will understand and desire Baptism for themselves, to withhold the sacrament from a child “means not trusting in the Holy Spirit,” he said.

 

“We must always give this opportunity to everyone, to all children, to have inside of them the Holy Spirit that will guide them throughout their lives. Do not forget to baptize children!”

Pope Francis spoke about infant Baptism during his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square. He also emphasized that the graces of the sacrament are not something one earns through understanding, intelligence, or worthiness, but as pure gift.

“Nobody deserves Baptism,” he said, “[it] is always a free gift for everyone, adults and newborns. But as happens for a seed full of life, this gift takes root and bears fruit in earth fed by faith.”

Baptism also, by virtue of the Holy Spirit, “immerses us in the death and resurrection of the Lord,” the pope said. In the sacrament the “old man,” dominated by sin, gives way to the “new man,” who has been recreated in Christ Jesus.

“But for us Christians it must not escape that if the body is immersed in water, it is the soul that is immersed in Christ to receive forgiveness from sin and shine with divine light,” he stated.

He quoted St. Paul’s reminder to the Christians of Rome: “Or are you unaware that we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were indeed buried with him through baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might live in newness of life.”

 

Furthermore, Pope Francis spoke about how Baptism, through immersion in Christ, also makes us members of Christ’s body and his mission in the world, which is the Church.

“We baptized are not isolated,” he said, “the same life, that of the Holy Spirit, flows from Christ to the baptized, uniting them into one Body, crested by holy unction and nourished at the Eucharistic table.”

As he has done on several previous occasions, Francis asked the people gathered in the square if they remember the date of their Baptism, “because perhaps many do not remember this.”

“But if we celebrate the day of birth, how can we not celebrate – at least remember – the day of rebirth?” he asked, assigning a little bit of “homework:” to ask parents, grandparents, aunts or uncles what their baptismal date is.

“And never forget it,” he said to Christians. “And that day thank the Lord because it is precisely the day when Jesus entered into [you], the Holy Spirit has entered into [you].”

The Most Blessed Sacrament is not a relic or a memory,

it is Jesus Himself.  He is all-powerful, all-loving, all-perfect

and anxiously waiting for us to visit.

 

All the treasures and wonders of this world are nothing

compared to Who we find in Adoration.  Will you reserve an hour

on the first Friday every month  to be with Jesus between 8:30 am and 6 pm?

Contact Regina at 314-608-3347 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule

26 WAYS TO SPEND AN HOUR WITH JESUS

1. Slowly read Sacred Scripture until something hits you. Then LISTEN. (Lectio Divina)

2. Pray the Holy Rosary.

3. Let God look at you and love you—unconditionally.

4. Tell Him something that made you happy. Then LISTEN.

5. Tell Him what you are afraid of. Then LISTEN.

6. Tell Him what angers you. Then LISTEN.

7. Speak about your loved ones.

8. Pray for an enemy.

9. Talk with Him about work.

10. Sing a song for Him in your heart.

11. Promise to trust Him.

12. Imagine Our Blessed Mother or one of the saints sitting next to you and praying with you.

13. Renew your loyalty to His Church.

14. Lean on Him. Tell Him you love Him.

15. Thank Him for the Sacraments.

\16. Tell Him your failures. Ask for help. Then LISTEN.

17. Slowly recite the Beatitudes.

18. Pray one Our Father slowly.

19. Pray one Hail Mary slowly.

20. Pray the Creed slowly.

21. Pray for the Sanctification of Priests and Holy Vocations.

22. Ask Him to show you the next step.

23. Look at yourself. Count your gifts. Then thank Him.

24. Ask Him to show you if you have hidden any talents, and to help you use them in a way that pleases Him.

25. Pray for the world.

26. Enjoy just being in His presence and in His peace

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I grew up in a historical town in which we did everything possible to preserve buildings. Consequently, my hope was that we could preserve our present church building and also add nice bathrooms and gathering space to the building. The Archdiocese connected me with a female architect who loves old masonry buildings and has spent much of her adult life saving older buildings.

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The following is our recently completed Feasibility Study.  This report demonstrates that our parishioners are very excited and supportive about the New Church.  The big obstacle will be paying for it.  

With the help from the Holy Spirit and through the guidance of our building committee we will get the job done.  

God Bless you. 

      -Fr. Larry Huber

document Completed Feasibility Study (645 KB)