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)


The tales of why the Church embraced eating fish at Lent are as big as the one that got away. Especially this account: Centuries ago, the pope required Catholics to eat fish on Fridays to support a floundering fishing industry rife with financial troubles. — Oh, that's a good one! Urban legends aside, the reasons our Church has taken to these little — or big — swimmers as a source of penitential sacrifice are rooted in the idea of remembering the betrayal and crucifixion of Christ.

No law states that Catholics must eat fish on the Fridays of Lent, but it's a rule that we must abstain from eating the meat of warm-blooded animals. The practice of abstinence among Christians dates back centuries — and was mentioned in the Didache, the Teaching of the Twelve Apostles, written around the first or second century.

Among the simplest ways of explaining our fascination with fish? It was a natural go-to back in the day, especially among those without means. Meat was a luxury, hence why fish came onto the Lenten scene.

Fish frys these days aren't fixed on the fin, though. Menus include vegetables, meatless pastas, ethnic specialties such as tamales and even the legs of our amphibian friends. But the overriding element is the sense of community built when more than one are gathered in His name.

As we pledge to eat more fish — or other meatless fare — let us make this Lent a good one. 



Penance generator

Our interactive penance generator helps you in your journey through Lent. Click on either prayer, service or penance for a randomly generated act.
Click on a new option each day, or repeat that prayer, service or penance throughout the entirety of Lent.

Use the penance-service-prayer generator.

Fish recipes
Looking for something beyond the parish fish fry? Try some of our favorite recipes on our Pinterest page. If you'd like to share your recipe with us on Pinterest, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Pinterest page
Fish Facts
Tilapia are sometimes called St. Peter's fish. The Sea of Galilee is home to 18-24 types of fish. The Jesus Fish is perhaps the earliest symbl for Christianity. Read more about these and other fish facts.
Read more fish facts
Fish jokes
Some fish related jokes for your fish fry table.
Our favorite:
How do you make an octopus laugh? With ten-tickles!
If you can think of any better puns, let minnow.
Read more fish jokes
Fish fries
Searching for a fish fry? The St. Louis Review's map and listing of fish fries in the archdiocese can help you plan your Fridays. Is your parish or organization's fish fry not listed? Submit the info here.
Fish fry map and listing
Fish stories
Lent isn't just about Eating More Fish. Archbishop Carlson's weekly column focuses on how Lent is the season of joy. For almsgiving, Mary Queen of Peace Parish is just one example of a local fundraiser, while the CRS Rice Bowl is an international one.
Read more stories
Fish Facts
(With apologies for the bad pun above!) During the penitential season of Lent, the Sacrament of Reconciliation is emphasized. Archbishop Carlson's new pastoral letter, Jesus Christ the Divine Physician, is on sale now at
Also see the list of confession opportunities at
Stations of the cross
Help prepare yourself for Holy Week by watching this video prayer of Stations of the Cross. The images in the video are from St. Margaret of Scotland Parish in south St. Louis, and prayer is led by Father Thomas Wyrsch.
Watch the video
May your batter be as light as your heart
May your fish be as tender as your soul
May your gathering at home or at your parish be blessed with community filled with joy and the peace of God. 
— St. Pescado

Separated and Divorced Persons

Catholic Divorce Survival Guide Program

Sundays, February 18 – May 6, 2018

1:30 – 3:00 PM

Immaculate Conception Parish - Arnold

Contact Jean @ 314-704-1870 or Regina @ 314-608-3347

for information and to register.

Parish Subscription Campaign

begins January 14, 2018 Subscription Cards will be in the pews at all masses

‘Greater possibilites for communication turn into greater possibilites for encounter and solidarity for everyone.’

~ Joy of the Gospel, Pope Francis


To put content on the IC website, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

Online Giving is a great way to help your
administrative staff while supporting our church.
Signing up is easy - you can use a computer, tablet,
or Smartphone.

Do you have information about your group or ministry to display on our new sign? Call, text or email information to: Wendy or Preston Haglin 314-910-3410 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

About 4 days lead time is necessary.

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)