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Entries for April 2020

Saint Louis Cathedral Concerts - Catholic Charities
Saint Louis Cathedral Concerts will host its first time online-exclusive concert, to benefit Catholic Charities of St. Louis’ COVID-19 relief efforts. The 1-hour concert will feature tenor Scott Kennebeck, organist John Powell Walsh, and John Korak on the trumpet. The free musical benefit will take place without an audience at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis on Friday, May 1 at 7 p.m. and can be streamed live on the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis website (http://cathedralstl.org/live/), and on the following YouTube and Facebook pages: @cathedralstlmo, @St...

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Tuesday Night Worship

Posted on April 28, 2020 in: General News

Tuesday Night Worship
7:15pm Tuesday Night Worship with Karl and Bridget https://sclparish.org/      

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Invitation from Archbishop Robert Carlson
On Friday, May 1 at 2:00 p.m. CT, Most Reverend Jose H. Gomez, Archbishop of Los Angeles and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, will renew the consecration of the United States to the care of the Blessed Mother. Archbishop Robert Carlson invites the faithful of the Archdiocese of St. Louis to participate in this celebration. Please read his letter linked here. ​The faithful can participate by viewing the live-stream at usccb.org/consecration. Archbishop Carlson will be renewing the consecration of the Archdiocese of...

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Mass Intentions

Posted on April 27, 2020 in: General News

Mass Intentions
Although we are not able to celebrate the Eucharist publicly, both Fr. Charlie and I are saying Mass daily.  We do this because it is an essential part of our priestly spirituality, but we also do it for you, we pray for you as we celebrate Mass.  I’m using this message to remind you that if you have Mass intentions and you would like us to take them for you, just drop a note to us, the usual offering is ten dollars. Fr. Jim

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UPDATE ON SCL PARISH FOOD PANTRY
Update on the SCL Parish Food Pantry We chose to shut down our parish food pantry in mid-March.  Our volunteers are all in the high-risk category, and wisely they chose to stay home.  We contacted food pantries and determined that for our regular clients the Affton Food Pantry was close by and a good fit.  We donated to AFP a sizeable amount of food with the understanding that they would serve the folks who ordinarily would be served by SCL. As you are painfully aware this is a slow-motion disaster.  We will send all the remaining food in our pantr...

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Special Thanks to Reuter Merkle Law Firm
Special thanks to Reuter Merkle Law Firm for sponsoring our website.  Your monthly donation to cover the cost of the website is appreciated. Please consider Reuter Merkle Law Firm. Reuter Merkle Law Firm, LLC is a father-daughter owned law firm located in South St. Louis County that focuses on estate planning and elder law needs. Dan Reuter, a parishioner of Assumption, established the firm in 1988. Erin Merkle, a parishioner at SCL, joined the law firm in 2010. Dan and Erin take pride in having the knowledge, expertise and compassion to help their clients ...

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A Message from your SCL Staff

Posted on April 23, 2020 in: General News

A Message from your SCL Staff
A Message from your parish staff   From Your SCL Staff A Message from your parish staff Posted by St. Catherine Laboure - St. Louis on Thursday, April 23, 2020   If the link does not work, please click or cut and paste:  https://www.facebook.com/SCL.STL/videos/516151039079329/  

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A message from Fr. Jim and staff
You know it is often the small signs of gratitude that have the greatest impact.  You know an “I love you mom”  after a meal of mac and cheese and hot dogs at the end of a challenging and seemingly endless day.  Well, today 4/22/20 the parish staff got a big sign of thanks, and we are really grateful,  I’m not sure we are quite heroes, but truth be told we do what we do because we love you, and want you to know and feel the power of God’s faithful love for you.  So thanks so much to the ones who made our day and we...

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CONFESSION

Posted on April 21, 2020 in: General News

Confessions are offered in church  on Saturday from 3:45pm - 4:45pm. One of the main doors will be open, and someone will be there to offer direction.    

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A Note from Fr. Jim - Would it Help
Several years ago, I really enjoyed the movie “Bridge of Spies” with Tom Hanks and have adopted, in my better moments, the recurring line offered by the Russian spy “would it help?”.  Complaining, comparing, disparaging, judging harshly, bitching, moaning, have at it, but I will suggest none of them help and all of them waste time and energy. Yes what I am trying to get at here is that my way of life just like yours has been turned upside down painfully so, and it is important now more than ever for me to try to use my time and energy to do my b...

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A Note From Fr. Jim - Never, Never Give In
Never give in, never never never never give in, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense…Winston Churchill I’ve a paperweight like this quote, it says 3 times never quit, it’s buried somewhere on my desk, probably because I wanted to quit, and I didn’t want to see it. So, what must we do to triumph over our pandemic challenge?  The best answer, I would argue the only answer, is to do whatever is necessary.  Now of course the whatever and necessary are defined differently b...

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Thank You  Clipper Tree & Landscape for Sponsoring Our Website
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St. Vincent de Paul Society - St. Catherine Laboure
The St. Vincent DePaul Society at St Catherine Laboure parish is a very active organization which provides direct assistance to people living within our parish boundaries. There are 19 members of SVDP at SCL, who meet every other week to discuss the needs of those who have requested assistance.  The members also make home visits in pairs when a neighbor in need has contacted the society. The purpose of the home visit is to see the face of Christ in those needing help, and to be open to hearing their story while assessing their needs and providing support thru financ...

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An Easter Message from Fr. Jim

Posted on April 11, 2020 in: General News

An Easter Message from Fr. Jim
I want the Bull Market back, I want to get my hair cut, I really want my job the way it was before March 16, I want the sign of peace back, I want things back to normal.  Ah normal.  I guess I was lulled into complacency forgetting that ours is a precarious world, with unknown illnesses, with natural forces beyond our human fragility, with tornadoes and earthquakes and tsunamis and heat and humidity.  But isn’t it funny we live in this “real” if not normal world as though we own it.  We craft our society and culture to function rational...

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A Good Friday Message from Fr. Jim
Over the centuries the church has understood, taught and prayed about salvation in a number of ways.  One of the major approaches was to see our sins and transgressions rejecting God’s covenant with us, our original sin was to replace God with ourselves, to upend and abandon the creative love of God for us, to alienate ourselves from God, to no longer be in right relationship with God.  We need salvation. We could not earn or achieve salvation on our own, it required the intervention of God in our human history by the sending of His son Jesus.  He wo...

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Seven Last Words of Christ

Posted on April 10, 2020 in: General News

Seven Last Words of Christ
The Seven Last Words of Christ - St. Catherine Laboure To view this event just click the link below: https://boxcast.tv/view/seven-last-words-of-christ-z72z6jf601owx6qyse3x  

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HOLY WEEK STREAMING SCHEDULE

Posted on April 09, 2020 in: General News

HOLY WEEK STREAMING SCHEDULE
Stream online the Holy Week Services at www.sclparish.org Holy Thursday—7 pm Good Friday—3 pm and devotions during the day on the website Easter Vigil—8 pm  

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There will be no confessions on Holy Saturday, 4/11/2020   Confessions will resume Saturday 4/18/2020 from 3:45-4:45. To ensure the safety of all involved, Confessions will be set up a bit differently.  One set of Church doors will be opened in the front for entering.  Someone will be on site to give instruction.   

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Good Friday, April 10, 2020

Posted on April 09, 2020 in: General News

Friday, April 10, 2020 (Good Friday) 12:00 PM EDT Livestream: USCCB and Archdiocese of Los Angeles. . . Text of Litany of the Sacred Heart: English. . . / Spanish. . . Social Media: Invitation. . . Good Friday is a day when Christians around the world solemnly commemorate the day when Jesus suffered and died on the cross. Catholics traditionally mark the day with fasting, penance, and reflection on Jesus’ loving sacrifice. This opportunity to pray together during the coronavirus pandemic offers a special moment of unity for the faithful during a time when communities throughout the United States and worldwide ...

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SEND US YOUR PHOTOS TO INCLUDE DURING MASS
I mentioned last week that I’ve been looking at the data base, names and addresses so that I could have you through my mind’s eye in my heart as I am praying during this challenging time.  My staff is great.  They saw on the news a priest who put up pictures of his parishioners in the empty pews, voila they printed and put a photo of everyone who was in the photo directory of the parish.  But we want all of you in the congregation, so if you would take a photo of yourself or your family watching our live streamed Mass and send them to sspaeth@sclp...

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FOOD PANTRY UPDATE

Posted on April 08, 2020 in: General News

FOOD PANTRY UPDATE
NOTICE REGARDING SCL FOOD PANTRY  At this time,  the SCL campus is closed, and our volunteers are home quarantined.  We are unable to offer Food Pantry services at this time.  We have found a place that can best service this need.  The parish made a donation and is advising our pantry clients to contact:  Affton Christian Food Pantry:      http://afftonchristianfoodpantry.com/ The pantry may be reached at:  314-580-3138.   Let them know that you are from St. Catherine Laboure.  If you ...

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A Note From Fr. Jim - We Must Be Saved By Hope
Nothing worth doing is completed in one lifetime, therefore we must be saved by hope Nothing true or beautiful makes complete sense in any context of history, therefore we must be saved by faith Nothing we do, no matter how virtuous can be accomplished alone, therefore we must be saved by love Reinhold Niebuhr 20th century Protestant theologian Faith Hope and Love, the theological virtues, gifts only given by God, but gifts that must grow in us if we would live beyond the moment, beyond comprehension, and beyond ourselves. Several weeks ago, when the Sunday r...

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Join us for Holy Week Tuesday Worship Streaming
You are invite this Tuesday 4/7/2020 at 7 PM  to a live streaming of musical prayer with worship songs from Karl and Bridget (of our Noon Mass music ministry). Go to the home page of our parish website :  https://sclparish.org    

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We Miss You!

Posted on April 04, 2020 in: General News

We Miss You!
Please click on link to view our church and listen to our choir. WeMissyou!  

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We Miss You!

Posted on April 04, 2020 in: General News

We Miss You!
Please click the link below to enjoy beautiful music and St. Catherine. https://www.facebook.com/SCL.STL/posts/3213051512067719?__xts__%5B0%5D=68.ARDRTS1jEwAma7f3K0TeDvk5oLf0f13ZPkHy18SOhwU9LhAAlereA2JK6D3I6MmRzx6mEa3hOUGx5QiRmZR7UvVTFNy-9KohPUx9s7NBlaor2RbSWfyKq_5tiPJfMCxMrZPk20BbdgLrHlCv5S5vMv_gt4Fc9AyV0qMGkO27dJHpGifPpwbb-DpETH9eo6-d1AKprVFDyK6eLi4ijEMg9P1qX5SqLBtVN46jchKsvQ8gHi3_CAvjVuQaA79sjYMCW6kjEwiqwwOTR2vp0I5F9V8kz8QNWGwI46Vz-pt3J1Pce_bDW4zfnnWXH2hWLqf0fUGA60Rroyh5kENlXgSnH_o33AZrYwgojAzg_5BPaljd58UzjQ75rohPMMM0A7BTdXlRhW8LS7Vu3AvOmPGC2cyN0hRqNx2h2ADs_Actg-Stm48...

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Palm Sunday Palms Available

Posted on April 04, 2020 in: General News

Palm Sunday Palms Available
Palm Sunday Palms Available “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the Highest!” Matthew 21:9 This was the chant and praise cried out as Jesus humbly rode from the Mount of Olives to Jerusalem. Crowds spread their cloaks on the road while others cut branches from trees and strewed them on the road.  While we may be celebrating Palm Sunday in our own homes, we may be physically isolated, but not separated. We are still the Body of Christ. We will distribute palms this Sunday, April 5th on tables in front of church for you ...

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A Song for Nurses

Posted on April 04, 2020 in: General News

A Song for Nurses
A Song for Nurses One of my favorite authors of spiritual reading is Brian Doyle, sadly he died several years ago, he was living with cancer and only in his early 60’s.  I find so much of his work incredible, so I wanted to share this with you: A Song for Nurses The first time I saw a nurse I was four years old and someone had cut my tonsils out and I woke up addled to find a cheerful woman wearing white leaning over me and murmuring something gentle.  The room was all white and the bed was all white and there were white curtains framing the window....

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A Message from Fr. Jim April 2, 2020
Be careful of false dichotomies.  Soon we will be locked in acrimonious debate about how to best choose for the protection of the most vulnerable in our society, how to choose a course of action that will best blunt the pandemic, which will save lives by minimizing the shock to our health system of hundreds of thousands of very sick individuals, how to save many from the life threatening result of our economy in free fall, with millions out of work, mortgages due, rent due, crippling debt. And these are just some of the conversations and choices we will be called to ha...

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