COVID-19 and Ste. Gen


 

August 6, 2020

Transfiguration of the Lord Graphic

Greetings Parishioners,
August sixth we celebrate The Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord.
"After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them. His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them. And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus. Peter said to Jesus, "Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters-one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah." (He did not know what to say, they were so frightened.) Then a cloud appeared and covered them, and a voice came from the cloud: "This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!" Suddenly, when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus. As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus gave them orders not to tell anyone what they had seen until the Son of Man had risen from the dead.."
 
The obligation to attend the Sunday Mass remains lifted indefinitely.  Anyone who is ill or showing symptoms of the Coronavirus, who has been in contact with someone with COVID-19, who is vulnerable due to preconditions, or over 60 years of age are asked to remain at home and participate via livestream.
-St. Padre Pio’s Prayer of Spiritual Communion
“My Jesus, I believe that you are truly present in the most Blessed Sacrament.  I love You above all things and I desire to receive You into my soul.  Since I am not able at this moment to receive You sacramentally, I ask that you spiritually enter into my heart.  I embrace You and unite myself wholly to You.  Never permit me to be separated from You.  Amen.”

Upcoming Events:
Mark your calendar for the monthly prayer service (alternative divine mercy chaplet and rosary) on Monday, August 10 at 7 p.m. and weather permitting, will be held at the outdoor chapel. 
All are welcome!
 
Guidelines to follow for Mass attendance at Ste. Gen:
What we are doing…

  • We have used markings with blue tape indicating safe seating and standing to maintain proper social distance.
  • Additional seating for the outdoor chapel:  bring your own chairs, blankets or feel free to sit in your car.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available in church but we suggest that you bring your own.
  • We will clean and sanitize after each Mass.
  • All Catholics are still granted dispensation from the Sunday Mass obligation.  Dispensation means that not attending Mass is NOT A SIN.
  • Bring and wear your own mask during church services.  Extra masks are available at all church entrances.
  • For one person, sit where the blue tape marks the seat.
  • For members of households, there should be 6ft of distance between members of one household and members of another.
  • Altar Servers- for their safety, servers will not be used at this time.
  • Eucharistic Ministers-only one needed per Mass (volunteer please). Hands must be thoroughly sanitized and masks must be worn.
New Mass Schedule:
  • All morning Masses will be held at the outdoor chapel, weather permitting, in case of rain we will move to the Church.
  • Weekday Mass Time, Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. (one daily Mass).
  • No Saturday morning Mass, until further notice.
  • Saturday Evening Mass, 4:30 p.m. with Confessions offered in the cry room from 3:30-4:15 p.m.
  • Sunday Masses:  7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m. (not 9:30 a.m.), 11:00 a.m. (this will give us time to sanitize between Masses).

Please come early, as we may have to turn people away due to limited seating. 
Many of the precautions to follow safety requirements will be labor intensive.  If you can help in any way please contact Deacon Matt Witte at 314-374-4044 or use the sign-up sheet below.  Thank you

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Spiritual Reflection from Msgr. Daniel Mosley, August 9, Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time;

There is a story found in the Jewish Midrash, which is a collection of interpretations of scripture taught by the Rabbis.  The story goes that Moses has led the people to the wilderness only to be confronted by the daunting presence of the red sea.  God told Moses to have the people walk through the waters and they would enter a land flowing with milk and honey.  Obviously a challenge.  It is said that the seas did not open until the Israelites began to walk into the sea with blind faith, and when they did, a miracle happened. 
In Sunday’s Gospel we again are faced with the daunting task-Jesus challenging the faith of Peter taking him to walk into the ocean.  With cautious interpretation and blind faith, Peter steps out of the boat….then his humanity begins to show, he loses faith and begins to sink.  Jesus extends a hand to him telling him to take courage, “It is I, Jesus”.
That statement “It is I…” every Jew would understand.  It is how God reveals himself to Moses in the story of The Burning Bush. It is how God proclaimed that his very essence is not to be understood, but believed.
At times we are like St. Peter with the seas of change and frailty, we see how helpless we are.
It is at such a time the Lord reaches his hand to us with the reassurance…”It is I, do not be afraid I will lift you up”.
 
Music Ministry Updates from Laura Stoessel:
Below you will find the songs for this weekend’s Masses. I hope this musical selection helps to lift your spirits as it did for me. 
Here are my selections for this week:
 
Holy, Holy, Holy - 
https://youtu.be/JN1aYD_tyr0
 
Here I am, Lord - 
https://youtu.be/mSzm7rEkmEU
 
Your Grace Is Enough - 
https://youtu.be/Kvw6SkZ4cGI
 
Blessings,
Laura
 

Parish Office Updates from Bridget Davis:

  • The church will be open Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for personal reflection and devotions.
  • Adoration is offered on Wednesday's 7:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  
  • ***The Parish Office hours are 9 a.m.-2 p.m., M-Th, closed on Fridays.  If we cannot help you during office hours, please call or email, [email protected], 314-966-3780. We ask all who enter the office to please wear a mask, thank you.
  • Confessions- Saturday evenings from 3:30-4:15 p.m. and can also be set up by appointment.  Please use our confidential email:  [email protected]
  • For Daily Readings:  https://www.stegenevievedubois.org/Daily-Readings
  • Bridget's Keep The Faith Graphic!
New Parishioners
John and Katelin Berosky and Eleanor
And
Brian and Beth Prasse, Tommy & Jill
Welcome to Ste. Gen, we are so glad you’re here!

Baptisms
Nolan Thomas Lansford, son of Chase and Stephanie Lansford and nephew of Rob & Danielle Hurtt.
Welcome to the Ste. Gen Family!

Thank you for your continued support of the parish.
Offertory Collection     August 2, 2020
 
Offertory                 $  5,641
Electronic Giving    $  3,582
Total Contribution $  9,223

Mass Intention Rescheduling:
Because of the many Masses that must be rescheduled, we apologize that we cannot accommodate all requested dates and times.  Intentions will now be posted in our newsletter.  Mass Cards are available and can be mailed directly to you or your loved one.  Each Mass is $10.00.
 
Intentions for the sick:
Please remember the sick of the parish especially, Michael Pollock and Gray Scott.
Email us your special intentions so that we can continue to pray together for physical, spiritual and emotional healing.

Intentions for the Departed:
We would like to pray for the deceased and their families who have had to endure very unusual funerals. 

May their souls and the souls of all the faithfully departed rest in peace.
 
Our Dearly Departed
Mildred McNish August 7, 1965
Raymond Phelps August 7, 1982
James Jolley August 7, 1986
Marjorie Hoover August 7, 1995
Fritz Lothman August 8, 1966
Shirley J. Heinkel August 8, 1990
Edward Merk August 9, 1983
Lena  Peltier August 9, 1988
Hugo H. Speth August 9, 1990
Charles Corley August 10, 1969
Mina J. Caldwell August 10, 1980
Kenneth W. Horan August 10, 2011
Robert Combs August 11, 1971
Frank Scott August 11, 1979
Mary Sheridan Kaegel August 11, 1998
Margaret Shannon August 12, 1978
Dorothy A. Meyer August 12, 1994
Evelyn Jokerst August 12, 1995
Sylvia Denny August 13, 1976
 Mass Intentions
 
Sunday, August 9
7:30 a.m.  People of the Parish
9:00 a.m.  Hildegarde DeMange
11:00 a.m.  Jack O’Leary
 
Monday, August 10
7:00 a.m.  Sister Mary Moeller, CSJ
 
Tuesday, August 11
7:00 a.m.  Clay Pentland
 
Wednesday, August 12
7:00 a.m.  Mary Baalmann Adkins
 
Thursday, August 13
7:00 a.m.  Mark S. (Int)
 
Friday, August 14
9:00 a.m.  Leo Schwald
 
Saturday, August 15
4:30 p.m.  Malvina Baumstark
 
Sunday, August 16
7:30 a.m.  People of the Parish
9:00 a.m.  Clay Pentland
11:00 a.m.  Carolyn Stohr
 
School Updates from Anthony Van Gessel:
Ste. Gen Parish families,

The Ste. Gen teachers have been busy preparing for the year. They met twice as a group in July to help plan to bring students back safely to school and to plan in case we have to revert to virtual learning. Most have completely set up their classrooms and are ready for the year!
We appreciate your continued prayers.

PSR Updates from Kathy Fleming:
Please drop off your PSR Registration as soon as possible.   
 
Any parent interested in being a Catechist please contact me at 966-3780 or email:  [email protected]
 
God bless, Kathy Fleming CRE

Thank you all for your dedication and unwavering faith. Please continue to support one another, and to unite with all of our faithful in prayer to the Blessed Mother to intercede in healing us-body and spirit-and providing strength for those on the front lines fighting this virus and serving the needs of our community.
Yours in Christ,
Msgr. Daniel Mosley, Msgr. John Unger, Deacon Matt Witte, Kathy Fleming, Anthony Van Gessel
 
Reopening Guidelines and Restrictions from the Archdiocese


Food Pantry Request
Immaculate Conception food pantry is in need of personal care items, health and beauty aids.
Please drop off any items in the Ushers Room at Church.  Thank you!

Revitalization 2000, Inc.
My wife Gloria and I joined Ste. Genevieve du Bois parish in 1988. In 1998 I started an all-volunteer nonprofit organization, Revitalization 2000, Inc. ("R2K"). Our base is Claver House, located in the Ville neighborhood of north St. Louis. A number of  Ste. Gen parish members have donated time and/or monies to our Claver House educational enrichment programs. Since March we suspended these programs due to Covid-19.  In the interim we are helping to meet some of the food and home supply needs of Ville residents. We maintain a community garden that provides a beautiful space across from Claver House and produces a large amount of fresh vegetables. Since April we devote a Saturday each month distributing these veggies plus non-perishable food and supplies (the in-kind gifts of numerous church groups in west county) to needy residents of the Ville. In place of this monthly food distribution, on August 14 we are partnering with other churches and non-profit organizations to host the Ville Collaborative Grocery and School Supply Giveaway. Along with food we plan to distribute 250 backpacks filled with school supplies. We have the food, but the school supplies are a tall order this year, as the local Ville churches who normally organize this giveaway are still hibernating.  
Would you like to help?  You can do this in a number of ways, but perhaps the simplest way to help with the school supplies at this point is with a financial gift. If you would like to help with this event, future food giveaways, or in our educational enrichment programs, please contact me at (314) 265-3257 or visit our website, https://revitalization2000.com,
Thank you for your generosity.  
God bless,
Steve Hutchison

R2K Poster

Request from a parishioner:  please say one Hail Mary everyday for those exposed to or who have this terrible virus.