29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 15, 2020
This weekend all Sunday Masses (4:30pm, 7:30am, 9am,11am) will be celebrated at the outdoor chapel, weather permitting. Please bring a seat cover if concrete seats are wet.
World Mission Sunday, October 18, 2020
Letter from Most Reverend Mitchell T. Rozanski
Archbishop of St. Louis
Upcoming Ste. Gen Events and Announcements
|An Event to Feed Your Soul
Father James Mason to speak on:
Living in Holy Indifference during these Pandemic Times
St. Ignatius’ Annotation 23
Sunday, October 18, 2020 4:00pm
Ste Genevieve du Bois Outdoor Chapel (in case of rain we will meet in church).
Live electronic feed to be available for those at home- details will follow soon.
Father James Mason is President-Rector of the Kendrick-Glennon seminary and is a dynamic and passionate speaker. His thoughtful discussions have been widely received at his retreats as well as his monthly lecture series, Forming Men for Christ. You will benefit from his wisdom and his faith sharing.
Come, listen, join us in person or on line, and grow in your faith. All in attendance are encouraged to join fellow parishioners and tailgate following the reflection.
Feed Your Soul Flyer
Join via Zoom
Meeting ID: 945 2257 9626
TO ALL LECTORS AND EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS
For those of you who would like to return to your ministry, or if you have an interest in joining a ministry, Deacon Witte will host a meeting/training in church on Tuesday, October 20 at 7:00pm.
We look forward to seeing everyone!
|STE GEN NOT A POLLING LOCATION NOVEMBER 3
Ste Gen will not be a polling location on Tuesday, November 3, due to a low number of volunteer poll workers. St. Louis County will send mailers letting registered voters know of the nearest location.
SAINT OF THE DAY
St. Teresa of Avila
Feastday: October 15
Patron: of Headache sufferers, Spanish Catholic Writers
Birth: March 28, 1515
Death: October 4, 1582
Beatified: April 24th 1614, Rome by Pope Paul V
Canonized: March 12th 1622, Rome by Pope Gregory XV
"May God protect me from gloomy saints," Teresa said, and that's how she ran her convent. To her, spiritual life was an attitude of love, not a rule. Although she proclaimed poverty, she believed in work, not in begging. She believed in obedience to God more than penance. If you do something wrong, don't punish yourself -- change. When someone felt depressed, her advice was that she go some place where she could see the sky and take a walk. When someone was shocked that she was going to eat well, she answered, "There's a time for partridge and a time for penance." To her brother's wish to meditate on hell, she answered, "Don't."
She is the founder of the Discalced Carmelites. In 1970 she was declared a Doctor of the Church for her writing and teaching on prayer, one of two women to be honored in this way.
Spiritual Reflection from Msgr. John Unger, October 18, Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time;
If someone asked you what happened on April 15 you might say on April 15, 1912 the Titanic was sunk; or you might say that on that day in 1865 Abraham Lincoln died after being shot the day before; or, if you are a baseball fan you might say Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in baseball on April 15 in 1947. But most of all April 15th is all about taxes!
I don’t think I would be going out on a limb if I said that most of us don’t enjoy taxes. A cynic once said that death and taxes may always be with us, but at least death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets. Some of you will remember Arthur Godfrey. I remember my mom listening to him everyday. He said: “I feel honored to pay taxes in America. The thing is, I could probably feel just as honored for about half the price.” But my favorite comment, and you will have to visualize the Eiffel Tower in Paris, someone said that the Eiffel Tower is the Empire State Building after taxes.
Well, the people had to pay taxes in Jesus’ time too. What made it worse for them was that they had to pay taxes to a government they despised. The Romans were occupying their land. A portion of their income ended up in Caesar’s pocket and this made the Jews very unhappy. They resented this Roman domination. So, you can see the dilemma and the loaded question presented to Jesus in the Gospel. Would Jesus offend the Jews by siding with the despised Romans or would he risk the wrath of the Romans by siding with Jewish sentiment. Well Jesus did neither: “give Caesar what is Caesar’s and give God what is God’s.”
We can pretty much figure out what belongs to Caesar. However, the real question and the bigger question is what things belong to God? A brief answer might very well be “everything.” Everything we are and everything we hope to be is first and foremost a gift from God. The world was created by God and belongs to God. If we can understand that then our hearts are captivated by the love and grace God has lavished upon us. The question before us is: how can we become more willing and able to render to God the things that are God’s?
Rendering everything to God is not easy to do in this materialistic world we live in. Many times, we are like the boy who was given two dollars—one for the Sunday offering and the other one for candy. Walking along the street one of the dollars slipped out of his hand and fell through some grillwork into the drain below. The little boy raised his face toward heaven and said with genuine sorrow, “Well, God, there goes your dollar.” Isn’t that the temptation we all face when we are asked to give God what is God’s whether it is our time, talents, or our treasure?
That was a lesson learned by John D. Rockefeller, Sr. He drove himself hard to be a success. He became a millionaire by the age of 23 and by the age of fifty was the richest man on earth. Then at 53, Rockefeller developed a serious illness which caused the hair on his head, his eyebrows, and eyelashes to drop off. Even though he was the world’s only billionaire and could have almost anything on earth he wanted, he could only digest milk and crackers. He became shrunken like a mummy. He could not sleep, would not smile, and nothing in life meant much to him at all. Doctors predicted that within a year he would be dead.
One night, however, as Rockefeller struggled to fall asleep, he came to grips with his life. He realized that he could take nothing with him into the next world. The next day he embarked on a new way of living. Rather than hoarding his money and possessions, he began to give them away to persons in need. Establishing the Rockefeller Foundation, he channeled his fortune into hospitals, research, and mission work. At age 53, Rockefeller was given a year to live. By learning to live by the principle of giving rather than getting, he altered his life so dramatically that he eventually lived to the ripe old age of 98. Rendering to God what is God’s can have a dramatic effect on our lives.
I would venture to say that most of us don’t have too many problems giving Caesar his due, and in fact, you’re probably feeling like you give him enough already. That’s not the issue here. It’s the second part that is challenging. Giving to God what is God’s – living out our baptismal dignity so that the image of God on our souls actually means something. So, what do we give God? What is it that is God’s that we can give? The answer is shown to us on the Cross. The gift that we give is the gift of ourselves. It is a gift of self-sacrifice, a gift of self-emptying love.
It is the gift of a mother or father to their children, providing clothes, shelter, education, sharing their faith, and despite the exhaustion and strain on the checkbook, doing it out of love. It’s the gift to the poor whether at home or in foreign lands. It is putting God first in our lives, by taking that one hour to go to Mass even if it is a busy day in order to simply praise God, as he deserves.
As we approach the Lord in the Eucharist, we realize the need to live in the world, but we know in our hearts that we no longer belong to the world, but to God. May we have the grace to give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what he truly deserves, the gift of our whole hearts.
Music Ministry Updates from Laura Stoessel:
I thought it might be nice to start sharing the instrumental song that is played during preparation so you may be able to recognize it during Mass!
All the Ends of the Earth - https://youtu.be/6FDyNx1ceDc
Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) - https://youtu.be/x3kwC-8cXhs
Bread of Angels - https://youtu.be/OVZU9Gn0L8U
Your Grace Is Enough - https://youtu.be/KUwo8L6dCIE
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 offered on Wednesday's from 8:30am-2:00pm.
" Parish Office hours: 8:30am-4:00pm, M-F. If you do not feel comfortable visiting the office, please call or email, [email protected], 314-966-3780. If you do visit the office, 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;))
II There is a promise of marriage between Sarah Lenita Witte, daughter of Matt and Gina (Paule) Witte AND Daniel Thomas Wimberg, son of Thomas & Brenda (Cheesman) Wimberg.
Thank you for your continued support of the parish.
Offertory Collection October 11, 2020
Offertory $ 5,928
Electronic Giving $ 4,807
Total Contribution $10,735
What Are Mass Intentions?
What does it mean to have a Mass “offered” for someone?
An individual may ask their parish to offer a Mass for several reasons: for example, in thanksgiving, for the intentions of another person (such as on a birthday or illness), or, as is most common, for the repose of the soul of someone who has died.
One must never forget the infinite graces that flow from the Sacrifice of the Mass which benefit one’s soul. Pope Leo XIII in his encyclical “Mirae caritatis” (1902) beautifully elaborated this point and emphasized the connection between the communion of saints with the Mass.
We find not only the origins of this practice dating to the early Church but we also clearly recognize its importance. When we face the death of someone, even a person who is not Catholic, to have a Mass offered for the repose of their soul and to offer our prayers are more beneficial and comforting than any other sympathy card or bouquet of flowers. To have a Mass offered on the occasion of a birthday, anniversary, before a surgery or special need is appropriate, beneficial and appreciated.
Please call the office if you would like a Mass offered for a loved one. Mass intentions are $10.00 per Mass.
Intentions for the sick:
Please remember the sick of the parish especially, Michael Pollock, 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.
Sunday, October 18
7:30 a.m. People of the Parish
9:00 a.m. Allen Siemens
11:00 a.m. Larry Niemann
Monday, October 19
7:00 a.m. Ellen Snyders
Tuesday, October 20
7:00 a.m. Stroble-O’Neill Family
8:00 a.m. Mary Ione Berry
Wednesday, October 21
7:00 a.m. Mr. Sigmund
8:00 a.m. Tim Holmes
Thursday, October 22
7:00 a.m. Dr. Robert E. Bolinske
Friday, October 23
7:00 a.m. Fred Heger
Saturday, October 24
4:30 p.m. William White
Sunday, October 25
7:30 a.m. People of the Parish
9:00 a.m. Mary Ann Holden
11:00 a.m. Mary Ellen Mooney
|Our Dearly Departed
|| October 15, 1971
|Lucy Flavan White
|| October 15, 1998
|David L. Sahrmann Jr.
|| October 15, 2002
|Dr. Erwin M. Hindes
|| October 16, 1973
|John J. Lochner Sr.
|| October 16, 1986
|Edward P. Gund
|| October 16, 1997
|Donald M. Witte Sr.
|| October 16, 2003
|Bonnie Ann Schattgen
|| October 16, 2015
|Buell Jerry Thompson
|| October 16, 2018
|Harold Bennett Torrence
|| October 17, 2015
|| October 18, 1974
|Robert L. Lynch
|| October 18, 1985
|William J. Costello
|| October 18, 1987
|Elizabeth E. Keating
|| October 18, 1991
|| October 18, 1996
|Nancy Ann Costello
|| October 18, 2002
|| October 19, 1972
|Angelo R. Lodes
|| October 19, 1982
|| October 20, 1988
|James J. Carlton
|| October 20, 2005
|Henri E. Renard
|| October 20, 2008
|William T. Weidle Jr.
|| October 21, 2002
School Updates from Anthony Van Gessel:
Ste. Gen Parish families,
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Dr. Bert Barry spent all day Monday telling our classes folk tales from around the world.
PSR Updates from Kathy Fleming:
Please pray for our Confirmation Candidates!
Our Confirmation Candidates will be confirmed on Tuesday, November 10. There will be a poster of all of the candidates in the church vestibule with an envelope attached. If you would like to pray for a candidate feel free to take a name from the envelope.
For questions please contact me at 314-966-3780 or email: [email protected].
God bless, Kathy Fleming CRE
COVID-19 & Ste. Gen
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.”
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.
What we ask of you…
" 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:
" Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. Mass
“ Tuesday and Wednesday 7:00 a.m. Mass and 8:00 a.m. School 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. Thank you
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