Please join our entire community this week as we celebrate the great events of our salvation as Jesus continues His work of redemption among us. See the schedule of services on page 7.
The Annual Catholic Appeal is the one time the entire Church of St. Louis acts in unison – outside the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass – in fulfillment of the mission we have received from Jesus Christ. Those who make a gift participate in Christ’s mission to bring light into the lives of those who are walking in darkness. Here, in the Annual Catholic Appeal, love confronts hatred, those in doubt experience what faith can do, and those in mourning are brought joy. The ACA supports a wide range of ministries and apostolates that touches the lives of thousands of people who might otherwise never find the joy of the gospel of Jesus. Sadness, despair and doubt come in many forms. Your support of the ACA helps the Church comfort those who are suffering and offers guidance to those who are lost.
The Annual Catholic Appeal helps parishes directly by its support of Catholic Elementary school families and teachers. It serves young people at Newman Centers on college campuses, children with special education needs, the Catholic Youth Apostolate and CYC program. It serves couples preparing for Marriage, the Respect Life Apostolate, Hispanic Ministry and airport Chaplaincy so that we have a Catholic presence. It supports Catholic Charities and the needs of immigrants, the Latin American Apostolate, Rural Parish Workers as well as priests in their retirement years. This is NOT a comprehensive list of all the good that the Annual Catholic Appeal does, but only a representative sample.
St. Dominic Savio has been a generous support of the initiative throughout the decades. I thank you for all that you have done. You have touched my life through your past support. As we enter Holy Week during which we remember God’s victory over Sin and Death, please begin to pray about your sacrificial contribution. Lord God, we thank You for the untold blessings You have bestowed upon us. We offer these blessing back to Your divine majesty. We lay before You the labors and fruits of the Annual Catholic Appeal. We pray that our sole desire be to serve Your holy will. United as Catholics, let us be reminded of our baptismal call to follow Jesus in His service to others for He is our Lord forever and ever.
White House Retreat is a Jesuit retreat house in south St. Louis County based on The Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius. I strongly endorse this authentic expression of Ignatian spirituality and urge as many men of the parish (over the age of 18) to consider participating in our upcoming retreat in April 30 to May 3. If I have heard it said once, I have heard it said hundreds of times by men who were reluctant to accept this invitation to retreat with the Lord, “The decision to go was the best thing I could have done.” www.whretreat.org