Grove Maintenance, Supporting our Latin America Apostolate, & RCIA

//Grove Maintenance, Supporting our Latin America Apostolate, & RCIA

Grove Maintenance, Supporting our Latin America Apostolate, & RCIA

Dear Parishioners,

As I mentioned last week, we have a very lovely campus. Other parishes are configured in such a way that they are veritable concrete or asphalt jungles. The grove is particularly beautiful, but all the trees require constant maintenance. A huge limb, as large as the size of some species of trees, came down in the last storm. Another tree that hangs over the sidewalk that leads down to Oakdale Avenue is dead and has to be taken down, for the safety to all who may pass by. If you’ve had to remove trees on your property, you know how expensive that can be. Thank you for your ongoing stewardship contributions that allow us to maintain our beautiful parish property.

We are in the process of preparing the parish “Guidebook” or Buzz Book for publication. If you have changed your phone number or email address, etc., please contact Tory Welling in the rectory office (314-353-7629 x10) so
that we have the most up-to-date information.

On Sunday, August 2, a collection will be taken up in support of our Latin American Apostolate. This collection supports the presence of four missionary priests of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, most important of which is our own Fr. Michler. Bolivia continues to suffer from a shortage of native diocesan priests. Here in St. Louis we have roughly 1 priest for every 2000 Catholics. In Bolivia the ratio is 1 priest to 20,000 Catholics. Fr. Michler and his companion priest missionaries serve their parishioners in much the same way you are served here with one striking difference. Many people in Bolivia live without access to clean water, food or sanitation. Please support Fr. Michler and our other priests in Bolivia along with those who have so little.

We are in the process of beginning our RCIA program and are ready to welcome candidates this year. The RCIA program begins in August and continues to the end of the Easter season in May of 2016. The RCIA (Rite of Christian
Initiation for Adults) is the Church’s process of forming new Catholic Christians. We have a strong tradition of forming disciples at St. Dominic Savio. They can be unbaptized or already baptized in another Christian faith. Sometimes they are Catholics who were baptized but never raised in the practice of the faith. If you know anyone who might be interested in learning more about the beauty of the Catholic faith, please let me know.

Since the reform of the Mass following the Second Vatican Council, many people find our worship even more accessible. Not only do the reforms allow the lay faithful to actively participate, but the Mass is not fully
celebrated without the dynamic involvement of the whole Body of Christ. One good example of this is the opportunity to receive Holy Communion under both species (Body and Blood). With the assistance of Extraordinary
Ministers of Holy Communion, the people of God can commune deeply in the Love of God that comes to us in the reception of Holy Communion. If you would like to help with the distribution of Holy Communion and/or take Holy
Communion to our sick and elderly homebound, please contact me for additional information.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us,

Fr. Paul Rothschild