The discernment and planning process we have begun will serve as a “second founding” of the parish. It comes sixty-five years after its original founding by Msgr. Chioddini and the intrepid parishioners who came together in this part of Affton. This was the beginning of St. Dominic Savio. It was a time of exceptional expansion in the Archdiocese of St. Louis. The people of St. Louis began to move out of the city limits. They moved north into Florissant. They moved west into Creve Coeur. They moved south into Affton and beyond. The parishioners at that time met the demographic challenges of their day. Our challenges are demographic, but they are also sociological and cultural: smaller families, families in distress, families confused about Catholic teaching and in need of evangelization. Now is the time for us to decide how we are going to live out our Catholic values with the resources that are available to us in our day and time.
I want to thank everyone who took the time to complete the survey created by the Reid Group. It was an important first step in our planning process. I also want to thank those who agreed to serve on the Futuring Committee and who will assist the consultants, Lucien and Maureen, in guiding us through the discernment process
*Deacon Jim Murphy
Please join us between 8:30 and 3:00 pm on Saturday, September 26 in Feuerbacher Hall. Food will be provided. Reserve a space for yourself.
The Spiritual Formation Committee is excited to host a Spirituality on Tap event for Friday, October 9. Zip Rzeppa will share with us some thought from his new book, Living Life with a Purpose. Zip is deeply invested in his faith and an engaging speaker. Everyone is welcome to join us. See bulletin for more details.
As we enter our annual Stewardship season, I would ask that you prayerfully consider how you can support the parish of St. Dominic Savio in time, talent and treasure. When you share your personal talents, we build community. When you share your financial treasures, we can sustain our ministries. With God, all things are possible!
Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us,
Father Paul J. Rothschild