From the Pastor:
A few years ago, one of our parish families celebrated their 50th Wedding anniversary at the annual Marriage celebration at the Cathedral Basilica. They enjoyed it so much that they continue to go each year. This couple has some childhood friends who are also married, but fell away from the Church and the practice of the Sacraments (this was before the changes to the Mass in the 1960’s). So, this married couple from St. Dominic Savio decided to invite these friends to join them for Mass at the Cathedral for the celebration of World Marriage Day last year. The couple accepted the invitation and enjoyed the celebration so much that they have returned to the Church and the celebration of the Sacraments. After so much time away, they are thrilled to be practicing the Faith of the Church once again.
If asked, I believe Rose & Jim Murphy would say that they did something fairly simple. They asked some friends to join them for Mass. But the result, I dare say, has had a life-changing on their childhood friends. A small risk was taken. A small seed was planted. An abundant harvest resulted. Is this not something we all can do? Don’t we all know people who have fallen away from the Church and the practice of the Sacraments? You and I can be missionaries without leaving Affton. I commend our folks for taking the risk by extending the invitation and I bet no one is happier about what has occurred for their childhood friends than our friends, Deacon Jim and Rose Murphy.
Update on Fr. Lydon (who is in Jerusalem as this is written.)
Tomorrow our group leaves beautiful, lush and verdant Galilee for the busy, hectic and holy city of Jerusalem. This Holy Land Pilgrimage is the heart of my Sabbatical. All of you … are on my daily prayer list. And I am carrying many special intentions to the Western (Wailing) Wall to Jerusalem, including many petitions from the faculty and staff of Bishop DuBourg.
So, be assured of my prayerful solicitude this week. I will preside at Mass with my confreres at the Garden of Gethsemane this Wednesday with our small group. I will especially have you all in my heart of prayer during that time as well. I trust your Lent is going well as you settle into a more constant prayer life, fasting, and almsgiving.
St. Dominic Savio has Stations of the Cross with the school children at 2:15pm on Fridays (not on March 17/Spring Break) and at 7:00pm at St. George. Please join us for this 30-minute meditation on the passion and death of our Savior, Jesus.
We had a lovely celebration of our patronal feast day, St. Dominic Savio, on Thursday, March 9 with the school children from our campus and the Annunciation campus (Middle School). The children performed the ministries during the Mass. The eighth Grade went into pre-school and read stories to the pre-school children. The sixth and seventh graders paired up with their buddies in Kindergarten through fifth and did a Stream Project together based on Jesus’ Feeding of the Five Thousand. “Stream” integrates science, technology, religion, engineering, art and math into one project.
Sacred Heart of Jesus, pray for us,
Fr. Paul Rothschild