I want to congratulate Mrs. Rose Murphy who has received a prestigious award, Catholic Women of Achievement Award, from the Church of St. Louis. Rose will be given this award because she allows the Holy Spirit to work through her as a healer: through presence, touch, by profession or in words. Rose understands the healing of the body, soul, and spirit are interconnected. She is being recognized by our local Church for her compassion and love for the sick and elderly and for striving tirelessly to keep our beloved parishioners who cannot attend Sunday Mass connected to
the parish. The saint chosen as the model of this award is St. Hildegard of Bingen. My first summer here, Sandy Gerley received the same award for Care for the Poor. Congratulations, Rose.
I want to thank Deacon John, Rose Murphy and Peggy Pancella for helping organize our lovely Corpus Christi procession on Sunday, June 18. The Blessed Sacrament was processed through the Pebble Hill subdivision as is our custom with about 30 people from the parishes of St. Dominic Savio and St. George. Once a year we testify publically to one of our most profound beliefs as Catholics, the true Presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament and the privilege that is ours to receive the hope of eternal life in Holy Communion. My thanks extend to Hilda Ruppe, Mike and Christine Brancato and Joe and Pat Simon for agreeing to set up altars for Benediction along the way of the procession.
“Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats* my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him.” (Jn. 6:53-56)
Building on the parish viability study that St. George did in 2015 and the parish planning that St.Dominic did in 2015 (the process that led to the successful incorporation of our school into Holy Cross Academy), the parish councils of St. George and St. Dominic Savio endorsed the creation of a Visioning Team. This team, working with Dr. Amie Koenen and composed of members from both parishes, will seek everyone’s input and suggestions in order to answer this question: How are we going to be a vibrant parish in five to ten years with one priest?
Team members from St. Dominic Savio include: Linda Bakersmith, Sandy Gerley, Jim Slama, Elliott Krejci, Barbara Toth and Bob Puricelli. St. George will be represented by equally committed and qualified parishioners to help us prayerfully discern our way forward. Expect to hear more in the coming weeks and months as this team works to articulate a vision for a vibrant future.
“Listen, there are two things the Devil is deathly afraid of: fervent Communions and frequent visits to the Blessed Sacrament. Do you want Our Lord to grant you many graces? Visit Him often. Do you want Him to grant you only a few? Visit Him only seldom. Do you want the Devil to attack you? Rarely visit the Blessed Sacrament. Do you want the Devil to flee from you? Visit Jesus often. Do you want to overcome the Devil? Take refuge at Jesus’s feet. Do you want to be overcome by the Devil? Give up visiting Jesus. Visiting the Blessed Sacrament is essential, my dear boys, if you want to overcome the Devil. Therefore, make frequent visits to Jesus. If you do that, the Devil will never prevail against you.” – St. John Bosco, Biographical Memoirs.
I arrange the schedule of celebrants six-months ahead of time and changes are made over time. Occasionally, changes occur in the schedule of celebrants a few days before Sunday and after the bulletin is published. I apologize when the list of celebrants is incorrect, but changes are made to accommodate the schedule of the priest or occasional requests from a family.