UPDATE FOR THU, MARCH 26, 2020
Happy 7th Birthday to Stella!
- Drive Up Confessions are today from 4-6 PM. Just pull in the parking lot and follow the directions. Canceled if raining.
- Blessed palms will be available in the church gathering area from 8:00 AM until 4:00 PM starting Sunday, April 5.
- 2020 Annual Catholic Appeal is postponed.
UPDATE FOR TUE, MARCH 24, 2020
- Blood Drive is still on for April 8, 3-7 PM, Social Hall. To donate you need an appointment. Social distancing practices will be enforced at the blood drive. If you are healthy and feeling good, the Community needs your blood donation. Many local blood drives have canceled due to schools and businesses closing. A strong blood supply is needed every day in order for the Medical Community to operate as needed. To schedule an appointment, call 314-291-4741 or go to www.bloodcenterIMPACT.org & click “Donor Login”. Use sponsor code 10741.
- Confirmation and First Communion Sacraments have been postponed until a future date.
- Annual Priests Appreciation Dinner scheduled for April 27 has been postponed until some time this fall.
- Project Rachel Day of Reflection (St. Charles), Saturday, April 23 has been postponed to be rescheduled this summer.
UPDATE FOR MON, MARCH 23, 2020
- Archbishop Carlson has extended the date of school closures through April 22, 2020. Per a letter received from the Office of Education and Faith Formation, "Pending continuing updates and guidance from local and state government and health officials, we have preliminary plans to allow teachers to return on Thursday, April 23, and students to return on Monday, April 27. Please extend your distance-learning plans for continuation through Friday, April 24."
- Eucharist will not be provided for those that visit the homebound. Please share the Spiritual Communion Prayer that has been provided below. Pastoral visits by priests should only include Holy Communion as Viaticum for the dying.
- Since communal celebrations of the Sacrament of Reconciliation are suspended, try to make a Prayer of Contrition part of your daily prayer life.
- Men's White House Retreat scheduled for April 13-16 has been canceled. A decision regarding retreats and events scheduled after April 22nd will be made on April 20th (Women's White House Retreat is currently scheduled for May 4-7). For the latest information on closures, you can visit www.whretreat.org
- Pope Francis has asked us to recite the Our Father prayer on Wed, March 25 at noon. "We want to respond to the virus pandemic with the universality of prayer, compassion, and tenderness. Let us stay united. I invite all Christians to direct their voices together toward Heaven, reciting the Our Father on Wednesday, 25 March, at noon."
- We are so close to being able to live stream on mobile! We have 946 subscribers (as of 9:00 am) on our YouTube channel and need at least 1,000. Please visit and click the red SUBSCRIBE button. Thank you and please share! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTK1Q9v8pVbAINnkeJtVeBg/videos
- CONTINUE TO EARN SCRIP PROFIT towards your choice of school (full-time, PSR, Catholic high school), parish fund, or building fund. Email your orders to [email protected]. Order forms can be downloaded from our website. Pickup times at the Scrip room are Fridays 11-12 and Saturday 9-10. Contact Tina for other pickup options.
UPDATE FOR SAT, MARCH 21, 2020
- Archbishop Carlson has suspended all public liturgies for Holy Week and beyond. This announcement extends the previous mandate which suspended all public liturgies up until Holy Week.
- Effective immediately 40 Days for Life on-site vigils will be suspended in St. Louis, Fairview Heights, and Granite City (no prayer vigil for St. Patrick on Mon, March 23). Updated Statement from Brian Westbrook.
- To be able to live stream on mobile, our YouTube channel will need to have at least 1,000 subscribers. Please visit and click the red SUBSCRIBE button. We currently have 300 486 692 subscribers. Thank you and please share! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTK1Q9v8pVbAINnkeJtVeBg/videos
UPDATE FOR FRI, MARCH 20, 2020
- Sacrament of Reconciliation is by appointment only. Please call the parish office to set up an appointment. 636-332-9225. Fr. Brian Ext. 226; Fr. Gerson Ext. 282
- A limited number of parish bulletins have been printed for this weekend and are available in the parish office or chapel vestibule. You may also view online at ParishesOnline or myParish app.
- SVDP is setting up food distribution by appointment only. Please call 636-327-8787, leave a name and phone number. We will return your call.
- Catholic Brain is granting free access to thousands of Catholic games and activities for children from now through April 19.
UPDATE FOR THU, MARCH 19, 2020
- Pope Francis endorses Italian bishops’ call to pray The Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary Thursday, March 19, 9 PM Rome time, 3 PM CST.
- School is open today until 5 PM and Fri, March 20, 7 AM-5 PM for item pickup. Parents should have received an email with details.
- School requests that people utilize email to communicate with any faculty or staff members. Voice mails will be checked daily; however, we prefer email correspondence at this time.
- School & Church YouTube channel
- The Coronavirus Novena from Pray More Novenas will start on Friday, March 20
UPDATE FOR WED, MARCH 18, 2020
- Masses are now online.
- 40 Days for Life, scheduled for Mon, March 23, from 7 AM - 7 PM will NOT be canceled. There is enough outdoor space to continue with the vigil. Read the guidelines.
- Martha Martha Volunteer Luncheon scheduled for April 15 is postponed
- Church cleaning scheduled for April 17 at St. Patrick is postponed
UPDATE FOR TUE, MARCH 17, 2020
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Read St. Patrick's biography and Lorica. Visit stpatrick.formed.org for many wonderful stories and videos about our Patron Saint! The service is FREE for St. Patrick parishioners!
- ALL REMAINING FISH FRYS HAVE BEEN CANCELED FOR 2020.
- Mary Martha Thrift Shop is closed until further notice.
- SCRIP ROOM HOURS - Friday, March 20, 11 AM-12 PM. You can purchase at the door or email Tina with your order by Thursday evening and pick up and pay at the Scrip room.
- UPDATE: SOLD OUT! THANK YOU! We have kettle-cooked corned beef and ham available for $5 a pound. We also have potato, carrots and cabbage for $5 a bag. Rita will be at St. Patrick school cafeteria today (March 17) from 10:00 till 2:00.
- Visit ParishesOnline.com and sign up for automatic notifications sent straight to your inbox whenever a new bulletin is uploaded. This way you’ll stay informed no matter where you are each week. Enter St. Patrick Church 63385 and click the SUBSCRIBE button near the cover photos.
- Bishop Robert Barron with Word on Fire will be offering daily Mass for the foreseeable future.
- Conception Abbey Live Streams of daily Mass and the Morning and Evening Prayers.
UPDATE FOR MON, MARCH 16, 2020
In response to growing concerns regarding the spread of the Coronavirus and following the closure of Missouri public and private schools in our area, Archbishop of St. Louis Robert J. Carlson announced today the temporary suspension of publicly celebrated Masses. archstl.org/coronavirus
What This Means for St. Patrick Parish
The following has been decided:
- All public Masses have been suspended. We are working on a way to live-stream Masses on our website.
- Reconciliation will still be offered at our regularly scheduled times.
- Eucharistic Adoration has been suspended. The Blessed Sacrament will be reposed in the chapel tabernacle.
- Adoration Chapel will remain open 24/7 (use code 9876).
- All formal prayer gatherings (Mother of Perpetual Help, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Divine Mercy Chaplet, etc) have been suspended.
- School and PSR will not meet at least through April 5. Parents and students will be contacted with more information.
- UPDATE: ALL FISH FRYS CANCELED - March 20 Fish Fry is canceled. Subsequent fish frys we be decided on a week-by-week basis (no dine-in allowed).
- 40 Days for Life, scheduled for Mon, March 23, from 7 AM - 7 PM has NOT been canceled as of today.
- All parish activities through April 5, including Lenten Reflections, Stations of the Cross, Encounter, Ministry Meet, and Donut Sunday have been canceled.
- All parish group meetings including Knights, bible studies, prayer groups, grief support group, exercise classes, youth groups, Scouts, sewing/knitting groups, etc, have been canceled through April 5.
- White House Retreat will make an announcement on April 6 regarding retreats following April 12 (Men are currently scheduled April 13-16).
Essential to the continued operation of our parish and our mission, please use online giving or drop-off or mail-in your weekly contribution to the parish office. When parishioners are prevented from attending weekend Masses, our Offertory suffers. This has a direct impact on the funds we have available each week to pay our bills and meet our payroll. The problem becomes even more complicated when we are forced to cancel fundraising events such as our Fish Frys.
Any extra help that you can give is greatly appreciated.
We are Here to Help!
We realize we have many parishioners who are more vulnerable to the coronavirus and have difficulty leaving the house during this time. If you are in this situation, or if you are willing to go to the store or cook meals for those who are in need, please contact the parish office at 636-332-9225.
St. Vincent de Paul: dial (636) 327-8787
United Way: dial 211
Catholic Charities of St. Louis: dial (314) 367-5500 or email [email protected]
What Should I Do if I Can't Go To Mass?
Catholics are encouraged to make a ‘spiritual communion’. St. John Paul II writes that “it is good to cultivate in our hearts a constant desire for the sacrament of the Eucharist. This was the origin of the practice of ‘spiritual communion’, which has happily been established in the Church for centuries and recommended by saints who were masters of the spiritual life. Saint Teresa of Jesus wrote: ‘When you do not receive communion and you do not attend Mass, you can make a spiritual communion, which is a most beneficial practice; by it the love of God will be greatly impressed on you.’” (Ecclesia Eucharistia, no. 34)
Catholics in the archdiocese are also encouraged to watch our local TV Sunday Mass. The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis offers live-streamed and televised options for Holy Mass. http://cathedralstl.org/live/
How Do I Make a Spiritual Communion?
Below are recommendations for how to make a ‘spiritual communion’ when unable to participate in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. The recommendations can be adapted based upon personal and family needs.
- Gather with others in your household and begin a time of prayer with the sign of the cross.
- Take time to read and reflect upon the readings from Sunday Mass. The readings are available at usccb.org and myParish app.
- Share prayer intentions quietly or aloud.
- Pray the Lord’s Prayer.
- Pray one of the following prayers of spiritual communion (see below).
- Close with the sign of the cross.
Prayer to the Most Holy Redeemer (Anima Christi)
Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, embolden me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O good Jesus, hear me.
Within thy wounds hide me.
Never permit me to be parted from you.
From the evil Enemy defend me.
In the hour of my death call me.
and bid me come to thee,
that with your saints I may praise thee
for age upon age.
Prayer to our Lord Jesus Christ Crucified
Behold, O good and loving Jesus, that I cast myself on my knees before you and, with the greatest fervor of spirit, I pray and beseech you to instill into my heart ardent sentiments of faith, hope and charity, with true repentance for my sins and a most firm purpose of amendment. With deep affection and sorrow I ponder intimately and contemplate in my mind your five wounds, having before my eyes what the prophet David had already put in your mouth about yourself, O good Jesus: They have
pierced my hands and my feet; they have numbered all my bones (Ps. 21: 17-18).
An Act of Spiritual Communion by St. Alphonsus Liguori
My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.