This Lent, St. Patrick invites you to walk with intention, focus, and vision during these 40 days of preparation. To help with this, we are offering many opportunities to discern together Jesus' call to follow Him.
Please join us on our YouTube Channel for Daily & Holy Week Masses, Stations of the Cross, Encounter, Announcements, and even occasional Bloopers. No matter how or where you celebrate Lent and Holy Week this year, we hope it's filled with meaning, friendship, love, and peace.
FASTING & ABSTINENCE
Days of Fasting
Ash Wednesday (February 17, 2021) and Good Friday (April 2, 2021)
On these two days, fast, as well as abstinence, is obligatory for those between the ages of 18-59. Abstinence means refraining from meat. Fast means one full meal a day, with two smaller meals and nothing between meals (liquids are permitted).
Days of Abstinence
Ash Wednesday (February 17, 2021), Good Friday (April 2, 2021), and all Fridays in Lent (February 19, 26, March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2). Abstinence from meat for all Catholics 14 years of age and older. If there is a serious health problem, this obligation would not apply.
A Parish-Wide Lenten Journey
The Search is an innovative video series that tackles the key questions of every human heart. In seven beautifully filmed episodes, Chris Stefanick and experts from multiple fields of science, medicine, psychology, art, and religion examine our place in the larger story of existence.
We invite you to watch the trailer on the webpage or Facebook and then learn about opportunities to join a small group to watch and discuss the entire 7-part video series beginning the week of February 14. There will be groups offered virtually and in person, at various times of the day, for youth and adults. Contact the group host yourself or contact the parish office and we will help you find a group that fits. This is a parish-wide journey to find connection with other people and with Jesus. Please join us and invite your friends and family. Visit www.stpatrickwentzville.org/search for more info.
St. Patrick Parish Watch Groups
LIVE | In-person group experience: Whether small group or large group, the group watches the episode together on the biggest screen possible and then participants spend some time together in a roundtable discussion.
ZOOM | Virtual group experience: Groups meeting online will either watch the episode before meeting or watch together while on Zoom. If watching beforehand, each participant will need to register, at no cost, using the parish’s FORMED subscription. To set up your free Formed account visit formed.org/signup and select our parish zip 63385.
Each Search video is approximately 30 minutes in length.
Group Host Contacts
Fr. Gerson Parra, Ext 282 - [email protected]
Fr. George Fitzsimmons, Ext 223 - [email protected]
Cyndi Barclay, Ext 234 - [email protected]
Jackie Steckel, Ext 227 - [email protected]
Group Helpers Welcome
If you'd like to facilitate a small group, please contact Cyndi at 636-332-9225 ext. 234 or [email protected]. All active faith groups at St. Patrick will participate in The Search starting the week of February 14. This is a great opportunity for our other groups that have not been able to meet to come together. Just call and we can help you get set-up!
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION
Wednesdays, 7 AM (February 24-March 31)
Thursdays, 5-6 PM
Saturdays, 4-4:45 PM
Family Room in Church
or by appointment
*No reconciliation April 1 & 3
Note: Two priests will be available on Thursdays and Saturdays. Thursday locations are the Family Room and vesting sacristy (near gathering space) and Saturday locations are the Family Room and work sacristy (by the baptistry in church).
Celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation
Try to make a prayer of contrition part of your daily prayer life.
Act of Contrition - My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our Savior Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In his name, my God, have mercy.
FRIDAY FISH FRYS
FEBRUARY 19, 26 MARCH 5, 12, 19, 26
SERVING 4-7 PM
St. Patrick Parish, 405 S. Church St. Wentzville, MO: Follow the signs for drive-thru starting at the school parking lot
Sponsored by Wentzville Knights of Columbus #10154
Fried Catfish - 6 PC $12
Fried Cod - 4 PC $12
Baked Swai - 6 PC $6
Catfish (3 PC) Cod (2 PC) Combo $12
Green Beans $2
French Fries $2
Hush Puppies $2
Potato Salad $2
Each side=2-serving size
Sorry, no substitutions
Pre-order not available
Cash, Check, Credit/Debit
PRAYER & REFLECTION
Sunday, March 7: 8:30 AM & 10:30 AM
Wednesdays: 10 AM, Church
Saturdays: 7:40 AM, Church
We are excited to announce that our parish is in the process of bringing back Eucharistic Adoration in our beautiful chapel! We are also implementing a new way to sign-up and sign-in using Adoration Pro, a simple, easy-to-use online scheduling platform.
While we hope to work our way back to having perpetual Adoration, we will be starting out with weekday, daytime hours of: Monday-Friday, 7 AM-8 PM.
The start date is dependent upon adorer commitments. Please prayerfully consider filling a weekly Holy Hour. As soon as we have enough people signed up, we will begin weekday adoration. It is our hope that we can start by Lent, which begins February 17, 2021. To date, only about one-third of our time slots are filled.
To sign up to be an adorer or sub, simply visit our new site at adorationpro.org/patrickwentzville and click "Weekly Commitment" or “Become a Sub”.
If you are unable to commit every week, you could team up with other family members or friends to share the hour. Each of you would only need to be there one or two times per month. After you’ve decided on a time, contact Cyndi to arrange to have that be your special hour with the Lord.
We also need subs to fill in for vacation, sickness, etc. You can sign up for a particular day/night to be a sub, or you can be available any time.
HOLY WEEK & EASTER SCHEDULE
Please practice safe social distancing.
Palm Sunday Vigil, March 27
5:00 PM - Vigil Mass
Palm Sunday, March 28
7:00 AM, 9:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 5:00 PM Mass
Holy Thursday, April 1
8:00 AM - Morning Prayer
7:00 PM - Mass followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
* No 7:00 AM or 8:00 AM Mass; No reconciliation
Good Friday, April 2
8:00 AM - Morning Prayer
12:00 PM - Stations of the Cross
7:00 PM - Celebration of the Lord's Passion
* No 7:00 AM or 8:00 AM Mass
Holy Saturday, April 3
8:00 AM - Morning Prayer
8:00 PM - Easter Vigil Mass
* No 8:00 AM Mass; No reconciliation
Easter Sunday, April 4
7:00 AM, 9:00 AM, 11:00 AM Mass
Spanish Mass - 2:00 PM
*No 5 PM Mass
DEEPEN YOUR FAITH
The Catholic Faith. On Demand. Get thousands of movies, programs, audio, and books instantly. Free.
Little Black Book
Six-minute meditations on the Gospels. Books are located in the gathering area.
The Lenten Journey
This lent, walk with us on The Lenten Journey, a weekly email designed to help you enter more fully into these 40 days. Text lentSTL to 84576 to join us or visit archstl.org/lent!
WAYS TO GIVE
Tue, April 6 - 3-7 PM
St. Patrick Social Hall
MUST HAVE AN APPOINTMENT! SORRY, NO WALK-INS. Social distancing practices will be enforced.
To schedule an appointment, call the Blood Center at 866-448-3253 or schedule online. Use sponsor code 10741.
If you can't attend our drive, find a location near you.
40 Cans for Lent Food Drive
Please donate one can of food for each day of Lent as a reminder of the penance we should be doing as we prepare for the Lord’s passion. We are accepting your generous donation of canned meat, soup, vegetables, and fruit, as well as other non-perishable food items such as cereal, pasta, peanut butter, jelly, rice, & beans. Your donations will benefit the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry. Thank you so much for your generosity!
Easter Flower Altar Dedications
Each year, St. Patrick church decorators bless us with glorious, beautiful flower arrangements of colorful spring flowers with fragrant floral scent throughout the worship space as we praise God that Jesus is risen.
If you wish to dedicate flowers for Easter (in honor of, in memory of, or in thanksgiving of), please fill out an Easter flower envelope, put the money in the envelope, and place it in the offering plate now through Palm Sunday.
Sidewalk Chalk Drawings
TBD (tentative activity: check back to confirm this activity is still being held) - Please join us for Easter decorating of our parish sidewalks! Starting at 9:45 AM on Holy Saturday morning, we will decorate all the sidewalks leading into Church. It is a wonderful way for our parishioners to be greeted Easter morning with the drawings from our children! So bring your chalk, your creativity, and join us!
Information on distribution coming at a later date.
After Palm Sunday Mass you will likely come home with some palm branches and may ask yourself, “what do I do with these?” Or, as we approach Palm Sunday, you have dried-out palms from last year tucked behind a crucifix or other religious picture that you are not sure what to do with.
Whatever you do, don’t throw them away!
According to the Code of Canon Law, blessed items are to be treated with respect and reverence and not discarded in the trash. At Mass these palm branches were blessed by a priest and became a “sacramental,” which is an object that is meant to draw us closer to God. These sacred signs bear a resemblance to the sacraments (cf. #1171). Throwing them in the trash overlooks their sacred purpose and treats them like any other object we no longer need.
So, if you can’t throw them away, what should you do with them?
Many of the faithful have used palm branches to decorate their homes. You could tuck them behind a religious picture or crucifix or get a little more creative or crafty and make a palm rose or cross. Search the Internet for ideas and instructions or search the related links below.
When we use the palms as decoration in the house, it serves as a constant reminder of Palm Sunday and is a beautiful way to stay connected to Holy Week throughout the year.
Burn, Bury, or Bin
We live in a society where most things are disposable. However, sacramentals, such as palm branches, should be treated with special reverence. Therefore, the normal “rule of thumb” is that anything that has been blessed should be burned (and then the ashes buried) or simply buried.
This type of disposal honors their sacred purpose and returns them to the earth in a dignified way. Anyone can do this, but if you don’t have the ability to burn or bury them, simply drop off your palm branches in the bin in the gathering area at church or at the parish office.
ASH WEDNESDAY SCHEDULE
Ash Wednesday, February 17
6:30 AM, 8:00 AM*
7:00 PM (Bilingual Mass)
Join us in-person and online
*8 AM Mass will be live-streamed
The Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments has directed priests to take special COVID 19 precautions this year when distributing ashes on Ash Wednesday, February 17, including the sprinkling of ashes on the top of the head rather than making a cross on the person’s forehead.