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.
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PRAYER & REFLECTION
Ash Wednesday, February 26
6:30 AM, 8:30 AM, 9:30 AM (All School Mass)
5:00 PM, and 7:00 PM (Bilingual Mass)
Lenten Reconciliation (Confession) *NEW DRIVE UP* OR BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
Drive Up Confessions will be offered on the following dates, weather permitting:
- Thu, March 26, 4-6 PM
- Thu, April 2, 4-6 PM
- Wed, April 8, 4-6 PM
- Fri, April 10, 10 AM-12 PM
For appointments, call the parish office at 636-332-9225 to schedule.
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.
COVID-19 UPDATE: Blessed palms will be available in the church gathering area starting Sunday, April 5.
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 or 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.
CANCELED - Look Again Lenten Reflection
Each Monday, Fr. Gerson will talk about different topics including creation, hope, reconciliation, etc. Please bring a bible and something to take notes on. No registration or fee. All are welcome.
English: Mondays, March 9, 16, 23, 30: 6:00-7:15 PM, Social Hall
Spanish: Mondays, March 9, 16, 23, 30: 7:30-8:45 PM, Social Hall
CANCELED - The Rosary
Sunday, March 1: 8:30 & 10:30 AM
Sunday, April 5: 8:30 & 10:30 AM
Wednesdays: 7 PM, Chapel
Saturdays: 7:40 AM, Chapel
CANCELED - Stations of the Cross
Fridays, February 28, March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3: 7:00 PM, Church
Good Friday, April 10: 12:00 PM, Church
CANCELED - Encounter
Thursday, March 26: 7:00 PM, Church
Adoration, benediction, music, prayer, and reflection
Days of Fasting
Ash Wednesday (February 26, 2020) and Good Friday (April 10, 2020)
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 26, 2020), Good Friday (April 10, 2020), and all Fridays in Lent (March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3, 10). Abstinence from meat for all Catholics 14 years of age and older. If there is a serious health problem, this obligation would not apply.
HOLY WEEK & EASTER SCHEDULE
CANCELED - Palm Sunday Vigil, April 4
5:00 PM - Vigil Mass
CANCELED - Palm Sunday, April 5
7:00 AM, 9:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 5:00 PM Mass
CANCELED - Wednesday, April 8
7:30 - 8 AM - Reconciliation
CANCELED - Holy Thursday, April 9
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
CANCELED - Good Friday, April 10
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
CANCELED - Holy Saturday, April 11
8:00 AM - Morning Prayer
9:45 AM-12:00 PM - Easter Chalk Drawing & Egg Hunt
8:00 PM - Easter Vigil Mass
* No 8:00 AM Mass; No reconciliation
CANCELED - Easter Sunday, April 12
7:00 AM, 9:00 AM, 11:00 AM Mass
Spanish Mass - 2:00 PM
*No 5 PM Mass
OUR PARISH MISSION
- Monday, February 3
The Bible: God's plan for our salvation and our response
- Tuesday, February 4
The Crucifix: Who is Jesus for Us?
- Wednesday, February 5
Ashes: Sin, reconciliation, and healing
- Thursday, February 6
Alter: Our mission to share in the work of Jesus and the church
Re-Live the Mission!
If you are interested in purchasing an audio CD or video DVD of Father Peter Schavitz’ sermons on Conversion or the Rosary CD in honor of Our Mother of Perpetual Help featuring the music and words of St. Alphonsus led by Father Pete, order forms are available in the parish office or may be purchased online at www.RedemptoristParishMissions.com.
Parish Mission Prayer
Dear Heavenly Father, I thank you for the gift of our parish mission. Thank you so much for giving me the time to reflect and deepen my relationship with you and to deepen my awareness and love of the third person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit. I ask you, Father, to help me go deeper in my knowledge of the Catholic faith. Help me to know your love and mercy. Please give me the ability to surrender to the plan you have for me during this mission and for my life. Help me to put away any distractions that would take me away from your loving presence. I give you permission, Lord, to renew and change me. I give you permission to renew me in the Holy Spirit. Jesus, I love you and want to be your disciple. I ask this all through Jesus' most holy name. Amen.
DEEPEN YOUR FAITH
The Catholic Faith. On Demand. Get thousands of movies, programs, audio, and books instantly. Free.
Download the app at myparishapp.com to deepen your faith with reflections.
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!
Family Activity for Lent: Rice Bowl
Take a box provided in the gathering area of the church and give your loose change to Catholic Relief Services to help others around the world. This change also assists with local hunger and poverty. Inside are activities to complete as a family this Lent. Turn in your Rice Bowl the week of Holy Week.
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!
MARCH 20 CANCELED - Knights of Columbus Fish Fry
Every Friday: February 28, March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Fried catfish, fried cod, fried swai, baked swai, spaghetti, green beans, coleslaw, french fries, hush puppies, potato salad, fruit cup, and ice cream. Beverage selection: tea, soda, water, beer, and wine.
Seniors (65+): $13.00
Children (5-11): $5.00
Carry Outs: $12.00
Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner
March 14 | Set Up and Prep | 7 AM-2 PM
March 15 | Parish Social Hall | 12-5 PM
March 15 | School Cafeteria | 12-6 PM
*No 5 PM Mass, Sunday, March 15
Meal includes corned beef, ham, parsley potatoes, carrots, cabbage, corn, applesauce, cornbread, horseradish, and homemade dessert. This authentic, kettle-cooked meat dinner is $13 for adults and $5 for children 4-12. Carry-out dinners are available in the St. Patrick school cafeteria from 12 - 6 PM for $11.
Easter Flower Altar Dedications
Each year, St. Patrick church decorators bless us with glorious, beautiful flower arrangements of colorful spring flowers with pungent 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.
CANCELED - 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!