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405 S. Church St., Wentzville, MO 63385 | 636-332-9225

2022 Parish Mission

Thank you, Fr. Jim Sichko, for visiting St. Patrick Wentzville!

And, thank you, parishioners, for your great example of stewardship during our recent parish mission. We hope the mission can serve as a resource to help you renew your faith, reach out to others, and put Fr. Jim's words into action in our daily lives. The only way our church can survive is through a heightened sense of discipleship, and greater discipleship means a greater capacity to witness our faith and share it with others.

Night One: Kindness
VIDEO: https://youtu.be/QTV59Z2lQMY (Holy Spirit, Las Vegas, NV)

Fr. Jim said being kind is one of the most important things one can do. How can we be kind? Fr. Jim offered three simple tips:

  1. Stop being a jerk. He said it is important not to “pass your messiness on to others.” If you are having a bad day, do not make someone else’s day bad, too.
  2. Honor the absent. Remember your words are powerful. Do not talk about someone in their absence. If you would not say it to their face, it is best not to say anything at all.
  3. Think positive, instead of negative. Assume the best of people, not the worst.

Fr. Jim shared a story of a man who asked if he should give money to the homeless. Fr. Jim’s response was “ If your heart tells you to, then you should give.” The man then said, “What if he uses the money to go buy alcohol?” Fr. Jim responded, “Are you in Alcoholics Anonymous with him? Do you know if he drinks?” Fr. Jim encouraged us to never assume the negative about a person unless you have factual evidence on which to base your decisions.

Night Two: Trust
TEXT: www.theprodigalfather.org/praying-with-priests/praying-with-priests-fr-jim-sichko
VIDEO: youtu.be/3VRQRpy7X34 (Holy Spirit, Las Vegas, NV)

The only way we’re able to discern that the Lord is speaking to us is that we have to trust God in that. Fr. Jim said the way that he learned to do that is by spending time with God in prayer. By forming a relationship with God. So, that’s the “R” in trust; by having an understanding how God operates. God understands how you operate because He created you, but you also have to understand how God operates. The way you can do that is to read scripture. You have to recognize that if your bible is in good shape, you're not. So you have to have that time to form that relationship, and then you have to surrender. 

Sometimes we have a very difficult time realizing that God can answer prayer and sometimes His answer is no. People always think that when they pray to God they’re praying for what they want, not necessarily what they need. God offers us what we need, and that may not necessarily be what we want. Recognize you’re not in charge and that you've got to put into practice all that you've heard about and learned about, and keep focus. If you don’t keep your focus on the cross, on Jesus, you're going to sink. So time, relationship, understanding, surrendering, and then the final “T” is just try. That’s all that God asks of any of us, I believe, is just to try, to make the effort.

Night Three: Leadership
VIDEO: youtu.be/u8n6UAoB3qY (Holy Spirit, Las Vegas, NV)

One important aspect of living our Catholic Faith is taking a leadership role. When we believe in God and in our Catholic faith, we constantly seek to deepen this faith. We are also called to assume some leadership responsibility to witness our Catholic faith in word and in action. In order for us to be confident enough – and courageous enough – to be leaders in proclaiming the truth of the Gospel message, we need a strong INTERNAL ANCHOR to stay true to our values. That internal anchor is God Himself, through the person of Jesus Christ, in union with the Holy Spirit.

A number of qualities are helpful to Leadership in living our Catholic Faith. We should have an ongoing ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE. A heart full of gratitude does not have room for envy or selfishness. We should remember that SMALL THINGS MATTER. As Mother Theresa so frequently reminded us, 'Life is not about doing great things but about doing small daily tasks with great love'. We need to remain true to the VISION of Jesus Christ. He came to earth to save us from our sins and calls us to be His witnesses to the ends of the earth. As disciples of Jesus Christ, we are called to COMMUNICATE THIS VISION to others. Living a life of faith will require us to DO DIFFICULT THINGS. Any life worth living will require some difficult things. We must be up to this responsibility and to this opportunity. A strong leader NEVER DEPENDS ON THE APPROVAL OF OTHERS. While Jesus Himself was extraordinarily kind and merciful, not everyone showed approval for Jesus or for His message – even to the point of taking his life.


60 MINUTES FOR JESUS
3-Day Parish Mission
March 27-29, 2022 | 7:00 PM

We invite you to join us on March 27-29, 2022 for St. Patrick’s Parish Mission “60 Minutes for Jesus” with Rev. James Sichko. Fr. Jim uses lived experience, scripture, story-telling, music & humor to uplift, renew, and empower the faithful to hear the message of God. Fr. Jim will be preaching at all of the Masses the weekend prior to the Mission. Our mission will take place in the church starting at 7 PM. 

This mission is for everyone; those brand new in their Catholic faith and those that have been Catholic all their life. Each evening will conclude with a parish social complete with snacks, drinks, and conversation. We look forward to seeing you! Note: We will not be livestreaming the mission.


CHILD CARE

We welcome all people at any stage in their life, including families with children of all ages. However, if it works better for you, we will have child care available every evening of the mission. Please sign up for child care at bit.ly/3C6du54.


ABOUT FR. SICHKO

Jim Sichko is full-time preacher, evangelist, and motivational speaker based in the Diocese of Lexington, Kentucky. In February of 2016, Pope Francis commissioned Fr. Jim as one of his Papal Missionaries of Mercy, of which there are only 1,000 in the world and only 100 in the United States.

Before he became a priest, Fr. Jim performed as an opera singer. Since becoming a priest, he has made headlines for random acts of generosity and kindness, giving away thousands of dollars to people at the grocery store and on the street. Fr. Jim also has had the opportunity to meet and work with many celebrities and was honored by the U.S. Congress for his work.

You can read more about Fr. Jim at frjims.com and/or follow him on his very active social media accounts, Facebook and Twitter.


WHAT IS A PARISH MISSION?

A Parish Mission is a series of presentations that are intended to challenge, support and uplift our spiritual journeys, something like being on a retreat spread out over several days. The Mission is for everyone, young and old, for those with many questions or only a few, and for those just starting, recently returning, or deeply engaged in their faith journey. The mission will be rooted in the richness of our Catholic heritage. Each session has a different theme, but all center on one's personal faith journey, connecting our faith to everyday life. We will gather together at the Cross to pray, sing, listen and receive an invitation to grow, and then disperse to bring Jesus' love and mercy into the world through our actions. 

PARISH EVANGELIZATION

People who become inactive in the Church state that it was the invitation of someone they knew and respected that greatly influenced them to become active again. If you would be willing to attend a short meeting to review our parish evangelization efforts and your involvement or share the name of an inactive Catholic for us to reach out to, contact us at 636-332-9225 or [email protected]

Forming Disciples; Leading All to Christ


Mission Support Services

Transportation
Dianne Ohlms, 636-463-2326 or [email protected]

Mission Volunteers - CLICK HERE or call the parish office.
We are looking for Greeters, Bearers, Altar Dressers, & Eucharistic Ministers

Questions
Jenny Jacobson, 605-222-6083 or [email protected]
Cyndi Barclay, 636-322-9225 or [email protected]