1st Sunday of Advent

St. John Nepomuk Chapel

1625 South 11th Street     Saint Louis, MO 63104

http://saintjohnnepomuk.org

Deacon Mike Buckley, Director                                                                     Confessions ½ hour before Mass

Sunday Mass  9:30 a.m.                                                                        Saturday Mass for Sunday 4:30 p.m.

           Phones Rectory: 231-0141 and 231-2484

Rectory Hours:  Monday-Friday 8:00 AM-2:00 PM

New members of the community: Please register at the Rectory

Mass Intentions

 

Saturday, November 26                            4:30 p.m.               Michael Tallent

Sunday, November 27                                 9:30 a.m.            Jerry Kroupa

Saturday, December 3                          4:30 p.m.                  Deceased of Koester and Remes Families

Sunday, December 4                             9:30 a.m.                 Joe Eichner

November 27, 2011
1st Sunday of Advent

“O Lord… we are the clay and you the potter: we are all the work of your hands.”  – Isaiah 64:7
When we realize that it is God who formed and blessed us, we must also realize that we have an obligation to share our blessings as God intended when He created us.  It is not a matter of pointing fingers and asking what others are doing.  We need to search our own hearts and ask what we are doing to fulfill God’s plan for us.

Stewardship of Treasure: Last Weekend:  Envelopes $885.00; Loose Change $282.00; Improvement Fund $170.00; Campaign for Human Development $67.00; Retired Religious $40.00; School Fund $55.00; All Souls Day $25.00.

Total $1,549.00                   Thank you for your generosity!

Evangelization thought of the week: “The rediscovery of the value of one’s baptism is the basis of the missionary commitment of every Christian, because we see in the Gospel that he who lets himself be fascinated by Christ cannot do without witnessing the joy of following in his footsteps… we understand even more that, in virtue of baptism, we have an inherent missionary vocation.”
- Pope Benedict XVI, Angelus October 29, 2006

 

We would like to welcome our visitors who are here for the first time. You are always welcome to the historic Church of St. John Nepomuk-the first Czech Church in the New World.  Come back again soon.  If you’d like to become a member, call the rectory during business hours or see Deacon Mike after mass.  For more information, see our web site: http://saintjohnnepomuk.org.

 

The Jesse Tree is up at the front of church.  Please take a tag or tags and return an unwrapped gift for our less fortunate brothers and sisters.  Remember, God can never be outdone in generosity.

 

2012 Sunday Envelopes are on the tables in the vestibule.  Please pick yours up today.  If you don’t find a box with your name on it, please call the rectory and we’ll see that you get them.

 

Saint John Nepomuk Christmas cards are available in very limited quantities, 10 cards and envelopes for $5.00.  See Deacon Mike after mass if you’re interested.

 

Oplatki-traditional Czech Christmas wafers are available today after mass or at the rectory.

 

Breakfast with Saint Nicholas will be held at the Czech Center on Sunday, December 4.  Breakfast will be served from 9:00-11:00 am.  There will be a Children’s Boutique where little shoppers can pick up gifts for the adults in their life.  There will be a toy walk, bake sale, and each child will receive a gift from Saint Nicholas.  It’s open to everyone, not just Sokol members.  Questions?  Call Nancy at 314.704.5164

 

Due to our Christmas party on December 3, there will be no hospitality breakfast in December.

 

Deacon Mike:  Happy New Year!  Advent is here, the beginning of the Church year.  It’s time to prepare for the coming of the baby Jesus.  Unlike Lent, which is a season of penance, Advent is a season of hope.  We await the blessed hope and the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.  Every Sunday we light the candles of the Advent wreath to remind us just how close we are to the celebration of His coming.

 

In the secular world it’s a time for hustle and bustle, for shopping and parties, all things that make many of us anxious and edgy.  Holiday planning, travel, and year-end deadlines at work can try the patience of a saint.  Lucky for us, the Church calls us to take time each day for prayer and reflection.  In the vestibule of church you’ll find three different booklets of Advent reflections.  Please take one or more for your use or to share with a friend or loved one.  Let’s encourage one another to take a few minutes each day to encourage one another in our preparation for the blessed day and season of Christmas.

 

Psychologists tell us that it takes three weeks to form a habit.  If we determine to spend more time each day of Advent in prayer, by Christmas we will have established a habit that will serve us well now and in the future.

 

Have a Blessed and Prayerful Advent!

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