An acronym for Adoration, Community, Theology and Service, ACTS is a 3 day and night retreat sponsored by trained fellow parishioners. The retreat is geared towards stirring up your spirituality and bringing you closer to God. There is usually one retreat for men and one for women. Please refer to bulletin for more information.
Audrey McElyea 314-835-8275
ADULT FAITH FORMATION/BIBLE STUDY
This program brings a deeper understanding of our Catholic faith to individuals. Currently, our group meets every Tuesday afternoon at 12:30 pm in the rectory meeting room and Tuesday evenings at 7:00 pm in the church.
Mary Brown 636-937-6834 or Chris Burton 314-603-0047
ANNUAL CATHOLIC APPEAL
The Archdiocesan Annual Catholic Appeal has a direct and powerful impact on parishes, schools and agencies providing educational opportunities and care for others through the many outreach programs and projects in the Archdiocese of St. Louis. The Annual Catholic Appeal is held in the spring of each year.
Rectory Office 636-937-5513
CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD
Children in Pre-K, Kindergarten and 1st Grade have the opportunity to attend their own Liturgy of the Word during the 11am Mass on Sundays starting mid-September and running through May. The children are dismissed after the opening prayer with their catechist (teacher) for that Sunday. They go to the front sacristy for their lesson and return to their parents after the homily. During Liturgy of the Word, the children read the “PROMISE” pamphlets with their teacher and have discussions and activities on that Sunday’s readings. No registration is necessary. We are always looking for volunteers to teach or assist.
Sandy Steffen 636-475-4384
CHOIR – ADULT & JUNIOR
Our Lady Choir ministry welcomes all voices and musicians. We need you. It is not about performing, it is about using music to facilitate prayer. All voices are welcome. Help our parish “make a joyful noise to the Lord.” The adult choir meets every Wednesday evening at 7:15 pm in the church. Our junior choir meets on Wednesday evenings at 6:00 pm in the church.
If you are unable to commit to the choir schedule, we are always looking for cantors to sing at weekend Masses.
Brian Sebelski – Music Director 314-437-575
Eucharistic Adoration is time spent with our Lord Jesus Christ present in the Eucharist. The Holy Eucharist is exposed in a monstrance for adoration and worship in our church from Tuesday morning at 9:00 am until Tuesday evening at 10:00 pm. We are still looking for volunteers for the late night and early morning hours. Please prayerfully consider spending an hour each week here in prayer.
Judy Simon (School) 636-937-5008
FRIENDS 4 LIFE YOUTH GROUP (Respect Life)
All students in 5th through 8th Grade are invited to join. This Pro-Life Club is a fun and exciting group that completes service projects and activities that show respect for ALL life including the unborn, the elderly, the homeless and more!! Past activities include trash pickup, Christmas caroling at the local nursing homes, car wash, school wide Spiritual Adoption with baby shower and a baby bottle campaign! All monetary donations and baby items have been personally delivered to Birthright and The Jefferson County Pregnancy Care Center by the members of the Friends for Life Club. We will be meeting once a month after school on the second Wednesday of the month. Amy Atzert 314-443-9516
GPS (Guiding Parishioners to Salvation)
This committee is devoted primarily to the concerns of parishioner’s salvation. The goal is to help our parishioners be disciples of Jesus Christ on their path to eternal life. This past year GPS has tried to increase our prayer life by making available to parishioners literature, speakers that inspire, motivational tools for self-help and to carry out the Stewardship effort of time, talent and treasure. GPS has implemented various endeavors with this goal in mind.
Judy Simon 636-465-2757
Greeters are ministers of hospitality. They provide the first WELCOME to all those entering the church for Mass. If you have a smile to share, please consider joining our group.
Mary Willoughby 636-937-4874
The Precious Body of Our Lord Jesus Christ is brought to parishioners who can no longer attend Mass or to those who are homebound due to recovery from illness.
Deacon Glenn Politte 636-937-5008 or the rectory 636-937-5513
LECTORS & EXTRAORDINARY EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS
Lectors proclaim the Word of God at all Saturday/Sunday and weekday Masses celebrated at Our Lady Parish. Any parishioner high school age or older is welcome.to join. Extraordinary Eucharistic Ministers are trained and commissioned to distribute the Body and Blood of Christ during the Communion Rite of the Mass. Ministers must be attending weekly Mass, practicing their faith and be able to receive the Eucharist.
Fr. Maassen (Rectory) 636-937-5513
LITURGICAL DECORATING COMMITTEE
This group is responsible for the physical environment of the Church. This includes decorating the church for the various seasons of the Liturgical year and for special celebrations.
Cindy Roussin 314-550-7796
This group counts the Sunday and Holy Day collections.
When you have your name added to the prayer chain, several members of our parish family are committed to praying for your intention. Names can be added to the prayer list for any reason and will not be removed from the list.
Mary Oleson 636-933-1723
The Prayer Shawl Ministry began in November, 2006 and is a group of volunteers who crochet, knit or sew shoulder wraps (shawls) or lap coverings (blankets) to present to people who are in need of prayers. This could include someone who is sick, disabled, troubled, recovering from an operation, pregnant, a student going away to college, a family member in the military or someone who has recently experienced the death of a loved one…the list goes on. Each volunteer makes his or her creation while praying for the recipient and all past recipients of our prayer shawls. Father Maassen or one of the deacons, blesses the shawls/blankets once a month during one of our weekly Masses. In addition, a Mass is said once a month for all the Prayer Shawl Recipients. The Prayer Shawl Ministry meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 1:00 pm in the church basement. The meeting is designed to bring all these beautiful creations together to prepare them for blessing and to choose more yarn which has been donated or purchased with monetary contributions from generous donors. All shawls/blankets are free to whoever is in need of them. They are blessed and on display the first weekend after the first Wednesday of each month after all Masses.
Chris Burton 314-603-0047
PROTECTING GOD’S CHILDREN
In September of 2003, the Archdiocese of St Louis initiated a new safe environment program called “Protecting God’s Children”. It requires that all individuals (including employees, volunteers, priests and deacons) working in a parish, school or agency of the diocese who have contact with minors comply with certain requirements. The three requirements are:
- Complete a “worker registration” form which is a request for a background check from the state of Missouri. Please register yourself online with the Family Care Safety Registry at www.health.mo.gov/safety/fcsr. There is a one- time $13.25 fee to register.
- Read and sign a Commitment to the Code of Ethical Conduct.
- Attend a Protecting God’s Children workshop.
This comprehensive 2-3 hour program includes video presentations. Classes are offered throughout the diocese. The schedule can be found at: www.archstl.org, by clicking on the “Protecting God’s Children” tab. The class needs to be attended only once. Packets with required forms can be obtained at the school office or at the rectory.
Margaret Dittmann (Rectory) 636-937-5513
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is designed for non-Catholic adults interested in learning more about our Catholic faith or Catholic adults who have not yet received all of the Sacraments. The program covers basic Catholic beliefs about the Bible, church law, the Commandments, Sacraments, Saints, church history and what it means to be Catholic. It is presented by Priests, Deacons and lay persons.
Tracy Darian 636-937-3550 / Tracy Hoog 636-232-1959
rEcess is a respite care evening for families who have a child with a disability. rEcess takes place the 1st Friday of each month in our church basement. The parents drop off all their children for a fun evening of games, activities, crafts and a movie that revolve around a theme. rEcess allows parents to enjoy an evening for themselves. Many volunteers age 18 or older are necessary to supervise and play with the children. No experience necessary.
Mary Roth 636-937-0637
The Respect Life (Pro-Life) Committee’s purpose is to promote the “sacredness of each human life” in a society where human lives are not valued or protected. The committee meets on a monthly basis. Everyone is encouraged to participate in promoting life. We do this at Our Lady through education, pastoral efforts and public policy efforts. We attend the Pro-Life Convention each October; we send youth to the Pro-Life March in Washington DC; we purchase educational materials for the parish; we send packages to the military serving overseas; among many other things. Please consider joining our effort.
Joan Kennedy 314-808-2398
Altar servers are a group of young men and women, usually 5th grade or older, who share a special liturgical ministry of service and full participation in the liturgical celebrations to which they are assigned. After completing server training, they are scheduled for weekend and holyday Masses and other special liturgies. Servers with more experience are trained to serve funerals and weddings.
ST VINCENT DE PAUL
This is a society that was established to live the Gospel values first emulated by their patron, Saint Vincent de Paul. It is a Catholic ministry of men and women whose mission is to serve the suffering and the poor. Our members visit the home of each caller to properly assess their needs. They distribute contributions of food and money that is needed to help pay things like rent, utility bills and other necessities. The work of St Vincent de Paul is supported by the generosity of our parishioners and other outside agencies. Volunteers are always welcome to help provide services to those in need.
Brenda Fischer – President 314-803-9088
Ushers are men and women, usually high school age or older, who assist with our parishioners at Mass. They help collect the offertory during Mass. They also hand out bulletins after Mass.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
VBS is a week long program that takes place usually during June. The goal is to teach the children about God’s great love for all of us. There is a different theme each year to help achieve that goal and make it fun for all involved. Children 4 years old through 5th grade may attend VBS. Older students and teens helpers may work for service hours.
Tammie Yates 636-586-8729 or Tiffany Yates 636-586-6887