Pastor's Column

Sunday, April 14, 2024

Here are more than a few things that are my radar and I’d like to put on yours:

1. Women’s ACTS Retreat – May 16-19. I’d like to invite the women of our parish community to attend the upcoming ACTS Retreat. It goes from Thursday evening to Sunday morning and it’s not an understatement to state that it’s life-changing. And the change is for the better! There’s more information in the bulletin. I especially want to invite the young women and mothers of the parish. Here’s why: last fall, 28 of your husbands went on the Men’s Retreat and the Lord touched them and their hearts and their relationships. If your husband went, or even if he hasn’t gone (yet!) I want to encourage you to attend the Women’s Retreat. Allow the Lord to touch your heart, your life, and your relationships!

2. We’re looking for Hospitality Ministers for Mass. Here’s the job description: greet people and hold the door for people as they enter, help pass the baskets for the offertory collection, and hand our bulletins at the doors after Mass has ended. It’s easy, light-lifting, and yet deeply personal ministry. (It’s a non-paid position!) This kind of ministry is what makes a parish community special: someone with a word of welcome and a smile that warms the heart, especially the hearts of visitors. We need these ministers at all the Masses on Saturday and Sunday. Drop me a line if you’re willing to help:

3. Similarly, the Spring Festival is looking for volunteers and friends, it’s going to take all of us to make this celebration happen! School parents, non-school parents, grandparents, empty-nesters- please step up and volunteer to take a job, if only for an hour or two. Here’s the link to the sign-up form: If you have any questions you can contact Volunteer Coordinator Katie Collet at

4. Finally, our Perpetual Adoration Chapel is almost finished. It’s very exciting! Mr. Michael will be speaking at all the Masses this weekend. We are ready to start taking commitments for Adorers to take a time slot. This commitment is a gift. Committing to an hour a week or even committing every week to ‘pop in’ is a gift to the Lord. It’s you and I taking a valuable resource like time and giving it to the Lord. Taking the time and opening and raising the heart to the Lord by praying is a gift. Giving our attention and devotion to the Lord is a gift. And when we give these things to Him, he gives gifts, poured in abundance back to us. Don’t believe me? Give it a try and give Him a chance to prove me right! There’s a link elsewhere in the bulletin to sign up and make a commitment to the Lord.

Know that you are loved dearly and prayed for daily.

Fr. Craig Holway, Pastor
314-962-2311  x116

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