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Mental Health & Spiritual Health

Covid-19 has devastated Americans’ mental health. Younger adults, racial/ethnic minorities, essential workers, caregivers report having experienced disproportionately worse mental health, increased substance abuse, and elevated thoughts of suicide.  Pope Francis encourages a national commitment to become “artisans of the common good.”  Artisans make the most of life’s every day  junctures by focusing on the value of those they meet, whether or not a person can do something to benefit them in return, and regardless of whether they are family or friend.  Anyone, in any position, can say hello to a stranger on the street rather than avert our eyes.  We can choose to value people rather than devalue them.

Much of many peoples’ lives is suffering—in a pandemic or not.  But sometimes we make it harder on ourselves and one another than it needs to be.  Our everyday interactions are opportunities to affirm someone’s dignity and to infuse their life with kindness.

In addition, there has long been a stigma surrounding mental illness. Depression, anxiety, hopelessness, thoughts of suicide are often hidden by people, ashamed at their purported weakness and lack of faith.  Such beliefs, such thinking are both untrue and dangerous, causing those who are suffering to refuse necessary treatment (such as counseling or medication).

To underscore the truth that mental illness is not a sign of spiritual weakness, the Catholic Church points out saints who lived with mental illness, saints who struggled with thoughts of suicide, saints who went to therapy and took medication. Let us pray for each other!

The Sanctuary of Our Church

During the last two weeks I have sought the input of our parishioners regarding the drape behind the Tabernacle.  Thanks to those who responded by e-mail or by phone.  As a result, we will not have a drape which would change colors by the liturgical season with the use of lighting.

Dear Annunziata Parishioners,

As the State of Missouri relaxes restrictions in regard to Covid-19, the CDC reminds us that the coronavirus is still being passed among us, and numbers are increasing in many areas because of relaxed restrictions.

The Church of the Annunziata is continuing follow the CDC guidelines and take every precaution to protect everyone against Covid-19.

  • Annunziata continues to disinfect and sanitize the church before and after each Mass.
  • Masks are required in church at all times except for the brief moment when you are consuming the Eucharist after having received the Sacred Body in your hand. There are NO EXCEPTIONS to the mask requirement. (Each Mass is livestreamed on our website for those who are not able or not comfortable coming to church.)
  • Social distancing is required, and the church has been marked to assure we can accommodate as many people as possible while maintaining the required distance. (Our church capacity is 80 people.)
  • Please DO NOT move the markers, and DO NOT use places that have been roped off for your safety.

Thank you for your cooperation and concern for keeping everyone as safe as possible until this pandemic is no longer threatening lives.

Father John Leykam

Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting

Victims of sexual abuse, in addition to contacting civil authorities, are asked to come forward in order to receive pastoral assistance.

Reports of abuse may be made to any Pastor or to:
Sandra Price, Executive Director
Office of Child & Youth Protection
(314) 792-7271

Missouri Department of Social Services Children’s Division Hotline Reporting Number:


Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services

Adult Abuse and Neglect Hotline:



Sacrament of Confirmation

Posted on August 26, 2020 in: General News

Sacrament of Confirmation
Last Tuesday, August 25, the Feast of St. Louis, King, we had a beautiful evening Mass during which Nine of our Teens were fully initiated into the Catholic Church through the anointing with the Sacred Chrism.  With this Sacrament, they received the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit.  We pray for them and congratulate them on their commitment to live their Catholic Faith! This Wednesday,...

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Annunziata's Parish School of Religion

Posted on August 26, 2020 in: PSR

Annunziata's Parish School of Religion
ANNUNZIATA’S PARISH SCHOOL of RELIGION will be online for the first semester.

We have chosen an interactive program which combines both online tools and physical text to help your children grow in their Catholic Faith. It nurtures a loving relationship with God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit as a reflection of the family and much more. In addition, we will offer video lessons and communications posted by teachers, as well as other impactful resources, such as Formed, an amazing multimedia platform. Think of your weekly PSR time as a way to decompress and spend positive time together as a family. There’s no pressure, nothing to turn in, just navigating the beautiful roadmap of joy that God gave us in the Catholic faith. In these times, we need it now more than ever. Sharing God’s love with one another is bound to become the best part of your family’s week. School starts September 13th.

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Posted on August 26, 2020 in: General News

FORMED—It’s time to sign-in! This is a FREE online source of  Catholic teaching and entertainment! Go to FORMED.ORG Click — Sign Up Click — I belong to a Parish or Organization Type — Annunziata (click on our parish) Click — Next Type — Your name and email ENJOY!

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