Entries for June 2022

From Our Pastor...

Posted on June 30, 2022 in: Pastor

Please join us for Mass at 7 a.m. on July 4th!


Our National Holiday of the Fourth of July recalls the final draft of the Declaration of Independence being adopted by all 13 American colonies declaring independence from British rule.

A very familiar excerpt from the Declaration of Independence states: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are LIFE, LIBERTY, AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS."


On June 24, 2022 our Archbishop responded to the United States Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade: “The Catholic Church has always proclaimed that every human being, born and unborn, is endowed by our Creator with the right to be protected and cherished. Therefore, just as before today’s Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe versus Wade, the Church will continue serving those who are most vulnerable and bearing witness to the dignity of every human, regardless of religion, race, age or any other factor.

Here in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, we will continue providing resources for women facing unexpected and difficult pregnancies, cherishing and protecting women and their children, so that they may both develop their full potential in this world and be happy with God forever in the next.

I urge all the faithful in our Archdiocese of St. Louis, now more than ever, to demonstrate compassion and provide support to those in need, with a special deference to mothers and children in need."

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From Our Pastor...

Posted on June 24, 2022 in: Pastor


First, think about Mother Teresa. She had good self-esteem. She even dared to speak against abortion at the National Prayer Breakfast in 1993 before her invited hosts President Bill Clinton, and Vice-President Al Gore, and their spouses. That’s guts, that’s self-confidence, and that’s HUMILITY! Turns out that all the saints understood that everything comes from God and that God is everything. Mother Teresasaid,“If you are humble nothing will touch you, neither praise nor disgrace, because you know what you are. If you are blamed you will not be discouraged. If they call you a saint you will not put yourself on a pedestal.”

To be sure, humility is often misunderstood. Some think it is synonymous with self-deprecation. Some think humble people lack confidence, when in fact, the most humble people are some of the most confident, and sometimes, some of the most prideful people are the most insecure. Others think humility is not attractive. But in reflecting, you find that humility is most attractive as you see the humble person is the one who listens and cares about others as opposed to the one focused on their self and trying to look good. True humility is in the person who wants to do something because it is right and they are not looking for praise.

When we look at the crucifix, we see a man who is humble and who is not about himself. We see a man who is for others!

In the fall of 1990, Mother Teresa addressed priests from all over the world in the Vatican Audience Hall about ways to cultivate humility:

  • Speak as little as possible about yourself.
  • Keep busy with your own affairs and not those of others.
  • Avoid wanting to know things that should not concern you.
  • Do not interfere in the lives of others.
  • Accept small irritations with good humor.
  • Do not dwell on the faults of others.
  • Accept being forgotten and disregarded by others.
  • Accept insults without retaliating.
  • Be courteous and delicate even when provoked.
  • Do not seek to be admired and loved.
  • Choose the more difficult task.

"Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many."(Matthew 20:28)

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From Our Pastor...

Posted on June 16, 2022 in: Pastor

Feast Of The Most Holy Body And Blood Of Christ

In the celebration of the Eucharist (Holy Mass), bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit and the instrumentality of the priest. The whole CHRIST is truly present—BODY, BLOOD, SOUL, and DIVINITY—under the appearances of bread and wine, the glorified Christ who rose from the dead. The Catholic Church teaches that the Risen Christ is fully present under either species of Holy Communion. This is what the Church means when she speaks of the “REAL PRESENCE OF CHRIST” in Holy Communion.

As we are all aware, when the COVID-19 pandemic began in early 2020, various restrictions were put in place across the Archdiocese of St. Louis to help stop the spread of the virus. One of those restrictions was the stopping of the use of the common chalice for the faithful.

On this Feast of Corpus Christi, Archbishop Rozanski has asked each pastor in the Archdiocese to make a responsible decision which is prudent for the local situation regarding the return of the common chalice. I have consulted with medical and scientific experts on Covid, and based on their risk assessments and advice, have decided at this time to postpone resumption of the common chalice.

All Things New - Strategic Pastoral Planning

I hope that you were able to read Archbishop Rozanski’s column from the Faith St. Louis magazine that I re-printed in our parish bulletin for the last two weekends. The Archbishop directly responded to “Addressing some of the rumors around “ALL THINGS NEW.”

As I have shared in previous bulletins, Annunziata had 370 people fill out the surveys which gathered information on our parish. Our parish committee has held one virtual zoom meeting and three in person meetings to go over the results and then submit our review to the Archdiocesan Committee. The results will be shared with the parish later this summer.

All Things New is to enable a vibrant Catholic presence throughout the Archdiocese for future generations. It is a multi-year process of prayer, evangelization, and re-organization of parishes and schools. Following the surveys, new models for spreading the Gospel will be proposed for the best use of the resources of the Archdiocese. Please, visit the website:

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From Our Pastor...

Posted on June 10, 2022 in: Pastor

Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

“The grace of Jesus Christ and the love of God the Father and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit”

The Catechism teaches that “by sending His only Son and the Spirit of Love in the fullness of time, God has revealed His innermost secrets.

God Himself is an eternal exchange of love, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and He has destined us to share in that exchange.” (CCC221)

“The Complete Trinity dwells in us” (R.P. Philippon)

“By worshiping the Trinity we realize the full truth of ourselves.”

“In the communion of grace with the Trinity, man’s living area is broadened and raised up to the supernatural level of divine life. Man lives in God and by God.” (St. John Paul II)

“We worship one God in the Trinity and the Trinity in unity.” (Athanasian Creed)

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