Entries for July 2022

From Our Pastor...

Posted on July 29, 2022 in: Pastor

Every parish in the Archdiocese is now asked to provide feedback on two critical questions which are essential to carrying out the Mission that Jesus gives to all of us.  You may offer your feedback online at our website, or you may tear out the insert, fill it in, and place the “Parish Feedback Form” in the collection boxes in Church or drop it by the rectory.  As with the Disciple Maker Index, there is no need to sign your name.  Please, let your voice be heard.

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From Our Pastor...

Posted on July 22, 2022 in: Pastor


In last week’s bulletin, I shared an extensive report on the “All Things New” strategic planning initiative. I have repeated that report in today’s bulletin in the hope that as many parishioners as possible will read it. Towards the end of the analysis was the question, “So what’s next?” Every parish in the Archdiocese is now asked to provide feedback on two critical questions which are essential to carrying out the Mission that Jesus gives to all of us. You may offer your feedback online at our website, or you may tear out the insert, fill it in, and place the “Parish Feedback Form” in the collection boxes in Church or drop it by the rectory. As with the Disciple Maker Index, there is no need to sign your name. Please, let your voice be heard.


Our world is hurting. We all need healing, yet many of us are separated from the very source of our strength. Jesus Christ invites us to return to the source and summit of our faith ------- the Lord’s Real Presence in the Holy Eucharist. When you find Jesus, and your heart is enamored, and you realize that other people do not recognize Him, your heart breaks. It doesn’t break because Jesus is not there. It doesn’t break because the person is bad. It breaks because there is such a possibility for a beautiful relationship with God! Mother Teresa has been quoted as saying that if you are not able to see Jesus in the Holy Eucharist, you won’t be able to see Jesus in the poor or the immigrant or the unemployed. The Eucharist is incredibly social, because even the word that we use when we receive the host, “Communion” conveys this. That communion is not only with God, but with each other.

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From Our Pastor...

Posted on July 15, 2022 in: Pastor

Dear Parishioners,

January 25, 2022, was the launch of the St. Louis Archdiocesan strategic pastoral planning initiative known as “All Things New.” The purpose is to make the necessary adjustments to our ministries and supporting structures to reflect the needs of our Catholic communities for the next century.

On March 2, 2022, every Catholic in the Archdiocese was asked to take a survey, known as the Disciple Maker Index. This was an important opportunity for each Catholic to be heard. The results for individual parishes were sent to the pastor and parish representatives to provide analysis and feedback to the Archbishop.

Transparency is very important! This is a multi-year initiative focused on evangelization.

All Baptized Catholics are called by Christ to spread His Gospel message and ensure a Catholic presence in every square mile of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. For the first time in over 50 years, the total number of Catholics in the Archdiocese has dropped below 500,000. This is due, in part, to a significant decline in the number of births and baptisms within the Archdiocese. Also, as many as 5,000 Catholics leave the local Church annually or do not re-engage after high school or college.

Currently, we have 178 parishes and 210 active priests, including both diocesan and religious order priests. Significantly, 35% of diocesan priests are 65 years old or older and could retire within 10 years, such that by 2026, we may have more parishes than priests to serve them. This is especially the case in the largest parishes, such as the 21 large parishes with only one priest per 3411 Catholics. While All Things New is not driven by a projected priest shortage, that is a major concern looking to the future.

For purposes of the All Things New initiative, Annunziata is grouped into a “parish planning area” that includes: Immacolata and Little Flower (Richmond Heights), Our Lady of the Pillar (Creve Coeur), St. Joseph (Clayton), St. Genevieve DuBois (Warson Woods), St. Clement of Rome (Des Peres), St. Mary Magdalen (Brentwood), Most Holy Redeemer and Mary Queen of Peace (Webster Groves), St. Gerard Majella and St. Peter (Kirkwood).

Prayer, Tradition, and Service define our parish! Annunziata is a stable parish, with slightly declining parish membership. Mass attendance pre-Covid was 21-24% and post-Covid is around 20-21%--both below the Archdiocesan average of 27%-29%. These figures do not include homebound and vulnerable parishioners watching via livestream. Baptisms have been stable, but PSR numbers have declined in the past two years. The parish is in solid financial condition and has used reserves for some parish building maintenance. Though the offertory has declined over the past decade, reserves have been maintained. The median household income is $182,500, which is well above the archdiocesan average and second highest in the diocese, and 31% of our resident area population is Catholic, versus the archdiocesan average of 18% and 29% for the parish planning area as a whole.

The major themes that emerged from the DMI survey are that our parish is very much alive, in a good place/on the right track, financially secure and blest with well-maintained facilities and an older, devout and affluent demographic of stable, long-term generational households. Our parishioners are heavily invested in missionary discipleship, adopting Catholic Special Education for 35 years and seeking to expand knowledge of how to share our Catholic faith on a one-on-one basis.

Annunziata is a closely-knit community that fosters philanthropy. Families have occupied the same residences for generations. This has driven strong relationships between parishioner families, meaning there is a certain dynamism that propels our parish when it comes to cooperation and stewardship—not just at the parish level but with any needs within the Archdiocese and our community overall. For this, we are very grateful and blessed.

So what’s next? In the coming months there will be further opportunities to provide feedback on your aspirations for the Archdiocese. Preliminary draft models for reorganization will be presented to all the parishes this fall for input. The final models will be announced in May of 2023, with implementation to take place over the next three to five years. Please continue to pray unceasingly to the Holy Spirit for discernment, pastoral vision, and Biblical Stewardship.

God Bless You,

Fr. John Leykam,
your pastor

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From Our Pastor...

Posted on July 08, 2022 in: Pastor


With the great Feast of Corpus Christi a few weeks ago, our Holy Father, Francis, the Bishops of the United States and around the world, “embarked on a three year initiative of Eucharistic Revival” to invite all Catholics to renew Christ’s Church by enkindling a living relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist. There is no doubt that God wants to see a movement of Catholics “healed, converted, formed and unified by an encounter with Jesus in the Eucharist — and sent out in mission for the life of the world.” Right now, the Catholic Church in the United States needs healing and the unity that can flow from rekindling our love for the Holy Eucharist. Renewal must begin in our homes, our parishes, our neighborhoods, and in the marketplace. Annunziata is so blest to have our Eucharistic Adoration Chapel inside of Faris Hall, the opportunities to drop by for a visit in our upper Church, and the blessing of being so close to the Carmelite Monastery and Chapel.


My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love You!
I beg pardon for those who do not believe, nor adore, nor hope, nor love you.
Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, I adore you profoundly.
I offer You the Most Precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ,
present in all the Tabernacles of the world in reparation for the outrages,
sacrileges and indifference by which You are offended.
And, through the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary,
I beg of You the conversion of sinners.
Our Lady of Fatima


74th Annual Outdoor Novena to Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Saturday July 9th — Sunday July 17th 2022

  • Each Evening in the Chapel - Marian Prelude: 6:45 p.m. — Benediction: 7:20 p.m.
  • Each Evening on the Grounds - Rosary at 7:35 p.m. — Mass at 8:00 p.m.

Due to Covid 19 restrictions, we are not able to move the Mass inside the chapel in case of inclement weather. Please bring umbrellas or other rain protection as needed.

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