Entries for August 2022

From Our Pastor...

Posted on August 26, 2022 in: Pastor

Parish School of Religion

Our Annunziata Parish School of Religion program is meant to supplement the Religious Formation already happening in the home. Parents are the first and most important teachers of their children in the Catholic Faith. Parents’ example of living and sharing their faith pays dividends for eternity for the whole family.

Annunziata aims to assist parents in teaching their children by providing a safe environment to learn and share their Faith. We pledge to provide religious instruction in the Catholic Faith to assist parents and encourage participation in one of our weekend Sunday Masses.

Our P.S.R. Teachers and Staff are volunteers who devote themselves to our children. We are blest to have Mrs. Laura Gyawali as our Principal, assisted by her daughter, Millie. They have worked hard this summer to plan, coordinate, and make sure that all is in readiness as we begin Parish School of Religion on Sunday, September 11th, at 10 a.m.

If you know of any child from Kindergarten thru the 8th grade who are not receiving religious education, please encourage their parents to call the rectory. Thank You!

Annunziata Learning Center

As we begin our thirty-fifth year of Catholic Special Education, as a special Mission of Annunziata Parish, heartfelt gratitude to all our parishioners who have reached out and helped financially following the flash flood of two and a half feet of water in the lower level of our beautiful School. Thanks to the hard work of Gerre Book, our Principal, her faculty and staff, our maintenance genius, and many others, we have adapted Faris Hall as temporary classrooms, thus, our Annunziata Learning Center was able to open for the first day of school on Wednesday, August 24th.

Thought for the Day:

“Therapy may be good for your mental health, and diets may be good for your body,

but the Sacrament of Confession is still the best way toward purity of your soul!"

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From Our Pastor...

Posted on August 19, 2022 in: Pastor

Feast of Saint Louis, King of France

Since the day on which the Church honors Saint Louis falls on a Thursday this year, Archbishop Rozanski is granting permission to all parishes in the Archdiocese the option of celebrating the Feast of Saint Louis on Sunday, August 21. St. Louis was born in 1214 and became king of France when he was only twenty-two years old. He married and became the father of eleven children who received from him careful instruction in the Christian life.

In the Liturgy of the Hours (the Divine Office) for Saint Louis, there is found a reading “From a spiritual testament to his son by St. Louis”. I would like to share this passage:

My dearest son, my first instruction is that you should love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your strength. Without this there is no salvation. Keep yourself, my son, from everything that you know displeases God, that is to say, from every mortal sin. You should permit yourself to be tormented by every kind of martyrdom before you would allow yourself to commit a mortal sin. If the Lord has permitted you to have some trial, bear it willingly and with gratitude, considering that it has happened for your good and that perhaps you well deserved it.

If the Lord bestows upon you any kind of prosperity, thank him humbly and see that you become no worse for it, either through vain pride or anything else, because you ought not to oppose God or offend Him in the matter of his gifts.

Listen to the divine office with pleasure and devotion. As long as you are in church, be careful not to let your eyes wander and not to speak empty words, but pray to the Lord devoutly, either aloud or with the interior prayer of the heart.

Be kindhearted to the poor, the unfortunate and the afflicted. Give them as much help and consolation as you can. Thank God for all the benefits he has bestowed upon you, that you may be worthy to receive greater. Be just to your subjects, swaying neither to right nor left, but holding the line of justice. Always side with the poor rather than with the rich, until you are certain of the truth. See that all your subjects live in justice and peace, but especially those who have ecclesiastical rank and who belong to religious orders.

Be devout and obedient to our Mother the Church of Rome and the Supreme Pontiff as your spiritual father. Work to remove all sin from your land, particularly blasphemies and heresies.

In conclusion, dearest son, I give you every blessing that a loving father can give a son. May the three Persons of the Holy Trinity and all the saints protect you from every evil. And may the Lord give you the grace to do His will so that He may be served and honored through you, that in the next life we may together come to see Him, love Him and praise Him unceasingly. Amen.

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From Our Archbishop...

Posted on August 12, 2022 in: Archbishop

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

The All Things New pastoral planning process is going to bring historic change to the Archdiocese of St. Louis. As we start to look at potential plans for parish and school restructuring I’d like to reflect on change — because change is hard!

There are a lot of theological things that might be said about change: how the Ascension or the conversion of Gentiles changed things for the early Church; how the gradual codification of the seven sacraments across several centuries or the creation of the seminary system after the Reformation changed things for the Church.

But maybe the most helpful perspective on change comes from the experience of parents.

With each stage of a child’s growth — in the womb, infant, toddler, adolescent teenager, young adult — parents constantly need to discover new ways of parenting.

With every transition, the temptation is to stay stuck in the previous mode of parenting. It’s tempting for parents to keep the child suspended — in their imagination — in some earlier phase of life and to fail to make the transition that growth requires. But we all know what happens when parents continue to treat their teenagers as toddlers or their young adults as teenagers!

Naturally, with every transition, there’s grieving. That’s legitimate. Something good happens in each stage of a child’s growth, and something is lost when the next phase comes. But parents can’t hold on to the earlier phases, no matter how golden they may have been while they lasted. Successful parenting requires accepting the changes, then investing time and energy in learning new ways of carrying out their mission.

The experience of parents contains important lessons for us as we face our own changes in the coming years.

The footprint of the archdiocese — in terms of parishes and schools — is about to change. We can and should grieve that change. Good things happened and some of them will be lost. But we can’t suspend the life of the archdiocese — in our imagination, and our way of operating — at a previous “golden age.” Like parents, we need to recognize the change that’s happened and invest our time and energy in a new way of carrying out our mission.

When Jesus ascended into heaven the disciples remained, for a time, gazing

upward, locked in an old way of relating to his body. Then two angels said to them: “Men of Galilee, why are you standing there looking at the sky?” The disciples needed to be spurred into the next phase of the Church’s life. They needed to go back to Jerusalem, to prepare to be anointed by the Holy Spirit and to enter into a new relationship with Jesus and the world. We stand in a similar position today.

We can and should celebrate all we’ve accomplished in the previous decades, even the previous 200 years. Great things have happened in the Archdiocese of St. Louis!

But we can’t simply keep gazing at those great things, expecting some previous mode of the Church’s life to continue. Change has come upon us, whether we want it to or not.

 It’s time for us to go to the upper room, to pray for a new anointing by the Holy Spirit, and to enter into a new way of carrying out the mission of being Jesus’ Church.

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From Our Pastor...

Posted on August 12, 2022 in: Pastor

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Celebrated every year on August 15th, the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary commemorates the death of Mary and her bodily assumption into heaven, before her body could begin to decay — a foretaste of our own bodily resurrection at the end of time. Because it signifies the Blessed Virgin’s passing into eternal life, it is the most important of all Marian feasts. Because the Assumption falls on a Monday this year, the Feast is celebrated but it is not a holy day of obligation. Mass for the Assumption on Monday, August 15th, will be at 7:00 a.m.

Our Parish School Building

As the restoration of our School building continues, I will keep you up to date on our progress. In the meantime, our Annunziata Learning Center and Parish School of Religion have moved to Faris Hall on the lower level of Church. The children of our Learning Center will begin their new school year on Wednesday, August 24th, and our Parish School of Religion will begin on Sunday, September 11th. Our gratitude to Men’s Bible Study, St. Vincent de Paul Society, Cornerstone Women’s Bible Study, and A.A. for all their help and support!

Vicar for Strategic Planning for the Archdiocese of St. Louis

As we pray, and continue to live our Faith, and share the gift of the “Joy of the Gospel”, I wanted to share with you some reflections from Father Christopher Martin, whom the Archbishop asked to assist Him in the critical pastoral planning for our Archdiocese: “As we continue to journey through the ‘All Things New” strategic planning process, I can sense within myself, and I hear from others, a lot of anxiety. A lot of “what if this or that” conversations taking place tend to leave people feeling more anxious. The truth is we don’t know what the future will look like in our Archdiocese. Heck, you and I don’t know what tomorrow is going to look like.

Anxiety is one way to respond. Trust in God is the other.

Anxiety’s deadly spiritual relative is discouragement, which means to be disheartened — to have your heart taken out. Trust’s spiritual relative is encouragement — to have your heart placed within you. In the Old Testament, when the Israelites were journeying from Egypt to the Promised Land and encountering all sorts of obstacles along the way, they became anxious and discouraged. Joshua reminded them of where to place their hope: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:19)

The world is full of things the devil can use to rob us of peace and to increase anxiety and discouragement within us. So what should we do when we sense these things growing inside out hearts? We can heed the words and the admonition of St. Paul who writes:

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)

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From Our Pastor...

Posted on August 05, 2022 in: Pastor


As the day of Tuesday, July 26th, began at midnight, the deluge erupted! In the space of several hours, our whole metropolitan area had record breaking rain and flash floods. The result was catastrophic for so many peoples' homes, apartments, and businesses. We continue to pray for all the people, their pets, and belongings that were lost and destroyed. We are grateful to the first responders, and the many volunteers who came to the need of their neighbors! In our beautiful Annunziata School building, the lower level was inundated with over two and one-half feet of water. We immediately contacted the appropriate authorities to pump out the water and begin the process of disposing of all the contents that were ruined.

We are following all the protocols to restore the lower level to its original first-class status.


In the last week, the Restoration Company has been working every day, including the weekend. They began with six employees, and it has grown at times to over a dozen workers. We are still anticipating the opening of our Parish School of Religion on Sunday, September 11th.

In order that our P.S.R. Principal, Mrs. Laura Gyawali, can order books and materials for the students, we ask that Parents whose children will be participating in Parish School of Religion in September, please register as soon as possible. Mrs. Gyawali has made registration very easy for everyone. For our new Families, P.S.R. is for children in Kindergarten through the Eighth Grade. Please go to:

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