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Posted on April 21, 2022 in: Pastor


The Universal Church celebrates Divine Mercy Sunday. It’s origin stems from St. Faustina who was privileged to receive apparitions from Jesus emphasizing His mercy, and especially His mercy today. Jesus promised that those who go to Confession and Receive Holy Communion today will receive not only forgiveness for their sins, but the total remission of all temporal punishment for their sins. What does this mean? It is like a second Baptism, all sin and punishment is wiped out!

You are Invited for Divine Mercy Celebration

Pastor Father Michael Grosch and the parishioners of St. Gerard Majella in Kirkwood invite you to join them for a Divine Mercy Celebration on Sunday afternoon, April 24th. St. Gerard Majella is located at Ballas Road and Dougherty Ferry, one block east of I-270, at 1969 Dougherty Ferry in Kirkwood.

V The Service will be in the Church from 2:30-4:00 pm. There will not be a Mass.

V There will be Veneration of First Class Relics of St. Faustina (bone) and St. Gerard Majella (bones) from 1:45-2:25 pm and after the Service.

V There will be Confession from 2:00 until all are heard, Blessing of the Image, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and singing of the Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3:00 pm, the Divine Mercy Litany, Benediction, and the Divine Praises.


In the update given in the Easter Sunday bulletin, the Archdiocese of St. Louis Strategic Pastoral Planning Initiative moves into its next phase. Please, Pray! Again, we had a total of 367 Disciple Maker Index Surveys filled out. The results will be shared with each pastor and our parishleadership committee this coming June. Our committee members, Deacon Tom Gottlieb, Katie Ackerman,Rick Holton, Jr., Deanie Reis, Liza Thornhill, and Charlie Weiss will go over the survey results and then forward our recommendations toFather Chris Martin, the Vicar for All Things New.

Remember that there will be 372 listening sessions at Parishes throughoutthe Archdiocese this fall. As soon as I receive the information on out Parish dates, I will publicize it so all may take part.

Donation Recommendations for Ukraine

With the ever-changing situation in Ukraine, the Archdiocese of St. Louis recommends the following two suggestions for getting aid to the people of Ukraine:

The first option for aid is through the Ukraine Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Checks may be sent directly to the Ukraine Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The check should be marked “Humanitarian Aid Fund for Ukraine.” The address is 810 N. Franklin Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123.

Catholic Relief Services is well known for its presence to disaster areas for bringing immediate aid to those who are in need. Donations may be sent to Catholic Relief Services/Humanitarian Aid for Ukraine at 228 W. Lexington Street, Baltimore, MD 21201-3443.