Prayer

We most often think of prayer as a petition – asking God for something. There are also prayers of adoration, intercession and thanksgiving. Prayer is man’s search for God. In prayer, God engages our heart.

The family is the first place of education in prayer. . . where God’s children learn to pray (Catechism, 2685). It is the responsibility of all parents to foster family prayer. To teach a child to pray is to prepare him or her to confront a world filled with temptations and confrontations. Paul in his letter to the Romans invites his disciples to “join me in the struggle by your prayers to God on my behalf” (Romans 15:30).

The Catechism of the Catholic Church calls prayer a battle (2725). The spiritual battle of the Christian’s new life is inseparable from the battle of prayer. It is a battle against ourselves and against the tempter who does all he can to turn us away from God. Praying takes courage, passion, and a heart that is awake and on guard.

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

“We must proclaim that this communion is the magnificent plan of God the Father” (Pope John Paul II, The Church in America, 33).

In the words of the Mass the priest says, “On the night he was betrayed, Jesus took bread … ” This was the night before his passion and death. In this dark hour of loneliness and abandonment, Jesus made a new and everlasting covenant with all who believe. At this moment in time, Jesus gave us “the most precious possession which the Church can have in her journey through history – the Eucharist” (Ecclesia de Eucaristia, 9). When all seemed lost and he was about to leave this earth, Jesus accepted God’s will to be the sacrifice for our sins.

The Eucharistic Sacrifice is “the source and summit of the Christian life” (Second Vatican Council, Lumen Gentium, 11). The Eucharist is the outstanding moment of encounter with the living Christ (Pope John Paul II, The Church in America, 35). The Eucharist is an immense gift. Everyone is invited to participate actively and worthily at St. Joseph on  Sundays, Holy Days and throughout the week.

We also invite you to participate in Eucharistic Adoration (See Eucharistic Adoration section).

LEGIONS OF MARY | JR'S/TEENS

An organization of women and men, 18 years of age and older, which strives for self-sanctification of members through prayer and active cooperation with our church’s apostolic work.

Works of the Legion are spiritual in nature, not corporal or material. Works of active members are not restricted to any one activity. Legion works do not have to be above and beyond spiritual works already being done by the member. Spiritual works may also be assigned at the request of the pastor.

Preferred Legion works involve some sort of outreach to encourage spirituality and participation in the parish. The objectives for outreach are decided by the local unit. Some examples include:

  • Encouragement of lax Catholics for attendance at Mass and sacraments
  • Recruitment of Auxiliary members
  • Evangelization
  • Promotion of the Rosary

Legion calls are always made with a team of two.

“What shall I return to the Lord for all his bounty to me?” (Ps 116:12)

Our Mission

To give glory to God through the holiness of its members developed by prayer and active cooperation in Mary’s and the Church’s work of advancing the reign of Christ.

Schedule

Rosary and meeting is held every Saturday morning after the 8 a.m.Mass in the St. Joseph Room (in the church).

Links

http://www.legionofmary.ie/
http://www.legionofmary.org/

For Additional Information, Please Contact:

Dwight Stagg
314-496-7721 (cell)
dstagg@cpsstl.com
8A Mound Drive
St. Peters, MO 63376

MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER

Are you looking for the perfect wedding anniversary gift?

Attend a Marriage Encounter Weekend and
Restore Your Communication… Rekindle Your Romance…
Renew Your Commitment…
What does a Marriage Encounter Weekend give couples?

  • A positive and personal experience offered to married couples
  • An opportunity to learn a technique of loving communication that they can be used for the rest of their lives
  • Two days to spend time together away from the distractions & tensions of everyday life
  • An environment encouraging couples to focus on each other & their relationship.

The Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend is not a retreat, marriage clinic, group sensitivity, or a substitute for counseling. It is a unique enriching approach aimed at revitalizing Marriage.To sign up for a weekend in the St Louis area: www.stl-wwme.org or call 314-469-7317 Or nationally through http://www.wwme.org/ or call 1-800-795-LOVE (5683)

Several comments from couples that attended the weekend are:

“Our weekend was a gift from heaven … our eyes were opened to a whole new world of living”

“(We’ve) known each other for over 12 years but it is amazing to find out that there is still so much more to learn and discover about each other”

“I rediscovered a passion and urgency to be with my wife that I had not experienced since we were dating.”

Great Marriages Don’t Just Happen, Couples Make Them!All marriages need attention, effort and nurturing. Worldwide Marriage Encounter provides an opportunity for you to explore your relationship together and find ways to make it more fulfilling and stronger for a lifetime.

If you & your spouse have already made a Marriage Encounter weekend, contact Steve & Kristine Johnson to join St Joe’s Marriage Encounter Community. kvkj123@gmail.com or 314-304-2924 cell

MASS

“We must proclaim that this communion is the magnificent plan of God the Father.” (Pope John Paul II, The Church in America, 33)

In the words of the Mass the priest says, “On the night he was betrayed, Jesus took bread …” This was the night before his passion and death. In this dark hour of loneliness and abandonment, Jesus made a new and everlasting covenant with all who believe. At this moment in time, Jesus gave us “the most precious possession which the Church can have in her journey through history – the Eucharist” (Ecclesia de Eucaristia, 9). When all seemed lost and he was about to leave this earth, Jesus accepted God’s will to be the sacrifice for our sins.

The Eucharistic Sacrifice is “the source and summit of the Christian life” (Second Vatican Council, Lumen Gentium, 11). The Eucharist is the outstanding moment of encounter with the living Christ (Pope John Paul II, The Church in America, 35). The Eucharist is an immense gift. Everyone is invited to participate actively and worthily at St. Joseph on  Sundays, Holy Days and throughout the week.

View the St. Joseph Mass Schedule.

PARISH RETREATS

White House Retreat

White House Retreat is a Jesuit Retreat House based on The Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius. Three-day preached retreats are offered throughout the year. On each retreat there are four or five priests available for private conferences and the celebration of the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick.

Days of Recollection

A terrific way to find a bit of solitude and detachment. A day of quiet and prayer, spiritual nourishment and refreshment. Take advantage of one of these at our parish (see Retreats section) as we seek repentance on the path toward conversion.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter

Explore, Rediscover, and Reconnect. Worldwide Marriage Encounter is a weekend getaway that helps married couples rediscover themselves as individuals and as a couple. The Weekend is God-centered and comes out of the roots of the Christian faith. Our Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekends are presented in the Roman Catholic Faith Expression. Guided by a team of volunteer couples and a priest, each participant explores their relationship with each other, their spouse, and their family.

PRAYER CHAIN

“He went off to the mountain to pray.” Mark 6:46

The prayer chain is comprised of parishioners who pray in their homes for special intentions. There are many wonderful people who are in need of prayers. If you would like to request prayers or to participate in this ministry please contact:

For Additional Information, Please Contact:

Joyce Kluge
636-300-9296

Jane Trende
jctrende@gmail.com

“Lord, show me how to “get away” to be with you. Give me the grace to seek you not just in the storms but every day. Lord, I want to find you!”

RECONCILIATION

Jesus always welcomed the sinner. The parable of the prodigal son illustrates the joy with which the father receives his repentant son. When the relationship with the father is restored, joy and peace are experienced by both.

“Who among us has not tasted the peace that comes from living in communion with God and our brothers and sisters? There is a longing in the human heart for joy, peace and the serenity of communion. There is a corresponding ache in the human heart when that communion is lacking” (Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, Jesus Christ, the Divine Physician, 11).

A personal encounter with Jesus in Confession restores baptismal grace and reconciles the penitent with the Church. The sacrament results in bringing peace and serenity to the individual and a revitalization of the community.

Confession

Every Catholic is required to receive the sacrament at least once each year.

Times for Confession

Saturday: 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
And by appointment, contact the Parish office.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS

The presiding minister may be a priest, deacon, or layperson. This minister prays the opening and closing prayers, leads the acclamation, announces the stations, and says the prayer that concludes each station. One or more readers may read the Scriptural reflections. A period of silence should be observed between the Scripture reading and the prayer. A crossbearer accompanied by two candlebearers may stand in front of each station as it is announced. As the cross – and candlebearers move between the stations, all may sing a verse of theStabat Mater (At the Cross Her Station Keeping – traditional) or an appropriate antiphon, such as Parce Domine (traditional, various settings) or Crucem Tuam (Berthier, GIA),

Before each station:

Minister:
We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.

All:
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

After each station:

All:
Lord Jesus, help us walk in your steps.

Opening Prayer:

Minister:
God of power and mercy,
in love you sent your Son
that we might be cleansed of sin
and live with you forever.
Bless us as we gather to reflect
on his suffering and death
that we may learn from his example
the way we should go.
We ask this through that same Christ, our Lord.

All:
Amen.

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