NOVEMBER 16, 2014
Since you were
faithful In small
matters, I will give
you great
Matthew 25:14-30
3949 Wilmington Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63116
314 481-1133 ph
314 481-6036 fax
[email protected]
Chapel of Sts. Mary and Joseph
6304 Minnesota
St. Louis, MO 63111
3929 Wilmington Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63116
314 752-4700 ph
Reverend Ron Hopmeir, Pastor, [email protected]
Ms. Pam Holmes, Director of Liturgical Music and Worship, [email protected]
Mrs. Mary Regan, Pastoral Associate, [email protected]
Mrs. Barbara Edelmann - Office Manager / Bookkeeper, [email protected]
Mrs. Mary Ellen Holdenried, Office Assistant, [email protected]
Mrs. Leigh Manalang, Senior Ministry Coordinator, [email protected]
Dr. Meghan Bohac, Principal, [email protected]
Mrs. Mary Paule, Child Safety Coordinator, Secretary, [email protected]
St. Stephen Protomartyr Parish
November 16, 2014
Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Times
Blessed are those who fear the Lord
Psalm 128
November 9 Sunday Contributions
On-line Giving Contribution
Total weekly contribution
Needed weekly from contribution
Tuition Assistance
Retired Religious
Liturgical Ministries
Thank You to the Quilters
Each Monday a dedicated group of quilters meet at
SSP and sew beautiful quilts that they then raffle off and
give the proceeds to the parish. Recently they presented
the parish with a check for $1500.00. Thank you to all the
ladies who make these quilts for the continued beautiful
work that you do.
November 15 - 16 - Bridge Bread sales
November 29 - 30 - SVDP Fifth Sunday
November 27 - Thanksgiving
December 3 - First Reconciliation
December 6 - Breakfast with Santa
December 7 - Advent By Candlelight
December 8 - Feast of the Immaculate Conception
December 14 - Red Cross Blood Drive
Readings for the Week
Monday: Rv 1:1-4; 2:1-5; Ps 1:1-4, 6; Lk 18:35-43
Tuesday: Rv 3:1-6, 14-22; Ps 15:2-5; Lk 19:1-10, or,
(for the memorial of the Dedication)
Acts 28:11-16, 30-31; Ps 98:1-6; Mt 14:22-33
Wednesday: Rv 4:1-11; Ps 150:1b-6; Lk 19:11-28
Thursday: Rv 5:1-10; Ps 149:1b-6a, 9b; Lk 19:41-44
Friday: Rv 10:8-11; Ps 119:14, 24, 72, 103, 111, 131;
Lk 19:45-48
Saturday: Rv 11:4-12; Ps 144:1b, 2, 9-10; Lk 20:27-40
Sunday: Ez 34:11-12, 15-17; Ps 23:1-3, 5-6;
1 Cor 15:20-26, 28; Mt 25:31-46
Looking Ahead
Saturday, November 22
4:00 PM - B. & G. Stoff
Sunday, November 23
8:00 AM - A. Wunderlich, M. Broekelmann
10:30 AM -K. & R. Thenhaus
Altar Servers
Saturday, November 22
4:00 PM -C. O’Connell, E. Peterson
Sunday, November 23
8:00 AM - A. Chechik, S. Schulte
10:30 AM -H. Wobbe, M. Mantych
Blood Drive
Boy Scout Troop 104 is sponsoring its annual Blood Drive in support of the American Red Cross on Sunday,
December 14th in the Parish Center between the hours of 9:00 and 1:00. Scouts will be taking appointments following
each Mass beginning the weekend of November 22nd. Donors may also register online at www.redcrossblood,org and
sponsor code StStephenP. Donors are also welcome to contact Michael Lohff at 314.481.1301
November 17
November 18
November 19
November 20
November 21
November 22
November 23
Liturgy of the
8 AM
8 AM
All School
8 AM
8 AM
All School
8 AM
8 AM
8 AM
10:30 AM
Exercise 9 AM
9 AM - 2 PM
7 PM
Exercise 9 AM
Liturgy Meeting
7 PM
50 + Meeting
Vigil Mass
4 PM
St. Stephen Protomartyr Parish
If you are new to St. Stephen Protomartyr parish or just
visiting, Welcome!!
Visitors please sign the Guest Book found near the
main entrance to the Church.
If you would like to register in the parish, please call
or email the parish office. Welcome to the
Parish Mission Statement
“Following the example of our patron St. Stephen, we
are called to be witnesses of God’s love and to be a
faith-filled, reconciling parish.”
Judging Jack
In his best-selling book You Are Not Special, high
school teacher David McCullough tells the story of a
one-time student of his, Jack. Jack is a quiet, selfpossessed, generally responsible teenager. He’s bright
and attentive - but he just doesn’t push himself. He
made it through Mr. McCullough’s class with a B/C+
average - but Mr. McCullough knew that Jack could do
better. He nudged Jack now and then, prodded
occasionally - but Jack was Jack.
Then one day, Mr. McCullough discovered that the
reticent Jack had a passion - “a big bag, a let-the-worldgo-on-without-me bag, a calling.” Jack mentioned it to
his teacher one day only in passing.
Jack loves to draw. And he’s good at it.
“But it’s more than that,” McCullough writes. “Jack
draws pictures of three dimensions. He creates detailed
paper models, sculptures really, with ordinary printer
paper, pencils and pens, scissors and Scotch tape. He
does it purely because he enjoys it. From the Hogwarts
Castle to the Statue of Liberty to a life-size, wearable
baseball cap, and on and on, some no bigger than a
deck of cards, some as big as a collie. Something
strikes his fancy, he sits down and makes a model. If it
takes a week, it takes a week. If the phone rings, he lets
it. If homework gets short shrift, so be it. And they are
exquisite, these Jack originals. They are beautifully,
masterly done. You should see them. Everyone should
see them - the Faberge eggs of paper sports carsand
Millennium Falcons. On that note, though, Jack doesn’t
care much either way. It’s nice that people like them, but
that’s not why he does it. The fun, the satisfaction, is in
the doing.”
Jack’s extraordinary gift made Mr. McCullough
question his image of the “Ideal Student” that teachers
like him expect all young men and women to aspire to and anything short of that is a disappointment, a
personal affront, a sign, even, of a deficient character.
“Whether Jack goes on to become an artist or an
engineer or anything else directly consequent to his
enthusiasm for model making does not matter,”
McCullough writes. “He has learned something about
passion, about focus, about clearing a space in his life
and doing what he does purely because he loves and
believes in it. He has honed a set of abilities, too.
Developed standards of his own measure and sees to it
that he meets them. He knows, then, the satisfactions of
seeing with purpose, conceiving ideas, dedicating
himself to them, and producing good work. In choosing
and doing for himself, he earns his confidence and selfworth. Very good things, these, and I hope, lifelong.”
Jack is the very antithesis of the terrified servant
in today’s Gospel: While the servant in the Gospel
“buries his talent” out of fear for incurring the wrath
of his master, Jack finds joy and meaning in his
artistic skills and possesses a passion for
developing and learning more - and (finally) he also
earns the encouragement of a teacher. Too often we
can become someone’s demanding, hard “master”:
judging them harshly, dismissing their ideas,
treating them mercilessly when they fail, making
unreasonable demands of them, refusing to accept
and appreciate what they can contribute to the good
of all. Jesus calls uato be aware of the many gifts of
those around us, to honor them as blessings from
God, and do all that we can to encourage them to
develop their “talents” for good of all and the praise
of their Giver.
From: Connections, November 2014
School Doors
We will be installing new security locks for the outside
school doors located by the trophy case, the East door
and the Flag Pole door on November 17th. Anyone who
needs to get into the hall or cafeteria will need to come to
the rectory and sign out a key. The key will need to be
returned to the rectory as soon as your event or meeting
is complete. If there are any questions, please call Barb
at the rectory 481-1133.
November 16, 2014
50 - Club Meeting - Nov. 20th, 2014
Attention All Highschoolers!
The November meeting will begin with Mass for our
deceased members at 10:30 AM in church. Fr. Ron, our
pastor, will be the celebrant. The members are very
grateful to him for providing Mass for us at this special
time. Following this, the meeting will begin about 11:00
AM, then lunch and bingo will complete the afternoon.
Reservations and payment of $10.00 will continue to
be taken for our Christmas lunch to be held on our
regular meeting date of Dec. 18th. Our delicious lunch
will be catered and served by Crusoes. Only paid
reservations will be ordered and if you would like to bring
a guest, pay for the extra person at this meeting.
Receipts will be given and must be retained and returned
when you pick up your lunch. Each member is asked to
being 6 cookies for the holiday tray served for dessert.
The wonderful St. Stephen Protomartyr Children’s Choir
will provide our entertainment at the start of our
Christmas meeting which will put us in the Christmas
Our Christmas bus trip this year is a festive Chocolate,
Chocolate Plus event. It is scheduled for Weds. Dec. 3rd.
with a price of $65.00. Some people signed up in October
but we need more people to make it a go. Read all about
this fun trip, plan to come with us and bring your check to
the Nov. meeting, since the trip is less than 2 weeks
away. We will leave St. Stephen Protomartyr at 9 AM
and travel to the beautifully renovated Peabody Opera
House for a backstage tour. Then we will have lunch at
Jilly’s Cup Cake Café, including a wonderful cupcake for
dessert. Next, we begin our chocolate hunt by going to
the famous Bissinger’s Handcrafted Chocolates, and their
new candy factory for a tour, taste and purchase. The
next stop is Chocolate, Chocolates, where we will have a
few minutes to see their candy operation, sample and
buy. Lastly a stop at Merb’s Chocolates and catch the
aroma, see even ,ore chocolate, taste and plan to take
some home. We will be back at St. Stephen Protomartyr
about 4:30 PM. More info about this, lunch selections,
and details on the factory tour will be provided at the
Please remember the Food Pantry and thanks for all
the items that you bring each month. The ACE
certificates will be available for purchase and to order, as
you plan your Christmas Gifts. Park on the parish center
lot and enter through the parish center doors.
Attention all highschoolers! Join your peers at Saint
Louis Lifeteen as we explore how to prove the existence
of God. In addition to investigating proofs of God’s
existence, we will share fellowship over snacks and
games! Wednesday, Nov. 19 from 7 - 9 PM at Bishop
DuBourg High School. Questions? Contact Lauren at
314.288.8873 or [email protected]
Advent by Candlelight
Please call Mary Ellen at the rectory if you are
interested in being a hostess or a guest for our annual
Advent by Candlelight, Dec. 7.
This year it will be held on the second Sunday of Advent.
An evening of pray, song, dessert, and friends.
20 years!!
That’s how long St. Stephen
Protomartyr has had the Giving Tree!
Think of all the people we have helped in
those 20 years. You have all shown true
stewardship and demonstrated a real
example of how to bring Jesus to those in need.
The Giving Tree will be in church from Nov. 8 thru
Nov. 23. Please pick a leaf or two (or three). Return
your unwrapped items to the back of church by 11:30
AM on Sunday, Nov. 23rd. All donations will benefit St.
Martha’s Hall for Abused Women and Children and the
St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry.
Sts. Peter and Paul Soup Kitchen
We are looking for food donors for the Sts. Peter and
Paul Soup Kitchen. The parishioners of SSP provide a
dinner once a month to the homeless at Sts. Peter and
Paul Parish in Soulard. Unfortunately the count for dinners
has gone up and we have lost a few of our donors. We
need your support. The food items are assigned and you
will be notified about 10 days before your donation is to be
If you are interested or have questions, please contact:
Mary Anne Allen at 261.3143 or email her at
[email protected]
Notice….The November 30th bulletin will be sent to the
publisher on Friday, November 21. Please have your
articles for the Nov. 30 bulletin to the rectory before Nov.
St. Stephen Protomartyr Parish
Annual Turkey Bowl Soccer Game
Plan your Christmas shopping early!!
Following Thanksgiving Day Mass, please plan on
attending the Annual Turkey Bowl Soccer Game between
the 8th grade class of SSP and parents. The game will
be played on the Whitewall Field at Carondelet Park.
St. Mary Magdalen Parish 23rd Annual Holiday Arts &
Craft Fair will be Saturday, November 22nd from 9 AM - 3
PM in the former St. Mary Magdalen school building,
4323 S. Kingshighway between Bancroft and Sutherland
Ave. Approximately 40 juried crafters will present their
handcrafted items. Quilt raffle and baked goods available
and BBQ dinners will be served from 11 AM - 3 PM. For
more information, please call Cookie @ 314.832.4531.
English Tutoring Project
The Mission of the English Tutoring Project (ETP) is
to help immigrant children learn English. This year Sr.
Joan Stoverink ASC works with children at SSP whose
parents are immigrants or refugees. She provides
onsight English language tutoring. This service is
provided at no cost to the families of the students or the
schools participating in the program.
Currently ETP partners with Holy Trinity, St. Cecilia,
St. Frances Cabrini and St. Stephen Protomartyr. There
are 105 students from eleven different countries of origin
at the four schools. These countries are: Burma, Congo,
Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Liberia, Malaysia,
Mexica, Thailand and Vietnam.
The ETP newsletter recounted this success story.
“We are extremely proud of a former student from
St. John the Baptist who is now attending St. Stephen
Protomartyr school. After receiving ETP services for
over three years, she achieved language proficiency and
‘graduated’ from our program. This year, she is doing so
well at her new school that she asked to be part of the
speech team. She participated in her first meet in early
November and she did a solo. It is truly a success story
to celebrate!”
St. Vincent DePaul Thanksgiving Day
Collection and November Food Pantry Fifth
Sunday Collection
We will have our annual special Thanksgiving Day
collection to benefit our SVDP Society. Also, that
weekend of November 19 - 30 we will have our regular
Fifth Sunday weekend canned food collection. All loose
cash and change in the collection on that weekend goes
to SVDP to help our Food Pantry.
ACE Cards
There will be no ACE order the weekend of Nov. 23.
The last weekend to order cards prior to Thanksgiving
will be Nov. 16.
St. Matthias the Apostle Craft Fair
November 29
Craft Fair from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Raffles - Concession
Stand - Baked Goods - Free Gift Wrapping. Seeking
vendors producing home-crafted items. Call Rachel 314616-7914. Country Style Dinner 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM.
Choice of Chicken & Dumplings or Polish Sausage &
Sauerkraut. Adults $8; $4 ages 6-12
2014 Advent Day of Recollection
Retreats provide the soul with renewed graces,
certainly needed in today’s world, to keep us faithful and
striving for sanctity. This year, treat yourself to a day
away from the hustle and bustle and prepare for the God
who waits for you. Join Archbishop Robert Carlson and
the clergy and parishioners of the Cathedral Basilica of
St. Louis for an Advent Day of Recollection on Saturday,
December 6, 2014.
The day begins at 10:00 am and includes two spiritual
conferences led by Archbishop Carlson. Each conference
will be followed by exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
and an opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
The day will end with evening vespers at 4:30 PM and the
celebration of Mass at 5:00 PM. All conferences and
prayer will be held in the Cathedral Basilica, with a hot
lunch provided for all in Boland Hall.
This special gathering is free (good will offerings to
help offset the cost of lunch will be gratefully accepted).
Though a free event, organizers request advance
registration to properly prepare worship materials and set
up for lunch. To register or for additional information,
please contact Laura Voegelie at 314-373-8208.
You’re invited to a prayerful, holistic day of reflection for Advent, incorporating mind, body and spirit. Please join South
Grand Senior Ministry on Monday, December 1st from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at St. Anthony of
Padua parish hall, 3135 Meramec Street.
As we move into Advent, we often find ourselves doing more. Plans, commitments, get
togethers can pull us out of our normal routine and make us feel a half bubble off. Sr. Carol Orf
and Sr. Ginny Jaskiewicz, Sisters of the Most Precious Blood, will help us to get away from the
noise, busyness and stresses of life to experience God’s presence. They are co-directors of the
Sanguis Christi Spirituality Center in South St. Louis and will lead the morning reflection.
Eileen Kinsella, a certified teacher in Body-Mind Centering® and registered Somatic Movement Therapist and
Educator, will lead the afternoon reflection. Using gentle movements wrapped with an invitation to drop into awareness,
participants will deepen into reflection on the theme of balance in the Advent season.
Give yourself a few hours of self-care and enjoy this complimentary day including lunch. Please make your reservation
by calling Barb Salmo at 314-655-0554 no later than November 24th.
Is your Medicare health or drug plan still the best and most cost effective plan for you? Have your premiums gone up?
Are some of your medications not covered? Are you getting swamped with information from insurance companies?
Leigh Manalang, Senior Ministry Coordinator, will be happy to review your individual needs and show you the best
options so that you can make informed choices during Medicare Open Enrollment through December 7th. Please call
Leigh at the parish office at 481-1133 for more information.
During Open Enrollment Period, Medicare recommends that people treat their Medicare number as they do their social
security number and credit card information. People with Medicare should never give their personal information to
anyone arriving at their home uninvited or making unsolicited phone calls selling Medicare-related products or services.
Beneficiaries who believe they are a victim of fraud or identity theft should contact Medicare at 1-800-MEDICARE (1800-633-4227). More information is available at
It is a good time to start thinking about how you are going to stay warm this winter. LIHEAP is
an energy assistance program that can help you with heating bills. Applications are now
available to seniors and to persons with disabilities.
Are you eligible? You cannot have available resources in excess of $3,000. You must also
meet specific income guidelines that vary according to household size. For one person,
monthly income cannot be greater than $1,312. For a household size of two, the monthly
income limit is $1,769. To receive an application for heating assistance, please call Leigh
Manalang at 481-1133.
St. Stephen Protomartyr
Monday, November 17
8:00 AM - Liturgy of the Word with Communion
Tuesday, November 18
8:00 AM -All Members of the Wuertz Family
Wednesday, November 19
8:00 AM - Penny Burgess
Thursday, November 20
8:00 AM - All members of the Ringenbach Families
Friday, November 21
8:00 AM - Loy H. Barber
Saturday, November 22
8:00 AM - Michael Klein
4:00 PM -Our Parishioners
Sunday, November 23
8:00 AM - Special Intention
10:30 AM - Helen Marx
for our sick and recovering
Dolores Eckert - Dorothy Flippin - James Forgash
Mary Lopinot - Herb Herberts - Dan Nichols Joey Renick - Margaret Ringkamp- Bill Warren
for our homebound
Dorothy Flippin - Jeanette Holmer - Rosemary
Kobylinski - Delores & Ralph Riley - Rose Schuster
Janet Vander Pluym
for those in nursing homes
Lorraine Burke - Ellie Kearns - Henry Middendorf Cecilia Olson - Waumeda Merritt
for family members serving in the military
Joel Bruce - Derek Hirtz - Brandon Johnson
Stephen Napier - Brian Schoellhorn - Donald Shaver
Austin Smith - Mitch Sollmann - Mark Tisius Bradley Westcott
Tuesdays, after 8 am Mass: Perpetual Help
Wednesdays, 8:45 am—4:00 pm: Church is open for
Eucharistic Adoration
First Friday of the month, Holy Hour and Benediction
after the 8:00 AM Mass.
Parish Office Hours
Monday through Thursday: 8:30 AM — 4:30 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM — 3:00 PM
Closed Saturdays, Sundays, Holidays and Holy Days
Bulletin Article Deadline
Monday at 12:00 PM. prior to the weekend bulletin.
Sacramental Celebrations
Saturday evening Vigil:
4:00 PM
8:00 AM
10:30 AM (nursery available)
Monday: Liturgy of the Word with Communion
8:00 AM
Tuesday through Saturday: Mass
8:00 AM
Holy Day:
8:00 AM and 7:00 PM
Infant and Child Baptism
Baptisms are celebrated at any weekend liturgy or on the
last Sunday of the month following the 10:30 am.
Eucharist. Parents are asked to call the parish office to
arrange a Baptism.
Adult Initiation / Reception into the Catholic Church
Any adult who would like to know more about our Catholic
faith, and/or who is interested in becoming a member of the
Catholic Church, please call the parish office.
Saturdays 3:00 - 3:30 PM
Please contact one of the clergy at least six months prior to
the planned date of marriage.
Anointing of the Sick
We have a communal celebration of this sacrament at the
weekend liturgies in the fall and in the spring.
If you would like to be anointed before entering the
hospital or if you are homebound, please call the parish office.
Parish School of Religion
Parish School of Religion formal classes in our Catholic Faith
Children: 4 yrs. through 8th grade and high school
Located on the campus of St. John the Baptist Parish.
Call the PSR Director at 314-773-3070.
Church Nursery
Located in the rectory basement during 10:30 AM Mass.
Enter by way of the alley. Staffed by parents.
Children’s Liturgy of the Word
Children ages 4 through second grade are invited to participate
and hear the scriptures in a way meaningful to their age. Held
the first Sunday in September through Mother’s Day excluding
Gloria & Fred Wessels
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