Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis | Our parish exists to give Glory to God
4556 Telegraph Road, St. Louis, MO 63129 | sfastl.org | 314-487-5736
If you are new to the area, we look forward to meeting you personally.
We pray that through our worship, you may experience the depth of
God’s love for us. To become a member, please e-mail the rectory
office at [email protected] or register online at www.sfastl.org
(click on the Contact tab and select Register With Us). We hope that
you find a home here among friends who pray together, work together
and play together.
If you have not been active in the practice of the Catholic Faith, we
encourage you to return. If you would like to speak with someone on
the parish staff, please do not hesitate to contact any one of us.
If a previous marriage has kept you from receiving the Sacraments, we
invite you to contact one of the priests. In many cases we can work with
you toward a favorable solution so you can again receive the
Sacraments in the Catholic Church.
Saturdays 7:45 a.m. / 4:00 p.m.
Sundays 7:00 a.m. / 9:00 a.m. / 11:00 a.m.
Weekdays Monday-Friday 6:00 a.m. / 7:45 a.m.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Sunday: 8:15 a.m.—9:00 a.m.
Saturday: 2:45 p.m.—3:45 p.m.
Friday: 5:30 p.m.—6:30 p.m.
St. Anthony Devotions
Tuesday after the 6:00 a.m. and 7:45 a.m. Mass.
Monday—Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Sacrament of Baptism Attendance at a Baptismal Preparation Class is required prior to Baptism. Classes
are held the 1st Thursday of the month in the Rectory Meeting Room. Please call
the rectory or visit our website to register.
Sacrament of the Eucharist and Confirmation For those who have been baptized Catholic or wish to enter the Catholic Church, sessions in the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is required. For more
information contact Linda Pudlowski (314) 799 9744.
Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick If you or a loved one is seriously sick and would like a visit from one of the
parish priests, please call the rectory to request a visit. Due to privacy laws, hospitals no longer call to notify churches of parishioners who are ill so we need
to be notified by a family member.
Sacrament of Marriage The Archdiocesan Preparation Program requires a minimum of six months
before your expected wedding date for spiritual study, instruction and discussion. Contact the rectory office to begin your preparation.
Sacrament of Holy Orders and Vowed Religious Life If you are interested in learning more about a vocation to the priesthood or
consecrated life, please contact one of the parish priests or the Archdiocesan
Vocations Office at stlvocations.org.
Holy Communion for the Homebound Anyone in our parish who is homebound who would like to receive Holy Communion please contact the rectory to make arrangements.
St. Vincent de Paul Society Helpline 314-289-6101 Ext 2232
FORMED – The Catholic Faith. On Demand. www.formed.org | Parishioner code: W3EFPT
Parish Library Open Saturdays after 4 p.m. Mass, Sundays after 9 & 11 a.m. Masses,
and Monday from 4:30-6:30 p.m. during the school year or by appointment.
Donna Spaulding | [email protected]
4556 Telegraph Rd, St. Louis, MO 63129
Phone: 314-487-5736 | Fax: 314-487-3701
www.sfastl.org | [email protected]
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Rectory Office Hours: M-F: 8:30 a.m.—4:30 p.m.
Rectory Office closed everyday: 12 noon—1:00 p.m.
Reverend Anthony R. Yates
Reverend Kent M. Pollman
Reverend Mr. Patrick Moser
Karen Weber | CRE [email protected] | Ext 129
Facility requests: [email protected]
Announcements for bulletin & pulpit are due by Monday at 12 noon.
Bulletin announcements: [email protected]
Pulpit announcements: [email protected]
4550 Telegraph Road, St. Louis, MO 63129
Phone: 314-487-5736, Ext 121 | Fax: 314-416-7118
Coordinator of Evangelization
Sacred Music & Liturgical Director
Hannah Auer | Youth Minister [email protected]
Joseph Detwiler | Seminarian [email protected]
Dominic Vahling | Seminarian [email protected]
Michael Meinhart | Seminarian [email protected]
Director of Operations & Finance
[email protected] | Ext 109
May we always keep in mind that this parish exists to give glory to God in all we do
and for each one of us to be sanctified in our lives. St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us.
We continue to pray for those of our Parish who will be baptized at the Easter Vigil. This past weekend and today and next weekend,
the Elect will go through the Scrutinies. The initiation rites of the third, fourth, and fifth Sundays of Lent don’t have the most
comforting of names. On these days we engage the elect in rites and prayers called scrutinies and exorcisms. The first connotes
probing and critical examination of one’s life, and the second—well, let’s just say many of us have had nightmares because of what
Hollywood thinks exorcisms look like. Yet if we understand the history of these initiation rites, we’ll see that they are both more
pastoral and comforting than we may think.
What does this mean for us then? I think the scrutinies give us three points to remember:
The scrutinies and their accompanying exorcisms are a series of rites that cannot be condensed in time; they need time “to
work.” Nor should we diminish their ritual symbols of silence, posture, litany, and hand laying.
The scrutinies focus as much on the grace of God as on the sin of humanity. We can’t truly call a scrutiny a Christian rite of
initiation unless our self-searching leads to acknowledgment and praise of Christ who saves us.
The scrutinies are for the elect, not for the baptized, for we believe that baptism matters. That is, when one is baptized, one is
freed from the power of sin. The baptized are no longer enslaved by Satan. Those who have not yet entered the waters of the
font are still vulnerable; they have not yet been clothed with Christ; they have not yet been reborn as new creations. That is why
those who have already been released from the devil’s grip are able to pray these scrutinies and exorcisms for the elect.
During times when we wish to express repentance and especially during Lent, it is customary to pray the seven penitential psalms.
They are Psalm 6, 32, 38, 51, 102, 130, & 143. The penitential designation of these psalms dates from the seventh century.
Prayerfully reciting these psalms will help us to recognize our sinfulness, express our sorrow and ask for God’s forgiveness.
Q. I've noticed that restaurants
and grocery stores advertise
specials on expensive types of
fish and seafood on Fridays
during Lent. Some of my
Catholic friends take advantage
of these deals, but somehow I
don't feel right treating myself
to the lobster special on Fridays
A. While fish, lobster and other
shellfish are not considered meat
and can be consumed on days of
abstinence, indulging in the
lavish buffet at your favorite
seafood place sort of misses the
point. Abstaining from meat and
other indulgences during Lent is a
penitential practice. On the
Fridays of Lent, we remember the
sacrifice of Christ on Good Friday
and unite ourselves with that
sacrifice through abstinence and
We have had many faith growing opportu-
nities recently at St. Francis and the
mission was a great start of Lent. Many of
you may be wondering how to keep the fire
going since the mission. You are encour-
aged to attend a couple hours reflecting on
the mission and asking God in what ways