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  • 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

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  • 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.

    Eucharistic Adoration

    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]

    Facebook: stfrancisstl | Twitter: @stfrancisstl

    Rectory Office Hours: M-F: 8:30 a.m.—4:30 p.m.

    Rectory Office closed everyday: 12 noon—1:00 p.m.

    CLERGY

    Reverend Anthony R. Yates

    Pastor

    [email protected]

    Reverend Kent M. Pollman

    Associate Pastor

    [email protected]

    Reverend Mr. Patrick Moser

    Transitional Deacon

    [email protected]

    Beth Bartolotta

    Principal

    [email protected]

    Ext 121

    Hannah Auer

    School Secretary

    [email protected]

    Ext 121

    Elaine Dyn

    Pre-school Secretary

    [email protected]

    Ext 132

    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

    [email protected]

    PASTORAL STAFF

    Tammy Chumley

    Coordinator of Evangelization

    [email protected]

    Ext 104

    Jeremy Boyer

    Sacred Music & Liturgical Director

    [email protected]

    Ext 107

    Hannah Auer | Youth Minister [email protected]

    Joseph Detwiler | Seminarian [email protected]

    Dominic Vahling | Seminarian [email protected]

    Michael Meinhart | Seminarian [email protected]

    PARISH STAFF

    Bill Fulhorst

    Director of Operations & Finance

    [email protected]

    Ext 142

    Pam Kemlage

    Office Receptionist

    [email protected]

    Ext 150

    Karen Higgins

    Administrative Coordinator

    [email protected]

    Ext 101

    Stacey Fister

    Communications Coordinator

    [email protected] | Ext 109

    [email protected]

  • 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

    during Lent.

    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

    prayer.

    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