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St. Anselm Parish Family Mass
No Family Mass on March 16th due to the Parkway Spring Break schedule. Please join us on March 23rd at 10:00 A.M. in the Parish Centre Worship Space. All are welcome!
Life in the Spirit Seminar
Remaining dates are: March 24, 31; April 7, 14, 2014
7:00 P.M. in the Parish Centre
Please join us at the third session, New Life, on Monday, March 24th, which centers on the promise of new life in Jesus. We will hear of the goodness of the gift that is being offered to us. The baptism of Jesus is our model for a vital relationship with the Lord and Giver of Life. Our presenters, Rev. John Horn, S.J. and Cheryl Nelson, will share with us the significance of the gifts, fruits and charisms of the Holy Spirit in our daily lives.
It’s not too late to attend! If interested, please contact Linda Borchardt by phone at 314.878.2120 or by email or just come that night. Please bring your Bible to the Seminar.
The remaining presentations are as follows:
March 24 – New Life – Rev. John Horn, S.J., President & Rector of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary/Cheryl Nelson
March 31 – Receiving God’s Gifts – Dr. John Gresham/Anne Hruz
April 7 – Receive the Holy Spirit – Rev. Michael Brunner, O.S.B./Deacon Charlie Durban
April 14 – Growth/Transformation – Jane Guenther/Pat Golden
Just in Time for Lent: Fr. Gerard’s New Book
Fr. Gerard has recently published a book of poetry with one prose piece entitled The Sacred, The Profane, The Hodiamont.
In the preface for the book, Fr. Gerard writes:
The world is charged with the grandeur of God. The words of the poet Gerard Manley Hopkins make the point that the things of this world, the profane, are actually sacred because all Creation bears the imprint of their Creator. God’s presence, his glory and wonder can be found not only in the Eucharist but also in the profane, in a jazz piece by Miles Davis, in the game of basketball, on a lonely road in Ireland, in flawed and improbable creatures such as ourselves. St. Benedict realized that the author of Creation was present in the things of this world and so he insisted in his Rule that even the tools of the monastery should be treated with as great care and respect as one would treat the sacred vessels of the altar. These poems manifest the hand of God not only in what we would deem sacred but also in the profane, the mundane, for, as novelist Georges Bernanos noted, indeed, Grace is everywhere.
To see the article about Fr. Gerard and his book, please visit the Saint Louis Priory School website article at www.priory.org..
Archdiocesan Lenten Regulations
All Fridays in Lent are days of abstinence from meat. Catholics will not hold themselves lightly excused, but if there is a serious health problem, this obligation would not apply. We should strive to make all days of Lent a time of prayer and penance.
Lenten Stations of the Cross
Each Friday in Lent, St. Anselm Parish will have Stations of the Cross at 6:00 P.M. in the Parish Centre Worship Space. The Stations on March 14th will be led by Linda Borchardt, Pastoral Minister at St. Anselm.
The Stations on April 4th will begin at 4:30 p.m. and will be designed for families with children and will be led by Dotty Sanning.
On Good Friday, April 18th, Stations of the Cross will be in the Abbey Church at the usual time of 12:00 NOON.
Please join us for a prayerful and meditative Lenten practice.
Lenten Recipes and Local Fish Fries
Lenten Reconciliation Opportunities
In addition to the regular Reconciliation services as listed in the St. Anselm Parish Lenten schedule, St. Anselm will offer two unique opportunities for the sacrament of Reconciliation this Lent. The Archdiocesan Reconciliation initiative, The Light is ON for You, will be available at St. Anselm Parish on March 27th in the Abbey Church from 6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. Archbishop Carlson is strongly encouraging all Catholics to take advantage of these special times and places to be fully reconciled with God at confession. For a full listing of all the parishes, times, and locations, please visit the Archdiocesan website www.archstl.org.
On April 9th at 7:15 P.M. in the Abbey Church, St. Anselm Parish will have our annual Lenten Reconciliation service. This service lasts approximately one hour and consists of scripture readings, examination of conscience, reflection and multiple confessors as well as beautiful music and hymns to begin and end the service as well as during the time for Reconciliation. We invite all parishioners to join us for this special, prayerful, sacramental time with the Lord and our fellow worshipers. We also welcome everyone to pray in a special way for family members, friends, colleagues and neighbors who are alienated from the Church or who are inactive in the practice of their faith.