The Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA) begins the weekend of April 16/17 in the Archdiocese of St. Louis. It is
very inspiring to witness the generosity of people each year to this campaign, which benefits literally
thousands of people throughout the Archdiocese. The funds raised through the ACA provide critical
support for charitable, educational, and pastoral programs. Just one example is the Doorways program,
which helps people with HIV/Aids. Ms. Pat Plumley, Chief Program Officer for Doorways, will speak
next weekend at all the Masses about how the ACA helped to get Doorways started and continues to provide needed support.
I would also encourage you to watch the ACA video below. It presents a beautiful portrait of how lives are changed
for the better by your generosity. Please visit the gathering space this weekend (or the next two weekends) to fill out your
ACA pledge card. Sometimes it may seem as if requests for our assistance are unending, from so
many worthwhile charities. Nevertheless we know that as good stewards of God’s gifts we have to respond in some way.
Prayerfully consider what you can do especially if you have never contributed to the ACA. This appeal
is an effective way to reach so many people. Thank you for supporting the ACA. Special thanks to our
parishioner, Tom Havrilka, for chairing the committee again this year and to all our volunteers.
Msg. Vernon Gardin
Sat. 8:00 & 5:00 pm Sun. 7:30, 9:30*, 11:30 am & 5:00 pm *Sun. 9:30 a.m. (includes Children's Liturgy) Weekday Masses: M-Tu & Th-F 6:30 & 8:00 am Wednesday at 6:30 & 8:45 am (During the school year)
Church: 8900 Clayton Rd., St. Louis, MO 63117 School: 8910 Clayton Rd., St. Louis, MO 63117