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Dear Friends,

The season of Advent is a welcome gift that helps us experience the spiritual meaning of the Christmas season: Jesus Christ Himself. The joy of this holy time comes from the grace which the Lord gives us, the grace of His very life within us. Try coming to daily morning Mass during Advent; read the Scripture readings the night before as part of your prayer. (It’s easy now with our “ParishApp.”) Spend some time in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament , either here at Immacolata (open till 3:00 weekdays) or at the beautiful Carmelite monastery nearby (open till 8:00 every night). Through our parish “ministry of charity” there are many opportunities to help people in need—works of mercy which imitate the merciful love of the Christ Child to the world. Advent prepares us to celebrate the birth of Jesus in history; it awakens us to be ready for His coming at the end of time or at any unexpected moment; it opens our hearts to receive Him each day. Through repent ance from sin, especially in the Sacrament of Reconciliation , we receive Christ’s unlimited mercy, forgiveness, and love. A spiritual Advent will bring us a spiritual Christmas.

WHAT IS A PARISH MISSION? It is three nights to come together to pray and learn as a parish community and to have our faith revived!

Join Immacolata’s parish-wide celebration of faith with Father David Meconi, S.J., who will lead the Parish Mission next March 5, 6, and 7—Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday evenings, the first week of Lent, 2017. Many of you already know Fr. Meconi from Mass here the last couple years. We are grateful for his inspiring, exciting homilies, his personal faith, and knowledge of Scripture and Church teaching. Each evening will be one hour long, beginning at 7:00 p.m. in Church. There will be time for silent prayer, instruction from Fr. Meconi, Benediction, and then an opportunity for receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Mark your calendars; more information will follow.

One another topic, our country has just finished a contentious election season, (not the first in our nation’s history). Below is a beautiful prayer composed by our first President, George Washington , in 1783. His prayer reminds us how much we depend on God’s grace, not just on our own human efforts. As Washington himself said very often, a democracy is unique in that it needs the presence of religion and morality to insure its survival.

“Almighty God; We make our earnest prayer that Thou wilt keep the United States in Thy holy protection; that Thou wilt incline the hearts of the citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to government; and entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another and for their fellow citizens of the United States at large. And finally that Thou wilt most graciously be pleased to dispose us all to do justice, to love mercy and to demean ourselves with that charity, humility, and pacific temper of mind which were the characteristic s of the Divine Author of our blessed religion, and without a humble imitation of whose example in these things we can never hope to be a happy nation. Grant our supplication, we beseech Thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”

Msgr. Vernon Gardin

Mass Times

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)

Contact Us

Church:
8900 Clayton Rd., St. Louis, MO 63117
School:
8910 Clayton Rd., St. Louis, MO 63117

314-991-5700
contactus@immacolata.org
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