The Month of May 2018

My Friends,

Live Jesus
Many Catholics keep a custom, likely learned in elementary school, of beginning hand-written correspondence with a symbol.  At the top of the page, some will make a simple cross.  Others will write the letters – J.M.J – for Jesus, Mary, Joseph.  Still others will pen the letters – A.M.D.G. – for For the Greater Glory of God.  Someone who writes to me from time to time uses a different inscription.  At the top of the page there always appear two simple words – Live Jesus – from the writings of St. Francis de Sales.

Those words – Live Jesus – have always engaged me.  They offer a challenge!  They remind us of the dignity of all the baptized!  They present a reference point for a daily inventory of our lives in light of that mandate.

Recently I came across a prayer written by Mary Stuart – Queen of Scots – in the sixteenth century.  The prayer is a catalyst for translating into action that mandate – Live Jesus – as we correspond with the grace unleashed in the Resurrection of the Lord on Easter and to which we are heirs by Baptism.  This prayer could be a good springboard for us as the 50 days of the Easter Season moves to its culmination on Ascension Day May13th and on the Solemnity of Pentecost the following week, May 20th.

“Keep me, O God, from pettiness.  Let us be large in thought, word and deed.  Let us be done with fault-finding and leave off self-seeking.  May we put away all pretense and meet each other face to face without self-pity and without prejudice.  And, O Lord God, let us not forget to be kind.  Amen”.
The Church Begins

The Fifty Days of the Easter Season concludes on Sunday, May 20th, the Solemnity of Pentecost!  The Church is born!  The Church begins in a remote place and with an unremarkable but keen assembly of about 3000 persons who were that day baptized.  Today, the Catholic Church numbers some 1.2 billion members!

Such a difference in the world -- for good -- we are missioned to make.  Pope Francis has given us the mandate: “Show us by your lives that Christ lives”!  Can you?  Do you?  How better and more effectively should you -- daily -- demonstrate to all that you are “Alive in Christ”?
“You Did It to Me”

The 2018 Annual Catholic Appeal in the Archdiocese of St. Louis is nearing its formal conclusion.  Each year, this is the one time I appeal for your generosity. I do so because your gift to the Appeal funds “people programs” that benefit one half million children & adults in our metropolitan community without regard to race or creed. The Appeal is inspired by the Gospel-words of Jesus: “whatever you did for the least of my brothers and sisters, that you did to me”.

We have been challenged to meet this year, or surpass, our $41,650.00 gift of last year.  Last year, your generosity surpassed, by 172%, the “formula goal” set for us by the Appeal leadership!  We were first over goal among the South City Deanery parishes of the Archdiocese!

Our numbers are small, but your hearts are great.  The Appeal formally ends on Friday, June 1st. There is still a “grace period” during which gifts can still be contributed. As of today your gifts total just over $31,000 toward our $41,650 goal! We have, in my 16 years among you, never not met our goal!
Looking Up

On the cover of this bulletin, a brief item titled "The Story of this Parish Family" is included.  It is a concise synopsis of our history and details some of the most interesting details about the present church, dedicated on 4 November 1860, and in uninterrupted daily use since that day.  This church is a historic and venerable part of the patrimony of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

One additional detail, not in that story concerns the three "coats of arms" painted on the ceiling of the church.  They link the building to three of the arch/bishops who have had a significant influence here.

Look up!  The first, nearest the sanctuary, are the arms of Archbishop Peter Richard Kenrick (Archbishop from 1843 till 1895), builder of St. John's and for whom it served as his Cathedral Church.  The second, at mid-point, are the arms of Cardinal John Glennon (Archbishop from 1903 till 1946), during whose service St. John's came to be known, unofficially, as a "basilica".  It is a title no longer associated with the church.  The third, in the rear of the church, are the arms of Cardinal Joseph Ritter (Archbishop from 1946 until 1967), whose decision it was that, in the early 1960's Mill Creek Redevelopment of this center city area, St. John's would not be closed and demolished, but rather completely restored and continue to serve as a spiritual oasis in this center city area.  For each of them, and their successors, we are truly grateful for their commitment to preserving and promoting this parish.

A more detailed story of the church and the parish is available, too, at the church entrances.  It is in the recently produced brochure titled The Pro Cathedral of Saint John Apostle & Evangelist - A Brief History of a Parish Family.  It is good reading.  It is a catalyst for appreciating better not just the building but the legacy that is ours and our privilege of preserving and promoting it confident that ours is a future full of hope!

In Brief
On Sunday, May 27, at 12 noon we will celebrate the baptism of Johnathan Felix Uhlmeyer, first-born of former parishioners Michael and Patricia Uhlmeyer.  Proof-positive, in flesh and blood, Johnathan is, of the age-old intuition of the Church that “love creates life”!

Thanks be to God for the birth of Evelyn Marie Weber, second child of Adam and Jessica Weber, on 4 May 2018.  We look forward to her baptism and welcoming her as the newest member of our parish family.

On Saturday, July 28th, Stephen Rehagen, former parishioner and EMHC at weekend Masses, and his fiancée, Natalie Upchurch, will celebrate their marriage here.  God grant them grace abounding to live the truth that “love never counts, love alone counts”.

We keep in prayer Mers Clifford as she recuperates from knee replacement surgery. May God give her grace and peace. During Mers’ convalescence, Nettie Moore will be in the Parish Office Monday thru Friday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Monsignor Delaney