Notes from Our Pastor

































Our Pastor, Father John Brennell, with his loyal companion Malcolm.


Sunday October 15

Dear Parishioners:

Thanks to all who shared their gifts for planning and hard work to prepare our Fall
Festival last Saturday and supported the effort in any way, (the baked goods kept
showing up at the rectory door and were so tempting)! What a great day it was to
gather with fellow parishioners, friends and neighbors!
Thanks for those who organized and brought our parish golfers together for the golf
tournament this Saturday. We have reason to be grateful for so many parishioners
who share their time and talent to bring us together, socially and spiritually!

Please mark your calendar with upcoming reasons to gather!
Blessing of Animals, Saturday October 21st.
Fried Chicken Dinner, Sunday November 5th.
Men's ACTS Retreat, Thursday evening November 30th to Sunday December 3rd.

And for anyone who is experiencing the loss of a loved one and is looking for
spiritual and emotional support, remember the Grief Share program has begun on
Monday evenings. It is not too late to come. You can contact Sr. Pat and she will be
able to assist you!

Again, thanks to all who care so generously for our parish community and help us
become the "Living Stones" of the church that God calls us to be!

In Christ,
Fr. John


Sunday October 8

Dear Parishioners,

This Wednesday, October 11th is the feast of Pope St. John XXIII. I've always had a great
affection for this simple, compassionate and good humored priest. After his death a copy of a
journal of his spiritual notes and reflections, "Journal of a Soul" was published. He began to
keep the journal when he was only 14 years old and continued until a few months before his
death at age 81! The Journal is still in print and opens a window into the soul of a man who
would lead the church.
In the sermon at his canonization the following words from his journal "Only for Today" were
read. I try to read them daily as a guide to living close to Jesus! It is in that spirit that I offer
them to you!

Only for today, I will seek to live my day positively, without trying to solve the problems of my
life all at once.
Only for today, I will be happy in the certainty that I was created to be happy, not only in the
next world, but also in this one.
Only for today, I will do one good deed and not tell anyone about it.
Only for today, I will make a plan for myself: I may not follow it to the letter, but I will make it.
And I will guard against haste and indecision.
Only for today, I will firmly believe, despite appearance, that the good Providence of God cares
for me as if I were the only person in the world.
Only for today, I will have no fears. In particular,
I will not be afraid to enjoy what is beautiful!.

Lord, help and sustain your people by the prayers of Saint John XXIII.
May his example of goodness and simplicity of heart renew in us the power of your mercy
and love.
May his prayers help us to follow Christ more faithfully and spend our lives in loving
service to others.
(Opening prayer for the feast of St. John XXIII.)

Blessings on this new week!
Fr. John

Our Pastor, Father John Brennell, with his loyal companion, Malcolm.


Sunday October 1

Dear parishioners: 

Looking forward to seeing you all at the Fall Festival next Saturday. Along with praying for good weather, make sure you invite neighbors and family and friends. Go ahead and put it on Facebook, text it, tweet it. Make sure friends of the parish know we are gathering! 

 Because of the Fall Festival there will be no confessions scheduled for Saturday October 7th!   Good news and a big thank you! The Beyond Sunday Campaign has raised over $ 104.6 million dollars to help support the future of Catholic Education in our Archdiocese. For the 2017-2018 school year, $1.8 million has been awarded to 1,520 students attending 124 elementary and high schools. Because of your generosity to the Beyond Sunday Campaign, the parish will soon receive over $15,000, and Holy Cross Academy has received a large grant to help incorporate STREAM principles into the curriculum. 

 The Good News continues! You may have read in the St. Louis Review and the St. Louis Post dispatch that the Annual Catholic Appeal, which funds many of the charitable outreach efforts in our Archdiocese, has exceeded its goal. You consistent support was part of the part of its success! Not only did we exceed our parish goal of $46,915, but we also surpassed the challenge goal of $72,411. A special thanks to the 40 new donors to the campaign. Exceeding the goal on a parish and Archdiocesan level helps Catholic Charities, the Pro-Life Apostolate, Catholic Family Services, The Archdiocesan Prison Ministry and so many other doing outreach in St. Louis, to serve even more people. What generous hearts the people of Seven Holy Founders have!   

See you around one of the Food Trucks next Saturday at the Fall Festival! 
PS I will be out of town Monday, October 2nd, returning Friday, October 6th. 

 In Christ!
Fr. John 







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