Parish Staff

Rev. Gerard R. Welsch,  Pastor

Rev. Raymond Iwuji,  Assisting Clergy


Deacon Paul D. Craska

Cindy Meirink , Pastoral Associate

 

Amy Cutrell, Youth Mass Coordinator
 

Anita Walth, Parish Secretary

Amy Smith, Music Minister
Jodi Toliver, Liturgical Ensemble


Sr. Maria de Jesus Tovar, M.E.S.T., Rectory Staff

Sr. Trini Fuerte, M.E.S.T., Rectory Staff

Karl F. Buhr, Jr., Maintenance
Jack Stirling, Maintenance

Julie Meinert, Housekeeping & PSR Secretary

Registration Form (fill out and return to parish office)

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Reconciliation
Saturday at 4:00PM to 4:30PM
Baptisms

Celebrated for infants on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the Month at 11:45 AM.

Marriage
Arrangements for Weddings should be made at least six months in advance.
Call Father Welsch to make an appointment.
Devotions

Perpetual Help Devotions Every Tuesday following 7:00 a.m. Mass
Stations of the Cross Every Friday during Lent at 3:30 p.m.
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament Every Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Celebration of the Anointing of the Sick
The letter of St. James states that the sick are to be anointed especially those members of the Church whose health is seriously impaired by sickness or old age. Communal celebration of this sacrament will be held at special times throughout the year.

Religious Education for Children

PARISH SCHOOL OF RELIGION (PSR)
St. John Bosco Parish School of Religion presents our Catholic Faith accurately and consistently so that our students may foster their faith and relationship with the Lord. They are prepared to live in a community of faith committed to the Gospel values. Many opportunities for prayer, Eucharist, Reconciliation, and study of the Scripture enhance their ongoing relationship with God. Students are taught a respect for all persons and living things and are instructed about social justice, peace, and concerns for the Lord’s little ones. The Parish School of Religion tries to accomplish these tasks always assisting the parents in their role as primary educator.

LITURGY OF THE WORD WITH CHILDREN
This program shares the faith with our young people, grades 1 through 5 during the school year. They are dismissed following the opening prayer at Mass to the Church Hall during 10:30 a.m. Sunday Mass and return following the homily. They hear Sacred Scripture at their level and share it.
Eve Hindrichs, Coordinator 205-9499
edb809@yahoo.com

Pastoral Ministry Office ( Located in the Parish Center)

Adult & Children's Religious Programs

Cindy Meirink, Pastoral Associate

(314) 878-6492

Email: cindy.meirink@stjohnboscostl.com

          amy.cutrell@stjohnboscostl.com

 

Office of Child and Youth Protection

Safe Environment Program

Protecting God's Children 

St. John Bosco Parish follows the Archdiocese of St. Louis Safe Environment Program (Protecting God's Children).  The program is designed to 

help protect the yourth, elderly, and the vulnerable adults of our parish as they participate in activities within our community. This process also provides a layer of protection against the possibility of false accusations for those adults who are involved in our many ministries.

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Anita Walth    *Child Safety Coordinator*  314-434-1312   or   anita.walth@stjohnboscostl.com

 

Victims of sexual abuse, in addition to contacting civil authorities, are asked to come forward in order to receive

pastoral assistance. Reports of abuse may be made to any Pastor or to:  

Sandra Price, Executive Director - Office of Child & Yourth Protection   314-792-7271 or    sandraprice@archstl.org

Missouri Department of Social Services

Children's Division Hotline Reporting Number:      1-800-392-3738   

 

I need to take a Protecting God's Children workshop. How do I find one?

To see schedules for workshops at parishes and organizations, go to the VIRTUS site, click on the down arrow in the box, scroll to and select St. Louis, MO. (Archdiocese), then cleck the Select button.

 

I have taken a Protecting God's Children workshop. What is the next step?

Pleease make sure that you have turned in a completed Workers Registration Form and the last page of the Code of Ethical Conduct called Commitment to Ethical Conduct Form to Anit Walth at the parish office. If you have lived outside od Missouri within the last five years, please complete the American Checked Form. Please return all forms to Anita Walth in the St. John Bosco Parish office.

 

I am a teen and would like to volunteer. What do I need to do?

If you are under 18 years old or still in high school, and wish to volunteer at St. John Bosco  Church, please complet the Code of Ethical Conduct for Youth Form, and return it to Anita Walth in the parish office.

 

Protecting God's ChildrenInformation & Forms

 

Code of Ethical Conduct Booklet

Workers Registration Form

Commitment to Ethical Conduct Form

American Checked Form

Virtus Registration Instructions 

Code of Ethical Conduct for Youth Form

 

Missouri Department of Social Services Children's Division Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline:   1-800-392-3738

For additional information related to reporting incidents of suspected abuse, please refer to the Archdiocese of St. Louis: Policy, Procedures, and Guidelines on Child Abuse and Neglect Report or contact: Office of Child and Yourth Protection:  314-792-7704

Archdiocese of St.Louis

 

   

 

 

 

SMALL GROUPS

 

Our small groups offer an opportunity to learn and grow in faith through the study and the sharing of Biblical themes. Sessions are offered yearly in the fall and during Lent.

 

Contact the Pastoral Ministry Office at 314-878-6492

 

Men's Annual White House Jesuit Retreat

The White House Jesuit retreat is a three day silent retreat based upon the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola. It is held on 75 acres of beautiful grounds on the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River. The Retreat will start on Thursday  evening and end around noon on Sunday.

 

St John Bosco 's Retreat is always in the fall of the year. the weather is generally spectacular.

 

The Retreat consists of presentations, and plenty of time to yourself to rest , walk, think, pray, get away from the day to day rat race and do whatever you feel like.

 

The Accommocations and food are great.

 

This year the Retreat will take place on Thursday,  Oct. 4 - Sunday,  Oct. 7. 2018

 

A small Men's Prayer Group for fellowship, discussion and prayer, has formed and meets on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month at 7:00 a.m. in the Bosco Room. All men of the parish are invited. 

 

Please contact John O'Hara at (314) 805-4888 for more information

 

 

 

 

RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS
RCIA is the process whereby adults are initiated into the Church. The process begins in September and continues for several weeks after reception/entrance in the Christian Community at the Easter Vigil. The group meets every Wednesday evening from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Parish Center except during Lent.
Fr. Gerard Welsch 434-1312
Ministerial Organizations
ALTAR SERVERS
The young people of our Parish assist the celebrant at the altar.
Paul Craska, Deacon 275-4065
BEREAVEMENT COMMITTEE AND LUNCH COMMITTEE
The members of these groups offer support and comfort to the families of parishioners who have died. They visit the funeral home, arrange for a Mass to be celebrated at a later date, and offer whatever assistance the family may need. They also arrange for a lunch following the funeral if the family wishes this service. There is an extensive list of parishioners who very generously contribute a dish when called.
Dolores Hill (Bereavement) 434-0542
Doris Meyer (Luncheon) 434-3627
Peggy Bourne (Luncheon) 434-7836
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS
Men and women of the parish who help distribute the Sacred Body and Precious Blood at Sunday and weekday Mass. Some take Holy Communion to the homebound on Sunday morning.
Paul Craska, Deacon 275-4065
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS
The Knights of Columbus is an international fraternal order of Catholic men with an emphasis on family and service. The Cardinal Ritter Council is the local organization that meets at St. Monica Church.
Bill Smith 439-9893
LECTORS
These are men and women of the parish who proclaim the Word of God at Sunday and Weekday Mass.
Paul Craska, Deacon 275-4065

LITURGICAL ENSEMBLE
The Liturgical Ensemble provides the music at the 10:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday. It features many and various musical instruments that accompany the inspirational music that is sung by the choir. Anyone with the talent of playing an instrument or of singing is invited to join this group.

Jodi Toliver 298-9630

 

LITURGY COMMITTEE
This committee coordinates liturgical ministries and oversees the planning and preparation of sacramental celebrations.
Jodi Toliver 298-9630
MINISTERS OF HOSPITALITY/USHERS
Our group offers a competitive SALARY and BENEFITS! Your salary is satisfaction and your benefits are heavenly! These men and women greet people as they enter and leave Church, distribute bulletins, take up the collection, straighten and tidy up Church before and after each Mass and take care of a variety of other tasks at the weekend liturgies. We need NEW members to join our FUN group! To start your SALARY and BENEFITS contact:
David George 519-1556
drgeorge1556@sbcglobla.net

MUSIC MINISTRY
The music ministry provides music during the Sunday liturgies as well as at various liturgical functions at the parish during the year. The traditional choir sings at the 5 p.m. Mass. Musicians and singers are always welcome.

Amy Smith, Music Minister 439-9893
wgmsmith@hotmail.com
PRO-LIFE
This group keeps before us, in so many different ways, the sacredness and beauty of all human life from the first moment of conception until the moment when we take our last breath. Be it by signing letters to our congress people asking them to uphold the sanctity of life, or by donating to the Life Line Coalition Collection, or by purchasing a rose on Pro-Life Sunday, the Pro-Life Committee does the all-important job of helping us to respect life.
SACRISTANS
These women give the Church a weekly light cleaning, wash and iron the linens, clean and polish the sacred vessels, care for the plants, straighten and keep neat the pew racks, and a variety of other chores. They meet every Friday morning at 9 a.m.
Maria Brose 878-8674
ST. VINCENT DEPAUL SOCIETY
The St. Vincent DePaul Society responds to people in crisis with emergency assistance of all kinds. They sponsor the monthly Food Drive for St. Elizabeth, Mother of St. John the Baptist Parish, the Giving Tree and Back to School Supplies.

President Sharon Friedrich-     289-6101   code #2211

 

Parish Support Organizations
CENTURY CLUB
The Century Club is one of the parish’s longest standing and most rewarding fundraisers. A $100 membership entitles you to a chance each month to win a $100 prize. On the Saturday before Ash Wednesday members are invited to a catered dinner with open bar. This annual event features a drawing for a $1,000 grand prize and a $500 prize. The Century Club is looking for members who would like to join the fun and enjoy a gala event with friends and neighbors. For additional information contact:
Pat Pellegrine 576-4605
FINANCE COMMITTEE
This committee meets regularly to assist in the financial operations of the parish. Each year a financial report on the status of the parish is made available to every member of the parish.

Bill Mueller, Fr. Gerard Welsch,
Carol Cullinane, John Shaughnessy, Jr.,
Ron Jung, Bob Samuelson

LADIES’ GUILD
The Ladies’ Guild meets the 4th Tuesday of the month in the Bosco Room to plan activities of a social and religious nature for the entire parish. Their Quilt Bingo, Christmas Bazaar and Birthright Shower are just some of the activities which the parish looks forward to and enjoys.

Treasurer Maria Brose

MEN’S CLUB
The Men's Club is a very active group in the Parish. This group has put on the World Famous Fish Fry the last thirty plus years. they have allowed the parish to keep the faciilities in great shape due to their financial support. Throughout the year they schedule other social events. All men of the parish are invited to join this group. Meetings are held on the 1st Tuesday of the month. 8:00 P.M. in the Bosco Room

 

President,              Pete Pellegrine                            576-4605
Vice-President       Dave George

Secretary,              Dennis Buechter
Treasurer,              Mike McNulty

MONEY COUNTERS
Various teams of men and women give an exact counting of our offerings collected during Mass.

PARISH COUNCIL
The Parish Council is a representative body that meets to establish policies and set goals relating to St. John Bosco Parish. Its mission is to actively reach out to all members of the parish family and welcome and encourage involvement so that others will be drawn to Christ.

President-Lou Stamm (636) 487-2155 louisstamm@sbcglobal.net
                             Barbara Brown,                                   Toni Steiner                                          Richard Fitzgerald, 
                             Elaine Holtmeyer,                                Meridith Toler                                      Dennis Carrino,
                             Mary Beth Carrino                               Amy Cutrell                                          Tim Hunt

                             Pamela de Garcia                                 Cindy Meirink                                       Beverly Hunt

Ex Officio members
Fr. Gerard Welsch
Paul Craska, Deacon

ST. JOHN BOSCO QUILTERS
The quilters of the parish make these beautiful works of art for the Ladies’ Guild Quilt Social. They meet in the Parish Center on Wednesdays 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.   All ladies are welcome to come in and give it a try.  Never quilted before that's ok. They enjoy sharing this art to those interested.

Doris Meyer 434-3627

ST. JOHN BOSCO SENIORS
-This group is for people 60 years and older and meets the 3rd Thursday of the month in the Bosco Room at 2:00 p.m. to plan activities of a social and religious nature.
Bernie Gallagher               314-392-9353                                                                                                                                         

Prayer Shawl Ministries

Vounteers, make the prayer Shawls/Lap Blankets. They are free.

However, if you would like to contribute to this ministry, the money will be used to purchase more material.  We are always looking for those who would like to knit or crochet to help out.  All shawls are prayed for as they are made and blessed when completed. 

Diana Buechter    576-4689      

 

Other Organizations

ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
The members of the Athletic Association plan and oversee the sports of T-ball, softball, baseball, basketball, soccer, and golf for the young people of the parish and the community from grades K through high school. In all of their sports the Christian virtues of fair play and sportsmanship are always primary. In addition to the sports program of over 400 young people, many fund raising activities are held and work details organized.
President Chris Skiles
Secretary Cathy Light
Treasurer Christine Hull
You Can Help!
There are several ongoing activities in the parish that you are invited to support:
1. On the first Sunday of the month, the St. Vincent de Paul Society collects canned goods, which are delivered to St. Elizabeth Parish in north St. Louis for distribution to the needy.
2. Each Christmas the parish hosts a giving tree in which parishioners are invited to take an ornament off the tree that denotes a gift needed at St. Augustine Wellston Center such as an alarm clock, sweat shirt, and educational toy. Bosco parishioners place the unwrapped gifts under the tree, and in early December, members of our St. Vincent de Paul Society deliver them to the Wellston Center, where clients of the center purchase the gifts at a greatly reduced cost to give to family members.
3. Recycle: The deposit bins are located on the parking lot behind the Church
A. Paper Recycling
B. Aluminum Cans
C. Good used Clothes
4. E-script:
Grocery purchases from Schnucks using your E-Script card benefits St. Vincent de Paul Society. To get an E-script card, visit the Customer Service Counter at Schnucks. Follow instructions and register the card with your charity of choice (i.e. St. John Bosco). Each time you make purchases at Schnucks, hand the cashier the card to swipe. Schnucks donates a percentage of the transaction to your charity. For St. John Bosco, all funds are donated to the St. Vincent de Paul Society.
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