Rev. Gerard R. Welsch, Pastor
Rev. Raymond Iwuji, Assisting Clergy
Rev. Matthew Ma, SJ
Deacon Paul D. Craska
Deacon John O'Hara
Cindy Meirink , Pastoral Associate
Michele Johnson, Asst. Pastoral Associate
Anita Walth, Parish Secretary
Protecting God's Children Coordinator
Jodi Toliver, Liturgical Coordinator
Sr. Celia Perez, M.E.S.T., Rectory Staff
Sr. Maria de Jesus Tovar, M.E.S.T., Rectory Staff
Julie Meinert, Housekeeping & PSR Secretary
Registration Form (fill out and return to parish office)
Celebrated for infants on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the Month at 11:45 AM.
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.
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.
This program shares the faith with our young people during the school year. They are dismissed, following the opening prayer at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday Mass, to the Church Hall.
LITURGY OF THE WORD: Children in grades 1 through 5 hear Sacred Scripture on their own level and return following the homily.
LITTLE DISCIPLES: Children ages 4 & 5 remain in the Church Hall with Ms. Eve and continue to share The Word. Parents come to the Church Hall to pick up their children.
Pastoral Ministry Office ( Located in the Parish Center)
Adult & Children's Religious Programs
Cindy Meirink, Pastoral Associate
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 ant Program layer of protection against the possibility of false accusations for those adults who are involved in our many ministries.
Anita Walth *Child Safety Coordinator* 314-434-1312 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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?
Please 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 complete the Code of Ethical Conduct for Youth Form, and return it to Anita Walth in the parish office.
Protecting God's Children Information & 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:
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
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 Accommodations and food are great.
The 2019 retreat will take place on Thursday, Oct. 3 - Sunday, Oct. 6.
If interested contact Ron Jung
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
The young people of our Parish assist the celebrant at the altar.
Dolores Hill (Bereavement) 434-0542
Doris Meyer (Luncheon) 434-3627
Peggy Bourne (Luncheon) 434-7836
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
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.
President Sharon Friedrich- 289-6101 code #2211
Pat Pellegrine 606-2518
Bill Mueller, Fr. Gerard Welsch,
Carol Cullinane, John Shaughnessy, Jr.,
Ron Jung, Bob Samuelson
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.
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 578-0784
Vice-President Dave George
Secretary, Dennis Buechter
Treasurer, Mike McNulty
Various teams of men and women give an exact counting of our offerings collected during Mass.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Barbara Brown, Toni Steiner Richard Fitzgerald,
Elaine Holtmeyer, Meridith Toler Dennis Carrino,
Mary Beth Carrino Amy Cutrell
Pamela de Garcia Cindy Meirink
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.
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
There are several ongoing activities in the parish that you are invited to support:
You Can Help!
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. With spring comes new life. Our Ladies Guild have a baby shower collection and all items collected go to new mothers who are in need.
During the month of August we have a collection for those headed back to school. There are baskets at the doors, feel free to drop off paper, scissors, crayons, back packs and anything else you feel a child might need as he/she are headed back to school.
4. Recycle: The deposit bins are located on the parking lot behind the Church
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.
6. Box Tops for Education:
Box Tops for Education is a program that allows us to buy school supplies that are used in the Parish School of Religion. The labels can be dropped off in the church lobby.