Parish Staff

Rev. Gerard R. Welsch,  Pastor

Rev. Raymond Iwuji,  Assisting Clergy

Deacon Paul D. Craska


Deacon John O'Hara

Cindy Meirink , Pastoral Associate


Michele Johnson, Asst. Patoral Associate

Anita Walth, Parish Secretary

Protecting God's Children Coordinator

Amy Smith, Music Minister
Jodi Toliver, Liturgical Ensemble

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

Saturday at 4:00PM to 4:30PM

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

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

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

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

(314) 878-6492


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 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


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

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





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

The young people of our Parish assist the celebrant at the altar.

Paul Craska, Deacon 275-4065
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

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
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
These are men and women of the parish who proclaim the Word of God at Sunday and Weekday Mass.
Paul Craska, Deacon 275-4065

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


This committee coordinates liturgical ministries and oversees the planning and preparation of sacramental celebrations.
Jodi Toliver 298-9630
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

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
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.
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
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
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 606-2518

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

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

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           
                             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

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

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

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

A. Paper Recycling
B. Aluminum Cans
C. Good used Clothes

5. 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.


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.



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