Rev. Gerard R. Welsch, Pastor
Rev. William Kester, Priest in Residence
Rev. Raymond Iwuji, Assisting Clergy
Deacon Paul D. Craska
Cindy Meirink , Pastoral Associate
Amy Cutrell, Bulletin Editor
Anita Walth, Office Staff
Amy Smith, Music Minister
Jodi Toliver, Liturgical Ensemble
Sr. Maria de Jesus Tovar, M.E.S.T., Rectory Staff
Sr. Teodora Calvelo Guerra, M.E.S.T., Rectory Staff
Karl F. Buhr, Jr., Maintenance
Jack Stirling, Maintenance
Julie Meinert, Housekeeping
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 12:45 PM.
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 11:00 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 9:30 a.m. Sunday Mass
and return following the homily. They hear Sacred Scripture at their level and share it.
Eve Hindrichs, Coordinator 205-9499
Pastoral Ministry Office ( Located in the Parish Center)
Adult & Children's Religious Programs
Cindy Meirink, Pastoral Associate
Religious Education for Adults
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
A small Men's Prayer Group for fellowship, discussion and prayer, has formed and meets on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month at 7:00 a.m. in the Bosco Room. All men of the parish are
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
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
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
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 11:30 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.
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:
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 9:30 a.m. Mass. The 5 p.m. vigil Mass on Saturday usually has keyboard and a cantor. Cantors help by singing the psalm and leading the assembly at most weekend and holyday Masses. Musicians and singers are always welcome.
Amy Smith, Music Minister email@example.com
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
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 Mary Haselbauer
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 576-4605
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 Church Hall 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 meets the 1st Tuesday of the month in the Bosco room at the Parish Center. They have furnished the kitchen in the Parish Center and sponsor the World Famous Fish Fries.
President, Pete Pellegrine 576-4605
Vice-President, Dave George
Secretary, Dennis Buechter
Treasurer, Don Yeargain
On Monday morning, 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, Richard Fitzgerald, Tim Hunt,
Elaine Holtmeyer, Violet Kelly, Beverly Hunt,
Todd Schwent, Jennifer Stelzleni , Dennis Carrino,
Mary Beth Carrino
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.
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.
Bill Wise 392-9914
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
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.