St. Joseph Catholic Church

106 N. Meramec Avenue – Clayton MO 63105 – Parish Office (314) 726-1221

Notes From The Pastor’s Pen – February 18, 2018


Last Saturday Fr. Tom Schaab, our associate pastor, suffered a stroke that resulted in his death on Monday evening. He had suffered from numerous medical concerns in the past, from his heart to his hips and also strokes, but he had continued to serve us and God faithfully especially in his ministry of the sacraments of the Eucharist and Confession. Not only was he usually there for an hour to hear Confessions before the weekday noon Masses, (it is only scheduled for 11:15-11:50, but he was there by 11 and there was usually a line waiting) but if he could he would go back after Mass and it seemed like more and more people were taking advantage of that also. And this was all after he suffered from some of his medical concerns. The following is a list of all the places he has been assigned in his 43+ years serving as a priest:
1974, June 5: Assoc. Pastor, Immacolata,
1976, June 2: Part time Assoc. Pastor St. Puis V / on staff at DuBourg HS
1978, May 25: Part time Assoc. Pastor, St. Luke / Teaching at Mercy HS
1978, Oct 16: Part time Assoc. Pastor, Our Lady of Lourdes (U-City) / Teaching at Mercy HS
1981, June 2: Part time Assoc. Pastor, St. Robert (St. Charles) / Teaching at Duchesne HS
1984, June 26: Part time Assoc. Pastor, Sacred Heart (Valley Park) / Teaching at Kennedy HS
1986, June 5: Part time Assoc. Pastor, St. Clare of Assisi (Ellisville)/ Teaching at Kennedy HS
1988, June 22: Full time Assoc. Pastor, St. Clare of Assisi (Ellisville)
1990, June 20: Assoc. Pastor, Resurrection
1992, June 20: Pastor, Our Lady of Fatima
2000, April 10: Granted Medical Leave
2000, Sept. 5: Senior Assoc. Pastor, St. Justin Martyr
2001, Nov 16: Pastor, St. Christopher
2005, July 5: Senior Assoc. Pastor, St. Joseph (Clayton)

As you can see, they moved priests a lot when they were teaching. We were fortunate to have him for his longest stay of over 12 years and while I have been here we were also able to celebrate his 40th ordination anniversary in 2014.

I am extremely grateful for the years of ministry he has provided, but also for being able to live with him here for almost five years and witness his ministry and the affects he allowed Christ to work through him. Being the beginning of Lent may be a good opportunity to let his memory inspire us to be open to God’s graces in the sacraments, and to say a prayer for Fr. Schaab when you hear his wind chimes off the back porch of the rectory.

Fr. Nick


Notes From The Pastor’s Pen – February 11, 2018


In Pope Francis’ message for Lent this year he warns us against false prophets, that we need to stay faithful amidst the temptations they may present and the ‘cold heart’ they can encourage in us. The Pope suggests that the Church has the Lenten season and the practices it prescribes to help us in this challenge as he stated below:

What are we to do?

Perhaps we see, deep within ourselves and all about us, the signs I have just described. But the Church, our Mother and Teacher, along with the often bitter medicine of the truth, offers us in the Lenten season the soothing remedy of prayer, alms-giving and fasting.

By devoting more time to prayer, we enable our hearts to root out our secret lies and forms of self-deception,[5] and then to find the consolation God offers. He is our Father and he wants us to live life well.

Alms-giving sets us free from greed and helps us to regard our neighbor as a brother or sister. What I possess is never mine alone. How I would like alms-giving to become a genuine style of life for each of us! How I would like us, as Christians, to follow the example of the Apostles and see in the sharing of our possessions a tangible witness of the communion that is ours in the Church! For this reason, I echo Saint Paul’s exhortation to the Corinthians to take up a collection for the community of Jerusalem as something from which they themselves would benefit (cf. 2 Cor 8:10). This is all the more fitting during the Lenten season, when many groups take up collections to assist Churches and peoples in need. Yet I would also hope that, even in our daily encounters with those who beg for our assistance, we would see such requests as coming from God himself. When we give alms, we share in God’s providential care for each of his children. If through me God helps someone today, will he not tomorrow provide for my own needs? For no one is more generous than God.[6]

Fasting weakens our tendency to violence; it disarms us and becomes an important opportunity for growth. On the one hand, it allows us to experience what the destitute and the starving have to endure. On the other hand, it expresses our own spiritual hunger and thirst for life in God. Fasting wakes us up. It makes us more attentive to God and our neighbor. It revives our desire to obey God, who alone is capable of satisfying our hunger.

I would also like my invitation to extend beyond the bounds of the Catholic Church, and to reach all of you, men and women of good will, who are open to hearing God’s voice. Perhaps, like ourselves, you are disturbed by the spread of iniquity in the world,you are concerned about the chill that paralyzes hearts and actions, and you see a weakening in our sense of being members of the one human family. Join us, then, in raising our plea to God, in fasting, and in offering whatever you can to our brothers and sisters in need!
[5] Cf. BENEDICT XVI, Encyclical Letter Spe Salvi, 33.
[6] Cf. PIUS XII, Encyclical Letter Fidei Donum, III.

Fr. Nick