St. Joseph Catholic Church, Clayton MO

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

Notes from the Pastor’s Pen – December 12, 2021

Dear friends,

I take this opportunity to thank all who volunteered last weekend for the Fall Cleanup. Gratefully, several parishioners came together to prune shrubs and clean up the leaves.

You may have noticed that a new stable has been constructed for the outdoor Christmas manger. Gratitude goes to Mike Capelli, a retired Clayton police detective, and Steve Topping, our maintenance director, for building the stable.

This year’s featured speaker at the Advent by Candlelight will be the Reverend Father Edward Ruane, O.P. Father has many years of pastoral experience as a friar of the Order of Preachers, also known as the Dominicans. We warmly welcome him for this event. Our hope is that many parishioners will take advantage of the opportunity to join us for Advent by Candlelight which will be held on Thursday, December 16, at 6:30 p.m. Please see the bulletin for details.

As we continue making our way through the season of Advent, our hearts and minds turn to our continued spiritual preparations for Christmas. As we make our way along this journey, let us take time to prayerfully reflect on the importance of drawing closer to Christ and extending ourselves to others by our works of charity.

Lastly, let us pray for all students who will be returning from college or university in these coming days and for all travelers, for their safety and wellbeing.

In Christ,
Father Bené

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