St. Joseph Catholic Church, Clayton MO

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


Notes From The Pastor’s Pen – September 8, 2019

Post-Summer Challenges

With any luck, summer delights will continue a while past last weekend’s Labor Day: refreshing recreation (with maybe an occasional swim) or enjoyable relaxation on the deck (with tasty outdoor grilling). Truth is, for some of us, this year’s Labor Day came way too early. With many schools back in session for a while already, mealtimes and driving schedules needed readjustment to coordinate youth sports with adult commitments. Some religious education and parish programs resumed, too. No surprise, then, that this weekend’s scriptures sound a little like post-summer challenges. For instance, Wisdom reminds us that believers in God can never be content with timid deliberations and unsure plans.” Paul challenges longtime friend and follower Philemon to let the good you do be voluntary. Jesus instructs great crowds traveling with him–including us–on three things necessary for all true disciples to accomplish. On this early autumn weekend, our scriptures describe disciples lifelong labors.

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Notes From The Pastor’s Pen – September 1, 2019

Dear friends in Christ,

Labor Day
This coming Monday, September 2, is Labor Day, the day set aside each year in our country to rest and relax from work. As in the past, there will be one Mass celebrated here this day which will be at 9:00 a.m.

The observance of Labor Day provides us with an opportunity to reflect on the importance of taking a break from work. As the Church tells us, “Rest from work is a right. As God ‘rested on the seventh day from all the work which he had done’ (Gen 2:2), so too men and women, created in his image, are to enjoy sufficient rest and free time that will allow them to tend to their family, cultural, social and religious life” (Compendium on the Social Teaching of the Church, 284).

When I was growing up, Labor Day marked the day before the first day of the new school year. My how times have changed with the first day of school in more recent years beginning midway in August. You may recall many years back that Labor Day was the last day for straw hats and white to be worn as it marked the last unofficial day of summer.

My hope is that all of us will have some time this Labor Day to spend quality time with family and friends.

Interest in becoming a member of the Catholic faith
The Scriptures tells us that faith comes from hearing the Word of God (Romans 10:17). We hear the Word of God from those who proclaim it, and by how we live our lives we can lead others to Jesus Christ.

Any adult who is interested in the Catholic faith or becoming a member of the Catholic Church is invited to come to any of the sessions of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) which will begin in September on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. in the Centennial Room.

Spouses, relatives, friends, young adults, and neighbors with some curiosity about our faith are encouraged to consider a visit to our first meeting.

Please feel free to contact the rectory office for more information and see the coming Bulletins for more details.

In Christ,
Father Bené


Notes From The Pastor’s Pen – August 25, 2019

Dear friends in Christ,

Solemnity of Saint Louis
This Sunday, August 25th, the Church celebrates the feast day of Saint Louis. Since he is the Patron Saint of this Archdiocese, his feast day is celebrated here as a Solemnity.

When the settlement of Saint Louis was founded—in 1764 on land cleared by the French fur trader René-Auguste Chouteau and a group of about thirty men—his stepfather Pierre Laclède provided detailed plans for the village, including a street grid and market area, and, not surprisingly, named what would eventually become the burgeoning city in honor of Louis IX, the King of France known for his great faith in God and dedication to his people.

Over the course of the past 255 years what was originally a small settlement has grown to over 2.8 million inhabitants in the metropolitan area. Gratefully, the Catholic Church has been present since the earliest days, with the first parish having been established in 1770. Since then, our local Catholic community has grown to over half a million members.

Louis IX was known for his strong Christian leadership. He was dedicated to his wife, Margaret of Provence, and their eleven children. He was celebrated for his passion for justice and his service to the poor. He is recognized for his commitment to the people and helping lead them to salvation.

On this important feast day, let us pray, through the intercession of Saint Louis, that the Lord will bless all of the people in the Saint Louis area and that, by our words and actions, we will do our part in promoting justice and living charity.

New roof on the school
You may have noticed this past week that the roof of our parish school is being replaced. This is being done because the former roof was decades old and in need of more than repair. A new addition will be that of insulated panels under the roof for energy conservation.

Our school serves the primary function of providing classroom space to our Parish School of Religion program, the first to have been established in our Archdiocese. This program serves both children in our parish and children in several of our surrounding parishes. Gratefully, we have dedicated catechists who work to impart the Catholic faith to the children.

Please pray for the students and the teachers in our Parish School of Religion program, that the Holy Spirit will be with them in a special way in this coming year.

In Christ,
Father Bené