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.