Wines Around The World

Published on 26. Feb, 2011 by in Events, Fundraising


The Catholic Newman Center will be hosting a fundraiser on March 4th.  It is entitled Wines around the World. The cost is $35.00 and that allows you to taste wines from Italy, France, Spain, Argentina, and the U.S. In addition, we will have live music (Kathy Reid), hors d’oeuvres, gourmet wine basket raffle, beer and soda. Just call  385-3455 or email Kay at  [email protected] to make reservations.

Space will be limited.

Thanks again for supporting  the Newman Center.

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There are a lot of good people out there…

I am always amazed at the goodness of people.  I grew up reading and re-reading a Christmas picture book that had these great stories about people helping their neighbor or a stranger, only to find out at the plot twist at the end, that the stranger or neighbor was Christ Himself.  That book certainly fostered a spirit of looking to recognize Christ in all kinds of different situations.  It also formed my heart in the practice of intentional kindness – looking for opportunities to do a good thing for others, even if it costs of my time or talent or treasure.

The Newman Center and the Parish have been on the receiving end of such kindness recently.  Donny Koviak, from Koviak tree service, at the prodding of a member of the Newman Center Board of Directors, brought his whole crew up to the Newman Center, and there proceeded to fell a huge dead tree in our yard, trim up several of the trees closest to the house, as well as put a piece of board to cover the hole where a slat fell out of the undercroft with their bucket truck.  (The slat was 2 ½ stories up, above the staircase leading to the basement – making getting there with a ladder nearly impossible.)  “Father, it’s no charge.  Just pray for us.  Work is a bit scarce and a few of our guys have some issues they could use some divine assistance on.”  So, I have been praying.  But I also wanted to let you know of their kindness, and should you need a tree removed, I’d recommend them highly.  (Thanks also to the Boul clan for their help in the cutting up and splitting of the wood for use in our fireplace.

Our cemetery road was the recipient of two acts of generosity, plus some good leg work by Bob Beckring.  Fred Weber construction gave us an unbelievable price on 65 tons of asphalt and Pace Paving company DONATED the installation of the product to complete drive that runs through the cemetery.  The asphalt should keep us from having to purchase aggregate stone every 2 years to fill in the washed out and runoff rutted road, not to mention the back breaking labor to ‘install’ the rock.  Thanks to Bob Beckring for making the contacts and doing some pretty effective begging for our cemetery.

As Advent continues, may we all look for opportunities to recognize the Christ in our neighbor and be the Christ to our neighbor…

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Pastor’s Pen – October 17, 2010

Published on 17. Oct, 2010 by in Pastor's Pen


Amazing faith…

While you are reading this, I am with the UMSL Newman Center students on our Awakening Retreat. It is a retreat by college students for college students. Thank you, as always for your prayers during these days. It is a gift to be able to tell the students at the beginning of the weekend that they are being supported in prayer by many people who have never even met them.

I am writing, perhaps, because I want to brag a bit about these ‘kids’ leading the retreat. Every year we have a “Speakers Overnight” about two weeks prior to the actual retreat, in which the 6 speakers ‘give’ their talk to the rest of the group for comment and feedback. The honesty of their talks, the level of reflection and prayer, their willingness to take risks and share appropriately are just amazing. They have given me a lot to think and pray about.

So, if you have ever thought or wondered or questioned whether ‘this younger generation’ ever ‘gets it’ in terms of faith and church and God and life, let me answer that with a resounding YES. Though they take different routes than perhaps you and I did in appropriating their faith, they are still seeking the answers to ‘life, the universe and everything’. And they have found a valid path to those answers in our Catholic faith heritage. If these young adults are any indication, the church is in very good hands as we move forward.

Year end report…

I have had the year end fiscal report on my desk for a little while, and met about two weeks ago with the Finance Council to review the data. The good news is that we were in the black once again. Thanks to your stewardship of the gifts of treasure that God has bestowed on you, we are continuing the mission founded by Anne Lucas Hunt and the Jesuits so many years ago. Depending upon when our webmaster returns from his latest business trip, I hope to have the year end report posted on the St. Ann webpage by Oct. 22 at the latest. You may view it online at the parish website: (Doing this electronically is another way to be good stewards of the earth as well as your donations.) If you want a paper copy, call Eileen Engelmeyer at the office and she’ll arrange for you to obtain one…

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Pastor’s Pen – August 8, 2010

Published on 08. Aug, 2010 by in Pastor's Pen


Starting back up…

The floors have been refinished. New faculty have been hired. Familiar faces will be returning. The science lab is finally done. Two more MIMIO smart board/projector/laptop combo’s have been purchased. Faculty days of formation, retreat and planning are in process. Everything is gearing up for the beginning of the next year of grace and learning and formation at our beloved St. Ann School. Many thanks go to Mrs. Reichenbach for her hours of work this summer meeting with prospective parents and students. As always, (it seems) many thanks also go to Dave Marstall for coordinating all the needed repairs and improvements to our facility. All that is left is for the students to arrive (there is still room in most of the grade levels) and we’ll be off and running.

The same is true for the Newman Center. The new hire is in place. Her name is Rachelle Simon. A native of Sedelia, MO, she comes to us from Villanova University with a Masters in Counseling and two years as a graduate assistance in Campus Ministry, as well as an undergraduate degree from the Jesuits at Rockhurst. Our officer retreat/formation days are scheduled for Wed. and Thurs. of this week. Flyers have been printed, welcome materials prepared, and the ever present ‘color changing Newman Center cups’ are ready to welcome another year of life and love at the CNC.

In a slight schedule change, (please make note) our Sunday night masses will be held at 8:30 pm. instead of the 8pm of the past few years. This is to accommodate our musician who is now playing a 6pm Life Teen mass instead of the 5pm of previous years. All are still welcome to join us, beginning August 22.

Finally, the parish swings into another year of the unfolding of God’s grace and mercy and love. I have booked a ‘retreat’ for those who want to partake beginning March 27, 2011. Like the Busy Students’ Retreat on Campus, a team of directors will be on hand to meet with the retreatants for a half hour one-on-one each day. Retreatants commit to a half hour of prayer with scripture prior to their meeting with their director, at a mutually agreeable time. You can find out more at

In the mean time, we’re baaack!!

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