Pastor’s Pen – October 3, 2010

Published on 03. Oct, 2010 by in Pastor's Pen


Of many things…

I heard a comment by a parishioner who no longer has children in our school: “I sure wish I knew more of what was going on over in school.” We have a few solutions to that issue already in place. In the vestibule of church, on the left side of the glass doors as you face the interior of the church, we post the weekly parent newsletter that highlights that particular week’s activities and gives a head’s up to upcoming events. The same newsletter is available online at the school website: And if you ask for a copy, I am sure our staff can get one to you. Those are some simple ways that you can stay in touch with the wonderful things that are going on in our school.

Kudos to the all the Men’s Club Members for another wonderful Sprenke soccer tournament. I can’t begin to tell you the number of parents from other parishes who thanked me/the men’s club for a wonderful tournament and a wonderful time. “I can find you a house, if you would like” was my usual response, “because it is a great parish to live in…” (No takers, unfortunately.) Thanks especially to Pat Ebert, the chair of the tournament and Keith Leahy, his assistant, as well as their wonderful and patient spouses. Thanks to Matt Dooley who I saw on more than one occasion being the ‘bitter-ender’ – the one who stays around until EVERYTHING is done and all the lights are turned off and everything is locked up. Thanks to all who worked concessions, BBQ’ed kabobs, made taters, cooked beans, served food, recycled cans, cleaned up trash, marked fields, cut grass, refereed games, cheered teams, announced players, bought food, ate meals, etc,etc. etc… It remains my favorite month as pastor of this parish.

St. Ann received a $5,000 bequest by former parishioner and alumni Katy Sullivan. Her kindness in remembering this parish in her will is another way that a legacy of generosity continues in this parish. If you have not made out your will, (always a good thing to do, as it saves your spouse a TON of headaches should you precede them in death) I would ask that you consider naming St. Ann as one of the beneficiaries. It is another way that you can continue the good news of the gospel here in Normandy, Missouri, long after you are gone…

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Thanks to everyone that came out and supported the 2010 Monsignor Sprenke Soccer Tournament at St. Ann’s!  Below are a few photos snapped during the final night of the tournament.

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Pastor’s Pen – August 29, 2010

Published on 29. Aug, 2010 by in Pastor's Pen


Every four years…

Every four years, the priests of this Archdiocese are given a wonderful opportunity.  It is called “Convocation” – from the Latin words meaning a ‘Calling together’.  So for four and a half days in mid-September, we will gather at the Lake of the Ozarks (close enough to get away, far enough not to be tempted to return for parish meetings) for prayer, study, camaraderie and relaxation.  The theme this year is:  Our Priestly Identity: Claim It.

I always look forward to this unique opportunity to spend time in prayer and reflection, fellowship and fun with my brother priests.  This year will also be the first year with Archbishop Carlson.  He is planning to address us on Friday morning, presenting a kind of “State of the Archdiocese” address, including his priorities and vision for us as priests as we move forward.  I ask that you keep us in your prayers these days.

For past convocations, I have been able to rely on my part time associate to cover mass duties from Tues through Friday.  Obviously that cannot happen this year.  Fr. Emmanuel will be on his way back to the Congo by then.  The usual suspects of Archdiocesan subs will also be at the convocation.  Though I continue to make phone calls, we may have to get by with communion services led by Deacon Jack Shannon that week.  Ah, the joys of a shrinking priesthood.  It is one of the many challenges that face us as priests and as a church in this Archdiocese.

Every year…

A reminder that SPRENKE-TIME is fast approaching, with its usual opportunity for St. Ann parishioners to be a beacon of hospitality to so many visiting athletes and their families.  I ask that you continue this wonderful tradition of warmth and welcome, now in its 49th year.  As always, the Men’s Club welcomes volunteers to help with the always succulent BBQ, and the staffing of the food and beverage lines.  I also remind people of the need to monitor their intake of certain beverages over the course of these days.  Our children and the children of all our guests do watch us and we do teach them by our example.  Might the example we give be Christ-like in word and in deed.

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