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Entries for April 2020

Transitional Deacon Ordination

Posted on April 30, 2020 in: General News

Transitional Deacon Ordination
With Praise and Thanksgiving to Almighty God, the Archdiocese of St. Louis Joyfully Announces the Ordination of   Mr. Ryan William Truss   to the Sacred Order of the Diaconate through the Imposition of Hands and the Prayer of Ordination by Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson Archbishop of St. Louis   Mass of Ordination will be on Saturday, May 2nd at 10:00 a.m. Central Time at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis Livestream: cathedralstl.org/live   Deacon Truss will then assist and be the homilis...

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May Meal-A-Month

Posted on April 30, 2020 in: General News

May Meal-A-Month
Meal-A-Month donations will be collected this month. Please leave bags on or behind the narthex counter. Food will be delivered after May 10. This month's meal suggestion: Spaghetti Sauce with Meat, Green Beans, Applesauce (plastic jar), Spaghetti (1 lb. pkg) Optional: Breakfast Cereal If you have any questions, please call Marie McGeehan at 314/717-2863.

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Adult Faith Discussion about Grace
We talk a lot about grace...but what exactly is it? Are the different kinds? How do we receive it? Join us for another online adult faith discussion on May 6 at 6:30pm. Before you join us that evening, watch this movie about grace on Formed.org: https://watch.formed.org/grace-1/videos/grace Then, on May 6th, go to the following link, where Father Skillman will respond to questions and comments that you and your fellow parishioners share in the chat box: https://youtu.be/1KGXSWYZ3ps You can also submit questions and comments ahead of time by emailing afft@sg...

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Please Pray for First Communicants and Confirmands
When out for a walk, be on the lookout for red bows for our Confirmation candidates and white bows for our First Communicants. Please pray for them as their formation for the sacraments has been extended at this time. We look forward to the day when we are able to gather as a community and pray in gratitude for the graces God gives us in the sacraments. Thank you for your continued prayers for the youth of our parish.  Prayer for First Communicants Prayer for Confirmands

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Hold your clothes for St. Vincent De Paul!
Twice a year, the SGM conference of St. Vincent De Paul runs a clothing drive to collect donations for the local thrift stores. SGM parishioners have always been very generous in their donations, but what they may not know is that their donations generate store vouchers used to help the most needy in our community. Based on the quantity of items donated during each clothing drive (which also includes collection of household goods), the SVDP thrift store gives SGM credit vouchers that are good for any of the SVDP store locations. When SGM Vincentians they meet with “ne...

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COVID-19 Update

Posted on April 17, 2020 in: General News

COVID-19 Update
 Dear St. Gerard Majella Families, I was recently notified that a second member of our parish community has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. This parishioner has not been on the St. Gerard Majella campus in more than one month – longer than the time period through which health officials say a person can carry the virus without showing symptoms. Our prayers are with this parishioner for a quick recovery. This continues to be a difficult time, but let us remember to abide in God’s love, trust in His plan, and take to heart the words given to us b...

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Attention Teens - Register Now for Steubenville
Looking for opportunities for Faith, Fellowship and Fun this summer? Steubenville STL Mid-America is a high-energy youth conference where thousands of teens are invited to encounter Jesus Christ through dynamic speakers, engaging music, the Sacraments, small group discussions, and fellowship with other teens. We will be attending the Steubenville conference on July 10-12, 2020.  Register here: https://membership.faithdirect.net/events/details/4075  For questions, you may contact Erica Maloney at youthminister@sgmparish.org.

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Latest Scheduling Notes

Posted on April 16, 2020 in: General News

Latest Scheduling Notes
Public Masses Suspended through April 30 Archbishop Carlson has extended the dispensation from the Sunday obligation through the end of April, but we encourage you to attend Mass through online offerings. Mass from SGM is streamed every day at 8:00am at https://www.youtube.com/frdavidskillman.   Church Open for Private Prayer Our church and adoration chapel are open for private prayer each day from 6:30am to 5:30pm. Please do not enter church during the 8:00 hour when the livestream is in progress.   Confessions Saturdays, 4:00-5:00pm Sundays...

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Virtual Movie Discussion With Father Skillman
On April 15 at 6:30pm, our Adult Faith Formation Team is sponsoring a live online discussion with Father Skillman about the film, “Did Jesus Really Rise from the Dead?” Sometime before then, watch the video on Formed: http://watch.formed.org/videos/did-jesus-really-rise-from-the-dead. Then, on April 15, join us on YouTube for the discussion at 6:30: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwlLHEHIFAU. During the discussion, you will be able to share comments and questions in the chat box. You are also welcome to submit questions ahead of time by emailing&...

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Parish Record Update Invitation
On Thursday, April 9th invitations went out to allow parishioners to create an account and update their information within Servant Keeper.  The emails were sent to the email address we have on record as the "family" email address.  If your family did not receive this email please contact us at communications@sgmparish.org. Servant Keeper is the official parish record for your family.  Please take a few minutes to review your information and make any updates that are needed.

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April 19th Meal-A-Month

Posted on April 09, 2020 in: General News

April 19th Meal-A-Month
Out of safety considerations, there will be no Meal-A-Month yellow bag collection this month. If you have a bag, leave it here on the narthex counter. We will pick it up once it is safe. Many families are experiencing unemployment and added food and utility needs. To help them directly, you can send checks to either of the organizations we support. Thank you for your generosity. Kirk Care Inc. P. O. Box 220652 Kirkwood, MO 63122 Kirk Care also accepts online donations at https://kirkcare.org/donate . St. Cronan Food Pantry 1202 S. Boyle St. Loui...

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School Desks Available To You

Posted on April 09, 2020 in: General News

School Desks Available To You
With a lot of home schooling underway, we have a school desk for your home.  23 older desks have been released by a move to tables in some SGM classrooms.  They measure 26" wide x 20" deep.  The hight is adjustable.  You may want to refinish.  No chairs.  Plan for pickup on Saturday, April 18, after 10:30 am.  We will stage the desks along the traffic-way North of the school, 6-8 feet apart to maintain social distancing.  Contact Dennis Redington at rijrunr@aol.com or 314-596-7071 (cell) to reserve a desk(s).

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Holy Week Letter From Father Skillman
Dear SGM Parish Family, Hosanna in the highest! Blessed are you, who have come in your abundant mercy! With these words yesterday on Palm Sunday, we inaugurated Holy Week 2020. It goes without saying that Holy Week this year will be like none other that we have experienced. Throughout the world, over a million people have been infected with COVID-19, and tens of thousands have died. Along with their great suffering, who among us is not feeling the pain of isolation and the economic impact of the pandemic? Perhaps most difficult for all of us is our inability to gather...

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First Holy Communion and Confirmation
We have tentatively rescheduled First Holy Communion for our 2nd graders (originally scheduled on April 25th) for May 9th, although as circumstances unfold, we may need to delay even longer. We are awaiting notification from the Archbishop's Office about Confirmation for our 8th graders. Please keep these children in your prayers as they await reception of the sacraments, and be on the lookout for the white bows which marks the homes of our first communicants!

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SGM COVID-19 Alert

Posted on April 01, 2020 in: General News

SGM COVID-19 Alert
April 1, 2020 Dear St. Gerard Majella Families, I have been notified that one member of our parish community has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.  The parishioner attended Saturday evening Mass at our church on March 14 and tested positive on March 22 after showing symptoms.  Out of an abundance of caution, I ask that any of you who attended the March 14 Mass and are feeling ill to contact your doctor and local health officials for further guidance.  If you attended the service and have no symptoms, health guidelines suggest that we are now pa...

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