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December 7, 2014 - St Anthony of Padua

Second Sunday of Advent - Year B
December 7, 2014
St. Anthony of Padua
3009 High Ridge Blvd.
High Ridge, MO 63049
Business Hours
Monday - Friday,
7:30 A.M. - 2:30 P.M.
Phone (636) 677-4868
Fax (636) 677-2781
Fr. Sebastian Mundackal
Mass Schedule
Saturday 5:00 P.M.
Sunday 8:30 A.M., 10:15 A.M.
Monday - Friday 8:00 A.M
Holy Days
8:00 A.M. - 7:00 P.M.
Saturday 4:00-4:45 P.M.
By appointment anytime
Rectory Office
Fr. Sebastian Mundackal
Pastor ext. 102
Deacon Richard L. Stevens
Deacon Jim G’Sell
Mrs. Rusalyne Ahlemeyer
Business Manager, ext. 104
Mrs. Jackie Dostal
Secretary, ext. 100
Mrs. Judy Brouk, Choir Director
(314) 852-1733
St. Anthony PreSchool
Phone (636) 677-4868
8:00 A.M. - 12:00 noon
Mrs. Karen Miniea
Coordinator, ext. 202
Ext. 212
Religious Instruction
Parish School of Religion
Phone (636) 677-4868 ext 118
Grades (pre-K through 8)
Mrs. Kathy Joslin
Adults - RCIA
Please contact:
Deacon Stevens (636) 305-1505
Sacramental Preparation
Baptism Preparation Class: Infant
baptisms require parental attendance to
one class of instructions prior to
baptism. Classes will be held on the 3rd
Thursday of each month at 6:00 PM in
the rectory. Call rectory office for
appointment 636-677-4868, ext. 102.
Baptisms: 3rd Sunday of each month
after 10:15 AM Mass. Call rectory office
to schedule 636-677-4868, ext. 102.
Marriages: Make arrangements with
Pastor no less than six months prior
to proposed wedding date.
Parish Help Line: St. Vincent de Paul
Society, 1-877-238-3228, ext. 3329
New Parishioners: Welcome!
Please register by contacting the
rectory during business hours @ 6774868 ext. 100
Change of Address or Telephone:
Please call the rectory during business
hours. 677-4868 ext. 100
Archdiocese of St .Louis Website:
St. Anthony Website:
Catholic Elementary School:
All of our parish children who wish
to attend a catholic elementary school
Bulletin Deadline
Monday 9:00 a.m. the week you need it to be may do so at the school of their choice
published in the bulletin. Notices must be and still remain parishioners of St.
submitted in writing: email text to Anthony of Padua. Call rectory for
St. Anthony of Padua, High Ridge, MO
From the Pastor’s Desk
In times of great difficulties scoffers taunt us, "Where is God? Why hasn't your Lord come to
save you now?"
And we of faith respond much in the same way as Peter did in today's second reading: the
"delay" of the Lord's second coming is not any type of punishment or failure to keep the divine
promise, but a loving sign of God's patience. God is giving everyone the chance to seek repentance.
God does not make life more difficult. Rather, God lessens our burdens as once before for the
Jewish exiles returning home to Judea after captivity in Babylon. It was God who personally led
them, making a "straight highway" for them across the desert.
We join with our ancestors of faith, who hoped that they might see God's Chosen One before
them and who eventually realized that the Lord was also walking with them side by side.
The first line of Mark's Gospel today reveals to us some privileged information: Jesus Christ is
the Son of God.
As the audience for the evangelist, we have information that very few in the Gospel will know
or comprehend until much later, if at all. As readers and listeners, we will later be surprised,
shocked, tantalized, disappointed, frustrated that Jesus' closest disciples are not able to understand what we already know: that Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah.
But today we hear that "[p]eople of the whole Judean countryside and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem" (Mark 1:5) made their way out to the wilderness to see an unusual sight: a man who
wore camel's hair, ate locusts and wild honey, and proclaimed repentance for the forgiveness
of sins. John the Baptist is quick to tell the crowds that he is not the one they are looking for.
"One mightier than I is coming after me," he tells them (1:7).
When Jesus takes his place in line to be baptized by John at the River Jordan, will the crowds
know him? Of course we know from the way Mark later constructs his Gospel that they will not
be clear about who he is.
Should we be surprised? How often do we look for God in dramatic or unusual occurrences or
even in the latest fad? Why do we long so much for a dramatic sign or our own immediate answer to a prayer to be able to see the God who is right before our eyes?
Let's not forget how lucky we are--even more so than the first disciples who walked with the
Lord--to know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that he walks among us today as we
pray, are baptized, celebrate Eucharist, and serve the poor.
Today's Readings: Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11; Ps 85:9-14; 2 Peter 3:8-14; Mark 1:1-8
Copyright (c) J. S. Paluch Company
December 7, 2014
Ministry Schedule
Dates & Times to Remember
Extraordinary Eucharistic Ministers
Saturday, December 13
5:00 P.M. M. Harper, K. & T. Hartung,
C. Greife
Sunday, December 14
8:30 A.M. J. & J. Blanc, J. Brouk, G. Hamlyn
10:15 A.M. J. Dautenhahn, C. Davies, M. Fox,
A. Fisher
Saturday, December 13
5:00 P.M. C. Surmeier (1st Reading)
D. Androlewicz (2nd Reading)
Sunday, December 14
8:30 A.M. P. Challans (1st Reading)
P. King (2nd Reading)
10:15 A.M. S. Fisher (1st Reading)
M. Sullivan (2nd Reading)
Saturday, December 13
5:00 P.M. C. Ruzicka
Sunday, December 14
8:30 A.M. K. Joslin
10:15 A.M. S. Caggiano
Saturday, December 13
5:00 P.M. G. Blanc, J. Hurst, D. Lammert,
T. Lohman, S. Hartung
Sunday, December 14
8:30 A.M.
M. Hanewinkel, G. Kettler, J. Radil,
D. Sauter, D. Schoenberger
G. Gutting, B. Hawkins, L. Nault,
M. Poppe, C. Stolte
Saturday, December 13
5:00 P.M.
V. Hartung, L. & G. Kohn
Sunday, December 14
8:30 A.M.
10:15 A.M.
V. Koning, C. Appel, B. Livengood
J. Kline, L. Olson, S. Fox
NO Patriotic Rosary on Monday, Dec. 8,
2014 due to 7:00 PM Mass for the Holy Day
of Obligation - The Immaculate Conception
of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Christmas Eve
Mass for the Children 4:00 PM
Candlelight Mass 12:00 Midnight
Please invite your family and friends to join
us for this magical night!
Thursday, December 25, 2014
Christmas Day
Masses at 8:00 AM and 9:30 AM
Thursday, January 1, 2015
Mary, The Holy Mother of God
(Holy day of obligation)
Mass at 9:30 AM (please note change
from 11-9-14 bulletin)
Parish Calendar
December 7, 2014 - December 14, 2014
SUNDAY - Second Sunday of Advent
Children’s Liturgy 10:15 A.M. Mass
PSR class 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM
Bible Study 6:00 PM
Breakfast with Santa set-up will take place throughout this
entire week. Please keep in mind that the area utilized will be
the entire cafeteria and auditorium. We appreciate your
MONDAY – The Immaculate Conception of the
Blessed Virgin Mary
Holy Day of Obligation
Masses 8:00 AM & 7:00 PM (No Patriotic Rosary)
Rectory Office Closed
TUESDAY - St. Juan Diego
Quilters 9:00 AM
Scouts 7:00 PM
WEDNESDAY – Advent Weekday
Men’s Support Group 7:00 PM
Guitar Choir 7:30 PM
THURSDAY - St. Damasus
Ladies Sodality Christmas Party 6:00 PM
Youth Group 6:30 PM
FRIDAY - Our Lady of Guadalupe
Clean Church after 8:00 AM Mass
Breakfast with Santa (doors open 8:30 AM with
Breakfast at 9:00 AM)
Jonah Prayer Ministry after 5:00 PM Mass
SUNDAY - Third Sunday of Advent
Jonah Prayer Ministry after 8:30 & 10:15 Masses
Children’s Liturgy 10:15 AM Mass
Ladies Christmas Potluck 11:30 AM cafeteria
PSR class 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM
Bible Study 6:00 PM
St. Anthony of Padua, High Ridge, MO
To all our Guests,
Fr. Sebastian, Deacon Dick and Deacon
Jim and All at St. Anthony’s Parish Family welcome you and hope that your time with us may
be a moment of spiritual experience. You are
always welcome here and if you would like to
become a member of this parish or are thinking
to become a Catholic, contact the Rectory office. Our phone is 636-677-4868 ext. 102.
Please Pray for the Sick
Marcus Utama
Carol Brennan
Clara Brouk
Jackie Carpenter
Farris Hamlyn
Cannon Pytlinski
Mary Radovich-Miller
Beverly Pfleegor
John (Jack) Nienhaus
Candy Kohler
Paul Kunz
Valori Morris
Al Blumenberg
Mickey Franken
Fr. Oberman
Margaret Hook
Terry Peters
Beverly Green
Barb Burr
Julie Behnen
Kenny Parker
Gerry Harper
Connie Hagedorn
Lilly Powell
Linda Burkart
Collin Nash
If your name was removed and you wish/
need it added back to the list, please phone the
Rectory office at 636-677-4868 ext. 100.
Our apologies for any inconvenience.
NOTE: Due to privacy laws, hospitals no longer notify us
when parishioners are patients. If you wish a visit from the
parish staff please notify the office. Thank you.
Readings for the Week
Monday: Gn 3:9-15, 20; Ps 98:1-4; Eph 1:3-6, 11-12;
Lk 1:26-38
Tuesday: Is 40:1-11; Ps 96:1-3, 10ac, 11-13;
Mt 18:12-14
Wednesday: Is 40:25-31; Ps 103:1-4, 8, 10; Mt 11:28-30
Thursday: Is 41:13-20; Ps 145:1, 9, 10-13ab;
Mt 11:11-15
Friday: Zec 2:14-17 or Rv 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab;
Jdt 13:18bcde, 19: Lk 1:26-38 or Lk 1:39-47,
or any readings from the Common of the
Blessed Virgin Mary, nos. 707-712
Saturday: Sir 48:1-4, 9-11; Ps 80:2ac, 3b, 15-16, 18-19;
Mt 17:9a, 10-13
Sunday: Is 61:1-2a, 10-11; Lk 1:46-50, 53-54;
1 Thes 5:16-24; Jn 1:6-8, 19-28
Mass Intentions
Monday, December 8 (Holy Day of Obligation)
8:00 A.M.
Parishioners of St. Anthony
7:00 P.M.
Petra Joven
Tuesday, December 9
8:00 A.M.
Gregory Klohr
Wednesday, December 10
8:00 A.M.
Raymond Maw
Thursday, December 11
8:00 A.M.
Lorraine Donovan
Friday, December 12
8:00 A.M.
Salud Concepcion
Saturday, December 13
5:00 P.M.
Ernestine Strathmann
Sunday, December 14
8:30 A.M.
Joseph Pivirotto
10:15 A.M.
Parishioners of St. Anthony
Parish Financial Report
Bills Paid
Cardinal Lawn & Landscaping
Kelly’s Flooring
(carpet in school office)
Missouri Candle & Wax
Our Sunday Visitor
(NCEA testing materials)
$ 460.00
$ 269.50
$ 608.42
$ 143.25
Church Renovation Loan
Balance due
$ 69,654.13
Your Gifts to God & the Parish
November 30, 2014
Contribution Collection
Building Fund
All Saints
Christmas Flowers
Debt Reduction
Total for Parish
Thank you for your generous contributions.
We appreciate your sacrifices.
December 7, 2014
St. Anthony PSR News
For more information contact Kathy Joslin at or call 636-677-1567 or 636-677-4868 ext. 118.
December Prayers and Lists
1st-5th grade – Grace Before Meals
5 -8 grade – Holy Days, Liturgical Cycle & Colors
8th grade – Fruits of the Holy Spirit
Please help your children practice their prayers and lists at home.
The prayers and lists are in the back of your child’s religion book and also in the “Catholic Prayers and Practices”
booklet that was given out at the beginning of the school year.
December 7 – Second Sunday of Advent
Ch. 9
Ch. 10
Ch. 9
Ch. 10
Ch. 9
Ch. 8
Ch. 10
Ch. 11
Ch. 10
Ch. 11
Ch. 10
Ch. 9
December 14 – Third Sunday of Advent
Class Christmas parties!
2nd grade parents – please help your child learn the Act of Contrition in preparation for their First Reconciliation in February.
This prayer is in the back of your child’s religion book.
Parents are welcome to visit the classrooms anytime – no appointment necessary!
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might
have eternal life.” John 3:16
Attention Servers!!!!!!!!!!!!
For all the Masses on Christmas Eve (4:00 PM
and 12 midnight) and on Christmas Day ( 8:00
AM and 9:30 AM), Fr. Sebastian would like additional servers to sign up to process. If you are
available for the procession please sign the
sheet in the Sacristy.
This sign-up is in addition to those who want to
serve the Mass, itself.
Thanks for your help!
Christmas and New Year
Ministry Sign—up Sheets
Sign – up sheets are available in the Sacristy.
We need volunteers for the 4:00 PM Mass on
December 24th; 12:00 AM, 8:00 AM and 9:30
AM Masses on December 25th.
Volunteers will be needed for Mass on New
Year’s Day - 9:30 AM.
Please sign up early to avoid last minute
Those whose hearts are pure are the temples of
the Holy Spirit.
--St. Lucy
All help is appreciated. Thanks for your service
to the parish.
St. Anthony of Padua, High Ridge, MO
Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them
We would like to extend our deepest sympathy
to Denise Ruzicka and family on the death of
her father, Frank Romeo.
We would like to extend our deepest sympathy
to Steve Voelker and family on the death of his
brother-in-law, John Rice.
We would like to extend our deepest sympathy
to Mike Menne and family on the death of his
sister, Gerri Jeffery.
We would like to extend our deepest sympathy
to Bob and Judy Hawkins on the death of their
son, Michael Hawkins.
May their souls and the souls of all the
faithful departed rest in peace.
Attention Please
Upcoming Bulletin Deadlines
Please keep in mind we have early submission
deadlines for articles, etc. that you may wish to
have published in the weekly bulletins during
the upcoming holidays.
Submissions for the December 21, 2014 bulletin are due in Rectory office by Friday, December 5, 2014 by 9:00AM. DEADLINE
Submissions for the December 28, 2014 bulletin are due in Rectory office by Monday,
December 15, 2014 by 9:00 AM.
Submissions for the January 4, 2015 bulletin are due in Rectory office by Friday, December 19, 2014 by 9:00 AM.
Please indicate which bulletin date/s your
submission is intended for.
Thanks for your attention to this matter.
Attention Please:
The Rectory Office is requesting a 2015 schedule/calendar of meetings and events from each
group and organization in the Parish. You may
email the information or drop a written copy in
the mail or at the office. Your attention to this is
greatly appreciated!
Mail: St. Anthony of Padua
3009 High Ridge Blvd.
High Ridge, MO 63049
Atten: Jackie
Sodality Christmas Party
Our Annual Christmas Party in the cafeteria will
be December 11, 6:00.
We invite all ladies within the parish to enjoy a
great evening with wonderful ladies gearing up
for the Holiday.
We will have a special treat this year, an Antique Appraiser is coming to appraise up to two
items per lady. There will even be a jolly visit
from the Big Guy himself for a fun photo op.
Please bring an appetizer and personal care
items to donate to the food pantry. We hope to
see y'all there. God Bless you and yours!
As we prepare a new schedule for the
ministries, we ask that you inform us of
any dates you are unable to serve for
the months of February, March, and April
2015. Please contact Jackie at or phone the rectory at
636-677-4868 ext. 100.
Deadline is December 22, 2014 at
9:00 AM.
December 7, 2014
God’s Word Today
December meetings will be December 11th and
18th (since our second meeting would fall on
Christmas). December 18th will be a prayer
night and our Christmas party.
ATTENTION 8th Graders--You are invited to
join our Youth Group in January. We will have
more info as the time gets closer for an official
welcome/social night for the 8th graders. Our
regular meeting nights in January will be January 8th, 22nd and an additional meeting on
January 29th since there are 5 Thursdays in
Plan a Night Out on October 15th
Buy your Applebee’s Scrip Card today for another Dining
to Donate Evening at Applebee’s on October 15th.
The parish earns double from the Dining to Donate
Rebate and the Scrip Rebate. A great way to plan a
night out and earn money for our Parish
Advent is such a wonderful liturgical season.
We are treated to a feast of scripture readings
that can serve to inspire us as we wait in joyful
hope for the coming of the Lord. In today's first
reading, Isaiah announces that God's glory will
be revealed and that we are to have no fear as
we anticipate the tremendous burst of glory that
the Lord's coming will ignite. Saint Peter, in today's second reading, reminds us to conduct
ourselves in holiness and devotion as we ready
ourselves to welcome the Lord at the end of
time. The central figure for this second Advent
Sunday is John the Baptist, who points not to
himself but to the one who is to come, who will
baptize with the Holy Spirit. As God's word of
preparation is proclaimed today, let us ready
ourselves to receive the Lord in each and every
moment of our lives. Let us learn to expect miracles among God's holy people.
From Saint Margaret Sunday Missal, copyright (c) J. S. Paluch
Have You
Been Married
In the Church?
Make Holiday Shopping Easy
Start planning and buying Scrip for
Christmas today!
Scrip includes you favorite retailers, Amazon,
Wal-Mart, Target, Kohl’s, JCP, Sears many, many
Start buying Scrip cards today.
When time to Christmas shop, your financial
burden will be lifted because of spreading the
buying over many months before Christmas.
Give Scrip Cards as gifts or stocking stuffers
Or Purchase your gifts using the Scrip cards
All this without spending any more than you had
planned, yet earning Dollars for our parish!
How much easier could it be????
For those who are divorced and remarried outside of the Church, and those not divorced, married outside the Church who would like to have
their marriage recognized by the Church, please
contact Deacon Dick Stevens at 636-305-1505.
Knights of Columbus
Hall for Rent
Any size party
Knights of Columbus - 8588
6000 Antire Rd.
High Ridge, MO 63049
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Advent Celebration
Experience the Joy of Christmas at St. Paul
on Friday, December 19th, 7:00 p.m.
Celebrate Advent with an evening of Christmas
Spirit and fellowship. The band Joyful Noise will
lead a caroling service of music and Scripture in
the church. Enjoy listening to, as well as singing
along with Christmas favorites. Familiar Scripture readings narrate the story of Jesus'
birth. The festivities continue at a fellowship reception immediately following. Take a break
from the holiday frenzy to warm your hear, settle
your mind, and focus on the true meaning of
Building Maintenance
We are asking ALL organizations,
groups, etc. to PLEASE clean up and
remove trash after your meetings and
events. We ask, as well, to check that
all windows are closed, A/C turned off, stove
and ovens are off, toilets are NOT running,
doors locked and so on.
We are making a very diligent effort
to maintain a clean building and an
effort to keep utility expenses down
(running water, lights on, etc).
Thank you all for your efforts to help.
Remembrance Garden Pavers
Engraving the pavers for the “Remembrance
Garden” is underway. There are a few of the
original order that are not yet engraved (due to
the stencils not sticking). They will be completed
when we receive ten (10) new orders and the
company comes out to work on those.
Thank you for your orders and your patience
as this project continues.
If anyone should care to place a new order
for a paver/s please contact the Rectory office
at 636-677-4868 ext. 104.
Patriotic Rosary
The whole world will be transformed in the Love
of Jesus if we all prayed the Rosary. If you are
in need of Prayers consider joining the Rosary
Disciples where we all pray for each other's intentions. To join all you have to do is pray the
rosary with us on Monday nights as we pray for
each other's intentions and that we all become
Children of Mary. The benefits are that everyone
prays for each other so the more prayer warriors
we have the more powerful all of our individual
prayers become. The Patriotic rosary is a very
personal rosary, as we pray for every soul in
every state, as well as religious and political
leaders. Questions please email me at, or stop by any Monday
at 7 PM and pray with us. All groups in our parish need to get involved in this prayer, we all
could use some prayers.
Our Parish’s Jonah Prayer Team has a
prayer box mounted on the inner wall of the
vestibule. You will find it on the right-hand
side (near the candle stand) as you enter
church. This box is for written prayer requests. All petitions are kept confidential by
your Jonah Team Prayer Ministers.
We clean Church every Friday after the
8:00 AM Mass. Our Heavenly Dusters are in
need of help! If you can offer any time, it
would be deeply appreciated.
Thank you!
December 7, 2014
You are cordially invited to
St. Anthony’s
Ladies Christmas Potluck
Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 11:30a.m.
Take a break from the busy holiday hustle and
bustle and join us in celebrating the real reason for the season.
For more information please contact Nicole Reiter at 314-607-3261 or
$5.00 per person. Please feel free to invite your mothers, daughters,
sisters, family and friends.
Main entrée, desserts and drinks provided, please bring a side dish
to share.
Ladies, please consider sponsoring a table. This is a fabulous opportunity to
display your Christmas china and decorations. Prizes will be awarded to the
best dressed table and the women who
bring the most guests. Please contact
Nicole for more details.
Congratulations & Welcome
A very warm welcome and congratulations to the Dixon children who were baptized
and made First Communion here on Sunday, November 23, 2014.
We welcome: DaMonte Adams Dixon, Brandon Eugene Adams Dixon, Jr., Alivia
May Dixon and Ayrianna Michelle Dixon. Congratulations and blessings to each of you.
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December 7, 2014
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