|Saint Vincent de Paul Parish Dutzow, MO and
Immaculate Conception Parish Augusta, MO
|Parish Mission Statement
St. Vincent de Paul at Dutzow, high above the surrounding countryside, shares
with its faithful a rich heritage of Catholic belief. As God’s people our Mission is
to make Jesus Christ present in our daily lives through Divine worship;
Christian education and service to our neighbor; to strive through ethical
conduct, generous hearts, and industrious lives; to give glory and honor to God.
Tuesday 7:00 – 7:15 pm at SV
Saturday 4:15 - 4:45 pm at SV
Any other time by appointment.
SV Perpetual Help Devotions are held Tuesday after Mass
IC Perpetual Help Devotions are held Monday after Mass
SV- Every Tuesday 5:00-7:30pm
IC- Second Thursday of every month (odd months)
5:00-7:00pm with Benediction and prayers starting at 7:00pm
IC Parish Council/Finance
Connie Struckhoff- Chair
Mary Ann Kluesner
SV Parish Council
Brenda Napier -Chair
Rick Schwentker-Vice Chair
Lisa Mayer -Sec
SV Finance Committee
Lorraine Struckhoff- Chair
Kelly Borgerding- Vice Pres
|Parish Mission Statement
As members of Immaculate Conception Parish in Augusta and members of the
Archdiocese of St. Louis, we seek to live our Catholic Faith in union with the
Archbishop. Faithful to the Gospel values of our Lord Jesus Christ, we strive to fulfill
our baptismal call by worshipping together, sharing our faith, and serving others in the
name of Jesus. Guided by the Holy Spirit, we commit ourselves to be responsible
stewards of God's gifts. All for the Glory of God and the good of all people.
|ABOVE ALL, WE ARE CHRISTIAN COMMUNITIES.
SMALL ENOUGH TO CARE, HUMBLE ENOUGH TO SERVE,
STRONG ENOUGH TO NOURISH.
Take me to Immacuate Conception in
Take me to St. Vincent De Paul in
IC ~Immaculate Conception in Augusta
SV ~St. Vincent de Paul in Dutzow
Monday 8:00 am at IC
Tuesday 7:30 pm at SV
Wednesday 8:00 am at SV
Thursday 8:00 am at IC
Friday 8:00 am at SV
(During the school year Wed. & Fri. Masses are school Masses)
(No Friday Masses from May 22-August 21, 2015)
Saturday: 5:00pm (Sunday Vigil) at SV
Sunday: 8:00 am at IC
10:00 am at SV
Holy Days: Please check here or the bulletin
for Holy Day schedules.
Dynamic Catholic, Alive! – Mary as a Model
We may know a lot about the Blessed Virgin Mary—celebrating her Immaculate
Conception, her birth, the Annunciation, her glorious Assumption, etc. How can we
sum it up? This way: Mary is the only human creature who shows us that God’s
original plan for us—that we could always choose in accord with His Divine Will—
was possible. Think about it—without Mary, how many of us would be wondering if
any of us could even get close? Let her “yes” inspire us. (CCC 484-507) archstl.
Becoming John the Baptist
Accepting the Call to Prepare the Way for Jesus
Advent can take us way beyond preparing for Christmas. It certainly does prepare us to
be open to the gifts that come with this season. It is a season of hope and expectation.
We encounter what happens when we taste our longing and can say, "Come, Lord,
Jesus" at a deeper and more personal level. However, Advent can also draw us into the
mystery of being not only "preparing" but to become one who is called to prepare the
way for Jesus, in our world, for others.
Looking at John the Baptist
John the Baptist is given to Elizabeth and Zachariah, and to us, as a Hebrew testament
prophet. He comes in order to be a precursor. He is the one who steps right out of the
message of the Prophet Isaiah to prepare a way for our God to save us - in the midst of
the wilderness, the wasteland - wherever there is hopelessness. His message is that the
mountains aren't too high, the valleys aren't too severe for our God to come and save
us - to be with us. He comes to make it clear that he himself is not the promised one. He
is only to announce and prepare his way. He calls for repentance and offers
forgiveness. He comes with power to speak the truth to those who would be threatened
by the good news. And, John pays a prophet's price for his discipleship.
Becoming John the Baptist
Advent is a time for us to hear the call - ultimately which comes from Jesus - to prepare
his way. We are sent before him to the non-geographical places where the good news
of Jesus hasn't been heard or where it is no longer accepted. Pope Francis tells us - in
the Joy of the Gospel - that we share the good news best by our actions, more than by
our words. Our inner joy, made manifest in our freedom to witness our joy, in our service
for others, evangelizes, that is, it credibly announces the good news of our salvation in
Jesus. We tell people about it best when we look like we believe it, and we look like we
believe it because we live it. We become those who prepare the way for faith, through
our core relationships and in our families, when we witness our faith in Jesus.
Perfectionism, harshness, judgements, the pointing finger never brought anyone closer
to Jesus. Yet, this is too often what "being religious" looks like to others. Our role in
preparing the way for Jesus is to announce, to witness, to show how full of joy and how
free we are by the personal relationship we have with Jesus. It is the exact opposite of
being "self-righteous" or "impatient." We "proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes"
when we look and act like loved sinners. When we know we are forgiven and saved by
God's mercy in Jesus, we are not only free from our own self-centeredness, but we
become courageous in loving as we have been loved. We become compassionate. We
have the heart of Jesus for others. We are the people who keep the door open, even
when it seems there is no hope that someone will return. We become more merciful. We
hear the cries of those in need and we reach out and stand on the side of those in need.
When we are on fire with the reality of the Incarnation of our God - for us - we become
not only more charitable, and kind and generous. We become on fire with being
advocates for those in need. We desire, with Jesus, with the power of the Holy Spirit, to
stand up and speak the truth about the need for justice and prepare a highway for
Jesus to let God's Kingdom come on earth - as it is in heaven.
Becoming John the Baptist, we point to Jesus
Like John, we don't call attention to ourselves. We point the way to Jesus. We say,
"Look, there he is." "Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world!"
When we point the way to Jesus, who is mercy, we become ambassadors of his mercy.
One of the most effective ways we can do this is to let ourselves not only be filled with
the good news, personally, but to let ourselves fall in love with Jesus - to fall in love with
his story, his example, his way of being, his trust in the Father, his parables, his healing
presence. Everything about Jesus becomes more and more attractive to us. We come to
him and learn from him. Our very being "proclaims the greatness of our God."
The Cost of this Discipleship
John gave his life, becoming a martyr who inspires us today. He died in the consolation
of Jesus' assurance that he was blessed in his trust in Jesus and his way. John had
prepared the way, and pointed others to Jesus, where they found healing and good
Asking for the grace
During Advent, we can ask for the grace to become a John the Baptist, in whatever way
the Lord wants to use us to open a door for him today. The opportunities will come. We
can simply ask to be opened to see them - to recognize them - and to be given the
courage and the trust to be an instrument of grace for others. We can give that special
content to the prayer, "Come, Lord Jesus, Come."
(from Creighton University, ‘Online Ministries’, Praying Advent)
ADVENT GIVING TREES
This is the LAST weekend to pick up an ornament from the giving trees.
All items are due back NEXT WEEKEND!
|IMMACULATE CONCEPTION HOLYDAY
This coming Thursday is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a holyday of
obligation. It will always be a holyday of obligation no matter what day it falls on, as Mary under this title is the
patroness of our country.
Masses for the Holyday are as follows:
Wednesday, December 7 at Immaculate Conception at 7pm
Thursday, December 8 at Immaculate Conception at 8am
Thursday, December 8 at St. Vincent at 7pm
Blessings to our second graders at St. Vincent’s for receiving the healing forgiveness of Jesus in the
Sacrament of Reconciliation this past week. They are:
Jayden Borgerding Nolan Gratza Andrew Obermark
Emily Schwoeppe Gabriella Schwoeppe Marleyna Simpkins
Andrew Voss Alexis Wilson