The Weekly News
March 15, 2018
Fifth Week of Lent
Saturday, March 17, 2018
5:00 pm
Pres ider: Jim Schratz
Homilist:  Jenn Reyes Lay
Readers: Karen Diehl, John Duffy-Burke
Eucharistic Ministers: Kristie Lenzen, Andy Lenzen, Mary Ellen Kruger
Sacristan: Cecelia Andres
Location: 204 East Lockwood, 63119

Sunday, March 18, 2018
9:00 am
Presider:  Jim Schratz
Homilist:  Jenn Reyes Lay
Sacristan: Elizabeth Seitz
Location:  Mead Center, 1 7 Selma Avenue, 63119
Election of ECC Synod Delegates for SCF

Please click here to affirm/negate two candidates for two positions as ECC synod delegates for SCF. Thanks for your participation!  Vote here
March for Our Lives STL
Saturday, March 24, 2018
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join us as we march in solidarity with victims of gun violence and demand action from congress. 

We will begin Union Station and from there we will go to the Arch, where we will have speakers and performers - TBA! Please call Sue Flanagan (314.409.4899) if you want to walk with the SCF group.
Rally To End Racism

Good News: we now have until March 26th to sign up for the bus to DC for the Rally to End Racism ! If you thought about going and needed more time to think through how to make this happen, this should help. Here again are the Rally details:

A schedule of the trip is available by clicking here .
Registration now due by March 26th. Please register here for the $190 round-trip coach ride.
Click here for various lodging options with a range of prices near the event at the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall.
For the official website link for the March, click here .
Contact me with any questions.
Gather up some friends and sign up!
Faith Climate Action Week
Prayer Flags and Liturgy of Creation
Faith Climate Action Week is April 14 - 22, 2018. The week surrounds Earth Day and will focus on how we can take action to protect our common home. This year's theme is Charged with Faith: Leading the way to a clean energy future.  On March 17 after Mass the Green Team will be distributing pieces of fabric with instructions to make your own prayer flag. The prayer flags should be decorated and given back to the Green Team No Later Than April 7.  The flags will hang outside of church during Faith Climate Action Week which begins April 14. On Saturday, April 14 we will have a Liturgy of Creation at 5:00 p.m. to kick off the week. 

Monarch Garden Cleanup

Interested in helping transition the garden from winter to spring? Join the Green Team for an hour to clean up last year's dead stems and make way for the new greenery. If interested contact Marilyn at or talk to me at church. This activity is perfect for families. Many hands make light work!
Open Parish Council Meetings

The monthly meetings of the Parish Council are open to all SCF members. The Council meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 6:45 pm in one of the Peace UCC classrooms. If you have a question for the Parish Council or just want to learn how it operates, you are encouraged to attend a meeting.

Hear Frank Krebs' homily from March 10:

The text of archived homilies can be found here .
  random sightings
If God sends you down a stony path,
may he give you strong shoes.

Irish Blessing
Sponsored by Friends...
On the Path of Yoga
March 17, 1:30 - 4:30 pm
Cost: $40

What does it mean to have a yoga practice? Is it a path to physical fitness? Stress reduction? If we look at seminal texts on yoga, we see that yoga is a comprehensive spiritual path. The path of yoga leads us into a state of full integration of our highest self in every moment.
In this afternoon course we will look at one of these texts, the Yoga Sutras, and explore the spiritual path of yoga.

About the Presenter
Andrew Nunberg  is a scientist turned spiritual aspirant. He started on the spiritual path 20 years ago when he was initiated into the practice of Sudarshan Kriya ( SKY Meditation ). Since then he has incorporated the spiritual teachings and practices of the Vedic tradition into his daily life as described by his spiritual teacher (guru) Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. Andy now teaches these practices as well as spreads awareness of yoga, meditation and Ayurveda.

A Week of Grace + Prayer
March 18 - 24, 2018
Cost: Donation – pay what you can

A Retreat in Everyday Life
There is no wrong way to pray.
You can’t do this retreat wrong.
These are individually directed retreats made during the course of everyday life. Couples in committed relationships have the option of meeting as a couple with a spiritual companion, rather than separately.
  • During a Week of Grace + Prayer, each participant is invited to pray privately for at least 30 minutes each day and will meet with his/her spiritual companion privately for 30 minutes each day, Monday through Friday. Confidential, one-on-one meetings with spiritual companions take place in the afternoon or evening, at the convenience of each participant.
There is no registration fee, but retreatants are invited to share the costs of the retreat as they are able. Regarding offering amount, the average cost for each retreatant is about $44, some retreatants contribute less and some contribute more. Offerings may be given to the retreat coordinator, cash or check made out to Week/Month of Grace + Prayer. Your offerings help support the continuation of this ministry.

Sunday, March 25, 10:00 a.m. - Noon
Saturday, April 7, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
(Breaking Bread Celtic Service Sunday, April 8)
Dreams are Letters from the Soul with Carolyn Griffeth
Friday, April 13, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
April 14, 1:00 - 4:30 p.m.
May 4 - 6
Tree House

Inner Healing: what is it? why would I need it?
Saturday, March 24, 2018
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Avila University
Registration $45, includes lunch.

Sr. Cecelia Ann Loomer founded Tree House Healing Ministry in 1985 to provide a nurturing environment in which the wounds of life can be cleansed and healed. The focus of the ministry is on healing the inner wounds of the past, or they will keep sabotaging relationships of the present and future.

for more information contact Mike Matteuzzi, 913.253.2510
Prayer Circles  
First Wednesday of the month
7:00 - 8:30 pm
Sts. Clare & Francis Ecumenical Catholic Community
204 E. Lockwood Avenue
Webster Groves, 63119

Third Wednesday of the month
1:00 - 2:30 pm
Library Headquarters
East Room
St. Louis County Library
1640 S. Lindbergh Boulevard
Frontenac, MO 63131


Mercy Center

Walking the Lenten Journey
Presenter: Mary Katherine Doyle, RSM
Tuesday, 3/13
Registration 8:30 am
Program 9:00 - 11:00 am

Throughout the Lenten season the Word of God invites us to three movements of the heart. These movements will be explored in this three part series.

Tuesday, March 13 - The third movement is one of surrender and entrustment. We are invited to lay down our lives that we might find life in Jesus.

Individual Session: $35
Registration appreciated by the Friday before the session(s) you wish to attend. For assistance with registration call: 314.966.4686. For a flyer, click here .
Parish Council News

To see Parish Council meeting minutes or the Parish Constitution and Bylaws, click the appropriate link:

(click name to contact by e-mail)

Ecumenical Catholic Communion

ECC Financials

ECC Midwest Partner Communities 
Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Chicago, Illinois
Little Rock, Arkansas
Tulsa, Oklahoma 
Prayer List
The Sts. Clare & Francis Prayer list is available for you to share prayer requests from you to your sisters and brothers who are walking this faith journey with you. Praying for one another when there are specific needs is one of the greatest ministries we can provide to one another. But, we cannot pray for events and happenings that we do not know about. Please share your prayers requests with the community. You can be as specific or general as you would like. Contact Jim Schratz with all prayer requests.
Caring Ministry
The Caring Ministry at Sts. Clare & Francis brings the loving presence of God, through a caring companion on the journey, when life is difficult. When we find ourselves struggling with illness, grief, depression, relationships, stress, the Caring Ministry is a supportive and listening presence - not counseling or problem solving. Don't go it alone; contact Sue Self or one of our priests to find out more, and see if it's a fit for you. We want to care for you.
  All Saints ECC
Our Mission Church
We meet at:
Trinity United Church of Christ
47 North Douglas Avenue
Belleville, IL 62220
Our Metro East ECC Mission Church meets every Sunday at 9:30 am. 
Our chapel is in the lower level of Trinity UCC.
Directions from St. Louis: 
Hwy. 64 East to Exit 12; 
RIGHT onto #159/IL St. Continue 5 miles to Douglas Ave.
(railroad crossing)
LEFT on Douglas Ave. to church.
For information, contact:
Rev. Frank Krebs (314.740.1160) or Rev. Kay Schmitt (314.620.9511). Contact Kay if you wish to ride with her.
All are welcome.
General Info

Want to get connected and involved? Start by taking a look at our  Ministries Brochure  or check out our website at
The Parish Office  is located at Eden Theological Seminary, 483 East Lockwood, Suite 3, St. Louis, MO 63119.  
Frank  or Jim are available for appointments. You can also reach Frank at 314.740.1160 or Jim at 314.896.0125.
To Schedule Meetings at Peace UCC:
Contact Kelly, the church secretary, to get it on their calendar.   
Matthew 25
The Matthew 25 Fund helps members in our community who need financial assistance. All information concerning the people with whom we work is held in the strictest confidence. If you would like to contribute to this fund, make your check payable to Matthew 25, and place it in the collection basket. If you need assistance from the fund, contact  Peggy Montgomery
We have a SafeChurch Policy to protect our children and other vulnerable populations .
The Sts. Clare & Francis
Lands’ End Store
In partnership with Lands’ End, you can now purchase clothing and other items embroidered with the Sts. Clare & Francis logo (below). Just follow the link above. If you have any questions, please contact .  

Please keep our Schnucks E-Scrip fund raiser in mind when you shop. If you don't already have an E-Scrip card, please call Marilyn Tenholder (314.323.1467) and she will get one to you. There is no charge and all you have to do is activate it by either a phone call or by going online. Simply show the card when you check out and a percentage of your purchase cost will be rebated back to Sts. Clare & Francis. Thank you!!
Sts. Clare & Francis offers information about other organizations and activities that we feel is useful or relevant to our members and to the public. As an Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3) organization, Sts. Clare & Francis is required to abide by certain rules. Sts. Clare & Francis is prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office. Sts. Clare & Francis is also prohibited from devoting a substantial part of its activities to attempting to influence legislation. As a result of these rules, we do not specifically endorse these organizations or activities nor do they specifically represent the views of Sts. Clare & Francis, to the extent that doing so would jeopardize Sts. Clare & Francis' standing as a Section 501(c)(3) organization.
If you have an item that you wish to submit for publication in the Weekly News, please send it to Steve Campbell  no later than noon on Wednesday of the week you would like it to appear. If you cannot send an e-mail, you may call or text Steve at 314.603.9991.
Sts. Clare & Francis ECC
Church : 204 East Lockwood Avenue | St. Louis | MO|63119
Office : 483 East Lockwood Ave. | Suite 3 | St. Louis | MO | 63119