The Weekly News
September 7, 2017

23rd Week of the Year
Saturday, September 9, 2017
5:00 pm
Pres ider: Jim Schratz
Homilist:  Jenn Reyes Lay
Readers: Joey Leible, Sue Self
Eucharistic Ministers: Barbara Harris, Mary B. Jordan, Barbara Winkler
Sacristan: Kathy Grewe
Location: 204 East Lockwood, 63119

Sunday, September 10, 2017
9:00 am
Presider:  Jim Schratz
Homilist:  Jenn Reyes Lay
Eucharistic Minister:
Location:  17 Selma Avenue, 63119

Please note: The Parish Renewal Weekend has been postponed at this time. More information about a future date will be forthcoming when we have it.
Local Harvest Potluck
September 24, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.
Schroeder Park, Pavilion #3  
359 Old Meramec Station Road, Ballwin, 63021

The pavilion is to your right, adjacent to the tennis courts as soon as you enter the park. There is parking adjacent to the pavilion. 

Rain or shine!

ALL are invited! Bring a dish to share comprised of primarily local foods. If you need ideas contact  or check out this website which lists local farmers' markets: . Local foods can also be found at Whole Foods and local groceries. 

·  Bring a dish to share made with some local foods
·  Bring the source of your local food - we will have cards to write on to share with everyone 
·  Bring your reusable plates/utensils/cups/napkins
·  Bring a lawn chair if you like (there will be picnic tables)
·  There is limited power access (enough outlets for several crock pots
Evaluation of Sunday Eucharist (update)

We did a preliminary (mid-point) evaluation of the 9:00 AM Sunday Eucharist at the Mead Center down the street from Peace. We now have numbers indicating an 18% increase in the total (combined Saturday and Sunday) mass attendance per week over the same period last year (for Saturday only). 

Here are the Mass attendance headcount numbers from April 23, 2017, through last weekend. Headcount Numbers
Toward the end of our six month trial, we will evaluate this experiment by a variety of means. If there are certain questions or issues that are important to you in this evaluation process please email them to me at .  I am putting together a draft of a final evaluation instrument for the parish council now. Your input is more than welcome. Thanks.   
Parish Photo Directory

Throughout July, parishioner Matt Guempel has been taking portraits of parishioners for a parish photo directory. For those who weren't available in July, he will be collecting names of those who still wish to have their portrait taken. Once he has all the names, he will arrange a time to take the remainder of the portraits. You can contact Matt at

SCF will be holding a raffle, "Going for the Green," which will be held in conjunction with the Mouse Races (see below). We will start selling raffle tickets beginning this week at Mass. We have 1,000 tickets to sell; tickets are $10 and we would like to distribute in packets of 5 or 10. First prize is $1000, second prize is $500 and third prize is $250. The SCF member who sells the most tickets wins $100. The raffle drawing will be held at the Mouse Races on October 6. 

See Nancy Emmel, Mark Reinhardt or Cecelia Andres for more information. 
Save the Date:
Sts. Clare & Francis Mouse Races
Sts. Clare & Francis will be holding its first ever Mouse Race event on Friday evening, October 6, 2017 . This event will be held at Peace UCC in the Community Room and will include lots of opportunities for socializing and prize-winning!
Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks. In the meantime, if you are interested in being a part of the planning committee or in volunteering to help at the event that evening, please contact Mary Vonderheide at 314.805.2087 or .
We look forward to seeing everyone there! 

Hear Kay Schmitt's homily from August 19:

The text of archived homilies can be found here .
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.
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.
Parish Office Hours 

The Sts. Clare & Francis Office, [483 E Lockwood Ave, Ste. 3, Schultz Hall (Door B) – Eden Theological Seminary, Webster Groves, MO 63119] will be open each week on Mondays, from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm and Thursdays from 1:00 – 4:00 pm. Although someone is here more often than that, I am in and out much of the time. So I am making a concerted effort to have posted hours to be more available to people who might want to drop by. 
Sponsored by Friends...
Tree House

Prayer Circles  
Please Note Change in Meeting Day and Location
Starting in September the prayer circle is moved to the first Wednesday of each month instead of the first Tuesday and at a new location in Webster Groves. 
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
Our first Eco-Movie for the fall, "Blue Gold: World Water Wars,"
will be shown NEXT WEEK on Tuesday, September 12 at 7:00 p.m. at the Franciscan Sisters office in Kirkwood!

It will also be shown Thursday, September 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the De Soto, MO Community Center. 

Click here to watch a trailer of this film. 

  random sightings
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)
Finance Committee

(click name to contact by e-mail) :

Jim Schneider Chair

Ecumenical Catholic Communion

ECC Financials

ECC Midwest Partner Communities 
Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Chicago, Illinois
Little Rock, Arkansas
Tulsa, Oklahoma 
  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!!
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Sts. Clare & Francis ECC
Church : 204 East Lockwood Avenue | St. Louis | MO|63119
Office : 483 East Lockwood Ave. | Suite 3 | St. Louis | MO | 63119