The Weekly News
October 4, 2018
Feast of Francis of Assisi
Saturday, October 6, 2018
5:00 pm
Readings: Prov 2:1-9; Gal 6:14-18; Mt 5:1-12a
Pres ider: Jim Schratz
Homilist:  Jim Schratz
Readers: John Duffy-Burke, Jenn Reyes Lay
Eucharistic Ministers: Barbara Winkler, Mary Ellen Kruger, Helen Gennari
Sacristan: Cecelia Andres
Location: 204 East Lockwood, 63119
Sunday, October 7, 2018
9:00 am
Presider:  Jim Schratz
Homilist:  Jim Schratz
Sacristan: Elizabeth Seitz
Location:  Mead Center, 1 7 Selma Avenue, 63119
Sts. Clare & Francis Mouse Races
Friday, October 5, 2018
6:30 pm Doors open
7:00 pm First race
Tomorrow night's the night!

This event will be held at Peace UCC in the Community Room and will include lots of opportunities for socializing and prize-winning!

Tickets are $25, $200/table of 8.

If you are interested 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!
Fall Ride & Stride
Sunday, October 21, 2018
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Simpson Park

The 2018 annual Ride and Stride event is set for October 21 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at Simpson Park on Marshall Road in Valley Park.

The Ride and Stride is a fun event for everyone. You can bring your ride and cycle along a paved pathway, or take a nice walk among the autumn colors.

  • Your kids, grandkids, and friends!
  • A dish to share (note: there are no electrical outlets available)
  • Your own dishware, drinks and camping chair.

Enter the park from Marshall Road and look for the canopy. We will not be using the shelter this year.

If you want to ride in a group, the bikers will start out at 11:15 am. Trail maps will be available.

When we met last July we loaned a total of $3,150 to 26 different borrowers. One of those loans was $125 to the Genesis Chuatuj Group in Guatemala. This is a group of 10 women who have elementary school educations, and who are striving to empower themselves and eliminate poverty. They meet monthly to make loan repayments and receive in-depth training on business, health, over-indebtedness, and self-esteem.

One of the group, Elizabeth, is a 46-year-old married mother of seven children (ages 4-25) who has a second grade education. Her husband helps with the two family businesses: a convenience store and a veterinary supply store. Elizabeth requested the loan to buy inventory for the veterinary business.
Matthew 25 Fund Needs Replenishment
The Matthew 25 Fund helps SCF members who need financial assistance. All information concerning the people with whom we work is held in the strictest confidence. This fund needs to be replenished. If you would like to contribute to this fund, make your check payable to Sts. Clare & Francis, write “Matthew 25” in the memo line, and place it in the collection basket. “All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need.” (Acts 3:44)
Here Comes the vote
Ballot Ballyhoo
We will host a discussion of the Missouri Statewide Initiatives on the ballot this November on Saturday, October 13, from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in Room 24 at church. Tom Flanagan will present.
Book Club

Kay Schmitt is offering a book club opportunity to all our members. If you are interested, please contact Kay by email ( ) or while visiting at church.
Sacristans Assistance Needed - Update

If you are interested in serving as a sacristan on either Saturday or Sunday, we would love for you to join us! The work is not difficult and one of the current sacristans would train you. Plus, there are always people at Mass who are willing to assist in putting things away. 

Peace has offered to facilitate the movement of furniture on Saturdays, so the "heavy lifting" for that date has been significantly reduced. If that was holding you back from volunteering in this ministry, then it is no longer an issue!

Please contact Kathy Grewe at  or 314.894.7101 or Mary Vonderheide at  or 314.805.2087 if you would like to serve as a sacristan on either day. Your assistance would be sincerely appreciated.

Hear the homily by Frank Krebs from September 29:

Audio recordings of some homilies can be found here .

The text of older archived homilies can be found here .
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Visit the Upcoming Events page on our website for the latest list of offerings or follow us on Facebook . Read more about the events listed here below.
Songs, Stories, and Poetry from the Celtic Christian World: 
a Spiritual Practice for Today
with Stefan Andre Waligur

A Celtic Weekend at Peace Tree Spirituality Center
October 5, 6, and 7
The weekend offers three opportunities to connect deeply with the inner landscape of your soul through the living art and traditions of Celtic Christianity: a Friday evening concert, a Saturday retreat, and Sunday worship.  Contact Jessica with questions 314.283.4697 or . Visit  for more info.

Celtic Kirtan: a concert with Stefan Andre Waligur
Friday, October 5, 7:00 pm
Suggested donation $10
Stefan pulls us into his original music described as a form of ecstatic chant accessible to all voices .

Song, Stories, and Poetry from the Celtic Christian World: a Spiritual Practice for Today
Saturday, October 6, 9 am — 4:30 pm
Cost: $60
Register at  or email

Sunday Communion Service with Stefan as guest music leader at Zion United Church of Christ
Sunday, October 7, 10:30 am
Free will offering


Tree House
Mini Retreats

Fall Retreat: "Let Go of All You've Outgrown"
September 28 - 30
6400 Minnesota Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63111

Resident fee includes private room and meals: $225.00
Commuter fee with meals: $150.00
Suggested Love Offering for presenting the Retreat: $50.00-$75.00
If you need financial help or need more information, call our office: 314.269.3657.

Tree House Day Retreats at Il Ritiro
"Listening to God in Our Dreams"
October 20 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
October 24 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Click here for a flyer with more information.

Prayer Circles  
First Wednesday of the month ( Note: Closed in September )
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

The Mercy Conference and Retreat Center has elected to open its chapel every Wednesday from 5:30 pm to 6:00 pm to anyone who wishes to come and spend some time in quiet prayer for immigrants and refugees. This will begin on Wednesday, July 11 and will continue through Wednesday, December 19 .  All are welcome. 

Please come and hold our human family in prayer until we see a more positive change in the ways in which our country receives and welcomes immigrants and refugees. There will be prayer cards available for those who wish to use them. At 6:00 pm a bell will sound to indicate that the time for prayer is coming to a close.
Immigration is one of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas Five Critical Concerns. “Believing in the dignity of every human person, we work for just and humane immigration laws in the U.S., address policies that push people to flee their countries, and examine the global impact of immigration.”
Parish Council

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

(click name to contact by e-mail)

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.
Finance Committee

(click name to contact by e-mail) :

Jim Schneider Chair
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.
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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