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Forming Men for Christ

Thursday, 11/14/2019 at 6:30 AM - 7:45 AM

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Convent Camino

Friday, 11/15/2019 at 6:00 PM

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Reveal the Living Word with Fr. Phil Krill

Saturday, 11/16/2019 at 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM

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The Conversation: A Catholic Perspective on End-of-Life Issues

Saturday, 11/16/2019 at 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

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St. Robert Bellarmine Ladies Council Quilt Bingo

Saturday, 11/16/2019 at 10:30 AM - 4:00 PM

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Memorial Mass - Fr. Tom Nelson, C.M.

Saturday, 11/16/2019 at 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

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Holy Infant Cash Bingo

Saturday, 11/16/2019 at 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

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Spaghetti Dinner with Wine Tasting

Sunday, 11/17/2019 at 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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Managing Grief During the Holidays

Monday, 11/18/2019 at 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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St. Joseph Luncheon Speaker Series

Wednesday, 11/20/2019 at 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

A Corpus Christi procession traveled through the streets of the Central West End to an outdoor altar for benediction.
A Corpus Christi procession traveled through the streets of the Central West End to an outdoor altar for benediction.
Photo Credit: Lisa Johnston

Parish registration is a two-way street

Providing your information is a way of connecting with parish staff

Want to take an adult education class at the local community college?

You need to register first.

Want to work out at a local gym?

You need to register first.

Want your child to play on a soccer team?

You need to register first.

Belonging to a church community doesn’t require registration — no one’s going to throw you out if you don’t sign up — but it’s an important step. And wearen’t automatically registered just by showing up.

Registration isn’t about seeking donations, it’s about building community.

Benefits for the parish:

• Census numbers may determine how many priests are assigned to a parish, what benefits accrue and obligations the community has to the archdiocese, and how many Masses and programs are planned.

• Registration enables the parish to contact the faithful through newsletters and other correspondence about programs and activities, including spiritual opportunities such as a retreat. The parish community members help one another and lift each other in times of need. A pastor noted that sometimes he wants to console someone from the parish whose relative died, for example, but doesn’t have an updated phone number.

• The formal registration helps the parish welcome get to know new parishioners; and updated contact information ensures mission continuity when pastors or staff change.

Benefits for you:

• Scheduling sacraments, obtaining sponsor certificates, participating in religious education programs and getting donation statements for tax purposes is simplified.

• A sense of identity and belonging forms in a parish community and gives you a way to be included in the religious, social and ministerial activities.

• Registration develops unity and ownership.

• In times of joy and times of struggle, it’s comforting to have the support of a parish family. The parish will have your information for Communion calls if you’re ill or immobile, or for making hospital visits when requested.

Registration in many parishes is as simple as visiting the parish website. St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Parish in south St. Louis County, for example, has a registration form/ministry list on its site as well as an “I’m New Here” section. In a greeting, Msgr. Norb Ernst, the parish pastor, welcomes people, provides basic information about the parish and asks people to consider investing time or talent in parish groups or organizations.

“Volunteering is a great way to meet other parishioners, to learn more about our community and to enjoy the rewards gained from sharing your gifts and talents,” Msgr. Ernst wrote. “We are looking forward to seeing you at Mass and getting to know you better.”

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