Thursday, November 30, 2006

November 30 - St. Andrew

See Saint-a-day for more information regarding this apostle and martyr, who is the patron saint of Scotland and Russia.

For more information on St. Andrew parish in Lemay, which bordered St. Boniface to the south, and is currently the home of former St. Boniface associate pastor, Fr. Al Danter, see their website.

Happy birthday Ann!

Season of Sharing: Our Lady's Inn

See more information on their web site on how you can contribute this holiday season. Our Lady's Inn has facilities in South St. Louis and St. Charles County.

Our Lady's Inn is an emergency shelter for pregnant women in crisis, helping them to choose life for their unborn child. Founded on January 22, 1982, OLI is a safe refuge where a woman can learn how to care for herself and her unborn baby.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

November 29- Blessed Francis Anthony of Lucera, in the news

For more information on today's 17th century priest and holy man, see Saint-a-day.

In the news:

Want to learn more about what exactly is a novena? Check out this article and interview with authors Barbara Calamari and Sandra DiPasqua about The Novena Book: The Power of Prayer. (from

Season of Sharing - Catholic Charities

See their website for more information on the ways you can contribute this holiday season.

Here's more about Catholic Charities from their web site:

Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Saint Louis, is the largest private provider of social services in the state of Missouri. Organized as a federation, Catholic Charities is comprised of 8 agencies offering more than 100 programs to assist, on average, more than 120,000 poor and impoverished people annually.

Race, creed and ethnic background play no role in determining who receives help from Catholic Charities. Need is the only criterion.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

November 28 - St. Catherine Laboure

See Saint-a-day for more information on today's 19th century French saint.

For more information on St. Catherine Laboure parish in St. Louis, check out

Monday, November 27, 2006

November 27 - St. James Intercisus

For more information about today's fifth century Persian martyr, see Saint-a-day.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Season of sharing - Special Education fund

This is a special series of posts to highlight a number of Catholic endeavors you may have never heard about. If you can, please share your time, talent and treasure with these organizations throughout the holiday season, and during the New Year.

Disclaimer: I have a personal bias on this one. My two siblings were prepared for the Sacraments at a Special Education school of religion at Seven Holy Founders parish. They still attend regularly organized retreats there today. Many, many thanks to Mary Beth Schulte, who has coordinated this wonderful program.

From the St. Louis Review of November 24, 2006: Endowment started to honor work of Msgr. Elmer Behrmann

Today the Department of Special Education includes two schools, numerous learning centers, a high school enrichment program, a residential school, two preschools, a vocational program, a guidance center and Special Religious Education Ministry.

See the link above for more information about the work of the Department of Special Education.

To contribute to the Monsignor Elmer R. Behrmann Scholarship Appeal, send donations to: Department of Special Education, 4472 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108-2495; or access the department’s website,

Friday, November 24, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving!

Due to some pressing issues for me at school this week, I did not post any updates. Rest assured, they will proceed as normal again next week.

Here are some interesting tidbits I found in the news recently.

Religious relics for sale on eBay? Not if Tom Serafin has his way. (from

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Fr. Marvin Kopff

Fr. Kopff served at St. Boniface as associate pastor in the early 1960s.

Kopff, Father Marvin C. fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church, Wednesday, November 15, 2006. Beloved son of the late Cornelius and Bernadine Kopff; our dear cousin, friend, brother priest in Religious life.
Services: Visitation at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 4200 Delor St., St. Louis, MO 63116 on Monday, November 20, 9 a.m. until time of Funeral Mass at 11 a.m.
Interment SS Peter and Paul Cemetery.
Father Kopff was the National Spiritual Director of the Holy Name Society for over 6 years. Contributions to Regina Cleri Home for Retired Priests, # 10 Archbishop May Dr., St. Louis, MO 63119-5004 greatly appreciated. Service of KUTIS AFFTON Chapel, 10151 Gravois.

Friday, November 17, 2006

November 17 - St. Elizabeth of Hungary

See Saint-a-day for more information on today's saint.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

November 16 - St. Margaret of Scotland

See Saint-a-day for more information on today's saint.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

November 15 - St. Albert the Great

For more information on today's saint, see Saint-a-day.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

November 14 - St. Lawrence O'Toole

See Saint-a-day for more information on today's 12th century Irish saint.

Monday, November 13, 2006

November 13- St. Frances Xavier Cabrini

For more information on today's Italian immigrant saint, see Saint-a-day.

Friday, November 10, 2006

November 10 - St. Leo the Great

See Saint-a-day for more information on today's fifth century pope.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

November 9 - St. Theodore Tiro

For more information about today's third century Roman soldier and martyr, see Saint-a-day.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

November 8 - St. Godfrey

See Saint-a-day for more information on this 12th century French abbot and bishop.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

November 7 - St. Willibrord

For more information on today's seventh century saint, see Saint-a-day.

Monday, November 06, 2006

November 6 -St. Theophane Venard

See Saint-a-day for more information on this 19th century French priest who ministered and was martyred in Vietnam.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Fr. Begley to retire

From the St. Louis Review of yesterday, November 3 Fr. Begley was the pastor of St. Boniface from 1997 to 2001.

Rev. Thomas M. Begley, pastor of St. Luke the Evangelist Parish, Richmond Heights, has submitted the resignation of his pastorate and requested the status of retirement for reasons of health. His resignation has been accepted, and he has been granted the status of retirement, with private residence, effective Nov. 7, 2006.

Friday, November 03, 2006

November 3 - St. Martin de Porres

See Saint-a-day for more information about this Peruvian saint.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

November 2 - All Souls' Day

See Saint-a-day for more information on today's feast day.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

November 1 - All Saints' Day

See Saint-a-day for more information about today's feast day.