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St. Luke to host next St Louis Mass Mob at its Gothic 1920s church


A large sign advertising a "St. Louis Mass Mob" greets motorists exiting I-64/40 at Bellevue Avenue. Just around the corner, St. Luke the Evangelist, a beautiful 1920s Gothic church, will be the host.

Organizers are hoping to fill all 600 seats for the March 19 Mass Mob, which falls on the feast of St. Joseph. For the past two years, St. Louis Mass Mobs have brought people together for worship and to raise awareness and appreciation for some of the archdiocese's most historic churches. The parishes draw an average of 400-500 people at the Masses.

Czech church, called oldest in New World, to host next Mass Mob


Sue Redfearn has known St. John Nepomuk most of her life. Her parents' parents were from the Old World, and Redfearn carried on the family's Czech heritage as she attended school and received the sacraments at the parish.

The annual crowning of the Infant Jesus of Prague statue, the Goulash Festival, the 40-hour and First Friday devotions — all of them are fond memories for Redfearn, who has served as business manager for 27 years.

"I remember we used to do plays in the (church) hall, at Christmas and Mother's Day," she said. "Once I got stage fright and could not stop laughing."

Next St. Louis Mass Mob comes to St. Nicholas

Deacon Stanley Peterson visits the St. Ann Shrine, which was installed at St. Nicholas Parish a month ago, after the closing of Visitation-St. Ann Parish. St. Nicholas, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary, will host the next St. Louis Mass Mob Sunday, Oct. 9.

The sound of the organ, the smell of the incense and the sight of the priests' vestments prompted a young Lucinda Kaid to ask her parents to join the Catholic Church.

"The church was at the end of the alley," she recalled. "As children, we would run down when we heard the organ playing and saw all of them walking in. To us, it was pretty. I wanted to go in and do what these folks were doing."

Mass Mob at St. Matthew the Apostle

Bishop Edward M. Rice delivers the Homily during a Mass dedicating the new Shrine of St. Peter Claver at St. Matthew the Apostle Catholic Church in The Ville neighborhood of St. Louis in 2013.

On the walls at St. Matthew the Apostle Church are two large stained-glass windows depicting the birth of Christ and the birth of the Church at Pentecost.

The windows and what they represent are significant to Jesuit Father Patrick Quinn, who became pastor at St. Matthew's two-and-a-half years ago. "It sets up the role of the Church as being very important," he said. "It doesn't stay with the history, but moves us to the present."

Praise at St. Rita Mass Mob is ‘all for Jesus’


Surveying the church during his homily, Father David Wichlan proclaimed that the May 22 Mass Mob was the largest crowd he's seen in 26 years as pastor of St. Rita Parish.

He was hopeful a similarly sized group will come to the parish's 100th anniversary Mass the following weekend, to be celebrated by Archbishop Robert J. Carlson. But while it's nice to fill the pews for special occasions, this is how it should be every week, Father Wichlan said.

"Most of all we want to fill them in order to praise Jesus," he said. "That's the most important thing of all — in order to praise Jesus."

St. Rita to mark 100th anniversary with a St. Louis Mass Mob

Betty Hermann directed her granddaughter, Molly Speez, in placing a rose at the foot of a statue of St. Rita Cascia on the saint’s feast day, May 22, 2015. The saint is the patronness of St. Rita Parish in Vinita Park, which is hosting the next St. Louis Mass Mob on Sunday, May 22. “I pray to her for my family, because she was a woman of faith,” Hermann said.

In the years following the 1904 World's Fair, parts of north St. Louis County transformed from farmland to subdivisions as it accommodated a real estate boom.

Vinita Park was one of those subdivisions, located just east of Overland, near Hanley Road and Page Avenue. Father John Long, pastor of All Saints Parish in University City, saw the need for a new church in the area. In 1914, it was established as a mission church, situated on an acre of land donated by the McDonagh family. A full-time pastor was appointed several years later and St. Rita eventually became its own parish.

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