St. John Paul II Parish formed by merger of two parishes in Affton

St. John Paul II is the new name of the merged St. Dominic Savio and St. George Parishes in Affton. 

Parishioners had submitted choices for a new name for the parish along with a rationale for that name. A parish communications committee and pastor Father Paul Rothschild narrowed the choices to four and submitted the names to Archbishop Robert J. Carlson.

The two parishes will begin worshiping together at St. George Church on Sunday, May 20.

Editorial | Parishes may close but their faith lives on

From a purely human standpoint, the closing of Immaculate Conception Parish in St. Mary brings a sense of sadness and perhaps grief, similar to the passing of a trusted, long-time friend.

Dating to its founding in 1874, the parish had been home as residents of St. Mary celebrated the rhythms of life — baptisms to funerals, with every significant sacramental life event in between. They received the sacraments, attended the parish school, got married, went to picnics and socials, played bingo, quilted and just plain enjoyed life.

Long-forgotten bell rings in school’s rich history

Leona Scharfenberg, 94, donated this century-old school bell back to St. John’s-Gildehaus School after keeping it safe in her home for nearly 60 years. From the early 1900s the bell was used by the educators to summon children to recess, meals and prayer before being replaced by an electronic bell in 1961. Shortly after, Sister Aniceta Loeffler gave the bell to Scharfenberg, who was a school cook.

The schoolyard bell, its distinguishing mark — a two-inch crack at its base — and the story behind it might have been lost to history, leaving it as just a relic from a bygone era similar to any school bell at a flea market or antique store near you.

But then, Leona Scharfenberg stepped forward with the unique and interesting backstory.

Totus Tuus catechetical program is growing in archdiocese

Totus Tuus, a catechetical summer program for first- through 12th-graders, is growing in the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

The program, which expanded from seven parishes last year to 11 this summer, has elements of a vacation Bible school and a mission. Taught by young adult catechists, known as "missionary teachers," participants learn what it means to share the Gospel and how to promote the faith through evangelization, catechesis, Christian witness and eucharistic worship.

Parish puts Beyond Sunday return to good use via new building


As the largest parish in the Archdiocese of St. Louis with more than 5,300 registered households, it's hard to imagine that St. Joseph in Cottleville doesn't have a preschool. Or a senior ministry. Or a space to hold pancake breakfasts after Mass.

Yet all of the above is true — but not for much longer.

St. Anthony of Padua Church to host next Mass Mob Nov. 12

Originally founded as a parish for German immigrants, St. Anthony of Padua Parish continues its mission today as a sanctuary for immigrant families from all over the world.

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