Above the Clouds

     Receiving the Blessed Sacrament in the Eucharist is the source and summit of our Catholic faith, but during these unprecedented times and to ensure the health and safety of all people, it is not possible to receive the Sacrament during this time. However, there are still opportunities to draw close to Christ and unite with the Church during these difficult times.

    “The Church obliges the faithful "to take part in the Divine Liturgy on Sundays and feast days"
and, prepared by the sacrament of Reconciliation, to receive the Eucharist at least once a year, if

possible during the Easter season.”

                                                          -Catechism of the Catholic Church §1389

     While we are unable to receive the Blessed Sacrament during the next several weeks, we can
take the opportunity to participate in Mass online, reflect on scripture, and engage in further
spiritual reading. One excellent way to receive the blessings bestowed upon us is through a
Spiritual Communion. Below is a copy of the prayer that can be used or distributed amongst the



                     Prayer of Spiritual Communion

    Jesus, present in the Blessed Sacrament,

I love you with all my heart. I ask my guardian to retrieve the Eucharist from the Tabernacle, so I may receive Jesus spiritually. FILL MY MIND AND HEART  with full Eucharistic graces.

     Bulletins for St. James and St. Mary's are available anytime in the Adoration Chapel at St Mary's.  Holy, Blessed Palms are available now in the Chapel so that you may have them with you for Chapel at St Mary's. For the access code to the Chapel, please call the parish office at            636-451-4685 during regular office hours, or by contacting Deacon Brian Knight by  email, text or phone, please include your name/parish/and contact info to: 314-520-6263 or deaconbrian@gamil.com

    Holy Water, Holy Salt for home blessing, Rosary's, Prayer Cards, etc. are also available in the Chapel, free for the taking. Please make use of these materials and this Holy space.

Please, due to the size and space of our Adoration Chapel, please adhere to a strict limit of two (2) worshipers inside at any one given time.

             Adoration 2021

Please take advantage of the many hours available for Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament in 2021. 

 If interested, please call the  Parish Office to get on our regular schedule for the Adoration Chapel at               St. Mary's. 636-451-4685


          Healing Liturgy

Monthly Healing Service includes:   Healing Prayers and Anointing, Benediction, Confession, and Rosary on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, Service Begins 6 p.m. at St. James.

       All are welcome to attend

 If you are interested in becoming Catholic, have questions or need information, please contact our Parish Office at 636-451-4685.


            New to the area?

Looking to join, or come back to the Church, please consider St. Mary of Perpetual Help in Villa Ridge, or, St James in Catawissa. Please feel free to contact the Parish Office for details, or speak with the Pastor or Deacon after any Mass. All are welcome to St. Mary's and St. James.

For RCIA instructions: 

     Please contact Fr. Mark


St Mary's Parish Picnic

Chicken and Beef Dinners

August 1, 2021 

12 noon to 5:00 pm


St. James Fall Festival 

Chicken and Beef Dinners

Huge "Silent Auction"

2nd Sunday in October - 10/10/2021

11 am to 5:00 pm