Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes - February 11, 2017

     Our Lady of Lourdes Parish celebrated the feast of their 
parish patroness as a 
Solemnity. And s
o many graces were received on this unseasonably sunny, 
beautiful 
day!  The pastor, Reverend James Theby, celebrated Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes for 55 people. Each of the 
49 women who attended our prayer event (4 actual moms of St Louis priests) received a blessing with the first class relic of St. Bernadette and a bottle of water from the miraculous spring in Lourdes, France. Around 40 stayed afterwards for refreshments, and a few hope to start a new prayer cenacle for priests in their parish. 
     On this World Day of Prayer for the Sick, we dedicated this event to all sick and suffering priests. I
n particular, we dedicated our
 Rosary for Priests that day to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, who announced his resignation from the papacy exactly 4 years ago on this feast day, citing as his reason, "weakness of mind and body". (Our prayers remain with him.)  On the Hail Mary's, we prayed for frail, sick and recovering priests.
     That day, 
31 more women formally adopted a St. Louis priest through our program, bringing us up to 300 adoptive Spiritual Mothers for our archdiocesan priests.  Thanks be to God!
     We thank all the women of the parish who hosted and welcomed us, especially Mary Beth Kincaid and the Refreshment crew.  And our gratitude goes out to the pastor, Fr. Jim Theby, who shared from the heart his love for Our Lady of Lourdes and the pilgrimage site in France.
     
Please keep Fr. Theby, in your prayers, as well as their Transitional Deacon, Michael Lampe, who was present for the morning and is to be ordained in May as a priest for our Archdiocese, God willing.  (Update: Reverend Michael Lampe was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of St. Louis on May 27, 2017, thanks be to God!)

A Morning with Mary,
Mother of Priests
On the 
Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes 
 presented by Fr. Jim Theby
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Saturday Morning, February 11, 2017
at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish
            1014 Madison Ave, Washington, MO 63090   map
           We invite all women to join us for formation, prayer & fellowship:
           +  Holy Mass & Eucharistic Adoration for the sanctification of priests
           +  Talk by Fr. Jim Theby on Mary and the priesthood
           +  Rosary, litany & other prayers for priest            
           +  Commitment Ceremony of Spiritual Mothers adopting priests
           +  Fellowship with other Spiritual Mothers of Priests
           +  Discussion on starting a new Prayer Cenacle for Priests in your parish
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REGISTRATION IS CLOSED.
COST - FREE 
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Please REGISTER NOW so we know you are coming.  

Please bring light refreshments to share for coffee break after Mass and for fellowship at end of the morning.

We are being hosted at no charge by our speaker, Father Theby, and Our Lady of Lourdes Parish.  Please consider offering a donation in gratitude.

* WE NEED HELP -- PLEASE SIGN UP to assist with Registration, Information, set-up, clean-up.
* Sign up to bring a snack or beverage  

SCHEDULE
7:35 am          - Sign-in and pick up name tags
8:00 am          - HOLY MASS followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
8:45-9:15 am  - Silent Adoration (coffee & light refreshments available in cafeteria)
9:15 am          - Introduction
9:30 am          - Talk by Fr. James Theby on Mary, spiritual motherhood and the priesthood
10:30 am        - Rosary, Litany & other Prayers for Priests
11:15 am        - Commitment Ceremony of Spiritual Mothers adopting a St. Louis priest
11:30 am        - Close with Benediction
11:40 am        - Social time; Discussion on starting new Prayer Cenacles for Priests in your parish

  (Please register by Wednesday, Feb 8.)

To Register On line, CLICK HERE
or Email smfpstl@gmail.com or Call 314-275-0890.
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For questions, please email smfpstl@gmail.com or call 314-275-0890.

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HELP SPREAD THE WORD AND PROMOTE THIS EVENT:

 Click Flyer  to download, print, share and post in your church and adoration chapels. 

Please extend our invitation to this day of formation & prayer for spiritual mothers of priests to all your women friends, family and church groups. 

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ABOUT OUR SPEAKER:  Reverend  James D. Theby, ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Louis in 2008, has served as pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Washington, MO, since May of 2015.  The oldest of four children, he was a member of Incarnate Word Parish in Chesterfield, where his parents still live.  He is a graduate of DeSmet High School and Kenrick-Glennon Seminary.  As a new priest, Fr. Theby served as associate pastor at Assumption Parish in O’Fallon, then as associate pastor at St. Clare of Assisi in Ellisville. 
Discussing his vocation to the priesthood, Fr. Theby said, "Since I was in high school at DeSmet and got involved in LifeTeen at Incarnate Word, I felt called to service in the Church. The examples of many holy priests, the encouragement of family and friends, and prayerful discernment before 
the Blessed Sacrament led me to choose this vocation as a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Louis."

Please join us on February 11th to hear Fr. Theby's talk 
on Our Lady of Lourdes and spiritual motherhood for priests.

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