Apostolate of Spiritual Motherhood for the Sanctification of Priests 
in the Archdiocese of St. Louis
 

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Please join us.  All are WELCOME!

Morning of Prayer 
for the Sanctification of Priests

celebrating the 
Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
and the World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests
Friday morning, June 19, 2020

10:00 am Mass followed by Holy Hour & Rosary for Priests
Celebrant & Presider: Father Stephen Schumacher 

at St. Monica Catholic Church, 12140 Olive Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63141
 
Come join Fr. Stephen Schumacher for:
 + Holy Mass 
 + Eucharistic Adoration
 + Rosary & prayers for the Sanctification of Priests
 + Act of Reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
 + 125 person limit; social distancing and masks required. 

Not able to attend? Participate virtually:
 + Live streamed through St. Monica's parish web page.         -- Watch the YouTube video here. --
 + Down load and print Program Booklet Sacred Heart.pdf and Rosary brochure

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COST - No Charge
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Please consider offering a GENEROUS DONATION to our celebrant for sharing his priesthood with us,  and to St. Monica Parish for opening their church to us for this event.


ABOUT OUR CELEBRANT: 
Reverend Stephen Schumacher 
attended Mary Queen of Peace School in Webster Groves and Saint Louis University High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering, double major in chemical engineering and physics from Vanderbilt University, after which he taught one year at De Smet Jesuit High School (2013).  Feeling called to the priesthood, he entered Cardinal Glennon College to pursue studies in philosophy, and was sent to the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome to earn a bachelor’s degree in sacred theology, then a licentiate in biblical theology. Even after his May 2019 ordination to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of St. Louis, Fr. Schumacher continued his studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University until the COVID-19 pandemic sent him back home.  

When asked about his call to the priesthood, Fr. Schumacher answered; “I remember wanting to be a priest when I was in fourth grade, 10 years old. It seemed like the kind of “imagination” that kids have when growing up — firefighter, pilot, astronaut — but it never went away, and it settled into a kind of “that’s what I want to do when I grow up.” I was especially drawn to the Mass. I loved to serve Mass. I would sign up for funerals and other Masses that servers were not scheduled for. I started going to daily Mass on some days before school when I was in seventh grade, which I kept up through high school.

“All through high school I expected I would go to seminary when I graduated — I figured I would go to the Jesuit novitiate. But my mom wanted me to go to university. So I applied to different schools and ended up with a great offer at Vanderbilt. We had a fantastic chaplaincy, and I am very grateful to the chaplain, the FOCUS team, and the rest of the staff for the good place they helped to create at Vanderbilt while I was there.

“I attended a Jesuit Come-and-See weekend at Saint Louis University, and it became clear to me while I was there that I was not supposed to apply to the Jesuits. So I applied to Kenrick-Glennon, and I’ve been very happy and confident that I am in the right place ever since."  

Please join us on June 19, 2020 to pray with Fr. Schumacher and hear his homily.
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SCHEDULE
10:00 am    - MASS for the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
11:00 am    -
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Silent Adoration
11:30 am    - Rosary & other Prayers for Priests, Act of Reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
                    ending with 
Benediction

At this time, masks and social distancing are required, and there is a 125-person limit at St. Monica Church for this event. 

CLICK HERE to watch and pray with us virtually on St. Monica's live stream.

Down load and print Program Booklet Sacred Heart.pdf (print both sides and fold)

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