|Saint Vincent de Paul Parish Dutzow, MO and
Immaculate Conception Parish Augusta, MO
|Parish Mission Statement
St. Vincent de Paul at Dutzow, high above the surrounding countryside, shares
with its faithful a rich heritage of Catholic belief. As God’s people our Mission is
to make Jesus Christ present in our daily lives through Divine worship;
Christian education and service to our neighbor; to strive through ethical
conduct, generous hearts, and industrious lives; to give glory and honor to God.
Tuesday 7:00 – 7:15 pm at SV
Saturday 4:15 - 4:45 pm at SV
Any other time by appointment.
SV Perpetual Help Devotions are held Tuesday after Mass
IC Perpetual Help Devotions are held Monday after Mass
SV- Every Tuesday 5:00-7:30pm
IC- Second Thursday of every month (odd months)
5:00-7:00pm with Benediction and prayers starting at 7:00pm
IC Parish Council/Finance
Connie Struckhoff- Chair
Mary Ann Kluesner
SV Parish Council
Lisa Mayer -Sec
SV Finance Committee
Lorraine Struckhoff- Chair
Kelly Borgerding- Vice Pres
|Parish Mission Statement
As members of Immaculate Conception Parish in Augusta and members of the
Archdiocese of St. Louis, we seek to live our Catholic Faith in union with the
Archbishop. Faithful to the Gospel values of our Lord Jesus Christ, we strive to fulfill
our baptismal call by worshipping together, sharing our faith, and serving others in the
name of Jesus. Guided by the Holy Spirit, we commit ourselves to be responsible
stewards of God's gifts. All for the Glory of God and the good of all people.
|ABOVE ALL, WE ARE CHRISTIAN COMMUNITIES.
SMALL ENOUGH TO CARE, HUMBLE ENOUGH TO SERVE,
STRONG ENOUGH TO NOURISH.
Take me to Immacuate Conception in
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IC ~Immaculate Conception in Augusta
SV ~St. Vincent de Paul in Dutzow
Monday 8:00 am at IC
Tuesday 7:30 pm at SV
Wednesday 8:00 am at SV
Thursday 8:00 am at IC
Friday 8:00 am at SV
(During the school year Wed. & Fri. Masses are school Masses)
(No Friday Masses from May 22-August 21, 2015)
Saturday: 5:00pm (Sunday Vigil) at SV
Sunday: 8:00 am at IC
10:00 am at SV
Holy Days: Please check here or the bulletin
for Holy Day schedules.
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-There is no Friday morning Mass during the summer.
-There are no 1st Sunday breakfasts during the summer months. They will
resume during the fall.
Prayer During Ordinary Time: A Renewed Personal Encounter with Jesus
In his Apostolic Exhortation, The Joy of the Gospel, Pope Francis appeals to all of us to give
ourselves to a "renewed personal encounter" with Jesus:
I invite all Christians, everywhere, at this very moment, to a renewed personal encounter with
Jesus Christ, or at least an openness to letting him encounter them; I ask all of you to do this
unfailingly each day. No one should think that this invitation is not meant for him or her, since “no
one is excluded from the joy brought by the Lord” [Paul VI, Apostolic Exhortation Gaudete in
Domino] The Lord does not disappoint those who take this risk; whenever we take a step towards
Jesus, we come to realize that he is already there, waiting for us with open arms. 
There are four elements to this invitation: 1) it is a renewal, 2) which is personal, 3) which is an
encounter, 4) and it with with Jesus.
How is my relationship with Jesus now?
For many of us, it is not easy to describe our relationship with Jesus. We might find it easier to
describe our relationship with God, in general. We might even acknowledge, that though we
celebrate Mass each weekend (or perhaps, daily), receiving the Body and Blood of Jesus in an
intimate communion with him, we don't feel or experience a day to day conversational, personal
relationship with him.
Asking for the grace of a renewed personal encounter with Jesus
The first grace is a desire - something stirring within us - which is open to this deeper encounter.
As Pope Francis says that it can start with an "openness" to letting Jesus encounter me. "Waiting
for us with open arms" is a quite comforting image. We can't let our having been away or distant or
pre-occupied, or even having been selfish or deeply sinful get in the way of this renewal. The first
part of the joy we can long for is the experience - perhaps for the first time in our lives - of being
loved mercifully, with compassion and with open arms.
So, with that desire, we simply ask for it. We can start by saying it out loud in some private place:
"Dear Jesus, let me begin a renewed personal encounter with you."
As the days go by, we will find more and more specific ways of talking with Jesus and asking for
this grace in ways that opens our hearts more and more.
"Jesus, let me experience your presence with me today. Let me know your love, your patience, your
comforting peace. I am so grateful you have forgiven me. I want to walk through my day today
feeling grateful that you've given me a fresh start."
"Lord, Jesus, want to invite you into more and more places in my life today. I want to let you into my
worries and my fears. Instead of just asking you to fix everything in my life, or to change other
people, I just want to enjoy your friendship, your accompanying me, your presence with me today."
"Dear Jesus, you know what weighs on me the most today. As I reveal my heart to you, I start to
understand my own heart's restlessness I'm so sorry for how complex my heart is. As you comfort
and heal my heart, its wounds and pains, I am growing in a sense of how personally you love me.
I'm touched by the personal affection you have with me. I'm becoming more at ease with you, at the
same time as I'm becoming more comfortable with myself being in relationship with you."
Developing a habit of encounter "unfailingly each day."
Every relationship which grows in depth grows through several stages. Our relationship with
Jesus is no different. We first get to know and fall in love with someone by spending time with him
or her. We may think we know Jesus well enough, but this "renewed personal encounter" will
involved renewing what I know about Jesus. The daily gospels are a good place to start. Each day,
I can get a snapshot of what Jesus said and did. The Jesus with whom I want to grow in a greater
friendship today is the same person who talked with sinners, who wasn't afraid of embracing
marginal people or poor people. The Jesus who was passionate in defending those people,
against the attacks of the religious people of his day, has the same passionate compassion for
me today. Gradually, I can develop a renewed attraction and affection for Jesus.
The more attracted I am to Jesus' style, the more I will want to tell him that. And, in our ongoing,
brief conversations at various points in the day, I will make the connections between what I'm
drawn to in Jesus and what is going on in my life.
"Dear Jesus, I really love your amazing tender ways. I feel so harsh in comparison today. I
snapped at my spouse this morning, before the day really started. Not much tenderness there. I'm
already felt sorry for myself and felt jealous and angry at two people today. Not much like your
ready openness to be stopped and drawn into a difficult situation, with such freedom. I'm growing
in the desire to imitate you, even today, Jesus. So, help me be more conscious of how I can do
that this afternoon."
"My dear friend, Jesus, as I'm driving home from work, I'm so happy to just turn the radio off and to
talk with you about my day. Wow. It was packed. I feel good about parts of it. You know the parts
were I choose work over people, or chose what was best for me over working with others. So, now
as I get closer to home, let me shift gears and enter my home, with my heart connected with yours.
I know how I can tend to treat my family. And, I use my crazy day as an excuse to do that. Let me
leave the day behind and come home with a desire to be more like you in my availability, my
patience and my giving myself to be a healer and a consoler in my family. Thanks for your
friendship. I feel that you are at my side and I'm not doing all this alone. I simply couldn't
experience this renewal of our relationship without your grace."
Letting a daily personal encounter grow into a deeper relationship which transforms my life.
Once we get into the habit of having these very ordinary, but personal conversations with Jesus,
we will find ourselves enjoying them very much and that with them will come several powerful
graces. The first is what Francis calls joy which is itself evangelical. That is, when we are joyful at
the loving relationship we have with Jesus - who became one of us and died for our sins and was
raised to set us free from sin and death - it shows. The easiest "good news" to believe in is when
we see it in the lives of others. As we grow in our relationship with Jesus, our lives become more
attractive and inspiring. And, the more we are with Jesus in this day to day encounter, the more we
become like Jesus. We care much less about being like everyone else in the world. We care
about the people he cares about. We hear the cry of the poor. We give ourselves in loving others
and even to working together with other friends of Jesus in dismantling unjust social structures.
Not just "saying prayers" but praying which becomes a personal encounter
When speaking to the youth in Brazil, Pope Francis said:
"Father, are you asking us all to pray? I ask you all … but reply in the silence of your heart, not
aloud: do I pray? Do I speak with Jesus, or am I frightened of silence? Do I allow the Holy Spirit to
speak in my heart? Do I ask Jesus: what do you want me to do, what do you want from my life?
This is training. Ask Jesus, speak to Jesus, and if you make a mistake in your life, if you should
fall, if you should do something wrong, don’t be afraid. Jesus, look at what I have done, what must
I now do? Speak continually with Jesus, in the good times and in the bad, when you do right, and
when you do wrong. Do not fear him! This is prayer. And through this, you train yourselves in
dialogue with Jesus, in this path of being missionary disciples. By the sacraments, which make
his life grow within us and conform us to Christ. By loving one another, learning to listen, to
understand, to forgive, to be accepting and to help others, everybody, with no one excluded or
In one of his daily homilies, talking about the Mary and Martha story, about how Mary chose the
better part, Pope Francis said:
And the Lord tells us: the first task in life is this: prayer. But not the prayer of words, like a parrot;
but the prayer, the heart: gazing on the Lord, hearing the Lord, asking the Lord.
A number of times, the Holy Father reminds us that praying is not simply saying words. It involves
a personal encounter. We can ask for that grace and practice it. It is the encounter Jesus wants to
give us and, if we ask for it, and open the door, he will surely help us and meet us with open arms.
(Taken from Creighton's Online Ministries Web site: http://onlineministries.creighton.
edu/CollaborativeMinistry/online.html. Used with permission)