|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.
|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.
|Consider becoming a part of the myparish app community. It’s FREE.
Go to your app store to download the app, place in the zip code, click on the
parish, and you’re in! There are also cards in the vestibules which also give
information about myparish app.
For those who currently use the app, please remember to update your app
every so often. To do that, click on the button to ‘change parish’ and then
click back on your home parish. It’s that simple.
So many parishioners find each of our parish’s myparish app so helpful in
getting updated information, messages, bulletins, calendars, and spiritual
renewal items. It has become an important way to get important information
about illnesses, emergencies, and death notices and visitation information
quickly to as many as possible.
|Rediscovering the Corporal Works of Mercy
Give Drink to the Thirsty
In a disaster, one of the most basic needs is water. In a
crisis, water donations are often possible through the Red
Cross, Red Crescent or another relief agency. Educating
ourselves on water quality and protecting this vital natural
resource could be one way to assure this resource for the
future. More than 4,000 children alone die each day
because of the diseases carried by impure water. What
can I do?
How can my family and I – or my neighborhood or city –
conserve water? What water issues are in my region and
how can I learn more and get involved?
A small symbolic act could be if I forego my morning Latte
at the coffee shop for a day (or a week), and give the cash I
would have spent to some charity. It adds up!
We can Google words like “clean water for world” “global
water issues” and learn much more about the issues and
organizations working to solve those problems.
Clothe the Naked
We can clean out closets and donate the extras. But isn’t
there something more? Can we simplify our lives and our
wardrobes? How many pairs of shoes do I own? Can I
donate more than my excess? I can decide to winnow
down my wardrobe to basics and donate more just than
out-of-date and outgrown clothing?
We might decide to skip a purchase from a website or
catalog and make a donation instead to a women’s shelter
or a social service agency. It’s not just about giving
unwanted things away but about owning less and offering
support to those who don’t have enough.
Reaching Out to Help
One resource in the US is the St. Vincent de Paul Society,
with services and stores in all 50 of the United States, and
home pick up of donations often available. The Salvation
Army serves many parts of the world through stores and
services to the needy, and each city and town usually has
organizations or donation bins located for drop-off of
I could visit a clothing store like St. Vincent de Paul in my
community or even volunteer there once a month. Jane
Knuth, an American writer, shared her experience of
volunteering at a St. Vincent de Paul store and the
transformation it had on her life in her book Thrift Store
(from Creighton Online Ministries ‘Praying Ordinary Time’)