|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.
|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.
Consider becoming a part of the myparish app community.
It’s FREE. Go to your app store to download the app, place
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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.
St. Vincent School 9th Annual Dinner Auction is coming up.
Plan to attend on July 29, 2017 and be a part of
"The Greatest School on Earth".
You won't want to miss it!
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|Prayer As Relationship
Our Friendship with God
Many of us remember the oldest and best definition of
prayer: "raising the mind and heart to God." I suspect that
most of us practiced the first part, raising our mind to
God, better than the second part, lifting up our hearts.
That imbalance can too often make the experience of
praying "dry" or "unfulfilling."
What this definition probably intended to say was that
prayer involves our whole person in a relationship with
God. Using the various relationships of our lives as a
guide, we can come to new insights about prayer.
A wise spiritual guide once said, "We are as good at
praying as we are at the other relationships of our lives. If
you want to get better at prayer, work on the key
relationships in your life."
Take a close friendship or marriage, as an example. We
wouldn't imagine that what makes the relationship work
is trying to find a half an hour, early in the morning, to sit
in a chair and close our eyes and think heavy thoughts
about the other person. We know instinctively, even if we
hadn't ever put it into words, that a key relationship in our
life is a matter of the heart. The other person means a lot
to me. I'm not just attracted to the other, but the other is
someone whose desires and dreams and vision are very
important to me. And, if this relationship is one that is
growing in love, the other is one I want to serve - give of
It's a Matter of the Heart
Relationship always involves a strong desire to be with.
A relationship will fade if we have no continuing interest in
spending time with the other, or connect with the other.
Even when our time together might be limited, we have
feelings for the other which sustain the relationship. The
closer the relationship, the stronger those feelings. In a
marriage relationship, I might not see my spouse as
much as I'd like, but I know that my job or my care for our
children or time shopping - whatever I do when we are
apart - is all done because of our relationship, to further
the goals of our life together and our mission together.
Intimacy in the bedroom is an important, but small part of
the relationship's bond. If the other intimacy and
connections are there, then the bedroom time is
wondrous. If the relationship of the heart is not
connecting us when we are apart, intimacy in the
bedroom can become quite problematic.
Words, gestures and rituals express and give shape to
the relationship of the heart. "I love you." "Thank you."
"You are wonderful." "I need you." "I'm sorry." A smile,
an embrace, a gesture of vulnerability, a self-revealing
story, a gift full of meaning, doing something together.
Our song, our favorite place, a special reading, a special
menu, a tradition we've developed. These are just a few
examples of the hundreds of ways a relationship
develops and grows.
Finding Intimacy with God in Our Everyday Lives
How could prayer be a relationship with God, if it only
remains a lifting of our minds to God? We need very
special times of intimacy with God, but that time needs to
be prepared for and built up to. To enrich our relationship
with God, engages our hearts. That involves finding
intimacy with God in the midst of our everyday busy lives,
much like we do with the other important relationships of
our lives. Perhaps as we pay more attention to what
gives life and intimacy to these relationships, we might
grow in the affective side of our relationship with God.
If this stirs a desire for that kind of relationship with God,
one place to begin is to let God tell me about how loved I
am. The God who says, "You are precious in my eyes
and I love you." [ Isaiah 43:4] If I'm open to God's
expressions of affection toward me, that can open my
heart to stir up affection in the form of grateful response.
Love needs only a spark to get started. It takes ongoing
care to keep the fire from going out. With special care, it
can become a long lasting, warm and comforting, life-
(from Creighton Online Ministries, ‘Praying Ordinary