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Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide sacramental services and education in a climate of openness and inclusiveness where all are welcome and empowered. Our community is one of equals, encountering and engaging the world in which we live through our words and works. We engage in just and charitable undertakings for the common good.

All are welcome

May today there be peace within.
May you trust in God
that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.
May you use those gifts you have received,
and pass on the love that has been given you.
May you be content knowing that you are a child of God.
Let this presence settle into your bones,
and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.

— St. Therese of Lisieux

Upcoming Readings

Scripture Readings for March

THERESE of Divine Peace
Inclusive RC Community

Liturgies on SATURDAY at
5 o’clock pm.
First Unitarian Church
5007 Waterman Blvd. at Kingshighway
St. Louis, MO 63108
In the HOPE CHAPEL at the rear (alley) of the building

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Rev. Elsie Hainz McGrath, RCWP

Music Director:
Sharon DeGreeff

Pastoral Associate:
Mary Hammett


Beginning with the palms and hosannas on Palm Sunday (Saturday, Apr 12 at 5), we quickly move into the Passion according to the gospel of Matthew. The juxtaposition is stark and startling, setting the stage for Holy Week’s ups and downs and ups again.

On Thursday at sundown, our High Holy Days begin. In order to experience as fully as possible the heights and the depths of these three days—the history and the theology, the roots and the branches of our Christian faith—we must be there from start to finish.

We meet in the Upper Room on Holy Thursday (Apr 17 at 6) to celebrate Seder, including Jewish prayers and our own Passover meal; and then that Last Supper according to the gospel of John, when we rediscover the true calling of ministry is washing feet. Ending the night with the haunting Tantum Ergo, we return on Friday (Apr 18 at 7) for Passion according to the gospel of John, the mournful veneration of the Cross and the carefully preserved leftovers from the night before because we know there can be no celebration of new life without the death of what came before.

Then the holiest day of the Christian year—the Vigil of Easter that begins at sundown on Saturday (Apr 19 at 8). We light the new fire that sparks our memories of stardust, recount our salvation history, ring our bells and joyfully sing our Glorias, and welcome once again a cleansing rebirth in baptismal waters as we recreate the sacred meal in the presence of our ever-living brother Jesus.

Christ is risen, Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia! Alleluia!

April Birthdays

10 – Mary H

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