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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.
Amen.

— St. Therese of Lisieux


Upcoming Readings

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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

click here for Map

Pastor:
Rev. Elsie Hainz McGrath, RCWP
314-477-6089
elsiemc@sbcglobal.net

Music Director:
Sharon DeGreeff

Pastoral Associate:
Mary Hammett

ADVENT BEGINS at Therese
November 29
With the beginning of Advent we will be celebrating seven years of completely inclusive, open, affirming, and welcoming liturgy as a radically faithful Roman Catholic Community. On this day, we also issue a special invitation to all our sisters and brothers in the St Louis LGBT community. Come and worship with us. Together, let us begin this Season of Wonder with hope that the coming of Peace in our world is a real possibility if we refuse to settle for anything less than our brother Jesus’ own prayer: That all may be one.

*   O Wisdom, Sophia’s child, and Mary’s too, bring us back to you.

*  O Adonai, set us free of fear, despair, misogyny.

*  O Justice Flower, of Jesse tree, uproot our hatreds. Wash us clean in just-reign waters, plant us deep in thee.

*  O Key of David, open heaven’s gate. Unlock, unblock a captive church too long enthralled by hate.

*  O Radiant Dawn, light the way of all who long to preach, to teach, to consecrate heavenly hosts of God’s indwelling.

*  O Emmanuel, strengthen weary arms, steady trembling knees, bring surcease of sorrow.

*  O Advent Light, dispel death’s dark shadow.

(O Antiphons written by Christine Schenk)

ADVENT RETREAT at Therese on December 6
Advent evokes many positive feelings of hope, peace, joy and love—the four constant themes of the Season. We have a deep-seated need to consciously center ourselves in order to live in the moment that is Advent—a wonderfully mellow Season of Wonder, of awe, of waiting in watchful awareness and eager anticipation for the coming of something new, something holy, something as full of Light as the Stars of the dark night skies—a spark of Divinity within our human estate. We will begin at 12:30 pm, and conclude with our liturgy at 5:00 pm.


December Birthdays

16th ~ Joan

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