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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 Augustt

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


Last Epiphany found us coping with snow days in St. Louis ~ a rarity these last few years that hinted to us of things that were to come. The past year has been marked by deaths and rebirths that have left us bereft in so many ways ~ from tragic illnesses to tragic accidents to tragic pregnancies; and also the “normal” passing of a myriad of VIPs in the lives of this small church. Indeed, our lives are both emptier and richer for the experiences of death and new presence we have shared. My daughter-in-law Cheryl gave up her fight against cancer on April 9 and we celebrated her life on Tuesday of Holy Week. The Triduum that began two days later was powerfully poignant, she being my sixth close loss of the year to date. I would go on to lose another six dear ones before November. Altogether, Therese claimed 40 deaths and rebirths in this year, all of which we named and celebrated on our holy day of All Saints/All Souls. 

On the first Friday of Lent we began a new community function ~ a monthly get-together dubbed as Therese First Friday, with a community sharing of food, movies or other thought-provoking activities, and discussion. These extras have added to our valued sharing of life and faith, and have led to occasional other events as well. We’ve shared trivia nights, folk concerts, lectures with Helmut Schuller and Tony Flannery, awards dinners with Roy Bourgeois and our own saints-in-residence (Jerry & Mary Wuller), and even Halloween parties.

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January Birthdays

28th ~ Christine

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