Sunday, August 16, 2009

St. Peter - Kirkwood MO

St. Peter is in the heart of Kirkwood MO, which is a suburb of St. Louis.

I went to Mass at 6 p.m. on August 9, 2009.

I will have to say, I have never seen a Mass standing room only that wasn't a special Mass or Ash Wednesday, Easter or Christmas.

There was an electric guitar, an electic bass, drums and a piano along with 3 singers. The music was modern.

We sang:
Gathering - I Could Sing of Your Love Forever
Presentation - You are Mine
Communion - We are One Body and We Fall Down
Close - Just Like You

All I can say is that if you are in your 50s, really reconsider if you should be headbanging. Then reconsider whether or not the song you are singing in Mass is really, really, really appropriate to headbang while playing. Twisted Sister, Motley Crue, Metallica are headbanging bands, We Are One Body, not so much.

It was all I could do, when the Director of Adult Faith Formation came to announce a Bible study, not to answer her question aloud in Church. She asked "Have you ever picked up the Bible and not known where to start?" Uhm Genesis perhaps?

One thing that bothered me was I couldn't figure out the theme for the stained glass windows and why there were deer or antelope tracks on them. Or footprints.

Some pics I took with my cell phone camera:

Pieces of Original Stained Glass Windows

My Favorite Window...I love Rainbows

Easter Island Jesus
(First and Second Stations of the Cross)

Last Supper with the Pinheads...

St. Peter's website is here.
For truly awesome pictures and some history, visit Mark's pictures of St. Peter at Rome of the West
Update:  More pictures from Built St. Louis

Go Forth and Serve Each Other.


  1. Deer tracks? Could it be a reference to Psalm 42: As the gospel song goes:

    As the deer panteth for the water,
    So my soul longs after you.
    You alone are my hearts desire,
    And I long to worship You.

  2. Maybe. I'm not sure. When I looked closer at the window..there were sheep/deer/antelope creatures. It would make sense if it were sheep.

  3. Actually, I think Genesis is not the best place for most people to start when studying the Bible. They get bogged down ... starting with John is what I suggest. But the most important thing is to start.

  4. It was more of how she phrased the question..I asked someone else and they were like the Gospels are always good too.

  5. I have many friends who are members of this parish, and love it. The school is excellent. The pastor and associate pastor seem like wonderful men. Even their bulletin is lively and informative (thanks largely to Monsignor Costello's weekly column). I just can't get past their music, though.

  6. The bulletin was very thick and full of info.

    I'm sure the school is excellent! Catholic schools are the best!

    Again, I'm not trying to "judge" a particular parish, I'm looking for a parish I feel at home in. Additionally, one random Sunday Mass doesn't give a full and complete picture of the parish :)