Sunday, February 14, 2010

Seven Holy Founders - Affton

I had planned to go elsewhere this Sunday, but with the weather being possibly iffy, I decided to go to a parish closer to home.  I decided to go to Seven Holy Founders in Affton, which is administered by the Order of Friar Servants of Mary.  I'm glad I did because they moved their patronal feast, the Seven Holy Founders, to this weekend.  This means all of the prayers and readings were not for the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time (or for those of you using the Traditional calendar, Quinquagesima).

I attended the 11 am Mass on February 14, 2010, St. Valentine's Day, or as Father joked, Singles Awareness Day.

Seven Holy Founders is a modern church.  One of the windows, created by Olszewski Stained Glass Studio in St. Louis, had 1967 scratched into it.  The Church is in the shape of an 8-pointed star, with alternating points having the stained glass windows.  The stained glass windows were chunky pieces of glass.  The pews fanned around the sanctuary, which was in one of the points.

In another point, the choir and band were situated.  The music was contemporary.
Entrance:  Blessed Be Your Name
Gloria:  The one that has Sing Glory To God as a refrain
Preparation of Gifts:  God of This City
Great Amen:  Amen, We Believe
Lamb of God:  The one where we repeat what the choir sings and has mice rere nobis and Dona Nobis Pacem
Communion:  Here I Am, Lord and The Stand
Sending Forth:  Love Will Lead Us Home

The Deacon gave the homily.  He talked about the Seven Holy Founders and being a servant of Mary.  How we need to be slaves of Mary.  We need to put our Faith into action and make Heaven on Earth.

In the Prayers for the Faithful, (which were correct), we prayed for vocations to the Servite Order.

Today there was a second collection for the Missions in Africa.

Father used Eucharistic Prayer II and there were no bells at the Consecration.

It was donut Sunday today and the donuts must be really good as half the church left before Father processed out.

View from the Back Pew!

I'm guessing from the original Church.
Found under the statue of St. Joseph

Patron Saint of Cancer Patients 

St. Joseph in the center

Detail of the window under one of the Founders.
Each window features a Beatitude

Mary is in the center

Close Up of one of the windows above.

Website of Seven Holy Founders

FYI:  Lent starts Wednesday!  Where should I go for fish fry?

1 comment:

  1. On the fish fry, I haven't been (yet), but have heard that St. Cecilia's is wonderful.