Ferrara, Pastor........................................ 636-296-5485 ext. 5;
Deacon Jerry Politte........................................................ 636-296-5485 ext. 6;
Deacon Scott Schardan................................................636-296-5485 ext 7; e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org
Cathy Whitlock CRE, PSR.......................... 636-287-1551 or 636-296-2903;
Parish Secretary...................................... 636-296-5485 ext. 0;
Music Director; Michael Guehring..................................................................................email@example.com
Safe Environment Program Coordinator........................... 636-296-5485 ext. 8;
Holy Child School & Preschool................................636-296-0055 ext. 121; 2316 Church Road
Dr., Arnold MO
Organizations, Committees, Ministries
The Activities Committee is called upon by the Pastor to organize various parish activities, i.e. the Thanksgiving Breakfast, the All Souls dessert pot luck, etc. Any parishioner interested in joining this committee is most welcome! Rectory Office, 636-296-5485 ext. 0
Annual Catholic Appeal
The Annual Catholic Appeal supports the Church and Her rich tradition of the seven corporal works of mercy: Feed the Hungry; Give Drink to the Thirsty; Clothe the Naked; Shelter the Homeless; Visit the Sick; Visit the Imprisoned; Bury the Dead. Your participation in the Annual Catholic Appeal accomplishes something simple but profound: it opens the door of faith for others and for yourself. Because of your gift someone will meet Jesus Christ, have the opportunity to experience His loving grace, know His mercy and rest in His peace. To assist, please call the coordinator listed below.
Brenda Dinges, Coordinator 314-825-3777
Athletic Association / Safe Enviroment Compliance
The St. David Athletic Association has merged with the Immaculate Conception Athletic Association to provide programs for the youth and adults of the parish and the surrounding community. Visit their website for information on baseball, softball, soccer, volleyball, and basketball leagues. Kevin Engle, 314-614-1090, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.icaasports.org
SAFE ENVIRONMENT PROGRAM All volunteers and employees who work with or around children at St. David and/or Immaculate Conception parish must be in full compliance with the Safe Environment Program. This includes attending a Protecting God’s Children workshop, undergoing a background check updated in even-numbered years, committing through signature to the Code of Ethical Conduct, and filling out a Worker Registration form. These requirements are mandated by the United States Council of Catholic Bishops and are followed by every diocese in the country. The policies are the Church’s attempt to ensure the suitability of all adults who work or volunteer around your children.
If you have any questions about compliance please contact our parish child safety coordinator, Yvonne Stewart, 636-296-5485 ext. 8. Visit the Archdiocese of Saint Louis for a current schedule of Protecting God's Children workshops.
Brothers In Christ
Brothers in Christ offers fellowship, friendship, and spiritual growth to adult men. Gatherings are in room 108 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM on the 4th Sunday of each month. Men bring a bible and a snack to share, or use the loaners available. The Mass readings for the next Sunday are prayerfully read and discussed. Leader for the gatherings is David Whitlock, email@example.com, and a monthy gathering reminder e-mail is available from Gary Whitlock at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This ministry encourages those who are gifted singers to use their talent to lead the body of worshippers in song at Mass and other parish liturgical celebrations. Cantors are trained in how to most effectively lead the parish in this aspect of worship. If you have been blessed with the ability to lead song, this is a wonderful opportunity to share your talent with your parish community.
Michael Guehring, music director. email@example.com
The Children’s Liturgy of the Word is during the 10:30 a.m. Mass each Sunday for all children in first grade or younger. The purpose of the Liturgy of the Word for Children is for them to experience the Word of God in a more accessible way. The children have an opportunity to prayerfully hear and reflect on the Word of God at a level they can understand. Materials are provided for those adults who lead this element of the children’s worship. You are encouraged and invited to help with this important ministry.
Cathy Whitlock, Coordinator 636-296-2903 firstname.lastname@example.org
All are invited to join in song prayer with the bereaved as we celebrate these special Resurrection Liturgies with the family. We are notified via email of a liturgy and arrive 30 minutes before the Mass for practice and instructions. Donna Holz, Coordinator 636-296-3999.
The ministry of music in our parish encourages those who enjoy singing to contribute their talent within our liturgical music program. Traditionally, music and song are among the strongest elements in Catholic worship. Members of the parish who are fourth grade age and older are invited to join in leading our parish in song. Choir practice are held on Sunday mornings in church at 9:30 a.m. Musicians are also encouraged to share their talents. Please contact the music director if you can play an instrument and would like to participate in the Eucharist in a special way. We can accommodate a variety of abilities. Michael Guehring, Music Director
The Precious Body of our Lord, Jesus Christ is brought to parishioners who can no longer come to Mass or to those who are home-bound due to recovery from illness. Deacon Jerry also visits Woodland Nursing Home on the first and third Friday of each month. Those patients who cannot leave their room to come to the dining room for a Communion Service are brought Communion. If you would like to assist in this ministry, please phone or speak to Deacon Jerry. If you are unable to attend Mass please contact Deacon Jerry so you can be placed on his Communion Call List. If you enter the hospital and would like Fr.
Ferrara or Deacon Jerry to visit you, please call the rectory. Hospitals are no longer able to notify St. David due to HIPPA guidelines.
Deacon Jerry, Coordinator 636-296-5485 ext. 6 email@example.com
What is Eucharistic Adoration? In essence it is prayer before our Lord Jesus Christ present in the Eucharist. This can be a life changing experience. The Holy Eucharist is exposed in a monstrance for adoration and worship. This devotion is strongly encouraged and promoted within our diocese and throughout the whole world. St. David currently offers this devotion to the faithful in church every Monday morning beginning at approximately 8:15 a.m. and ending Tuesday morning at approximately 7:00 a.m. All are welcomed and encouraged to participate. Please call to schedule an hour for yourself and become a regular adorer.
Mary and Steve McMahan, Coordinators. 636-296-1374 firstname.lastname@example.org
Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist are trained and commissioned to distribute the Body and Blood of Christ during the Communion Rite of the Mass. Ministers must be attending Mass weekly, practicing their faith, and be able to receive the Eucharist. We are always looking for individuals to assist in this ministry.
Jane Knese, Coordinator 636-464-9456 email@example.com
Our annual Fall Festival is traditionally held in September and is a major fund-raising event for our parish. This is a great community building activity each year, bringing together all organizations united in a common effort. There are many opportunities to participate in making our Fall Festival a success! Please consider getting involved at some level, even if you have just a few hours.Cathy Whitlock, 636-296-2903 or Georgia Johnson, 636-464-1161 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parishioners gather on the third Sunday of each month to share light refreshments and fellowship. Helping hands are always needed to set up and clean up.
Mark Appelbaum 636-464-6276 email@example.com
The Finance Committee aids the pastor in reviewing the financial situation of the parish. This includes planning and budgeting. This is the only committee mandated by Canon Law. Meetings are held periodically.
Volunteers of the parish provide a luncheon after the funeral of a parishioner when the deceased is buried from St. David Church. Helping hands are always needed to help set up and clean up. Cakes and other desserts are also needed for the luncheons.
Helen Copeland. 636-296-4104
Sue Overmann 314-445-1515 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Gardeners maintain the flower beds on the parish grounds. They plant, weed, fertilize, mulch, water, and take time to enjoy the gardens. They meet during the growing season as needed.
Georgia Johnson... 636-464-1161 email@example.com
Mary Murphy. 636-296-7228 firstname.lastname@example.org
Often the first person to be met as people arrive, the greeter’s attitude of welcoming is vitally important for setting the tone for worship. If you have a smile to share with others, please consider this ministry.
Glen Henson, Coordinator 314-608-0698 or 314-200-9547 email@example.com
Knights of Columbus
Pope John XXIII Council 6018 is affiliated with St. David Parish. They are located at 1623 Jeffco Blvd. in Arnold, MO. Aid and assistance are offered to sick, disabled, and needy members and their families. Social and intellectual fellowship is promoted among members and their families through educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief, and public relief works. They are always looking for good Catholic men to join their organization. Rich Cook, Parish Contact 636-282-2202 firstname.lastname@example.org
Knights of Columbus Hall . 636-282-8216; Hall Rental Inquiries.... 636-633-0238; Website kofcarnold.org
This is a ministry of the public proclamation of the Scriptures. Lectors are trained to read the Scriptures as a part of The Liturgy of the Word during Mass and other special or seasonal liturgical services planned for the parish.Jo Krummrich, Coordinator. 314-604-3383 email@example.com
The Parish Council serves in an advisory capacity to the pastor to provide leadership, direction, education, resources, and encouragement in accordance with the constant and continuing goals of the parish, the Archdiocese, and the Universal Church. Ideally, Parish Council members are persons who are known and respected within the parish community and are willing to make a commitment of time and service to parish life.
Dee Donart, (
Chair) 636-222-1820 firstname.lastname@example.org
Parish School of Religion
The Parish School of Religion (PSR) provides religious education and sacramental preparation for children who attend public schools or Catholic home schools. St. David PSR educates children from Kindergarten through 8th Grade. Classes are held in the St. David Parish classrooms on Wednesdays, from 6:30-7:45 p.m., beginning in August.
Cathy Whitlock, PSR Coordinator 636-287-1551, 636-296-2903, or email@example.com
Parish Transformation Team
The Parish Transformation Team applies our Catholic Faith with compassion to encourage and inspire St. David parishioners to deepen our relationship with God and to share the gifts that He has given us with others. We pray and work in the Holy Spirit that our parish will be more and more transformed to the likeness of Jesus. Fr. Charles
Ferrara.. 636-296-5485 ext. 5 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Prayer Group encourages and supports abundant life in Jesus calling upon the grace of the Holy Spirit through praise, worship, prayer, community, healing, and the charismatic gifts of the Spirit. The group offers special devotions for our parish’s individual and community needs. It also hosts “Born of the Spirit” and “Life in the Spirit” seminars. The Prayer Group meets every Thursday evening from 7:30 - 9:00 p.m. in the rectory basement.Gary Whitlock. 636-296-2903 email@example.com Joan Odendahl. 636-296-7456
Pro Life Committee
The Pro Life Committee provides information to the parish regarding Archdiocesan Pro Life activities and Pro Life needs. It initiates writing campaigns, fund raising, and other activities for the Pro Life cause. The committee attempts to keep the parish informed of the issues and progress of the Pro Life movement.
Dana Henson, Chairperson, 314-435-9559
The Quilter’s Club provides enjoyment for the quilters of the parish. We do customer quilting and donate the funds to the parish. The Quilter’s Club meets every Thursday from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. in the rectory basement. Newcomers are always welcome. Helen Copeland. 636-296-4104
RCIA – Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
RCIA provides instruction and discussions with those interested in learning more about and joining the Catholic Church. This journey in faith is also for baptized Catholics who seek to continue their faith formation leading to the Sacraments of First Eucharist and Confirmation. RCIA Journey in Faith sessions are held every Wednesday (starting in September) at 6:30 – 7:45 p.m. in the rectory and every Sunday (starting in October) beginning with the 10:30 a.m. Mass, followed by instruction held in room 108 of the school building.
Deacon Jerry Politte, Coordinator 636-296-5485 ext. 6 firstname.lastname@example.org
Vince Amador, Coordinator 314-660-5878 email@example.com
Sacristy Cleaners prepare and clean the sanctuary, sacristy, purificators, albs, and other sacristy needs on a weekly basis and for Holy Days. Two volunteers are scheduled each week. Before Easter and Christmas, the parish family is invited to provide a thorough cleaning of the church. Volunteers are always needed and their help is greatly appreciated. Linda Smegner, Sacristan, 314-337-2816
Saint Vincent de Paul Society
The Saint Vincent de Paul Society is an international Catholic organization of lay persons, who seek in a spirit of justice and charity, and by person-to-person involvement, to help those in need. Meetings are held every third Saturday of the month (September through May) at 4:00 p.m. in room 108 of the school building.
Contact the Rectory, 636-296-5485
This ministry is for any boy or girl (beginning in the fourth grade), or man or woman who is interested in assisting the priest and other liturgical ministers with the preparation and celebration of the Mass and other services. St. David welcomes all who would like to serve at the altar of the Lord.
Deacon Jerry Politte 636-296-5485 ext. 6 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ushers help worshippers to be comfortable in our church by providing assistance. They also play an important role during the Offertory and Communion Rites of the Eucharist.
Glen Henson, Coordinator 314-608-0698 or 314-200-9547 email@example.com
Vacation Bible School
Vacation Bible School is a week-long program that takes place usually during July. The goal of VBS is to teach the children about God’s great love for all of us. There is a different theme every year to help us achieve our goal and make it fun for all involved. Children four years old through seventh grade may attend VBS. Teen helpers need to have finished seventh grade and may work for service hours. There is plenty to do, so adult helpers are always needed. Planning usually starts early in the year. Linda Petersen, Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
This group supports the parish by keeping the grounds beautiful. Activities include cutting, weeding, fertilizing the grass, and maintaining the grounds. Volunteers are always welcome. Donations of fertilizer and mower repairs are accepted. The Yard Crew meets seasonally on Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at the rectory garage.
Ted Brandt. 636-296-0207 email@example.com
JCYM (Jefferson County Youth Ministry)
The Youth Ministry of St. David and Immaculate Conception Parishes
Our youth ministry program was developed to foster our youth from 6th grade through 12th grade. The program is designed to build community among our young Catholics, strengthen their faith, and give them the courage and knowledge through solid Catechesis to become responsible stewards of their faith and leaders to those around them. The program offers:Regular monthly meetings where we gather for fun activities, teachings of our faith, and break into age appropriate groups allowing our youth to help each other dig deeper into their faith through discussions. Check the weekly bulletin for meeting dates and times. Retreats broken into age groups 6-8th grade and 9-12th grade. We also offer a Luke 18 Retreat each spring for the 8th grade youth preparing for Confirmation. Special events throughout the year including service projects, the March for Life trip to DC, Steubenville Youth Conference, Summer Camping Trip, and much more. Guys and Girls Group for youth 8th grade -12th grade designed to help the youth not only understand what chastity is but how to live the virtue of chastity in all that they say and do. During these meetings (check the weekly bulletin for meeting dates and times) the young men and women are given opportunities to discuss more in depth the struggles they are facing in their everyday lives to live out their goals as a young man or woman of God. They receive support from youth that share in their values and are given resources to help make good moral decisions that will strengthen their relationship with Christ and build good character in themselves.
Sarah Wise, Director of Youth Ministry/Coordinator of Junior High ………636-321-0002 ext. 1, 30
Geoffrey Wise, Coordinator of High School…………………………………636-293-2043
The JCYM Adult Ministry Team
The JCYM Youth Ministry program is made possible through the loving and serving hearts of a very special group of adult parishioners who are attending Mass weekly and are living their faith. They have answered God’s call to give of their time and talent weekly to our precious youth. They are dedicated to continued training to work with our youth in an ever changing world, sharing of their passion and love for Christ, giving countless hours of their time, and most thankfully the love that they give to our youth, their parents, and our community. If you are interested in joining the team please contact the director.
Sarah Wise, Director of Youth Ministry……………………………………….636-321-0002 ext. 1, 30
Catholic Family Services: Provides professional counseling (individually and through small groups) to individuals and families experiencing stress arising from a variety of factors such as marital conflicts, tension among family members, etc. South Office 314-544-3800 or 1-800-652-8055 www.cfsstl.org
Missouri Department of Social Services
Children’s Division Child Abuse & Neglect
1-800-392-3738 For additional information related to reporting incidents of suspected abuse, please refer to the Archdiocese’s Policy, Procedures, and Guidelines on Child Abuse and Neglect Reports or contact:
Office of Child and Youth Protection
(314) 792- 7704
Office of Laity and Family Life: Coordinates marriage preparation (FOCCUS), marriage enrichment retreats and weekends, Retrouvaille (troubled marriages), second marriage preparation, Engaged Encounter, engaged weekend retreats, Natural Family Planning, divorced, separated, widowed support groups (ARISE Ministry), Beginning Experience weekends, and single parent support groups. 314-792-7170