Know Thee More Clearly–Faith Formation

Children's Liturgy of the Word
The Word of God, structured for children in grades K through four, is available to children each Sunday during the 9 a.m. Mass. No enrollment is necessary. Adults interested in becoming leaders should call Doris Smith at 872-7823.
Contemplative Prayer
Held in the church during Eucharistic Adoration from 9:15-9:45 a.m. on Fridays. For more information, contact Mike Matthews at 276-4608 or mikematthewsstl@gmail.com.
Eucharistic Adoration
Time spent before the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, held the first Friday of each month in church following the 8:15 a.m. Mass and continuing until 8 am Saturday morning. Come rest in Jesus’ loving presence. For more information, or to become a regularly scheduled adorer or a substitute, call Celia Gillam at 997-4885. Adoration is also held weekly on Fridays following the 8:15 a.m. Mass until 10 am in church.
Men's Ministry
This is a group open to all men in the parish who want to deepen their faith. This group discusses topics of interest to men’s spirituality and promotes participation in local men’s conferences. The group reads and discusses books that inspire deeper faith in Christ. This group meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m., in the Rectory Board Room. Contact Mike Matthews at 276-4608 for more information.
Parish School of Religion
Our PSR is focused on Family Faith Formation in which we support the role of parents as the first educators of their children in the area of faith. Classes are on Tuesday evenings from 6:15 p.m.-7:30 p.m. in the St. Richard Parish Life Center. In addition to PSR class, monthly family activities are held celebrating the rich traditions of our faith. All families are welcomed and encouraged to register in our program. Parishioners interested in volunteering are also welcome. For more information contact Miss Ann Madden, CRE at amadden@strichardstl.org or call 432-6224 ext. 1004.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Open to any woman in the parish interested in knitting or crocheting prayer shawls for grieving or ill parishioners. We need your time and talent. Contact Karen Clements at 630-0364.
Retreats

A.C.T.S. Retreat: An ACTS Retreat is a Catholic lay retreat presented by fellow parishioners. The retreat begins on Thursday evening and ends the following Sunday at a Mass celebrated with the parish community. Retreats for men and retreats for women are given separately. The retreat facilitates the attainment of a new or deeper relationship with the Lord through:

the call by, acceptance of, and response to God;
Community: the love and caring of each other;
Theology: the study of God through scripture and the Catholic Faith; and
Service: to God and His people.

This is an opportunity to grow in love for God, your Catholic faith and your parish community. St. Monica sponsors the retreats in partnership with St. Richard. If you have questions or would like to attend the retreat, please call the St. Monica Parish Office at 434-4211 or contact St. Richard parishioners Doug or Karen Meadows at ramfisherman@sbcglobal.net or 993-2916.

The Jesuit White House offers 3 day preached retreats for men and women, throughout the year, which are silent retreats. The retreat house is located on the bluffs of the Mississippi River in South County, where you are invited to walk the Way of the Cross and pray at the shrines of the Sacred Heart, the Holy Family, Our Lady, and St. Joseph.

White House Retreat for Men: Open to the men of the parish, this is an annual event, usually on the second weekend of October at the White House. A perfect time for reflection, prayer, counseling if desired, and rest. For more information call Deacon John Bischof at 569-3855.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
The RCIA prepares all who wish to join the Catholic Church. If you are interested in joining the Church, or even if you are just curious, contact Valerie at 314-432-6224. 
Rosary Group

Answer Our Lady’s call and be part of her cohort. She needs you now more than ever. She pleads each day for your prayers: to pray the Rosary for her priests and the salvation of souls.

Mornings: Immediately following the 8:15 a.m. Mass Monday through Friday, the rosary is prayed followed by Holy Father’s monthly intention. On Thursday at this time the group prays the Scriptural Luminous Rosary.

Evenings: Each Monday at 7 p.m. in the church, the Rosary Group meets to pray the Scriptural Rosary followed by the Memorare, Prayer to St. Michael, monthly intentions of Holy Father, the Litany of Our Lady, and short prayer for the souls of the faithful departed. Contact Donna Walton at 660-4324 or dwalton51@sbcglobal.net for more information.

Small Faith Sharing Groups
Members read and reflect on scripture for the upcoming Sunday mass and share insights with the rest of the group, read inspirational books which help them deepen their faith, and pray for members’ needs. The groups meet on different days and times as follows:

Every Monday 9 a.m. Coordinator: Linda Shead 567-6937
Last Monday 1 p.m. Coordinator: Frank Gremmler 569-1568
Every Monday 7 p.m. Coordinator: Deacon John Bischof 569-3855
Every Wednesday 2 p.m. Coordinator: Jan Henderson 432-5301

SoulCore
A prayer experience that combines the prayers of the rosary with core strengthening, stretching, and functional movement. No fitness level or experience required. All are welcome! Visit www.soulcore.com for more information. There is no cost, but a donation of $5-$10 is suggested, for those who are able. Dress in comfortable clothing or sportswear, bring a fitness mat or a towel, and a water bottle. Bringing light hand weights (1 to 5 lbs.) is optional. SoulCore is held every Monday in the Sacred Heart Room on the 1st floor of the parish Life Center at 7:30 p.m. Contact Celia Gillam at mikeandcelia@sbcglobal.net for additional information.