Spiritual Life

Adult Education: This committee works to provide educational programs which will enrich the lives of parishioners.

Autumn View Gardens Committee: Every Sunday morning at 9:15 am a Communion Service is held in the activities room at Autumn View Gardens Assisted Living Facility. This ministry also provides a weekly faith sharing session on Monday evenings at 7 pm and leads the residents in praying the Rosary each Tuesday morning at 10 am (except on the second Tuesday when our pastor presides at their monthly Mass).  All events are held on the bottom floor in the activities room. An annual Christmas party and Mass are also celebrated the Saturday afternoon before Christmas.
Contact Deacon John at 314-569-3855.

Liturgy Commission: Embraces the following ministries which are composed of the laity and designed to enrich all liturgies! The Commission assists the pastor with liturgy planning and development of the ministries. Contact Deacon John Bischof at 569-3855 or Doris Smith at 872-7823. The Liturgy Commission meets on the first Tuesday of the month, September through May, at 7:30 pm in the Chichester Room.

Angel Dusters: This ministry is open to men or women interested in dusting God’s house. Contact Karen Clements at 630-0364 or 20kclements@gmail.com. 

 Arts and Environment: This ministry is responsible for the placement and care of all church flowers for special feast days and during the liturgical season of Christmas and Easter.

Children & High School Choir:  Open to all parish children and high school students interested in singing and willing to commit to the required time and effort. The Children & High School choir sings every Sunday at the 9 am Mass with weekly rehearsals.  Contact Jim Harris at jharris@strichardstl.org for more information.

Children’s Liturgy: The Word of God, structured for children in grades K through four, is available to children each Sunday during the 9am Mass. No enrollment is necessary. Adults interested in becoming leaders should call Doris Smith at 872-7823.

Emmaus Choir: The Ministry invites both youth and adults who enjoy singing contemporary music and/or playing guitar, keyboard, or any other instrument. The group sings at the 11 am Mass on the second and fourth Sundays of the month. Practices are held every Wednesday at 7 pm. Contact Ruth Ferris at 314-991-6854.

Funeral Choir: A volunteer group of parishioners who are available during the daytime and able to be “on call” for ministry as singers for funerals. Seniors are especially invited to participate. We rehearse immediately before the funerals. Contact Jim Harris at jharris@strichardstl.org for more information.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Parishioners, 18 or over, who are interested in assisting with distribution of the Eucharist to fellow parishioners, and/or carrying the Sacrament to nursing home residents. Contact Deacon John at 569-3855.

First Friday 24 Hour 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 am 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 am Mass until 10 am in church.

Greeters:Members of this ministry welcome parishioners and guests at the beginning of the weekend Masses.  Contact the Rectory at 432-6224. 

High School Greeters-Lectors: Open to parish high school students. Contact Doris Smith at 872-7823.

Lectors: For men and women of high school age and above who desire to proclaim God’s Word and to lead the Universal Prayers at Mass. Contact the Rectory at 432-6224. 

Linen Ladies: Ladies serve the parish by washing and ironing the linens upon which the Body of Christ rests at the Consecration of the Mass. Included are the linens used during the distribution of the Eucharist at Communion. Five ladies take turns once a month at this time. Larger altar cloths are washed and pressed by Marilyn Scherrer. These cloths change with the liturgical seasons. If you would like to participate in this form of prayer, please contact: Molly Vehige at 994-7594 or mvehige221@gmail.com

Servers: For those interested from the fourth grade and up. Contact Fr. John Seper 432-6224 ext. 223.

St. Richard Chorale: Membership is open to men and women interested in singing. The St. Richard Chorale participates in the Liturgy at the 11am Mass on the first, third, and fifth Sundays of the month from September through June. Rehearsals are at 7:15pm every Thursday in the church. Contact Jim Harris at jharris@strichardstl.org.

Ushers: Members of this ministry, which is open to both adult men and women, usher at the weekend Masses, special holiday and holy day Masses. Contact: Doug Meadows at 993-2916.

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 Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm, in the Rectory Board Room.

Parish School of Religion (PSR): 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 pm-7:30 pm 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 872-3152 ext. 201

Prayer Chain: It has been a tradition here that parishioners have prayed for each other in emergency situations or in times of need. For more information call Roberta Brennan at 636-940-2574 or robertabrenan@sbcgloabl.net.

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:

Adoration: 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 Meadows at ramfisherman@sbcglobal.net or 993-2916 or Kathy Reznikov at packers3bs@yahoo.com or 313-3121.

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.

Retreats for Women

White House Retreat for Women: For more information contact Deacon John Bischof at 569-3855 or Linda Shead at 567-6937.

Mercy Center offers a variety of retreats for individuals and groups. It is situated in West County, about a 15 minute drive from our parish. The beautifully wooded, spacious grounds include a labyrinth, walking trails, stations, and a grotto. The campus has welcoming indoor and outdoor spaces for prayer and reflection.

Marianist Retreat and Conference Center is sponsored by the Society of Mary in the Catholic Christian tradition. It is open to individual directed retreats as well as group retreats. The center is located in Wildwood and surrounded by views of the lush Meramec River from almost every direction. For more information contact Linda Shead at 567-6937.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA): The RCIA prepares all who wish to join the Catholic Church. Contact Fr. John Seper 432-6224 ext. 223.

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 8:15am 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 7pm 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. 

Rosewood Committee: Provides communion on Wednesday to Catholic Rosewood Care Center residents. Contact Gretchen Schellenberg at 432-4046.

Every Sunday a Communion service is held at 10:15 am at Rosewood. Contact Doris Smith at 872-7823.
Every Tuesday a different devotional is lead by our volunteers at 1:30pm. 1st Tuesday: Mass; 2nd Tuesday: Perpetual Help; 3rd Tuesday: Rosary; 4th Tuesday: Scripture Readings; 5th Tuesday: Holy Communion. Contact the parish office 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 am Coordinator: Linda Shead 567-6937
Last Monday 1pm Coordinator: Frank Gremmler 569-1568
Every Monday 7pm Coordinator: Deacon John Bischof 569-3855
Every Wednesday 2pm Coordinator: Jan Henderson 432-5301