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A community of St. Richard Parishioners living the mission of the parish through participation within spiritually-based ministries that strive to serve Christ by bring the love and word of Christ to others through liturgy, education and prayer.

Adult Choir
Membership open to men and women interested in singing. The adult choir participates in the Liturgy at the 11:00 a.m. Mass on the first, third and fifth Sundays of the month from September through May. Rehearsals at 7:30 p.m. every Thursday in the Church.
Adult Education
This committee works to provide educational programs which will enrich the lives of parishioners. Please contact the parish office at 314-432-6224.
Angel Dusters
Open to women interested in dusting the church each week. They also are available, if needed, to assist with special decorating projects. Please contact Karen Clements at 314-692-2442.
Arts and Environment
This ministry provides art hangings, banners and other art significant to liturgical seasons and is responsible for the appropriate decorations to accentuate a specific season. Part of Liturgy Committee! Please contact Karen Meadows at 314-993-2916 or Kathy Engelbrecht at 314-432-6954.
Bible Study
Opportunities to explore Scripture Study in 6-12 week sessions in the fall and spring. Study program with small group sharing and large group lectures. Contact: Earl Schellenberg 314-432-4046.
Children's Choir
Open to parish children, grades three through eight, interested in singing and willing to commit to the required time and effort. Practice held each Friday from 3 to 4:15 PM in the Church. The Children's Choir sings every Sunday at the 9:00 a.m. Mass during the school year. Contact: Jim Harris 217-891-1974.
Children's Liturgy
The Word of God, structured for children in grades one through four, is available to parish children each Sunday during the 9:00 a.m. Mass. No enrollment is necessary. Adults interested in becoming leaders should call Doris Smith at 314-872-7823.
Contemplative Outreach (St. Richard Prayer Group)
Psalm 46 "Be still and know that I am God". Contemplative Prayer is an echo of Psalm 46, the prayer of Silence, beyond words, beyond thoughts and beyond emotions. In the early church everyone practiced this kind of prayer. St. Gregory the Great called it "Resting in God". St. John of the Cross writes, "The Father spoke one word from all eternity and he spoke it in silence, and it is in silence that we hear it". Like the air we breathe, the divine Presence is all around us and within us. Its Presence is healing, strengthening, refreshing. It is self-giving, and boundless in compassion. In contemplative prayer we surrender to the attraction to be still, to be loved, and to just BE. Come and see. Join us in prayer.
Emmaus Music Group
The Ministry invites both youth and adults who enjoy singing contemporary music and/or playing guitar, key board or any other instrument. The group sings at the 11:00 a.m. Mass on the second and fourth Sundays of the month. Practices are held every Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. For more information call Ruth Ferris at 314-991-6854.
Extraordinary Ministers
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. Coordinator: Deacon Ron Reuther at 636-532-6525.
First Friday 24 Hour Eucharistic Adoration
Time spent before the True Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, held the first Friday of each month following the 8:15 a.m. Mass, through 8:00 a.m. Saturday. Come rest in Jesus' loving presence. For more information call Celia Gillam at 314-997-4885.
Members of this ministry welcome parishioners and guests at the beginning of the weekend Masses. Contact: Sue LaFever 314-432-4517.
For men and women of high school age and above who desire to proclaim God's Word and to lead the General Intercessions at Mass. Contact: Steve Meyerhoff 314-258-1567.
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, forms, and development of the ministries. Contact: Deacon John Bischof 314-569-3855 and Doris Smith 314-872-7823.
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 636-940-2574.
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 314-630-0364
Retreat for Men
Open to the men of the parish, this 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 314-569-3855 or Dean Talley 314-872-8950.
Retreat for Women
The Marianist Center 636-438-5390 located at 4000 Highway 109 is available for private, individual retreats and can arrange retreats for larger groups. White House also offers retreats for women. Contact: Linda Shead 314-567-6937.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
The RCIA prepares all who wish to join the Catholic Church. Contact: Father John Seper 314-432-6224.
Rosary Group
For those parishioners with a special devotion to the Virgin Mary, this group meets each Monday at 7:00 p.m. in the church to pray the scriptural rosary, followed by the Litany of Our Lady and the Prayer of St. Michael. The regular rosary is also prayed after the 8:15 AM Mass, Monday through Friday. Please contact Donna Walton at 314-872-9584.
Rosewood Committee
Provides daily communion to Catholic Rosewood Care Center residents. Contact: Marilyn Scherrer 314-567-1267. Every Tuesday the Eucharist is distributed at 1:30 p.m. followed by the rosary at Rosewood Care Center. Contact: Jane Concannon 314-567-1330
For those interested from the fourth grade and up. Contact: Father John Seper 314-432-6224.
Members of this ministry, which is open to both adult men and women, usher at the weekend Masses, special holiday and holy day Masses. Please contact Larry Sokol at 314-429-7500 or Doug Meadows at 314-993-2916.