WE ARE ST DAVID!
About St. David
Our parish community is just that. A community. A family. We welcome all to our church with open arms! We, together work tirelessly in our community to help those in need and offer the spiritual refuge that can only be found in our Lord.
We are located in the Archdiocese of St. Louis.
We, the parish family of St. David Catholic Church in Arnold, Missouri, by our sacramental worship and celebration of hearing and proclaiming God's word, in dialogue with one another as evangelizers who serve others, practice charity to build up a community of love, to enable us to grow in our relationship with Jesus Christ, for the salvation of our souls.
St. David was born in England and given an education. He later became a monk in the Cluniac order, which was a medieval organization of Benedictines whose center was at the Abbey of Cluny. He was noted for his excellent life and austere practices. He had heard of the martyrdom of the nephews of St. Sigfrid, in what is now known as Sweden. He also had a great desire to give his life for Christ as a martyr and proceeded to offer himself to the English mission in Sweden (around 1029). It is not believed that he died a martyr. He may have extablished a Benedictine monastery. He traveled from district to district preaching and baptizing with great zeal. It is said that while engaged in prayer he appeared to become changed into a globe of fire. miracles are said to have occurred at his tomb, and there is even a store that when his eysight grew dim, he mistook a sunbeam for something to hang his gloves on and they hung there miraculously suspended. He became the first Bishop of Vasteras, and along with Saints Sigfrid and Eskil and their companions, they were the principal agents in bringing christianity to Sweden. St. David's feast day is July 15th. Just as St. david worked to spread Christianity, the members of our parish have been proclaiming the Gospel in our parish community for decades. From humble beginnings in August 1963 with 200 families and no building, St. David has grown to become a strong community of 675 families with a church, school, gymnasium, and athletic field. In August 1963, while the church was being built, Sunday and Holy Day Masses were celebrated on the second floor of Franke Motors, located on the corner of Telegraph and Lower Tenbrook Roads. a year later, the first Sunday Eucharist was celebrated on church grounds in the rectory basement. The blessing and laying of the cornerstone took place on April 26, 1964.
New program for all new and current volunteers:
The Archdiocese of St. Louis has developed a new system for safe environment compliance called Prevent and Protect STL. Everyone ministering to minors or vulnerable adults (clergy, employees, and volunteers) in the Archdiocese is required and asked to register in the new system now. This includes those new to volunteering and those who currently volunteer. For those who have already attended a Protecting God’s Children workshop, your previous training dates will transfer to this new system. In addition to attending a live Protecting God’s Children Workshop, all clergy, volunteers and employees will register for an updated background screening, view two on-line training modules on abuse reporting and the Code of Ethical Conduct, and agree to the updated Code of Ethical Conduct.
Please go to www.preventandprotectstl.org to register and contact the parish Child Safety Coordinator, Yvonne Stewart, with any questions or for further assistance: (636) 296-5485. Click here for an instruction guide on the Prevent and Protect STL website.
Victims of sexual abuse, in addition to contacting civil authorities, are asked to come forward in order to receive pastoral assistance. Reports of abuse may be made to any Pastor or to:
Sandra Price, Executive Director, Office of Child & Youth Protection: 314-792-7271,
Missouri Department of Social Services, Children’s Division Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline: 1-800-392-3738
Missouri Department of Heath & Senior Services Adult Abuse and Neglect Hotline: 1-800-392-0210