Welcome to The Church of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Set as a beacon on a hill to surrounding Maplewood and the east side of St. Paul, the Church of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary has been a center of Catholic faith and life since 1946. Our parish continues to be a vibrant place of worship, education, and outreach to the community. We welcome you to join us as we celebrate God’s many gifts and strive to bring the gospel message of Jesus Christ to the world around us.
Stewardship: The Lifestyle of Christian Discipleship
Whenever faithful Catholics devote themselves to daily prayer, to service, and to financial generosity, they have practiced stewardship. In essence, whenever we use our personal gifts to serve the Lord, we are being Christian Stewards.
As faithful members of Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we have come to know that stewardship isn’t just a “program” or a fundraising effort. It’s a commitment to a way of life – the lifestyle of Christian Discipleship. Practically speaking, it means making time for personal prayer. It means choosing to serve in parish ministries.
It means planning a generous, consistent gift to the weekly offertory. Over time, as each person embraces their personal commitments, our parish can become a powerful witness to the abundant life that Jesus has promised.
Our Parish History
Mary Is The Image Of This New Family
On January 27, 1946 Msgr. Raymond Rutkowski celebrated the first Mass in the parish of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The parish had been established by Archbishop John Gregory Murray only six days earlier, on January 21, 1946. At the beginning there were only 76 families. Now there are 1500 households. The Church of the Presentation worshiped in Gladstone School until Christmas of 1947, then, in what has come to be known as Kenney Hall for nearly 20 years, and for 40 years in the present beautiful church building.
The founders of this parish, our parents and grandparents, sacrificed much to give us many gifts. One such gift is this parish campus and beautiful church. As good stewards, we are careful to keep it in repair. Another, more important gift is the gift of faith. The founders of this parish were people profoundly affected by World War II. They were soldiers returning from battle or people struggling for those long years on the home front. Presentation’s first family of faith was serious in its commitment to the Catholic faith. Our parents and grandparents were conscientious in practicing what they believed. By their own example of faithfulness they passed that faith to their children. We in turn have the duty, as faithful stewards, to continue our conscientious practice, both inside and outside our church building and to pass that faith to the next generation. We are given the mission of preaching the Gospel to the ends of the earth. We need to start closer to home with the children of this generation.