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The after-Mass coffees have proven to be popular at Saint Mary Magdalen.

Recently, Saint Mary Magdalen Catholic Church started serving coffee after Mass. Instead of just heading to their cars, now parishioners are gathering, meeting new people and sharing stories.

Each Sunday after 9:30 a.m. Mass a coffee bar is set up in the portico outside the church or in the lower level of the church in colder weather. The idea is to build community beyond Mass … and who doesn’t like a nice cup of coffee?

Saint Mary Magdalen partnered with Switch Coffee Collective, a company that connects talented men from under-resourced communities and provides them with work opportunities. They also purchased the coffee bar from Anew Nature, another St. Louis-based business that provides jobs to formerly incarcerated men.