2014 First Sunday of Lent
The Partnership of St. John the Baptist, St. John Nepomucene and St. Clement of Rome
St. John the Baptist
RR 3 Box 170 McLeansboro IL 62859
Office Hours: 8:00a.m.-2:00p.m. Monday-Friday, Closed Wednesday
St. Clement of Rome
601 E. Market Street
Rectory: 643-3552 Hall: 643-3628
St. John Nepomucene
7th and Main Street
We the parishioners of St. John the Baptist, St. John Nepomucene and St. Clement of Rome, brothers and sisters in Christ, accept as our mission:
to know our faith and share it with others,
to continue to grow spiritually with respect for the sacraments,
to celebrate the liturgy and the Holy Eucharist as the center of our Christian life,
to live by truth and love,
to serve those in need,
to teach by example,
and thereby strengthen and inspire our Parish family in accordance with the Roman Catholic Church.
Administrative Pastor......................................................................Fr. Slawomir Ptak
Director of Religious Education..........................Deacon Archie Bowers- (618) 231-1601
Parish Secretary............................................................................Mrs. Brittany Ronat
Facebook........................................................Hamilton County Catholic Partnership
Sacrament of Reconciliation: Before Every Mass
Mass Intentions for the Week
Sat. March 8 Dahlgren 5:00 p.m. †Roman & Mary Reyling Family
Sun. March 9 Piopolis 8:00 a.m. †David Karcher
Sun. March 9 McLeansboro 10:30 a.m. All Parish Family
Mon. March 10 McLeansboro 5:30 p.m. †Deceased Thomas Karcher Family
Tue. March 11 Dahlgren 8:00 a.m. ††Walter Sr. & Aurelia Mauck
Thurs. March 13 Piopolis 8:00 a.m. †Deceased Charles Spruell Family
Sat. March 15 McLeansboro 5:00 p.m. †Ron Burke
Sun. March 16 Piopolis 8:00 a.m. †Gertrude Heil
Sun. March 16 Dahlgren 10:30 a.m. All Parish Family
St. Clement of Rome: John Perryman and LouAnn Morrison
St. John the Baptist: Alan Rubenacker and Joe Bernard
St. John Nepomucene: Josh Karcher and Aaron Rawls
St. Clement of Rome: Gena VanAbbema 643-3425
St. John the Baptist: Rachel Hopfinger 842-9246
St. John Nepomucene: Megan Woodrow 838-4430
Our Return to the Lord
St. Clement of Rome: Envelopes- $1,472 Loose- $101 Guatemala Mission- $200 CSMA- $460
St. John the Baptist: Envelopes- $587 Loose- $39 Messenger- $50 CSMA- $100 Church of Eastern & Central Europe- $25
St. John Nepomucene: No Mass
Thank you for being so generous!
VOICE OF PARTNERSHIP
The Voice of Partnership
There are 4 poinsettias left at St. John the Baptist. Please take one if you wish.
St. John the Baptist is making scholarships available to graduating seniors who meet the following criteria. Applicant must be an active member of St. John the Baptist, be a regular attendant of the High School Religion program, a participating member of the Catholic Youth Ministry, be registered as a full time student, and turn in a minimum of 500 words essay describing how being a part of St. John the Baptist and the CYM has affected your life along with your future goals and why you are deserving of this scholarship. The applications will be available from the Senior High School Religion teacher beginning March 2nd and must be completed and returned no later than March 30th. Those students who qualify will then be required to attend a designated Sunday Mass in April at which time they will receive their scholarship. Students who receive their scholarship must turn in a copy of their schedule to the parish office and funds will be distributed directly to the school.
Our Evening of Reflection for all ladies in the parish will be March 10th. The evening will begin at 6:00 p.m., and will consist of fellowship, finger foods, and an inspirational program featuring Robert Rodger's story of faith. Rodgers experienced a tragedy of Biblical proportions when he lost his wife and all four children, in a flash flood, in Kansas, in 2003. Through his trust in God, Robert has risen above adversity and shared his message across the United States. Ladies who would like to have a ride may contact: Carol Bernard at 648-2975 or Lucille Auten at 643-3346, and the Dahlgren Ladies are going to meet at 5:30 p.m. at Dahlgren church to car pool. Please join us for this Evening of Reflection, as we begin the Lenten Season.
Starting March 12th, and every Wednesday until April 9th, there will be Stations of the Cross at St. John Nepomucene at 6:00 p.m., at St. John the Baptist at 8:00 p.m. and at St. Clement of Rome before every weekend mass. All Partnership members are invited to attend.
St. John Nepomucene's annual fish dinner will be March 14, 2014 from 5:00 - 8:00. Cost is Adults: $9.00 and Children: $4.00. The fish dinner includes 2 fish (Fish by Jim McPeak), coleslaw, baked beans, potatoes, hush puppies, dessert and drink . The raffle tickets are at the back of church for you to pick up with a work list. All ladies of the parish are asked to bring a dessert. The hall will be open all day on Thursday and Friday. All Partnership members and community members are invited to attend.
St Mary Church & School in Mt Vernon are currently selling raffle tickets for their big raffle on March 15th. You can win money from $500 - $25,000. The winning ticket will be drawn at the Raffle Dinner on the 15th. We will also have silent and live auctions that night. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased from Bruce (839-1582 or Lou Ann (534-4290) Morrison. You may also get more information by calling the school (242-5353) Please come help us support our school.
The American Legion Post 106 in McLeansboro will be having a fish fry on March 21, 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Plates cost $9.00 and carry outs are available. Proceeds will benefit the Junior Legion Baseball team.
The March Hamilton County Catholic Partnership Parish Council meeting will be March 25, 2014 at St. John the Baptist at 6:00 p.m. It will begin with a dinner and the meeting will follow. Committees that should try to attend will be PSR, CYM, Ladies groups, Social, and any items that pertain to all three parishes, as well as all council members and trustees. Please send agenda items to the office by March 21st.
St. John the Baptist's Social Committee will be hosting a fish fry March 28, 2014. Serving from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Cost: Adults $10, Children 6 yrs. - 12 yrs. $5 and 5 and under free. All Partnership members and community members are invited to attend.
Recipes Needed. We need help from the ladies of our 3-Parish Partnership. A new Relay For Life Cookbook will be published this year...you can help by submitting your favorite recipes. Recipes may be sent to Carol Gidcumb (email@example.com), Shelley Allen (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Diane Kunkel (email@example.com). They may also be faxed to (618)273-3113 or 648-2297. Please submit recipes by April 1.
Youth Sing Praise has been ministering to and with high school teens for 31 years! Each summer, YSP invites vocally and theatrically talented teens from across the country to immerse themselves in a part-theater camp, part-spiritual retreat for 9 days. It culminates with the performance of a faith-based musical as a witness to an audience of 2,000-5,000 people. High school teens who have completed freshman year through recent high school graduates may apply. Youth may be of any religious denomination or faith, or none at all. The program reflects our Catholic heritage and values, especially sharing hospitality, affirmation of God’s love, and encouragement to show good news to others. Applicants may submit materials by Apr. 6, 2014. Arrival day is Sat., June 21. The performance will be at 7pm on Sat., June 28 at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, in Belleville. We have had several participants from the three parishes involved over the years and would love to see more join this great program! Applications are available at www.youthsingspraise.com. YSP Jr. is open to 6th-8th graders looking to explore musical theatre and faith in a one-day workshop. Students attending the workshop will perform a musical number during the Intermission of YSP’s performance.
According to the decree of suppression issued by Bishop Edward K. Braxton, five parishes have been suppressed and closed. These parishes are St. Leo in Modoc, Immaculate Conception in Bridgeport, St. Catherine of Alexandria in Grand Chain, St. Mary in Mound City, and St. Francis Xavier in St. Francisville. Parishioners have been invited to join other parish families. For details, go to www.bellevillemessenger.org.
Pastor's Note: Last Thursday, at St. Mary's in Mt. Vernon, was the Clergy Day. There were 33 priests from the Diocese of Belleville, including Bishop Braxton. It was a time for prayer and reflection of Lent and also, a social meeting between priests. There were two talks from visiting priests for our education, enjoyment, and general information. At the end of the meeting, Bishop Braxton informed us about the Pastoral Plan for Restructuring and Renewal of our Diocese. He cleared up some misconceptions about his writing. He wants us to remind our parishioners that every parish in the Diocese will be affected and the plan is going forward as written. He mentioned we should pray for all priests, especially those with health issues and personal difficulties.