East Vicariate Priest/Deacon meeting will be at noon on Wednesday, February 7 at St. Joseph Parish in Olney.
During flu season, we will not be extending sign of peace, during mass. Thank you for your cooperation.
Vocation Corner: “It was only through an informational brochure that I first heard God’s call. At first, my parents were not supportive, but let me go to the convent for a year with the promise that I would return if I were ever unhappy. That never happened. I knew I wanted to be a Sister and took my final vows in 1997. My parents were very supportive because they knew my vocation had truly come from God.” Sister Jossy Jacob, Sisters of Mary Immaculate, Leechburg, PA.
Saturday, February 3 after mass at St. Clement of Rome will be the Blessing of the Throats due to St. Blaise Day.
Located at the back of each church is your 2017 yearly contribution statements. Envelopes are grouped by last name and listed alphabetically. Please double check your address and contact the office for changes.
Healthcare Service at McLeansboro Healthcare Center on Carpenter Street, will be on Sunday, February 4 at 2:30 pm.
St. John the Baptist Holy Name Rabbit Fry will be on Sunday, January 28 starting at 5:30 p.m. in the hall. All are invited.
St. John the Baptist is looking for someone interested in mowing. Please contact the office if interested.
St. Elizabeth’s Altar Society next meeting will be this Sunday, February 4 in the hall basement after mass.
St. Clement Ladies meeting will be on Monday, February 5 at 6:30 pm.
St. John the Baptist Holy Name meeting will be at 7:00 pm on Monday, February 5. Refreshments: Alan & Roger Rubenacker
The Hungry Hearts Chili/Soup Fundraiser will be held on Friday, February 9, prior to the Foxes basketball game. We again will be needing help with desserts, help with making soup and chili, and servers during the meal with clean up after. Tricky trays will also be appreciated from each parish. Help with selling tickets for tricky trays will be needed. Proceeds from this event will be used in feeding our children during the summer months. If able to help in any of these areas contact Karen Endicott 643-4901 or 308-2207. All help is appreciated.
Knights of Columbus Council #7118 Valentine’s Dinner will be Saturday, February 10. Happy Hour at 5:00 pm. Dinner at 6:00 pm. All member’s wives, guests, and widows are invited.
Please pray for the sick and homebound of our Partnership: Larry Hunt, Joe Spruell, Mary Rapp, Lois Smith, Marvin Swafford, Edith Haas, Marie Hopkins, Jackie Eddy, and Doris Maulding
The Messenger: Renewal weekend is February 3-4. Please stay connected through a subscription to The Messenger. Payments can be made in your Messenger envelope or on-line at www.bellevillemessenger.org. Subscription cost $25 for print, $25 for electronic, or $30 for both. Please make checks payable to The Messenger and include email address for electronic subscription.
Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME): “Brothers and sisters: I should like you to be free of anxieties.” Let us learn to calm our anxieties about our spouses by participating a WWME weekend with your spouse. The next weekend is on February 2-4, 2018. To register or for more information call 314-649-7317 or go online to www.stl-wwme.org.
The Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal (CSMA): As the end of the 2017 Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal comes to a close on February 28, our Partnership has not met the established goal. Please consider making a gift or pledge of any size. If parishioners cannot meet the goal, the church will have to match it from parish funds. Your contributions are deeply appreciated, very much needed and will a make a difference in the lives of many! Totals as of January 22.
- Clement of Rome’s goal is $3,350, pledged $2,012, and needs $1,338.
- John Nepomucene’s goal is $2,950, pledged $2,725, and needs $225
- John the Baptist’s goal is $4,500, pledged $3,950, and needs $550
Continue “Questions & Answers” from Amoris Laetitia, “The Joy of Love: On Love in the Family”, the Exhortation written by Pope Francis, after the two Synods of Bishops on that topic in October 2014 and October 2015. Our Bishop has requested priests to share Pope’s writing with you. The questions and answers may help to focus on some important points of Amoris Laetitia.
Question 7 of 9: AL is critical in talking about past practices (un 36, 37, 38) including en emphasis on doctrinal and moral issues, and denouncing a decedent world without offering much that is positive. Is that a criticism of past papacies?
A quick look at the footnotes shows how extensively John Paul II is quoted in AL, especially Familiaris Consortio. Pope Francis also makes us of Deus Caritas Est from Pope Benedict. AL offers hope, and hope in abundance. It is not a list of rules or of condemnations but a call for acceptance and of the accompaniment, involvement and integration. Even when people – for so many different reasons – have not be able to live up to the ideals of Christ’s teaching, the Church and her ministers want to be at their side to help them on their journey. “The way of the Church is not to condemn anyone for ever; it is to pour out the balm of God’s mercy on all those who ask for it with a sincere heart.” (AL 295)
To be continued
2017 Religious Report:
- Baptisms: SCR 1, SJN 4, SJB 8
- Weddings: SCR 1, SJN 3, SJB 5
- Funerals: SCR 5, SJN 2, SJB 1
- Confirmation: SCR 2, SJN 2, SJB 8
- PSR: SCR 11, SJN 12, SJB 62
- First Communion: SCR 1, SJN 2, SJB 6 (This year in May)
- RCIA: SCR 0, SJN 1, SJB 0 (This coming Easter)