Partnership Office will be closed on Tuesday, January 16.
Partnership Individual Parish Council Meetings:
- Clement of Rome: Monday, January 15 at 7:00 pm
- John the Baptist: Tuesday, January 16 at 7:00 pm
- John Nepomucene: Thursday, January 18 at 7:00 pm
Vocation Corner: Wow! What powerful Scripture readings today on God’s ways of calling us. The great story of Samuel being called to ministry tells of his humble response – “Speak, for your servant is listening.” Then the Gospel shows John the Baptist pointing Simon and Andrew toward Jesus. Jesus calls Simon to join him and gives him his new name of Peter. Both of these powerful calls offer us examples of how we can hopefully respond to our own personal call.
In your envelopes this weekend is a special one for the Partnership CYM. There are 30 kids involved in CYM. Money donated to the program goes towards their charitable and volunteer efforts, fun trips, NCYC, and other activities we do to keep our youth involved and active. Please remember the youth in our Partnership this weekend as you make your weekly offering. Thank you! ~ Megan Woodrow, CYM Director
Knights of Columbus January Monthly Meeting
- John Nepomucene – KC #8745: Wednesday, January 17 at 7:00 pm
- John the Baptist – KC #7118: Thursday, January 18 at 7:00 pm (Wild Game Night)
Knights of Columbus Council #8745 will host their 3rd annual Trivia Night, Saturday, January 27 at St. john Nepomucene Parish Hall in Dahlgren. Doors open at 6:00 pm, trivia starts at 6:30 pm. 6 to 8 person teams, $10.00 per person. Soups and sandwiches available, 50/50 drawing, BYOB. Proceeds go to the Hamilton County Relay for Life in memory of all Knights we have lost & in honor of all Knights who are survivors. RSVP Aaron P. Rawls at 618-736-2251 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org by January 22.
St. John Nepomucene’s Annual Fish Fry is coming up on March 9. If you would like to donate a prize for our raffle, please contact Josh Karcher at 618-895-4040 by January 29, so we can get our raffle tickets ready. More information to come at a later date.
Wurstmarkt tickets can be picked up at entrance of St. Clement of Rome church. Those needing tickets to sell prior to the date can get them from John Perryman, Andy Miller, and Karen Endicott as well as at church.
St. John the Baptist will have a kitchen cleaning starting at 9:00 am on Monday, January 29. Come one and come all ladies to help.
Please pray for the sick and homebound of our Partnership: Larry Hunt, Joe Spruell, Mary Rapp, Lois Smith, Marvin Swafford, Edith Haas, Marie Hopkins, and Jackie Eddy.
The Messenger: Make the Messenger a part of your New Year’s Resolution. The Messenger brings you the stories of real people quietly living their faith through compassion and good works. Inspirational stories that show our Catholic faith is alive and well in southern Illinois.
Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME): “Samuel answered, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” Learn how to encourage it 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.
Chamber of Commerce Supper Saturday, February 3 at St. John the Baptist. Committee list: Nolene Rubenacker-chairman, Bonnie Rubenacker, Shelley Allen, Denise Hastings, Brenda Thomas, Lori Powers, Cindy Budell, Teresa Wellen, Kendra Collins, and Andrea Short. If you are unable to work, please find a replacement and contact chairman.
Guatemala Mission Sister Parish: Missions International is happy to announce that it will be coordinating a trip for sister parishes to Guatemala. The trip will be June 15 to June 20. We encourage two or three people to represent your parish, and it would be very helpful if one of the individuals traveling is fluent in Spanish. If no one traveling is fluent in Spanish, we will find a local translator. 30 seats have been reserved on American Airlines. We will have a meeting for all those interested in learning more about the trip on Saturday, February 3 at 10 am. The location of the meeting will be determined after we know the towns all are traveling from. We will try to find a central location for the initial meeting. Please contact the office by Friday, January 19 if you are interested and plan on attending the meeting.
In today’s first reading, Samuel said, “Speak Lord, for your servant is listening.” In verse 3:10, the word “listening.” The word means “to hear with a view to obeying.” Samuel was listening to God’s Word and was determined to obey it.” In the second reading from 1 Corinthians, St. Paul says; “Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ?” In today’s to Gospel, Andrew said to his brother Simon Peter, “We have found the Messiah– “The Christ”. We know we are members of Christ’s Body, and we should always obey God’s word, and in everyday, seek the Messiah. Good day and God Bless, Deacon Archie.
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 5 of 9: There are many Catholics who are divorced and civilly married, struggling to try to do things right and bring up their children in the Church. What does AL offer them?
AL offers them the guarantee that the Church and her ministers care about them and their concrete situation. AL wants them to feel and to know that they are part of the Church. They are not excommunicated. (AL 243) Even if they cannot yet fully particiapete in the Church’s sacramental life, they are encouraged to take an active part in the life of the community. A key concept of AL is integration. Pastors need to do everything possible to help people in these situations to be included in the life of the community. Anyone in a so-called “irregular” situation should get special attention. “Helping heal the wounds of the parents and supporting them spiritually is also beneficial for children, who need the familiar face of the Church to see them through this traumatic experience.” (AL 246)
To be continued