Casper, Melchior & Balthasar
VOICE OF PARTNERSHIP
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
PSR will resume classes on Sunday, January 7 at St. John the Baptist at 10:00 a.m.
Adult Bible Study will begin the “Book of Mark” on Sunday, January 14 at 10:00 a.m. in the basement at St. John the Baptist. Registration forms are located at the back of each church. This class is open to all Partnership adults. Please join us. More information contact Bert Dodson 736-2855
In your envelopes this weekend is a special one for the Scholarship Funds for each church. Support from the parishioners is very important to provide scholarships to our deserving Seniors. We have 13 active and involved seniors that will be graduating at the end of this school year. Please remember the youth in our Partnership this weekend as you make your weekly offering. Thank you, Partnership Scholarship Committees
St. Ann’s Altar Sodality in Dahlgren will host a Chili and Soup Supper fundraiser and raffle on January 13, 2018 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. Please come support this. St. Ann’s supports many endeavors for our Partnership.
St. John the Baptist Holy Name meeting will be on Monday, January 8 at 7:00 pm. Refreshments: Eric Rawls and James Allen.
St. Elizabeth’s Altar Society next meeting will be this Sunday, January 7 in the hall basement.
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)
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.
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.
Upcoming Events – Mark Your Calendar:
- Saturday, January 27: St. John Nepomucene KC #8745 Trivia Night 6:30 pm
- Saturday, January 27: St. Patrick Enfield KC#7118 Fish Fry 5-8 pm
- Sunday, January 28: John the Baptist Holy Name Rabbit Fry 5:30 pm
- Friday, February 16: St. John the Baptist Fish Fry 5-7 pm
- Sunday, February 18: St. Clement of Rome Wurstmarkt 10:30 am – 3 pm
- Friday, March 2 – St. John the Baptist Fish Fry 5-7 pm
- Friday, March 9 – St. John Nepomucene Fish Fry 5-7:30 pm
- Friday, March 9 – St. Patrick Enfield KC#7118 Fish Fry 5-8 pm
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. Padre Mario has sent many pictures of this Christmas Season. Padre has been visiting the small villages, procession of the Nativity Scene in different small villages, gifts for the elderly, and piñata for the children. He even had a First Communion on December 24. Please view the Partnership website gallery page to view pictures, http://hamiltoncountycatholic.org/gallery/.
The Epiphany, is the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles. The Magi, were astrologers from Persia– this would explain their interest in the extraordinary “star”. In Matthew the Magi, are the first Gentiles to recognize the Kingship of Jesus. The “star” is mention several times in the Old Testament, Numbers 24:17, and in the Psalms, for example, Ps 70:10, Ps 60: 3-6 clearly stand behind Matthew’s story about the wise men. Please be “wise” and recognize Jesus everyday in your life. 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 4 of 9: An important word in this document is “discernment.” What does discernment mean for Pope Francis? Does it mean someone can simply look for a compassionate priest to tell him or her that everything is ok?
Discernment is a constant effort to be open to the Word of God to illuminate the concrete reality of everyday life. Discernment leads us to be docile to the Spirit; it encourages each of us to act with all possible live in concrete situations. Pope Francis asks pastors and faithful to discern each concrete situation carefully. Any priest or pastoral worker who is actively involved in helping people grow spiritually knows that there are no easy recipes, no “one-size-fits-all”, no quick and easy exceptions. At the same time, discernment can never be separated from the Gospel demands of truth and charity and from the teaching and tradition of the Church. It requires humility and a sincere search for God’ will.
To be continued