Partnership Office will be closed on Tuesday, February 6 and open on Wednesday, February 7.
“Laissez les bons temps rouler” Let the good times roll!! Fat Tuesday Party/PSR Fundraiser: Tuesday, February 13. Doors open at 6:00 pm at St John the Baptist Hall. We will be serving shrimp jambalaya, pancakes and sausage, biscuits and gravy, and King Cake. There will be Tricky Trays available and crafts for the little ones. Donation at the door. BYOB if you want to.
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.
Save the date Tuesday, March 6 at St. John the Baptist. Partnership Ladies Evening of Reflection. Fr Nick Junker will speak on vocations.
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St. Elizabeth’s Altar Society meeting will be 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
St. Ann’s Altar Society next meeting will be Tuesday February 6 at 7:00 p.m. Refreshments: Bethany Reyling and Heather Rawls
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, making soup and chili, servers during the meal, clean up after, and selling tickets for tricky trays. Tricky trays will also be appreciated from each parish. 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 #8745, Dahlgren 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 note that is for Dahlgren Council, not KC Council #7115.
Knights of Columbus monthly meeting will be Thursday, February 15 beginning at 7:00 pm
- St. Patrick Enfield – KC #7118
- St. John Nepomucene – KC #8745
Fish Fry at St. John the Baptist will be Friday, February, serving from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.
St. Clement of Rome Wurstmarkt will be held on Sunday, February 18 with serving from 10:30-3:00. Tickets for adults will be $10, children 5-12 – $5, and children 4 and under free when dining in. Work begins on Thursday, February 15 with sausage stuffing at 8:00 a.m., all help needed and lunch will be provided. Saturday, February 17 potato peeling and set up of hall will begin at 12:00 noon. Pies are needed and we are asking each family to bring 3-4 pies. A pie list is in entrance of church. Worker lists are available at church entrance. Please check the time you are scheduled to work. If unable to work that shift contact the head of the shift or if you are able, come early and stay late. Working together helps make this event the huge success it has become over the years.
Guatemala Mission Sister Parish: Please check out website gallery for pictures of the catechists and the books they use and the celebration of Our Lord of Esquipulas.
Family Prayer: Jesus, help us to do your work of feeding the hungry, caring for the sick, and comforting others.
Oracion in familia: Jesus, ayudanos a llevar a cabo tu obra de alimentar al hambriento, cuidar al enfermo y consolar a los demas.
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 can consider matching 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 30.
- 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
Soil & Water Supper Saturday, February 24, Committee List: Connie Duckworth- chair, Bethany Wellen, Julie Rapp, Pam Carrell, Marci Allen, Jackie Rubenacker, Michele Lueke, Jenny Allen, Donna Redmon, Lori Karcher, and Marsha Richards. If you are unable to work, please find a replacement and contact chairman.
St. Patrick’s Altar Society will be a Pretzel Bake Fundraiser on Sunday, February 18 at 2:00 pm. All Partnership is invited. If you plan on attending please call/text Diane Mitchell at 618-384-8720 by February 12.
Searching for Jesus….. Everyone loves it when Jesus shows up. His presence makes a difference. Things happen. Mother- in-laws are healed. The sick are cured. Demons are casted out. Lives are changed. This is true, not only for the people of Capernaum in Jesus’ time, but also for us here and now. According to today’s Gospel that time will come, when Jesus will get up early in the morning and go to a deserted place. Sometimes, we have to get up early ourselves, go to our own deserted place and pray, when there seems to be no healing, no curing, and the demons in our life don’t go away. Be strong and keep searching for Jesus! Amen! 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 8 of 9: one of the biggest concerns of many couples is spacing births, yet it’s not a major subject in AL.
AL actually deals with this subject in several different sections, including nn. 42, 68, 82 and 222. While noting that greater emphasis has to be given to the fact that children are a gift from God and a joy for parents, it also cites Humanae Vitae, stressing that spouses be aware of their obligations concerning responsible parenthood. (AL 68) Moreover, a decision about the spacing of births “takes place as a result of a consensual dialogue between the spouses.” (AL 222) AL cites the Second Vatican Council in this regard, emphasizing the importance of the formation of conscience, where each person is along with God. The exhortation also encourages natural methods of regulating births, since they respect the bodies and indeed the “whole person” of the spouses.
To be continued