Partnership office will be closed on February 26 – 28.
CRS Rice Bowls: We encounter Cesia in Nicaragua, where despite a lack of economic opportunity, young people purse their dreams by building businesses to better their lives. How can you work to improve the lives of other this Lent? How can you support those, worldwide, who are forced to flee their homes to find safety of better opportunities? Visit crsricebowl.org for more.
Vocation Corner: “I learned about my faith at a young age and attended Catholic schools. I worked in the Philippines and China and it was there that I sensed a calling to the priesthood entrusting my vocation to God. I made my consecration to Jesus through Mary as taught by St. Louis d Montfort. I joined a religious order on August 15, the feast of the Assumption of Mary.” Father Kenneth Lao, Associate Pastor at St. Timothy in North York, Ontario.
Knights of Columbus Council #8745 Dahlgren, would like to thank everyone that made our Trivia Night on January 27 a huge success! We had 15 teams and 111 players. Special thanks to Paul Rapp for donating is 50/50 winnings back to the cause. We were able to donate $1,800 to the Hamilton County Relay for Life. Thanks again and God Bless!
St. Clement Ladies who would like a ride to the Evening of Reflection at Piopolis on March 6 may contact Diane Kunkel (643-4477). Ladies who want to carpool will meet in the Annex parking lot for a 5:30 p.m. departure to Piopolis.
St. John Nepomucene Fish Fry, will be on Friday March 9. Serving from 5-7:30 pm. Fish provided by Jim McPeak. Dinner cost is $10 adults and $5 for kids. All ladies of the parish is asked to bring desserts. Hall will be open on Thursday and Friday, please have all donations in hall by Thursday. Raffle tickets and worksheets are in the back of church, if you haven’t been picked yours up, please do so.
St. John the Baptist Fish Fry will be Friday, March 2, serving from 5:00 to 7:00 pm in hall.
Partnership Donut Breakfast after mass on Sunday, March 4 at St. John the Baptist hall. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.
The Lord blessed us with a beautiful day for our Wurstmarkt. We served 1133 meals. The quilt was won by Denise Zurliene. Ten pounds of sausage was won by Paula Jackson and five pounds of sausage went to Bill Roesch. Congratulations to all. None of this would have been possible without the help from our entire parish. The committee says, “THANK YOU”. Thank you to the 25+ that came on stuffing day. Thank you to everyone who helped set up the carryout line, annex and hall when finished with the stuffing. Thank you to the potato peelers and helpers on Saturday. Thank you all who sold advance tickets. Thank you to the quilters whose nimble fingers quilted the quilt. Thank you to everyone that came and worked their shift and stayed for another shift. Thank you to the clean up grew that stayed to help put our facility back in shape. Even with all the work that had to be done, many of us look forward to Wurstmarkt weekend. It is a time when our entire parish family works together, laughs, shares memories and basks in the goodness of the Lord. THANK YOU ! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
Knights of Columbus #7118 Fish Fry at St. Patrick’s Enfield on Friday, March 9 from 5-8 pm.
Family Prayer: Lord, help us to remember we also are God’s beloved children.
Oracion in familia: Senor, ayudanos a recordar que tambien somos hijos amados de Dios.
Next weekend marks the beginning of The 2018 Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal. Through this annual campaign, 14 ministries and programs that provide service to thousands of people throughout our Belleville Diocese are funded. Please watch your mail for additional information and how your gift makes a difference in the lives of many!
The Messenger: Looking for local Parish Fish Fries this lent! Check out The Messenger for parish times and dates. Check us out for all your favorite Catholic events in southern Illinois.
Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME): “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.” Let us learn to listen better to each other and God by participating in a WWME.. 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.
A special thank you to all those who contributed to the Catholic Communications Campaign collection. While collection donations have not as yet been received from all parishes, total proceeds as of February 20, 2018, are $25,754.71.
Pilgrimage to the Holy Land: 12-days November 26 to December 7, 2018 Includes visits to Nazareth, Cana, Sea of Galilee, Mt. Tabor, Mt. of Beatitudes, Jericho, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, CRS Projects in the area, and much more! Only $3,399 from Chicago (ORD) plus $195 in tips. Spiritual director for the trip is Rev. Msgr. David Hoefler, Vicar General of the Springfield Diocese. Pilgrimage coordinator will be Cheryl Sommer, CRS Coordinator for the Belleville Diocese. To download the free color brochure and registration form, visit www.GoCatholicTravel.com/18017, or for more information, please contact Cheryl Sommer at 618-234-1166 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Space is limited. Register today!
Today’s Deacon notes focuses on Genesis 22 the Offering of Isaac. This chapter is a treasure of spiritual wealth, and awesome in many ways. We can never reach its height or depth, nor exhaust its spiritual significance. Gradually we see beneath the surface, and slowly begin to discern the purpose of God in this unique picture of Jesus Christ, our substitute. In this chapter alone, we see that Jesus is referenced 20 – 23 times. God tested Abraham, God does not temp anyone with evil, but in certain instances He does test, try or prove us. The question, do we have the FAITH of Abraham? Good day and God Bless, Deacon Archie.
Why do we celebrate the Transfiguration on the second Sunday of Lent? We celebrate Christ’s transfiguration before the passion and glorious resurrection so that we may be more focus on His Divine mission. The voice from heaven recalls the voice that was heard at Jesus’ baptism. In His Transfiguration, we see our own change to be like He is. In each of the description of the Transfiguration, Jesus tells the disciples to keep secret what they saw until after the Son of Man has risen from the dead. The Apostles’ confusion continues as they wonder what Jesus means by rising from the dead. The disciples cannot understand Christ’s Transfiguration until they also witness his passion and death on the cross. In our hearing of it, we anticipate from Jesus’ Resurrection, even as we prepare to remember Jesus’ passion. Have a blessed week! Fr. Ptak