Stations of the Cross during Lent:
- Clement of Rome 4:40 pm before Saturday evening masses
- John Nepomucene 6:00 pm on Wednesdays
- John the Baptist 8:40 am before Sunday morning masses
“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.
Save the date Tuesday, March 6 at St. John the Baptist. Partnership Ladies Evening of Reflection. Fr Nick Junker will speak on vocations.
St. John the Baptist is in need of someone to mow this year, contact the office if interested.
Vocation Corner: “A commission is a special type of command. Jesus received the commission from the Father to sacrifice and die for the sins of man. Openness to God’s call and acceptance are the foundation for every commission God gives to us. As we enter the season of Lent, let us “cleanse” our hearts and answer God’s daily call to holiness. Here I am, Lord! Help me, equip me, and let me serve you.
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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 16, 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.
Next weekend our parish will take up the 134th annual National Black and Indian Mission collection. Our support of this collection helps build the Church in African American, Native American and Alaska Native communities from coast to coast. Our Belleville Diocese received $150,000 in grant funding last year from this collection, benefitting seven diocesan ministries, programs and schools. Please be generous, collection envelopes are located in envelope packages.
The Messenger: Make The Messenger part of your Lent this year! Lent is an opportunity to examine your life, give your struggles to God, and invite Him to help you become the best version of yourself. Let The Messenger be your guide with articles of faith, hope, and giving.
Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME): “He shall dwell apart, making his abode outside the camp.” As Jesus cured the leper, let the love of God heal and strength our martial bond so we can live within our camp of joy.” 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.
Family Prayer: Jesus, teach us to see when people are in need and reach out to them.
Oracion in familia: Jesus, ensenanos a ver cuando la gente esta necesitada y como llegar a ellos.
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.
Thanks to all the ladies who helped on the Chamber Supper Saturday night. You all did a great job and I appreciated all your hard work.
I would like to thank the Ladies of the St. Clement Quilting Club & CCW, St. Clement Parish and Fr. Ptak for the thoughts, acts of kindness, cards, visits, phone calls, and well wishes and mostly the prayers for my well being during my journey to recovery. Thank you all so much, Juanita Beckewith
Today’s Deacon notes, focus on St. Paul’s writings from 1 Corinthians, Paul writes; “Brothers and Sisters, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the Glory of God. Avoid giving offense, whether to the Jews or Greeks or of the Church of God……. Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.” With the troubles of today’s Church, are we doing everything to give Glory to God, and to our One Church? Are we thinking of ourselves, or are we going to do what’s the best interest as One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. Good day and God Bless. Deacon Archie.
Final “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 9 of 9: What’s the greatest challenge of Amoris Laetitia
The biggest challenge is for everyone to read it without rushing and put it into practice. AL lays out proposals for the Church and her pastors to change its focus regarding the family: to accompany, to integrate, to remain close to anyone who has suffered the effects of wounded love. Above all, AL challenges us to be understanding in the face of complex and painful situations. Pope Francis would have us approach the weak with compassion, and not judgement, to “enter into the reality of other people’s lives and know the power of tenderness.” (AL 308)
On Ash Wednesday, we begin the Lenten season. We are blessed with ashes, reminding us that we are dust, and to dust we will return. According to the regulations of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on Fast & Abstinence: “Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence. For members of the Latin (Roman) Catholic Church, the norms on fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal. Two smaller meals may also be taken, but not to equal a full meal. The norms concerning abstinence from meat are binding upon members of the Latin Catholic Church from age 14 onwards. If possible, the fast on Good Friday is continued until the Easter Vigil (on Holy Saturday night) as the “paschal fast” to honor the suffering and death of the Lord Jesus, and to prepare ourselves to share more fully and to celebrate more readily his Resurrection.” Have a Blessed Lenten Season, Fr. Ptak
Bishop Braxton has received inquiries from several parishes concerning the possibility of receiving a dispensation from the Lenten disciplines of fasting and abstaining on Ash Wednesday, due to Valentine’s Day. The Bishop’s response is that under no circumstance will he dispense any of the Christian Faithful from these important spiritual disciplines on Ash Wednesday, when we are called to go into the desert with Jesus for the penitential season of prayer, repentance, almsgiving, fasting and abstaining so that we may participate more worthily in the Sacred Triduum.
This is attached the bulletin from Bishop Braxton: Ichthus