VOICE OF PARTNERSHIP
Vocation Corner: Hallelujah!! He is Risen! All our souls have been redeemed. What a wonderful legacy! We need to share this Redemption story with others, our calling as Catholics. This is what commemorate through each celebration of the Eucharist which allows us to receive our Lord in Holy Communion. We need to witness to this fact through our daily lives – talking with our classmates, take care of our spouses and children, engaging with our friends and family, with our co-workers – in all we do! This is our vocation, a Call to Holiness.
Check out the website gallery page for pictures of Palm Sunday, PSR Easter Egg Hunt, and the CYM Stations of the Cross. Special thanks to Curtis Richardson for take all these pictures. There are also Guatemala Mission Sister Parish pictures of villages preparing for Holy Week and Feast Day of St. Joseph on March 19.
Partnership CYM Event: Sunday, April 15 from 9 am – 1 pm at St Kateri Catholic Church in Ridgway for 7th-12th graders. We will meet in McLeansboro to leave by 8:10 am. There will be no PSR that morning for this age group only (7th-12th) so you can ALL attend. I will need volunteer adult drivers to get us there and back safely.
St. Clement of Rome Ladies Meeting will be Monday, April 2 at 6:30 pm
Holy Name Meeting on Monday, April 2 at 7:00 pm. Refreshments: Alfred & Norman Rubenacker
Knights of Columbus #7118 40th Anniversary at St. Patrick Enfield on Saturday, April 7. Mass at 3:30 pm with dinner and dance following. Those members of Council #7118 that have not signed up need to notify Vince Mitchell at 839-3464 by Monday March 26 to get an accurate meal count.
CRS Rice Bowls: We prayed, fasted and gave alms and now we celebrate Easter joy! Our Lenten journey with CRS Rice Bowl ends as we encounter our Risen Lord. We reflect on our brothers and sisters we have walked with, and we commit to bringing Easter joy to each person we meet in our daily lives. Don’t forget to turn in your CRS Rice Bowl. There are collection baskets at the back of each church. Final collection weekend is April 7-8.
Honoring Our Past – Cemetery Project Update: The trees have been planted throughout and around the cemetery following the plan designed by a landscape architect. (All the labor to pick up and plant the trees was donated.) The next phases: the entrance between the rectory and the church, a monument honoring the original settlers, fencing marking the edge of the cemetery and the remaining landscaping. The project is moving forward as funds are available. We hope that many of you have intentions of supporting this project, but just haven’t done so yet. We would appreciate your help in making your donations as soon as possible, to allow us to determine how to proceed. Special thanks to those who have donated. If you haven’t made time to donate, please consider doing so now, to help this project move forward.
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Family Prayer: Lord, help us to believe even when we do not see or understand.
Oracion en familia: Senor, ayudanos a creer incluso cuando no vemos ni comprendemos.
Catholic Service Ministry Appeal: We pray that God may bless you and your loved ones with peace, the hope and the love that the Lord gave to us all through the Resurrection of Jesus.
Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend (WWME) Celebrate as an Easter couple this year and find more for your relationship that you ever dreamt was possible from just one weekend together. Attend a WWME as a celebration of your couple relationship. The next weekends will be April 20-22 & August 3-4 in St. Peters, MO. If you would like to apply or get more information, go to www.stl.wwme or call 314-649-7317.
He has RISEN! Jesus came out of the Tomb. The empty tomb is the indisputable fact of Easter morning, as testified to even by the Roman soldiers who guarded the site. The disappearance of Jesus is the first indication that He has Risen as He said. Jesus’ Resurrection crowns the story of all four Gospels. Easter morning marks the day of Christ’s victory over death and the devil. The four Gospels state the “first day of the week” Sunday, the day following the Jewish Sabbath. To commemorate Christ’s Resurrection the early Christians called it the “Lord’s Day” and designated it day for sacred assembly, Eucharistic worship, prayers. Happy Easter, Good Day and God Bless, Deacon Archie.
On the Easter Sunday, I wish to all of you a blessed and peaceful time with your family. It is great that we can refresh our bonds of love with Jesus Christ and with others. This is the biggest mystery of our faith and it is the reason why we come together and celebrate. Jesus was the first to wake up from the dead and the same will happen to all of us. It is the core of our faith – eternal life with God. Believe that the tomb of Jesus is EMPTY and share this message with all Christians and non-Christians. May our journey here on earth, be filled with mercy to others and compassion to those who suffer and mourn in this particular time. Thank you to all who united together and participated in the Liturgy of Holy Week. A special thanks to musicians, servers, lectors, Extra Ordinary Eucharistic Ministers, sacristans, and Deacon Bowers. Please remember in your prayers all who are sick, homebound, and all elderly who can’t come to church. Alleluia! Fr. Ptak