Partnership office hours on Monday, March 12 will be 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Partnership Parish Council Meeting will be on Monday, March 19 at St. Clement of Rome. Meal at 6:30 pm with meeting following at 7:00 p.m.
2017-18 Scholarship Applications are ready to be picked up from each church. Each Parish in our Partnership offers a $500 scholarship to Seniors in their Parish. Applicants must be active in their Parish and participate in both CYM and PSR. Please apply for your Parish’s specific scholarship. Shelley Allen is the Piopolis representative, Bert Dodson is the Dahlgren representative, and Maggie Hoerler is the McLeansboro representative. If you are in class March 4, you will be handed one. If you are not and would like to apply for one, contact each Parish’s representative to obtain an application.
St. John the Baptist is looking for someone interested in mowing. Please contact the office if you’re interested.
Vocation Corner: I was born into a Catholic family, but it was not until the eighth grade, after I had received Confirmation, that the faith came alive for me…when (the) idea of priesthood first crossed my mind. During sophomore year at Franciscan University…I began a four-year wrestling match with God about my vocation. The moment of clarity came in prayer during a silent retreat. How could I resist it any longer? Steven DiMassimo, seminarian Diocese of Raleigh.
Knights of Columbus March Monthly Meeting
- John Nepomucene – KC #8745: Thursday, March 15 at 7:00 pm
- Clement of Rome – KC #7118: Thursday, January 15 at 7:00 pm
The committee on the Partnership Ladies Evening of Reflection would like to thank everyone for coming and sharing the evening with us. It was a night of good food and fellowship along with an enlightening message shared by Fr. Junker. Thank you again.
St. Elizabeth Altar Society Committees: Stuffing and hiding Easter eggs on Palm Sunday: Jenny Allen, Jacquelyn Anselment, and Sarah Reyling. Mother/Daughter Banquet: Cathy Anselment, Brenda Thomas, and Marsha Richards
Bishop Braxton extends an invitation to all parishioners throughout the Diocese, to join him for the Chrism Mass on Tuesday, March 27 beginning at 11:30 am at St. Peter Cathedral in Belleville. The Bishop is also pleased to invite each parish that reserves the Holy Oils to send two representatives to receive the Holy Oils at the Chrism Mass.
CRS Rice Bowls: We encounter Andrise, a teacher in Haiti who knows the importance of forming young people who will give back to the community – and their country. Reflect on the role teacher have played in bringing you closer to God and your community. How can you support those, worldwide, who are forced to flee their homes and find safety or better opportunities? Visit crsricebowl.org for more.
Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend (WWME) Our marriage was brought to new life by WWME. For the first time in a long time, our marriage was renewed and restored to the communication and spark that we had in our dating days. Life-changing weekends will be March 23-25 in Springfield, IL and 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.
Diocese of Belleville has a job opening for an Administrative Assistant for the Office of Worship. See posting at the back of each church for more details or at the Diocese website: http://www.diobelle.org/temporal-affairs/human-resources/employment-opportunities.
Family Prayer: Lord, keep us close to the light of Christ and help us avoid the darkness of sin.
Oracion in familia: Senor, mantennos cercanos a la luz de Cristo y ayudanos a evitar la tiniebla del pecado.
Catholic Diocese of Belleville Cemetery Association has a job opening for grounds person for trimming the weeds. This is a seasonal job. See posting at the back of each church for more details.
Catholic Relief Services Collection (CRSC): This week, we are taking up CRSC to respond the Jesus in disguise. This collection helps six Catholic agencies to provide relief and support to struggling communities and to work toward peace and reconciliation among our marginalized brothers and sisters here and around the world. Please prayerfully consider how you can support the collection. Envelopes are located in your envelope packages. Learn more about the collection at www.usccb.org/catholic-relief.
“Growing Old Gracefully,” Saturday, April 7, 10:00 am at St. Mary the Immaculate Conception in Mt. Vernon. Gary Behrman, PhD, MSW, MDiv, will explore what it means to age gracefully, integrate spirituality into our human development, and utilize a spiritual approach to aging well. Doors will open on at 9:00 a.m. RSVP by April 2 to Janice Gahagan: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 618-244-1559. Funded by the Ministry to Sick & Aged, Catholic Diocese of Belleville. Sponsored by the Parish Nurses of St. Mary Church.
Reminder daylight saving time begins this Sunday, March 11. Don’t forget to set your clocks forward 1 hour.
In today’s Gospel, Jesus said; “Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in Him may have eternal life.” ‘the serpent:’ A reference to the episode in Numbers 21, Moses hoisted a bronze serpent upon a pole as a remedy for faithless Israel. Although God punished them with poisonous serpents, He promised to save everyone who looked to the bronze serpent in search of His mercy. Jesus sees this relic as an image of His own Crucifixion and the healing it will bring to a rebellious world. Are you glad we live where the Paschal Mystery, when Jesus is lifted up on the Cross, from the Grave, and into Heaven? We just have to do God’s will everyday! Amen. Good day and God Bless, Deacon Archie
As we are getting closer to the celebration of the Paschal Mystery, it is worth to refresh the meaning and significance of the Resurrection. In the Catechism of the Catholic Church, we read, “The Paschal Mystery has two aspects: by his death, Christ liberates us from sin; by His Resurrection, he opens for us the way to a new life. This new life is above all justification that reinstates us in God’s grace, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. We are brothers and sisters not by nature, but by the gift of grace.” Have a blessed Lent, Fr. Slawomir Ptak