Members of Joint Parish Council of
St. Clement of Rome, St. John Nepomucene, & St. John the Baptist
Pastor Rev. Slawomir Ptak & Deacon Archie Bowers
Trustees of St. Clement of Rome:
Eugene Brockett & Kristy Bowers
Trustees of St. John Nepomucene:
Curtis Richardson & Aaron Rawls
Trustees of St. John the Baptist:
Mike Karcher & Shelley Allen
St. Clement of Rome:
1) Don Burke
2) Becky Cross
3) Kenny Waier
St. John Nepomucene:
1) Barbra Burke – Secretary
2) Clay Rapp
3) Heather Jo Rawls
St. John the Baptist:
1) Dennis Rubenacker – Chairman
2) Jim Wellen
3) Jackie Rubenacker
Vocation Corner: Hosanna! We welcome our Savior King. As we approach the Triduum, let us “walk” with Jesus through His Passion and Death. It is He who wants us to join Him bringing more souls into His kingdom. The living out our vocation is our response. Are we following our true call to be with Him? Are you called to a Religious vocation?
It is almost time for mowing to start in our Partnership cemeteries. Please make sure you have grave blankets and any flowers or decorations out of the way of mowing. Thank you.
The CYM invites the entire Partnership to come watch them perform “The Living Stations of the Cross: A Shadow Play” at Piopolis on Wednesday, March 28 at 7:00 pm.
Reminder: Partnership scholarship applications are due back to each Parish’s committee head by March 25.
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.
It was brought to the office’s attention that the driveway to cemetery is being blocked during mass at St. John the Baptist. Please do not block cemetery drive during service.
Guatemala Mission Sister Parish: Check out the website for updated pictures of Reconciliation, Stations of the Cross through town, and coffee bean plants from mountain village.
CRS Rice Bowls: We encounter Jesus this week in Jerusalem, a community he knew well. We prayerfully enter our own communities too, encountering those who are hungry and thirsty, those who need our help. How does our Lenten journey motivate us to serve those we meet in our daily lives? Visit crsricebowl.org for more. You can start returning your Rice Bowls Holy Thursday. There will be collection baskets at the back of each church. Final collection weekend is April 7-8.
On Good Friday, the traditional “Collection for the Holy Land” is an opportunity for all Catholics around the world to be one with our brothers and sisters in the Holy Land. From those territories, we continue to hear the outcry of thousands of persons who are deprived of everything, at times even of their own human dignity. Especially on Good Friday, their heartbreaking cries invite us to embrace them with Christian charity. On the day of Jesus’ own death, we make a spiritual pilgrimage to the Holy Land, walking in the steps of the suffering and crucified Christ. Please be generous during the Good Friday “Collection for the Holy Land”. Envelopes are located in envelope packages.
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.
Holy Week is upon us, seems quicker this year. A few details in Mark’s Gospel, as Jesus approaches Bethphage. The details surrounding the triumphal entry recall Psalm 118, a Psalm chanted by Passover pilgrims flocking to Jerusalem. The Leafy branches echo the “festal procession with branches” in Psalm 118:27. The Hebrew acclamation Hosanna means “save us” and is taken from Psalm 118:25. Blessed in the name of the Lord, from Psalm 118:26. Spread their garments, a symbolic honoring, a newly crowned King. What a difference a week will make come Good Friday. Good day and God Bless, Deacon Archie. May your week be Holy and Blessed.
Our Bishop, sent us some food for thought on the 50th anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King, Jr. I encourage you all to take time and read this interesting writing. God Bless, Fr. Ptak.
“The legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., shaped by his unswerving dedication to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, encompasses influential decisions, monumental actions and steadfast progressions of humanitarian rights that reach far beyond the civil rights movement. He has been called a latter day Mahatma Gandhi, who became the moral conscience of the nation.
A leader of all people, Dr. King never chose fear, but always chose courage and determination when fighting for civil rights in the face of oppression, ignorance and violence. He refused to allow prison, violence or the threat of death sway his end mission. Instead, he stood beside his goal of achieving rights for all through nonviolent protests. Dr. King maintained a vision for a more diverse America where all people enjoyed the benefits of equality. During a time when the opposition implemented legislation that withheld rights from People of Color and expressed hatred through beatings and killings, Dr. King continued to take the high road.
He realized that violence would play into the scheme of the opposition. He knew that violent retaliation would fit exactly into the assumed mold that many had formed regarding civil rights workers. Because of that, he constantly preached that nonviolence will ultimately allow the opposition to prevail.
Dr. King also understood the impact of unifying diverse groups of people in the push for one common goal. Separately, attaining any significant progress would be a challenge. Collectively, he and other civil rights leaders could affect policies and influence change nationwide. Dr. King’s leadership contributed to the overall success of the civil rights movement in the mid-1900s and continues to have an impact on the fight for equality, justice and peace in the present day. As a Christian minister with a heart full of hope, he might well be surprised and disappointed to see the many ways in which the Racial Divide in the United States has become more acute. Nevertheless, had his voice not been silenced by a murderer, he would be using it today to encourage each of us to do what we can to build bridges across the divide.
After having a premonition of his imminent, violent death, Dr. King said: “If you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice; say that I was a drum major for peace; I was a drum major for righteousness. And all of the other shallow things will not matter. I won’t have any money to leave behind. I won’t have the fine and luxurious things of life to leave behind. But I just want to leave a committed life behind. And that’s all I have to say.”