Father Slawomir Ptak will be gone for vacation this weekend. If an emergency comes up, please contact neighboring parishes for priest.
Partnership office hours on Thursday, March 8 will be from 8:00-11:00 a.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.
Vocation Corner: Thirst! Thirst! The Lord provides for our thirst with His word and the Spirit. Moses followed God’s call and provided water through the rock. The Samaritan woman found her thirst quenched by a greater “water”. If we follow our call to holiness, our vocation, each day, we will also be quenched.
St. Clement of Rome, St. John Nepomucene, and St. John the Baptist Ladies would like to invite all Partnership Ladies to an Evening of Reflection at St. John the Baptist on Tuesday, March 6. The evening will start at 6:00 pm with a soup dinner followed by Fr. Junker speaking on Vocations at 7:00 pm. We hope to see all our Partnership Ladies there!
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.
Partnership Donut Breakfast after mass on Sunday, March 4 at St. John the Baptist hall. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.
Knights of Columbus #7118 Fish Fry at St. Patrick’s Enfield on Friday, March 9 from 5-8 pm.
Knights of Columbus January Monthly Meeting
- John Nepomucene – KC #8745: Wednesday, January 17 at 7:00 pm
- Clement of Rome – KC #7118: Thursday, January 18 at 7:00 pm
Bishop Braxton extends an invitation to all Partnership parishioners to join him for the Chrism Mass on Tuesday, March 27 beginning at 11:30 am at St. Peter Cathedral in Belleville.
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.
CRS Rice Bowls: In Burkina Faso, we encounter Safiata, a mother, grandmother, and farmer who relies on the money she makes from her crops to put her children through school. How can our purchases during Lent support farmers and artisans? How can you support those, worldwide, who are forced to flee their homes and find safety or better opportunities? Visit crsricebowl.org for more.
Family Prayer: Holy Spirit, show us how to let go of things we do not need.
Oracion in familia: Espiritu Santo, muestranos como desprendernos de cosas que no necesitamos.
Catholic Service & Ministry Appeal (CSMA): This is commitment weekend for CSMA and we encourage you to support this diocesan-wide appeal which supports 14 ministries and programs that serve thousands of people every day throughout our Belleville Diocese. Your one-time gift or pledge can be made today or in the weeks ahead utilizing the response card you received in the mail or envelope located in envelopes packets, or envelope located at the back of each church. Donations can also be made online at www.diobelle.org. Every gift – larger or small – is truly needed and appreciated. Please reflect prayerfully on how you and your family have been blessed and consider supporting this year’s CSMA Appeal – its success depends on you! Thank you for your consideration and generosity.
Catholic Relief Services Collection (CRSC): Next weekend, our parish will take up CRSC. Funds from this collection helps provide food to the hungry, support to displaced refugees, and bring Christ’s love and mercy to all people here at home and abroad. Next weekend, please give generously to the CRSC, and help Jesus in disguise. Envelopes are located in your envelope packages. Learn more about the collection at www.usccb.org/catholic-relief.
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Just a “Thank You” to everyone who helped celebrate my birthday by sending a card, or wishing me a Happy Birthday. Florence Waier
Reminder daylight saving time begins next Sunday, March 11. Don’t forget to set your clocks forward 1 hour.
In today’s first reading today, God gave Moses the 10 Commandments; God said: “You shall not have other gods besides me; For I The Lord your God is a jealous God.” Remember to put God first, and these aren’t the 10 suggestions. In John’s Gospel, Jesus cleansed the Temple, one must remember, you can be angry, but sin not. Jesus was not happy with the merchants robbing the people through inflated rates for their goods. This was the start of the New Covenant, and a sign of Christ Resurrection. “Destroy this Temple and I will raise it in three days.” Good day and God Bless Deacon Archie.
In the Catechism of the Catholic Church, we find that The Church is one because she has as her source and exemplar the unity of the Trinity of Persons in one God. As for Founder and Head, Jesus Christ re-established the unity of all people in one body. As her soul, the Holy Spirit unites all the faithful in communion with Christ. The Church has but one faith, one sacramental life, one apostolic succession, one common hope, and one and the same charity. Fr. Ptak