VOICE OF PARTNERSHIP
Special Joint Parish Council meeting will be on Monday, April 16 starting at 7:00 p.m. at St. John the Baptist.
Check out the website gallery page for pictures of Holy Week at St. John the Baptist, Easter Sunday at St. Clement of Rome, and Guatemala Mission Sister Parish Holy Week.
Vocation Corner: “I was born to a Catholic family that valued family prayer and the rosary. It was through an informational brochure that I first heard God’s call. I took my final vows in 1997. My parents were supportive because they knew my vocation had truly come from God. I believe the words of Christ: “Everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands for the sake of my name will receive a hundred times more.” (Mt 19:29).” Sister Jossy Jacob, Sisters of Mary Immaculate, Leechburg, PA
Partnership CYM Event: Sunday, April 15 from 9:00 am – 1:00 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.
Save the date: The Partnership Mother/Daughter Banquet is on Sunday, April 29th, at noon at St. John Nepomucene in Dahlgren. More details to follow.
CRS Rice Bowls: 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 14-15.
The Messenger: Forgot to subscribe to The Messenger? No Problem! Call 618-233-8670 or go online to www.bellevillemessenger.org.
St. Edward’s Mens’ Club in Fairfield will host a Sausage Dinner on Sunday April 8. Serving from 11:00 am to 1:30 p.m. Menu: whole hog sausage, massed potatoes, green beans, apple sauce, sauerkraut, drink, and dessert. Adults $10, Ages 5-12 $5, Children 4 and under free. Carry-out available. Also selling cooked and uncooked sausage.
The Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal (CSMA): A most heartfelt thanks to all those who have responded with a gift The CSMA 2018 Appeal. If you have not already done so, there’s still plenty of time. One-time donations or pledges, in any amount, are needed. Please consider making your gift today or at anytime you are able in the coming months. Envelopes are located in your envelope packages or at the back of each church. Thank you and may God bless you for your generosity.
Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend (WWME) Does Springtime give you a sense of wonder and fulfillment? On your wedding day, you and your spouse lovingly planted the seed of a lifelong relationship. A WWME will give you those tools you need to help your marriage grow and blossom more beautifully! The next WWME weekends will be April 20-22 & August 3-5 in St. Peters, MO. If you would like to apply or get more information, go to www.stl.wwme or call 314-649-7317.
Please pray for the sick and homebound of our Partnership: Larry Hunt, Joe Spruell, Mary Rapp, Lois Smith, Marvin Swafford, Edith Haas, Marie Hopkins, and Jackie Eddy.
Family Prayer: Hear us, Lord Jesus, watch over our family.
Oracion en familia: Escúchanos, Señor Jesús, cuida de nuestra familia.
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. As the largest foster care provider in Southern Illinois, Caritas Family Solutions sees firsthand the impact of abuse and neglect on hundreds of children every year. Learn how to recognize signs of child abuse and neglect and what to do about it at caritasfamilysolutions.org/bluekids. Your support of the Blue Kids Campaign will help Caritas provide services that reduce abusive behaviors and situations. These services include anger management and parenting classes, individual and family counseling, foster care services and much more. Together we can make our communities stronger.
In the first reading from St. Luke, we as Christians should follow his words, with the Restructuring and Renewal that is happening throughout the Diocese. “The community of believers was one heart and mind.” For the changes to work, we all must be one heart and one mind. Cardinal Ratzinger said, “We must get smaller to get stronger.” The Church was Beautiful Easter Sunday morning at St. Clement of Rome, a full Church. This can happen every weekend, when we go to one Parish. Before this can happen, we “ALL” must ask for guidance from the Holy Spirit, but most of all we must do what St. Luke says, “one heart and one mind.” Good day an God Bless. Deacon Archie
During Jesus’ revelations to Saint Faustina on the Divine Mercy, He asked many times that a feast day be dedicated to the Divine Mercy and that this feast be celebrated on the Sunday after Easter. The liturgical texts of that day, the 2nd Sunday of Easter, concern the institution of the Sacrament of Penance, the Tribunal of the Divine Mercy, and are fulfilled. This Feast, which had already been granted to the nation of Poland and been celebrated within Vatican City, was granted to the Universal Church by Pope John Paul II on the occasion of the canonization of Sr. Faustina on April 30, 2000. In a decree dated May 23, 2000, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments stated that “throughout the world the Second Sunday of Easter will receive the name Divine Mercy Sunday.
Concerning the Feast of Mercy Jesus said:
Whoever approaches the Fountain of Life on this day will be granted complete forgiveness of sins and punishment. (Diary 300)
I want the image solemnly blessed on the first Sunday after Easter, and I want it to be venerated publicly so that every soul may know about it. (Diary 341)
This Feast emerged from the very depths of My mercy, and it is confirmed in the vast depths of my tender mercies. (Diary 420)