Special Joint Parish Council meeting will be on Monday, April 16 starting at 7:00 p.m. at St. John the Baptist.
The Partnership Mother/Daughter Banquet will be held on Sunday, April 29, at noon at St. John Nepomucene in Dahlgren. Please bring a covered dish or dessert. Meat, rolls and drinks will be provided. All ladies and their guests are invited to come and join the fun.
Healthcare Service at the McLeansboro Healthcare Center on Carpenter Street in McLeansboro will be Sunday, April 15 at 2:30 p.m.
Knights of Columbus Monthly Meeting
- John Nepomucene – KC #8745: Thursday, April 19 at 7:00 pm
- Patrick, Enfield – KC #7118: Thursday, April 19 at 7:00 pm (Steak Night)
St. Elizabeth’s Altar Society next meeting will be Tuesday, May 1 at 7:00 pm. This will be our last meeting till fall.
St. John Nepomucene has always been rich in history and tradition. This year marks our 125th year as a parish. Approximately three years after the church was organized, St. Ann’s Altar Society was formed. In the early years ice cream socials were the main fundraiser. Few people probably don’t know one of their first purchases was the St. John Nepomucene statue which still stands near the confessionals. They paid $5.00 for the statue. The tradition continues this year with St. Ann’s Altar Society’s ice cream social on July 28. To commemorate the church’s 125th year, special activities will be held. Mark your calendar and invite all past, present and future members of our partnership to share in this event. Any parishioner who would like to share any piece of history whether it is photos, memorabilia etc., please contact Rita Rapp at 618-736-2619 or 618-895-4229. Also, if anyone has any ideas of activities they’d like to include, please let Rita know. There will be an organizational meeting in the near future. Please watch the bulletin for details.
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.
Vocation Corner: “Leaving high school, I didn’t know whether or not I was called to be a priest. But prayers and spiritual direction led me to a deeper discernment, and I entered seminary. I looked to stories of the saints and examples of my parents are reasons that led me to trust that God had a plan. I experiences falling in love with Christ and above all peace in my vocation. The most important lesson I’ve learned is to trust. The peace and direction I have in my life are a testament to that. Others trusted in me, which in turn allowed me to trust in Christ.” Josh Bathon, Congregation of Holy Cross, Notre Dame, IN.
World Day of Prayer for Vocations: On Sunday, April 22, 2018, Catholics around the world will pray for vocations. In our diocese, this special prayer will take the form of a Holy Hour at 3 p.m. in 17 parishes. If you are able, please know all are welcome to join in prayer at the following parishes: St. Clement of Rome, McLeansboro; St. Bernard, Albers; St. Mary, Anna; St. Mary, Belleville; St. Dominic, Breese; St. Mary, Carlyle; St. Stephen, Caseyville; St. Francis Xavier, Carbondale; St. Mary, Chester; St. Andrew, Christopher; Holy Trinity, Fairview Heights; St. Joseph, Freeburg; St. Augustine, Hecker; St. Mary, Mount Vernon; St. Ann, Nashville; St. Clare, O’Fallon and St. Rose of Lima, St. Rose. If you cannot attend at one of these parishes, you can pray in your homes at 3:00 p.m. to join your voice with others for this most important cause.
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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.
Please pray for the sick and homebound of our Partnership: Larry Hunt, Joe Spruell, Mary Rapp, Lois Smith, Marvin Swafford, Edith Haas, Marie Hopkins.
The Newman Catholic Student Center at SIU-Carbondale is having a Quilt & Cash Social BINGO on Sunday, April 29 at St. John the Baptist in Red Bud, IL. Lunch begins at 11:00 am and BINGO starts at 1:00 p.m. See back of each church for flyer for more information.
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.
15th Annual Cure for Cancer Prayer Day will be Thursday, May 3, 2018 at Our Lady Queen of Peach Church in Belleville. Mass and Devotion at 8:00 am with Eucharistic Adoration following to 1:00 p.m. If you are unable to attend but would like for you intentions be placed on the altar during this prayers day, please leave your intention(s) on one of the sheets at the back of each church by the weekend of April 21-22. There is also a flyer for more information.
In today’s Gospel, we read; The two disciples recounted what had taken place on the way to Emmaus, and how Jesus was made known to them in the breaking of the bread. Among Jews this was a ceremonial gesture that commenced the celebration of an ordinary meal. Among Christians it was used as a description of the Eucharistic liturgy. If you look at Luke 24:30 , When He was at table with them, He took bread blessed it and broke it, and gave it to them. And their eyes were open and they recognized Him; There is a time in our lives we must recognize Jesus in our lives, and our eyes must be open to the truth. This is how we can experience Jesus in a spiritual way; that is thru Holy Communion. Good day and God Bless. Deacon Archie
Family Prayer: Jesus, help us to remember your are a real friend to us.
Oracion en familia: Jesus, ayudanos a recordar que eres un verdadero amigo para nostros.