VOICE OF PARTNERSHIP
On June 24, 2018, Bishop Braxton announced that St. Joseph in Equality, Immaculate Conception in Shawneetown, and St. Patrick in Pond Settlement will be closed effective October 20, 2018. Also, on this day, Bishop Braxton announced in official appointments for clergy, religious, and lay people. For more details see both of these documents posted at the back of each church and parish website.
Monday, July 16 at St. Clement of Rome:
- Financial Council Meeting at 6:00 pm
- Joint Parish Council Meeting at 7:00 p.m.
Partnership VBS will be July 16-20 from 9:00 am – noon at St. John Nepomucene, Dahlgren. There is still room to come and join us for VBS, contact Bert Dodson 618-839-0413.
Partnership CYM is working on a Service Project in conjunction with WADI’s Back to School Bash. They have set a goal to fill 30 backpacks. 15 for Pre-K and 15 for Kindergarten. For the each of the Pre-K backpacks, they need: folder. For each of the Kindergarten backpacks, they need: 12 glue sticks, 1 package #2 pencils, 2 boxes 24 count crayons, scissors, large eraser, pocket folder, markers, 2 large box of tissues, headphones (no ear buds), black dry erase marker, container disinfecting wipes, small pencil box. Please drop your school supplies or monetary donation in the box located at the back of any church by weekend of July 7-8.
St. Ann’s Ice Cream Social is fast approaching. It will be on July 28, following the 4:00 pm Mass. We are in the process of making a slide show of Church celebrations, Sacraments, organizations etc. If you have any pictures you’d like to share and be included in this project, please contact Rita at 618-736-2619 or 618-895-4229. The pictures can be scanned and returned to you at the same time. Also, if anyone has any raffle prize they wish to donate, let Rita know. Thanks for your help in making this a day to remember.
PSR: Planning and preparation is underway for the 2018-2019 school year. To prepare for PSR classes to begin on August 19, we will be holding mandatory registrations at each church in July. St. John Nepomucene: July 14; St. John the Baptist: July 15, and St. Clement of Rome: July 21. This includes all grades. You can do this at any of the churches, no matter your home parish, and you only have to attend one of these dates. If you cannot make any of the registration dates, please contact Megan Woodrow before August 1.
Washer Tournament Time! Knights of Columbus Council #8745 will hold its 14th Annual Washer Tournament on Sunday, July 15th, on the St. John Nepomucene Church grounds. Registration begins at 12:30 with play beginning at 1:00 p.m. Refreshments available. Join us for a fun afternoon!
Knights of Columbus Monthly Meeting
- John Nepomucene, Dahlgren – KC #8745: Thursday, July 19 at 7:00 pm
- Patrick, Enfield – KC #7118: Thursday, July 19 at 7:00 pm
St. John the Baptist will have a Work Day on Wednesday, July 18 starting at 7:00 am. This is rescheduled from Saturday, July 14.
Please pray for the sick and homebound of our Partnership: Joe Spruell, Mary Rapp, Lois Smith, Marvin Swafford, Edith Haas, Marie Hopkins and Larry Hunt.
St. Polycarp, Carmi will have Ice Cream Social & Quilt Raffle on Sunday, July 22 from 11:00 am – 1:00 p.m. See bulletin board in the back of each church for more details.
Potluck Dinner and Conversation on Farming in Burkina Faso on Friday, July 27 at 6:00 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Church. Guests will be Pastor Gustave Diendere and Sarah Sensamaust of Burkina Faso Central Food Security Program. Catholic Relief Services is joining with our partner, Foods Resource Bank, to sponsor this evening of food, solidarity, and discussion. The Burkina Faso Central Food Security Program focuses on improving food security within families by empowering women farmers to utilize conservation agriculture techniques, grow vegetables in the off season, and improve their families’ health with better nutrition and sanitation practices. Farmers and others interested in learning how they can partner with a CRS-sponsored growing project in Burkino Faso are encouraged to attend. There will also be the opportunity to support farmers in developing countries throughout the world through the purchase of ethical trade coffee, tea, chocolate, and olive oil. Potluck assignments: Please bring a dish that will serve at least 8 people. A-D: Dessert, E-K: Salad, L-R: Meat or Main Dish, S-Z: Vegetable. RSVP by July 23 to firstname.lastname@example.org or to Cheryl Sommer at 618-624-2838.
Sometimes in life we face rejection, sometime even by family members, one must remember, Jesus was rejected twice by His kinfolk. Jesus adapts a common O.T. proverb to explain His rejection. “A Prophet is not without honor, except in his own country. So when rejection comes your way, just remember you are in great company, Jesus Christ. It’s like the reading from 2 Corinthians, where Paul’s suffering is serving a higher purpose in the plan from God. Grace was given to Paul, to endure these trails, we also have trails in our own life. These life experiences shows that God gives us what we need and not always what we want. Amen. Good day and God Bless Deacon Archie.