VOICE OF PARTNERSHIP
His Holiness, Pope Francis has written a personal letter to all of you and His Excellency, Bishop Braxton has done so as well. The letters are in regards to recent sexual abuse of thousands of children and young people in Pennsylvania. The Bishop has asked that both letters be read at the Masses this weekend and attached to Parish bulletins. Click on the links to view these letters:
East Vicariate Priest/Deacon meeting will be at St. John the Baptist on Wednesday, August 29 beginning at noon.
There will be a Partnership new mass server and Extra Ordinary Eucharistic Ministers training after mass at St. John the Baptist on Sunday, September 9.
“The Lord has given me a well-trained tongue that I may speak to the weary a word that will rouse them” (Isaiah 50:4) The Holy Spirit has given us many gifts and as a lector proclaiming the Word of God, you are called to give your time and talent. Partnership lector training will be held Sunday, September 16 and 23 after mass at St. John the Baptist for all new and returning lectors. If you are interested please contact, Barbara Burke at 736-2763.
Calling all juniors and seniors in high school: TEC (Teens Encounter Christ) weekends: September 1-3, 2018 at St. Mary’s in Mt. Carmel, IL, January 19-21, 2019 at Althoff Catholic High School in Belleville, IL, and February 16-18, 2019 at Sacred Heart School in Du Quoin, IL. Teens Encounter Christ (TEC) is a three-day Catholic retreat for the young adults of Southern Illinois. It’s a place for older teens and young adults to reflect-through talks, skits, art, music, sacraments, fellowship and fun-on where they are in life and where they’re going, where God fits in, where their faith is leading them, and how they can live their faith with love, joy and courage. TEC is also open to adult observers (18+). To learn more and/or to apply contact Megan Woodrow or visit: www.bellevilletec.org
In observance of Priesthood Sunday, The Messenger, the Belleville Diocesan Catholic newspaper, will publish a special section in the September 6 issue to recognize all of our priests: active and retired, pastors, administrators, associate pastors and sacramental ministers. This is your opportunity to tell us briefly some of their best qualities. Please email your remarks to: firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to The Messenger, 2620 Lebanon Avenue, Belleville, IL 62221. Deadline on or before August 29.
Please pray for the sick and homebound of our Partnership: Joe Spruell, Mary Rapp, Marvin Swafford, Edith Haas, Marie Hopkins and Larry Hunt.
The Catholic Service & Ministry Appeal (CSMA): Griffin Center, an agency that receives funding from CSMA and summer programs free of charge to 550+ children who live in public housing. With an emphasis on learning, homework assistance, computer labs and tutoring Griffin Center gives these youngsters a chance for a brighter tomorrow. Be a part of their dreams and make your gift to this year’s Appeal today!
The Messenger: Subscribe to online at www.bellevillemessenger.org or call 618-233-8670.
Three Strong Catholic Mission Group from the Hamilton County Partnership would like to thank Holy Name Society and St. Ann’s Altar Society for the very generous donations to our group! We will put the money to good use.
Vocation Corner: Today the prophet Joshua calls for the tribes of Israel to make a decision, follow the god of your fathers or the god of the Amorites. Joshua gives us a well-known, often-quoted phrase: “As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” Can we say that about our household? Do we encourage our children to pray fervently? The vocation of every Catholic is a “call to holiness.” Encourage vocations to the priesthood and religious life so our next generation will have leaders to call them to “serve the Lord.”
The last several weeks, the Gospel readings come John’s Gospel Chapter 6. The Bread from Heaven and Eternal Life. Jesus said; “whoever eats this Bread will live for ever.” This expression occurs rarely in the Bible, only twice in John’s Gospel and in Genesis 3:22. Many of His disciple, when they heard this, said; ‘This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?” When things get difficult or hard in your Christian walk, do you draw back from God? Do you fall back to sin, when Pride gets in the way, in the writings of St. Paul, sometimes people, are bitter, angry, malice, filled with fury, or hate, but this must be removed from you, we must be kind to one another. Then you can receive the Bread of Life in a worthy manner, and have Eternal Life. Good day an God Bless. Deacon Archie.
A letter to the Bishops of the World regarding the new revision of the number 2267 of the Catechism of the Catholic Churchon the death penalty dated August 2, 2018.
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith part 1 of 5.
- “The Holy Father Pope Francis, in his Discourse on the occasion of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the publication of the Apostolic Constitution Fidei depositum, by which Pope John Paul II promulgated the Catechism of the Catholic Church, asked that the teaching on the death penalty be reformulated so as to better reflect the development of the doctrine on this point that has taken place in recent times. This development centers principally on the clearer awareness of the Church for the respect due to every human life. Along this line, John Paul II affirmed. “Not even a murderer loses his personal dignity, and God himself pledges to guarantee this.”
- It is in the same light that one should understand the attitude towards the death penalty that is expressed ever more widely in the teachings of pastors and in the sensibility of the people of God. If, in fact, the political and social situation of the past made the death penalty an acceptable means for the protection of the common good, today the increasing understanding that the dignity of a person is not lost even after committing the most serious crimes, the deepened understanding of the significance of penal sanctions applied by the State, and the development of more efficacious detention systems that guarantee the due protection of citizens have given rise to a new awareness that recognizes the inadmissibility of the death penalty and, therefore, calling for it abolition.”
To be continued….