Partnership office will be closed on September 20-21, due to Rachel attending diocesan location coordinator meeting. Office will be open on Wednesday, September 19. Next week all bulletin announcements needs to be to the office by 10:00 am on Wednesday.
Monday, September 17 at St. John the Baptist will be 6:00 pm Financial Council Meeting and 7:00 p.m. Joint Parish Council Meeting.
Reminder there will be a Partnership lector training held this Sunday, September 16 and next Sunday, September 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.
Thank You St Ann’s Altar Sodality for sponsoring the September CYM/PSR Sunday donut breakfast. Your support of our Partnership Program is a blessing. ~ Megan Woodrow, DRE
In your envelope boxes this weekend is the PSR Program envelope. The money goes towards purchasing classroom books, classroom supplies, fun activities, and other necessities we use in the school year. If every envelope was placed in the baskets this weekend with $5 in them we would raise $1,900 in one Sunday! Please give what you can to support our program. Thank you ~ Megan Woodrow, DRE
Sunday, September 30 will be the first Adult PSR class meeting at 10:00 am at St. John Baptist hall. The books are here if you want a copy contact Bert Dodson 736-2855.
Knights of Columbus Monthly Meeting
- John Nepomucene, Dahlgren – KC #8745: Thursday, September 20 at 7:00 pm
- Patrick, Enfield – KC #7118: Thursday, September 20 at 7:00 pm
Holy Name Shooting Match raffle tickets are available to pick up at St. John the Baptist. Tickets are located at each door.
Retired Diocesan Priests Collection September 15-16: On both ordinary and extraordinary days, our priests have been there for us…at baptisms, weddings, First Communion, and Confirmation, at times of sickness and sorrow…dedicating their lives to bring us closer to Christ. Now it is our turn to be there for them during their retirement years through a gift to the Retired Diocesan Priests Collection. All funds will be used only for long-term nursing care, Medicare supplemental insurance and prescription medications. Note: Our diocesan priests do not receive any funding from the Retirement Fund for Religious collection which is held in December. Please show your appreciation with a generous gift today.
The Catholic Service & Ministry Appeal (CSMA): Do you remember your or your children’s or, perhaps, your grandchildren’s first time away from home, continuing your education at college? While greatly anticipated, it can also be a challenging, sometimes overwhelming experience for many. Today hundreds of young adults find a comfortable, secure, faith-based home during their college years as a “family” member of the Newman Catholic Student Center at Southern Illinois University. Your contribution to CSMA helps makes this experience possible. If you haven’t already done so, please consider making your gift to The Appeal today! Collection totals as of August 30:
- Clement of Rome: Goal $3,350 – Pledged $1,390
- John Nepomucene: Goal $2,950 – Pledged $2,010
- John the Baptist: Goal $4,500 – Pledged $2,536.25
The Catholic Holy Family Society will have their annual meeting on Sunday, September 23rd at 1:00 pm at St John the Baptist School basement. Members are asked to bring a dessert. The rest of the meal will be provided. The group that attended the Catholic Heart Workcamp will share their stories with us. If you want to know more about this group, please try to attend. We are a small group trying to do big things for our partnership.
In today’s Gospel, Jesus ask the disciples what they were arguing about on the way? They were discussing among themselves, who was the greatest. Greatness in God’s eyes is measured by humility and service to others, a principle put into practice by Jesus. The disciples must shun worldly honor and serve Christ more faithfully and effectively. With, the future of the Churches, it’s not which Church is the greatest, but how we can serve God the greatest, from any Church. Good day and 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 4 of 5.
- The new revision of number 2267 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, approved by Pope Francis, situates itself in continuity with the preceding Magisterium while bringing forth a coherent development of Catholic doctrine. The new text, following the footsteps of the teaching of John Paul II in Evangelium vitæ, affirms that ending the life of a criminal as punishment for a crime is inadmissible because it attacks the dignity of the person, a dignity that is not lost even after having committed the most serious crimes. This conclusion is reached taking into account the new understanding of penal sanctions applied by the modern State, which should be oriented above all to the rehabilitation and social reintegration of the criminal. Finally, given that modern society possesses more efficient detention systems, the death penalty becomes unnecessary as protection for the life of innocent people. Certainly, it remains the duty of public authorities to defend the life of citizens, as has always been taught by the Magisterium and is confirmed by the Catechism of the Catholic Church in numbers 2265 and 2266.
- All of this shows that the new formulation of number 2267 of the Catechism expresses an authentic development of doctrine that is not in contradiction with the prior teachings of the Magisterium. These teachings, in fact, can be explained in the light of the primary responsibility of the public authority to protect the common good in a social context in which the penal sanctions were understood differently, and had developed in an environment in which it was more difficult to guarantee that the criminal could not repeat his crime.
To be continued….