VOICE OF PARTNERSHIP
We welcome our Bishop Edward K. Braxton to our Partnership meeting, Saturday, October 6 at St. John Nepomucene Hall at 7:00 p.m.
Three Strong Mission Group will be hosting a biscuit and gravy breakfast fundraiser Sunday, September 30 right after mass in the hall at St. John the Baptist, Piopolis. Come join us for great food and fellowship. No cost – donations appreciated. Make plans to join us!
- Clement of Rome Ladies: Monday, October 1 at 6:30 p.m.
- Ann’s Altar Society, Dahlgren: Tuesday, October 2 at 7:00 p.m.
- Elizabeth’s Altar Sodality, Piopolis: Tuesday, October 2 at 7:00 p.m.
Holy Name Society monthly meeting will be on Monday, October 1 at 7:00 p.m. Refreshments: Mark & Mike Karcher. There are extra copies of Shooting Match worker list at the back of each church.
Father Ptak will make his First Friday visiting of sick and homebound on Thursday morning and Friday after mass.
The Diocese has safety measures in place to keep your children safe. ANY adult (18 years and older) who is regularly involved with our youth programs MUST have all of the requirements met. This includes any adult that chaperones, volunteers, teaches, or supervises a youth event more than once a month. If you plan to join the Mission group or volunteer with PSR/CYM, you are required to have all of the Diocese Child Protection requirements met BEFORE you can be involved. I am scheduling an Initial Child Protection training class this fall/winter for anyone who is interested in volunteering with our youth. Please send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call me (838-4430) so I know how many are interested. Once I know how many are interested, I will get it on the calendar. Thank you for keeping our children safe. ~ Megan Woodrow, DRE
October is the month of the Rosary. Our Partnership will have two separate outdoor rosary events, weather permitting. The first one will be on Sunday, October 7 at 3:00 pm at St. John Nepomucene. This day is set aside for Rosary around Illinois asking our Lord, through Mary’s intercession to heal our land. The second one will be on Saturday, October 13 at noon will be a public square Rosary Rally on the square in McLeansboro. This will be honoring the 101 anniversary of Our Lady’s apparition at Fatima, where she asks for peace. Last year there were over 20,000 Rosary Rallies in our nation on October 13. Christians believe public prayer is more powerful, hence the rosaries on the square.
Please pray for the sick and homebound of our Partnership: Joe Spruell, Mary Rapp, Marvin Swafford, Edith Haas, Marie Hopkins, Larry Hunt and Nathan Rubenacker.
All are invited to the Diocesan Fall Blessing of the Harvest, which will be held on Wednesday, October 10, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. at the Jansen Dairy Farm located at 5500 Fall Road, Damiansville, Illinois 62215. See flyer at the back of each church for more details.
Fox Meadows would like to invite everyone to their Fall Bingo on Wednesday, October 4 at 1:00 p.m. See flyer at the back of each church for more details.
There are heavenly angels and we want to thank the earthly angels for helping with cleaning at Harold’s house, Dave for getting a crew together, and the many people what came to help. A special thanks to the Three Strong Mission Group. You did a fantastic job cleaning. We appreciate very much all the donation we received and again thank you and God bless. Harold Trausch, Eleanor, and Marcella
St. Francis Day Blessing of Animals ~ Thursday, October 4 at St. Clement of Rome at 7:00 p.m.
Deacon’s Notes: In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells us to avoid sin, at all cost. Jesus uses (overstatement) to emphasize the drastic measures are needed to avoid sin. Because public sin can embolden others to sin likewise, the consequences that await those who cause scandal are worst than drowning by the weight of a great millstone. This shows us that our speech, attitudes, and actions must change in order to be true followers of Christ. Morally, when close companions drag Christians away from holiness, they must be cut away. So who are you listening to in your Christian walk, are you taking bad advice of others? Don’t let others who are not happy, drag you down. Good day and God Bless, Deacon Archie.
Last Monday, September 24th, was a little anniversary for me. Ten years ago, on that date, I came to this Diocese. I have decided to share a memory from that time. On September 23rd, one of my classmates and I departed from John Paul II International Airport after 4 pm traveling to Chicago. This was a direct flight on a Boeing 767 without a stop by Polish Airlines. After almost nine hours we made it safely without any adventures to O’Hare International Airport in Chicago. We landed that evening in Chicago at terminal #5 and I went to pick up one bag (which is all that I brought with me) and one small personal bag with my laptop. We were tired after such a long flight but the trip was not over. I did not speak English except for a few daily courtesy words but my classmate was communicative in this language so together we found the way to our connecting flight to St. Louis. We found terminal #3 and learned how to use the train that connected terminals. We were lucky and our flight was not delayed that night and around 9 pm we took off to fly to Lambert’s International Airport, in Missouri. The name sounded so nice but that was all we knew about it. During this two hour connection so many thoughts were running through my mind: How will this be? Where are we going? Where will we live? Who will pick us up from the airport? How will I learn English? Will these people be friendly and nice to us? And maybe the more earthly question, When will I be able take a shower and rest in bed? Anyway, we landed in St. Louis around 11 pm. We picked up our bags and were coming out of our gate when we saw a tall, older gentleman waiting for us with a sign of our names. The man wore a black suit, was bald and looked like the actor Telly Savalas (Kojak). He was a man of few words and we found out later that he was hired by the Diocese of Belleville to transport us from the airport to Belleville. At 11:15 pm we were cruising in a shiny, black, Cadillac SUV through the streets of St. Louis toward Belleville – our Destiny. I was quiet, listening to my own thoughts and watching the beautiful lights of Lambert airport, planes taking off, and the lights of a big American city whose name I had never heard. My classmate was trying to learn something more about the Diocese, our new Bishop, and our future from our driver but in the end, he was just a driver. After 1 am, we came to the rectory of the Cathedral Church in Belleville, which become our home for three days. On the glass door of the rectory was a small piece of a white paper with the words: “Welcome Fr. Ptak and Fr. Semla”. The pastor of St. Peter Cathedral Church welcomed us and we went to our rooms. Finally, I could take a shower and rest after a long 2-day trip. I do not remember if we ate that night but I slept deep and sound for sure. The next day we were asked to say mass in Polish in the chapel of the Cathedral Church and we had lunch with Bishop Braxton and a brief press conference took place and pictures were taken for The Messenger with the two of us, the Bishop, and another priest who came from Nigeria just two weeks earlier. I understood more than I could say but as I mentioned before I did not speak English so my classmate was the one who was involved in conversations. After three days, we were sent to the Pastoral Center of the Diocese, which is actually the Retired Home for Priests. We were told that in the middle of October 2008 we would go to SWIC to study English in the ESL (English as a second language) program. So we began living where we were put and our story, with a dictionary in our hands, began in the United States. I hope that this little narration will give you a better understanding of the process of bringing priests from abroad to work for our Diocese and also may help you understand your ancestors who came here over 100 years ago with similar thoughts in their mind. Thank you for your taking the time to read this and for all of your support. God bless! FR. Slawomir Ptak