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There will be a First Communion parent meeting during PSR class on Sunday, September 9.
St. Elizabeth’s Altar Sodality meeting at St. John the Baptist on, Sunday, September 9 at 10:00 a.m.
Holy Name meeting at St. John the Baptist on, Monday, September 10 at 7:00 p.m.
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 on 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.
St. Ann’s Altar Society in Dahlgren will be collecting items for the Ronald McDonald House in St. Louis. They are in need of individually wrapped snacks–sweet and salty, granola bars, fabric softener sheets, disinfectants, quart and gallon Ziploc bags. They can be brought either to the meeting Tuesday night, September 4th or to Mass on September 8th. Thanks for your generosity to this worthy cause.
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
Retired Diocesan Priests Collection September 15-16: Our Belleville Diocese currently has 53 diocesan priests of retirement age – 25 who are currently retired and 28 who will remain in active ministry; in five years that number will increase to 63! With this large number of retirement-age priests and escalating health care costs, the Retired Diocesan Priests Collection on September 15-16 will help provide the resources needed for their care now and in the future. All monies will be used only for long-term nursing care, Medicare supplemental insurance and prescription medications for our retired diocesan priests. Note: Our diocesan priest do not receive any funding from the Retirement Fund for Religious collection which is held in December. Next weekend show your appreciation to the priests who have walked with you on your life’s journey with a generous gift to this special collection.
The Catholic Service & Ministry Appeal (CSMA): Homeless women and their children find so much more than a safe place to stay, food and clothing as residents of the Holy Angels Shelter. They find hope for a better tomorrow. Paulyn Snyder and her staff provide ongoing support so clients may become self-supporting, productive members of their community in a home of their own. You can use your gifts to help Holy Angels serve those who have no place else to turn, truly the poorest of the poor. Please consider making your gift to The 2018 Appeal today.
Vocation Corner: “There can be no promotion of vocations or Christian mission apart from constant contemplative prayer. The Christian life needs to be nourished by attentive listening to God’s word and, above all, by the cultivation of a personal relationship with the Lord in Eucharistic adoration, the privileged “place” for our encounter with God…Mary Most Holy, the Mother of our Savior, had the courage to embrace this ideal, placing her youth and her enthusiasm in God’s hands. Through her intercession, may we be granted that same openness of heart, that same readiness to respond, “Here I am,” to the Lord’s call, and that same joy in setting out (cf. Lk 1:39), like her, to proclaim Him to the whole world.” Pope Francis, November 26, 2016
Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME): WWME weekend is for husbands and wives who love each other, have a good marriage, and want an even better marriage. So why not plan to have one of the greatest weekends you will ever experience. The WWME weekends away are September 21-23 and November 30-December 2 in St. Peters, MO and November 16-18 in Springfield, IL. To apply or more information, go to www.stl-wwme or call 314-649-7317.
Aerobics Class will be held at St. John Nepomucene Church Hall on Monday and Wednesday evenings beginning Wednesday, September 5th at 5:30 p.m. All Welcome!
Today’s notes focuses on second reading from James. James cautions believers not to favor the rich and discriminate against the poor (charity). Though the world despises and oppresses the poor, God honors and blesses them with abundant faith. These verses are followed by a warning that partiality and prejudice against the less fortunate. Charity, the Theological virtue by which we love God above of all things for His own sake and our neighbor as ourselves for the love of God. Question, are we loving ourselves, or we loving our neighbor? 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 3 of 5.
5. The motivation to be committed to the abolition of the death penalty was continued with the subsequent Pontiffs. Benedict XVI recalled “the attention of society’s leaders to the need to make every effort to eliminate the death penalty.” He later wished a group of the faithful that “your deliberations will encourage the political and legislative initiatives being promoted in a growing number of countries to eliminate the death penalty and to continue the substantive progress made in conforming penal law both to the human dignity of prisoners and the effective maintenance of public order.”
6. In this same prospective, Pope Francis has reaffirmed that “today capital punishment is unacceptable, however serious the condemned’s crime may have been.” The death penalty, regardless of the means of execution, “entails cruel, inhumane, and degrading treatment.” Furthermore, it is to be rejected “due to the defective selectivity of the criminal justice system and in the face of the possibility of judicial error.” It is in this light that Pope Francis has asked for a revision of the formulation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church on the death penalty in a manner that affirms that “no matter how serious the crime that has been committed, the death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and the dignity of the person.”
To be continued….