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November 2 is The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed and we pray for all who have died. We pray for their redemption and forgiveness of their sins with the Holy Rosary. Anyone who would like their deceased relative’s name to be read during the rosary lead by Fr. Ptak before mass on November 2, please put their name in an envelope and place in the collection basket during mass, or send via email to the office by Tuesday, October 30.
I will be gone on vacation October 15-19. In case of an emergency, please contact neighboring church. Fr. Ptak
With the PSR year underway we are short on substitute teachers. If anyone would be willing to be a sub for our PSR program, please send me an email (email@example.com). If you need the Initial Child Protection training, I will add you to the list of the class we will be holding this winter. Thank you for volunteering your time to help our children ~ Megan Woodrow, DRE
Thank you to St. Elizabeth’s Altar Sodality for sponsoring the October CYM/PSR donut breakfast. Your support of our Partnership Program is a blessing. Megan Woodrow, DRE
Knights of Columbus Monthly Meeting
- John Nepomucene, Dahlgren – KC #8745: Thursday, October 18 at 7:00 pm
- Clement of Rome, McLeansboro – KC #7118: Thursday, October 18 at 7:00 pm
Holy Name Shooting Match at St. John the Baptist, Piopolis will take place this Sunday, October 14 starting at noon. Concession stand provided by CYM.
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.
Those who donated fans to be used during the flooding at Harold Trausch house can now be picked up. The Trausch family appreciates those who donated.
World Mission Sunday October 21: Next weekend we will celebrate World Mission Sunday. Pope Francis invites the entire Church to support the mission dioceses in Africa, Asia, the Pacific Islands, and parts of Latin America and Europe, where priests, religious and lay leaders serve the world’s most vulnerable communities. Please keep the Pope’s missions in your prayers, and be generous in next week’s collection for the Society for the Propagation of the Faith. Collection envelopes are located in envelope packets.
The Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal (CSMA): Every dollar given to CSMA helps to fund 14 diocesan ministries and programs that provide spiritual, moral and physical aid to thousands of people throughout southern Illinois. Your gift can be made through your parish or online — visit www.diobelle.org and click on “Giving”. It’s that simple! To learn more about the good work you are helping these ministries to accomplish in our Belleville Diocese, contact Judy Phillips at 618-277-8181, Extension 1141. Thank you so very much for your consideration!
The Messenger: Keep the faith growing in Southern Illinois! Subscribe online for our paper or e-edition go to www.belleveillemessenger.org or call 618-233-8670.
Father Ptak has a Community Wisdom meeting with the Most Reverend Bishop Edward K. Braxton and other international priests, at this residence on Wednesday, October 24 beginning at 12:30 p.m.
Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME): As a married couple, why not give yourselves a weekend away? You deserve time away from the pressures of work, family, and every day responsibilities. The next WWME weekend on November 16-18 in Springfield, IL or November 30-December 2 in St. Peters, MO. If you would like more information call 314-649-7317 or online at www.stl-wwme.
The Catholic Relief Services Diocesan Global Solidarity Team invites your parish to our annual CRS Gathering. We are offering two options this year. One gathering will be held on Saturday, November 10 from 9am-3pm at St. Patrick Church in Enfield. A second gathering will be held on Sunday, November 11 from 11:15 am – 5 pm at St. Patrick Church in Ruma. See flyer posted at the back of each church, for more information. Please RSVP by November 1 to firstname.lastname@example.org or 618-234-1166.
“Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus said, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but God alone. The Rich man observed everything, from his youth, but Jesus said you lack one thing…….. Then later, they ask Jesus who can be saved? Jesus looked at them and said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God, but all things are possible with God.” How about putting Restructuring and Renewal in God’s hands, instead of pointing fingers and blaming others, or making comments, when you wasn’t there! No One is Good but God Alone!! Good day and God Bless…. Deacon Archie.
This coming Saturday, October 13th, we will have the opportunity to participate in praying the Rosary at St. Clement of Rome, which is part of a Rosary Rally to commemorate the apparition of Mary in Fatima in 1917. Her message then and today is to pray for peace but also for a true conversion of heart. It seems to me that sometimes it is difficult for the human heart to be good. However, God gave us something very precious—the gift of reasoning so we can bend our feelings and emotions to achieve more important goals. Children from Fatima went through tremendous suffering and an unknown future. Two of them died at a very young age and Lucia lived a long life as a nun in a convent–the unknown became known for her when she met our Lord Jesus Christ on the other shore and likewise for Hiacynta and Francis. The apparition of Mary opened in their hearts the real personality of a child of God with trust, humbleness, vulnerability, and being pious. We need to discover those virtues in ourselves in order to achieve our special goals. When I was in high school we read literature from the time of War World II. Most of it was memoirs and memories of people who survived The Holocaust and German concentration camps. The conclusion of each one of them was always the same: “people act human when the circumstances are human”. There is always the possibility that people might cross their human limitations and become better version of themselves, which is the version God wants us to be, to fulfill his plan for our current generation. God bless your whole new week! Fr. Ptak