Partnership office will be closed on Monday, October 8 and Tuesday, October 9. Office hours for next week are: Wednesday & Thursday 8 am – 2 pm and Friday 8 am – 1 pm. Office closed 12-12:20 pm for lunch.
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.
Posted at the back of each church is information provided by the diocese about Catholic Gift Annuity program sponsored by Catholic Extension. If you would like more information, please see bulletin boards for brochures and frequently asked questions page.
BDCCW Convention & Fall Meeting Info: Convention will be held October 10 at Immaculate Conception Church in Columbia, IL. The theme will be Let Us Build The City of God. Registration is from 8-9 am with a closing Mass celebrated by our Bishop beginning at 2 pm. Fall meeting will meet October 16 at St Polycarp Catholic Church in Carmi. Dinner will begin at 6:30 pm followed by a speaker and meeting. Contact Sandy Burke 618-499-4892 for a ride or more information.
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
October is the month of the Rosary. Please join us this 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. We will pray around Mary in the front of church, if bad weather we will meet in church. You are all also invited to The Public Square Rosary Rally, in McLeansboro, that will be held at the gazebo on Saturday, October 13 at noon. This will be the 101 anniversary of the Blessed Virgin at Fatima where Mary asked for us to pray the rosary for peace. Last year we had a good turnout. Let’s do even better this year. We will be one of over 20,000 rallies in the country. Please join us. In case of bad weather, will be at St. Clement of Rome.
Holy Name Shooting Match at St. John the Baptist, Piopolis will take place on Sunday, October 14 starting at noon. Concession stand provided by CYM.
Three Strong Mission Group ~ Summer Mission 2019 Mission Trip: We are planning our mission trip for next summer. The possible options we have decided on are Kansas City, KS or St. Louis, MO for the week of July 7-13, 2019 or Springfield, IL for the week of July 21-27, 2019. If you are interested in going, please comment which town you would like to go to. We are collecting $50 per person for registration this Sunday. We plan to make enough through our fundraisers to pay the rest. We are doing very well so far! The total cost is $360/person. You have to help with some of our local mission work and fundraisers to be eligible for this. Just keep in mind, if we do not make enough you will be responsible for the remainder. To guarantee your spot, we need to know by Sunday if you plan to attend. After getting feedback, we will announce our destination in a day or two. Thank you for all the support so far! I’m so excited for our next adventure and all the great work along the way. Check out the website to learn more about Catholic Heart and about our possible locations for summer 2019 at www.heartworkcamp.com. For more information, contact Michele Lueke or Robbilyn Coy.
The Quilting Ladies have quilted hundreds of quilt over the years. Each year they make donation to organizations all around the county. This year, they will be donating to: 3 Strong Mission Group $200, KARE for Christmas at the high school $100, Freedom Church for shipping Operation Child shoeboxes $100, and Hamilton County 4-H Foundation for sack meals for hunger $100.
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.
Thank you to everyone who came out to support the 3 Strong Mission Group for their Biscuit & Gravy Breakfast Fundraiser. We Greatly Appreciate all your support through donations and the kind words. We hope everyone enjoyed the beautiful morning of fellowship and fun! Please remember, if you know anyone who needs a helping hand whether it be freshening up flower beds, painting, cleaning out a garage, or some work that needs done at any of the 3 churches or cemeteries…We Are Here To Help! Let Father Ptak, Michele Lueke or Robbilyn Coy know who needs the help and we will be there. Everyone is Welcome to join us – we have a LOT of fun! Thank You again for letting our group serve our community!
First, I would like to thank His Excellency, Bishop Braxton and all the Restructuring and Renewal Committee for taking time from their busy schedules for coming to the Hamilton County Parish Partnership, for help with the process with our restructuring. In today’s Gospel and throughout all His teachings, Jesus had hard sayings, especially on marriage and divorce. Jesus said ‘let the children come to me.” When Jesus blesses the children, He attaches great practical importance to His teaching on the indissolubility of marriage. Children are, after all, the fruit of marriage love and the one who stand most affected by the tragedy of divorce. Jesus, welcomes them into the Kingdom of God, Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the Kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” Where do we all stand as Christians, on those words? Good day and God Bless, Deacon Archie
One day this past week, I was reading the news and I found a short biography of a well-known French comedian/actor, Louis de Funes. He was best known for his saga movie “The Troops of St. Tropez”. I started to read about him because I liked his movies and I did not know he was a Catholic and proud to be such. What hit me was that he continuously said that he had a very happy life and he had that thanks to Jesus. Every day he talked with Jesus in his private chapel in his home (a castle in Clermont). While he lived in Paris he went to church every day at 7 am and attended mass and received Holy Communion. He served as a lector during mass. He was around church ever since he was a child. If a journalist asked him during an interview if he believed he would answer: “since always”. He said Jesus was his influential companion during his childhood, during his acting career, and in general during his entire life. When he became famous he would take his family and would mix with the crowd so he could attend Sunday mass in his church. One of his few friends who was always welcome in his home was his pastor, Fr. Maurice. According to Fr. Maurice, Louis said to him one time: “I hope that St. Peter will remember my clowny acting and let me into heaven”. He always supported the Catholic Church financially and left the Church 1/3 of his fortune. When he was asked what he would like to hear from Jesus when died, he said: “All whom you know are waiting for you in the living room. They have been waiting for you so long, so long”. He died in 1983 and many things have happened since that time. However, one thing is still the same–the hunger for God. It does not matter what time or place in history, there has always been the need to look for Jesus, experience Him in His words like Mr. de Funes did, read the Bible, and profess Him publicly when it is time. Fr. Slawomir Ptak