VOICE OF PARTNERSHIP
November 14, Fr. Slawomir Ptak will celebrate his birthday. Please remember him in your thoughts and prayers. We wish him a Happy Birthday!
Partnership Office will be closed on Thursday, November 15, but open on Wednesday, November 14. Please have bulletin announcements to the office by 10:00 am on Wednesday.
I will be gone on vacation November 12-16. In case of an emergency, please contact neighboring church. Fr. Ptak
Everyone welcome to a potluck meal to celebrate the Feast Day of St. Clement of Rome on Sunday, November 18 after Mass. Meat and drink provided. Please bring a covered dish.
Knights of Columbus Council 8745 Dahlgren, is currently holding their annual coat drive. It will run through November 18. There is a drop box in the entrance of church at St. John Nepomucene & an outdoor bin in front of the hall in Dahlgren. We will take any new or CLEAN used coats, blankets or other winter items. Thank You and God Bless!
Knights of Columbus Monthly Meeting
- St. John Nepomucene, Dahlgren – KC #8745: Thursday, November 15 at 7:00 pm
- St. John the Baptist, Piopolis – KC #7118: Thursday, November 15 at 7:00 pm
Save the Dates:
- Sunday, December 16, 6:00 p.m. at St. John the Baptist, the CYM and PSR presents The Nativity: A Shadow Play.
- CYM Ham & Bean Fundraiser Luncheon, Tuesday, January 1, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm at St. John the Baptist. Watch the bulletin for more information.
CYM Raffle Donations: The CYM will hold a raffle for their Ham & Bean Luncheon. If any of our ladies or men’s groups or any of our Partnership parishioners would like to put together a basket of goodies to raffle, the CYM would be most grateful for your help. Please contact Megan Woodrow 838-4430 to pledge your help. Tickets will be sold during the month of December and at the event.
Are you needing help with all those leaves in your yard? Let the 3 Strong Mission Group help!! Contact Father Ptak, Michele Lueke or Robbilyn Coy and let the 3 Strong Mission Group come and spend a few hours getting rid of our your leaves and yard debris.
Please pray for the sick and homebound of our Partnership: Joe Spruell, Mary Rapp, Marvin Swafford, Edith Haas, Marie Hopkins, and Larry Hunt.
The Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal (CSMA): On behalf of the ministries and programs funded by CSMA and those they serve, we thank you for your prayers and continued generosity to the 2018 campaign. May you and your families feel the warmth of God’s love and the comfort of His peace at Thanksgiving and always. Parish goals as of October 30:
- Clement of Rome: Goal $3,350 – Pledged $1,510
- John Nepomucene: Goal $2,950 – Pledged $2,010
- John the Baptist: Goal $4,500 – Pledged $2,601.25
Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD): Next week, will be the CCHD collection. Over 43 million people in the US live in poverty. This collection supports programs to empower people to identify and address the obstacles they face as they work to bring permanent and positive change to their communities. Learn more about the CCHD at www.usccb.org/cchd/collection. Envelopes are located in your envelope packets and are located at each door of our churches.
We have two people from our Partnership going to Diocese lector training in Mt. Vernon on November 17. Thank you for Betty Rexing and Bert Dodson for generously sharing their time.
Vocation Corner: “Discovering vocation does not mean scrambling toward some prize just beyond my reach but accepting the treasure of true self I already possess. Vocation does not come from a voice out there calling me to be something I am not. It comes from a voice in here calling me to be the person I was born to be, to fulfill the original selfhood given me at birth by God.” – Thomas Merton
Today’s Deacon notes focus on Hebrews, Christ die once for the sins of all. The continuous cycle of high priest offering sacrifices and going in and out of the Holy of Holies year after year stands in contrast to Christ, who appeared once for all, died once for all, and entered the heavenly sanctuary once for all. No man dies twice, and so neither does Christ, who shared fully in our humanity. Everyone will experience a personal judgment by God immediately after death. Will you be ready? Good day and God Bless Deacon Archie.
As we get closer to the end of the year, let our thoughts focus on the beauty of the world around us and bring us peace and harmony. St. Francis of Assisi wrote a poem, “Canticle of Brother Sun and Sister Moon,” which reminds us about small things in life we can be happy with and appreciate God for them.
“Most High, all-powerful, all-good Lord, All praise is Yours, all glory, all honor and all blessings.
To you alone, Most High, do they belong, and no mortal lips are worthy to pronounce Your Name.
Praised be You my Lord with all Your creatures,
especially Sir Brother Sun,
Who is the day through whom You give us light.
And he is beautiful and radiant with great splendor,
Of You Most High, he bears the likeness.
Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Moon and the stars,
In the heavens you have made them bright, precious and fair.
Praised be You, my Lord, through Brothers Wind and Air,
And fair and stormy, all weather’s moods,
by which You cherish all that You have made.
Praised be You my Lord through Sister Water,
So useful, humble, precious and pure.
Praised be You my Lord through Brother Fire,
through whom You light the night and he is beautiful and playful and robust and strong.
Praised be You my Lord through our Sister,
Mother Earth who sustains and governs us,
producing varied fruits with colored flowers and herbs.
Praise be You my Lord through those who grant pardon for love of You and bear sickness and trial.
Blessed are those who endure in peace, By You Most High, they will be crowned.
Praised be You, my Lord through Sister Death,
from whom no-one living can escape. Woe to those who die in mortal sin! Blessed are they She finds doing Your Will.
No second death can do them harm. Praise and bless my Lord and give Him thanks,
And serve Him with great humility.”