Partnership Office will be closed on November 22-23, due to Thanksgiving. Please have bulletin announcements to the office by 10:00 am on Tuesday. See office hours below.
- Monday & Tuesday: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm & 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
- Wednesday: 10:30 am – 12:00 pm & 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm
- Thursday & Friday: Closed
I will be gone on vacation November 19-30. In case of an emergency, please contact neighboring church. Fr. Ptak
St. John Nepomucene will be celebrating their 125th anniversary on Sunday, December 2. Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. With a meal following. All members of the Partnership are invited. Please come and celebrate with our parish family on this momentous occasion. The Ladies of St. John Nepomucene are asked to bring a dessert for the 125th celebration.
With the colder weather comes longer nights, snow, and ice. We have elderly within our Partnership who needs your help getting to church. Anyone willing to help, please contact the office.
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!
Save the date: After mass on December 16 at St. John the Baptist there will be a donut breakfast and a visit from a special guest. He will start in the basement and work his way up to the PSR classes.
Save the Date. Partnership Christmas Caroling on Sunday, December 9. More details to follow.
St. Ann’s Altar Society of Dahlgren will be conducting a drive for the Family Life Center in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. Last year this organization became an emergency warming shelter for homeless people. It served around 130 people within 3 months. It is located on Veterans Memorial Drive in Mt. Vernon. Items needed are cash, non perishable food, sleeping bags, blankets, pillows, towels, washcloths, laundry soap, dish and liquid hand soap, household cleaning supplies, toilet paper, disposable plates, cups, silverware, napkins, paper towels and personal hygiene items. Items may be dropped off at the church entrance, or brought to the ladies’ meeting on December 4. Any help is most appreciated.
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): This week we take up the CCHD collection. In the US, one in seven people lives in poverty. With this collection you support programs that address the causes of poverty and provide sustainable future for those who are struggling across the country. In addition, 25% of funds collected remain in our diocese to fund local anti-poverty projects, Please prayerfully consider how you can support this collection.
Way of Lights run at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Snows in Belleville, IL from November 16, 2018 – January 1, 2019. Visit https://snows.org/ or call 1-800-682-2879 for more information.
Best Advent Ever: Advent is a time to prepare our hearts for Christmas, but we often get distracted and busy. Don’t let this Advent pass you by. Signup at BestAdventEver.com. Each day, you’ll receive an email with short inspirational videos, practical tips for everyday life, and real-life stories to encourage you in your faith journey.
Vocation Corner: This coming week we celebrate a National day of Thanksgiving. We, Catholics, give even greater thanks for all the gifts God has bestowed on us and for us to share. Each one of us has been given a unique calling to Holiness. Each one is to serve the Lord in her/his own “called” way. A vocational calling is asking us to surrender our talents to God so that they may be sanctified and produce fruit for the Kingdom.
Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME): Almost all couples who attend a WWME say: “We should have done this a long time ago!” Why? Their whole relationship became more alive on the weekend, and the weekend reminded them of what it was like as newlyweds. The next weekends are November 16-18 in Springfield, IL; November 30 – December 2 in St. Peters, MO; and January 19-20, 2019 in Lawrenceville, IL (no hotel provided). If you would like to apply or get more information, go to https://stl-wwme.org/schedule.php or call 314-649-7317.
A very special thank you to everyone who came out and supported the fundraiser for Jodie Karcher Harris. The community went above and beyond what we could ever imagine. Thank you to those who donated their time, talent, food, supplies, raffle donations and those who bought tickets and had some really good food. God has blessed us. God Bless you all, Jodie Karcher Harris and Family.
This weekend we celebrate the Feast Day of St. Clement of Rome. Feast day is November 23, Clement I was the fourth Pope, he may have personally known the apostles Peter and Paul. Highly regarded in the Church, Clements authority restored order in the church at the time of his leadership. As a writer, Clement was the first Christian to associate the phoenix with the Resurrection, also was said to be the first to use the word catholic, which means (universal). He was considered an extremely holy man who was dearly close to God. For this reason, a prayer offered by Clement can be considered especially strong. Happy Feast day. Good day and God Bless, Deacon Archie.
Attached to the bulletin this weekend are two different letters from our Bishop, Edward K. Braxton. The first is a response to the Holy See’s request to the delay voting on abuse and the second is on ICHTHUS. Please take time to read and share with your family. To view letters, click on the following links: Bishop’s Abuse Vote Letter or Bishop’s ICHTHUS Letter