VOICE OF PARTNERSHIP
Partnership office will be closed on Tuesday, December 11, but will be open on Wednesday, December 12.
Please join us on Sunday December, 9 as we will go Christmas Caroling! Let’s meet in front of St. Clement of Rome Church at 3:00 p.m. Questions? Contact Becky Cross
3 Strong Mission Group will be hosting a Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser on, Sunday, December 9 right after Mass at Piopolis. We will also have Gluten Free – Dairy Free pancakes too. Everyone from the Partnership is welcome to attend. We will be having a Christmas picture background for everyone to get their picture taken for their Christmas Cards. Please feel free to wear your “Ugly Sweaters” and let your inner Clark Griswold come out. Breakfast is by donation.
St. John the Baptist Donut Breakfast on Sunday, December 16 after mass in the hall. There will be a special visitor who will start in the basement and then work his way upstairs to the PSR classrooms. Everyone from the Partnership welcome.
Sunday, December 16, 6:00 p.m. at St. John the Baptist, the CYM and PSR presents The Nativity: A Shadow Play. The play will take place in the church. Parent Reminder for The Nativity: A Shadow Play: The High School will begin rehearsals for the Christmas play this Sunday, during class and it will run long. Another practice will be needed on Saturday evening too and will be discussed during class on Sunday. We will have a dress rehearsal with the grade school kids during class on the 16 and this will run long as well. All grade school kids who are participating in the program are asked to wear a white shirt for the performance. Any white shirt is fine as long as it is dominantly white.
St. Clement of Rome and St. John the Baptist: If you would like a Christmas Memorial for the Needy in the Parish in memory of your loved one(s), please place an envelope marked Christmas Memorial, containing your name and the name of your loved one(s) in the collection basket or mail to the Partnership office by Monday, December 17.
Knights of Columbus Monthly Meeting
- St. John Nepomucene, Dahlgren – KC #8745: Thursday, December 20 at 7:00 pm
- St. Patrick, Enfield – KC #7118: Thursday, December 20 at 7:00 pm
Thank you to all who enjoyed the Mass and dinner for the 125th Anniversary celebration at St. John Nepomucene. A special thank you to the Ladies of St. Ann Altar Sodality and the members of the St. John Nepomucene Trustees and Parish Committees who made the day a success. The day was a wonderful expression of our love for the catholic faith in our world today. See pictures from St. John Nepomucene 125th Anniversary on the Partnership website.
Hamilton County Kid’s Christmas project. Return wrapped gifts with label by the weekend of December 15-16. Keep in mind this could be the only gift they will receive this Christmas.
This year on behalf of Catholic Relief Services the ladies of Ann’s Alter Sodality have opted to do a fund raiser for the Fontebella Maternity Home. Fontebella Maternity Home, provide safe shelter and loving support, empowers expectant and new mothers in need to better themselves and become self-sufficient, while also encouraging and helping them to be great moms. Celebrate life with your support of Fontebella Maternity Home. By filling a baby bottle with change, cash or check so that moms and babies at Fontebella can be provided with a strong foundation to reach their full potential. Please make checks payable to Caritas Family Solutions. Collection will be done at all three parishes on Epiphany Sunday Weekend January 5-6, 2019. Thank you for your support.
Please pray for the sick and homebound of our Partnership: Joe Spruell, Edith Haas, Marie Hopkins, Larry Hunt, and Retha Rawls.
St. Clement of Rome Quilting Club would like to thank St. Clement of Rome Ladies for the wonderful lunch this week!
Retirement Fund for Religious: Aging religious need your help. Senior Catholic sisters, brothers, and religious order priests ministered for years for little to no pay. Their sacrifices now leave their religious communities without adequate retirement savings. Your gift to today’s collection for the Retirement Fund for Religious helps to provide medications, nursing care, and more for tens of thousands of elderly religious. Please be generous.
Vocation Corner: Our vocation starts as an indwelling, with the quiet whisper of God’s pull on our heart. It’s often personal and difficult to describe to others and often takes much prayer and discernment to see clearly. Are we to become another John the Baptist – that “voice of one crying out in the desert”? St. Francis de Sales reflected on this individual nature of our call, “We all have a vocation. We believe that God has placed us in this life to fill a special need that no one else can accomplish.”
The family of Mary C. Rapp wishes to thank all our Partnership family for their prayers, cards calls, and wishes during mom’s stay at Lavender Ridge and during her recent passing. We especially thank Fr. Ptak and all who helped in any way at her funeral celebration. Thank you to all who brought food and served dinner. Every kindness has been much appreciated.
Chapter & Verse: God looked at everything he had made, and found it very good. Evening came, and morning followed —- the sixth day. Thus the heavens and the earth and all their array were completed. Since on the seventh day God was finished with the work he had been doing, he rested on the seventh day from all he had undertaken. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work he had done in creation. Genesis Chapter 1, verse 31 + Chapter 2, verses 1-3.
When I behold your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars which you set in place. What is man that you should be mindful of him, or the son of man that you should care for him. Psalm 8 verses 4-5.
We must marvel at the Saints who remain calm in the face of pain and persecution, placid in every difficulty. We as mere humans, have tempers that flare up from time to time, or if things don’t go our way, we still hold a grudge toward that person, or persons. With the problems of life, and things happening in our Parishes, on this second Sunday of Advent, we all must have hope, and await God’s mercy. When His mercy comes it is as a baby. God was a baby! He knows in our Christian walk, we are babies, He knows that we need to grow up, and come mature in our faith. For His grace to work, we must have faith, and mercy like a little child. So, oh little Child of mercy (Jesus), have mercy on all of us, your little children. Good Day and God Bless, Deacon Archie.
Last weekend we had beautiful and meaningful celebration of the 125th anniversary of St. John Nepomucene. I would like to thank all those who were involved with preparation before and during the event. Special thanks to Deacon Archie Bowers, musicians, lectors, servers, sacristan, Social Committee, St. Ann’s Altar Sodality, and all volunteers. May God bless you for all that you do. Fr. Ptak