VOICE OF PARTNERSHIP
Partnership bulletin will be a two week bulletin the weekend of December 22-23 & 29-30. Please have all announcements to the office by 10:00 a.m. Thursday, December 20.
Partnership Christmas Penance Service will be on Tuesday, December 18 at St. John the Baptist at 6:00 p.m.
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 at 6:00 p.m. at St. John the Baptist, the CYM & PSR present The Nativity: A Shadow Play. The CYM need to be at the church by 4:30 pm, the Pre-K-8th grades need to be at the church no later than 5:15 pm. Doors will open to the audience at 5:45 pm. We hope you will all come and enjoy the beautiful story of the birth of our Savior as told by our Partnership kids. Light refreshments in the basement following the performance.
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) needs to be into 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
St. Clement of Rome will be putting up Christmas decorations on Sunday, December 23 at 9:00 am. There will be a light lunch served afterwards. All help is greatly appreciated.
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. To help, fill a baby bottle with change, cash or check. Please make checks payable to Caritas Family Solutions. A second collection will be done at all three parishes on Epiphany Sunday Weekend January 5-6, 2019. Thank you for your support.
3 Strong Mission Group would like to say THANK YOU Very Much again for your support of our pancake breakfast this past Sunday. We hope everyone enjoyed the White Elephant Gifts that you won during the Raffle and THANK YOU to our very own Kambria Campbell for her talent of making the photo backdrop for us. We are enjoying being a part of this great Partnership and can’t wait to do lots of work throughout the Partnership this coming year. Remember no job is to big or small – just give Robbilyn Coy or Michele Lueke a call. God Bless You All
Diocesan Christmas Collection December 24-25: The 41st Annual Diocesan Christmas Collection will be taken up at all Masses on Christmas Eve & Christmas Day. Parishes and agencies throughout the diocese request monies from this collection during 2019 to assist those who are in need with food, clothing, shelter, utility payments, healthcare and medications, funeral & burial expenses, transportation and emergency assistance of all types. Please consider giving as you are able; thank you so much. Envelopes are located in your envelope packets.
Vocation Corner: “The priestly vocation is essentially a call to sanctity, in the form that derives from the Sacrament of Holy Orders. Sanctity is intimacy with God; it is the imitation of Christ, poor, chaste and humble; it is unreserved love for souls and self-giving to their true good; it is love for the church which is holy and wants us to be holy, because such is the mission that Christ has entrusted to it. Each one of you must be holy also in order to help your brothers pursue their vocation to sanctity.” – St. John Paul II, October 9, 1984
The Catholic Service & Ministry Appeal (CSMA): Your contribution to CSMA enables the Office of Faith Formation to impact the lives of over 11,000 students at 27 Catholic grade schools, three Catholic high schools and in PSR classes throughout the diocese. If you haven’t already done so, we prayerfully ask you to consider making a donation. Parish goals as of November 29:
- Clement of Rome: Goal $3,350 – Pledged $1,510
- John Nepomucene: Goal $2,950 – Pledged $2,110
- John the Baptist: Goal $4,500 – Pledged $2,801.25
There is a Keene Land Size XL dark green with navy blue liner coat that was left in the hall at St. John the Baptist. If you are missing it, it is hanging in the basement on the coat rack.
Polka Dances at Knights of Columbus Hall in DuBois Saturday January 12, Friday, March 29 & 30. See flyer for more information at the back of each church.
Chapter and Verse: This is the record of the descendants of Adam. When God created man, he made him in the likeness of God; he created them male and female. When they were created, he blessed them and named them “man”. Genesis Chapter 5, verses 1-2.
When I call out to the Lord, he answers me from his holy mountain. When I lie down to sleep. I awake again, for the Lord sustains me. Psalm 3, verses 5-6
In today’s Gospel, John the Baptist was preaching in the wilderness, to share your food and clothing. Do not falsely accuse anyone, and be satisfied with your wages. Or maybe, he is also saying be satisfied with what you have. You have food, clothing, place to live, Church to worship in. What more do we need? Dorothy Day, co-founder of the Catholic Worker Movement. She said, “We began by talking about what makes for peace.” It begins with us by taking the Gospels literally, by practicing works of peace, by feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, sheltering the homeless, doing works of mercy everyday of our Christian lives! What are you doing, on this Third Sunday of Advent? Jesus laid these down as Commandments, not suggestions. Good day and God Bless Deacon Archie.
This Sunday we celebrate the Sunday of Joy. Christmas is just around the corner and as we enjoy this time, it is good to remember we are called by Christ to be good and nice to each other, throughout the whole year. Not just during Christmas. The real disciples of Jesus Christ follows His footsteps from “the manger” to the Resurrection. They share the sorrows and joys of our Lord. May this reflection be with us through this coming week. Have a joyful Sunday of Joy. Fr. Slawomir Ptak