Office Hours for the Week
Tuesday: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm & 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Friday: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm & 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm
VOICE OF PARTNERSHIP
Partnership office will be closed on Monday, January 21, due to Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. Thursday, January 24 office will only be open from 8:00 – 10:00 am due to East Vicariate Finance & HR Workshop Fr. Slawomir Ptak and Rachel will be attending in Olney.
Located at the back of each church are the 2018 yearly contribution statements. Envelopes are grouped by last name alphabetically.
Joint Parish Council meeting will be on Monday, January 21 beginning at 7:00 pm at St. Clement of Rome.
Knights of Columbus Council 8745 will host their 4th annual TRIVIA NIGHT on Saturday, January 26 at the St. John Nepomucene parish hall in Dahlgren. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., trivia will start after 6:30 p.m. 6 to 8-person teams, $10 per person. There will be food available, a 50/50 drawing & BYOB. Proceeds go to the Hamilton County Relay for Life. RSVP to Aaron Rawls @ 736-2251 or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org by January 20. Thank You.
St. John Nepomucene Parish in Dahlgren will hold a server training on January 27 after the 10:30 a.m. mass. All men, women & children that have made their 1st communion are welcome to attend. There is currently a need for servers of all ages in our parish. Thank You.
Holy Name Rabbit Fry will be Sunday, January 27 at St. John the Baptist at 5:00 p.m.
St. Clement of Rome Wurstmarkt will be on Sunday, February 17. Serving will be from 10:30 – 3:00. Tickets will be Adults $10, Children 5-12 $5, children 4 and younger will be free if eating in. Anyone wanting to sell tickets, please contact John Perryman, Kenny Waier, or Andy Miller. Mark your calendars and planned to attend.
Check out the Partnership gallery page, http://hamiltoncountycatholic.org/gallery/, for pictures from the 3 Strong Mission Biscuit & Gravy Fundraiser.
Diocesan Celebration of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: On Thursday, January 24, at 9:45 am, Bishop Edward K. Braxton will preside and preach at an Ecumenical Service as part of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The event will take place in the Cathedral of Saint Peter in Belleville. Local clergy of various Protestant, Catholic and Orthodox traditions will have leadership roles in the service, and the faithful from all denominations are invited to attend. There will be a social following the prayer service in the Undercroft of the Cathedral. For further information, please contact Father Robert Flannery, Ecumenical and Interreligious Officer of the Belleville Diocese at 618-303-7412. The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is jointly sponsored and celebrated throughout the world each year by the World Council of Churches and Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity of the Catholic Church.
The Diocese of Belleville is seeking a part-time (24 hours per week) Administrative Assistant for the Office of Religious Education and Youth Ministry which is part of the Department of Faith Formation. See the back of each church for more information.
The Chamber of Commerce dinner will be held on February 2. Those on the committee are: Pennie Anselment & Nolene Rubenacker: Co-Chairmen, Shelley Allen, Cathy Anselment, Carol Bernard, Jackie Halley, Denis Hastings, Lorrie Karcher, Vicki Lueke, Lori Powers, and Brenda Thomas. If you are unable to work, please find a replacement.
3 Strong Mission Group once again says THANK YOU to everyone who continues to support our cause especially by showing up for our breakfast fundraisers. We hope everyone is enjoying the food along with the fellowship. We are enjoying being able to serve you all. Please be watching the bulletin for our next breakfast fundraiser and a “little surprise” that we will be adding to the Menu. God Bless Everyone
We would like to thank Father Ptak and Father Mark for the funeral service. We would like to thank Shelley, Cathy, Linda, Dave, Jewell, the pall bearers and servers for their wonderful assistance with the funeral. Thank you to the singers, kitchen crew and to those women who brought the delicious food. Also, a very special thank you to anyone from the parish partnership who brought communion, visited, sent a card, said a prayer, brought a book, or just stopped by to say hello. Those acts of kindnesses were very much appreciated. Thanks for all the kind words and condolences. The Family of Carrie Schuster
Chapter and Verse: The Lord said to Abram: “Go forth from the land of your kinfolk and from your father’s house to a land that I will show you. “ I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make you name great, so that you will a blessing. I will bless those who curse you and curse those who curse you. All the communities of the earth shall find blessing in you. Genesis Chapter 12, verses 1-3
A psalm of David, O Lord who shall sojourn in your tent? Who shall dwell on your holy mountain? He who walks blamelessly and does justice; who thinks the truth in his heart and slanders not with his tongue; Who harms not his fellow man, nor takes up a reproach against his neighbor. Psalm 15, verses 1-3.
This is the week of Christian Unity, January 18-25. As we pray for all Christians, during Mass, Liturgy of the Hours, & Prayer of the Faithful, lets pray for peace, harmony, for persecuted Christians. Let’s pray for our Parish Partnerships, that we continue to lift one another up, instead of tearing each other down. St. Paul says: “There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit; there different forms of service but the same Lord.” Remember, who your serving & not what building your having service in. We have come to know and to believe in the Love that God has for us. So love one another! Good day and God Bless, Deacon Archie.
We all love Pope Francis. In his recent Apostolic Exhortation Gaudete Et Exsultate, he speaks about the call to holiness in a practical way for our own time. He brings Jesus’ Beatitudes to describe what the true happiness is. We gain true happiness by faithful practice of the Beatitudes. We can only practice them if the Holy Spirit fills us with his power and frees us from our weakness, selfishness, complacency and pride. Pope Francis describes each of the Beatitudes and their invitation, concluding each section:
- “Being poor of heart: that is holiness.”
- “Reacting with meekness and humility: that is holiness.”
- “Knowing how to mourn with others: that is holiness.”
- “Hungering and thirsting for righteousness: that is holiness.”
- “Seeing and acting with mercy: that is holiness.”
- “Keeping a heart free of all that tarnishes love: that is holiness.”
- “Sowing peace all around us: that is holiness.”
- “Accepting daily the path of the Gospel, even though it may cause us problems: that is holiness.”