Reminder: PSR and Adult Bible Study return this Sunday. Class will begin at 9:00 a.m.
Due to the flu season, we will not distribute during mass the Blood of Christ and refrain from shaking of hands during sign of peace.
January 7-11, Fr. Slawomir Ptak will be gone on annual priest retreat in Belleville.
Holy Name Meeting at St. John the Baptist will be on Monday, January 7 at 7:00 p.m. Refreshments are Dennis Frey and Kenny Grubb
- Clement of Rome Ladies meeting will be on Monday, January 7 at 6:30 p.m.
- Ann’s Altar Sodality, Dahlgren will meet January 8th at 6:00 p.m. (note the time change). The serving committee is Megan Woodrow, Sue Karcher and Janice Richardson.
CYM Ham & Bean Raffle Winners: Donated by St Elizabeth’s Ladies group – Christie Rawls, Donated by St Ann’s Altar Sodality – Ethan Erwin, Donated by the St Clement CCW – Ellen Rubenacker, Donated by KC’s Council #8745 – Curtis Richardson, Donated by John Rapp, Rapp Farms – Betty Rapp, Donated by Megan Woodrow – Carol Bernard, Donated by Nolene Rubenacker – Rita Rapp, Donated by Chad Mitsdarffer – Archie Bowers, Donated by Pennie Anselment – Debbie Rubenacker. Thank you to all the donors and to everyone who bought a raffle ticket and came out and supported our youth! ~ Megan Woodrow, CYM Leader
Calling all juniors and seniors in high school: TEC (Teens Encounter Christ) weekends: January 19-21, 2019 at Althoff Catholic High School in Belleville, IL, and February 16-18, 2019 at Sacred Heart School in Du Quoin, IL. Teens Encounter Christ (TEC) is a three-day Catholic retreat for the young adults of Southern Illinois. It’s a place for older teens and young adults to reflect-through talks, skits, art, music, sacraments, fellowship and fun-on where they are in life and where they’re going, where God fits in, where their faith is leading them, and how they can live their faith with love, joy and courage. For more information contact Megan Woodrow.
Extraordinary Events Awaits You: You are invited to an extraordinary event that will help you (re)Discover Treasures of the Catholic Faith. St. Joseph Parish in Benton is hosting a Parish Mission February 10-14. Fr. Peter Schavitz will be preaching with a mixture of grace and humor. He will light a fire within you, and that fire will continue to burn long after he departs. Mission services will be Sunday through Thursday, starting at 6:30 p.m. followed by a social each night. Come to whichever nights you can. You don’t HAVE to come to every session, but if you come Sunday, you’ll want to. For more details, call 438-9941 or go online: catholicchurchesofrendlake.com
Chapter and Verse: In the eyes of God the earth was corrupt and full of lawlessness. When God saw how corrupt the earth had become, since all mortals led depraved lives on earth, he said to Noah;” I have decided to put an end to all mortals on earth; the earth is full of lawlessness because of them. So I will destroy them an all life on earth. Genesis Chapter 6, verses 11-13.
But let all who take refuge in you be glad and exalt forever. Protect them, that you may be the joy of those who love your name. For you, O Lord, bless the just man; you surround him with the shield of your good will. Psalm 5, verses 12-13.
In today’s Gospel, Jesus was born in Bethlehem, a small village south of Jerusalem. Its Hebrew name means “house of bread”, it came to be known as the “city of David.” In the Gospel reading, Wise Men from the East: Probably astrologers from Persia– this would explain their interest in an extraordinary “star.” In Matthew , the Magi are the first Gentiles to recognize the kingship of Jesus. The gifts of Gold and Frankincense and myrrh: were given to the New born King. St. Irenaeus say, the gifts of the Magi signify the mystery of Christ incarnate. Gold, a symbol of royalty, represents the kingship of Jesus. Frankincense, used in the worship of God, points to His divinity. Myrrh, a burial ointment, signifies the humanity of Christ, especially His Passion and Death. We should be giving gifts to Jesus every day. Remember the greatest gift you can give is, love thy neighbor. Good day and God Bless Deacon Archie. By the way, “house of bread”, Christ child in the manger, “feeding trough” , everything about Jesus leads to the Eucharist, Amen! Deacon Archie Bowers
In this New Year 2019, “may God bless you abundantly and make you happy. Not by shielding you from all sorrows and pains, but by strengthening you to bear it, as it comes. Not by making your path easy, but by making you sturdy to travel any path. Not by taking hardships from you, but by taking fear from your heart. Not by granting you unbroken sunshine, but by keeping your face bright even in the shadows. Not by making your life always pleasant, but by showing you when people and their causes need you most and by making you anxious to be there to help. God’s love, peace, hope and joy to you for the year ahead.”
Happy & Blessed New Year 2019 Fr. Slawomir Ptak