Office Hours for week:
Monday & Tuesday: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm & 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm & 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm & 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm
VOICE OF PARTNERSHIP
Located at the back of each church are the 2018 yearly contribution statements. Envelopes are grouped by last name alphabetically.
St. Ann’s Altar Society will be hosting a Soup/Chili luncheon after Mass on February 3. The menu is Vegetable Soup, Chili, homemade ham salad sandwiches, hotdogs and desserts. There will also be a raffle and 50/50 drawing. All members are asked to bring a dessert. We will do the prep work on Saturday, February 2, and begin cooking on the 3 at 8:00 a.m. Thanks for supporting this worthy cause.
St. Elizabeth’s Altar Sodality will meet after church on Sunday, February 3 in the hall. All ladies and encouraged to attend.
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.
St. John Nepomucene Annual Fish Fry will be on Friday, April 5 and we are getting our raffle ready. If you would like to donate to the raffle please contact Josh Karcher at 618-895-4040 by February 16. More details on fish fry later. Thank you for your support.
There are still several copies of Matthew Kelley’s The Biggest Lie in the History of Christianity. If you haven’t picked up your copy, please do so. If you would like to take one for a family member or friend you are welcome to do so.
St. John the Baptist has the following for sale: Lincoln Ranger 8 gas generator welder. Can be seen at the office. Sealed bids must be submitted by February 4. Place sealed bid (marked as “welder”) in the collection or deliver to the office.
The Messenger: Renewal weekend is February 2-3. Please stay connected through a subscription to The Messenger. Payments can be made in your Messenger envelope or on-line at www.bellevillemessenger.org. Subscription cost $25 for print, $25 for electronic, or $30 for both. Please make checks payable to The Messenger and include email address for electronic subscription.
Guatemala Mission Sister Parish Update: Padre Mario wants to thank all those parishioners from St. Clement of Rome and St. John the Baptist for their support. They have used your donations for the following: Given to Diocese to help with health care for priest, seminarian fund, catechism material, and training; repairs to vehicle; gas for vehicle; training lay ministers; repairs to chapel; new building project; retreats; church supplies; food; education for youth; utilities; and development of sustainable projects/fair trade.
The Diocesan Office of Youth Ministry invite all High School students to attend a Youth Camp taking place at Camp Ondessonk from Saturday, March 16 at 5:00 pm to Sunday, March 17th at 6:00 pm. This Camp is designed to help the youth enter into a deeper relationship with God through youth-lead talks, interaction with peers and nature, Mass, Reconciliation, and many other fun activities! $75/person. Deadline to register is Feb 22. Please let me know if any of you are interested in attending. The Diocese is trying to engage the youth in more events geared towards them. The more kids they have attend, the more events they will have like this. Check your calendars and make plans to attend! Thank you ~ Megan Woodrow
Trivia Night being held by Catholic Urban Programs on Saturday, February 16 at the Catholic Pastoral Center in Belleville. For more information see flyer at the back of each church.
Vocation Corner: “With the help of God, I received my vocation one Sunday when I was 7-years-old and a group of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Sisters came to mass at our parish. The moment I saw them, I was so happy that I could not control my joy. When.. I told my mother” she said “God has answered my prayers. I asked God on my wedding day to call one of my sons as a priest or daughter as a nun. Glory be to his holy name; today I am a sister!” Sr. Catherine Nonyelum Chukwuonwe
The Diocese of Belleville have several position available: They are seeking part-time Administrative Assistant for the Office of Religious Education and Youth Ministry, full-time Administrative Assistant for the Messenger Newspaper, and part-time Web Content Specialist. See the back of each church for more information and deadlines.
Chapter and Verse: When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said; “I am God the Almighty. Walk in my presence and be blameless. Between you and me I will establish my covenant, and I will multiply you exceedingly. No longer shall you be called Abram; your name shall be Abraham, for I am making you the father of a host of nations.” Genesis Chapter 17, verses 1-2 + 5.
I love you, O Lord, my strength, O Lord, my rock, my fortress, my deliverer. My God, my rock of refuge, my shield, the horn of my salvation, my stronghold! Psalm 18, verses 2-3
Today’s Deacon notes, focuses on the first reading from Nehemiah. Ezra the Priest brought the law before the people, and read it to them, in the presence of men, the women and those children old enough to understand; and all of the people listen attentively. The question is, are we listening attentively, or are we hearing what we what to hear? Ezra was unwilling to compromise the truths taught in God’s Word. There was no room for “reinterpreting” the teaching of God’s Words, but some do, to satisfy themselves to fit in modern times. We, too, must hold fast to God’s truths, as our authority on faith and morals and take a stand with God, whatever the world our individuals around us may say! Good day and God Bless, Deacon Archie.
As we celebrate the end of the Week of Prayers for Christian unity, let us reflect with this prayer: “Eternal Father, we praise you for sending your Son to be one of us and to save us. Look upon your people with mercy, for we are divided in so many ways, and give us the Spirit of Jesus to make us one in love. We ask this gift, loving Father, through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Amen