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Mission International Conference for our Sister Parish in Guatemala: 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. on July 16 in Highland, IL. Anyone who would like to attend, please contact the office.
Ladies’ & Men’s Meetings:
- Elizabeth’s Altar Sodality: after mass on February 3.
- John the Baptist Holy Name: 7:00 p.m. on February 4.
- Ann’s Altar Society: 6:00 p.m. on February 5.
- Ann’s Altar Society Soup/Chili Luncheon: after Mass on February 3.
- KC #8745 Valentine Dinner: 6:30 p.m. on February 9 at St. John Nepomucene
- KC #7118 Valentine Dinner: 5:00 p.m. Happy Hour. 6:00 p.m. Dinner on February 10 at St. Patrick – Enfield
- Clement of Rome Wurstmarkt: 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on February 17.
- John the Baptist Lenten Fish Fries: March 8 & 22.
- John Nepomucene Annual Fish Fry & Raffle: April 5.
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.
Hungry Hearts Chili/Soup Fundraiser will be Friday, February 15 at the Foxes ballgame. Serving will be from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Volunteers will be needed to make the soup and chili, prepare desserts, help with serving, help with tricky trays, and purchasing tickets for the dinner. Tricky trays can be donated from organizations or individuals. All proceeds go toward feeding Hamilton County children during the summer months. Hungry Hearts program is funded by the churches and organizations in Hamilton County. This event is responsible for a huge portion of funds needed for the program. Contact Karen Endicott 618-308-2207 if you can help in any way.
Approved minutes from September 17, 2018 Joint Parish Council meeting are posted at the back of each church.
World Wide Marriage Encounter (WWME): Married couples: Start a new love affair with your spouse that is beyond your best wishes. We did and happened on our WWME. You too can renew your love for one another. The next weekend is April 12-14, in St. Peters, MO. You can find out more by clicking on https://stl-wwme.org/schedule.php or call 314-649-7317.
Vocation Corner: We should consider this as a day to say “THANK YOU” to those who serve us in our daily living which certainly includes our religious life. World Day for Consecrated Life is observed February 2, Candlemas Day. It is celebrated in our Parishes this weekend. Let us make it a point to begin saying “THANK YOU” to our Sisters and Brothers who have made sacrifices for us by accepting God’s call. Let them know how important they are in the life of your church and how they help you to honor and pray to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Holy Name Society would like to thank everyone who came out and worked at the Rabbit/Chicken Fry at St. John the Baptist this past Sunday.
Chapter and Verse: The Lord took note of Sarah as he had said he would; he did for her as he had promised. Sarah became pregnant and bore Abraham a son in his old age at the set time that God had stated. Abraham gave the name Isaac to this son of his whom Sarah bore him. When his son Isaac was eight days, Abraham circumcised him as God had commanded. Genesis Chapter 21, verses 1-4
I believe that I shall see the bounty of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord with courage; be stouthearted, and wait for the Lord. Psalm 27, verses 13-14.
Deacon notes today, are from the best scripture readings that fit in the world we live in today. First reading from Jeremiah 1:4-5 “before I formed you in the womb I knew you.” If this doesn’t put abortion in its place noting will, but the pro-choice people will argue otherwise, because some don’t believe in God. Let’s call it as it is abortion is “Murder.” I know this is not politically correct to say it like that, but as Christians we need to see it as God sees it. St. Paul says if you do not have love, you sound like a resounding gong, or clashing symbol, if you can move mountains, or have all knowledge, but do not have love, you gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind, its not jealous, its not pompous, its not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interest, it does not rejoice over wrong doing, but rejoices over the truth! It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails, where have you failed? Also if we all have faith, one day there would be no abortions, please pray for the “born and the un-born” Amen! Good day and God Bless, Deacon Archie.
I found a passage about hope and would like to share it with you. May it be helpful for you or somebody else.
“Hope is not something we can grab at on our own….You cannot demand hope of other people; you can only give it to them. When those close to us do not have any hope, the reason may be because we have failed to give them away…[Hope requires] an investment (rather than a withdrawal) of ourselves in the lives and struggles of others.
“Hope is transferred only through human beings; hope comes when we are able to reach each other or it does not come at all. Hope is not outside us; it sings in our bruised hearts when some person reaches out to us at the moment we feel like giving up. The Spirit works through the touch of the person who believes in us enough not to give up on us; this action of another makes the deadened filaments of the soul glow once again; it is through persons who give us their light when we are in darkness that we experience the power of Resurrection. Hope comes to life at any moment when one man reaches out sincerely to another.” Eugene Kennedy, The Joy of Being Human