Attached to bulletin this weekend is following letter from Bishop Braxton. Click link to view letter: The Most Reverend Edward K. Braxton, Bishop of Belleville, Letter about The Catholic Church and New House Bill Expanding Abortion Rights
Following the “Closing Mass Celebration” at St. John Nepomucene on March 3, there will be a farewell dinner. All family and friends, current and past parishioners are welcome to this dinner. The Ladies of St. John Nepomucene are asked to bring a dessert to the farewell dinner. Your prayers and support are most appreciated.
“Do whatever SHE tells you.” Presentation about Mary offering rosary, talks, and music will take place on Saturday, March 9 at 3:00 p.m. at St. John the Baptist. Click link to view flyer: Do Whatever SHE Tells You Presentation Flyer
- CYM Fat Tuesday Party: 6:30 p.m. on March 5 at St. John the Baptist
- John the Baptist Lenten Fish Fries: March 8 & 22.
- 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.
Liturgical Ministries for March 2-3
St. Clement of Rome Saturday, March 2 at 5:00 p.m. (Last Mass)
- Gift Bears – Paula Jackson & Tammy Bowman
- Greeters – Jeff Reyling Family
- Lector – Karen Endicott
- Servers – Sandy Burke, Kenny & Bryan Waier
St. John the Baptist Sunday, March 3 at 8:00 a.m.
- Gift Bears – James & Heather Greenwalt Family
- Greeters – John & Debbie Wellen Family
- Lector – Tom Anselment
- Servers – Cade & Derrick Epperson, Alex Kolts, & Katie Rapp
St. John Nepomucene Sunday, March 3 at 10:30 a.m. – “Closing Mass Celebration”
- Gift Bears – Frank & Laura Zachman Family
- Greeters – Paul & Noah Rapp
- Lector – Alex Rawls
- Servers – Drew & Lily Rawls & Phoebe Woodrow
It has been the long-standing policy of the Diocese that locations permitting non-parish organizations, groups, or parish parishioners who use the halls for weddings, showers, private parties, and other non-parish social events, the responsible individual must provide proof of liability insurance. A copy of the user’s Homeowners Insurance Policy provided to the parish will satisfy this requirement. If the renter (group or individual) does NOT have liability insurance, they required to purchase from their own insurer or Special Events Liability Coverage through the Diocese. So going forward if you are wanting to use the halls, you must come to the office, fill out appropriate form, pay hall usage fee, and provide proof of liability insurance prior to use of the hall.
Welcome Sajith Silva to Hamilton County! Catholic Relief Service Speaker’s Tour: Rebuilding Refugee’s Lives in Sri Lanka will be on Wednesday, February 27 at St. John Nepomucene Church Hall. 5:30 p.m.: Hors D’oeurves and Ethical Trade Sale, 6:00 p.m. Supper (including soup as well as a Sri Lankan favorite), and 6:45 p.m. Speaker. Decades of civil war forced many to flee Sri Lanka. When the war ended in 2009, people returned to their villages and cities, unsure of what they would find. Sajith Silva, CRS program coordinator for Sri Lanka, will talk about the vulnerable people displaced by war and how Catholic Relief Services provides hope and support in their efforts to return to their native country and rebuild their lives. All parish members are welcome and encouraged to attend the program and meal scheduled for February 27.
Thank you to all who helped make the St. Clement of Rome Wurstmarkt a success again this year. We served 2010 meals. The winner of the quilt was Wendell Myers. Rick Winemiller and Sharon Martin won the sausage. Without the many helpers on butcher day, set up and potato peeling day and everyone who cooked, served and helped with clean up this could not happen. It is an event that not only benefits our church but also the community. It was good to see all our friends from near and far again this year. Pictures from St. Clement of Rome Wurstmarkt can be viewed on the website. Thank you. The Wurstmarkt Committee
St. Ann’s Altar Society of Dahlgren wishes to thank everyone who made their soup luncheon a big success. Winner of the raffle were as follows: Handmade afghan donated by Jeannette Hart–Margaret Aydt; Fancy Nancy Doll, donated by Rita Rapp–Betty Rapp,Three-tier tray, donated by Karen Karcher–Jeannette Hart; Rusty Rivets toy, donated by RitaRapp–John Degenhart; Sherpa Throw, donated by Betty Rapp–Margaret Aydt; Jo Jo Mike toy, donated by Rita Rapp–Sadie Kreher; Coffee basket, donated by Sue Ellen Karcher–Chrystie Tennyson; Gone Fishing Game, donated by Rita Rapp–Lily Rapp; Movie Gift Basket, donated by Rapp Cabinets–Sharon Rapp; $25 Kroger card, donated by Cindy Rapp–Archie Bowers; Nerf toy, donated by Rita Rapp–Chrystie Tennyson; Bakeware, donated by Rapp Cabinets–Margaret Aydt; Wolverine Thermos, donated by Rapp Cabinets–Debbie Rubenacker; Bird Feeder, donated by Rita Rapp–Barb Burke; Valentine basket donated by Shari Karcher–John Ewald; Book Basket donated by Curtis Richardson–Dorothy Heil. Chrystie Tennyson won the 50/50 and graciously donated her wins back to St. Ann’s Thank you Chrystie!
Open you heart and home to a Catholic exchange student from Spain for the coming 2019-2020 school year. Volunteer host families (with or without children) as well as single parents are needed to provide food, a bed and a loving home for the coming school year, one or two semesters, starting in August. EMF students have medical insurance, spending money for their personal expenses and expect to share their host family’s daily life including household responsibilities. They speak English, are well-screened and eager to experience life in America. Their stay here is sponsored and supervised by EMF (Educational Merit Foundation), a non-profit, educational exchange organization. For more information on EMF students, please call Marie-Claude Dijoud now at 1-800-467-8363 or visit our web site at www.emfusa.org.
Chapter and Verse: This is the family history of Isaac, son of Abraham; Abraham had begotten Isaac. Isaac was forty years old when married Rebekah, the daughter of Behtuel the Aramean of Paddan-aram and the sister of Laban the Aramean. Genesis Chapter 25, verses 19-20
Trust in the Lord and do good, that you may dwell in the land and enjoy security. Take delight in the Lord, and he will grant you your heart’s request. Psalm 37, verses 3-4
In today’s Gospel, Jesus said to His disciples: “To you who hear I say, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. Very powerful words, coming from a very powerful man. Sad to say a lot of people aren’t living, or playing out these words in today’s world. Why are the sayings of Christ are so hard? In John’s Gospel when Jesus talked about the Eucharist, being the Body and Blood of Christ, many disciples turned away, they said: “this saying is hard to understand.” New Testament, says we should love our enemies, it’s a commandment that we should reach out to everyone. Jesus says; “Stop judging and you will not be judged.” Jesus gives Holiness a new focus. So what are you focusing on, the love and mercy of others? Do you love your enemies? Do you Judge others? So what’s the answer to these questions, are you living by the Golden Rule? Good day and God Bless, Deacon Archie.