Office Hours Week of February 18:
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 the Partnership
The Effective Date of Bishop Braxton’s Decree March 4, 2019
The Most Reverend Edward K. Braxton, Bishop of Belleville, Letter about suppression of St. Clement of Rome, McLeansboro and St. John Nepomucene, Dahlgren is located at the back of each church if you have not received a copy or can be viewed on the Partnership website.
Due to the coming changes:
- We are in need of additional sacristans for opening/closing church and preparing for mass during the week and weekend masses and more lectors to read during daily masses, in our “Mother church”. Please contact parish office.
- if you have keys to the church at St. Clement of Rome or St. John Nepomucene, please return them to the parish office after March 4, since you will no longer need them. Thank you for your cooperation.
All who are involved in singing in the choir at St. Clement of Rome, St. John Nepomucene and St. John the Baptist are invited to an organizational meeting Sunday, February 24, right after mass at St. John Nepomucene, Dahlgren.
Due to President’s Day on Monday, February 18, Partnership office will be closed and there will be no evening mass at St. Clement of Rome.
After request from the parishioners of St. Clement of Rome, the “Closing mass celebration” for St. Clement of Rome will take place on February 23 with a St. Clement “Appreciation Dinner” right after mass in the hall.
East Vicariate Priest and Deacon meeting will be on Wednesday, February 20 starting at noon in St. Lawrenceville.
See website gallery for pictures from the St. Ann’s Altar Society Soup Luncheon.
Knights of Columbus Meetings at 7:00 pm on Thursday, February 21
- KC #8745 at St. John Nepomucene, Dahlgren
- KC #7118 at St. Patrick, Enfield
- Clement of Rome Wurstmarkt: 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on February 17.
- KC #7118 Fish Fry at St. Patrick, Enfield: 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. on February 22
- John the Baptist Lenten Fish Fries: March 8 & 22.
- John Nepomucene Annual Fish Fry & Raffle: April 5.
- 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.
Save the Date: Tuesday, March 5 starting at 6:00 pm, the CYM will be having their Fat Tuesday party at Piopolis for one and all, young and old. We will serve pancakes and sausage, shrimp/sausage jambalaya, and King cake. We will have crafts and activities for the kids. BYOB for the adults. Something new for this year we will have board games and invite any adults to bring a deck or two of cards if they’d like to play cards. Come enjoy a night of fellowship and good food to prepare for the Lenten season. Donation at the door will go to the CYM.
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.
Soil & Water Supper at St. John the Baptist on Saturday, February 23. Workers: Chairman: Connie Duckworth, Pam Aydt, Carol Bernard, Cindy Anselment, Michele Lueke, Andrea Short, Marci Allen, Julie Rapp, Paula Hatfield, Cindy Budell, and Teresa Wellen
World Wide Marriage Encounter (WWME): Lent is a good time to decide to deepen your faith, and your relationship with your spouse. WWME offer you new tools to improve your communication, and open a whole new world of closeness. Attend a WWME on February 2-4 or 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: “Life is about saying “yes” to the things that help you to grow in holiness and no to the things that don’t. Life is about searching for the best version of yourself. Today’s culture doesn’t have a vision for the human person. The goal of today’s culture is consumption as we no longer are the consumers—we are being consumed. It is time for us to start thinking about where our lives are leading and to where God is calling us. The ways of the world lead to confusion. God’s way leads to clarity, order and to a meaningful living with joy. Life is a choice we all have to make. So, fulfill God’s vision for you and answer his call with a “yes”.” The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic
Bald Knob Cross of Peace in Alto Pass is asking for your support in making improvements to the grounds around the cross. If you would like to donate, send donations to Bald Knob Cross of Peace, P.O. Box 35, Alto Pass, IL 62905
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.
Thank you to all for your thoughts and prayers during my recent illness. Also, really appreciate the cards, food (on return home) and visits. May God’s Many Blessings be with each of you. Maggie Hoerler
To the family of many friends of the late George R. Karcher, we wish to extend our sincere thanks for your many acts of kindness, for the condolences, and support that we have received. Thanks for the donations to St. Jude’s Children Hospital and Dahlgren Fire Department. Thank you to Father Ptak and St. Ann’s Altar Society, the American Legion, and Gholson’s Funeral Home. The family of George Richard Karcher
Chapter and Verse: Then he reached out and took the knife to slaughter his son. But the Lord’s messenger called to him from heaven, “Abraham, Abraham!” “Yes, Lord,” he answered. “Do not lay your hand on the boy,” said the messenger. “Do not do the least thing to him. I now know how devoted you are to God, since you did not withhold from me you own beloved son. Genesis Chapter 22, verses 10-12.
Blessed be the Lord, for he has heard the sound of my pleading; the Lord is my strength and my shield. In him my heart trust, and I find help; then my heart exults and with my song I give him thanks. Psalm 28, verses 6-7.
Today’s notes from 1 Corinthians, are the reason why we are Christians! The Resurrection of Jesus is a historical foundation so essential to Christianity that, without it, the entire structure of the faith collapses in ruins. He raised Christ, God the Father, technically, the Resurrection is the work of all three Persons of the Trinity– Father, Son and The Holy Spirit. Christ had the victory over death, If Jesus did not overcome death, then He could not have destroyed sin, for death is the consequence of sin. It is precisely Christ’s victory over death that demonstrates His triumph over the cause of death. So remember, If not for the Resurrection, our faith would be in vain. Thank you God, for your Son Jesus Christ our Savior…… Amen! Good day and God Bless! Deacon Archie.
Last weekend in all three of our parishes I read Bishop Braxton’s letter about the future of the Catholic parishes in Hamilton County. It was, is, and will be, a painful reality for everyone. The identity of our parishioners is strongly united with their parish home. I know you have heard many times that we need to embrace this decision by gathering around our Lord Jesus Christ and listening to the gentle voice of the Shepherd, which is true. However, I know it is hard to do for some of you for many reasons. I think everyone needs some time to process and digest this decision. It cannot be done without praying and asking God for the light of wisdom and taking daily, small steps to create a united family of children of God. Just a couple of days after the announcement, I received some words of encouragement and assurance of cooperation from parishioners from all three parishes. This is a good sign and brings us hope for a better tomorrow. Some of you told me that you wanted to volunteer and be helpful in the “new” St. John the Baptist Parish. One person told me: “I will do whatever God wants me to do as long as I live”. It is not every day that parishes are being suppressed. We have entered into history and we will be seen through this perspective in years to come. How the next generation will look back at this decision and what they will think about the people involved and how it was handled, depends on us. We begin our walk through this process almost like we are walking in darkness with only a small candle to light our way. It is difficult but by helping each other and being patient, generous, and kind, we can make this journey. I found a little quote from St. Francis de Sales and I think that maybe it will serve as some kind of direction for all of us. “Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections, but instantly set about remedying them – every day begin the task anew.”