Office Hours week of April 1: Tuesday – Friday
8:00 am – 12:00 pm ~ 12:20 pm – 2:00 pm
Mass Intentions for the Fifth Week of Lent
Tuesday April 2 6:00 p.m. †Apollonia Rawls
Wednesday April 3 8:00 a.m. †Paul Karcher
Thursday April 4 8:00 a.m. †Richard Karcher
First Friday April 5 8:00 a.m. †Evan W. Beck
Saturday April 6 5:00 p.m. All Parish Family
Sunday April 7 8:30 a.m. †††Andy & Margaret Rubenacker, Joe & Frances Wuebbels, Betty & Dave Anselment
Stations of the Cross: 30 minutes before Sunday Mass during Lent
Loose Collection $ 177
Youth $ 2
Needy In Parish $ 593
Ash Wednesday $ 30
Hall $ 25
CSMA $ 990
CRS $ 25
PSR $ 20
3 Strong Mission $ 50
Thank you for your generosity.
We are looking for a janitor to clean our Chapels in McLeansboro and Dahlgren and their halls, as needed. For details contact parish office 618-648-2490.
There will be a Parish Council meeting on Tuesday, April 2 at 7:00 pm in St. John the Baptist Parish hall.
We are looking for volunteers to maintain throughout the year the flower beds at our Chapels at Dahlgren and McLeansboro. If you are interested, please contact parish office. If there is no volunteers, then other arrangements for the flower beds will have to be made.
Volunteers needed to remove plaster from walls in the restroom of St. John the Baptist Church. Please contact Dennis Rubenacker.
We will resume receiving the Blood of Christ and exchanging the sign of peace starting Fifth Sunday of Lent.
If you wish to be removed from the Liturgical Ministries (lector, greeter, gifts, server, or Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion) list, please call or email the office. If you were on the list before to do any of those, you will still be placed on the list.
After April 7 Mass, there will be a meeting to prepare music for Holy Week. This is for all those who are and want to be involved with playing and singing. Meeting will be in church.
Confirmation will be Sunday, April 28 at 10:30 a.m. Please pray for and support our Confirmandi: Breanna Blades, Cade Epperson, Kenadee Halley, Kaelee Karcher, Layton Karcher, Maddie Karcher, Alexandra Kolts, Caroline Lueke, Grady Lueke, Katie Rapp, Drew Rawls, Jennifer Redmon, Caitlyn Richards, Dani Rubenacker, and Jayce Wellen
Dessert signup sheets for Confirmation are located at each door at church.
- Holy Name Meeting: 7:00 pm on April 1. Refreshments: Father Ptak, Deacon Bowers, and Dave Collins
- KC #8745 Fish Fry: 5:00 – 8:00 pm on April 5 at St. John Nepomucene Hall in Dahlgren. Adult plate $10 – Child plate $5 – Carry outs available.
- Organizational meeting of St. Elizabeth’s Altar Sodality: April 7 right after mass in hall. All ladies are invited.
- KC #7118 Meeting: April 11 at St. Patrick, Enfield. Steak Night.
- KC #8715 Meeting: April 11 at St. John Nepomucene Hall, Dahlgren
Please pray for the sick and homebound: Edith Haas, Marie Hopkins, Larry Hunt, Adam Reyling, and Anna Sturman.
Catholic Relief Services’ Rice Bowl: We encounter Kumba from Sierra Leone, who, through her education, is providing hope for her family and community. How has education given you opportunities for the common good? Visit crsricebowl.org for more.
Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME): Celebrate as an Easter couple this year, and find more for your relationship than you ever dreamt was possible from just one weekend together. Attend a WWME weekend as a celebration of your couple relationship. The next weekends are April 12-14 in St. Peters, MO and June 21-23 in Springfield, IL. If you would like to apply or get more information, call 314-649-7317 go to https://stl-wwme.org/schedule.php.
Catholic Service Ministry Appeal (CMSA): A most heartfelt thanks to all those who have already responded with a gift to The 2019 Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal. If you have not done so as yet, there’s still plenty of time. One-time donations or pledges – in any amount – are needed and can be made through your parish or at www.diobelle.org (click on “Giving to the Diocese”). Your generosity supports 15 agencies and programs that daily serve thousands of people. Please consider making your gift today or at any time you are able in the coming months. We also ask for your prayers for the success of this year’s appeal and all those we serve. Thank you and may God bless you always.
The Catholic Relief Services (CRS): This weekend, we take up CRS collection to help Jesus in disguise. This collection helps six Catholic agencies provide relief and support to struggling communities and work for peace and reconciliation among our marginalized brothers and sisters here and around the world. Please prayerfully consider how you can support the collection. Learn more about the collection at www.usccb.org/catholic-relief.
Chapter and Verse: Then Jacob said to Laban, “Give me my wife, that I may consummate my marriage with her, for my term is now completed. At nightfall he took his daughter Leah and brought her to Jacob and Jacob consummated the marriage with her. In the morning Jacob was amazed: it was Leah! So he cried out to Laban: “How could you do this to me! Was it not for Rachel that I served you? Why did you dupe me? Genesis Chapter 29, verses 21 + 23-25
One alone is my dove, my perfect one, her mother’s chosen, the dear one of her parent. The daughters saw her and declared her fortunate, the queens and concubines, and they sang her praises: The Song of Songs: Chapter 6, verse 9.
Today’s Deacon notes focuses on the second reading from St. Paul to the Corinthians. St. Paul says we are a new creation, this starts with baptism, Baptism transfers us from the bondage of sin and slavery to the blessings of salvation and son ship. Christ does not destroy the old order of creation but heals it, perfects it, and elevates it with supernatural life. Paul describes that we are a “new creation” in Christ; before this can happen, during this Lenten time, it is essential that we go to Reconciliation, to be forgiven of our sins, this is a true removal of guilt, by the cleansing power of the Sacraments. Then after this we can be called ambassadors of Christ. God makes it very easy, to be a Christian, to live right, to show forgiveness, to love one another, and to repent, but as the human side takes over, we make hard. Lent helps us to make the right choices in our Christian walk. Good day and God Bless, Deacon Archie.
Most Christian churches only have services once or twice a week. The Catholic Church offers Mass every day. (Not all parishes can do this, depending on the availability of a priest and particular scheduling. Also, there is no Mass offered on Good Friday.) There are some minor differences between a daily Mass and a Sunday Mass.
First, daily Mass tends to be shorter. A couple of reasons are that there are fewer readings and usually less singing at daily Mass. A typical daily Mass will have one reading (either from the Old Testament or New Testament) as opposed to two readings at Sunday Mass. And the Responsorial Psalm may be spoken instead of sung.
At daily Mass, the Gloria is omitted. (Glory to God in the highest…) Also omitted is the recitation of the Nicene Creed. And, depending on who is saying Mass, the homily may be shorter than a Sunday Mass. In fact, some priests may omit the homily completely at daily Mass. Finally, at a daily Mass, you may not have an offertory or a presentation of the gifts.
Isn’t it amazing to think that at any time on any given day, there is a Mass being offered somewhere on a planet? The Catholic Church truly fulfills the prophecy from Malachi 1:10-11, which speaks of a pure sacrifice being offered “from the rising of the sun, even to its setting.”