Office Hours week of March 25: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday
8:00 am – 12:00 pm ~ 12:20 pm – 2:00 pm
Mass Intentions for the Fourth Week of Lent
Tuesday March 26 6:00 p.m. †Marion Swafford
Wednesday March 27 8:00 a.m. †Emma Zachman
Thursday March 28 8:00 a.m. †Donald Karcher
Saturday March 30 5:00 p.m. ††Jody Rubenacker, Donnie Lueke
Sunday March 31 8:30 a.m. All Parish Family
Stations of the Cross: 30 minutes before Sunday Mass during Lent
Baptism of George Bracy son of Christopher & Jill (Bernard) Bracy
Loose Collection $268.00
Needy In Parish $80.00
Ash Wednesday $95.00
Black & Indian Mission $35.00
Cemetery “Honoring Our Past” $500.00
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.
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.
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, Alexandria Kolts, Caroline Lueke, Grady Lueke, Katie Rapp, Drew Rawls, Jennifer Redmon, Caitlyn Richards, Dani Rubenacker, and Jayce Wellen
- KC #7118 Fish Fry: 5:00 – 7:00 pm on March 29
- Holy Name Meeting: 7:00 pm on April 1. Refreshments: Father Ptak, Deacon Bowers, and Dave Collins
- Guatemala Mission Conference: 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. on July 16 in Highland, IL.
The East Vicariate Belleville Diocese Council of Catholic Women (BDCCW), of which we are all a part of, will have the spring East Vicariate Meeting at St. Edward in Fairfield on Sunday, March 24 starting at 1:00 p.m. There will be a light lunch followed by a short meeting and guest speaker. All women are encouraged to come and fellowship with ladies in our vicariate.
Please pray for the sick and homebound: Edith Haas, Marie Hopkins, Larry Hunt, Adam Reyling, and Anna Sturman.
Bishop Braxton extends an invitation to all parishioners throughout the Diocese, to join him for the Chrism Mass on Tuesday, April 16 at St. Peter Cathedral in Belleville. The Mass will begin at 11:30 am, in order to make it easier for our school children to participate. The Chrism Mass is one of the principal expressions of the life of our Local Church. On this day, the Priests and the Christian Faithful of the Diocese gather around me as I consecrate the Sacred Chrism and bless the Oil of the Catechumens and the Oil of the Sick.
Catholic Relief Services’ Rice Bowl: The Dhathcroos family returned home, after fleeing violence in their country, to build a prosperous farm and become a vital contributor to their community. How can you assist refugees in your community to rebuild their lives. Visit crsricebowl.org for more.
Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME): Our marriage was brought to new life by our WWME. For the first time in a long time, our marriage was renewed and restored to the communication and spark that we had in our dating days. Life-changing weekends will be offered on 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): Next week, our parish will take up the CRS Collection. Funds from this collection provide food to the hungry, support displaced refugees, and bring Christ’s love and mercy to all people here and abroad. Next week, please give generously to the collection, and help Jesus in disguise. Learn more about the collection at www.usccb.org/catholic-relief.
Chapter and Verse: After Jacob had stayed with him a full month, Laban said to him; “Should you serve me for nothing just because you are a relative of mine? Tell me what you wages should be. Since Jacob had fallen in love with Rachel, he answered Laban, “I will serve you seven years for your younger daughter Rachel. So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, yet they seemed to him but a few days because of his love for her. Genesis: Chapter 29, verses 14-18 + 20.
O my dove in the clefts of the rock, in the secret recesses of the cliff, let me see you, let me hear your voice, for your voice is sweet, and you are lovely. The Song of Songs: Chapter 2, verse 14.
In the first reading this week from Exodus, God appears and speaks to Moses, from the burning bush, I am the God of your fathers, Moses come closer, and remove your sandals from your feet, for the place where you stand is Holy Ground! God sent Moses to free the Israelites, but Moses said; “when I go to them what do I say” God said; “tell them The God of your Fathers sent me to you.” And when they ask me your name what do I tell them?” tell them, “I AM sent me to you. We need to remember, what God said in Malachi, “For I Am The Lord, I do not change”, In Hebrews, He is “the same yesterday, today and forever.” The world we live in changes every day, Churches change, we need to look at the words, of A.W. Tozer; “In many churches Christianity has been watered down until the solution is so weak that if it were poison it would not hurt anyone and if it were medicine it would not cure anyone!”— That’s why we need to stay strong to our Catholic faith, we get the best cure, Holy Communion every week, where most other religions give you what you want to hear! Good day and God Bless! Deacon Archie.
Catholics have a long tradition of praying for the intercession of the saints. A patron is a special intercessor with god for a church or locality – cities, states, nations, even continents. A patron can also be a special intercessor for occupations or specific causes. Normally this is done because the saint had something to do with that particular occupation or cause, or because miracles were attributed to the intercession of that saint regarding a particular cause.
Here is a brief list of some well known – and not so well known – patrons and their causes:
- Anthony of Padua – lost articles
- Jude Thaddeus – impossible causes
- Peter – fisherman
- Gerard – pregnant women
- Our Lady of Guadalupe – Patroness of the Americans
- Peregrine – cancer patients
- John Vianney – priests
- Roch – dogs and dog lovers
There’s a patron saint for just about every cause and profession. Some progressions and causes have multiple patrons, and many saints are patrons of many causes and locations. Wherever you are, whatever you do or whatever you’re going through, chances are there’s a saint you can call upon to lift up your cause before the throne of God!