Office Hours Week of March 4
- Monday: Closed
- Tuesday – Friday: 8:00-12:00 & 12:30-2:00
VOICE OF PARTNERSHIP
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, more lectors to read during daily masses, and musicians to “cover” Saturday evening 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.
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.
View website gallery page to see pictures from the Catholic Relief Service Speaker’s Tour: Rebuilding Refugee’s Lives in Sir Lanka at St. John Nepomucene on February 27, 2019
3 Strong Mission Group is hosting a St. Patrick’s NIGHT Party, on March 16 right after Mass at St. John the Baptist. Lots of yummy food and drinks. BYOB adult beverages. Door Prizes. Fun and Fellowship for all ages. Bring your deck of cards and gather your favorite group of friends and enjoy a night of playing Pinochle, Poker, Hearts…or take on one of our World “Spoons” Champions Drew Rawls and Katie Rapp. Music provided by the World-Renowned Victor Clayton Rapp (autographs will be available). No Charge, Donations Greatly Appreciated!
Social & Fellowship: On Saturday, March 9, when we will have our first mass TOGETHER, after mass there will be finger foods served in the hall and On Sunday, March 10 after mass there will be a donut breakfast. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend and spend some time in fellowship.
- Holy Name Meeting: 7:00 p.m. on March 4 – Refreshments: Mike & Mark Karcher
- CYM Fat Tuesday Party: 6:30 p.m. on March 5 at St. John the Baptist
- John the Baptist Lenten Fish Fries: 5:00 – 7:00 pm on 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.
BDCCW spring East Vicariate meeting will be held March 24 at St. Edward Catholic Church in Fairfield beginning at 1:00 p.m. with a light lunch followed by a short business meeting and guest speaker. All ladies are invited.
Catholic Relief Services’ Rice Bowl: Join our faithful community and more than 14,000 Catholic communities across the US, in a life-changing Lenten journey of encounter with CRS Rice Bowl. Pick up your family’s CRS Rice Bowl after Ash Wednesday Mass or the weekend after. During 40 days of Lent, we will encounter the needs of the world. Don’t forget to download the CRS Rice Bowl all!
The Catholic Service & Ministry Appeal (CSMA): This is commitment weekend for CSMA and we encourage you to support this diocesan-wide appeal with supports 15 ministries and programs that serve thousands of people every day throughout our Belleville Diocese. Your one-time gift or pledge can be made today or anytime in the weeks ahead utilizing the response card you received in the mail, the envelope in your envelope package, or an envelope located at the back of church. Every gift – is truly needed and appreciated. Please reflect prayerfully on how you and your family have been blessed and choose to support this year’s CSMA – its success depends on you! Thank you for your consideration and generosity.
Looking for an alternative to today’s secular radio and TV programs. Try Catholic based EWTN (Eternal Word Television Network) radio and TV broadcasts on Dish TV channel 261; Direct TV channel 370; Sirius Radio XM 129; and local FM radio 88.1.
Please pray for the sick and homebound of our Partnership: Edith Haas, Marie Hopkins, and Larry Hunt.
Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME): Lent is a good time to decide to deepen your faith, and your relationship with your spouse. WWME Weekends offer you new tools to improve your communication, and open a whole new world of closeness. The next weekends are April 12-14 in St. Peters, MO; and June 21-23, 2019 in Springfield, IL. If you would like to apply or get more information, call 314-649-7317 or go to https://stl-wwme.org/schedule.php.
Reminder: Daylight savings time begins on Sunday, March 10. Don’t forget to set your clocks forward 1 hour.
Chapter and Verse: Isaac entreated the Lord on behalf of his wife, since she was sterile. The Lord heard his entreaty, and Rebekah became pregnant. When the time of her delivery came, there were twins in her womb. The first to emerge was reddish, and his body was like a hairy mantle; so they named him Esau. His brother came out next, gripping Esau’s heel; so they named him Jacob. Genesis Chapter 25, verses 21, 24-26
Happy is he who has regard for the lowly and the poor; in the day of misfortune the Lord will deliver him. The Lord will keep him and preserve him; he will make him happy on the earth, and not give him over to the will of his enemies. Psalm 41, verses 2-3
In today’s Gospel, Jesus talks about the blind leading the blind, about when you see fault in your brothers eye (the speck), and don’t see the fault in your own eye, (the log), or what’s in a man’s heart? With the changes in the Church, we can relate to all of these parables. When some say, I will not go to Church there, but somewhere else, or the reason for the suppressing of the Church was this persons fault or that persons fault, when you need the answer, maybe just look in the mirror, or how about the abundance of the heart? Do we go with our heart or with the emotions of the moment, that some have already done? The heart is the center of the person and the origin of all moral decisions. The goodness and wickedness of our heart is revealed throughout life and deeds, just as a tree is known by the fruit that it bears, good or bad. The Deacon notes might upset some, but if your reading this then you stayed “Catholic Strong” and if you went somewhere else, then this are just wasted words. Good Day and God Bless, I’m Praying for all Hamilton County Catholics! Amen!
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.
Peace, Love, & Happiness