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Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Bulletin - February 7, 2021



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Masses for Fifth Week in Ordinary Time

Tuesday, February 9 at 6:00 p.m.

†George Haas, †Rich Miller

Wednesday, February 10 at 8:00 a.m.

†Bob Pawlowski

Thursday, February 11 at 8:00 a.m.

††Edwin & Wilma Karcher

Masses for Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Saturday, February 13 at 5:00 p.m.

††Floyd & Norma Collins, ††Lucille & John Karcher, †John W. Biggerstaff

Sunday, February 14 at 8:30 a.m.

All Parish Family

We are needing Mass Intentions

We the parishioners of St. John the Baptist,

brothers and sisters in Christ, accept as our mission:

to know our faith and share it with others,

to continue to grow spiritually with respect for the sacraments,

to celebrate the liturgy and the Holy Eucharist as the center of our Christian life,

to live by truth and love,

to serve those in need, to teach by example, and thereby strengthen and inspire our Parish family in accordance with the Roman Catholic Church

Office Hours

Tuesday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Closed for Lunch Noon - 12:30 p.m.

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Monthly Ministry List

Collection January 30-31

Envelopes (51) $1,520

Loose $ 6

Youth (3) $ 3

One Strong (2) $ 25

Scholarship (1) $ 5

Cemetery (4) $ 110

Total $1,674

Your financial support remains an important part of our Parish life and helps us keep going. Please continue giving your time, talent, and treasure at this difficult time. Please mail, drop-off your offertory in the mailbox by Parish office front door. In the midst of COVID-19, our Parish still needs to operate. Thank you for being generous, during this difficult time!


Edith Haas, Larry Hunt, Marie Hopkins, Bill Lueke, James Frey, Bob Wilson, Kent Karcher, Larry Nice, Paul & Helen Wellen, Kenneth Karcher, and Mary Karcher.

Reminder: Due to federal privacy laws, we are not allowed to list people or visit who are sick or in the nursing home without written authorization from that individual or from their immediate family who has authorization. Form can be requested from the office.


PSR this weekend 9:30 a.m.


Please contact office for funerals and baptisms. For weddings contact office six months before.


Thursday, February 11

At the end of Mass


Mark your calendar for our Drive-Thru Breakfast Fundraisers

February 21 ~ March 14 ~ April 11


  • Monthly Meeting Sunday, February 7 at 9:30 a.m. Masks and Social Distancing Required.

  • Chicken & Dumpling Drive-Thru Fundraiser Saturday, February 13. Cost by donation and serving begins after Mass.

  • Cookbook Fundraiser. Currently we are collecting recipes from anyone in our parish. These can include any type of recipe new or old as well as family recipes that have been passed down from generations. Please be sure to include your name on the recipe as well as "in memory of" for deceased recipe authors if applicable. Several ways to submit your recipe(s): place in envelope in the back of church or tote outside the office, email to or can be uploaded directly to Login using username: sjbrecipes21 and password: pepper241. All recipes will be proofread by committee members before final submission. Please contact Bethany Wellen or Andrea Short with any questions or if you would like to be on the cookbook committee.


February 19 at Piopolis Hall

5:00-7:00 p.m.

Social Committee

February 26 at Dahlgren Hall

5:00-7:00 p.m.

Knights of Columbus #8745

March 5 at Piopolis Hall

5:00-7:00 p.m.

Social Committee

March 26 at Piopolis Hall

5:00-7:00 p.m.

Knights of Columbus #7118

CSMA GOAL $11,858

Our Parish has pledged $4,161.Please help us meet our goal!


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  • Living Faith Books (January - March 2021)

  • Funeral Home 2021 Calendars


The family of Robert Wellen would like to thank Father Ptak and everyone at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church that helped and made the funeral Mass possible. Thank you for all of your acts of kindness extended to us.

Pauline, Ron, & Family


Cards located as you exit church. There are lots of ways to help: Remember his birthday, become a prayer warrior, send a care package, or send notes of encouragement to name a few.

Envelopes located in your envelope packet or as you exit church.

Lets return this weekend to one minute answers to questions about the Catholic Faith. This time we will focus on a question: is suicide an automatic ticket to hell? While many people think that is what the Catholic Church teaches, that is not the case at all.We need to say that suicide is wrong. It is against God's will. First The Catechism of the Catholic Church in paragraph 2280 says that "We are stewards, not owners, of the life God has entrusted to us. It is not ours to dispose of". Further, it says that "Suicide is contrary to love for the living God" (paragraph 2281). We must recognize that someone who commits suicide is not in their right mind. So the Catechism says: "Grave psychological disturbances, anguish, or grave fear of hardship, suffering, or torture can diminish the responsibility of the one committing suicide". So what about the automatic ticket to hell? Not so much. The Catechism in paragraph 2283 teaches us that "We should not despair of the eternal salvation of persons who have taken their own lives. By ways known to him alone, God can provide the opportunity for salutary repentance. The Church prays for persons who have taken their own lives". Let us remember in our prayers those who passed away taking their own lives and more importantly let's take care about each other and ourselves so we can prevent those tragic events. Fr. Slawomir Ptak


It is important to call or email office to reserve a day to attend mass, before 2:00 p.m. Friday. 618-648-2490 OR If you leave a message, please leave your name, number, and day you want to attend.

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Illinois Phase 4 Regarding Mass & Social Gatherings Outside of Worship

Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan and is no longer under the resurgence mitigation tiers. Currently, under Phase 4 the following applies regarding Mass and social gatherings outside of worship:

1. The celebration of daily or Sunday Masses still follows the metric of 20% of capacity or 100 people, whichever is less, and follows the established diocesan COVID-19 safety guidelines—social distancing, wearing masks, sanitizing, disinfecting, etc.

2. Weddings and funerals in the context of Mass also still follow the metric of 20% of capacity or 100 people, whichever is less, and follows established diocesan COVID-19 safety guidelines. No congregating indoors. No more than 50 should congregate outdoors and they should social distance and wear masks, even outdoors.

3. The gathering limit of funeral vigils or wakes at the church is now 50 or less. However, everyone must wear masks and those not living together should maintain social distance.

4. Regions in Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan allows a gathering limit of 50 or fewer. Those gathered must social distance and wear masks. You will need to determine how many your parish hall can accommodate with everyone social distancing at 6 ft. apart in all directions. If you can accommodate 50 social distanced, then 50 could gather in the hall. Disinfect after events. With Mass or any event being held, we ask that people remain home if they feel ill, have symptoms or a temperature, etc.

5. The limit of 50 guests applies to social gatherings at the parish--organizational meetings, receptions, funeral brunches, bingo, dinners, etc. Follow safety guidelines—wear masks, social distance, disinfect, etc. If food and beverages are served, do not offer buffet-style or potluck meals or food prepared in the homes of others, unless the person making the food items has a food safety certification from IDPH. Items should be catered or provided in single-serve or disposable containers. Items should not be left out in the open uncovered with multiple people accessing them such as bowls of snacks, food trays, etc. Those not living together should be seated six feet or more apart. Staff or volunteers serving food should wash hands frequently and wear disposable gloves and face coverings.

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