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First Sunday of Lent Bulletin ~ February 26, 2023


FEBRUARY 26 @ 8:30 A.M.

Mass Intentions for the First Week of Lent

Tuesday, February 28 at 6:00 p.m.

†Karl Mezo

††Deceased Family of Emily & A.J. Lueke

Wednesday, March 1 at 8:00 a.m.

†Tim Thomas

Birthday Blessings for Stanley Ptak

First Friday, March 3 at 8:00 a.m.

Living & Deceased Al Aloysius & Emma Karcher

†Lorrie Pawlowski

Mass Intentions for the Second Sunday of Lent

Saturday, March 4 at 5:00 p.m.

†Carl & Lillian Kaufman

†Deceased Charles Aydt & Samuel E. Coy Families

Sunday, March 5 at 8:30 a.m.

All Parish Family

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 February 27-March 3

Monday ~ Closed

Tuesday through Friday ~ 8:00 - 2:00 p.m.

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

Visit Parish Website For

Bulletins: New & Old


Photo Gallery

Monthly Ministry List

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 offering in collection box or in the mailbox by Parish office front door.

Watch bulletin for more details.


  • 26: Stations of the Cross 8:00 a.m.

  • 26: PSR Classes and Adult Bible Study 9:30 a.m.

  • 28: Ladies Quilting 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. McLeansboro hall.

  • 28: NO Building & Grounds Meeting - Rescheduled to March 14


  • 1:Stations of the Cross 8:30 a.m.

  • 2: NA Meeting 7:00 p.m. McLeansboro Hall

  • 3: Visit for Sacrament of Penance & Eucharist for sick and homebound. Contact office for an appointment.

  • 3: Social Committee Fish Fry 5:00-7:00 p.m. Piopolis Hall

  • 3: AA Meeting 7:00 p.m. McLeansboro Hall

  • 4-5 & 11-12: Two Week Bulletin. Please have bulletin announcements to office by 10:00 a.m. on March 2.

  • 5: Stations of the Cross 8:00 a.m.

  • 5: PSR Classes and Adult Bible Study 9:30 a.m.

  • 5: St. Elizabeth's Altar Sodality Meeting 9:30 a.m.

  • 6-10: Office Closed

  • 6: Holy Name Meeting 7:00 p.m.

  • 7: Ladies Quilting 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. McLeansboro hall.

  • 8: Stations of Cross 8:30 a.m.

  • 8: East Vicariate Priest/Deacon Meeting Noon Holy Cross, Wendelin

  • 9: NA Meeting 7:00 p.m. McLeansboro Hall


Starting at 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the McLeansboro hall. Everyone is welcomed and if you don't know how to quilt, this is a great way to learn. For more information contact Phyllis Wuebbels 618-895-4895 or Sharon Bigley 618-736-2964.


Marie Hopkins

James Frey

Bob Wilson

Kent Karcher

Paul & Helen Wellen

Mary Karcher

Deacon Alfred Karcher

Leo Aydt

Paula Campbell

Clem Aydt

Tillie Kaufman

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.


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


This weekend our parish will take up the 139th annual National Black and Indian Mission Collection. Our support of this collection helps build the Church in African American, Native American, and Alaska Native communities from coast to coast. Schools, parish religious education programs, and diocesan ministries depend on your generosity to help them spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ! Please be generous. Envelopes are located in your envelope packet.


  • Weekly bulletins

  • Living Faith Books (January-March) & Books are located at each door in church.


Narcotic Anonymous Meetings

Every Thursday Night

7:00 p.m.

Alcohol Anonymous Meeting

Every Friday Night

7:00 p.m.

For more information contact Jim Bell 618-387-1077


Come grow, come explore a really bright sign of hope: It is the most in-depth and faithful array of true formation workshops ever created. Throughout the workshop, your active engagement will be requested; the workshops are not designed for passive viewing only. With a focus upon your mission to join the saints in glory, over 200 workshops in English and in Spanish are available right now, and every month new workshops are added. Click the link below for step by step instruction to register you and everyone else in your family. If you have questions, you can contact Andrea Short or parish office.

FaH User Registration Instructions
Download PDF • 650KB


As we begin our Lenten journey, reflect on how your prayers, fasting and almsgiving can guide you. As Pope Francis explains, these are "elements which, when lived sincerely, can transform life and provide a sure foundation for dignity and fraternity." How can practicing the Lenten pillars transform your life and the lives of our sisters and brothers around the world? Visit to learn more.

Don't forget to get your Rice Bowl as you leave church this weekend.


CRS Rice Bowl

For more information go to or click on file below.

Rice Bowl
Download PDF • 90KB

Food Pantry Collection

Collection tubs located at back of church and downstairs in the hall, during Lent.

All items will be delivered to Turning Point Food Pantry.

Cross Catholic Outreach Wells of Salvation

This is a new program to our Parish. Pray, fast and give to build 69 clean water wells for communities in Ghana, Malawi, and Zambia. To learn more go to or click on file below.

Wells of Salvation
Download PDF • 338KB


Your CSMA donation helps fund these ministries and programs throughout the Diocese:

Bishop McGovern's Outreach

Catholic Urban Programs

CSMA Fund for Ministry

Daystar Community Program

Faith Formation and Youth Ministry

Griffin Center

Hispanic Ministry

Newman Catholic Student Center

Office of Education

Office of Grants/Communications

Office of Worship

Prison Ministry

Respect Life Ministry

Seminarians/Vocation Office

Sister Thea Bowman Catholic School

Society of St. Vincent de Paul

The Messenger


Diocese of Belleville CRS is Hosting

A Pilgrimage of Peace to the Holy Land

December 2-13, 2024

Pilgrimage includes visits to Nazareth, Cana, Sea of Galilee, Mt. Tabor, Mt. of Beatitudes, Jericho, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, CRS Projects in the area, and more! For more information or to sign-up contact Cheryl Sommer at 618-624-2838 or email to


Life gets very busy sometimes. There is school and work, sports and lessons. Families might sometimes find themselves with very little time together at home, and many of us are continually on the go, even on weekends. It's important to remember, though, that God gave us Sunday as a day of rest. He did this because rest is good for us. We are not made to be perpetually busy, and we can feel lost or distracted when we don't have enough time for peace and rest. One of the ways we can grow in love for God is by spending quiet time with him in prayer. The Bible says many times that Jesus went off by himself to pray to God. Some of the other ways we grow in love on the day of rest is by spending time together as a family, having fun and just enjoying one another's company. Make some time for quiet togetherness today. Turn off the TV, phones and computers for at least 30 minutes, and enjoy a meal, a game or just conversation with one another. Fr. Slawomir Ptak

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