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Good Shepherd Sunday Bulletin - May 3, 2020

Masses for Fourth Week of Easter to be said Privately

Tuesday - Thursday ~ All Parish Family

Mass for Fifth Sunday of Easter to be said Privately

Sunday ~ 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

Tuesday - Thursday

8:00 am - 12:00 pm

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Visit Parish Website For

Bulletins: New & Old


Photo Gallery

Monthly Ministry List

Sunday Collection

Envelopes (33) $1,425

Youth (1) $ 1

Needy in Parish (1) $ 200

Easter (3) $ 125

Catholic Relief Services $ 5

Good Friday (3) $ 80

Rice Bowls (4) $ 142

Guatemala Mission (2) $ 30

Home Missions Appeal (4) $ 115

Scholarship (1) $ 100

Total $2,223

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 Coronavirus, our Parish still needs to operate. Thank you for being generous, during this difficult time!

Chapel Expenses

(Excludes McLeansboro

Rectory Expenses and Cemeteries)

April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020

Ordinary Expenses St. John Nepomucene Chapel

Utilities $ 5,905

Mowing $ 3,330

Ordinary Repairs + Maintenance $ 2,615

Insurance $ 5,169

Total Ordinary Expenses $17,019

Ordinary Expenses St. Clement of Rome Chapel

Utilities $ 6,218

Mowing $ 2,875

Ordinary Repairs + Maintenance $ 2,791

Insurance $ 5,038

Total Ordinary Expenses $16,922

Extraordinary Expense St. Clement of Rome Chapel

Roof Repairs $14,350

Total Ordinary & Extraordinary Expenses $31,272

Total Expenses for both Chapels $48,291

Please Pray For The Sick And Homebound

Edith Haas, Larry Hunt, Marie Hopkins, Adam Reyling, Anna Sturman, Bill Lueke, James Frey, Bob Wilson, Vickie Rapp Grant, Debbie Wuebbels, Dean Rubenacker, Kent Karcher, & Larry Nice

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.

Chapter & Verse

Setting out from Succoth, they camped at Etham near the edge of the desert. The Lord preceded them, in the daytime by means of a column of cloud to show the way, and at night by means of a column of fire to give them light. Thus they could travel both by day and night.

Exodus 13:20-21

He spread a cloud to cover them and fire to give them light by night.

Psalm 105:39

Let us to pray for our

Bishop-Elect Rev. Michael McGovern

in this time leading up to his ordination as our new Bishop.

O God, shepherd and ruler of all the faithful, look favorably on your servant, whom you have set at the head of your Church of Belleville as her shepherd; grant, we pray, that by word and example he may be of service to those over whom he presides, so that, together with the flock entrusted to his care, he may come to everlasting life. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

There will be printed bulletin in plastic tote by office door for those who would like receive paper copy.

The Messenger - Memorial Day Edition

If anyone has a “heart-warming” story to tell about someone they knew or a relative who died during a war, please let us know. We also print the names of service members who were Killed in Action (WWII onward) in The Messenger. We have a list from years past, but if we have missed anyone, please send that person’s name, rank if it is known, and the war in which they served and died. In addition, we would like to include a list of service people who are presently serving in harm’s way, asking for prayers for their safe return home.

Please submit the information to The Messenger via email by May 6.

Deacon Notes

Today we focus on Act of the apostles; "Peter in the Book of Acts" where Peter has all authority ( the power to give orders, make decisions, and enforce obedience). This prominence of Peter in the Gospels continued into the earliest days of the Church. Here we see Peter exercising a level of authority and leadership that was unmatched in the ministry of any other apostle. The sheer breadth and depth of this evidence is staggering. In passage after passage in the Gospels we see Jesus grooming Peter for a unique mission of leadership and service. In passage after passage in Acts we see Peter engaged in leadership as a spiritual father caring for the family of faith. The testimony of Catholic tradition is thus merely an echo of biblical tradition. No other apostle appears so prominently in NT history. No other apostle receives such honors and is asked to shoulder such responsibilities. Among the apostles, only Simon Peter holds a position of Primacy. Catholic tradition makes mighty claims for Simon Peter, if you read about him in the Gospels and in Acts, this can't be denied even among all Christian groups. Let's all be like Peter, name means "Rock". Amen!

Good day and God Bless, Deacon Archie

From The Pastor

This weekend I would like to share with you the reflection of Marianne Williamson.

"Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good." Romans 12:21

We can't avoid the news, the war, the terror alerts, the fear. We're doing what we can to change the world in our own small way, but new ideas and more compassionate forces seem overwhelmed by their opposites. A few things seem to be getting better, but many things seem to be getting much worse. Just when love seemed to be the hot new topic, hatred sounded its clarion call. And the entire world could no but hear. The most important thing to remember during times of rapid transition is to fix our eyes anew on the things that don't change. Eternal things become our compass during times of rapid transition, binding us emotionally to a steady and firm course. They remind us that we, as children of God, are still at the center of divine purpose in the world. They give us the strength to make positive changes, wisdom to endure negative changes, and the capacity to become people in whose presence the world moves toward healing.

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