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Palm Sunday Bulletin ~ April 2, 2023


April 1 @ 5:00 P.M.

Services During Holy Week

Tuesday, April 4 at 11:30 a.m.

Chrism Mass at the Cathedral in Belleville

Holy Thursday, April 6 at 7:00 p.m. - Live Stream

†Tim Thomas

†Doris Smith

Adoration till 10:00 p.m.

Liturgy of Good Friday, April 7 at 7:00 a.m. - Live-Stream

Service only

Holy Saturday/Easter Vigil, April 8 at 8:00 p.m. - Live Stream

††Lee & Charlene Rubenacker

††Scott & Jolene Schuster

Easter Sunday, April 9 at 8:30 a.m.

†Robert Wellen

Living & Deceased Gorge & Edith Haas Family

††Theo & Lena Reyling

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 ~ April 3-7

Monday, Tuesday, & Friday ~ Closed

Wednesday & Thursday ~ 8:00 - 2:00 p.m.

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

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Bulletins: New & Old


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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.


  • 2: Easter Egg Hunt right after Mass for all kids Birth-5th Grade.

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

  • 3: Holy Name Society Meeting 7:00 p.m. Refreshments Russell Allen

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

  • 4: Chrism Mass at Cathedral of St. Peter Belleville 11:30 a.m. Picking up Holy oils.

  • 6: AA/NA Meeting 7:00 p.m. McLeansboro Hall

  • 6: Holy Thursday Mass 7:00 p.m. - Adoration till 10:00 p.m.

  • 7: Good Friday Service 7:00 p.m.

  • 8: Holy Saturday Mass 8:00 p.m.

  • 9: Easter Sunday Mass 8:30 a.m.

  • 9: No PSR or Adult Bible Study Classes

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

  • 13: AA/NA Meeting 7:00 p.m. McLeansboro Hall

  • 14: High School Senior Scholarship Applications due

  • 14: One Strong Youth Trivia Night Fundraiser & Hog Raffle 7:00 p.m. Dahlgren Hall - Sign in & Concessions starts at 6:00 p.m.

  • 15: Piopolis Hall Deep Cleaning 8:00 a.m.

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

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

  • 18: Scholarship Meeting 6:30 p.m.

  • 18: Parish Council Meeting 7:00 p.m.

  • 20: KC #7118 Meeting at Enfield 7:00 p.m.

  • 20: KC #8745 Meeting at Dahlgren 7:00 p.m.

  • 23: PSR Classes 9:30 a.m.

  • 23: No Adult Bible Study

  • 23: High School Senior Scholarship awarded at the end of Mass.

  • 23: High School Senior Recognition Breakfast after Mass.

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

  • 27: AA/NA Meeting 7:00 p.m. McLeansboro Hall

  • 29: Auction of school and rectory items at Dahlgren 9:30 a.m. All proceeds from the auction will go to St. John Nepomucene Cemetery Fund.

  • 30: PSR Classes and Adult Bible Study 9:30 a.m. - Last Day of Classes


April 15 ~ Starting at 8:00 a.m.

We would appreciate everyone's help, men, women, One Strong Youth Group, there is a lot of cleaning that needs to be done in preparation for several upcoming Parish events.


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.


James Frey

Bob Wilson

Kent Karcher

Paul & Helen Wellen

Mary Karcher

Deacon Alfred Karcher

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.


  • Weekly bulletins

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


Alcohol & Narcotic Anonymous Meeting

Every Thursday 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


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


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


As we enter Holy Week, we remember how our Lord suffered and died so that each and every one of us might be saved from sin and have eternal life. Reflect on God's infinite love for you. How have you responded to that love this Lent, and how can you share it with others? Visit to learn more.

Return Rice Bowls by April 16.


Financial Target $10,630 ~ Pledged to Date $4,421

“Each year the faithful of our Belleville Diocese are asked to help the works of Christ continue and grow through their support of The Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal. By making a gift you are helping build up the Body of Christ in our various ministries and providing help for the poor and vulnerable.” -Bishop Michael McGovern


May 5-7 ~ Cape Girardeau, MO

August 4-6 and September 29-October 1 ~ St. Peters, MO

An experience for married couples to rekindle romance, enhance meaningful communication, and deepen and renew commitment. For more information or to apply, go to, or call Terry & Eric Engholm at 314-649-7317.


New Arctic Wings and Shrine Exhibit which is an informative and interactive exhibit that explains how the Shrine came to be and the Oblates behind the inspiration. Exhibit is open Monday through Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (excluding holidays) and is in the Visitors Center. For more information contact 618-397-6700 or email


Pope Francis has asked our parish to support the Pontifical Holy Land Collection which will be held on Good Friday. Your support helps the church minister in parishes, provide Catholic schools and offer religious education to our brothers and sisters in the Holy Land. The collection also helps to preserve the sacred shrines. In times of crisis, the Pontifical Holy Land Collection also provides humanitarian aid to refugees. When you contribute to the collection, you become an instrument of peace and join with Catholics around the world in solidarity with the Church in the Holy Land. Please be generous in the collection and click on letter below to read more from Bishop McGovern about the Good Friday Collection.

Bishop McGovern Good Friday Letter
Download PDF • 34KB


On Palm Sunday, we get a little taste of the Easter joy to come. Jesus rides his donkey into Jerusalem and receives a royal greeting. People wave palm branches in the air and lay them on the road before him. They shout "Hosanna," which is an expression of praise, adoration and joy. Think of how Jesus must have felt when he received this joyful praise from the crowd. He knew the terrible and unjust things lay ahead for him: betrayal, arrest, beatings, torture, humiliation and death. Fitting though it was that the people should praise him and welcome him, it must have been bittersweet for him to receive their adoration. We might not think it is odd that Jesus chose to ride a donkey at this moment. A donkey is what we sometimes call a "beast of burden," an animal used for hard work. On this lowly creature sits the Son of God! Jesus gives dignity to us all by including us in his plans. In what ways can we be "God's donkey" and serve the Son of God this week?

Fr. Slawomir Ptak

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