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Pentecost Sunday ~ May 18-19, 2024

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.


Masses will be at the Chapel of St. John Nepomucene, until church renovations are completed.

Mass Intentions for the Seventh Week of Easter

Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday ~ Elsewhere

Mass Intentions for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

Saturday, May 25 at 5:00 p.m.

†Marisa Floyd

††Lee & Charlene Rubenacker

††Cletus, Eunice, & Aaron Karcher

Sunday, May 26 at 8:30 a.m.

All Parish Family

Office Hours ~ May 20-24

Monday ~ Closed

Tuesday - Thursday ~ 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Friday ~ 8:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

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

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. Please mail, drop-off your offering in collection box or in the mailbox by Parish office front door.

Watch bulletin for more details.

Fr. Ptak will be gone on vacation May 6-29.

In case of an emergency, please contact neighboring parish.


  • 21: Ladies Quilting 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. City Hall/Market Street

  • 23: AA/NA Meeting 7:00 p.m. City Hall/Market Street

  • 28: Ladies Quilting 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. City Hall/Market Street

  • 30: AA/NA Meeting 7:00 p.m. City Hall/Market Street


  • 3: Fr. Slawomir Ptak Presbyteral Council Meeting 1:00 p.m. - Belleville

  • 4: Ladies Quilting 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. City Hall/Market Street

  • 6: AA/NA Meeting 7:00 p.m. City Hall/Market Street

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

  • 11: Ladies Quilting 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. City Hall/Market Street

  • 12: East Vicariate Priest & Deacon Meeting at St. John the Baptist, Piopolis 11:00 a.m.

  • 12: Parish Council Meeting 6:30 p.m.

  • 13: AA/NA Meeting 7:00 p.m. City Hall/Market Street

  • 18: Ladies Quilting 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. City Hall/Market Street

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

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


Starting at 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the City Hall, 601 E Market Street, McLeansboro, IL. 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

Helen Wellen

Mary Karcher

Deacon Alfred Karcher

Clem Aydt

Tillie Kaufman

Greg 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.


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


  • Weekly bulletins

  • Living Faith Books & are located at each door in church.


Alcohol & Narcotic Anonymous Meeting

Every Thursday Night

7:00 p.m.

601 E Market Street ~ McLeansboro, IL

For more information contact Jim Bell 618-387-1077


July 14 at 5:00 p.m.

Cathedral of St. Peter, Belleville


His Excellency, The Most Reverend Edward K. Braxton, Ph.D., S.T.D., Bishop Emeritus of Belleville, invites you to join him for a Mass of Thanksgiving commemorating the 54th Anniversary of his Ordination to the Priesthood the 29th Anniversary of his Consecration to the Episcopacy and the 80th Anniversary of his birth. You are invited to greet the Bishop and enjoy refreshments at a reception immediately after the Mass in the Undercroft of the Cathedral.  RSVP by Friday June 14 to Mary Fleming at or 618-722-5031.


If you child has not completed their wood tile for the Emmaus Days Tile Sculpture, please drop it off at the back of church in the basket or drop it by the office by May 15.


Our pregnancy resource highlight for the week is Pregnancy Care Clinic of Centralia. They offer free pregnancy testing and limited ultrasounds as well as material assistance and parenting classes. They are located at 319 East 7th Street in Centralia.

Open Tuesday & Wednesday 9:00 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Thursday & Friday 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. 


Financial Target $9,606    ~    Pledged to Date $2,165

Did you know your gift to The 2024 CSMA can be made online?  Visit and click on “Giving”.  It’s that simple!  Every donation – large or small – is needed to continue our diocesan ministry to those in need.  We are counting on YOU. 


Federal programs that fund CRS  to teach global farmers skills to adapt to drought and other weather challenges are at risk of being eliminated from the upcoming Farm Bill if provisions of a bill called The American Farmers Feed the World Act are included.  While claiming to allow more commodities to be purchased from U.S. farmers, the high shipping costs in the bill would actually reduce the amount of U.S. farm commodities that could be purchased. Worse yet, millions of people will not be able to provide for themselves and face hunger.   


Text Call Congress to 677-68 to receive a script or call 833-844-6258 with this message: 

This is Name from where you live.  I am a constituent and a Catholic who cares about hungry children and families around the world.  Please protect international food assistance programs in the upcoming Farm Bill, especially the non-emergency development programming in the Food for Peace Title II program, including opposing the inclusion of the American Farmers Feed the World Act.


I was pleased to visit the parish, celebrate the Feast of the Ascension and make an appeal on behalf of Unbound on Mother's Day weekend.   Three persons were sponsored.  Thank you!   These three give thanks to God for having been chosen and will soon send a note of appreciation to their new sponsor-friends.  More sponsors are still needed for the thousands who are on waiting lists at various projects.    Please go to and make a selection.

Fr. George Knab, OMI

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