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The Ascension of the Lord Bulletin - May 24, 2020

Masses for Seventh Week of Easter to be said Privately

Tuesday - Thursday ~ All Parish Family

Mass for Pentecost Sunday to be said Privately

Sunday ~ All Parish Family

The Ascension of the Lord

New updates about COVID-19 and

Reopening of Parish on website under news.

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, Wednesday, & Friday

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 (22) $1,260

Youth & Children (1) $ 1

Easter (2) $ 30

CMSA (1) $ 40

Communications (1) $ 10

Guatemala Mission (2) $ 30

Seminarian Education (7) $ 180

Cemetery (4) $ 130

Total $1,681

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!

From the May Liturgical Calendar


Slawomir Ptak

17th Anniversary

May 24


Archie Bowers

7th Anniversary

May 25

Please Pray For The Sick And Homebound

Edith Haas, Larry Hunt, Marie Hopkins, Bill Lueke, James Frey, Bob Wilson, Vickie Rapp Grant, Dean Rubenacker, Kent Karcher, Larry Nice, & Paul & Helen Wellen

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

But Moses answered the people, “Fear not! Stand your ground, and you will see the victory the Lord will win for you today. These Egyptians whom you see today you will never see again. The Lord himself will fight for you; you only have to keep still.

Exodus 14:13-14

A prayer of Moses, the man of God. O Lord, you have been our refuge through all generations.

Psalm 90:1


July 22 at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Belleville at 2:00 p.m.

Due to concern for the health and safety of the public in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, attendance at the ordination liturgy will be limited and social distancing protocols will be in place. The Diocese of Belleville is exploring options for broadcasting the liturgy. This will allow the faithful to prayerfully participate in the ordination in their homes.

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.

Electric Organ

There is a free electric organ with stand in the basement, for anyone who would like to have it.

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

Deacon Notes:

Today in Acts, Luke has gone to the painstaking lengths to separate fact from fiction in preserving the historical memory of the earliest Christians. It started with His Gospel, and continues through Acts. The Spirit directs the mission of the Church and is the driving force behind the many proofs of the Risen Christ. 1) The Resurrection, the tomb was empty. 2) He presented Himself to his disciples many times. 3) He invited eye witnesses to touch His Risen Body. 4) He showed Himself Risen to 500 people. The Ascension of Jesus culminates with His heavenly enthronement at the right hand of The Father. "In the same way" The departure of Jesus is the pattern and pledge of His future return. The Church's earliest Creed affirm that Christ will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead. Amen, will you be ready?

Good day and God Bless, Deacon Archie

Pastor's Notes:

This weekend I would like to share with you the reflection of doubt and faith by Irma Zaleski.

"O you of little faith, why did you doubt?" ~ Matthew 14:31

Doubt is unavoidable in the life of faith. Without ever questioning or doubting what we know (or think we know) about the teaching of our spiritual tradition, our faith could never grow. We could not clear away the layers of misconception and superficiality that our spiritual laziness, our sloth, has wrapped around the mystery of our salvation. Doubt is the price we pay for having a mind, for being made free. For the essence of our faith in Christ lies not in understanding who he is so clearly, so completely, that we are compelled to believe in him: that it becomes impossible for us not to believe. The essence of faith is that it is free, that we choose to believe and trust him whom we cannot understand but whom we have encountered and love. We search for Christ, we long to find him, we enter into a relationship with him because, and only because, in him we encounter and recognize God.

What doubts most hinder my choice to entrust myself to Christ in a relationship?

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