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The Ascension of the Lord - May 16, 2021


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Masses for the Seventh Week of Easter

Tuesday, May 18 at 6:00 p.m.

††Ben & Lona Frey

For God's Blessings & Healings for Allie Brown

Wednesday, May 19 at 8:00 a.m.

†Carol Edwards

Thursday, May 20 at 8:00 a.m.

†Doris Smith

†Fr. Robert Dienerk

Masses for Pentecost Sunday

Saturday, May 22 at 5:00 p.m.

All Parish Family

Sunday, May 23 at 8:30 a.m.

††Francis & Eileen Hopfinger

†Joseph Mayberry Sr.

†Robert Wellen

We are still accepting Mass Intentions

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 thru Friday 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

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

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Collection May 8-9

Envelopes (45) $2,519

Loose $ 4

Needy in Parish (2) $ 75

CSMA (2) $ 225

Guatemala Mission (2) $ 75

Home Mission (8) $ 80

Cemetery (21) $ 830

In Memory of Joseph Mayberry

Sr. for Altar Renovations $5,400

Total $9,208

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!


Glorious Patriarch Saint Joseph, whose power makes the impossible possible, come to my aid in these times of anguish and difficulty. Take under your protection the serious and troubling situations that I commend to you, that they may have a happy outcome (here make your request). My beloved father, all my trust is in you. Let it not be said that I invoked you in vain, and since you can do everything with Jesus and Mary, show me that your goodness is as great as your power. Amen.

This prayer, from the 19th-century French prayer book, has been recited by Pope Francis every day for more than 40 years (cf. Patris Corde, †10).


Beautiful Weather is here!!! Do you need help around your House? One Strong can help with anything!!! Cleaning out flower beds or gutters, power washing your house or washing windows, cleaning out garages or barns, painting or pruning. Whatever you need help with just let us know. Contact Michele Lueke or Robbilyn Taylor, to get your name on our schedule.


Edith Haas, Larry Hunt, Marie Hopkins, Bill Lueke, James Frey, Bob Wilson, Kent Karcher, Larry Nice, Paul & Helen Wellen, and Mary 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.


Sunday, May 16 at 6:00 p.m. at McLeansboro First General Baptist on 1007 S Jackson Street.


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


Looking for someone to clean the hall at St. John the Baptist, Piopolis. If interested please contact the office.


Cookbook Recipes still needed.

Several ways to submit recipe(s):

· place in envelope in the back of church or tote outside the office door.

· uploaded to Login info - username: sjbrecipes21 password: pepper241

Last day to submit recipes for the cookbook will be April 11.

Questions or help contact Andrea Short or Bethany Wellen.

Next meeting will be Sunday, May 16 at 9:30 a.m. There will be election of new officers.

2021 CSMA GOAL $11,570

Pledged $5,040

“With confidence in the Lord, I am turning to you today asking for your support of this year’s Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal. My hope is that your generous response will help our ministries grow and the compassion of Jesus will be experienced more profoundly in our communities.” Bishop Michael McGovern Please consider making your gift today!


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Cards located as you exit church. There are lots of ways to help: Remember his birthday, become a prayer warrior, send a care package, or send notes of encouragement to name a few.


Thank you to everyone who donated food or monetary donations to the food pantry at Turning Point Church. We were able to fill two shopping heaping full. We will start collection again the weekend of August 14-15, The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Our goal is collect pantry donations four times per year.

John told them, "If you have two coats, give one to someone who doesn't have any. If you have food, share it with someone else." Luke 3:11


As you make plans for summer vacation, remember your marriage NEVER takes a vacation. Help your marriage sacrament stay refreshed and full of energy by getting it recharged at a virtual WWME.

Upcoming Experiences include:

May 6 - June 17, 2021 (Thursday Evenings) - ENGLISH

More information: Jim & Kris McCulloch at 630-577-0778 or to apply go to

May 28 - May 30, 2021 - SPANISH

More information: Oscar y Flor Escobar at 778-834-5974 or or contact Tito y Silvya Zapata at 604-306-0474 or


This weekend our special collection supports the CCC. This campaign connects people with Christ and builds Catholic communities in the U.S. and developing countries using the internet, television, radio, and print media. Half of the money collection remains here in the Belleville Diocese to fund local communications efforts. Your support helps spread the Gospel message! To learn more, visit, read the letter from Bishop McGovern and flyer below. Your donation big or small is greatly appreciated!

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Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The month of May is here, a time when the People of God express with particular intensity their love and devotion for the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is traditional in this month to pray the Rosary at home within the family. The restrictions of the pandemic have made us come to appreciate all the more this “family” aspect, also from a spiritual point of view.

For this reason, I want to encourage everyone to rediscover the beauty of praying the Rosary at home in the month of May. This can be done either as a group or individually; you can decide according to your own situations, making the most of both opportunities. The key to doing this is always simplicity, and it is easy also on the internet to find good models of prayers to follow.

I am also providing two prayers (see at the end of the letter) to Our Lady that you can recite at the end of the Rosary, and that I myself will pray in the month of May, in spiritual union with all of you. I include them with this letter so that they are available to everyone.

Dear brothers and sisters, contemplating the face of Christ with the heart of Mary our Mother will make us even more united as a spiritual family and will help us overcome this time of trial. I keep all of you in my prayers, especially those suffering most greatly, and I ask you, please, to pray for me. I thank you, and with great affection I send you my blessing.

Pope Francis

First Prayer to Our Lady O Mary, You shine continuously on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope. We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who, at the foot of the cross, were united with Jesus’ suffering, and persevered in your faith. “Protectress of the Roman people”, you know our needs, and we know that you will provide, so that, as at Cana in Galilee, joy and celebration may return after this time of trial. Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform ourselves to the will of the Father and to do what Jesus tells us. For he took upon himself our suffering, and burdened himself with our sorrows to bring us, through the cross, to the joy of the Resurrection. Amen. We fly to your protection, O Holy Mother of God; Do not despise our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us always from every danger, O Glorious and Blessed Virgin.

We fly to your protection, O Holy Mother of God”. In the present tragic situation, when the whole world is prey to suffering and anxiety, we fly to you, Mother of God and our Mother, and seek refuge under your protection. Virgin Mary, turn your merciful eyes towards us amid this coronavirus pandemic. Comfort those who are distraught and mourn their loved ones who have died, and at times are buried in a way that grieves them deeply. Be close to those who are concerned for their loved ones who are sick and who, in order to prevent the spread of the disease, cannot be close to them. Fill with hope those who are troubled by the uncertainty of the future and the consequences for the economy and employment. Mother of God and our Mother, pray for us to God, the Father of mercies, that this great suffering may end and that hope and peace may dawn anew. Plead with your divine Son, as you did at Cana, so that the families of the sick and the victims be comforted, and their hearts be opened to confidence and trust. Protect those doctors, nurses, health workers and volunteers who are on the frontline of this emergency, and are risking their lives to save others. Support their heroic effort and grant them strength, generosity and continued health. Be close to those who assist the sick night and day, and to priests who, in their pastoral concern and fidelity to the Gospel, are trying to help and support everyone. Blessed Virgin, illumine the minds of men and women engaged in scientific research, that they may find effective solutions to overcome this virus. Support national leaders, that with wisdom, solicitude and generosity they may come to the aid of those lacking the basic necessities of life and may devise social and economic solutions inspired by farsightedness and solidarity. Mary Most Holy, stir our consciences, so that the enormous funds invested in developing and stockpiling arms will instead be spent on promoting effective research on how to prevent similar tragedies from occurring in the future. Beloved Mother, help us realize that we are all members of one great family and to recognize the bond that unites us, so that, in a spirit of fraternity and solidarity, we can help to alleviate countless situations of poverty and need. Make us strong in faith, persevering in service, constant in prayer. Mary, Consolation of the afflicted, embrace all your children in distress and pray that God will stretch out his all-powerful hand and free us from this terrible pandemic, so that life can serenely resume its normal course. To you, who shine on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope, do we entrust ourselves, O Clement, O Loving, O Sweet Virgin Mary. Amen.


It is important to call or email office to reserve a day to attend mass, before 2:00 p.m. Friday. 618-648-2490 OR If you leave a message, please leave your name, number, and day you want to attend.

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Mass Ushers would like to thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we continue to have Mass under mandatory COVID-19 guidelines from the Diocese of Belleville. With religion classes running, Sunday Mass is often beyond capacity while Saturday Mass seems to have more vacancies. We do not want to have to turn attendees away, so please call the parish office to cancel your Mass reservation if you cannot attend, before 2:00 p.m. on Friday. Or you may call or text Andrea Short 618-214-1275 or Robbilyn Taylor 618-267-1398, to cancel your reservation only. To help us ensure that we utilize all available Church capacity, please arrive 5 minutes prior to Mass start time to ensure your reserved seat.


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