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The Ascension of the Lord / Seventh Sunday of Easter Bulletin - May 29, 2022


SATURDAY, MAY 28 @ 5:00 P.M.

Mass Intentions for Seventh Week of Easter

Tuesday, May 31 at 6:00 p.m.

†Robert Aydt

Wednesday, June 1 at 8:00 a.m.

Intention from Catholic Extension Donors

Friday, June 3 at 8:00 a.m. ~ Holy Hour Following

††Xavier, Frances, Sarah, & Connor Roesch

Mass Intentions for Pentecost Sunday

Sunday, June 5 at 8:30 a.m.

††Francis & Eileen Hopfinger

†Irene Kreher

For Leo & Patsy Ayd & Family on their 65th Wedding Anniversary

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 Week of May 30

Tuesday through Friday

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

12:30 - 2:00 p.m.

Visit Parish Website For

Bulletins: New & Old


Photo Gallery

Monthly Ministry List

Collection April May 21-22

Envelopes (53) $1,788

Loose $ 13

Youth (3) $ 3

SJN Hall (1) $ 25

CSMA (1) $ 200

Seminarian Education (1) $ 840

SJN Building (1) $ 50

One Strong (1) $ 20

SJB Cemetery (1) $ 10

Total $2,949

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.


  • 29: Baptism Anniston daughter of Adam & Alexa (Short) Rubenacker

  • 31: Last day to turn in Scholarship Applications.


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

  • 4: Fr. Ptak will be gone to Belleville-Ordination 10:00 a.m.

  • 4: One Strong Youth Tag Sale 7:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. in Parish Hall.

  • 5: One Strong Youth Tag Sale 9:30 a.m.-Noon in Parish Hall.

  • 17: One Strong Youth Trivia Night Fundraiser 7:00 p.m. St. Patrick Enfield.

  • 18: One Strong Youth Car Wash - Chapman Insurance in McLeansboro.

  • 25: St. John the Baptist Feast Day Celebration & Scholarship Presentation.


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

  • 12-15: Vacation Bible School 5:30-7:30 p.m.

  • 17: Dahlgren KC# 8745 Washer Tournament 1:00 p.m.

  • 22-24: Piopolis Co-Ed Softball Tournament - Concession by One Strong Youth

  • 23-24: Blessing of Vehicles after each Mass.

  • 30: One Strong Youth Fundraiser Chicken & Beer Dance



Last day to turn in scholarship application is May 31.

Scholarship Application
Download DOCX • 24KB

Scholarship Guidelines Freshman - Junior
Download DOCX • 25KB


Larry Hunt

Marie Hopkins

James Frey

Bob Wilson

Kent Karcher

Paul & Helen Wellen

Mary Karcher

Deacon Alfred 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.

July 12 - 15

5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

For incoming Pre-K thru 6th Graders

If your child plans to attend or would like to volunteer, there is a signup sheet located at each door of church, or you can contact

Cara Bowling 618-308-2166

Lynn Smith 618-839-8201

Office 618-648-2490


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

2022 CSMA GOAL $10,630

Pledge-to-Date $2,076

On Memorial Day, May 30, let us take a moment to honor those who gave their lives for our country. Our warmest wishes on Memorial Day, 2022 and deepest gratitude for the ultimate sacrifice of our fallen heroes.

Bishop McGovern & Agencies & Ministries Supported by CSMA

Thank You & God Bless!


  • Weekly bulletins

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

What is Synodality?

Throughout this process, we hear the words: Synod, Synodality, and Synodal process. What do these words mean? Do they mean the same thing? A helpful short definition of the Synod of Bishops is a gathering of bishops that 1. Fosters closer unity between the bishops and Pope 2. Provides counsel to the Pope on matters of faith and morals, and discipline of the Church 3. Studies questions concerning the Church in the world. For more information go to

Synod – What is it?

Synod is a Greek word (synodos) meaning a meeting or assembly. The two Greek words that make up Synod are syn meaning together and hodos meaning way or journey. The entire Catholic Church is called to participate in the upcoming Synod of Bishops! The upcoming Synod is entitled: “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission.” You can participate in the Synod process, simply by answering few questions from Pope Francis.

Synod – Topics/Questions

Here are the questions: A Synodal Church, in announcing the Gospel, “journeys together.” How is this “journeying together” happening in your parish today? How is the Holy Spirit inviting your parish community to grow in “journeying together”? Jesus Christ – What is there about Jesus that draws me to him? What is there about Jesus that makes an impression on me? What is there about Jesus that I would like to share with my family, my neighbors, and the wider community? The Church – What is there about the Church that draws me closer to the Lord and to other people? In the coming years, what are my hopes for the Church that will help to draw me closer to Christ? Reflect and Pray on these important topics/questions to ready yourself. When you are ready to reflect please go to and fill out online form. Your responses will be added to our Diocesan report that will be submitted to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in June 2022. The deadline to complete this survey is Sunday, May 29, 2022.


The messenger also posted various Catholic agencies collecting, too.

See below for complete list.


Administrative Assistant and Housekeeper to Bishop Emeritus Edward K. Braxton

Click below to view more details. Deadline June 5

Administrative Assistant and Housekeeper
Download PDF • 115KB

Part-Time Diocese Position Hincke Home for Retired Priest

Work 5:00-10:00 pm & every other weekend to help cooks clean up after dinner; make rounds inside the building making sure all outside doors are locked; assist the Priests if needed. Apply or more info call Joline 618-234-5722.

Administrative Assistant for the Tribunal

Click below for more details. Deadline June 13

Administrative Assistant_Tribunal
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Administrative Assistant for the Office of Worship

Click below for more details. Deadline June 13

Administrative Assistant_Worship 2022
Download PDF • 148KB

Advertising and Marketing Representative for The Messenger

Click below for more details. Deadline June 13

Advertising and Marketing Representative
Download PDF • 147KB



Saturday, June 4 at 10:00 a.m. ~ Cathedral of St. Peter

Bishop Michael McGovern has called The Reverend Mr. Thomas Richard Lugge to be ordained to the Priesthood of Jesus Christ. All parishioners are invited and encouraged to attend. In the days ahead, please pray for Deacon Lugge, by the Grace of God and the Power of the Holy Spirit. Please also continue to pray that young men and women from our parishes will hear and answer God’s call to vocations to the Priesthood and Religious life.


This weekend we take up the collection for the CCC. Your support helps engage and build Catholic communities in the U.S. and developing countries using the internet, television, radio, and print media. Half of the money collected remains in our Diocese to fund local communications efforts. Your support helps spread the Gospel message! To learn more click on flyer below or go to

Catholic Cammunicaton Campaign Flyer
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Scripture tells us that, following the Annunciation, Mary set out in haste to visit her cousin Elizabeth who is pregnant (LK 1:39).Despite being pregnant herself, Mary undertakes the long and likely difficult journey to be at Elizabeth’s side. The Blessed Mother’s example demonstrates supporting and accompanying mothers, especially those who may be experiencing challenging or difficult circumstances. Let us follow Mary’s example through generous stewardship of the gifts God has entrusted to us of prayer, time, talent, and treasure to help meet the needs of mothers.


Heavenly Father, you are the source of life and the seat of all wisdom. You call us to grow in knowledge, to serve with compassion, and to thrive in community. Our schools, all schools, are formed for this. Once again and still, a school has been rocked by gun violence. A place of learning was transformed into a place of violence. Innocent children lost their lives. Dedicated teachers lost their lives. Welcome them into your loving embrace. Show your justice and mercy to the gunman. Give solace to the parents and community of Uvalde. Give comfort to all those who have witnessed tragedy and are trying to comprehend this senseless act. Give courage to lawmakers to enact laws that finally and truly control guns. Give boldness to citizens to demand action from their elected officials. Bless us with your protection, for we are all your children. May we live in peace. May we learn in safety and may we strive to bring the peace of Christ to our troubled world.

Grant this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

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