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Third Sunday of Advent Bulletin ~ December 16-17, 2023

Mass Intentions for the Third Week of Advent

Tuesday, December 19 at 6:00 p.m.

No Mass

Christmas Penance Service - Second Priest

Wednesday, December 20 at 8:00 a.m.

†Larry Aydt

Thursday, December 21 at 8:00 a.m.

†Tillie Miller

††Pat & Theresa Collins Family

Mass Intentions for the Fourth Sunday of Advent

Saturday, December 23 at 5:00 p.m.

†Joyce Schilly

†Leo Joseph Aydt

†† Donald & Viola Grubb

Sunday, December 24 at 8:30 a.m.

†Harold Trausch

†Robert Wellen

Masses for The Nativity of the Lord 2023

Christmas Vigil - Sunday, December 24 at 4:00 p.m.

††Scott & Jolene Schuster

††Carl, Maxene, & Pete Halley

†Ralph Loehr

Christmas Day - Monday, December 25 at 9:00 a.m.

†Tim Thomas

††Francis & Eileen Hopfinger

†Richard Anselment

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 ~ December 18-20

Monday ~ 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Tuesday & Wednesday ~ 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

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

Office closed starting December 21 and will reopen on January 2

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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.


  • 17: PSR Sunday - All kids will sit up front with thier teacher.

  • 17: PSR Christmas Program after Mass

  • 17: One Strong Youth Breakfast with Santa Visit 9:30 a.m.

  • 17: PSR Classes 10:30 a.m.

  • 17: NO Bible Study

  • 18: Christmas Memorials for Needy in the Parish due to the office.

  • 18: Fr. Ptak helping with Confession at St. Mary, Mt. Carmel 7:00 p.m. & St. Sebastian, St. Sebastian 6:00 p.m.

  • 19: Ladies Quilting 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. City Hall.

  • 21: Office closed December 21 and will reopen on January 2, 2024

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

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

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

  • 23-24 & 30-31 Two Week Bulletin. Please have announcements to office by DeC. 20.

  • 24: NO PSR Classes or Bible Study

  • 26: Ladies Quilting 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. City Hall.

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

  • 31: NO PSR Classes or Bible Study


  • 1: New Year's Day Mass 6:00 p.m. Not a Holy Day of Obligation this year.

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

  • 5:  Appreciation Spaghetti Dinner and Memories from Rome/Pilgrimage 5:00 p.m.


Starting at 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 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

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 & 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


Individuals and couples age 70½ and older can use a qualified charitable distribution (QCD) to reduce income taxes when withdrawing funds from an IRA. The QCD allows a donor to instruct their IRA administrator to send any amount up to $100,000 per year directly to a charity including churches. The IRA contribution goes directly to the charity so the donor does not owe income taxes on the QCD, unlike normal distributions that become part of a taxpayer’s gross income. A qualified charitable distribution counts toward satisfying your annual required minimum distribution. QCD’s to this parish, may be directed to: St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 7598 Piopolis Road, McLeansboro IL 62859. If you wish to more specifically direct the contribution, also include the fund name, such as General, Building, Cemetery, One Strong, PSR, etc. Contact your IRA administrator or your tax professional for more information.


Food Collection for Ruby's Hands of Hope Food Pantry

at Turning Point Church in McLeansboro

There has been an increase in more people needing to use this food pantry to help support their family. Any items are greatly appreciated. Please remember that what you donate, it can make a meal for a family. Donation tubs are located at the back of church or can be dropped off in the hall.

Catholic Relief Services - Gift of Hope Tree

At the back of church during Advent, there is a tree with tags. All tag items are actual goods and services CRS supports in poor communities around the world. The gifts described on the tags are symbolic of the good your donation will do for children, women, and men in 100 countries. Here's how it works...take a tag from the tree and either go online to make your donation or place your tag along with a check made to Catholic Relief Services in an envelope (marked CRS) and drop in the collection box.

The 2023 Catholic Service & Ministry Appeal

Financial Target $9,444 ~ Pledged to Date $4,091

The CSMA Fund for provides funding to parishes, schools and organizations throughout our diocese for local projects. Help this popular program which funds local projects continue through your gift to this year’s CSMA. Please help our Parish meet our goal.

St. Anne Cradle of Hope

Located in Carbondale.  It is newly opened (April 2023) center for pregnant women, new mothers and families in need.  This place provides baby supplies, diapers, wipes, formula, bathing items, and clothing.  Donation are tax deductable and can be made payable to St. Anne Cradle of Hope and mailed to Molly King, Respect Life Apostolate 222 South Third Street, Belleville, IL 62220.


The U.S. House introduced an appropriations bill that would reduce foreign aid in the fiscal year 2024 federal budget by $7 billion. At a time when global hunger and poverty are on the rise, these cuts would have devastating consequences for millions of people around the world. Foreign assistance accounts for less than 1% of the U.S. budget. You can make a difference to ensure this critical aid isn’t reduced further!  It takes less than 1 minute! Visit to send your urgent email. 


Parishes and agencies throughout the diocese will request monies from this collection during 2024 to assist those who are in need with food, clothing, shelter, utility payments, healthcare, medications, funeral and burial expenses, transportation and emergency assistance of all types.  Please consider giving as you are able, thank you so much.  Collection envelopes are located in your packets.  Click below to read a letter from Bishop McGovern about this collection.

Bishop Christmas Needy Collection Letter
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