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Third Sunday of Ordinary Time Bulletin ~ January 20-21, 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 Intentions for the Third Week in Ordinary Time

Wednesday, January 24 at 6:00 p.m.

†Joyce Schilly

†Paul Wellen


Thursday, January 25 at 8:00 a.m.

††Rich & Tillie Miller

†Brenda Lueke

Private Intention


Friday, January 26 at 8:00 a.m.

†Rosemarie Maloney

†Fr. Jose Ancheril Matthai


Mass Intentions for the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Saturday, January 27 at 5:00 p.m.

All Parish Family


Sunday, January 28 at 8:30 a.m.

††Billy, Leo, & Christine Reyling

†Harold Trausch




FROM THE JANUARY LITURGICAL CALENDAR

22: Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children

23: St. Vincent, Deacon & Martyr & St. Marianne Cope, Virgin

24: St. Francis de Sales, Bishop & Doctor

25: The Conversion of St. Paul, Apostle

26: Sts. Timothy & Titus, Bishops

27: St. Angela Merci, Virgin



Office Hours ~ January 22-26

Monday ~ Closed

Tuesday through Friday ~ 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

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


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Bulletins: New & Old

Calendar

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.


January

  • 21: PSR Class & Bible Study 9:30 a.m.

  • 21: One Strong Youth Rome Pilgrimage Appreciation Spaghetti Dinner 4:00 p.m.

  • 22: Fr. Ptak Presbyteral Council Meeting, Belleville 10:00 a.m.

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

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

  • 27: Dahlgren KC Drive Thru BBQ Fundraiser 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

  • 28: PSR Class & Bible Study 9:30 a.m.

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

February

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

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

  • 3: PSR Class & Bible Study 9:30 a.m.

  • 4: Holy Name Society Rabbit Fry 5:30 p.m.

  • 5: Holy Name Society Meeting 7:00 p.m. - New President: Dave Collins

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


QUILTING EVERY TUESDAY

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.



PRAY FOR & REMEMBER THE SICK & HOMEBOUND


James Frey

Bob Wilson

Kent Karcher

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.









REMINDER

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



PLASTIC TOTE BY OFFICE DOOR

  • Weekly bulletins

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




AA & NA MEETING - CITY HALL


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




CATHOLIC SERVICE & MINISTRY APPEAL

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


The Society of St. Vincent de Paul truly serves the poorest of the poor through its Cosgrove’s Soup Kitchen, SVDP Thrift Store, Help Center and Night Drop-In Center. Men, women and children are provided the basic necessities of life – food, clothing and shelter – and the hope and the tools they need for a better tomorrow. Help St. Vincent de Paul serve those who have no place else to turn. Please make your gift to The Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal today.




World Marriage Day

February 11 ~ Noon Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, MO

All married couples are invited to attend and celebrate the gift of marriage.  World Marriage Day honors husband and wife as the foundation of the family – the basic unit of society.  It emphasizes the faithfulness, sacrifice and joy of daily married life.




DIOCESE OF BELLEVILLE PERMANENT DIACONATE MEETING

February 3 at 10:00 a.m.

Undercroft of the Cathedral of St. Peter, Belleville

 

The Office of Permanent Deacon is considering another new class of aspirants starting in the fall of 2025, with an informational meeting for men and their spouses. Eligibility is extended to men who have reached the ages thirty-three (33) to fifty-six (56) by September 2025. Men older than fifty-six may still apply but require special approval from the Deacon Formation Office and the Bishop. The formation process is a five-year commitment, including academic studies conducted by St. Meinrad School of Theology, spiritual direction, and learning about the deacon's role. Participants are required to attend a three-day meeting once per month over the course of the five-year program. Interested individuals should first discuss their interest with their pastor. For those unable to attend the initial meeting, another session will be scheduled later. This meeting is an opportunity to learn about the process and requirements for becoming a Permanent Deacon in the Diocese.






DIOCESE NEWS

 

Notre Dame Academy in Belleville will be closing on May 31.

 

St. Ann in Nashville will close the program for K - 8th grade at the end of this school year, but the Pre-K program will continue.



PASTOR'S NOTES

 

January 22nd is a Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children. In their statement on this occasion, the Catholic Bishops of Florida said: "A healthy society can only continue to flourish if based on a consistent recognition of the rights of each individual, especially the weakest and most defenseless." When we hold a newborn baby in our hands, it is a sign of hope and it is difficult not to smile seeing how wonderful God is in His way of recreating the world; constantly renewing His own creation by sending new life to replace the matured. In the gift of new life we are blessed beyond measure and rejecting this gift from God is simply not wise. Some people do it anyway. One of the values Catholicism carries on is respect for life from conception to natural death. As we grow in years, let us remember this and teach the next generation that the gift of life is from God and every life is counted by Him and for every life we are accountable in front of God. A respect for newborn life, for sick life, for old grandma or grandpa life, for vulnerable life is deeply rooted in the law of God that clearly says: "You shall not kill" and this begins in our own family.

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