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Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time Bulletin November 5, 2023

Mass Intentions for the Thirty-First Week in Ordinary Time

Monday, November, 6 at 6:00 p.m. - Note day & time change

†Edward Rost

Living & Deceased Martin Anselment Family

Tuesday, November 7 at 6:00 p.m.

††Deceased Family of Arch & Jennie Biggerstaff

††Ed & Louise Kreher

Living & Deceased Members of the St. Elizabeth's Altar Sodality

Wednesday, November 8 at 8:00 a.m.

†Lucina Coy

††Rich & Tillie Miller

Mass Intentions for the Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Saturday, November 11 at 4:00 p.m. - Note time change

††Gilbert, Florence, & Cathy Bond

††Scott & Jolene Schuster

††George & Alma Kreher Family

Sunday, November 12 at 8:30 a.m.

All Parish Family

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 ~ November 6-10

Monday ~ Closed

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

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

Visit Parish Website For

Bulletins: New & Old


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 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.


  • 5: PSR & Bible Study Classes 9:30 a.m.

  • 5: St. Elizabeth's Altar Sodality Meeting 9:30 a.m.

  • 6: Fr. Ptak Presbyteral Council Meeting 11:00 a.m.

  • 6: Weekday mass at 6:00 p.m.

  • 6: Holy Name Society Meeting 7:00 p.m. Refreshment Mark Karcher.

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

  • 8: East Vicariate Priest & Deacon Meeting - St. Joseph, Olney 11:00 a.m.

  • 9: AA/NA Meeting 7:00 p.m. City Hall

  • 10-19: Dahlgren KC Coat, Hat, Gloves, & Blanket Drive

  • 11-12 & 18-19: Two week bulletin. Please have all bulletin items to office by November 9.

  • 11: 4:00 p.m. Mass - Note Mass time change, due to Harvest Fest

  • 11: One Strong Youth Harvest Fest 5:00-9:00 p.m.

  • 12: PSR 9:30 a.m.

  • 12: No Bible Study

  • 12: Catholic Fraternal Life Annual Meeting in hall - Noon

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

  • 15: Building & Grounds Meeting 6:00 p.m.

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

  • 16: KC #7118 Meeting at Piopolis 7:00 p.m.

  • 16: AA/NA Meeting 7:00 p.m. City Hall

  • 16-19: One Strong Youth attending National Catholic Youth Convention, Indianapolis, IN.

  • 18: Auction of items from St. Clement of Rome Church, Chapel, Hall & Annex and Corner (E Main & S Hancock) Parking Lot - 10:00 a.m. One Strong will provide concessions.


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.


November 12 at Noon in Hall

Meat and drinks will be provided. Please bring a covered dish.


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


St. Peters, MO

December 1-3

An experience for married couples to rekindle romance, enhance meaningful communication, and deepen and renew commitment. For more information or to apply, go to, or call Terry & Eric Engholm at 314-649-7317.


November is Palliative and Hospice Care Month

The Catholic Church supports palliative and hospice care in the face of growing legalization of euthanasia and assisted suicide around the world. What are these terms?

  • Palliative Care: Relieves the pain of a serious illness while working with primary, curative care.

  • Hospice Care: Focuses on the pain, symptoms, and stress of a serious illness during its terminal phase.

  • Euthanasia: One person intentionally acts to end the life of another person who is deemed to be suffering.

  • Physician Assisted Suicide: A doctor assists the patient in acquiring the means to commit suicide.

What does the Catholic Church support?

  • CCC 2276: Those whose lives are diminished or weakened deserve special respect. Sick or handicapped persons should be helped to lead lives as normal as possible.

  • CCC 2277: Whatever its motives and means, direct euthanasia consists in putting an end to the lives of handicapped, sick, or dying persons. It is morally unacceptable.

  • CCC 2279: Even if death is thought to be imminent, the ordinary care owed to a sick person cannot be legitimately interrupted. Palliative care is a special form of disinterested charity.


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.


There is a piano upstairs in the hall at St. John the Baptist. It is located in the third classroom on the south side. If interested, please contact the office.

2023 CSMA

Financial Target $9,444 ~ Pledge to Date $3,313

The homebound, sick and seniors living in the southernmost part of the state are assured they will have food to eat thanks to Daystar Community Program’s mobile food pantry, which delivers groceries on a regular basis to those not able to visit Daystar’s on-site food pantry. YOUR GIFT to The Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal makes Daystar’s truly life-saving ministry possible. If you haven’t already done so, please donate today and help Daystar to serve truly the poorest of the poor; they are counting on YOU!


The family of Rosemarie Maloney appreciates all the caring and kindness shown to us during our time of sadness. Your prayers, mass donations, food, visits, and cards are appreciated. Thank you to Fr. Ptak, Rachel, Cathy Anselment, and choir members for making her funeral mass so appropriate for her.

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