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Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time Bulletin August 20, 2023


AUGUST 19 @ 5:00 P.M.

Mass Intentions for the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday ~ Elsewhere

Mass Intentions for the Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

Saturday, August 26 at 5:00 p.m.

All Parish Family

Sunday, August 27 at 8:30 a.m.

††Francis & Eileen Hopfinger

††Lee & Charlene Rubenacker

††Theo & Lena Reyling

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 August 21-25

Monday ~ Closed

Tuesday & Thursday ~ 8:00 - 11:00 am

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

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

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.

Fr. Slawomir Ptak will be gone on vacation August 20 - September 18.

Emergency situation, please contact neighboring parishes.


  • 20: Start of PSR classes & Blessing of Backpacks 9:30 a.m.

  • 22: Ladies Quilting 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. McLeansboro hall.

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

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

  • 27: PRS Classes 9:30 a.m.

  • 29: Ladies Quilting 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. McLeansboro hall.

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


  • 3: No PSR Classes

  • 4: Happy Labor Day

  • 5: Ladies Quilting 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. McLeansboro hall.

  • 5: Holy Name Meeting 7:00 p.m. Refreshments Kenny Grubb


Starting at 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the McLeansboro hall. 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 (July-October) & Books are located at each door in church.


Alcohol & Narcotic Anonymous Meeting

Every Thursday Night

7:00 p.m.

For more information contact Jim Bell 618-387-1077


St. Peters, MO

September 29-October 1

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.


Here is a story for you, while I am away...

"Every once in a while, a ewe will give birth to a lamb and reject it. If the lamb is returned to the ewe, the mother may even kick the poor animal away. Once a ewe rejects one of her lambs, she will never change her mind. These little lambs will hang their heads so low that it looks like something is wrong with its neck. Their spirit is broken. These lambs are called “bummer lambs.” Unless the shepherd intervenes, that lamb will die, rejected and alone. So, do you know what the shepherd does? He takes that rejected little one into his home, hand-feeds it and keep it warm by the fire. He will wrap it up with blankets and hold it to his chest so the bummer can hear his heartbeat. Once the lamb is strong enough, the shepherd will place it back in the field with the rest of the flock. But that sheep never forgets how the shepherd cared for him when his mother rejected him. When the shepherd calls for the flock, guess who runs to him first? That is right, the bummer sheep. He knows his voice intimately. It is not that the bummer lamb is loved more, it just knows intimately the one who loves it. So many of us are bummer lambs, rejected and broken. But He is the good Shepherd. He cares for our every need and holds us close to His heart so we can hear His heart beat. We may be broken but we are deeply loved by the Shepherd."

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