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Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time Bulletin October 22, 2023

Mass Intentions for the Twenty-Ninth Week in Ordinary Time

Tuesday, October, 24 at 6:00 p.m.

†Joyce Schilly

Living & Deceased Pius Rubenacker Family

Wednesday, October 25 at 8:00 a.m.

††Jacob & Regina Koner

††Emily & AJ Lueke Family

††Roman & Mary Reyling Family

Thursday, October 26 at 8:00 a.m.

†Leo Joseph Aydt

Mass Intentions for the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Saturday, October 28 at 5:00 p.m.

††Lee & Charlene Rubenacker

††Floyd & Norma Collins

†Harold Trausch

Sunday, October 29 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 ~ October 23-27

Monday & Friday ~ Closed

Tuesday ~ 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Thursday ~ 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.


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

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

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

  • 28: One Strong Haunted Attic & Concession Stand 7:00 p.m. - Midnight

  • 29: NO PSR

  • 29: Bible Study Classes 9:30 a.m.

  • 29: One Strong Trunk or Treat 4:00-6:00 p.m. around hall

  • 29: Chili Supper 4:00-7:00 p.m.

  • 29: No Scare Haunted Attic 6:00-8:00 p.m.

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

  • 31: Building & Grounds Meeting 6:30 p.m.


  • 1: All Saints Day Masses - Holy Day of Obligation 8:00 a.m. & 6:00 p.m.

  • 2: All Souls' Day Rosary at 5:30 p.m. & Mass 6:00 p.m.

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

  • 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.

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


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


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.



All Souls Day is The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed and we pray for all who have died. We pray for their redemption and forgiveness of their sins with the Holy Rosary. Anyone who would like their deceased relative's name to be read during the rosary lead by Fr. Ptak before mass on All Souls Day beginning at 5:30 p.m., please put their name(s) in an envelope and place in the collection box or send to office via email to by October 31.

Also, after mass that evening join the One Strong Youth as they pray and place lit candles on the headstones of our loved ones who have passed away. There will be some candles available at the back of church or you are welcome to bring your own.


Today, we celebrate WMS, heeding Pope Francis's call to keep our "Hearts on fire, feet on the move." On this day, we reflect on our baptismal promise to be disciples and missionaries, sharing the Good News. The collection today for the Society of the Propagation of Faith directly aids priests, religious, and lay leaders in the Pope's missions, allowing them to minister to and uplift communities in dire need. Let's light up the world with our prayers and generosity. Thank you for your contribution!


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!


It is has been brought to Parish Council about the idea of switching to a hardback missal that would get reused every year, instead of the ones we currently use that only last for a year. At the back of church there are two copies of the one the Parish Council picked that would work the best for our Parish. Please take time to look at the book and see what you think. Beside the books is a basket with a slip of paper. Please circle YES (in favor of hardback missal) or

NO (in favor of keeping what we have now). Drop slip in the collection box after voting.

Books will be out the whole month of October for viewing.


The trip includes: 4 days and 3 nights in your sister parish, a one day pilgrimage to Lake Atitlán where Blessed Stanley Rother was martyred, and 3 nights at the Incarnate Word Retreat Center in Guatemala City. The largest expense is the flight which is approximately $1,100. There are only 30 seats reserved on the flight. If you are interested, please

RSPV by October 30 to


I’m sure all of you at Mass have noticed that the altar area has been stripped of the almost 40 year old carpet which was wore out, stained, and showed signs of disintegration as well as caked and crumbling carpet pad underneath. It is the beginning of a more complex project of renovating our church that has been developing over the past few months. The long discussion among the members of the Building and Grounds Committee, as well as the Finance Council, about the project of transferring the altar from St. Clement of Rome after its final closing and sale to St. John the Baptist is finally moving forward. As you heard last weekend when I read Bishop McGovern’s letter, we have until the end of December to remove all religious artifacts from St. Clement and make necessary arrangements to complete the job of moving the altar. That requires taking out the old carpet surrounding the altar at St. John's and examining the existing structure of a wooden/plywood/ plastic base for possible damage and adapt the platform for the predicted heavier weight of the new marble altar from St. Clement. This beautiful piece of art will complete the proper liturgical settings for celebrating the Eucharist in our church in the year of the Eucharist which we currently celebrate across the whole nation. In 2024, the Eucharistic Congress, which will take place in Indianapolis, Indiana, will close the three-year period of Eucharistic revival. Originally in our church, every Mass was celebrated on the table of the main altar with the priest facing the tabernacle and using Latin language. After the Second Vatican Council ended in 1965, the "mobile" and temporary altar was installed, and the priest started using English as the liturgical language and the Mass was celebrated with the priest "facing" people. According to liturgical regulations, an altar should be made from wood or stone and permanently mounted to a stable floor but our temporary altar was never replaced. The altar that we will install will fulfill all of the requirements and since it was already consecrated by a Bishop of the Diocese of Belleville when it was originally installed at St. Clement Church it does NOT require any additional consecration or blessing. I will keep you informed of the progress that is made in my notes to the bulletin. Please pray for all who are involved in this process that it is a job well done to praise God and benefit all of the Faithful. God bless you all! Thank you for your support! Fr. Slawomir

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