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Two Week Bulletin - December 25-26, 2021 & January 1-2, 2022


Christmas Vigil

December 24, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.

The Holy Family

December 25, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.

Epiphany of the Lord/Three Kings

January 1, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.

Click on link below to view steps to access

Live Stream Videos of Mass on YouTube.

Mass Intention for the End of the Old Year 2021

New Year Eve's Mass (Not Holy Day of Obligation)

Friday, December 31 at 6:00 p.m.

††For all Parishioners who passed away in 2021

††Lee & Charlene Rubenacker

Mass Intentions for Sunday of The Epiphany of the Lord/Three Kings: Beginning of New Year 2022 ~ Blessing of the Chalk/Gold

Saturday, January 1 at 5:00 p.m.

All Parish Family

Sunday, January 2 at 8:30 a.m.

††Gus, Agatha, Howard Karcher & Family

Mass Intentions for Christmas Weekday

Tuesday, January 4 at 6:00 p.m.

††Pat & Theresa Collins & Family

Wednesday, January 5 at 8:00 a.m.

Private Intention

Thursday, January 6 at 8:00 a.m.

Living & Deceased Rybak & Ptak Families

Mass Intentions for Sunday of The Baptism of the Lord

Saturday, January 8 at 5:00 p.m.

†Joe Rapp

†Larry Nice

††Lena Rapp & Joe Rapp Jr.

Sunday, January 9 at 8:30 a.m.

All Parish Family

Masses on January 1-2

Blessed chalk will be available to each family, as you leave church. Father will also walk around during mass and bless gold jewelry, see his note to bulletin for more information.

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

Closed December 24, 2021 through January 3, 2022

Reopen January 4, 2022 at 8:00 a.m.

Contact Rectory Phone for Emergency 618-643-3552

Visit Parish Website For

Bulletins: New & Old


Photo Gallery

Monthly Ministry List

Collection December 18-19

Envelopes (60) $2,041

Loose $ 62

Youth (2) $ 2

Christmas Memorial (6) $ 280

Immaculate Conception (3) $ 55

Diocese Christmas (1) $ 20

CSMA (1) $ 100

Human Development $ 25

Religious Retirement (4) $ 45

Christmas (2) $ 205

SJN Building (1) $ 50

PSR (1) $ 50

One Strong (1) $ 50

Mass Intentions (1) $ 10

SJN Cemetery (1) $ 50

Total $3,045

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 offertory in the mailbox by Parish office front door.

Watch bulletin for more details.


  • 24-31: Office Closed

  • 26: No PSR Classes

  • 28-30: No Weekday Masses


  • 2: No PSR Classes

  • 3: Holy Name Meeting 7:00 p.m.

  • 6: Fr. Slawmoir Ptak Visit for Sacrament of Penance & Eucharist on Thursday this month - Contact office for appointment.

  • 9: PSR Classes 9:30 a.m.

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

  • 10: Fr. Slawomir Ptak - Presbyteral Council Meeting at Belleville

  • 16: PSR Classes 9:30 a.m.

  • 23: PSR Classes 9:30 a.m.

  • 25: Fr. Slawomir Ptak - Clergy Day at Belleville


The 44th Annual Diocesan Christmas Collection will be take up at all Masses on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Parishes and agencies throughout the diocese will request monies from this collection during 2022 to assist those who are in need with food, clothing, shelter, utility payments, healthcare and medications, funeral and burial expenses, transportation and emergency assistance of all types. Please consider giving as you are able. Envelope is located is collection packet. Thank you so much.


cookbooks available in Parish office or contact Andrea Short 618-214-1275 to make pick-up arrangements.


Make The Messenger a part of your New Year’s Resolution! The Messenger brings you the stories of real people quietly living their faith through compassion and good works. Inspirational stories that show our Catholic faith is alive and well in southern Illinois. Subscribe by calling 618-233-8670 online at


These were handed out to youth in PSR class on September 19, available on Parish website, in High School classroom on bulletin board, & posted on One Strong and PSR Facebook page. You can also click links below to view them.

Scholarship Application
Download DOCX • 24KB

Scholarship Guidelines Freshman - Junior
Download DOCX • 25KB


Larry Hunt

Marie Hopkins

Bill Lueke

James Frey

Bob Wilson

Kent Karcher

Paul & Helen Wellen

Mary Karcher

Tillie Miller

Sharon Rapp

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.

2021 CSMA GOAL $11,570

Pledged $6,450

Your contribution to CSMA enables the Office of Faith Formation to impact the lives of almost 11,000 students at 26 Catholic grade schools, three Catholic high schools and in PSR classes throughout our Belleville Diocese. If you haven’t already done so, we prayerfully ask you to consider making a gift to The 2021 Appeal today, no amount is too large or too small!


  • Weekly bulletins

  • Living Faith Books (January-March) & Books are located at each door in church.


Copies located at the back of church.


As we celebrate the Nativity of our Lord, I think of the words St. John wrote in one of his epistles: “we have come to know and believe in the love God has for us.” My sincere prayer for the people of our diocese is that as we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus, each of us comes to know and believe more deeply in the love God has for us. May this Christmas be filled with a spirit of kindness and compassion, and may you, your families and loved ones be filled with the peace of Christ. Sincerely yours in Christ, Bishop Michael McGovern


Christmas is a special time. It is the season when we commemorate Jesus' birth over 2000 years ago. The problems that stormed the world then are similar today. We have different tools and gadgets, and technology has advanced a lot but inside we are still the same. We are torn inside by the same forces of good and evil. Times are difficult but the message from the newborn Son of God stays the same: love and peace are the only remedy for humanity. Mary and Joseph endured hard times but they made it because of their tremendous faith in God. We can definitely learn from them. The strong faith, humility, and trust in God's word spoken by the Angel Gabriel kept them going. Jesus left us His Body and Blood in the Eucharist and other sacraments so we would have certain help on our journey here on earth. An example of one of those tools, is the special blessing during Three Kings Sunday/Epiphany Sunday. During masses that day, we bless chalk which we then use to mark above the door frames of our homes and churches to bring us God's protection and blessing. We also bless incense which was brought to the manger by one of the Kings which symbolizes Jesus' divinity, and gold as a reminder that Jesus is the King. During masses on January 1 and 2 we will bless any jewelry you wish to bring to church. May the good Lord pour out every blessing and keep us safe in this new year 2022! God is good all the time!

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