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Two Week Bulletin ~ December 23-24 & 30-31, 2023

Masses for The Nativity of the Lord 2023

Christmas Vigil - Sunday, December 24 at 4:00 p.m.

††Scott & Jolene Schuster

††Carl, Maxene, & Pete Halley

†Ralph Loehr

Christmas Day - Monday, December 25 at 9:00 a.m.

†Tim Thomas

††Francis & Eileen Hopfinger

†Richard Anselment

Mass Intentions for the Sunday of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary & Joseph

Saturday, December 30 at 5:00 p.m.

All Parish Family

Sunday, December 31 at 8:30 a.m.

††Gordon & Lucina Coy

†Edward Rost

††Paul & Kay Lueke

Solemnity of the Mary, the Holy Mother of God ~ New Year Mass 2024

(Not a Holy Day of Obligation this Year)

Monday, January 1 at 6:00 p.m.

For God's Blessings for All Parishioners in New Year 2024

Mass Intentions for Weekday Christmas Season

Wednesday, January 3 at 6:00 p.m. - note time change

†Private Intention

First Friday, January 5 at 8:00 a.m. - Holy Hour Following

†Paul Wellen


Masses for the Epiphany of the Lord ~ Three Kings

Saturday, January 6 at 5:00 p.m.

††Paul & Kay Lueke

†Danny Anselment

Sunday, January 7 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

December 25-29


January 1-5

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. Please mail, drop-off your offering in collection box or in the mailbox by Parish office front door.

Watch bulletin for more details.


  • 24: NO PSR Classes or Bible Study

  • 26-29: No Weekday Masses

  • 26: Ladies Quilting 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. City Hall.

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

  • 31: NO PSR Classes or Bible Study


  • 2: Ladies Quilting 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. City Hall.

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

  • 5: One Strong Youth Rome Pilgrimage Appreciation Spaghetti Dinner 5:00 p.m.

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

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

  • 7: Christmas decoration will be taken down after mass.

  • 8: Holy Name Meeting 7:00 p.m. Refreshments Chad Mitsdarffer

  • 9: Ladies Quilting 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. City Hall

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


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.


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.


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


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.


Food Collection for Ruby's Hands of Hope Food Pantry

at Turning Point Church in McLeansboro

There has been an increase in more people needing to use this food pantry to help support their family. Any items are greatly appreciated. Please remember that what you donate, it can make a meal for a family. Donation tubs are located at the back of church or can be dropped off in the hall by January 2.

Catholic Relief Services - Gift of Hope Tree

At the back of church during Advent, there is a tree with tags. All tag items are actual goods and services CRS supports in poor communities around the world. The gifts described on the tags are symbolic of the good your donation will do for children, women, and men in 100 countries. Here's how it works...take a tag from the tree and either go online to make your donation or place your tag along with a check made to Catholic Relief Services in an envelope (marked CRS) and drop in the collection box by January 2.

The 2023 Catholic Service & Ministry Appeal

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

The CSMA Fund for provides funding to parishes, schools and organizations throughout our diocese for local projects. Help this popular program which funds local projects continue through your gift to this year’s CSMA. Please help our Parish meet our goal.

St. Anne Cradle of Hope

Located in Carbondale.  It is newly opened (April 2023) center for pregnant women, new mothers and families in need.  This place provides baby supplies, diapers, wipes, formula, bathing items, and clothing.  Donation are tax deductable and can be made payable to St. Anne Cradle of Hope and mailed to Molly King, Respect Life Apostolate 222 South Third Street, Belleville, IL 62220.


January 13 from 8:30-10:30 a.m.  ~ St. Patrick Church, Enfield

Join us for continental breakfast and discussion on how rural communities and others in the United States can partner with farmers and rural communities around the world.  Representatives from Farmer to Farmer  and Growing Hope Globally will tell how to get involved with their programs.  Farmer to Farmer sends U.S.-based volunteers to developing countries to support farmers and agribusiness professionals with hands-on training.  Growing Hope Globally links the grassroots energy and commitment of rural communities in the U.S. to raise funds for farming programs in developing countries.  These programs provide lasting solutions to hunger.  Both of these programs are partnered with Catholic Relief Services.  RSVPs are appreciated to help with meal planning.  Contact Cheryl Sommer at or 618-624-2838 or you can let Rachel know in the office. 

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