Jars for Life Youth will be fundraising for the Pilgrimage for Life in Washington D.C. by selling hand-crafted jar mixes. Watch the bulletin for details, and thank you for your generous support!
FROM THE ASSOCIATE PASTOR’S DESK
I have to say that these last three weeks have taken a lot out of me. The news of being moved. Things coming-up that have taken away my day off each week. I’ve been up late replying to emails, listening to voice mails, preparing funeral homilies, daily homilies, and weekend homilies, not to forget the Holy Day and being at Columbus preparing for upcoming school retreats. I’ve wanted to get a haircut for the past week but haven’t had the time. Made an appointment for an oil change but had to cancel it. Then off to La Crosse for a set of meetings, only to be told that I have another set of meetings being added to my calendar now that I’m going to be an administrator!
AND LIFE GOES ON!
While praying with this weekend’s Gospel from Luke, I had to stop myself from the “oh me oh my” attitude and see what God is trying to show me. You see, sometimes we get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of life, we forget why we are doing what we are doing. We get so bogged down with “life” that we lose focus on the why of life. We start to feel that one more thing is literally going to break the camel’s back (ours). But in reality, the things we do each and every day matter. They foretell how we see our futures, that is, our life after death. It shows us that what we do today, well, it has implications on how we will live after we die.
Now I’m am not writing this looking for any sympathy, I’ve already done that and the pity party is over! I tell you this because it’s very easy for each of us to feel overwhelmed, underappreciated, and overworked. It’s easy to think that we are all alone and there is no one to help. But when we can look back and see the good that has come from our efforts, the life that has been touched or changed, the success that has been won because we got through it...well, then we know we are on the right track.
Our struggles are temporary, we push through because we know we have a God that provides, a God that is always reaching out to us, a God who only wants us to succeed in this life. Because He knows that when we do, we are guaranteed eternal life with him after the resurrection. How are we preparing for that? Is today going to be the same as yesterday, or the day before that, or the month before that, or the year before that? We have today, we know that. Today is the day we all have to make it the best day, not only for ourselves but for everyone we encounter.
When we start seeing every day as an opportunity to see our own resurrection, then we will see that every day is a gift leading to the ultimate present.
I truly love being a priest, and there is not one thing in the last three weeks I would want to change!
Make today count!
Let's clean out Purgatory
Would you be interested in making a unique contribution of praying for souls who are in desperate need of your love and compassion to God? Would you like to become a powerful prayer warrior? Well, you can make an immense difference to loved ones and strangers who have gone before us with just 30 minutes of your time, once a week by joining us at St. John’s in praying the Chaplet of St. Gertrude after the weekly rosary on Thursday afternoon.
The chaplet is prayed on the rosary and takes about 20 minutes. It contains the St. Gertrude prayer for the Poor Souls in Purgatory, which Christ promised would release many souls when it is prayed. Just imagine how many souls that could be sent to Heaven from each one who prays with us. And in return these souls will intercede for us from Heaven. The amount of souls released would be staggering! What an exquisite gift each of us could offer to Jesus! Imagine His radiant smile and the loving glance sent your way by doing such a humble deed for Him. It is just amazing.
God has given us the awesome power and privilege of assisting souls on their journey to Paradise. Why not take a few minutes on Thursday at 12:45pm to give back to Him who gave us everything. Also, if you are able, why not consider coming to pray the rosary just before the chaplet?
From the Pope
Pope Francis, through a decree of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, has inscribed the celebration of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Loreto into the General Roman Calendar.
The decree notes that the Shrine of the Holy House of Loreto, venerated by generations of pilgrims and honored by numerous popes, “recalls the mystery of the Incarnation, leading all those who visit it to consider ‘the fullness of time,’ when God sent his Son, born of a woman, as well as to meditate both on the words of the Angel announcing the Good News and on the words of the Virgin in response to the divine call.”
The Congregation also published the liturgical texts for the memorial, which will be celebrated each year on December 10.
Steubenville St. Paul Deadline November 10th, 2019 The Steubenville St. Paul high school youth conference happening 7/24- 26/2020 sold out in 36 hours last year, so please contact me if you are interested in attending by November 10th, to reserve a spot. The cost per person will be $175. Fundraising will be available!
FROM THE DEACON’S DESK
Ahh, Fall, my favorite time of year!! The leaves have shown us their beautiful colors, the morning air is crisp and fresh, there is the smell of wonderful food cooking in the kitchen, the aroma of burning firewood is in the air and the summer heat and humidity is finally over!
I love to stand out on the deck in the early morning with a cup of hot coffee and watch the stars slowly fade as Orion and his faithful companion, Sirius look down from the heavens. The sun begins to peek over the eastern horizon, the geese sing their joyful song as they continue the journey south and I know that life is good.
For people of a certain age (my age) Fall is a time to reflect on our lives as we enter our own personal autumn. I don’t know how much time I have left, I only know that God has been very good to me and I rejoice in the time and the friends He has given me. All of us should take the time to give Him thanks.
Fall is also a time to remember all those who have come and gone before us. We need to reflect on all the saints, not only the great ones recognized by the Church, but also those who are known only to God; our parents and grandparents; those priests, nuns and others who touched our lives; the countless giants of the faith and our families upon whose shoulders we stand; and the men and women who built the civilization in which we live.
Finally, there is that great feast day which brings Fall to an end (no not Thanksgiving). The Feast of Christ the King! We remember Him who makes all things new and who has promised us He will return and establish His Kingdom here on Earth and we know that Jesus keeps His promises.
As we say down south, “Happy Fall y’all!!!
Deacon Jeff Austin
Thanksgiving Food Drive: Our parish food drive begins this weekend. This year besides helping those in our own parish, we will also support St. Vincent de Paul food pantry, the Respite Care Center, Shirley’s House of Hope the Hannah Center and Mary’s Place. Remember to bring only non-perishable food, diapers (all sizes) & wipes, paper products, laundry & cleaning items, and personal care items. Please place all donations up near the St. Joseph altar by noon on Nov. 10th and thank you for your generosity!
From the Church
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will gather for the 2019 Fall General Assembly in Baltimore, November 11-13. During the assembly, the bishops will elect a new president, vice president, and six committee chairs. They will also discuss and vote on seven action items.
Monday - Friday: 7:00 AM
Saturday: 8:00 AM
Saturday: 4:30 & 7:00 PM
Sunday: 7:00, 9:00 & 11:00 AM
Tuesday–Friday: 6:30 - 6:50 AM
First Friday: 6:00-7:00 PM
Saturday:3:45 -4:15 PM & 6:15 -6:45 PM
PERPETUAL ADORATION: The Marshfield Deanery has the John Paul II Adoration Chapel located in the basement of St. John the Baptist Parish, at 201 W. Blodgett St. The chapel is accessible from the rear parking lot. For more information or to sign up:
contact Dale at 715-383-2262 or Jean Kaiser 715-387-0571. Click on the image below for more information.
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Welcome to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church! Ever since 1877 this parish has been assisting souls in their quest for deeper union with God. Pope John Paul II called the parish a “school of prayer” and St. John’s is committed to promoting growth in holiness in every state in life. Each of us is called... Read More
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