Welcome to the Official St. John the Baptist Church Website
On this site, you will find the current Mass times as well as other information about St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church parish in Clinton, IL. We welcome you to join us for the Mass, and invite you to participate in the life of the parish family. We exist in order to continue the mission of Jesus and to extend the Father's Kingdom under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Blessing of New Flag Pole
Saturday 4:00 PM
Sunday 8:30 AM
Weekday Mass Schedule
Monday 8:00 AM
Wednesday 8:00 AM
Third Friday of the Month 10:00 AM at Liberty Village Nursing Home
Don’t Forget! St. John’s Annual Parish Picnic/Mass will be held at Weldon Springs on Sunday, August 27th. Join us for Mass at 11:00am followed by a parish potluck picnic. The Catholic Men’s Group will be our hosts. This event has become quite popular. Be sure to sign up on the sheets in back of church so we know how many to expect and what sides dishes you will be bringing. Please join us and share fellowship with our parish family.
9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Outreach Ministry Hours: Monday & Wednesday
9:30 am - 2:30 pm
Our Church Bell and Carillon
You too can have the song of your choice played on a specific day and time for your special intention. The cost is only $10 for a weekday, and $15 for a weekend day. Just stop by or call the Parish Office during office hours.
National Catholic Reporter
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Meditation on Sunday Readings
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Altar & Rosary Society
Meetings will resume in September
Pope Francis’ Five-Finger Prayer Method
There’s a simple prayer method attributed to Pope Francis while he was Archbishop of Argentina.
It’s a simple yet helpful prayer method not only great for teaching kids how to pray, but it’s good for adults too as a reminder to “cover all our bases” with intercessory prayer for those around us. This method is called Praying with Your Five Fingers and uses the fingers of the hand as a memory aid to pray for our family and friends, our teachers and doctors, for government authorities, for those who are suffering, andlastly, for ourselves.
This reminder is much needed, because how often do we pray more for ourselves and our own needs than we do for others? It’s easy to fall into that habit, and this simple prayer method promulgated by Pope Francis is a great way to overcome the tendency.
1. “The thumb is the closest finger to you. So start praying for those who are closest to you. They are the persons easiest to remember. To pray for our dear ones is a ‘sweet obligation.'”
2. “The next finger is the index. Pray for those who teach you, instruct you and heal you. They need the support and wisdom to show direction to others. Always keep them in your prayers.”
3. “The following finger is the tallest. It reminds us of our leaders, the governors and those who have authority. They need God’s guidance.”
4. “The fourth finger is the ring finger. Even that it may surprise you, it is our weakest finger. It should remind us to pray for the weakest, the sick or those plagued by problems. They need your prayers.”
5. “And finally we have our smallest finger, the smallest of all. Your pinkie should remind you to pray for yourself. When you are done praying for the other four groups, you will be able to see your own needs but in the proper perspective, and also you will be able to pray for your own needs in a better way.”
Daily Reading / Verses
Readings for the Week of August 13, 2017
- Sunday: 1 Kgs 19:9a, 11-13a / Ps 85 / Rom 9:1-5 / Mt 14:22-33
- Monday: Dt 10:12-22 / Ps 147 / Mt 17:22-27
- Tuesday: Vigil: 1 Chr 15:3-4, 15-16; 16:1-2 / Ps 132 / 1 Cor 15:54b-57 / Lk 11:27-28
- Tuesday: Day: Rv 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab / Ps 45 / 1 Cor 15:20-27 / Lk 1:39-56
- Wednesday: Dt 34:1-12 / Ps 66 / Mt 18:15-20
- Thursday: Jos 3:7-10a, 11, 13-17 / Ps 114 / Mt 18:21--19:1
- Friday: Jos 24:1-13 / Ps 136 / Mt 19:3-12
- Saturday: Jos 24:14-29 / Ps 16 / Mt 19:13-15
- Next Sunday: Is 56:1, 6-7 / Ps 67 / Rom 11:13-15, 29-32 / Mt 15:21-28
Prayer for Priestly Vocations
we earnestly beseech you to bless your Church with many vocations to the holy priesthood: men who will serve you with their whole strength and gladly spend their lives for your church, and to make you known and loved.
Linked Parish Prayer Reqests
August Bassi, Morgan Beatty, Connie Brown, Gloria Case, Geneva Coit, Rick Coit, Robert Daugherty, Eve DeClercq, Phyllis Fehr, Rick Hardesty, Roy Harrold, Bev Hartsock, Mary Hirsch, Debby Kuntz, Dorothy Kuntz, Tina Mannix, Joni Mollet, Dawn O’Neill, Bernadine Reynolds, Tierney Riddle, Marie Riegel, Jerry Ryan, Mary Ann Ryan, Jennifer Shane, Gwendolyn Twist, Sally Waite, Brett Willits, Karen Wisegarver.
If you would like to be part of St. John the Baptist Prayer Chain or have a request for prayers, please contact the Church office.
Five Prayers Taught at Fatima by Mary & the Angels
On May 13th, 1917, Our Lady appeared for the first time to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal. Between May and October she appeared five more times. She urged the children to pray the rosary daily for peace in the world (as World War I raged on) and to make sacrifices for the conversion of sinners. Over the course of these visits and several preceding visits by an angel, five prayers were given to Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta.
The Pardon Prayer
The angel who appeared to the children called himself the Angel of Peace and the Angel of Portugal. He taught them the following prayer:
My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love Thee! I ask pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope and do not love Thee.
The Angel’s Prayer
On one occasion, the three children saw the angel prostrate before a host and chalice that hung in the air. Worshipping the Eucharist, the angel prayed,
Most Holy Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit- I adore Thee profoundly. I offer Thee the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges, and indifferences whereby He is offended. And through the infinite merits of His Most Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of Thee the conversion of poor sinners.
The Eucharistic Prayer
During the first apparition of Our Lady of Fatima, the children found themselves “moved by an interior impulse,” as Lucia later explained, to say the following prayer together:
Most Holy Trinity, I adore Thee! My God, my God, I love Thee in the Most Blessed Sacrament.
The Sacrifice Prayer
The Blessed Mother taught the children to offer all sacrifices to God by praying,
Oh my Jesus, I offer this for love of Thee, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
The Decade Prayer
The Blessed Mother stressed the importance of praying the rosary daily. She asked that the following prayer be recited at the end of each rosary decade:
Oh My Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of Thy mercy.