Lenten Fish Frys
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
Cluster Penance Service
Wednesday, March 21st 7:00pm at St. John’s Clinton
Several Franciscan priests will be available for private confessions. Please take advantage of this opportunity to prepare our hearts for the Resurrection of Jesus at Easter.
Holy Week Schedule
Holy Thursday - Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper
7:00pm Sacred Heart, Farmer City (Adoration until 10:00pm)
8:00pm St. Patrick, Wapella
Good Friday - Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion Veneration and Communion
12:00pm St Patrick, Wapella
3:00pm St. John the Baptist, Clinton
6:00pm Sacred Heart, Farmer City
Stations of the Cross & Veneration
5:00pm St. Patrick, Wapella
5:30pm St. John the Baptist, Clinton (NO FISH FRY ON GOOD FRIDAY)
7:30pm St. John the Baptist, Clinton
8:30am St. John the Baptist, Clinton
9:30am St. Patrick, Wapella
10:30am Sacred Heart, Farmer City
9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Outreach Ministry Hours: Monday & Wednesday
9:30 am - 2:30 pm
Lent in Three Minutes
RCIA classes are designed for those who are baptized in another religious tradition and would like to investigate what it is that Catholics believe and what their traditions are all about. These classes also prepare a non-baptized person to receive the Sacraments of Initiation. Any one who is an adult baptized Catholic and has not been Confirmed may also take part in these classes and prepare for Confirmation at the Easter Vigil. For more information, contact the parish office: 935-3727
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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Catechism of the Catholic Church
The Vatican Web Page
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United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Catholic Conference of Illinois
ETWN Global Catholic Network
Altar & Rosary Society
Mar 14 regular meeting, hostesses Kathy Madix & Maggie Jewitt MEETING WILL START AT 6 PM
Apr 11 regular meeting, hostesses Donna Hall, Marilyn Height & Mary Kay Wolfe
Card Party / Game night April 18th
May 9 Dinner, TBD
All regular meeting start at 7 pm, in the Church hall.
Fish Frys will be held Feb 16 - March 23, 2018
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 March 18, 2018
- Sunday: Jer 31:31-34 / Ps 51:3-4, 12-13, 14-15 [12a] / Heb 5:7-9 / Jn 12:20-33
- Sunday: Scrutiny: Ez 37:12-14 / Ps 130:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8  / Rom 8:8-11 / Jn 11:1-45 or 11:3-7, 17, 20-27, 33b-45
- Monday: 2 Sm 7:4-5a, 12-14a, 16 / Ps 89:2-3, 4-5, 27, 29  / Rom 4:13, 16-18, 22 / Mt 1:16, 18-21, 24a or Lk 2:41-51a
- Tuesday: Nm 21:4-9 / Ps 102:2-3, 16-18, 19-21  / Jn 8:21-30 or 2 Kgs 4:18b-21, 32-37 / Ps 17:1, 6-7, 8b and 15 [15b] / Jn 11:1-45
- Wednesday: Dn 3:14-20, 91-92, 95 / Dn 3: 52, 53, 54, 55, 56 [52b] / Jn 8:31-42 or 2 Kgs 4:18b-21, 32-37 / Ps 17:1, 6-7, 8b and 15 [15b] / Jn 11:1-45
- Thursday: Gn 17:3-9 / Ps 105:4-5, 6-7, 8-9 [8a] / Jn 8:51-59 or 2 Kgs 4:18b-21, 32-37 / Ps 17:1, 6-7, 8b and 15 [15b] / Jn 11:1-45
- Friday: Jer 20:10-13 / Ps 18:2-3a, 3bc-4, 5-6, 7 [cf. 7] / Jn 10:31-42 or 2 Kgs 4:18b-21, 32-37 / Ps 17:1, 6-7, 8b and 15 [15b] / Jn 11:1-45
- Saturday: Ez 37:21-28 / Jer 31:10, 11-12abcd, 13 [cf. 10d] / Jn 11:45-56 or 2 Kgs 4:18b-21, 32-37 / Ps 17:1, 6-7, 8b and 15 [15b] / Jn 11:1-45
- Next Sunday: Mk 11:1-10 or Jn 12:12-16 / Is 50:4-7 / Ps 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24 [2a] / Phil 2:6-11 / Mk 14:1—15:47 or 15:1-39
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, Eve DeClercq, Phyllis Fehr, Rick Hardesty, Bev Hartsock, Roy Harrold, Mary Hirsch, Tom Hurley, Dorothy Kuntz, John Lawrence, Katherine Lockwood, Tina Mannix, Joni Mollet, Dawn O’Neill, Kathy Rakers, Bernadine Reynolds, Tierney Riddle, Marie Riegel, Mary Ann Ryan, Jennifer Shane, Gwendolyn Twist, Sally Waite, Rita Williams Brett Willits, Karen Wisegarver, Randy Wright.
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.