A Word from Sr. Phyllis: Advent is just around the corner beginning December 2. This Advent we are considering what the Incarnation means. Jesus came for all of us, no one is excluded, and all are needed. As the Liturgy Committee considered how we would focus our Advent journey they chose the theme of inclusion. Just as Jesus includes all in his earthly life, so we are to exclude no one. The idea of inclusion will be a part of our Advent Reconciliation Service. In the liturgy planning the idea of Stone Soup surfaced. All they had was a stone boiling in a pot of water but someone stopped by who offered potatoes, another green beans, another a bit of beef; and so it went until a tasty pot of soup was available for all. On Sunday, December 9 at 2:00 p.m. we will host our Advent Reconciliation Service. Three priests will be available. As you come for mass the morning of the 9th we invite you to bring something that would enrich a beef vegetable soup. Think of something you are especially fond of, something that represents you in this pot of who we are, something that makes the soup even better than it would have been without you. Then after the service, we will all enjoy a steaming bowl of stone soup.

We want to keep you informed about improvements in the Rental House on Virginia Street. We have just completed new wiring throughout the house. There are five rooms, including two bedrooms. There is a front porch and back porch. It has central heating and air which is gas-forced. Rental includes all appliances: washer, dryer, stove and refrigerator. It includes a storage shed and off street parking.  The home has been rented!! Yay!

Catholic Service & Ministry Appeal…..join us as Partners In Hope The ministries and programs that rely on The Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal ensure the healing, teaching and redemptive presence of Jesus Christ for the people of our Belleville Diocese. Yet, their work cannot continue without your help and support. We ask for your continued prayers for the success of the Appeal and, if you are able, please consider making a gift. No amount is too large or small and donations are accepted throughout the year. Thank you and God Bless!

As March begins, the Diocese of Belleville also kicks off its CSMA appeal for the year. This is a chance for us to be a part of those far reaching ministries supported by the broader church. Through this annual campaign, 14 ministries and programs that provide service to thousands of people throughout our Belleville Diocese are funded.

!!!OUR GOAL for 2018- $3,700. We have reached 10% of our goal. A thermometer in the entrance way will keep you updated on our progress!

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A Pilgrimage of Peace to the Holy Land Prayer - Solidarity - Peace

Co-Sponsored by: Catholic Relief Services in the Diocese of Belleville Diocese of Springfield in Illinois

You are invited to join us on a once-in-a-lifetime ‘Pilgrimage to the Holy Land,’ 12-days November 26 to December 7, 2018 Includes visits to Nazareth, Cana, Sea of Galilee, Mt. Tabor, Mt. of Beatitudes, Jericho, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, CRS Projects in the area, and much more! Only $3,399 from Chicago (ORD) plus $195 in tips. Spiritual director for the trip is Rev. Msgr. David Hoefler, Vicar General of the Springfield Diocese. Pilgrimage coordinator will be Cheryl Sommer, CRS Coordinator for the Belleville Diocese. To download the free color brochure and registration form, visit:, or for more information, please contact Cheryl Sommer at 618- 234-1166 or send an email to crsdiobelle Space is limited. Register today!

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The Knight's Shield Children's Shelter

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Parish Partnership Report to Bishop Braxton

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Pastoral Plan Final Report 2013

Pastoral Plan click here to read the Bishop's letter on the Pastoral Plan for Parish Renewal and Restructuring.

Bishop's Response click here to read the Bishop's response and overview of the plan.

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Father Mohr can be reached by phone or through text messaging at 618-713-1166