"Let us be renewed by God's mercy...and let us become agents of this mercy, channels through which God can water the earth, protect all creation, and make justice and peace flourish." - POPE FRANCIS

"Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  To you God entrusted his only Son; in you Mary placed her trust; with you Christ became man.  Blessed Joseph, to us too, show yourself a father and guide us in the path of life.  Obtain for us grace, mercy, and courage, and defend us from every evil". Amen                                                                           Year of Saint Joseph- Dec 8, 2020 to Dec 8, 2021

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Sunday: 9:30 am
Sacrament of Reconciliation: by Appointment
Rosary: Sunday 9:00 am
Holy Days as Announced

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Tuesday thru Friday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday: by appointment
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There are several ways to make contributions:

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Through the ministerial alliance we have learned of a drive going on:

“The Gift of Kids Shoes”

They are requesting the donation of shoes that are in good shape...maybe outgrown...maybe new that would be donated to local kids in need of shoes. This drive will continue all year long. We will place a tub in the hall where these shoes can be dropped off.

DR. RAY OWENS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP The Dr. Ray Owens Memorial Scholarship was founded to invest in the future of the Catholic youth of Carterville. The Knights of Columbus Council 10453, in consultation with Mrs. Nancy Owens, established this scholarship in the Catholic Church of the Holy Spirit after Dr. Owens’ death. The recipient of the scholarship should exhibit a commit-ment to their Catholic faith in their actions, values and education. Applicants must: 1. Be an active member of the Holy Spirit Church. 2. Be a High School senior with plan to attend college or trade school after graduation. 3. Complete application, including the essay. The scholarship will be awarded based upon the ap-plicant’s commitment to the Catholic faith at the Holy Spirit Church and in the required forms and essay. The appli-cants will be notified of the committee’s decision in May. Monies will be dispersed upon graduation from high school and submission of enrollment paperwork for the higher education facility. Paperwork available on the donut table at church. Deadline March 31, 2021.

HOMEBOUND AND BEREAVEMENT COMMITTEE PLEASE HELP US SERVE OUR PARISH……………… The Homebound and Bereavement Committee would like to make a difference for our parish. If you know of health or spiritual needs within our parish; such as, a friendly visit for Christian fellowship, the Eucharist or a card from our parish, please call the Parish Office at (618) 985-2900 or cell (618) 925-5099. Our parish nurses are available most Sundays for blood pressure checks and consultations. If you would like a wellness/home visit by a parish nurse, you may call the parish or you may call or email the parish nurse directly. (Parish nurse numbers are located on the front page of the bulletin). So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Galatians 6:9

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Many thanks for all who have participated in this ministry in 2020. There is a new calendar on the giveaway table for sign-up in 2021. Please consider this ministry for you and/or your family.

Did You Know?

CSMA Update The Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal continues until February 28. With ever growing request for assistance brought about due to COVID, diocesan ministries and programs are depending on your sup-port. Our Parish goal this year is $5,585. At this point we have reached about 88 % of our goal with dona-tions totaling $4899. This appeal continues until the end of February 2021. Both Tribute gifts and regular donations can be done online. You can go to their page under our Groups/Organizations tab then simply click on the “giving” tab/The Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal. Select the “Give Online” button and complete the form that appears. Or you can always drop your dona-tion in the collection basket or bring it to the parish of-fice. Thank you for your help in reaching our goal and helping others throughout the diocese.


Our Bulletin printers, LPI, are offering us the possibility of having bulletins sent to email addresses without any charge. They are asking us to send first name, last name and Email. They are committed to keeping contact information confidential and will not provide it to third parties. We will still get the number of paper bulletins we request. You can unsubscribe at any time with the click of a button if you find receiving the bulletin by email a burden. Their concern is that the advertisers who pay for the bulletin are not getting the recognition they deserve. We have prepared a list of names and addresses to send to Liturgical Press, but if you don’t want your name included, please just let us know. If your email address is not in the pictorial directory, we have not included it in the list for LPI. Please let us know if you want it included

Spiritual Gift for Bishop Braxton

In gratitude to Bishop Braxton for his pastoral service to the Diocese of Belleville for the past 25 years, Pastoral Council envisions our spiritual gift being pre-sented in the form of a rosary with each bead representing a rosary prayed for Bishop Braxton’s inten-tion. Please color in a bead after each rosary you have prayed for him. Brochures are available in the front entrance explaining how to use the rosary. We have completed four decades of rosaries and are in our fifth decade. We will send it to Bishop Braxton as soon as all beads are colored.

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A Word from Sr. Phyllis

Jan 21, 2021: As Dominican Sisters we try to live in community. As our numbers dwindle, that isn’t always possible. In that case we choose one of our group of Sisters with whom we stay in contact. We are contact house for our Sis-ter Barbara Bogenschutz who ministers at Red Cloud Native American Reservation in South Dakota. When she comes to Illinois she tries to stop in Carterville and spend time with us. Some of you have met her. Sr. Barbara has a nephew with a rare kid-ney disease who needs a transplant. She is a perfect match. So February 18th she will travel to the state of Virginia and become the donor. The surgery will take place February 24th. We are asking for your prayers for her, for her nephew and for the medical staff. We have prayed Laura Bateman through a double lung transplant just two years ago...our Christmas Miracle. Let’s help Sr. Barbara too with our prayers . Many thanks

Sept 6, 2020: As I hear your stories and those of family members you love, I am very aware of the pressure many are under due to this pandemic. It’s a time when our frustration can break out in unexpected ways and toward unexpecting people. Today in Paul’s letter to the Romans we are advised to “Owe nothing to anyone, except to love one another.” It seems especially hard during this time in this climate. I am heartened by the many ways I have witnessed each of you placing a call, making a contact, delivering food, being thoughtful of one another. In a poem written by Fr. Michael Quoist we hear God saying, “Don’t worry, you have gained all. While men came in to you, I, your Father, I, your God, slipped in among them.” Let us know if we can help

God be with you till we meet again;  By his counsels guide uphold you;  With his love securely fold you;  God be with you til we meet again.

Holy Spirit Parish has been greatly enriched by the priestly service of Father Richard Mohr during his lifetime.  He continues to bless us with his generosity.  We are in the process of completing paperwork for a beneficiary request he left in Holy Spirit’s name.


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I know there is but one Mind, which is the mind of God, in which all people live and move and have their being.

I know there is a divine pattern for humanity and within this pattern there is infinite harmony and peace, cooperation, unity and mutual helpfulness.

I know that the mind of humankind being one with the mind of God, shall discover the method, the way and means best fitted to permit the flow of Divine Love between individuals and nations.

Thus harmony, peace, cooperation, unity, and mutual helpfulness are experienced by all.

I know there will be a free interchange of ideas, of cultures, of spittle concepts, of ethics, of educational systems and scientific discoveries - for all good belongs to all alike.  I know that, because Divine Mind has created us all, we are bound together in one infinite and perfect unity.

I know that all people and all nations will remain individual but unified for the common purpose of promoting peace, happiness, harmony, and prosperity.

I know that deep within each person the Divine Pattern of perfect peace is already implanted.

I now declare that in each person and in leaders of though everywhere this Divine Pattern moves into action and form, to the end that all nations and all people will live together in peace, harmony, and prosperity forever.

And so it is! -Ernest Holmes

Blessing for Our Nation
God of all things, we come before you in thanksgiving for all that you have created.
For the world and its beauty, but especially for the people around us. We ask you today to give us wisdom
and courage to look at the world and all its problems and inspire us to dream great ways to improve upon
what you have so graciously given to us.
Make us worthy to call you Father.
And together bestow insight upon us to honor your created things. Bless, protect, and gift us ever
anew with your love.
We ask all this as members of this country,
in Christ's name. Amen. 

LET US PRAY….God our Father, graciously accept from your humble people a thankful heart and spirit. Everything we have and are able to share with others ultimately comes from your love of your creations. Often we think that everything we have is our own creation; we ask you this day to create in us a spirit of gratitude, that we may always know that all good gifts come from you. Amen

PRAYER FOR SAFETY OF ALL IN AGRICULTURE... Blessed Mary, Mother of God, and great Saint Joseph, you protected and kept safe the Divine Child, Jesus.  We ask your special intercession and protection of all who work in Agriculture, especially on the farm.  Man, having been cast out of the Garden of Eden, must now work by the sweat of his brow to get food to eat as you foretold in Genesis.  And he must also battle fatigue, danger and accidents.  Protect all in agriculture against these and all danger and evil, so that when they complete their work each day and each season, they return to your altar and their families whole and entire to love and honor You and the ones you have given them all the days of their lives.  We ask through the holy name of Jesus.  Amen 

A Retreat Possibility:
Each year for 10 years now, author/artist Jan Richardson has offered a free downloadable retreat at the end of the Christmas season titled “Women’s Christmas Retreat” (although she emphasizes it is for both women and men, and not necessarily just for the Christmas season). The materials (reflection, poetry, art) can actually be used anytime your spirit needs to be fed by some quiet prayer/reflection. https://sanctuaryofwomen.com/WomensChristmasRetreat2021.pdf


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