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1 Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church The Old Cathedral 717 State Street Alton, Illinois Parish Web Site: ssppalton.com Parish Fr. Jeff Holtman O.F.S., Pastor - End-of-life Emergencies ONLY call: Deacon John Bretz Mrs. Chrissy Lewis, Business Manager Theresa Stegvilas, Parish Secretary Joseph Green, Parish Maintenance Parish Council: Judy Pautler, Sue Schwegel, Dave Roller, Dale Henderson, Susan Carpenter Finance Council: Tom Daly, Alice Reinecke, Brant Goble Parish Phone: Parish Web Site: ssppalton.com Parish Parish Office Hours: Monday- Friday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm Mass Schedule / Weekend Masses: Saturday - 4:00 pm Sunday - 8:00 am and 10:00 am Monday - NO MASS Weekday Masses: Tuesday - Friday 8:15 am Holy Day Masses - As Announced Confessions- 3:15-3:45pm Saturday Mother of Perpetual Help Devotions every Tuesday after Mass Divine Mercy Chaplet every Wednesday after Mass Rosary every Thursday at 5pm First Friday adoration after Mass until Noon To report allegations of sexual abuse of a minor by clergy or other church personnel (even if it is in the past) please call the Diocese s Child Abuse Reporting and Investigation number at (217) Individuals may also contact Illinois Department of Children and Family Services Child Abuse Hotline at 1-(800)-25-ABUSE August 8, 2021 Baptisms - Baptismal Preparation Program is required call Rectory for Appointment Marriage - Call the rectory at least 6 months in advance for appointment. Registration and Active Membership are Required. Parish Registration - New families and individuals are asked to register at the rectory at their earliest opportunity. Each family or wage earner is requested to use the weekly envelope system. If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a Catholic, or needing PSR, please call the Rectory Office at

2 From the Pastor s Desk - Year of St. Joseph While I am away on missionary work in Mexico I leave these three tidbits of thoughts on family life. Enjoy! Children are natural mimics who act like their parents, despite every effort to teach them good manners. A second grader came home from school and said to her mother, Mom, guess what? We learned how to make babies today. The mother, more than a little surprised, asked fearfully, that s interesting. How do you make babies? It s simple, replied the girl, You just change y to I and add es. Don t worry so much about the kind of world you are leaving for your kids. Worry much more about the kind of kids you are leaving the world. (Fr. Stan Fortuna, CFR at a College Youth Conference) God s blessing in this new week of grace. Pax et Bonum, Fr. Jeff Rachel s Vineyard Retreat: Pope Francis says, God is always waiting for you. If you or someone you love is grieving the loss of a child or children to abortion, come and experience the healing mercy of Jesus Christ on our weekend retreat August at the Villa Maria Retreat Center, Springfield. For more information about the retreat contact Donna at call , or go to: Scholarships are available for those not able to pay the registration fee. There will also be NO MASS OR COMMUNION SERVICE ON August 9, 10, 11, and 12 Father Jeff will be on vacation Father Jeff will return to have Mass on Friday August 13 at 8:15 am Fr. Jeff will have Mass for the following intentions while he is away: August 2 - All Souls August 3 - e John Keshner August 4 - e Marc Roller August 5 - e John Rogers August 6 - e Fr. Pete Donohoe August 7 - For all Fathers living and deceased August 8 - e Jo Ann Walsh August 9 - For all Mothers living and deceased August 10 - e Joe Kuhnline August 11 - e William Conley

3 August 8, th Sunday in Ordinary Time The lens through which we view life makes a difference. It also determines who we choose to learn from and what we allow to shape our thoughts and feelings. For many, life is simply what it appears to be, a given that either through evolution or some other means just came to be. There is no apparent rhyme or reason to things and things can be dissected and understood only in terms of what they empirically present. To the person using this lens, a tree is a tree and a flower is a flower. Their composition and existence can be understood only to the extent that current human knowledge allows. Through this lens, what gives life purpose and meaning? This lens has an essentially unknown beginning and definite end. Once those are accepted, the middle becomes some kind of pursuit of happiness, with values and principles being things that are self-created and found acceptable. But there is a Divine lens that also exists and deserves mention. It is found when one stumbles upon faith and begins to see things differently. This lens is of God and reveals a Divine Energy and Life that flows through and in all things. Faith then shows us that all that lives come from this one Source of Love. This is the only true lens that can give human beings the purpose and meaning they desperately need. From this perspective, all of life is much more than what is immediately apparent! It now tells and reveals a story about God generous, creative, and unconditional love! The unfolding of the human story is the unfolding of God s story. What meaning our lives have when they are viewed as a part of God s love affair with humanity! We are indeed special. The lens of our faith asks us to learn from Jesus Christ. Jesus, as the real Bread of Life, shows us our eternal destiny and completes and frames our lives. It is only in allowing ourselves to be taught by Jesus, that faith, hope, and love take on much greater importance. All the relationships in our lives are now structured and ordered using God s primary commandment of love. Jesus, then, is not just some man who lived at some point in history. Jesus is the incarnate Son of God who shows us the way, the truth, and the life. Using this lens changes things up a great deal. Looking at the creation that surrounds you and the special unique people you love, what is God trying to teach you about His love for you and the eternal life He wants you to have? LPi August 11 - St. Clare St. Clare of Assisi was the first woman to practice the life of entire poverty as taught by St. Francis. Placed by him at the head of a few companions in the small convent of San Damiano, she governed her community for forty-two years thus founding at the gates of Assisi the Order of Poor Clares. Their Rule included austerities hitherto unknown in monasteries of women. They went barefoot, slept on the ground, kept perpetual abstinence and made poverty the basis of their lives. St. Clare died on August 11, 1253, and was canonized two years after her death. Patron: Embroiderers; eye disease; eyes; gilders; goldsmiths; gold workers; good weather; laundry workers; needle workers; Santa Clara Indian Pueblo; telegraphs; telephones; television; television writers. Symbols: Chalice and host; tall cross; Monstrance; lily; ciborium. Often Portrayed as: Woman with a monstrance in her hand; Nun holding a vessel containing the holy Eucharist.

4 St. Joseph Candles August In Memory of Meyers and Maher Family - Anonymous Special Intention - Dunphy Family In Memory of Robert Logan - Theresa Logan For all our Family Members living and deceased - Dick & Margie Dunn ATTENTION ALL LADIES: The Springfield Diocesan Council of Catholic Women will host their annual Convention in Jacksonville on Wed., Sept. 29th. This event will take place at the Hamilton Convention site. Additional information will be available at church next week. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend. August 7 Linda Eisenreich Kevin Bagwill August 8 Jerome Cresswell Sharon Creasy Katherine Spaulding August 9 Anne Green Carla Gillespie Jennifer Wisniewski August 10 Braden Kline August 11 John Rapp Sara Grant Mission Appeal at Ss. Peter and Paul August Fr. Emilio Rossi IVE is the missionary priest who will be with visiting our parish. Fr. Emilio is from the Institute of the Incarnate Word. The Institute of the Incarnate Word uses the funds collected from the mission appeals to care for the disabled, the elderly, and the sick, provide homes for the poor and for abandoned children, manage schools and educational institutions in rural areas in developing countries, and promote pastoral formation of our missionaries related to human, intellectual, and spiritual development. Present in 40 countries, our most challenging missions are in Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Guyana, Iraq, Palestine (Gaza), Papua New Guinea, Peru, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, and Ukraine among others. The collected funds will be used for the day-to-day support for missionaries, to supply material goods, to finish projects, and to meet the basic needs in rural areas where we work. The children, the elderly, the sick, the poor, the abandoned, the handicapped, and the suffering will benefit from these funds. Your support funds the basic needs - such as food and medicine, pastoral works, vehicles to arrive to remote rural areas where there are no roads, to build seminaries and churches to provide hope where the Catholic faith is a minority or does not exist at all for the enrichment of the evangelization program around the world. Flowers on the Altar this weekend are for the Glory of God and in Memory of Paul and Eileen Dunn Ss. Peter and Paul Gift Shop will be having a JEWELRY SALE This weekend 8/7-8/8 All items $20 and under!!!

5 Lisa Curtis Jennifer Martin Lisa Brinkman Beth Ann Alvi Patricia Harmon Wes Schultz Shane Fin Barb Hinson Vicki Conley Gary Osborne Julie Gray Maren Poettker Regina Shaw Trent Ward Bill Parker Mary Schwegel Gillett Matthew Paulda Regan Taylor Tim Holt Ryan Lopez Jodie Huber Carl Hamberg Rita Parker Beverly Fischer Helen Sands Roberta Fleming Robert Curry Tony Marin Susan Hendrickson Earl Phillips Brianne Bagwill Leo McCleod Tracy Mahan Carla Mackelden Ann and Rich Phillips Marilyn Smith John Brinkman Tony Martin Dana Fallon Dave Simonds Ken Petitti Carol Woelfel Shirley Plunk Vivian Dragone MUSIC - Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Processional: All Are Welcome (copies will be provided) Readings and Responsorial Psalm: #983 Offertory: #784 Pan de Vida Communion: #786 I Received the Living God Recessional: #574 Glory and Praise to Our God Holy Humor - No Pushing A little girl, dressed in her Sunday best, was running as fast as she could, trying not to be late for Bible class. As she ran, she prayed, "Dear Lord, please don't let me be late! Dear Lord, please don't let me be late!" As she was running and praying, she tripped on a curb and fell, getting her clothes dirty and tearing her dress. She got up, brushed herself off, and started running again. As she ran, she once again began to pray, "Dear Lord, please don't let me be late... But please don't shove me either!" LPi Ashley Taylor Amanda Wohlert Mike Blakely Our Men and Women in the Military Our Vincentian Clients Keep Children of the World Safe Shirley Hicks Marilyn Smith Brad Johnson Richard Siemer Please call the office if a name is to be removed from the list. Names in BOLD will be removed unless we receive a prayer update If you know of any parishioner that is in a Nursing Home or Homebound, please let the rectory office know. Also, let us know which Nursing Home they are in. Thank You. Deadline for the bulletin is On or Before Monday at 12 noon. Please your bulletin request to: THE HOLY FATHER S PRAYER INTENTIONS August 2021 Intention for Evangelization - The Church Let us pray for the Church, that She may receive from the Holy Spirit the grace and strentgth to reform herself in the light of the Gospel. If you wish to place flowers on the High Altar for a certain weekend, please call Theresa at the parish office The cost is $40 for 2 bouquets created by Dick s Flowers.

6 Aug Saturday 4:00 pm Sunday 8:00 am Sunday 10:00 am Lector: Patti Kruegel Chris Dunphy Robert Luken Eucharistic Ministers Dave Cordes Ann Hornsey Elaine Snyders Servers: Mike Fitzgerald Sean & Owen Williams Jim Schwegel Ushers: Rick Monje Brent Thomson Marie Goforth-Allen Jim Schwegel Barb Von Almen Richard Phillips Doug Mueller Robert Ryan SUNDAY COLLECTION Budget Weekly Goal...$7, July 31-August 1 Last Sunday Envelopes...$ 6, Loose.... $ Parish Tithing (ACSA)... $ On-Line $ Assumption of Mary $ 5.00 Building Fund...$ Gift Shop..$ Parish Debt..$ Difference with Collection +$ Of 239 Envelope 83 Holders contributed to the Sunday Collection Mass Attendance July 31 August 1 Saturday 4: Sunday 8:00-64 Sunday 10:00-79 Total Attendance Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Aug. 7-8 Saturday 4 pm e Jeannie Adolf Sunday 8:00 am Living and deceased members of the Parish 10:00 am e Bill Bray Monday August 2 Our Lady of the Angels NO MASS Tuesday, August 10 St. Lawrence NO MASS OR COMMUNION SERVICE Wednesday, August 11 St. Clare of Assisi NO MASS OR COMMUNION SERVICE Thursday, August 12 Weekday NO MASS OR COMMUNION SERVICE Friday, August 13 Weekday 8:15 am e Scott Bosoluke Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Saturday 4 pm e George and Spiv Woelfel Sunday 8:00 am Living and deceased members of the Parish 10:00 am e Rick Phillips

7 This summer is flying by quickly. Do you have a plan to keep you on the right path in this everchanging world? Listening to Catholic programming on Covenant Network will help keep you focused on faith in your life. Our daily schedule includes the Mass, the Rosary, the Angelus at noon, the Divine Mercy Chaplet and other prayers to remind you of saints and feasts during the day. Whatever your summer schedule includes, tune in to AM 1080 or FM 92.7, listen on our Covenant Network app on your mobile device or at OurCatholicRadio.org Godfrey Rd. Godfrey, IL MATT HORN Managing Broker Cell Office Readings for the week of August 8, 2021 Sunday: 1 Kgs 19:4-8/Ps 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9 [9a]/ Eph 4:30 5:2/Jn 6:41-51 Monday: Dt 10:12-22/Ps 147:12-13, 14-15, [12a]/Mt 17:22-27 Tuesday: 2 Cor 9:6-10/Ps 112:1-2, 5-6, 7-8, 9 [5]/Jn 12:24-26 Wednesday: Dt 34:1-12/Ps 66:1-3a, 5 and 8, [cf. 20a and 10b]/Mt 18:15-20 Thursday: Jos 3:7-10a, 11, 13-17/Ps 114:1-2, 3-4, 5-6/ Mt 18:21 19:1 Friday: Jos 24:1-13/Ps 136:1-3, 16-18, and 24/ Mt 19:3-12 Contact Trey Hill to place an ad today! or (800) x2613 Saturday: Jos 24:14-29/Ps 16:1-2a, and 5, 7-8, 11 [cf. 5a]/Mt 19:13-15 Next Sunday: Vigil: 1 Chr 15:3-4, 15-16; 16:1-2/Ps 132:6-7, 9-10, [8]/ 1 Cor 15:54b-57/Lk 11:27-28 Day: Rv 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab/ Ps 45:10, 11, 12, 16 [10bc]/1 Cor 15:20-27/Lk 1:39-56 Elias, Kallal & Schaaf Funeral Homes Alton Bethalto Godfrey Staten, Kallal & Schaaf Funeral Homes Homeward Bound Pet Crematory & Cemetery B 4C

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