St. John's Church at 414 3rd Street, Carrollton, IL 62016-1319 US - Home
Welcome to St. John’s The Evangelist Church in Carrollton, Illinois website. Our home away from home. We also administer to two other Parishes, which are: St. Michael’s in Greenfield and All Saints in White Hall. You will be able to find our Mass schedule for all three parishes listed under hours button on the left. Of course you can find our bulletins on the left and follow the instructions. Anything else that may be happening in our parishes in the future will be put on the right buttons. Thank you for visiting our site and come back again.
From The Pastor's Sandal Path Oct. 19, 2014
The first place blue ribbon for outstanding artwork goes to God. Once again this autumn, His masterpieces are incredibly beautiful. If you have ever displayed any painting at an art show, you will truly appreciate the glorious pastoral paintings that God has begun, and will continue to produce throughout the coming weeks. The works of the most talented artists down through the ages, pale when compared with the ever changing renditions Jesus presents to us each day. The works of famous artists are certainly worthy of recognition and our appreciation. Their paintings are stagnant; never changing, and they can be reproduced mechanically, whereas the beauty of God in nature is ever changing and can not be reproduced. Each day, each new scene is unique, ever changing. No day, season or year is ever the same. There are no repeats for God is omnipotent, and embellishes every moment of life with newness and beauty. Every aspect of our life, like a well-written film, is projected by God on the ‘screen’ of time, comparable to the thrill and excitement we experience in a theatre-in-the-round. As my Sandals speed through the pages of life, it is heartrending to find that many people overlook much of the beauty and marvel of God, and consequently life is drab and empty; their hardships and burdens overwhelm them, and they miss the excitement and joy of life which can be experienced only when shared intimately with Jesus. It is amazing how much the beauty of nature affects our lives; how the sun brightens our mood; how blooming flowers cheer our spirits. We may not be artists, or if we are, it is quite possible that our efforts have not won for us the blue ribbon, but we are all capable of becoming spiritual ‘artists’; we can with the grace of God produce outstanding ‘blue ribbon’ spiritual lives. The famous artists did not become legendary overnight, but slowly and patiently over the years developed their talents and achieved notoriety. The same is true with regard to our becoming spiritual ‘artists’; it takes much time and effort to achieve perfection. If we hope to become a spiritual artist; one who will attain ‘notoriety’; eternal life, we need patience as our ‘paint’; perseverance for our ‘paint brush’; penance for our ‘canvas’, which must be ‘touched up’ from time to time, due to sin, by receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and Christ as the picture we are endeavoring to paint. Like all the famous artists, we will succeed at times and people will take note of how we live; model or witness our lives after Jesus, and be attracted to our ‘painting’ and come to know Jesus. There will also be times when we fail to ‘paint’ a clear picture of Jesus and His love and compassion for everyone, but we can not give up; we must persevere. We all love to be recognized and affirmed as spiritual ‘artists’; faithful followers of Jesus but only a few will receive the ‘crown’ of spiritual notoriety while alive. The same was true for the great ‘artists’; rarely did they receive such laurels during their life time. As spiritual ‘artists’, we will not always win the ‘blue ribbon’ for how we ‘paint’; put on Christ, but if we persevere in our efforts to improve, we will assuredly receive the ‘blue ribbon’ for our ‘art work’; our faith-filled lives as we take our place among those who have attained spiritual notoriety and won the crown of eternal Life. As God blesses us with His beautiful ‘art work’; a colorful autumn, along with countless spiritual blessings, let us do our best to produce a spiritual masterpiece by modeling our lives after Jesus, and so be crowned with spiritual notoriety; saints sharing eternal Life.