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 July 13, 2014
WOW, what a week! This past week, God sent four inspiring, young, faith-filled disciples to work with the youth our parish communities; to proclaim the tremendous love that His Son Jesus has for each of us and wants so desperately to share with us, if only we welcome Him into our lives. It was a special time that will be long remembered and continue to affect the lives of those who participated for years to come.
Most every one of us can recall a time when we were extremely disappointed because we missed a ‘special’ sale; an opportunity to get something or go somewhere we had wanted; or dreamed of all our lives. Something we hoped to attain, only to agonizingly realize that due to some careless oversight, or neglect, we had just missed a great opportunity to achieve our goal, or attain our dream.
Jesus truly touched the lives of all who participated in this God-given week of grace. You can’t see His fingerprints, just as you are unable to see your fingerprints on the things you touch, unless you look closely!
The grace of God was poured out abundantly upon all who participated in the Totus Tuus week of spiritual development; not only upon the youth, but also on the parents and parishioners who so generously gave of their time and talents to make it such an outstanding success.
By their combined efforts, new seeds of faith have been planted in the minds and hearts of these lovely young people and strengthened in all who sacrificed to support the week in any way.
Now that this graced week has come to an end, and the new spiritual seeds of faith have been planted, it is up to us; parents, grandparents and parishioners to assure that the seed is not wasted.
We all realize that the seeds of plants and vegetables need careful nurturing; fertilizing, moisture and weeding if they are to thrive and produce abundantly. In like manner, we, who hope to produce spiritually, must not only plant the seeds of faith; we must also prayerfully and carefully cultivate these faith seedlings by frequenting the Sacraments, participating in the Mass and encouraging one another to live the Gospel Message, if we hope to attain eternal Life.
Caring for a garden is not easy. The seed and plants may seem costly, but we must pay the price if we hope to produce food for life. The planting, cultivating, fertilizing, watering and spraying is an ongoing work, but the end results is worth the effort; the harvest of delicious vegetables.
Those who love gardening, realize the sacrifices necessary are worth all the effort, for the blessings of the harvest will far surpass the sacrifices.
In like manner, we, who treasure the gift of faith, are well aware of the need for great sacrifices if we are to truly follow Jesus, who says – “Unless you take up your cross daily and follow me, you can not be my disciple.”
The degree to which we live our faith will be witnessed in the degree that we love; love God above all, and love our neighbor, as we love ourselves.
Those who participated in, or contributed to the “Totus Tuus” experience in any way, this past week, will be rewarded for their sacrifices, both in this life as they see the faith life of these young people develop, and in the next where they will experience the fruition of their efforts. WOW, what a Life that will be!
Thank Jesus for sending four Disciples to share His love with us. Pray for them!