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 Sept. 21, 2014
What are you living for? What do you expect out of life? That was the basic emphasis of our annual clergy conference in Effingham this past week. Those two questions are vitally important. They are our spiritual headlights, enlightening us and protecting us from impending danger, both physically and spiritually as we seek to share our lives and love with Jesus on our spiritual journey. We should always keep them in mind, for they, like the headlights on our car, are truly necessary if we are to pass safely through this world darkened by sin. It is impossible for us to achieve eternal salvation until we, guided by the Holy Spirit, are able to perceive the correct answer to those questions. Fifty years ago life was simple! We had time to enjoy being with people; the wonders of the changing seasons, and the excitement of each new day. We lived a more quiet life, loved deeply and more permanently, and laughed more frequently. We celebrated life as a gift of God and treasured each moment. We found time to welcome God and others into our lives, and enter more profoundly into the lives of those around us, as we journeyed together in deep faith and praising God for our blessings. Today that is much more difficult to execute because we are constantly bombarded by urgent activities. This hassle results in our rushing through each day, year and life itself with rocket speed; all too frequently drifting further and further from our purpose in life; present and final union with Jesus. Our lives are the result of pursuit of happiness. Each one of us, regardless of age, life style, power, position, race, color or creed is presently living on one of the four levels of happiness. The level we may now be living is the result of our faith life, prayer life and the example of those around us. As we mature, hopefully we are able to reassess our priorities so that we return to and remain on the fourth level of happiness. All too frequently people today have acclimated themselves to that life style or level of happiness in which their goal appears to be immediate gratification. Those who dwell in this level of happiness maximize pleasure and minimize pain. Their primary objective is self. They have little concern for the good of others; suffer from a lack of self worth, and fear tangible loss or harm. This happiness or gratification is immediate. Some have striven to rise to the second level of happiness; personal achievement. Those in this category are ego centered; judge themselves to be better than others, and seek ways to gain and take advantage of others. For people on this level, promotion of self is primary. Personal power and control are key and they are plagued with jealousy, fear of failure, contempt, isolation, loneliness and cynicism. This happiness is short term. Many have achieved the third stage of happiness; good beyond self. People in this group strive to do good for others. They promote the principles of justice, love and community. They perceive intrinsic goodness as an end in itself, and their decisions focus on greater good. This level of happiness is long-term. We endeavor to achieve the fourth level of happiness, Ultimate Good; participating and receiving ultimate meaning, goodness, ideals, and love. Those who live this level of happiness will be rewarded with a level of happiness that is eternal. As followers of Jesus, we strive to attain this fourth level of happiness, for we are created to share the love of Jesus personally, and with others now, so we may receive the fullness of HAPPINESS, yet to come; ETERNAL LIFE. That’s what we are living for! That’s what we expect from believing, loving and serving Jesus! Live a happy life!