Welcome to the St. John the Evangelist Church family and to our Website. Here you will find information about parish ministries, groups, activities, and organizations. You may wish to participate in one or many of the groups. Contact the leader directly or call or send an e-mail to the parish office, and we will put you in touch with the appropriate person. We hope that this Web site will strengthen the already vibrant St. John Community and lead to new friendships and closer associations.
Yours in Christ
Father William Ferguson
Sat August 19 - St. John Eudes
» 9:00 AM Lillian Comonyak (Kathy Frasure)
» 5:00 PM James H. Kilbarger (Ann & Ed Kilbarger)
Sun August 20 - Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
» 8:00 AM Joan Kunkler (St. John School Staff)
» 10:00 AM People of the Parish
Mon August 21 - St. Pius X
» 8:00 AM Dec’d Members of Lira Family (David & Elizabeth)
Tue August 22 - Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary
» 8:00 AM Paul Krannitz (Ed & Deb Mohler)
Wed August 23 - St. Rose of Lima
» 10:00 AM John Anderson (Laila & Estelle)
Thu August 24 - St. Bartholomew
» 8:00 AM Chapel Open for Private Prayer
Fri August 25 - St. Louis; St. Joseph Calasanz
» 8:00 AM Amy Mohler (Shirley & Bill Harwood)
Sat August 26 -
» 9:00 AM Bob Sauers (Sheila Wilson)
» 5:00 PM Bob McBride Familyn (St. John School)
Sun August 27 - Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time
» 8:00 AM Jeannette Frazier (Joe & JoAnn Murtha)
» 10:00 AM People of the Parish
Knights Breakfast: There will be no monthly breakfasts during the summer; the next one is Sept. 10.
The St. John Tuition Assistance Board (TAP) will hold an organizational meeting on Tuesday, September 5, at 7:00 in the church office conference room. Agenda items include planning for Fall Appeal, planning for Cookie Walk, and election of officers. All members are encouraged to attend.
Rosary Novena: A 54 Day Rosary Novena for our freedom & faith in America will be held from Aug. 15 through Oct. 7. The time is now to call upon God, through the powerful intercession of Our Lady of the Rosary, to heal our country and return it to holiness. For more information click here.
RCIA Classes will begin Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 7:00 p.m. in our Church Hall. If you know of someone who would like to become a Catholic or if you would like to learn more about our Catholic faith yourself, you are welcome to attend these classes. Please call Marie Auflick at 740-385-4762 for more information.
A Protecting God’s Children Class will be held Saturday, August 26, 9:00 a.m. to noon, in the Church Hall, presented by Dcn. Don Robers. To volunteer at our parish or school or in a parish/school program that involves children, you need to take this class. To register, visit www.virtus.org or call the church office for assistance.
In a few weeks, our parish will once again offer the “RCIA” program. “RCIA” stands for “Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.” It is a process for non-Catholics who would like to learn more about the Catholic faith to do so in a friendly, prayerful, environment. The “RCIA” seeks to invite inquirers into a deeper relationship with Jesus as disciples in the context of the community of believers that goes back to the Apostles, known as the Catholic Church. The RCIA incorporates several important elements of being disciples: coming to know Jesus more personally through prayer and the sacraments, learning more about His teachings on God and the moral life, and learning how to give worship to God in the Holy Mass. The RCIA strives to meet people “where they are”, and we recognize that different inquirers come with different faith backgrounds and life experiences. Logistically, the RCIA meets on Tuesday evenings beginning in mid-September, and continues until Easter. Typically, an inquirer then receives Baptism (if not already baptized in another Christian community), Confirmation, and Holy Eucharist at the Easter Vigil Mass. But a longer process of discernment and preparation can be arranged if needed. Again, the RCIA strives to help people enter the flock of the Catholic Church in a way that best suits their needs, as they come closer to the Good Shepherd.
I am making our parish aware of the RCIA because we need your help with an important task: please encourage those you know who have expressed curiosity about the Catholic faith to take part in the RCIA. Let them know that it is a wonderful opportunity to come, to learn, to ask questions, to pray, and to meet others who are undergoing a similar journey of faith. If they wish to talk to me or to our RCIA director privately ahead of time regarding any questions or concerns, they are welcome to do so. But as a parish called to evangelize and to spread the faith here in Hocking County, we are counting on all parishioners to encourage someone you know who is seeking a deeper faith experience with Jesus, to check out the RCIA. For more information or questions, any person is welcome to contact me or Ms. Marie Auflick, the RCIA director, by calling the parish office.
Hi boys and girls! My name is “Jackie”, and, as you know, I am Father Ferguson’s cat. I’m feeling a little jealous today. That’s right. This time of year always makes me a little mad. Do you know why? Because lots of people call these long, hot days of August we are now in, the “dog days of summer”! And that makes me mad. How come dogs have days named after them? When do you ever hear about the “cat days of summer”? Or the “cat days” of any other season? Who came up with the name “dog days of summer” anyway? It just doesn’t seem fair that dogs get so much attention! Humpff!!! Grrrrrr!!! Well…..sorry kids…..I guess I got a little worked up there. I guess I have a little trouble with being jealous sometimes. Have you ever been jealous of the special attention that your brother or sister or someone else in your family received? It helps to remember not to get too mad about it; mom and dad still love you too. And I know God still loves us cats even though dogs (….God help those creatures!....) get to have days named after them. It’s tough to fight jealousy. But knowing that we are still loved by God helps a lot to get over the bad feelings. This week, why not take a few minutes each day and thank God for His great love for you? Have a “purr”-fect week!
'Revolution' needed to combat climate change. Welcome with an open heart, read Pope Francis'Encncyclical'. His Address to Congress, Also, read the important information concerning marriage from the USCCB and other importasnt books from our library.
All Sundays are obligatory to participate in the celebration of the Mass
Please be reminded that any parishioner is welcome to ask that Masses be celebrated for deceased or living loved ones, Catholic or non-Catholic, or for anniversaries of important occasions. Intentions can be made for Sunday and weekday Masses, and are published in the Bulletin and read out loud in the General Intercessions of Sunday Masses. The suggested donation, set by the Bishops of Ohio, is $10.00. Such donations, of course, are not for "purchasing" the graces of God, but for the temporal support of the priest. Masses will be scheduled for specific dates on a first-come first-served basis. To schedule a Mass Intention, please contact Marian Gall during office hours at 385-2549, or place a note in the collection basket.