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 November 26 - Blessed Virgin Mary
» 9:00 AM Dixie Stump (Kevin & Jean Stump & Family)
» 5:00 PM Diane Schmeltzer (Breanna & Jacob Sams)
Sun November 27 - First Sunday of Advent
» 8:00 AM People of the Parish
» 10:00 AM The Poor Souls in Purgatory (4th Degree Knights)
Mon November 28 -
» 8:00 AM James H. Kilbarger (Ron & Mary Fannon)
Tue November 29 -
» 8:00 AM Carol Batina (St. John Music Ministers)
Wed November 30 - St. Andrew
» 10:00 AM Ron Rydzewski (Marie Auflick)
Thu December 1 -
» 8:00 AM Chapel Open
Fri December 2 -
» 8:00 AM Mary Anne McFarlane (Sara Blankenheim)
Sat December 3 - St. Francis Xavier
» 9:00 AM Dec’d of Charles & Agnes Dalton Family (Their Family)
» 5:00 PM Louise Thompson (Claudia Nihiser)
Sun December 4 - Second Sunday of Advent
» 8:00 AM Betty Roop (Monte & Betty Amnah)
» 10:00 AM People of the Parish
Weekly School Window Raffle: Members of the Knights of Columbus, with the help of the St. John School PTA, will be selling 50/50 raffle tickets after each Mass every weekend this year in the Church Hall to help raise funds for the school’s window replacement project. The Knights will be drawing for a monthly winner at each Knights breakfast. Please stop in and purchase a ticket to support our school.
2017 Parish Directory: The church office will soon be drafting a new Parish Directory which will include each parishioner’s name, address and phone number. If you have a new address or phone number which you would like used for the directory, please contact Marian in the church office to make these adjustments. Also, if there are family members (such as adult children) who were previously listed with your family but who now reside elsewhere, please let us know that, too. Thank you!
Cookie Walk Baker’s Needed: Give the gift of a Catholic education and consider donating your favorite Christmas confections to the Annual Cookie Walk. In order to make this event a success, we need your help. 100% of the proceeds benefit the Tuition Assistance Program! Cookies and other sweet treats can be dropped off at the School Hall on Friday, Dec. 9, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. or Saturday, Dec. 10, from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. Any questions can be directed to Heidi Rimkus 740-385-8735, or you may e-mail her at Heidi@loganinsurance.com.
Follow the Light - Logan Church Tour: On Saturday, December 10, 2016, the Hocking County Ministerial Association is once again sponsoring the Follow the Light Logan Church Tour. The tour will be part of our Logan Bicentennial Celebration and will begin at 6:00 p.m. Participating churches are: First Presbyterian Church, St. John Catholic Church, St. Matthew Lutheran Church, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Trinity Lutheran Church, and First Church of Christ. Three tour groups will depart from three locations (red, green, and yellow tickets) and be led by a tour guide. Each stop will provide an opportunity to enjoy the music, splendor and hospitality of the Advent and Christmas seasons. Church vans will be available for those unable to walk the tour. New this year, George W. Johnson, our Logan Christmas collector and scholar will be displaying marvelous crèche displays, a different one in each of the six participating churches. Tickets are $3.00. Children under 12 are free. All proceeds will be given to Smith Chapel Food Bank. Tickets are available in advance from each of the six participating churches. Day of tour tickets will be available at First Presbyterian Church, Trinity Lutheran Church and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church prior to departure.
Poinsettia Order Forms are in the back of the church. Orders are due Wednesday, November 30. Pick up is Friday, December 9 and 10. Please consider placing an order to support St. John PTA.
Knights 50/50 Drawing: Parishioners are urged to purchase a ticket after Mass each weekend in the Church Hall to support our school’s new window project. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5.
The Fairfield-Hocking “Holy League” of Catholic Men meets on the last Sunday of each month from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at various locations around the Fairfield-Hocking area on a rotational basis. Below is the schedule of future meetings. Please call John Bradford at 614-679-6761 for more information.
PSR CLASSES for children K-9 are being held each Sunday at 9:00 a.m. All children not attending Catholic schools are expected to attend.
Adult Religious Education: Classes for the fall session are on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. in the Church Hall. All are welcome!
RCIA: The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is a process designed for those non-Catholic who are curious to learn more about the Catholic faith. Classes for 2016-17 will be held Tuesdays evening at 7:00 p.m. For more information or to register, please call Marie Auflick at 740-385-4762.
Reminder on New Rental Procedures
Many may not realize all the behind-the-scenes administrative issues that a pastor must contend with in running a parish, and one of those countless items has to do with updating our parish rental policies and procedures. Over the last several months, I have spent a considerable amount of time revising our parish rental policies to bring them in line with recent expectations laid out by the Diocese, due to increasing legal and liability concerns. Besides the usual question of insurance coverage that must be addressed whenever an entity rents out space, last summer’s Supreme Court decision also raised some serious concerns about exposing Catholic entities to potential legal action if rental policies are not clear and consistent.
Accordingly, I want to remind parishioners about some new steps that will be involved when people or entities seek to rent out space from St. John Church (which most often involves the Church Hall or School Hall). First, we will continue our past practice of limiting rentals primarily to parish families (most often for special family gatherings). We do have also a very limited list of “grandfathered” “outside” charitable organizations that we have rented space to in the past and will continue to do so in the future, most of whom have some connection already with our parish life and programming. But, according to Diocesan guidance and in order to limit potential legal issues, we do not have a policy of renting to all outside groups and people. Parish facilities are meant primarily for parish events and families.
Whenever a rental is sought, we have developed a packet of forms that covers all our local policies on using our facilities, as well as the insurance and legal concerns of the Diocese. For example, all renters (including families using a Hall for a party, etc.), must provide insurance coverage. In most cases (such as families), this is taken care of by purchasing the “Special Event Coverage” offered by the Diocese’s insurance company at a cost of $95 per event. This is a required fee and required insurance that we here at St. John’s have no control over. Because of this fee, the Parish Council last year agreed to reduce the customary rental fee (for families) to simply $1, to make the agreements legal and binding. There is also, as in the past, a $50 refundable deposit to assure that facilities are left in proper order.
Additionally, the Diocese now requires all renters (families and outside groups) to sign off on what is called the “Facilities Shared Religious Place Policy” that documents that the renter agrees that no activities contrary to Catholic moral teachings will take place during the rental use. Again, this was recently implemented by our Bishop as an abundance of caution given the heightened religious-liberty concerns generated after last summer’s Supreme Court decision.
I wanted to bring everyone up to date on these practical issues involved with renting space at St. John’s. The packet of forms can be obtained from Mrs. Gall in the main office, who will be happy to explain the procedures and answer your questions. I know it can be inconvenient and seemingly bureaucratic when, “Father, all we want to do is to have a baby shower!” But sadly, we live in a different age, and we do have to tend to these legal and liability concerns. As Pastor, one of my responsibilities is to protect the interests of the parish, and I appreciate your support in my striving to do so.
Hi boys and girls! My name is “Jackie”, and, as you know, I am Father Ferguson’s cat. Do you know what today is? It is called the “Solemnity of Christ the King”! That’s right! It is called that because it is the last Sunday of the Church year! It’s a great reminder that our whole year is lived under the love and protection of Jesus Christ, who guides us as a good king – king of Heaven and Earth! He’s the best king you can imagine. He’s even greater and better than any of my relatives who are lions – “kings of the jungle”! (which is funny, because lions don’t live in jungles – tigers do, but that’s a question for another time….) Sometimes I wish I could be a big powerful lion…Grrr…..but even more, I want to be like Jesus Christ – holy and happy in God’s love! Today, why not pray to Jesus in your own words and thank Him for all his love and protection of you as your Heavenly King? Have a “purr”-fect week!
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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.