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 18 - St. Rose Philippine Duchesne
» 9:00 AM James H. Kilbarger (Ann & Ed Kilbarger)
» 5:00 PM John & Delilah Voris (Rick & Jeanette Ruffner)
Sun November 19 - Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
» 8:00 AM Bill Sauer (John Saving Family)
» 10:00 AM People of the Parish
Mon November 20 -
» 8:00 AM Paul Krannitz (Dale & Dorothy Krannitz Olive)
Tue November 21 - Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
» 8:00 AM Joan Kunkler (Ed & Ann Kilbarger)
Wed November 22 - St. Cecilia
» 10:00 AM Jeannette Frazier (Pat & Judi Fox)
Thu November 23 - Thanksgiving Day
» 9:00 AM Martha Miller (David & Elizabeth)
Fri November 24 - St. Andrew Dung-Lac & Companions
» 8:00 AM Amy Mohler (Anna Mary Krannitz & Family)
Sat November 25 - St. Catherine of Alexandria
» 9:00 AM Harry Pavlik (Marjorie Kilbarger-Layman)
» 5:00 PM People of the Parish
Sun November 26 - Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of Universe
» 8:00 AM Jack & Margaret Maurey (Your Children)
» 10:00 AM Deceased Knights (Council 2299)
Adult Education Classes Wednesdays, at 7:00 p.m. in our Church Hall. Our new topic is “Who Am I To Judge”. All are welcome to attend.
Poinsettia Sale: St John PTA will be having its annual Poinsettia Sale from Nov. 1 to Nov. 20. We have red, white, pink, burgundy & marble star in three different sizes. Poinsettia sale forms can be picked up at the back and side entrances of church or in the Church Hall and are due into the School Office by Monday Nov. 20. For questions, please call or text Amy McGuire, 740-438-6063. Thanks for your support!
Calling all Christmas Bakers!: Do you have a family favorite Christmas cookie? Are you known for your famous fudge? Are you willing to share your talents? We are looking for you! The St John Tuition Assistance Board is seeking volunteers to share their baking talents by donating their favorite Christmas confections for the annual Cookie Walk to be held Saturday, December 9. 100% of the proceeds benefit the Tuition Assistance Program. Please look for more information to come within the next few weeks
The Living Rosary: The Knights of Columbus are promoting The Living Rosary, which is praying a decade of the rosary per day. The aim of The Living Rosary is to have all 20 decades prayed each day in the parish for the conversion of sinners, the conversion of the heart of the world, to stop the sin of abortion, and for world peace. Sign up sheets are located in the vestibule and in the Church Hall. For more information, please contact Tim Peterson, Deputy Grand Knight, at 740-603-8053.
TAP: The Annual Fall Appeal to raise funds for St. John Tuition Assistance Program is currently underway. These funds help those in need of assistance with Catholic School tuition. While any amount is welcome, an annual donation of $150 is suggested. Appeal letters are in the vestibule of church for you to pick up. This year, the option of donating by PayPal is available, DONATE HERE Please consider adding 3% to your PayPal donation to cover transaction fees. Thank you for your support. All donations are tax deductible.
Parish Youth Group: will be accepting diaper and monetary donations to help the clients of Pregnancy Decision Health Center (PDHC) at the K of C breakfast on November 5th. PDHC has requested sizes one, two, and three diapers for the donation if at all possible. Any donation would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
High School Youth Group Reminder: The St. John’s high school youth group will have a meeting in the Youth Center on Sunday, Nov. 19, beginning at 11:00 a.m. All of our high schoolers are welcome to attend.
ST. JOHN’S HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH GROUP!View Fall Events PDF Here
Knights Movie: The Knights will be showing the continuing series of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Bible at their November 27 social meeting. All parishioners are invited to attend. The rosary begins at 7:00 p.m., and the movie at 7:30 p.m. Snacks & drinks provided.
Irish Party! Chuck Rogers/Bishop Fenwick Class of 1969 Fund is joining Fisher Catholic Alumni Association and throwing a party on Wednesday, November 22, from 7:00 p.m. – midnight at FC Alumni Hall. Local band BAD INFLUENCE will rock the hall! Food and legal beverages available for purchase. Adult gathering (must be 18+ years old). 50/50. To help sponsor this fun event, contact Jim Faulkner at 614-284-9369 or Jfaulk51@hotmail.com.
Breakfast with Santa: Saturday, December 2, St. Mark Church, Lancaster. Cost: $5 per person in advance; $6 at the door; $25 for families of five or more (immediate family). Two seating times: 8:30-10:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.-noon.
This week, of course, includes our national holiday of “Thanksgiving”, which is a good reminder of what our Christian faith always calls us to do: to be grateful and to give thanks, especially to God for the gifts and graces we continually receive from Him. A life lived with an attitude of thanksgiving is a life that benefits from healthy human interaction and communal love. As Catholics, from the time of the Last Supper, we have lived the call of thanksgiving. The basic structure of the Last Supper itself was actually a normal ritual action within the Jewish tradition that contained prayers of thanksgiving to God in preparation for the Passover. But Jesus transformed this ancient Jewish custom into something new: a sacrament named the “Eucharist”, which is a Greek word meaning….”giving thanks”. And that is what we have continued to do at the Holy Mass in the centuries since as we “re-live” the Last Supper and the action of Jesus on the Cross: we give thanks to God for the gift of Jesus – his Death and Resurrection – which restored our eternal relationship with God and made our life in Heaven possible once again.
The first “national” Thanksgiving was observed by the original Pilgrim settlers of New England in the fall of 1621, after a very difficult year of migration, disease, hardship, and loss of life (nearly half of the 104 passengers of the Mayflower perished the first winter of 1620-21). Their experience is especially interesting to me, since I discovered some time ago that I am descended from two of those pilgrims, James Chilton and his (unnamed) wife, who were among those who died that first winter. But even after a year of hardship, James’ surviving companions, having benefited from a good harvest and the help of the natives, saw enough reason to still give thanks to God. Even though, as Puritans, they were extremely anti-Catholic back in England and Holland holding beliefs that we would not agree with, we can still learn from their example of thanksgiving to God and total dependence upon God even in the face of adversity. So, this Thursday, no matter what struggles we have experienced, may we give thanks to God and renew our dependence upon God in great trust. It’s an attitude that we can continue to cultivate all year round in the Holy Mass of the Catholic Church: our personal encounter with a Lord who, even on the Cross, gave everything to His Father in trust and thanksgiving.
Hi boys and girls! My name is “Jackie”, and, as you know, I am Father Ferguson’s cat. Thanksgiving! Ooooh! I get to eat lots of food on Thanksgiving….a big bird called a “turkey” (we cats love eating birds, and the bigger, the better!), and side dishes like tuna casserole, tuna salad, mashed tuna and gravy, and maybe (if Father lets me) some mouse meatballs. I keep meowing at Father to get the cooking going, but he keeps telling me that I should focus more on the meaning of Thanksgiving. He says I need to get ready by thinking of all the things God has given me, and to thank God for them in my prayer. I suppose he’s right. For what are you thankful to God? Why not take some time today and thank God in your prayer for all that God gives you, especially His love? That will make Thanksgiving even more special. Then, after I pray, I’m going to growl at Father again to get into the kitchen soon! 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.