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 June 24 - The Nativity of St. John the Baptist
» 9:00 AM No Mass
» 5:00 PM Catherine Meyer, Bob Kuhn, Ed Kuhn (Jim & Claudia)
Sun June 25 - Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time
» 8:00 AM Betty Roop (Family)
» 10:00 AM People of the Parish
Mon June 26 -
» 8:00 AM Matthew & Irene Murtha (Joe & Jo Ann Murtha)
Tue June 27 - St. Cyril of Alexandria
» 8:00 AM Joan Kunkler (Ed & Deb Mohler)
Wed June 28 - St. Irenaeus
» 8:00 AM Harry Pavlik (Bob & Judy Tyler)
Thu June 29 - Sts. Peter & Paul
» 8:00 AM Chapel Open for Private Prayer
Fri June 30 - First Martyrs of Holy Roman Church
» 8:00 AM Jeannette Frazier (Mike & Mary Kay Walsh)
Sat July 1 - St. Junipero Serra
» 9:00 Marian Tansky (Don & Vera Gable)
» 5:00 PM Paul Krannitz (Bob & Janet Kaising)
Sun July 2 - Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
» 8:00 AM People of the Parish
» 10:00 AM Lillian Comonyak (Ryan Beck)
Knights Breakfast: There will be no monthly breakfasts during the summer; the next one is Sept. 10.
Summer Lunch Program: St. Vincent de Paul Society will again provide summer lunches to families with children who received free or reduced-priced lunch during the school year. Distribution of food will take place each Monday from June 5 through August 7 between 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. in the School Hall. Volunteers to help pack food boxes and carry items for those needing assistance are most welcome. Every Monday, there is a pick up at the food bank. If you have a truck or van and could help in the afternoon, please call Jennifer Brown, 740-380-6282, or Gretchen Tomson, 740-603-7232. Help is also needed for unloading or picking up food.
New Church Offering Envelopes have been placed in the Church Hall for pick up. If you do not currently receive offering envelopes but would like some, please call the Church Office. We encourage you to use your envelopes when making your weekly donation (although we will take your donation in any form). Using envelopes makes collection counting and posting much easier, provides documentation for your tax deduction, and ensures that your donation is confidential.
Fortnight for Freedom: Each year, dioceses around the country arrange special events to highlight the importance of defending religious freedom. Fortnight for Freedom is from June 21 (the vigil of the Feasts of St. John Fisher & St. Thomas More) to July 4, Independence Day. Join the St. Mary Parish, Lancaster, Social Concerns Committee, Tuesday, June 27 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. for a Holy Hour with rosary, exposition and adoration. We are called to follow Christ as missionary disciples by seeking the truth, serving others, and living our faith in all that we do. Let us take a few moments each day from June 21 - July 4 to pray, reflect, and take action on religious liberty, both here in this country and abroad.
Summer Square Dances: Summer means square dancing at Schmelzer’s Grove in Bremen, Ohio. Mark your calendars on the Sunday evenings of July 9 and Aug 13 from 7:00 - 9:30 p.m. Admission is $4 per person. For information, call the St Mary Parish office in Bremen at (740) 569-7929.
Summer Reading and Watching
With summer upon us and the kids out of school, I’d like to encourage all to consider taking some time this summer to do some spiritually edifying reading and to provide our children with some healthy and good-quality things to watch on the home TV. Many people may not realize the plethora of good spiritual resources we have available to us as Catholics. For example, we can go deeper in our desire for a close relationship with Jesus through reading such Catholic classics as “Introduction to the Devout Life” by St. Francis de Sales, or “This Tremendous Lover” by Fr. Eugene Boylan. “The Imitation of Christ” (attributed to Thomas a Kempis) has been for centuries the most widely-read spiritual book outside the Bible itself. For the truly adventurous spiritual reader, try out “The Interior Castle” by St. Teresa of Avila or “The Spiritual Canticle” by St. John of the Cross. For married couples, try out the resources available on the U.S. Bishops’ website for marriage enrichment (www.foryourmarrige.org). Also consider the many books (and audio CDs) by Christopher West that give amazing insights about marriage and sexuality in light of the “Theology of the Body” of St. John Paul II. For our children, there is a host of children’s books about the Catholic faith and many saints, as well as DVD’s that tell the inspiring stories of the lives of the saints. Why not show your kids or grandkids a DVD or online video about good role models for our youth such as Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati (a young man in Italy in the 1920’s who enjoyed sports, hiking, serving the poor, and talking about Jesus), St. Therese of Lisieux (a young woman in France in the 1890’s who burned with a love for Jesus), St. Jose Sanchez del Rio (made a saint last year, who gave his life for the Faith at the age of 14 during the Mexican persecutions of the 1930’s), St. Kateri Tekakwitha (a strong young Native-American woman of faith who courageously dared to challenge those around her as she stood up for her faith), and many more. These resources are available on a host of online sites, as well as at the local Catholic bookstore (Generations Religious Gifts, in Columbus). The summer season is a good opportunity to enrich ourselves and our children with the spiritual wisdom of our Church, and with healthy role models to keep us and our families holy and on the path toward holiness, happiness, and Heaven.
Hi boys and girls! My name is “Jackie”, and, as you know, I am Father Ferguson’s cat. I’m sorry kids, but I have to admit that I was a naughty kitty, and I am grounded. Yes, I know. It’s hard to believe that cats can get into trouble, but, yes, I got into some mischief. You see, Father Ferguson was away out of town earlier this week, and I promised him that I would behave. Well, I was doing pretty well until I felt something that you call a “temptation”: I was tempted to have a big party here in the house with some of the neighborhood cats. I thought, “It will just be a little party, and I’ll clean up everything before Father comes back, and he’ll never know!” So, that’s what I did. Except, the party got pretty big (those other cats brought all their buddies, too…) and this place became a mess of tuna cans strewn around, catnip spilled everywhere, lamps knocked over, tablecloths shredded, and…well, you get the picture. Things got out of hand. And worse, Father came back early, before I could clean everything up. He was not happy. And I felt sad to disappoint Father. I know I deserve to be grounded, because I betrayed Father’s trust in me to behave myself when he is not looking. I also know I have to pray harder to Jesus to help me to resist temptation and to stay holy. Have you ever been tempted to do something you knew you weren’t supposed to do? When it happens again, talk to Jesus. He’ll help you to stay holy. And being holy is happier than being grounded. As 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.