Welcome to St. John Catholic Church

Father William Ferguson

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

Fr. Ferguson's Homilies

Masses for the Week:

Sat June 25 - Blessed Virgin Mary

 » 9:00 AM Drs. Jan & Janina Matthews (Basia Jenkins)

 » 5:00 PM Gayle Moses (St. John School)

Sun June 26 - Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

 » 8:00 AM Betty Roop (Family)

 » 10:00 AM People of the Parish

Mon June 27 - St. Cyril of Alexandria

 » 8:00 AM Diane Schmeltzer (John & Mary Schmelzer)

Tue June 28 - St. Irenaeus

 » 8:00 AM Maxine Dalton (Logan Moose 873)

Wed June 29 - Sts. Peter & Paul

 » 8:00 AM James H. Kilbarger (Patty & Marvin McDaniel)

Thu June 30 - First Martyrs of Holy Roman Church

 » 8:00 AM Chapel Open

Fri July 1 - St. Junipero Serra

» 8:00 AM Carol Batina (Marie Auflick)

Sat July 2 - Blessed Virgin Mary

 » 9:00 AM St. John School & PSR Students

 » 5:00 PM Bill & Eva Harwood (The Harwood Family)

Sun July 3 - Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

 » 8:00 AM Catherine Fox Londergan (Rosamond Wilson)

 » 10:00 AM People of the Parish


175th Anniversary Celebration

St. John Church, Logan is celebrating the 175th anniversary of the founding of our original church on Sept. 7, 1841. The celebration will run from Sept., 2015 to Sept., 2016, with many religious and social activities being planned.

See Schedule of Events


Weekly Announcements

Sunday Rosary: Beginning today, recitation of the Rosary will no longer be held in Church, but instead will be held in the Chapel. The starting time will remain the same - 9:15 a.m. Please come and join us in this weekly devotional.

The Summer Lunch Program sponsored by the St. Vincent de Paul Society will begin June 6 and will continue every Monday through August 15 from 6-7 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. We could use help unloading or picking up.

St. Vincent de Paul is also in need of volunteers for staffing the food pantry during the week. At present, we have very few people who are able to help. Training is provided. Please help us to help the needy of our community. You may call Jennifer or Gretchen Tomson at the above numbers for more information.

The Knights of Columbus Social Meeting for Monday, June 27, will be at Mingo Park to watch the girls’ softball team we sponsor, coached by Stephen Proctor. The game is on Field 4 (to the left of and before the concession stand) and starts at 5:30 p.m. We will meet the team members and provide refreshments to them after the game.

Parish Picnic: Sunday, July 17, from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. St. John’s 175th Anniversary Committee invites you to attend a Parish Picnic & Ice Cream Social here on parish grounds. The playground parking lot and surrounding area will be used for outdoor seating, and those who need to stay indoors may sit in the School Hall. The afternoon will include food, fellowship, children’s games and music. The food will be provided, but we could use donations of the following, if you like: watermelon, veggies/finger foods, fruit or fruit salad, crock pot of baked beans (only one needed), cookies, brownies, ice. Please call the church office if you would like to donate one of these items. You may bring your own chair to the picnic or use one of ours. Hope you all can make it.

Vacation Bible School (VBS) will be held the week of July 18, and we are looking for help of all kinds - group leaders, game station leaders, music leaders, snack leaders, skit actors, saint actors, craft leaders and decorators. This is a great, fun way for the entire parish, from older youth to our more seasoned citizens, to serve God and His Church. Let Christine and I know if you can help, or if you have any questions!!!

School News: Tuition Assistance Meetings are being scheduled for:
  • Monday, June 27, anytime
  • Tuesday, June 28, anytime
  • Wednesday, June 29, anytime
  • Friday, July 1, anytime

Please call the school office to set up an appointment.

St. John Youth Group is now on Facebook. Facebbok


Thoughts from your Pastor:

Fortnight for Freedom

Right now, we are in the midst of a special 14-day annual observance in our nation known as the “Fortnight for Freedom”. Each year, our nation’s Catholic bishops have set aside the fortnight (which simply means 14 days) prior to Independence Day (thus beginning on June 21) to focus our attention and prayer on the vitally important social justice issue of protecting the freedoms of people of faith. In recent years, we have seen an alarming increase of instances in our government where religious liberties have become eroded and compromised. Our bishops compiled a very eye-opening and sobering document back in 2012 titled Our First, Most Cherished Liberty (available on their website below) which argues for the need to protect our constitutional right (and human right) for religious freedom, and includes a litany of instances across the country where federal, state, and local governmental agencies have made decisions which have harmed the free practice of religion guaranteed by the First Amendment. Since 2012, even more serious religious liberty concerns have arisen, most notably with last summer’s Supreme Court decision on same-gender “marriage” – which has caused an avalanche of religious freedom concerns and questions that are still unresolved. (For example, would Catholic priests now be forced to witness “gay” marriages upon request, or face prosecution for refusing based on religious conscience and Gospel teachings?) The future looks even more concerning; for some time now, several courts and legal experts have been advocating changing current law to force priests to violate the seal of the confessional for testimony purposes, in clear violation of the sensitive sacramental and conscience reasons why the seal has always existed. In the current moment, cases like Hobby Lobby and the Little Sisters of the Poor are astounding reminders of how tenuous our religious liberties truly have become. Consequently, as American Catholics, we need to “read the signs of the times”, educate ourselves and our children, pray about, and speak out about these important social justice issues. That is the aim of the “Fortnight for Freedom”, which contains the Feasts of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More – two saints (out of hundreds) who shed their blood as victims of governmental violations of religious freedom. In this Fortnight for Freedom, I encourage all of us to study, pray, and act: go to the official website of the Fortnight for Freedom CLICK HERE to learn more about the issues involved. For those more tech-savvy than I am, you may even go to Twitter: @USCCBFreedom or Text “Freedom” to 377377 to receive updates. Also, pray for these issues at home, at Mass, and even attend our Diocese’s Mass for Religious Freedom to be held this coming Wednesday, June 29, at 5:15 p.m. at St. Joseph Cathedral (212 E. Broad St., Columbus). Finally, act by teaching our children and grandchildren about these crucial issues affecting their faith that they will be inheriting in the culture, and write to your elected officials about these matters. This Independence Day, as I recall with gratitude the sacrifices that my own ancestors (and many of yours, too) made during the American Revolution to safeguard basic human rights, I find it shocking to contemplate how much these First Amendment rights have become eroded in recent years. We must pray and act before it is too late.

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Thoughts for our Parish Children by "Jackie", the Pastor's Cat.

Hi boys and girls! My name is "Jackie", and, as you know, I am Father Ferguson’s cat. Did you know that this past week, some of the big kids in High School went to the Catholic Youth Summer Camp? Fr. Ferguson doesn’t know this, but I sneaked into his car on Wednesday when he went to the Camp to help with Confessions. I walked around and saw that the big kids were having a lot of fun and making great friends and learning all about Jesus. But then, I walked into the middle of a water balloon toss, and I got soaked. Ugh!! (Cats don’t like to get wet.) But on the way home, as I was licking myself dry, I prayed for our big kids, that they stay strong in their faith. Maybe you can pray for them, too! And maybe, when you get older, you can go to Catholic Youth Summer Camp, too! Have a “purr”-fect week!


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Mass Intentions

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.

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