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 September 23 - St. Pius of Pietrelcina
» 9:00 AM Amy Mohler (Dale & Dorothy Olive)
» 5:00 PM James H. Kilbarger (Marjorie Kilbarger-Layman)
Sun September 24 - Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
» 8:00 AM Jeannette Frazier (St. John Students & Staff)
» 10:00 AM People of the Parish
Mon September 25 -
» 8:00 AM Chapel Open
Tue September 26 - Sts. Cosmas & Damian
» 8:00 AM Chapel Open
Wed September 27 - St. Vincent de Paul
» 10:00 AM Chapel Open
Thu September 28 -
» 8:00 AM Chapel Open for Private Prayer
Fri September 29 - Sts. Michael, Gabriel & Raphael
» 8:00 AM Chapel Open
Sat September 30 - St. Jerome
» 9:00 AM No Mass
» 5:00 PM Joan Kunkler (Ed & Ann Kilbarger)
Sun October 1 - Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
» 8:00 AM People of the Parish
» 10:00 AM Harry Pavlik (Bob & Judy Tyler)
Knights Breakfast will be held today in our Church Hall after the Sunday Masses. Please join us for a delicious breakfast and fellowship.
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.
PSR Classes will begin next Sunday, Sept. 17. Please find additional information on the back of Father’s column this week. OR Click Here for a PDF Registration and Volunteer Form.
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.
K of C Movie Night: Monday, Sept. 25, 7:30 p.m. The movie being shown is the second in a series regarding the Blessed Virgin Mary in the bible. All are welcome. Snacks will be provided.
Christmas Midnight Mass Choir: Our church will once again have a choir for Midnight Mass. Please be watching the bulletin for more details at a later date. Matt Schetter, Choir Director.
Kairos: Thank you for your past support of our Kairos Prison Ministry. Our next Kairos Retreat at Hocking Correctional Facility will be held Thursday, October 5, through Sunday, October 8. Once again we need your help. You can do this by baking cookies (due by 10-28-17), by your prayers, by becoming a team member or part of the kitchen staff, or by your financial assistance. It costs quite a bit to put on these retreats. For additional information, please call Deacon Robers at 740-385-0447. View Flyer
Family Softball Game: The Squires are sponsoring a family softball game for all members of the parish and their families on Sunday, October 1, starting at 2:00 p.m. at Mingo Park. We will choose teams there from those who come. We will provide water and light snacks. Bring your own equipment. Meet at the shelter house near the concession stand.
Squires Membership Drive: Members of the Squires circle will be in the Church Hall after Masses on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 to answer questions about the Squires program and how to become a Squire. Boys ages 11 to 17 are welcome to join. We also need adult male counselors to assist us. Please come to learn how you can help.
Jillian's Dinner: Saturday, Oct 21, St. Bernadette Parish, to raise money to assist a family from our area who suffered catastrophic illness, loss of a loved one, or some such major adversity.
Catholic Schools Week
This week is “Catholic Schools Week” here in our Diocese of Columbus. It is a chance to highlight and to celebrate the importance and benefits of Catholic Schools. Here at St. John’s, we are fortunate to have a parish school (most parishes do not have one) that has been educating children in the faith of Jesus Christ since 1925. Our school has become a well-respected fixture in the local community as well, and many of the positive activities of our school have been highlighted in recent years in our local paper. Our school allows children from Pre-School through Grade 6 to be educated in a healthy environment which instills in them good habits, holy virtues, and strong character. Our school offers strong academics with well-qualified teachers, a small student-teacher ratio, the latest in curriculum advances and technology, and exposure to art, music, gym, etc. Most importantly, our school fosters a living personal and sacramental faith in Jesus Christ that will help them to be life-long disciples, which is the ultimate and primary goal of Catholic education. Indeed, we have a great treasure here in our parish that many churches do not have.
I encourage all of us to celebrate and to support our parish school, and to encourage families you know to enroll their children in our school when they become school-age. Our parish is also blessed to be able to offer tuition assistance (the TAP program) to families with demonstrated financial need. And that is a very tangible way to support our parish school. This current year, we have about $25,000 worth of requests for tuition assistance. Therefore, please support our TAP mail appeal which will be coming out in a few weeks, as well as the December “Cookie Walk” cookie sale. You are also able to make outright donations to our school through the monthly “School Envelope” in your envelope packets, or simply by sending a check to our office.
We also want to support our students who attend St. Mary Middle School and Fisher Catholic High School in Lancaster. Our parish is required to pay a “subsidy” to those schools for our using them so that they can cover their expenses (family tuition never covers all the costs of operating those schools), and that subsidy (which amounts to thousands of dollars each year) comes out of our parish offertory general fund. So, strongly supporting our offertory is another way of keeping our Catholic schools secure in their important mission.
Finally, we can support Catholic Schools by praying for our school students. As I’ve said many times, they are growing up in a world very challenging to their souls. Catholic Schools are on the forefront of equipping our young ones to be strong in the personal battle to grow in holiness and to become saints. This coming week, may we pray that the Lord continue to bless and protect our Catholic Schools and our students. St. Thomas Aquinas, patron of teachers and students, pray for us!
Hi boys and girls! My name is “Jackie”, and, as you know, I am Father Ferguson’s cat. I’m sorry I was asleep last week and didn’t write anything for you, because I was so tired after running around at the Hocking County Fair. Did you get to go to the fair? What was your favorite part? I loved eating the deep-fried tuna and watching the spinning rides go around in circles, but I have to confess that I wasn’t always a good kitty at the fair. Don’t tell Father what I did: I attacked some of the floating duckies at one booth (nobody told me they were fake ducks and part of a game!), I got into a little fight with a couple of the cats in the cat show (I still think I’m better looking than they!), and I jumped into a rabbit pen and chased some of them around (I got to meet someone named “Security” who wasn’t very nice to me…). I kind of felt bad afterwards. I have to learn to behave better when I go to the Fair. Maybe I’ll ask Jesus to forgive me and help me to do better next time. What do you want Jesus to help you with this week? 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.