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 April 29 -
» 9:00 AM No Mass
» 5:00 PM James H. Kilbarger (Rose & Alan Adair)
Sun April 30 - Third Sunday of Easter
» 8:00 AM Irene Louisa (Mike & Kathleen McGreevy)
» 10:00 AM People of the Parish
Mon May 1 - St. Joseph the Worker
» 8:00 AM Joan Kunkler (Ed & Ann Kilbarger)
Tue May 2 - St. Athanasius
» 8:00 AM Amy Mohler (Jim & Lola Krannitz)
Wed May 3 - Sts. Philip & James
» 10:00 AM Harry Pavlik (Fred & Barb Krile)
Thu May 4 -
» 8:00 AM Chapel Open for Private Prayer
Fri May 5 -
» 8:00 AM Sara J. Frederick (Frederick Family)
Sat May 6 -
» 9:00 AM Miriam Tootle (Joe & JoAnn Murtha)
» 5:00 PM John & Delilah Voris (Rick & Jeanette Ruffner)
Sun May 7 - Fourth Sunday of Easter
» 8:00 AM People of the Parish
» 10:00 AM Mary Cassady (Family)
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will take place from 8:30 a.m., Friday, May 5 until 9:00 a.m., Saturday, May 6. Please mark your time of adoration.
First Holy Communion will take place next Sunday at 10:00 a.m. Mass. We pray for and congratulate our First Communion class.
The Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) will hold its annual meeting on Tuesday, May 9, at 7:00 p.m. in the conference room of the church office.
Knights 50/50 Drawing: Parishioners are urged to purchase a ticket after Mass each weekend in the Church Hall to support our school’s window project. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5.
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.
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.
Here we go again…..it’s that time of year again – the Easter Season - when we are faced with all sorts of questionable media “coverage” about matters of Jesus, the Catholic Church, the Bible, the end times, and so forth. As pastor, I ask you to be very wary of whatever the popular media or non-Catholic internet sites broadcast regarding our faith. As one who has studied for years matters of Jesus, the Bible, Catholic history and teachings, etc., I can safely say that the vast majority of what we see put out by the media on these topics is seriously flawed, incorrect, biased, and misleading (to put it mildly). And this should come as no surprise. Remember: we live in a society which is still very anti-Catholic; notice, for example, that our media never puts out documentaries questioning or criticizing Muhammed, Buddha, or Martin Luther. Also take into account what the purpose of the media is: media, in most cases, are not “non-profit service organizations” working to better society. Rather, they are businesses. And the main concern of any business is simple: to make money. So, media, in order to draw viewers and thereby to make money, naturally want to “sensationalize” topics in such a way as to draw interest, even if it means taking liberties with the truth. And this is what we see with Easter-season documentaries (or year-long websites or news coverage) on topics of Jesus, the Bible, and the Catholic Church: we see “sensationalizing” with such questions as, “Was Jesus really God, or did the early disciples make him into one?” or “Is the Catholic Church hiding scandalous things in the Vatican?” or “Could the miracles in the Bible really have happened?” or “Does science refute faith?”, and on and on. On the one hand, asking legitimate scholarly questions is perfectly OK; for centuries, Catholic theologians and biblical scholars have asked good questions about our faith for deeper understanding, and they still do. There are countless academic journals in print which cover topics ranging from biblical archaeology to church history to moral questions. I personally subscribe to several journals which cover cutting-edge current moral questions in medical ethics and bioethics, written by Catholic scientists, doctors, and theologians. However, the kinds of questions dwelt upon by the media are not innocent, legitimate, scholarly questions. They are nearly always brought up with the intent to sensationalize, to suggest “scandal” or “cover-up” when there is none, to cast doubt, and all with the clear intent to make money (as any business wants to do) and also to get away with yet another attack against a Church which dares to challenge the moral character (or, often, lack thereof) of our modern culture. Examples of questionable media coverage are History Channel or CNN documentaries about issues of faith and recent National Geographic articles and videos about biblical figures or church history. Often, if you look closely at these documentaries, what may seem to be legitimate coverage actually involves false arguments, twisting of the facts, illogical conclusions, or the interviewing of the most opinionated scholars biased against the Catholic Church (and remember, most college professors and scholars are biased against matters of faith and Catholicism). So, please, this season, work by the principle of “Watcher Beware!” Instead of spending time on these questionable “sensational” documentaries, why not spend time to learn about your Catholic faith from tried and true sources: the Catechism, a good Catholic bible study guide, resources from Catholic Answers website, from the EWTN website, or go to the Generations Catholic Bookstore in Columbus to peruse their selection of books, videos, and children’s resources. And please, protect the vulnerable minds of your children by not exposing them to the drivel of the media. Because, as you and your children grow closer to Jesus this Lenten Season, you owe it to your minds and souls to be fed with good intellectual and spiritual nourishment. Don’t feed your mind with junk food. Feed it with the wholesome Bread of Life.
'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.