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 March 25 - The Annunciation of the Lord
» 9:00 AM John Ed & Donna Kuhn (Lisa Van Horn & Central Elem.)
» 5:00 PM Diane Schmeltzer (St. John School)
Sun March 26 - Fourth Sunday of Lent
» 8:00 AM Betty Roop (Jane Brown)
» 10:00 AM People of the Parish
Mon March 27 -
» 8:00 AM In Memory of the Unborn (Knights of Columbus)
Tue March 28 -
» 8:00 AM Miriam Tootle (Bob & Janet Kaising)
Wed March 29 -
» 8:00 AM Rosemary Canty Johnson (Linda Van Keuren)
Thu March 30 -
» 8:00 AM Chapel Open
Fri March 31 -
» 8:00 AM Amy Mohler (Ron & Mary Fannon & Family)
Sat April 1 -
» 9:00 AM Fr. Joseph Losh
» 5:00 PM People of the Parish
Sun April 2 - Fifth Sunday of Lent
» 8:00 AM Irene Louisa (Mike & Kathleen McGreevy)
» 10:00 AM St. John School Families (St. John School Staff)
Knights Fish Fry: The Knights will begin their regular Lenten fish fries on Friday, March 3, and continue them each Friday through April 7.
Stations of the Cross Please note that, contrary to what was stated on the Parish Lenten Calendar Insert, there will be NO SCHOOL STATIONS this Friday the 31st at 2:30 p.m. due to the school spring break; 7:00 p.m. stations on the 31st will be held as usual.
K of C Social/Fraternal Benefits Night: March 27, 7:30 p.m., Church Hall. We are extending an open invitation to all men and spouses of the parish to join us at this event. It is a great opportunity for current Knights to be brought up to date on their benefits, and for those who are not already Knights, a chance to learn more about the benefits and rewards of being part of this special fraternity of Catholic men. Speakers include Tim Roberts & K of C Insurance Field Agent Mike Williams. Refreshments & snacks to be served.
Facebook Users! We have launched a Facebook page for our K of C Council. Just search “Knights of Columbus Council #2299” & “Like” the page to be kept up to date on news & activities in our council.
Flower Sales: St. John PTA flower order forms are available near the bulletins and by the side door. They will be due back April 10.
Easter Vigil Choir: Rehearsals for Easter Vigil Choir will be held on the following Tuesdays: March 28, April 4 & April 11, all beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the choir loft. If you haven't already signed up to be in the choir, please consider joining us anyway. If you can't make the first rehearsal, feel free to call the church office to let us know that you plan to come to the second one. All are welcome!
Squires Meeting/Investiture: Important meeting April 2 at 11:30 a.m. in the School Hall to invest new members and to discuss the future of the circle. We need all members there. Call Stephen Proctor (740-603-0208) if you want to be invested then.
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.
Evenings of Reflection will be held at St. Bernadette Parish, Lancaster, after 6:00 p.m. Mass, on the Thursday evenings of Lent. A light Lenten supper with soup and bread will be served followed at 7:00 p.m. by Fr. Thomas Kessler guiding us into the way the Book of Revelation opens up the meaning of the Mass. No charge; all are welcome. Please call Kathy at 740-654-1893 to register so they know how many are coming.
In an effort to keep everyone well-informed, I wanted to share with you the current status of the search for a new principal for St. John School.
I have been working closely with the Office of Catholic Schools of our Diocese, which has offered us helpful policies and guidance on the proper procedures to follow. The principal position has been advertised for several weeks now on the Diocesan Catholic Schools website, which is the standard location to post open teacher and principal positions from throughout the Diocese. We’ve also been doing advertising in the neighboring parishes of the Lancaster and Athens areas, along with reaching out to the Diocese of Steubenville (where Athens is located) as well as Ohio University, for advertising.
Simultaneously, with the help and input of Dcn. Robers and Mrs. Elder, I have formed a principal interview team based on the guidance of the Catholic Schools office. This team is comprised of representatives from a number of school and parish entities which would naturally have an interest in assisting in vetting our candidates. There are representatives on the team from the faculty, the school board, parish council, finance council, PTA, and TAP. Of course, many of these individuals are also parents of our school children. The team has begun to meet in order to become familiar with the interview policies and procedures offered by the diocese.
As far as a timetable is concerned, the intent of the interview team is to discuss submitted applications in early-mid April and to conduct interviews in late April. A final decision will hopefully be made by the end of April.
Again, I offer this information to you to keep everyone well-informed, and to allay any anxieties. I would ask everyone to respect the confidentiality that must naturally accompany any HR interviewing process. Please refer any questions directly to me as Pastor. I also encourage all to please pray for the work of the interview team.
Hi boys and girls! My name is “Jackie”, and, as you know, I am Father Ferguson’s cat. This Season of Lent, we are asked by Jesus to focus more on God and other people and less on ourselves. Did you know that there are some pretty powerful ways of doing that? That’s right! Those ways are called “prayer”, “almsgiving”, and “fasting”. Do you know what “fasting” is? It means choosing a day and eating less food on that day. At first, that doesn’t sound very fun; I love to eat lots and lots of tuna every day. We cats don’t like to go hungry (and having a hungry tiger in the house can be a dangerous thing, as Fr. Ferguson knows….) But by eating less tuna on a given day, I can tell God that I am willing to think less of what I want, and more about God and the needs of others. In fact, I can offer my “fasting” as a prayer and a gift for the benefit for others….even the whole world! Do you have a special friend who is having a tough time? Or maybe you want to tell God how much you care for other children in poor countries? Offer them the prayer of your “fasting”. The saints (and Jesus) tell us that fasting is a powerful kind of prayer. Try it out, and you’ll feel more like Jesus! 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.