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 July 22 - St. Mary Magdalene
» 9:00 No Mass
» 5:00 PM Robert Parry (Marcie & Ron)
Sun July 23 - Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
» 8:00 AM People of the Parish
» 10:00 AM David Schmeltzer (Barb Schmeltzer)
Mon July 24 - St. Sharbel Makhluf
» 8:00 AM James H. Kilbarger (Rose & Alan Adair)
Tue July 25 - St. James
» 8:00 AM Amy Mohler (Bob & Janet Kaising)
Wed July 26 - Sts. Joachim and Anne
» 8:00 AM Joan Kunkler (Joe & JoAnn Murtha)
Thu July 27 -
» 8:00 AM Chapel Open for Private Prayer
Fri July 28 -
» 8:00 AM Paul Krannitz (Ed & Ann Kilbarger)
Sat July 29 - St. Martha
» 9:00 Carol Batina (Judie Henniger)
» 5:00 PM People of the Parish
Sun July 30 - Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
» 8:00 AM Betty Roop (Family)
» 10:00 AM Elaine Blosser (Paul Blosser & Family)
Vacation Bible School This year's Vacation Bible School program is “A Radical Ride on the Wings of Prayer ...with Amazing Angels & Super Saints.” The overall goals of the week-long program are to help the children learn more about prayer and how to put it into action. Registration is online on St. John School's Facebook page and on the church website. The Knights will be providing a light dinner at 5:30 p.m. every evening before VBS. It is open to kids ages 4-11 (PreK-6th Grade).
Knights Breakfast: There will be no monthly breakfasts during the summer; the next one is Sept. 10.
A Kairos Appreciation Dinner will be held Saturday, August 19, in our Church Hall beginning at 6:00 p.m. The evening will include singing and an informative program. All are welcome to attend. Please contact Marian at the Church Office to sign up or call Dcn. Don Robers for more info.
Summer Lunch Program: St. Vincent de Paul Society is providing summer lunches to families with children who received free or reduced-priced lunch during the school year. Distribution takes place each Monday thru August 7 between 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. in the School Hall. If you would like to help, please call Jennifer Brown, 740-277-9435, or Gretchen Tomson, 740-603-7232.
Boys Ages 10-17:The Squires are having a campout on Friday, July 28, to Saturday, July 29, at Tony Stalford’s pond, St. Rt. 595, to tent camp, swim, fish, etc. All St. John boys ages 10 to 17 are welcome to come, as well as their fathers, if they have had the Protecting God’s Children class. Call Stephen Proctor at 603-0208 if you want to attend and for more details.
The Kevin Mohler & Joe Roop Memorial Golf Tournament will be held Saturday, August 5, at Pumpkin Vine Golf Course, Bremen, sponsored by St. John Tuition Assistance Program. Businesses are welcome to sponsor a hole or advertise their name on t-shirts. Individuals or businesses wishing to donate door prizes or gift cards for the event may call Ed or Deb Mohler (385-7743) or drop them off at the church office. Volunteers to work the tournament are also welcome and may come anytime between 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. that day. Thank you!
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.
Welcome Msgr. Dunn!
As I am traveling back today from the past week serving as spiritual director of a “Wilderness Outreach” men’s ministry expedition in Wyoming, we welcome Msgr. Dunn, our Pastor Emeritus, back to our parish as he provides the holy sacraments for us this weekend. We appreciate his willingness to come and help us in this way in the midst of his busy schedule assisting in Columbus-area parishes as well.
Msgr. Dunn’s visit to us recalls another Pastor Emeritus who was mentioned recently in some interesting correspondence that I was able to read: the late Fr. Pendolphi. The recent correspondence was a bit unusual. As you know, I have a cat in the rectory by the name of “Jackie”, and apparently, Fr. Kevin Lutz, Pastor of St. Mary’s in Columbus and a good friend of Fr. Pendolphi, learned of Jackie’s weekly bulletin columns for our St. John’s children. It seems, though, that Jackie is not the only cat in the diocese who has been known to express its views in print. Fr. Lutz (until quite recently) had his own cat by the name of “Raphael”, who, until its recent passing due to old age, also wrote weekly points of view for the good people of St. Mary’s parish. Unlike Jackie, however, Raphael’s thoughts have been collected together and published in three bound volumes, complete with illustrations. Well, one day, in the mail here, arrived a volume of Raphael’s collected musings. Jackie read it over and was deeply impressed, but saddened at Raphael’s recent death. So, Jackie wrote a note to Fr. Lutz expressing her admiration for Raphael’s deep thoughts and reflections on the daily goings-on of St. Mary’s parish. A couple of weeks later, Jackie received a reply from Fr. Lutz, which reads as follows: “Dear Jackie & Father: What a nice surprise to get a letter from another literary cat! Quite the wordsmith you are, Jackie. Hope you’re taking good care of Father Ferguson and the parish. I often visited Fr. Pendolphi and Jasper (a golden retriever) many years ago. You might still find some fur in an obscure corner in a closet. That’s Jasper! Take care! Scratch the Deacon Robers for me – either one of you! Fr. Lutz.”
Due to Jackie’s busy nap schedule, I haven’t noticed a reply to Fr. Lutz being sent out recently. But I do appreciate the many kind remarks that parishioners have made regarding Jackie’s weekly pontifications to our parish children. It is hoped that Jackie’s reflections help our children to think about some of the joys and challenges of life and how God can help them as they grow up and prepare for their future. Please keep encouraging our children to read Jackie’s thoughts, and use them as springboards for family discussions and as a way to stir the curiosity of the minds and hearts of our little ones. It is important that our little ones develop a deep relationship with our Lord. While, of course, Jackie’s columns are a cute fictional pedagogical technique, our children’s relationship with Jesus is meant to be a very real and important life-long reality. And of course, it goes without saying, that we must always make it a top priority to bring our little ones to Mass every week so that they can develop that first-hand relationship and gain the grace and help of the Lord Jesus in our challenging world.
Hi boys and girls! My name is “Jackie”, and, as you know, I am Father Ferguson’s cat. Did you know that there is another cat at another church who has also written his thoughts to parishioners each week? That’s right! It was a cat named “Raphael” at a church named St. Mary’s in the far-away city of Columbus. Raphael’s owner (Father Lutz) recently sent me a book of Raphael’s thoughts. It was fun to read. I then wrote a letter to Father Lutz to thank him for the book. And do you know what? I received a letter back, in the mail! I learned that it’s fun to read and it’s fun to write letters and send them in the mail. Have you ever written letters to your friends in the mail? What would you say to them? Why not try it this week? Letters are great. In fact, in the Bible, we get to read lots of letters that folks like St. Paul wrote to others 2000 years ago! Ask your parents to help you find and read some of St. Paul’s letters. What did he say to his friends? 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.