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 May 27 - St. Augustine of Canterbury
» 9:00 AM No Mass
» 5:00 PM John & Anna Kuhn (Jim & Claudia)
Sun May 28 - Seventh Sunday of Easter
» 8:00 AM Haven Colliton (Ron & Misty Swaim)
» 10:00 AM People of the Parish
Mon May 29 - Memorial Day
» 8:00 AM Paul Krannitz (Al Visintainer)
Tue May 30 -
» 8:00 AM Joan Kunkler (Dale & Dorothy Olive)
Wed May 31 - The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
» 8:00 AM Jean Schultheis (Judie Henniger)
Thu June 1 - St. Justine
» 8:00 AM Chapel Open for Private Prayer
Fri June 2 - Sts. Marcellinus & Peter
» 8:00 AM James H. Kilbarger (Ed & Deb Mohler)
Sat June 3 - St. Charles Lwanga & Companions
» 9:00 AM Fr. Joseph Losh
» 5:00 PM Fr. Jack Kroeger (45th Anniversary of Ordination)
Sun June 4 - Pentecost Sunday
» 8:00 AM Betty Roop (Monte & Betty Amnah)
» 10:00 AM People of the Parish
Knights Breakfast: There will be no monthly breakfasts during the summer; the next one is Sept. 10.
Summer Lunch Program: St. Vincent de Paul Society will again provide summer lunches to families with children who received free or reduced-priced lunch during the school year. Distribution of food will take place each Monday from June 5 through August 7 between 6:00 - 7:00 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. Help is also needed for unloading or picking up food.
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.
Our parish is blessed with a high-quality parish school, and our school year has come to a successful end this past Friday with its final School Mass, family cookout, and honoring Mrs. Elder and Mrs. Mohler for their years of service and hard work. Everyone had a wonderful time!
Every so often I like to highlight the successes and good work of our school here in the bulletin, and I encourage everyone to keep supporting this great gift of our parish here in Hocking County.
One major piece of good news that I’d like to share is the fact that our school recently was awarded a renewal of its multi-year “full accreditation” by the Ohio Catholic School Accrediting Association. Over the past couple of years, and especially the past several months, Mrs. Elder and the school staff have been hard at work behind the scenes with completing the lengthy process of study, reflection, paperwork, and evaluations comprising several stages in order to fulfill the requirements of the accreditation process. This is a process that has to be renewed at any school every several years, and it is very labor-intensive. Despite the challenges of having a small staff to share the work, and with changing and often-confusing state regulations, our school staff braved through the process with many hours of work. The outside evaluators who came to visit in March were impressed with the reports that were generated, with the quality of the school, and with the future academic and Catholic-identity goals that the staff generated as part of the reflection process. As a result, we received the official letter a couple of weeks ago granting us a renewal of our full accreditation.
In addition to the accreditation process, the school staff were also busy with the periodic outside inspections and reviews of the cafeteria program and the pre-school program. Those evaluations were also completed successfully. I want to thank Mrs. Elder and all our hard-working school staff with all their hard work in the midst of these labor-intensive regulatory requirements.
These behind-the-scenes processes help ensure that, indeed, St. John School is a high-quality place of education which serves to foster not only the academic growth of our children, but also to help our little ones to become more committed as disciples of the Lord Jesus in today’s world. And that is the ultimate purpose of St. John School: to evangelize our youth, to bring their hearts closer to Jesus, and to prepare them not only for future life in this world, but, more importantly, for life eternally in Heaven. That is why I remain committed to being actively involved with the school, especially as a weekly religion teacher; I have greatly enjoyed this past year teaching religion to our little ones every Monday. In Kindergarten, I went over the words of the Our Father and the Hail Mary, and showed them photos of the Holy Land. In Grades 1 and 2, I talked to our kids about the Bible and its main characters and events, and had them create a timeline to map out the order of events in the Old and New Testaments. In Grades 3 and 4, I also covered the Bible with a more detailed timeline and Bible maps, and taught the kids how to look up Bible passages. I also went over various ways to go deeper in personal prayer based on the Catechism. And in Grades 5 and 6, in addition to personal prayer techniques, I spent several weeks going over the large picture of what adult discipleship means, the challenges of the secular culture to be aware of, and practical ways they can organize their busy lives as emerging adolescents in such a way as to make Jesus the Lord of all aspects of their lives.
With such a valuable resource in our own backyard to benefit the next generation of our parish, I encourage all families to consider enrolling children in St. John School for next year. Enrollment is always open; and there are still many spots left in our pre-school program. Our school is also open to non-Catholics, and opportunities for tuition assistance are available. I thank all who make our school a special place, and let’s pray that our children have a safe and holy summer!
Hi boys and girls! My name is “Jackie”, and, as you know, I am Father Ferguson’s cat. I’m still pretty sleepy. I came back Wednesday night with our school’s 5th and 6th graders from the trip to our nation’s capital – Washington, D.C. – and I’ve been sleeping ever since. You see, I stayed up too late every night on the trip and I had a tough time keeping up with all the kids during the day as they went sightseeing. I couldn’t get my usual 16 hours of sleep every day. Now, I’m trying to catch up. I’m too sleepy to say much more. Have a…zzzzzz….oops, 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.