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 21 - St. Anselm
» 9:00 AM Robert J. Joseph (Tony Joseph)
» 5:00 PM Elizabeth Seibert (Janet & Bob Kaising)
Sun April 22 - FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
» 8:00 AM Jeannette Frazier (Phyllis & Jack Warner)
» 10:00 AM People of the Parish
Mon April 23 - St. George; St. Adalbert
» 8:00 AM Dolly Ebollito (Duke & Gwen Duclos)
Tue April 24 - St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen
» 8:00 Special Intention (Les Marinko)
Wed April 25 - St. Mark, Evangelist
» 10:00 St. John Students
Thu April 26 -
» 8:00 AM Chapel Open
Fri April 27 -
» 8:00 AM Amy Mohler (Jeff & Marcie Stimmel)
Sat April 28 - St. Peter Chanel; St. Louis Grignion
» 9:00 AM Marie Bachmann (Paul & Norma Geiger)
» 5:00 PM People of the Parish
Sun April 29 - FifTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
» 8:00 AM Chuck Roop (Family)
» 10:00 AM Bernard & Cecilia Schmeltzer (Shirley & Bill Harwood)
Veterans and Relatives it’s not too late. However, the deadline of 4/29/18 is fast approaching. Additional forms for the Knights of Columbus Wall of Honor are near both entrances. They must be turned in by 4/29/18 to Jim Mock or the Church Office. Thank you.
Adopt a Flower Bed:For those of you who adopted a flower bed last year, you are welcome to continue this year. Also, we could use a few more people to help with the unadopted areas. Please contact the church office if you are interested in continuing or would like to begin helping out with our flower beds. If you are not able to do so, you still can help by leaving a bag or two of mulch here for our church’s use. In order for all of our flower beds to be uniform, all mulch should be black.
St. Mark Talk: Sunday, April 15, 16 & 17, 7:00 p.m. Guest Speaker: Fr. Thomas Blau, O.P. Theme: Why We Believe in the Resurrection. Light refreshments to be served.
St. Mark Bible Study: On Tuesdays beginning April 24, St. Mark Church, Lancaster, will be beginning a 20-part bible study DVD series on “Acts, The Spread of the Kingdom” featuring Jeff Cavins. There will be morning and evening sessions. For more info., please see their flyer on our church’s bulletin board or call 740-215-0685.
Fisher Catholic Bid O’ Luck Dinner Auction: Sat., April 28. Theme “Saturday Night Irish Fever”. Gourmet meal prepared by Cheers & Lakeside Chalet. Cocktails and silent auctions begin 5:30 p.m.; grand auction preview between 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Dinner at 7:00 p.m., followed by the grand auction. Bid O’ Luck raffle tickets are now on sale: $100 each, with cash prizes of $7500 (1 winner) and $500 (5 winners). To purchase tickets or for more info. on Bid O’ Luck, please call Kellie Shonk at 740-654-1231.
Do You Homeschool? Are you looking for a curriculum stamped with an imprimatur, recognized by the Catholic Church, to teach your children in a co-op setting? We at Lancaster Catholic Schoolhouse would love for you to come and check us out. We offer a catholic-based core curriculum including Science Lab and Art classes! We also offer Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, a diocesan-approved religious education program. Contact Holly Vail at email@example.com or 614-352-6357.
ST. JOHN’S HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH GROUP!View Fall Events PDF Here
An Important Issue
As you know, last week, as part of my Easter Season homily series about the bodily Resurrection of Jesus and what this means for the holiness of the human body, I discussed the issue of the opiate addiction epidemic with which much of our nation – including Hocking County – is struggling.
As part of the homily, I shared with you the substance of Bishop Campbell’s recent Pastoral Letter on this issue. For your benefit, we are attaching this Pastoral Letter into this week’s bulletin, along with a list of resources and ways to help that the Bishop’s offices have developed. I hope these resources are helpful for you. Because this epidemic is now so widespread, most of us know someone affected by opiates, and addressing this issue requires a community-wide effort.
I encourage you to become engaged in this effort. I have been impressed with the level of awareness and effort already shown by our local community here in Hocking County. We have a local task force that has been very active in promoting awareness, and the last couple of annual Town Hall Meetings organized by the task force have been well-attended, with many important issues raised and strategies discussed. The local faith community has become involved as well; as president of the Hocking County Ministerial Association, I have been leading a group of local ecumenical pastors in organizing a pastoral counseling outreach program to be of assistance to the at-risk children and families of the Logan-Hocking School District.
Our parish deacon, Don Robers, has also become very involved with addressing the local opiate issues. In the course of his own pastoral work, he realized that a key element of helping people addicted to opiates has been missing from Hocking County: viz., a low-cost residential rehab facility. Many of those struggling with opiates need a safe place to recover, away from negative influences and aided by round-the-clock expert guidance and support. He discovered a low-cost faith-based rehab facility in operation in Pike County, and has done extensive research on it: how it got started, how they are funded, whom they help, logistics of operation, etc. etc. Dcn. Robers would like to see a similar facility established and made available to Hocking County residents struggling with opiates. Accordingly, he has organized an informational meeting for local concerned residents and leaders to take place this afternoon here at St. John’s, beginning at 1:00 in our Church Hall. I encourage all to come to learn about this needed opportunity and to consider how to be of help in addressing the many needs posed by the increasing opiate issue. As Catholics, we have always been on the forefront of bringing the light of Christ to a suffering world, and this is another way that we can share the Easter Victory of Jesus to those struggling in this life.
Hi boys and girls! My name is “Jackie”, and, as you know, I am Father Ferguson’s cat! You know what? I am really jealous! That’s right! There’s a new group of altar servers who just finished their training and have started serving at Masses. And I heard that when they finished their training back during Holy Week, Father Ferguson let them do something really fun to celebrate their becoming official altar servers. And I’m really jealous about what they got to do. As Mr. Kerns (the leader of altar servers) and the kids’ parents looked on, Father took the new altar servers up into the choir loft and let them ring the big church bell! That’s right! And the way you ring the big church bell is to pull down really hard on a big rope hanging down from the ceiling! Well, as a cat, I really wish I could have been there! After all, we cats absolutely love playing with strings dangling in front of us. I bet I could have gotten my claws into that rope and rung that bell all night long! I heard the kids really had a blast pulling on the rope and ringing the bell and keeping the neighbors up at 8:00 at night. It’s just not fair that a cat like me wasn’t there to join in! Oh well. I guess I’ll get over it…..some day….. But pray for our new altar servers, that they do a great job leading the rest of us to worship God at Mass and experience the love of Jesus for us every Sunday! “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.