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 23 - St. Bridget
» 9:00 AM David Schmeltzer (Jeff & Connie Fleming)
» 5:00 PM James Kilbarger (Eli & Jackson Stimmel)
Sun July 24 - Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
» 8:00 AM Betty Roop (Family)
» 10:00 AM People of the Parish
Mon July 25 - St. James
» 8:00 AM James H. Kilbarger (Jim & Lola Krannitz)
Tue July 26 - Sts. Anne & Joachim
» 8:00 AM Irene Louisa (Floyd & Bertye Donaldson)
Wed July 27 -
» 8:00 AM Carol Batina (Bill & Shirley Harwood)
Thu July 28 -
» 8:00 AM Chapel Open
Fri July 29 - St. Martha
» 8:00 AM Lillian Comonyak (Don & Vera Gable)
Sat July 30 - St. Peter Chrysologus
» 9:00 AM Ray Spain (Robert A. Phalen)
» 5:00 PM People of the Parish
Sun July 31 - Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
» 8:00 AM Elaine Blosser (Paul Blosser & Family)
» 10:00 AM Bob & Leona England (Pam & Family)
175th Anniversary Celebration
St. John Church, Logan is celebrating the 175th anniversary of the founding of our original church on Sept. 7, 1841. The celebration will run from Sept., 2015 to Sept., 2016, with many religious and social activities being planned.
Sunday Rosary: Beginning today, recitation of the Rosary will no longer be held in Church, but instead will be held in the Chapel. The starting time will remain the same - 9:15 a.m. Please come and join us in this weekly devotional.
The Summer Lunch Program: will run each Monday through August 15, from 6-7 p.m. in the School Hall.
The Kevin Mohler & Joe Roop Memorial Golf Tournament will be held Sunday, Aug. 14 at Pumpkin Vine Golf Course, Bremen, sponsored by St. John Tuition Assistance Program. Those wishing to donate hamburger/hot dog buns or cash to purchase needed items may call Ed or Deb Mohler (740-385-7743) or drop off items 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!
Knights of Columbus 2016-2017 Officer Installment Ceremony is scheduled for the July Social Meeting on Monday, July 25, at 7:30 p.m. in Council Chambers. Newly-elected officers are strongly encouraged to attend. All members are also welcome to attend.
Which Way Should the Priest Face at Mass?
Once again, there has been considerable confusion generated by the media about matters regarding the life and teachings of the Catholic Church and the Holy See. Not everything said by our Church’s leaders gets accurately conveyed in the media, and the faithful should always be aware of this challenging reality. As always, Catholics should feel free to ask questions in order to clarify what the Pope or the Vatican supposedly “said” and reported by a sensation-driven media. This is true regarding a range of sensitive issues from marriage and sexuality to liturgical matters, including most recently the question of “which direction should the priest face at Mass?” As a pastor who desires to convey accurate information to the faithful, I will from time to time clarify what the Pope or the Vatican actually said about a given topic (and to correct the false media reports when necessary). Today, I’d like to share clear information about this latest liturgical question, for those who find it of interest or who may be confused about what the Church is supposedly requiring.
This latest confusion originated from the recent remarks made by Cardinal Sarah, Prefect (head) of the ‘Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments’ (a Vatican department), during a speech he gave at a liturgical conference in London earlier this month. Cardinal Sarah stated, “I believe it is very important that we return as soon as possible to ad orientem [towards the East] worship; priests and congregation facing same direction, eastwards, or at least towards the apse, towards the Lord who comes, at those points when we address God in the liturgical rite.” Cardinal Sarah then suggested that pastors consider beginning the ad orientem practice on the First Sunday of Advent this year.
As most of you know, ad orientem worship (where the priest faces the high altar during most of Mass – in the same direction as the people) was the normal posture of the priest in the Catholic Mass prior to the 1969 reforms of Pope Paul VI. The important thing here to note is that Cardinal Sarah was stating his opinion on the subject and making a suggestion; he was not mandating a required change in current liturgical practice. Our own Diocese of Columbus confirmed this with the following statement: “In discussion with Bishop Campbell, please take note of the fact that Cardinal Sarah’s comments were merely a suggestion as part of his broader keynote address, not a mandate to begin implementation. Should this ever rise to the level where the ad orientem practice were to become mandatory, there would be a national (if not worldwide) effort for coordinated catechesis and implementation, similar to that which took place a few years ago with regard to the revised English translation of the Roman Missal.” The Vatican press office in recent days has issued a similar clarification, stating that “Pope Francis, for his part…expressly mentioned that the “ordinary” form of the celebration of the Mass [how we currently celebrate Mass] is that expressed in the Missal promulgated by Paul VI, while the “extraordinary” form [the method before 1969]….must not take the place of the “ordinary” one.”
Therefore, there is no plan (for the Diocese or for St. John Parish) to begin “ad orientem” worship or any part of the “extraordinary form” of the Holy Mass on a habitual basis. For your awareness, the current method of Mass (the “ordinary” form of Pope Paul VI) itself does allow the option of the priest facing “ad orientem” (and even to say the entire Mass in Latin – all using the “new” 1969 format), but these elements, while permitted, are considered “extraordinary” options by the General Instruction of the Roman Missal (the “GIRM” - the Vatican’s guidebook on how Mass is to be celebrated), and thus not envisioned to be done on a habitual basis. There are legitimate theological arguments for either posture of the priest: “Ad orientem” (the “old” method, which actually is still used in all the Eastern [Byzantine] Catholic Churches) visually shows the priest as the representative of the people offering sacrifice to God; “Ad populum” (the current method) has the benefit of visually showing the priest sacramentally as in persona Christi: as Christ truly present to the flock today as He was on Earth 2000 years ago, and most importantly, as the Bridegroom facing and beholding His Bride, the Church, and as Head of His Church. It also visually depicts Jesus facing His people in sacrifice, as He did on the Holy Cross as he beheld and spoke to St. Mary and St. John.
As Pastor, I am always intent and concerned that we follow the mind of the Church and her norms (as stated in the GIRM) on something as important as the Sacred Liturgy, and for good reason. The Liturgy is not the property of any one person (even a priest); it is the gift of Jesus for the benefit of the entire Church. As such, I plan to follow the advice of the “GIRM”, the Holy Father, and our local chief shepherd, Bishop Campbell, and continue the “ordinary form” of Mass as the normal method to be used here at St. John parish.
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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.