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 January 14 - St. Sylvester I
» 9:00 AM Miriam Tootle (Pat & Marian Gall)
» 5:00 PM Don & Pat Robers (50th Wedding Anniversary)
Sun January 15 - Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
» 8:00 AM People of the Parish
» 10:00 AM Richard & Jane Hug (Dan & Saundra Imhoff)
Mon January 16 -
» 8:00 AM James Cable Barbara Cable Bunthoff)
Tue January 17 - St. Anthony
» 8:00 AM Joan Kunkler (Wilma Courtney)
Wed January 18 - Lillian Comonyak (St. John School Students & Staff)
» 10:00 AM Ron Rydzewski (Marie Auflick)
Thu January 19 -
» 8:00 AM Chapel Open
Fri January 20 - St. Fabian, St. Sebastian
» 8:00 AM James H. Kilbarger (Rose & Alan Adair)
Sat January 21 - St. Agnes
» 9:00 AM Msgr. Robert Metzger
» 5:00 PM Charles & Dorothy Dalton (Eason & Emily Hildreth)
Sun January 22 - Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
» 8:00 AM Gus & Edna Kessler (Mike & Barb McGhee)
» 10:00 AM People of the Parish)
Knights/Squires: We will hold a Knights/Squires Corn Hole Tournament on Monday, January 30, in the Church Hall beginning at 7:00 p.m. Pizza, pop and snacks will be provided. This will be in place of our January social meeting which would have been on January 23, so there will be no meeting that night.
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.
New Eucharistic Ministers Needed: There will be a training session for Eucharistic Ministers on Saturday, January 28, beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the church. Anyone who is interested in becoming a Eucharistic Minister should attend this meeting. If you have any questions, please call Carol Shelton at 385-3790.
Fisher Catholic High School will host their annual spaghetti dinner on Sunday, January 22, from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. at their school. An authentic spaghetti dinner is served.
Youth Retreat at St. Mark Church: A retreat for junior and senior high school youth will be conducted by a NET Leadership Ministry Team on Sunday, January 29, hosted by St. Mark Church, Lancaster. The retreat will begin after St. Mark’s 10:30 a.m. Mass (around 12:15 a.m.) and will end at 6:00 p.m. Lunch will be offered for those who sign up. There is no fee for the retreat, but a container will be available for a goodwill offering for those who would like to help with costs. For more info., please call Teresa Marvin at 740-653-6399 or Connie Legg at 614-599-6428.
The Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship will be held on Monday, Jan. 16, at 10:00 a.m. at the Logan Nazarene Church for boys and girls ages 9 through 14. Please contact Steve Proctor at 740-603-0208 for a registration form. Forms may also be filled out at the church on the day of the event.
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.
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.
"Beyond 175": Our Children
As by now you know, our parish is gearing up for a special event on Friday February 10 (6:30-8:30) and Saturday February 11 (10:00-3:00) arranged by our Parish Council known as “St. John’s Parish Pastoral Retreat - Beyond 175: Moving Forward into the Future!” As I’ve explained in past bulletins, this parish retreat will discuss the current gifts and strengths of our parish, along with assessing the changing world in which we minister and practice our faith, and how we might more effectively respond to those challenges.
The “Beyond 175” parish retreat will allow us the chance to learn from local experts about things like: What wisdom does the Catholic Church offer (especially from Vatican Council II) regarding the identity and mission of a parish and the individual Catholic? What are the cultural challenges hindering us from attaining those goals? How can we evaluate our parish life to “take stock” of what we are already doing well, and what we want to improve on? “Beyond 175” will give us a chance to discuss and brainstorm about parish life in large and small groups. “Beyond 175” will also give us a chance to pray together to ask the Holy Spirit to guide us in growing deeper in our faith and purpose as a parish in the coming years and decades.
There are a number of important pastoral needs facing the Catholic Church universally and locally that can be discussed at “Beyond 175”, and which I’ll preview in our bulletins leading up to this parish retreat. Last week, I talked about one need – that of the “New Evangelization”, that is, welcoming and encouraging the inactive Catholics in our community and families. This week, I’d like briefly to preview another need that could be discussed at “Beyond 175”: that of strengthening the faith of and preparing our parish youth and teens for the realities of life.
Serving the needs of our parish children and teens is a mission that is important to the entire parish – even to those without young children (including, by the way, your pastor!), for several reasons: In a spirit of fraternal charity, we should all be concerned about the souls and faith and salvation of everyone else in our extended parish family. But also, our children are the future of our church. If we want St. John Church to continue Christ’s mission of being a beacon of faith and of spreading the Gospel in Hocking County, we need our children to take up that mission in due time, especially after their Confirmation, which gives them graces specifically to spread and defend the faith, as they go deeper into personal holiness and discipleship.
Sadly, though, over the past few decades, the statistics regarding our youth leaving the Catholic Church or becoming inactive after Confirmation or high school graduation have been very sobering. A study performed by a group called Dynamic Catholic (and cited by the Catholic Youth Summer Camp organization in our diocese) shows that, nationally, 5 out of 6 young people are leaving the Church. And this has been happening for the last couple of decades. My pastoral experience in many parishes over the past 15 years has borne this out. Even here at St. John’s, I have seen several of our youth confirmed in recent years no longer practicing their faith. What are the reasons, and what can we do about it? How are the larger cultural forces they’re facing in high school and in college affecting their faith? Have they had a deep personal encounter with Christ in their years of growing up, in order to develop a lasting relationship of love with the Lord? Are their questions and needs being adequately addressed catechetically, especially in the most critical years of their adolescence and teens? Is the family schedule allowing teens to make their faith a priority? Such questions can be discussed at “Beyond 175” as one way to “read the signs of the times” and to prepare for the future. So, mark your calendars and plan to come on February 10th and 11th to learn, pray, and discuss!
'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.