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 February 25 -
» 9:00 AM Fr. Joseph Losh
» 5:00 PM Irene Louisa (Jeannette Frazier & Family)
Sun February 26 - Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
» 8:00 AM Amy Mohler (Mom, Dad & Family)
» 10:00 AM People of the Parish
Mon February 27 -
» 8:00 AM Msgr. Robert Metzger
Tue February 28 -
» 8:00 AM Joan Kunkler (Jim & Lola Krannitz)
Wed March 1 - Ash Wednesday
» 10:00 AM Lawrence Carpenter (Austin Arnett)
» 7:00 PM Carol Batina (Elizabeth & David)
Thu March 2 -
» 8:00 AM Chapel Open
Fri March 3 - St. Katharine Drexel
» 8:00 AM Drs. Jan & Janina Matthews v(Basia Jenkins)
Sat March 4 - St. Casimir
» 9:00 AM Miriam Tootle (Joe & JoAnn Murtha)
» 5:00 PM Patti Dalton Mance (Eason & Emily Hildreth)
Sun March 5 - First Sunday of Lent
» 8:00 AM Betty Roop (Floyd & Bertye Donaldson)
» 10:00 AM People of the Parish
Fish Fry: The Knights will begin their regular Lenten fish fries on Friday, March 3, and continue them each Friday through April 7.
Stations of the Cross will be held Fridays during Lent: 2:30 p.m. (school stations) and 7:00 p.m. in church.
Attention High School Youth: We would like you to be involved in the Liturgy! Any high school freshman or older interested in lectoring at Mass should contact Matt Shaw (740-385-8297), and any high school junior or older interested in being a Eucharistic Minister should contact Carol Shelton (740-385-3790). Thank you for your consideration.
Squires: Mark your calendars for the State Squires Lenten Retreat Saturday, Mar. 4, to Sunday, Mar. 5. We are hosting it, so I need for every Squire to be involved, even if you can’t be there the whole time. Those considering joining Squires are also invited, and can be admitted that weekend, in an investiture performed by the State Squires Officers. Call Stephen Proctor at 740-603-0208 for more details.
COMPUTER EXPERT NEEDED: On occasion, we have need for consulting with someone who can help with minor computer and technical issues that come up with our office computers (e.g., getting a printer to work right, or helping with e-mail or file glitches, or updating software, etc. etc.) If you would like to volunteer to help fill this need, please let Fr. Ferguson or Mrs. Gall know. It should only be for very occasional issues, but it would be a great blessing to have someone to turn to when our computers need a little more help than we here are able to provide. Thanks!
Trivia Night: Saturday, March 18, 7 - 10 p.m. in our Church Hall. The M.C. will be Joe Holbrook. Tickets are $20 per person or $100 per table of 6. Proceeds will go toward our parish youth who will be attending Catholic Youth Summer Camp. Contact Nicole Hahn 740-380-0395 for more info.
Evenings of Reflection will be held at St. Bernadette Parish, Lancaster, after 6:00 p.m. Mass, on the Thursday evenings of Lent. A light Lenten supper with soup and bread will be served followed at 7:00 p.m. by Fr. Thomas Kessler guiding us into the way the Book of Revelation opens up the meaning of the Mass. No charge; all are welcome. Please call Kathy at 740-654-1893 to register so they know how many are coming.
St. Mary Parish Mission: St. Mary Church, Lancaster, will host a parish mission from March 6-9 at 7:00 p.m. with Fr. Thomas Blau, OP, as the presenter. Their Parish Lenten Penance Service will be held during the mission on Tuesday, March 7. For more info., please go to saintmarylancaster.com and click on the mission article in the events section. All are welcome to attend.
St. Mark Parish Mission: A parish mission will be held March 6, 7 & 8 (Mon. thru Weds.) at 7:00 p.m. at St. Mark Catholic Church, Lancaster. Elizabeth Ficocelli presents: “Discovering, Living and Sharing Our Mission.” Elizabeth is an international speaker, award winning author of 15 books, a frequent guest on Catholic radio and television, and the host of “Answering The Call” on St. Gabriel Radio AM 820. All are welcome to attend.
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.
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.
This coming Wednesday begins the Holy Season of Lent: the period of 40 days that are set aside to prepare for Easter, the most important day of the year in the Christian faith. Since the days of the early Church, we Catholics have observed Lent with two purposes: 1) to undergo deeper penance and self-denial (especially through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving) in imitation of Christ in his Holy Passion and in his fight against the evil one, and 2) to prepare for renewing our baptismal promises at Easter in order to renew our commitment to discipleship and in sharing in the Victory of Christ over sin and death. Lent – and Easter – drive to the essential basics of the Christian faith: the salvation of our soul through faith in Jesus and in the pursuit of holiness and eternal life over sin and death. This participation in the experience of Christ’s death and resurrection is called the “Paschal Mystery”.
We have many spiritual opportunities available here at St. John’s to go deeper in our personal faith in Jesus during the 40 days of Lent. The calendar insert gives a listing of those opportunities, and I strongly encourage all to take advantage of these spiritual practices. It is especially important to be immersing our children and grandchildren in these time-tested practices of the Christian faith as well. I’ve been becoming increasingly concerned about how few of our parish children are brought to such important occasions as Stations of the Cross (especially our non-School children) or the Holy Week liturgies of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, etc. As Bishop Campbell remarked just last Sunday evening at the Knights of Columbus Clergy Appreciation dinner in Columbus, we need, as Catholics, to be redoubling our efforts nowadays to pass on to the next generation the traditional practices of our faith which have assisted generations of souls throughout history and which can offer a sense of much-needed continuity and stability in a world which is beset by changes which are often very unhealthy for the soul. Our Catholic Lenten practices help all of us – including our next generation – to come to know Jesus more deeply and more personally, especially the love He demonstrated to us through His suffering. These Lenten practices give us immense help in finding true meaning and happiness in this life.
Please take the calendar insert in today’s bulletin and post it in a prominent place in your home, and come and join your fellow parishioners in all the spiritual practices of the Holy Season of Lent!
Hi boys and girls! My name is “Jackie”, and, as you know, I am Father Ferguson’s cat. Did you know that something special is going to happen this coming Wednesday? That’s right! This Wednesday is “Ash Wednesday”! That means it is the beginning of the Season of Lent on the Church calendar. Ash Wednesday is when we get to go to Church and receive some ashes on our forehead as a sign that we need God’s help to overcome sin and evil. God wants us to become saints in Heaven someday, but God knows how difficult this life can be. So, Ash Wednesday is a special day to ask God for help in fighting temptation (the urge to commit sins). During Lent, we also show God how serious we are in fighting temptation by doing what we call “penances” – actions that help us to keep focused more and more on God, like extra prayer, or fasting (not eating as much food), or almsgiving (helping the poor). I’m going to try to focus more on God and less on myself by not eating as much tuna this Lent, and giving my extra tuna to the poor. It will be a tough penance, but I know that, as a cat, I need to live more for God and less for myself. What penance will you do this Lent? Tell your parents that you want to go to Mass on Ash Wednesday! Have a “purr”-fect week!
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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.