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 October 22 - St. John Paul II
» 9:00 AM No Mass
» 5:00 PM James Kilbarger (Ann & Ed Kilbarger)
Sun October 23 - Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
» 8:00 AM People of the Parish
» 10:00 AM Mary Ellen Schmeltzer & Mary Mitchell (Bill & Shirley Harwood)
Mon October 24 - St. Anthony Mary Claret
» 8:00 AM Betty Roop (Edward & Ann Kilbarger)
Tue October 25 - St. Luke the Evangelist
» 8:00 AM Irene Louisa (Claudia & Jim)
Wed October 26 -
» 10:00 AM Lillian Comonyak (Kathy, Ashley & Michael)
Thu October 27 -
» 8:00 AM Chapel Open
Fri October 28 - Sts. Simon & Jude
» 8:00 AM Richard Gable (Don & Vera Gable)
Sat October 29 - Blessed Virgin Mary
» 9:00 AM Ray Spain (Robert A. Phalen)
» 5:00 PM People of the Parish
Sun October 30 - Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time
» 8:00 AM Jake & Winnie Hahn (Hahn Family)
» 10:00 AM Susan Smith (Mary Lee England)
Weekly School Window Raffle: Members of the Knights of Columbus, with the help of the St. John School PTA, will be selling 50/50 raffle tickets after each Mass every weekend this year in the Church Hall to help raise funds for the school’s window replacement project. The Knights will be drawing for a monthly winner at each Knights breakfast. Please stop in and purchase a ticket to support our school.
The Fairfield-Hocking “Holy League” of Catholic Men is an initiative for Catholic men of the Fairfield and Hocking County area designed to help committed Catholic men to fraternally support each other in their masculine spirituality in the midst of the challenges of the secular culture. The core of each gathering is prayer together in Eucharistic Adoration and the Sacrament of Reconciliation, followed by a brief discussion about current cultural issues impacting masculine spirituality and how to live a manly Roman Catholic life. The Holy League meets on the last Sunday of each month from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at different locations around the Fairfield-Hocking area on a rotational basis. The first one will be held October 30th at Schmelzer’s Grove, Bremen. Please call John Bradford at 614-679-6761 for more information.
The St. John Retention & Recruitment Team Needs You! We are forming a team to help us promote all of the benefits that our school has to offer our current as well as prospective students. You can control your level of involvement--minimal (offer input and ideas), intermediate (distribute flyers, provide a testimonial, etc.) or advanced (become a team leader or organize a marketing effort). For more information on this opportunity, contact Heidi Anderson at email@example.com.
Youth Group: A “kickoff” function is being planned in order to form a new parish high school youth group for grades 9-12. A teen cookout will be held near the school playground on Sunday, October 23rd, following the 10:00 a.m. Mass. All youth in grades 9-12 are encouraged to attend.
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.
Calling All Men: The “Holy League”
For the past year in the Lancaster-Logan area, a new spiritual initiative has begun to give men an opportunity to band together for mutual fraternity and support in the challenges of living holy lives as men in today’s world. This initiative was begun by Mr. John Bradford of Lancaster (who is also the leader of the “Wilderness Outreach” outdoor camping expeditions). As an expert in the area of Catholic masculine spirituality, John has seen a real pastoral need to encourage and serve Catholic men who wish to take their roles as husbands and fathers, singles and teens seriously and who wish to support each other in the face of the spiritual challenges of the modern culture. There is a need to allow our local laymen to support each other as men on a frequent basis through regular fraternal prayer and support. Hence the idea for the “Holy League.” The term “Holy League” comes from the group of European cities which banded together to fight off Islamic invaders threatening to take over Christianity at the Battle of Lepanto in 1571. Nowadays, all of us – but in particular ways, men especially – are being besieged by a far more serious enemy: Satan. Men – fathers, husbands, singles, and teens – cannot fight this enemy alone; they need to support each other in the spiritual battle for holiness, and this is what the “Holy League” strives to facilitate. The Holy League gathering is a chance for any Catholic man (and their sons over 13) to get together fraternally on a monthly basis in order to support each other as “soldiers of Christ” in the challenges facing strong, spiritual manhood in today’s culture. And the cultural challenges are many: relativism, secularism, impurity, and confusion regarding Church teaching and the pursuit of personal holiness. The core of each gathering is praying together in Eucharistic Adoration (with Confession available), along with small-group confidential sharing of faith and manly life, as well as a brief presentation and discussion on a topic dealing with growing in strong masculine spirituality and living. The Holy League gathering meets on the last Sunday of most months from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at different locations around the Fairfield-Hocking area on a rotational basis. There are no registration forms or “dues”. Men are welcome to simply come with a desire to share two hours with fellow men who want to support each other in growing in holiness and faith. As a pastor who sees a great need for men to take up the battle to protect their own souls and the souls of their families and to support each other as comrades, I strongly encourage all men (and male teens) of the parish to take part. From the experience of men who have participated this past year, it is a very worthwhile way to stay strong in living an authentically holy life and masculine faith. The first Holy League gathering of this season will be next Sunday October 30th at 6:00 p.m. at the Schmelzer’s Grove pavilion near Bremen. There is a schedule for future monthly locations as well. For more information, feel free to contact me or also John Bradford at 614-679-6761 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hi boys and girls! My name is “Jackie”, and, as you know, I am Father Ferguson’s cat. Some of you are in Second Grade and will soon be getting ready for experiencing the Sacrament of Confession for the first time. In fact, your parents are having a Parent’s Meeting about this sacrament today (or Tuesday if you go to St. John School), so that they can help you get the most out of this special sacrament. If you are in Second Grade, I hope you’ll get excited about the Sacrament of Confession, because it’s Jesus telling you that He loves you and wants to help you in the challenge of growing in holiness. To be “holy” means to be like God and all the saints. And that can be tough. It’s easy to do the opposite of being “holy”, and that means committing “sins”. I know. I’m a cat. We cats are always being tempted to commit sins. Remember last week when I was grounded because I committed the sin of disobedience to Fr. Ferguson and walked all over his desk? I’ve not done that sin again, but this past week, I did commit the sin of being lazy – I slept for 14 hours straight, and didn’t wake up in time to do my chores. Laziness is a tough sin that I’m trying to avoid. Thankfully, I know I can go to the Sacrament of Confession to ask Jesus to forgive me and to help me to do better. So, get excited about Confession! And if you’re not in Second Grade yet, pray for these big kids so that they get to know how much Jesus loves and cares for them in the Sacrament of Confession! 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.