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 March 10 -
» 9:00 AM Greta Donaldson (Floyd & Bertye Donaldson)
» 5:00 PM Paul Krannitz (Wilma Courtney)
Sun March 11 - Fourth Sunday of Lent
» 8:00 AM Robert Piper Family (James & Brenda Piper)
» 10:00 AM People of the Parish
Mon March 12 -
» 8:00 AM Harry Pavlik (Wilma Courtney)
Tue March 13 -
» 8:00 AM Amy Mohler (Ed & Ann Kilbarger)
Wed March 14 -
» 10:00 AM Al Visintainer (Marie Auflick)
Thu March 15 -
» 8:00 AM Chapel Open
Fri March 16 -
» 8:00 AM Jim Krannitz (Ronald L. Bell)
Sat March 17 - St. Patrick
» 9:00 AM Stacy Daley (Wilma Courtney)
» 5:00 PM Rene Ucker (Jeff & Kris Jordan)
Sun March 18 - Fifth Sunday of Lent
» 8:00 AM Jeannette Frazier (Claudia & Jim)
» 10:00 AM People of the Parish
Adult Education Classes are continuing each Wednesday in the Church Hall at 7:00pm and will resume on Wednesday, January 3. Our topic is “Divine Mercy.” All are welcome.
Fish Fry:will continue each Friday during Lent (except for Good Friday) from 4:30 - 7:00 p.m. Please come to enjoy an excellent fish dinner and delicious dessert.
Stations of the Cross will be held Fridays during Lent AT 2:30 p.m. (school stations) and 7:00 p.m. in church. Please join us as we follow the journey that Jesus took from his condemnation to his death on the cross and burial.
Trivia Night: Support our youth's CYSC trip this summer by putting together a team for Trivia Night! Join us March 10th, 7-10 p.m., in the Church Hall for food, drink, silent auction, raffle, and trivia. Andy Potter is our emcee. Contact Nicole Hahn (740-603-3216) to register your team or to join a team.
All Are Welcome: The family of Jo Proctor cordially invites you to a 90th Birthday Open House on Sunday, March 11, 2018, from 1-3 p.m. in our School Hall. A card with your favorite “Jo” memory would be a perfect present!
Easter Vigil Choir:Choir practice for women members will be held on Thursday, March 15 at 7:00 p.m. in the choir loft. The following Thursday, March 22, all members are to be present for practice. Come and join us, and bring a friend! - Matt Schetter
Parish Council is seeking new members. If you are an active, current member of the parish and are interested in serving or have questions, please call Barbara Nakanishi, President of Parish Council, by March 2, at 740-503-6554.
Rice Bowls: Join our faith community and nearly 14,000 Catholic communities across the U.S. in a life-changing Lenten journey of encounter with CRS Rice Bowl. Please pick up a Rice Bowl for your family. They are located near the bulletins.
Bid O’ Luck: Help support Lancaster Fisher Catholic High School! Donations are being accepted now for inclusion in the live and silent auctions for Bid O’ Luck 2018 Saturday Night Irish Fever! Call 740-689-3288 to donate goods, cash or services.
Soup & Psalms: St. Mark Church, Lancaster. A time for quiet reflection and a simple meal following the Wednesday evening Masses during Lent, February 21 to March 21. All donations are for the Rice Bowl collection. Suggested contribution is $5.
ST. JOHN’S HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH GROUP!View Fall Events PDF Here
It’s That Time of Year Again
It’s politically incorrect and frowned upon in our society to misrepresent or make fun of most ethnic groups and religions, except, of course, when it comes to making fun of the Roman Catholic Church. We Catholics are one of the few groups in society that it is socially acceptable to mock, deride, and tell lies about in comedy shows, movies, documentaries, and in the media. This is a problem all year round, of course, but this persecution of the Church becomes especially prevalent during this time of year leading up to Easter. In recent years, major media magazines and TV shows have suggested things like the following: the Bible is unreliable such that people like Herod or Nero really weren’t that bad after all, and really didn’t kill the babies in Bethlehem or the Christians in Rome (no, the historical record is pretty clear on these events); or that Jesus really wasn’t God, but was “made into a God” by the early Christians for fraudulent intents (no, Jesus’ Resurrection – which can’t really be faked – was attested to by over 500 people); or that the early Church’s bishops supposedly kept some books out of the Bible in order to “deprive” people of what Jesus really taught (no, there really were “false books” that imposters actually did make up long after the Apostles died); or that the Pope and the Vatican are hiding dark secrets about anything ranging from the existence of the Lost Ark to secret plots to overthrow the world (after all, who can resist a juicy conspiracy theory that can make a buck for Hollywood or the media?); or that Catholics in the Middle Ages were so “culturally intolerant” against the Muslims (with never a mention of the thousands of Christians slaughtered and churches destroyed at the hands of Muslim warriors much earlier); or that the Catholic Church stifled scientific research during the Renaissance (no, the Church produced and encouraged some of the greatest scientific minds in history like Albertus Magnus, Kepler, Copernicus, etc; and its concerns with Galileo had less to do with his scientific research itself and more to do with how best and most prudently to break the new scientific knowledge to a largely illiterate and uneducated population); etc. etc. etc. In addition to all these standard and dependable money-making lies, the media this time of year are also saturated with bizarre theories about the “end-times”: that the Bible (or the Church) supposedly predicts some form of Armageddon to occur at any minute, because we actually saw some earthquakes and floods occur this past year. The examples can go on and on. The moral of the story is to remember that, as the original Christian community, we Catholics have always been persecuted, made fun of, and misrepresented throughout history. Our own age is no different. We were targeted in the 1st century for unfair treatment by its secular society, and we are still targeted in the 21st century by a society that professes, ironically, to be “tolerant”, “diverse”, and “inclusive”. Our response, therefore, is two-fold:
Hi boys and girls! My name is “Jackie”, and, as you know, I am Father Ferguson’s cat! Now that we are in March, and we have had some nice days outside, I am coming down with a bad case of “spring fever”! Have you ever had “spring fever”? That’s when, in the springtime, the nice weather and the sunny days make you feel like you have lots and lots of new energy that you can’t control! It’s pretty tough on us cats: already, several times a day, I suddenly jump up and chase through the house at random, knocking things over, running up and down the stairs, jump in and out of Father’s lap several times, and finally pounce and attack the birds outside the window. Spring fever can hurt. Kids, if you ever pounce and attack birds outside your window, make sure the window is actually open! Ouch! (don’t tell anyone, but I never thought birds could laugh!....darned window…..) What crazy things does springtime make YOU do? Why not thank God for spring, and ask Him to help you to stay in control of yourself as you enjoy the warmer weather? 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.