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 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
Mon March 19 - St. Joseph
» 8:00 AM Paul Krannitz (Ed & Deb Mohler)
Tue March 20 -
» 8:00 AM Dorothy Stivison (Mindy & Chris Davis Family)
Wed March 21 -
» 10:00 AM Harry Pavlik (Wilma Courtney)
Thu March 22 -
» 8:00 AM Chapel Open
Fri March 23 - St. Turibius of Mogrovejo
» 8:00 AM Al Visintainer (Bill & Shirley Harwood)
Sat March 24 -
» 9:00 AM James Krannitz (Joe & JoAnn Murtha)
» 5:00 PM Bob Kuhn (Jim & Claudia)
Sun March 25 - Palm Sunday
» 8:00 AM Amy Mohler (St. John Preschool Class)
» 10:00 AM People of the Parish
IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT THE PARISH OFFICE: Beginning in April, the Parish Office will be closed on Wednesdays. The Parish Office will still be open each Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at the usual hours (8:00-12:00; 1:00-4:00). On Wednesdays, feel free to leave messages with our secretary, Mrs. Marian Gall, by calling 740-385-2549, ext. 4. She will return calls immediately on Thursday. Thank you!
Today's Coffee Hour is hosted by the Adult Ed Class. Please come to the Church Hall after Mass for fellowship.
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.
Ecumenical Choir: In preparation for an ecumenical Good Friday service at noon at the First Presbyterian Church, there will be choral rehearsals for interested singers on Weds., March 21 & 28 at 8:00 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church. This does NOT replace the normal St. John’s Catholic Good Friday service (7:00 p.m.) that all parishioners should attend.
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
A Social Justice Issue – Urgent Action Needed
As Catholics, we have always been involved with social justice issues because of our beliefs that all humans are made in God’s image and likeness, and that all peoples should be allowed to pursue of moral truth and personal holiness – not only in their private lives, but also in their interactions in their work and in the larger culture. Unfortunately, many social justice issues have arisen in recent years that have placed severe burdens upon people of faith from being able to exercise these basic social justice principles. One such issue has been the increasing pressure placed upon Catholics who serve in the health care professions (doctors, nurses, therapists, medical students, etc) to violate their consciences and be forced to provide or recommend “services” which are contrary to human morality.
As a result, several concerned citizens (and the Catholic Church) have recently been supporting a proposed legislation known as the “Conscience Protection Act” as an attempt to safeguard the ability of those in health care not to be forced to perform or be party to immoral procedures, such as abortions, physician assisted suicide, contraception, sterilizations, etc. The “Conscience Protection Act” has a chance of being voted on and passed later this week by Congress, and our U.S. Bishops are asking us as concerned Catholics to speak out to our legislators in support of this measure. Please heed their call regarding this important social justice issue. The following are excerpts from a recent article from Catholic News Agency (CNA) which gives more information about this urgent issue, including just how serious this matter truly is:
“The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued a statement asking people to pray, call, and write to their Congressional representatives to urge the inclusion of the Conscience Protection Act in the government’s upcoming funding bill. The statement, issued by Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, chair of the conference’s pro-life committee, and Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, chair of the religious liberty committee, urges Catholics to “flood” their members of Congress in support of the act. “Increasing and fierce attacks on conscience rights regarding abortion cry out for an immediate remedy,” said the archbishops. “Nurses and other health care providers and institutions are being forced to choose between participating in abortions or leaving health care altogether.” …..The funding deadline is March 23. The Conscience Protection Act would protect physicians and nurses from being forced to engage in procedures that violate their conscience, such as abortion or sterilization. It would also prevent employers from being forced to cover abortions in their health care plans if the procedure violates their conscience beliefs. Currently, three states--California, Oregon, and New York--require most or all insurance plans to cover abortion….Failure to pass this legislation could result in prejudice against pro-life or religious employees, said Dr. Michael Parker of the Catholic Medical Association. “If it’s not enacted, it could lead to discrimination against these people – failure to work for certain employers or given access to certain programs,” he told CNA. “For example, Vanderbilt University made all their nurse practitioners in their programs agree to participate in abortion procedures in order to be accepted into their program,” Parker said. There have also been several cases where nurses have faced the threat of losing their job if they would not assist in an abortion…..”
Hi boys and girls! My name is “Jackie”, and, as you know, I am Father Ferguson’s cat! I am having a rough weekend. Yesterday was St. Patrick’s Day. St. Patrick was a special saint who helped the people in Ireland long, long ago to come to know Jesus. Well, instead of spending the day in a holy way by reading about St. Patrick and praying to him, I ended up spending the day partying too hard. My cat friends came over and we ate green tuna all day, along with green chicken treats and green milk. And we stayed up all night singing Irish songs like “Danny Kitty”. I think we overdid it. I feel terrible today. I don’t ever want to see green milk again. Next time, I’ll keep my celebrations of saints calm and holy! 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.