Some Reminders on Pastoral Care:

As Pastor, I stand ready to be of service to any of our parishioners in whatever way I can for the benefit of your sacramental and spiritual needs, night or day. Our Deacon, Don Robers, is committed as well to the pastoral care of our parish. Every so often, I think it is helpful to offer some reminders on how to access our services most easily. Even though we strive to be available at all times, the reality of the current times is that, because of clergy shortages, and because of personal and professional commitments that may cause us often to be away from the parish, we may not always be on site at the church when an emergency arises. Some reminders which should help are the following:

  • If a sacramental or pastoral emergency arises, call the regular parish number and follow the prompts for Fr. Ferguson’s extension. If Fr. Ferguson is not available, please follow the directions given to contact an alternate local priest. Very shortly, the phone system will be set up to include an extension specifically for emergencies, such that a message left on the voicemail (if no one answers) will automatically page the pastor’s personal cell phone. Again, follow the directions given.
  • If you or a loved one has become terminally ill and needs Anointing of the Sick and Viaticum (what used to be called "last rites" in the old days), it is better, if possible, to arrange for these sacraments sooner than later. In days gone by, there was a perception that these sacraments should be received only in the last moments of life. Waiting to the "last minute" is no longer necessary. These sacraments can be received days, even weeks, prior to an estimated date of death and still be spiritually sufficient. This is important to consider, because, again, due to the current priest shortage, we run the risk of not being able to get an available priest to come if we wait until the "last minute." Obviously, some dire situations arise without warning, but most terminal patients are ill for some time, and it is better to be able to minister to them with less frenzy and when they are able still to receive Holy Communion. Please note that, due to current laws, hospitals no longer notify the pastor when someone is admitted to a hospital, and, due to clergy shortages, priest hospital chaplains no longer make daily rounds at most hospitals. If you or a loved one is admitted to a hospital and wish to be visited by a priest, you must either let Fr. Ferguson know by calling the parish number and using the emergency directions, or you need to ask the nursing staff at the hospital to contact a local priest "on call."
  • In the current age of clergy shortage, it may be necessary to have a different priest from another parish to visit you or a loved one, or even to conduct a funeral service. The priests of our deanery (local area) work well together to cover for each other when we are out of town or otherwise inescapably occupied. These priests enjoy full faculties to offer the same sacramental help that I would offer as members of the one diocese to which we all belong.
  • Deacon Robers and I are available as well to offer spiritual direction and guidance to parishioners who may be going through difficulties in life. While we are not licensed counselors, and would refer psychological issues to outside counselors, we can offer specifically spiritual guidance, drawing from our Catholic faith, the Scriptures, the Saints, and our pastoral experience, as well as to pray with those afflicted. Often, and ideally, a parishioner might receive both outside counseling as well as our pastoral spiritual direction simultaneously. All pastoral conversations are kept confidential, and meetings with either one of us can be arranged at your convenience by calling the parish number and asking to speak with us directly.

These are some helpful reminders to tap into the spiritual resources and sacraments of our faith here at St. John’s in a different age. May we pray for vocations from our parish (including parents’ willingness to have their child consider a vocation) so that more priests in the future will be available to minister to us, and may our Mother continue to guide us along on the path to greater holiness and sanctity! Please help us in assisting you in meeting you pastoral needs.

All parishioners are welcome to contact me with any questions or to make arrangements to meet with me either by calling the parish office at 385-2549 or by e-mailing me at hamilton.college@outlook.com.

Sacraments

Baptism (by appointment)

  • Infants who will be reared as Catholics may be Baptized. Children of school age will receive appropriate catechesis.
  • Adults will normally first participate in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).
  • In the case of infants, parents will attend a pre-baptismal class. Godparents are encouraged to attend. One sponsor is required; two are traditional. The sponsor is a practicing Catholic who has attained the age of sixteen and has received the Sacrament of Initiation. Baptized Christians may be witnesses.
  • In accordance with Church law, one from another parish may be baptized with permission of his or her proper pastor.

 

Confirmation

  • The sacrament is conferred by the Bishop. Young people of grade eight or older are prepared by parents and teachers. Sponsor requirements are the same as for Baptism (see above).
  • Adult candidates should call the Parish Office, 740-385-2549.

 

Reconciliation

  • The Sacrament of Penance (confession) is scheduled Saturdays from 4:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
  • Other times may be arranged by appointment. Call the Parish Office, 740-385-2549.

 

Matrimony

  • Contact the pastor at least six months prior to the desired date.
  • At least one of the parties must be a practicing Catholic who is registered in the parish. You must be a registered parishioner, (at least for 6 months), before making arrangements at the office 6 months prior to the celebration of marriage.
  • No date may be reserved prior to consultation with the Pastor.
  • Wedding guidelines will be provided.

 

Funerals

  • The family or the funeral director notifies the priest.
  • The priest, the family, and the funeral director consult directly on the arrangements.

 

Holy Communion and Anointment of the Sick

  • In a case of serious physical illness
  • When a serious physical illness become worse
  • In preparation for a serious surgery
  • In general old age / frailty

Note: The sacrament is not given in cases of psychic illnesses.

Sooner than later!!
Please do not wait until the "last minute" of a terminal illness to call up the priest; he may not be able to get to you or your loved one in time. The Sacrament is only for the living and cannot be given after death. Please call the priest as soon as an illness is apparent.
No. This is an old term that was used when the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick (also formerly called "Extreme Unction") was given only when someone was about to die. The Sacrament has since been expanded to include all four situations described above, and so the term "Last Rites" is no longer used in the official liturgical books or the canon law of the Church.
Viaticum (meaning "the way with you") is simply the sacrament of Holy Communion when it is given to a person for the last time before death. It is often (though not always) done at the same time as giving the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. However, oftentimes prior to death the person is unconscious and unable to receive Viaticum. This is another reason why calling the priest sooner than later is important.

Two ways:

  • Simply call the parish office; if no one answers and it is an emergency, most parishes will have on their voice mail menu an option for "Sacramental Emergencies." Use that option and follow the directions given. The priest will get back to you very quickly.
  • If you are in a hospital setting, you may also ask the nursing staff to contact the "Catholic Chaplain" on duty or on call. Most hospitals have a way to contact a local priest to come and visit you or a loved one.

 

Please call the Parish Office to arrange for visits to those who are confined to home, a nursing facility, or a hospital

Note: The hospital does not notify the parish. Families should call the Parish Office, 740-385-2549.

 

Devotions

  • The rosary is recited Sundays at 9:15 a.m. in church
  • Stations of the Cross during Lent on Fridays at 7:00 p.m.

 

Mass Offerings

  • To schedule Mass intentions, call the Parish Office, 740-385-2549, ext. 4.
351 North Market St. Logan, OH 43138