September 22, 2019

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Happy Anniversaries!

St. John Mission is 106 years old as of September 21st. Our anniversary season continues for a month until October 21st, which will mark the 63rd Anniversary of the Dedication of our parish church. Let’s celebrate the dates and renew the mission! While our work which is underway to expand the vestibule underscores the centrality of the Holy Eucharist and the public worship of God, it also emphasizes that the Communion of Saints includes our friendships and our families. Permit me bring to your attention two parish groups that embrace the holy task of illuminating minds, elevating souls and joining friends.

With the mission of “Engaging the mission of the church by fostering friendships among the Women of St. John the Beloved, assisting them in their pursuit of holiness, ready to strengthen families, support the clergy and represent the parish” the Women’s Council sponsors a Women’s Evening of Reflection one Monday a month. The annual Christmas Bazaar is another hallmark of the Council. Receptions for Ordinations and Masses of Thanksgiving are lovingly provided by our parish women. To get involved, please contact the Women's Council President, Lee Kolasch, at [email protected]

The St. Joseph Society is a monthly gathering of Catholic fathers. They usually meet with me one Friday each month at 7:30 p.m. in the Adult Ed Room to pray the rosary, then drink beer & eat pizza and finally discuss a theological topic. Frequently the conversation focuses on an essay, poem or prayer that the dads receive by email ahead of time. The St. Joseph Society has only two rules:

  • you must be practicing the Faith and
  • you cannot come because your wife told you to do so.
  • Contact me to get the schedule and to make sure your email address is in my distribution list.

    By the way, men of the parish who are not fathers (along with those who are) would be wise to consider joining the Knights of Columbus. Our parish council meets one Thursday a month. Knights pray the rosary daily and smoke BBQ frequently, not a bad way to combine faith and friendship.

    God bless you!

    Fr. Christopher J. Pollard

    “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Heb 13,8)