Thanksgiving Day Mass

Thanksgiving Day Collection:  Thanksgiving Mass will be Nov. 22 at 9:00 am. This year our offertory collection on Thanksgiving Day will go to support The St. Vincent DePaul Society and The Ravens.  Both of these generous ministries serve many needs in the Defiance Community and for our parish.  We are blessed to have these organizations in place to oversee this delicate ministry.  Please be generous with your offerings to help many people with the necessities of health and home throughout these difficult winter months. 

We will also have the totes out for this special holiday to help with the Defiance Catholic Food Pantry.  Please bring your non-perishable items and toiletries and place them in the blue binsGod LOVES a Cheerful Giver.  In Thanksgiving for all your generous gifts, God Bless you with holidays & holy days filled with much Faith, Hope & Love.  Thank you.


Maintenance Help Wanted

Maintenance Help Wanted:  This is a paid position – St. John’s is looking for an individual who would be interested in doing snow removal this winter for all the sidewalks, the steps and the front landing of the church.    The job would require knowledge of operating a lawn tractor for the sidewalks, possibly using a snow blower and shoveling snow.  Employee must be in good physical condition to shovel Heavy Snow.  For more details, contact Bonnie Nally at the parish office weekdays, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, 419-782-7121.


2018 – Fest For All

Oct. 13 & 14 will be our annual Fest for All at the K of C Hall from 5 to 10 pm on Saturday and 11 to 4 on Sunday. We have many of our favorite activities, come look at all the craft raffles from our talented parishioners and put a ticket in the box to try to win. We have 50 Silent Auction baskets for you to bid on. Saturday night will have our tasty Swiss Steak dinner and Sunday is the chicken BBQ. There will be a Bake Sale on both days along with kid games. On Saturday, we will have our Catch the Buzz mini reverse raffle only 100 tickets sold to win $1500. The Fords will be back for our musical entertainment. If you saw them last year they were great! Music to sing along with or dance too. On Sunday, at 1 pm, we will have 10 Holy Hamster Car Races, this is a first but sounds like a lot of fun. After that we will be having Singo, Music Bingo. Come on out and have some fun!

RCIA beginning soon

For anyone interested in joining the Catholic Church, now is the time to sign-up for RCIA. Classes are held on Thursday evenings at 7 pm beginning Sept. 20. Call the Parish office to register. 419-782-7121

Second Hour Parent Meeting & Registration

Hopefully you have received your Second Hour Newsletter in the mail!  We apologize if you did not but you can still find hard copies at the parish office and in the church or an electronic copy on the Second Hour page of our website.

Please plan to attend the Parent Meeting and Registration night this Wednesday, September 12th from 7 – 8pm at Holy Cross Catholic School in the Chapel.  Second Hour Staff will be available from 7 – 8 pm to receive your registration form and fee for youth in grades Preschool – 12th.  At 7pm, Jessica West will present the changes to the Parent/Mentor component of the program, explain the Family Nights, clarify the schedule for the year, and answer any questions you may have about Second Hour.  We highly encourage you to attend the parent meeting, especially if you have a student in grades 1 – 5.

Please plan to register your youth by / on Wednesday night and we look forward to beginning our classes with our youth and families on Wednesday September 19th!

August 15 – Holy Day of Obligation

August 15 is the Holy of Of Obligation for the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. St. John’s will have Mass at 6 pm on August 14 and at noon on August 15. St. Mary’s will have Mass at 8 am and 6:30 pm on Aug. 15 at Holy Cross Catholic School Chapel.


RCIA classes will be held on Thursday nights beginning in September. The first few RCIA classes are a period of Inquiry. There is no obligation involved in attending these meetings. They are intended to help people decide whether they want to learn about the Faith. Call 782-7121 or email to sign up.


The fall session of Alpha will be held on Sundays 5:30 to 7:30 pm beginning Sept. 9 to Nov. 25. Each night there will be a meal, a video, and table discussion. All adults are encouraged to attend.

Catholic Book Clum

On Monday, August 13 at 6:30 pm in the St. Luke Room, we will discuss and watch “The Scarlet and the Black by J.P. Gallagher. This is the true story of a priest who saved Jews and POWs during World War II. All are welcome to attend

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December 2018

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  • First Saturday Mass & Reconciliation
  • Reconciliation
  • Mass
  • School Mass
  • Second Hour
  • Holy Day Mass
  • Reconciliation
  • Mass
  • Boy Scouts
  • School Mass
  • Second Hour
  • Men's Breakfast
  • Reconciliation
  • Mass
  • Mass at Twin Rivers
  • Mass
  • School Mass
  • Second Hour
  • Reconciliation
  • Mass
  • Christmas Mass
  • Christmas Mass
  • Reconciliation
  • Mass
  • Vigil Mass