BIG MONEY RAFFLE

Big Money Raffle at the St. John Virtual Fest-For-All. Enter your chance to win $1,000, $500, $250, or $100 on October 18. Get your tickets in by September 20 for the $100 Early Bird Drawing. Extra tickets can be picked up at the parish office or printed out from the website festival tab. Good luck!

RCIA

Are you interested in becoming Catholic, or are you a Catholic who would like to refresh your faith?

Through RCIA (The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) we receive new members into our Faith. RCIA participants grow in their relationship with God, meet parish members, and receive the Sacraments of Initiation. RCIA is for those who wish to be Baptized Catholic, receive the Eucharist, and be Confirmed. The process of conversion into the life of Christ and the Catholic Church takes place through a period of instruction and prayer.

Those who are already Catholic may also come to these sessions. Those Catholics who have attended in the past say they have learned a lot about the Church that they do not remember having learned as a child.

RCIA begins September 17. Call the Parish Office regarding participation in this process.

“Non-Event” Fest-For-All

In Honor of the 125th anniversary of St. John’s Church building, we’d still like to celebrate with a “Non-Event” Fest-For-All!

Several of St. John’s Fest-For-All activities could still be facilitated online with your help and support.  Possibilities would be a “bigger” Big Money Raffle, our traditional 100 ticket sale Reverse Raffle and much more. There could even be a meal for carryout one last time out of the church basement before the renovation.   PLEASE, join us to share your ideas, suggestions, excitement, ingenuity, talents and hard work.  Contact Chairpersons: Martin & Patty Nezick or Dave Jimenez by emailing bnally@stjohndefiance.org or calling the parish office, 419-782-7121. We’ve lost so much this year, let’s not let COVID take this away too.   Our success depends on you!  The next scheduled meeting will be Thursday, August 20, 7:30 pm

 

2020 Diocesan Celebration of Wedding Anniversaries

SAVE THE DATE

*Register right away*

2020 Diocesan Celebration of Wedding Anniversaries

Congratulations on your milestone wedding anniversary! The Diocese of Toledo will honor you and other couples celebrating 25, 40, 50, 60 and 60-plus years of marriage at a mass celebrated by Bishop Daniel E. Thomas on Sunday, October 25th, at 3:00 pm, at Rosary Cathedral, 2535 Collingwood Blvd, Toledo. Thank you for your witness to the Sacrament of Marriage.

Every registering couple is guaranteed an anniversary certificate. For more information regarding this event and to register please visit www.toledoanniversarymass.org

or contact Alice Jacobs at ajacobs@toledodiocese.org or 419-214-4978.

*Because of the current health situation:

  • we are limiting seating to the first 100 couples to register. Each attending couple will be allowed one additional guest to accompany them if necessary
  • all couples that register will receive a certificate
  • all those not in attendance may watch a live-stream of the Mass

 

Farewell to Father Eric

Father Eric’s Farewell: Due to the limitation on gatherings we have decided to have a Farewell  Drive thru for Father Eric on  June 26 at 7:15 pm in the parking lot. Father Eric will be there to greet and say farewell at a safe distance until 8:30 pm. Come and drive by to wish Father a safe and successful transition to his new parish. If you can’t make it we will have a card box in the church or you may send a card to the parish and we will see that he gets it.   As much as we don’t want him to leave we also want to wish him the best as he moves on. We also want to thank him for all he has done for St. John’s in the 5 years he has been here. He will become Pastor of Epiphany of the Lord Parish in Toledo on July 1st.

A Brief Note from Fr. Doug Taylor

A Quick Introduction from Fr. Doug Taylor                                                Greetings! Happy Easter to all of you.  No doubt you have heard by now that your pastor, Fr. Eric Mueller has been chosen by Bishop Thomas to be the next pastor of Epiphany of the Lord Parish on the east side of Toledo, and that he has selected me to replace Fr. Eric.

I have always heard great things about Defiance and both parishes there, so I am excited about this assignment.  When Bishop Thomas told me of his decision, he made reference to an old Italian adage that translates as “the right statue for the right niche.”  Trusting that Bishop Thomas knows you and me, and that he wants to see all of us flourish in ministry, I am confident that this will be a good match.

I was raised in Toledo at St. Patrick’s of Heatherdowns Parish, and like my four siblings, attended Central Catholic High School. I earned a B.S. in 1987 from BGSU with a major in biology, minor in chemistry, and emphasis in marine biology. I studied oceanography in Mississippi for four years, when I entered seminary in 1991, studying for the Diocese of Biloxi. I attended Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans for three years before I transferred home to study for the Diocese of Toledo in 1994.  I finished seminary by studying three years at the Pontifical College Josephinum, and was ordained in 1997.

I have had assignments in all areas of our diocese except the northwest corner, so this is a great chance for me to meet all new folks and explore new areas. I like bicycle touring, and exploring the creeks and rivers in my kayak.

I am writing this exactly 10 weeks before July 1st, so I am very aware of the need to be patient and focus on the work right in front of me. I look forward to introducing myself (in much more detail) to you once I arrive in July. Please pray for me as I pray for you and for Fr. Eric.

God Bless you and keep you safe!

Fr. Doug Taylor

 

Parish Office

Beginning Friday, March 20, the Parish office will be closed to everyone but employees. The church will remain open Monday through Saturday for silent prayer from 8 am to 4 pm until further notice. Let us pray for one another and affected by the coronavirus. God Bless and stay healthy.

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Calendar

September 2020

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
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  • School Mass - private
  • Prayer Shawl
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4
  • Mass
  • First Friday Adoration
  • Wedding Rehearsal
5
  • First Saturday Mass & Confession
  • Wedding Dunlap-Fooce (Mark)
  • Reconciliation
  • Mass
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7
  • Boy Scouts
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9
  • School Mass - private
  • Prayer Shawl
  • Second Hour Registration
10
11
  • Mass
  • Alpha in PLC
12
  • Reconciliation
  • Mass
  • Baptism
13
  • Mass - Fr. Stites
  • Mass - Fr. Stites
14
  • Catholic Book Study in PLC
  • Boy Scouts
15
16
  • School Mass - private
  • Prayer Shawl
  • Second Hour
17
  • Staff Meeting in PLC
  • Confession
  • Mass
  • RCIA in PLC
18
  • Mass
  • Wedding Rehearsal
19
  • Odom-Clemens Wedding
  • Reconciliation
  • Mass
20
21
  • Boy Scouts
22
  • Bible Study
  • Mass
  • Pro Life in St. Mt Rm
  • Diaconate Inquiry in PLC
  • Pastoral Council
23
  • School Mass - private
  • Prayer Shawl
  • Second Hour
24
  • Confession
  • Mass
  • RCIA in PLC
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28
  • Alpha in PLC
  • Boy Scouts
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  • School Mass - private
  • Prayer Shawl
  • Second Hour