Beginning today, March 1, until further notice the three front doors of the church cannot be used. Please use the grotto door, the handicap ramp door or the atrium doors. This is for everyone’s safety due to wind damage to the storm window of the large stained glass window
Co-Parish Mission at St. Mary Catholic Church with Matthew Allner
See the video link below to check out this year’s presenter:
Monday, March 25th – From Faith to Family: Putting on God’s Armor
Tuesday, March 26th – Answering the Call to Serve
Wednesday, March 27th – Dedicating Our Talents & Our Time to God
All Sessions will begin at 7pm at St. Mary Catholic Church, 715 Jefferson Ave, Defiance, OH 43512. Save the Dates and plan to come see this dynamic speaker who will connect with audiences of all ages about building a stronger relationship with God.
St. John’s housekeeper/custodian is retiring. We are looking for an individual to clean the Parish Life Center, Parish Offices and the Church Sanctuary. The job offers 15 to 18 hours per week with more hour seasonally. Contact Bonnie at the parish office, 510 Jackson Ave for an application and/or call 419-782-7121.
The Hospitality Committee is seeking volunteers to help with coffee and donuts. In addition, the committee is seeking greeters for all the Masses. To volunteer, or for more information, contact Renee Andelin at firstname.lastname@example.org; or Tim and Connie McDonough at email@example.com.
Whenever a county/city within the Diocese of Toledo is placed under a Level 3 Snow Emergency, during which all roadways are closed to non-emergency personnel, the Catholic Churches within that geographic region will cancel the scheduled Saturday Vigil, Sunday, or Holy Day Masses. Roman Catholics in that, therefore, are dispensed from the obligation to attend Mass. IF Masses are cancelled, Catholics are encouraged to participate in Holy Mass via television, radio, or internet, making spiritual Communion. When Mass is cancelled, all other diocesan, parish, or school events in that geographic region are also cancelled.
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 bins. God 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: 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.
Beginning on February 3, 2019 we will be dropping the 11:30 a.m. Sunday Mass. Our new Mass times will be at 8:00 a.m. and 10:00a.m. on Sunday, our 5:00 p.m. Mass on Saturday will stay the same. We have published a Q & A sheet to address questions that have been asked.
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!