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

Deacon Don Meyer’s 25th Anniversary

Congratulations to Deacon Don Meyer on his 25th year of ordination. He was ordained a permanent deacon on May 15, 1993 at Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral. Deacon Don, Clara and their family have been a very important part of St. John’s ministries for the past 25 years and touched the lives of many through their love for our parish and God’s people. If you would like to send a card congratulating Don and thanking him for his many years of service you may send it to:

Deacon Don Meyer                                                                                                                      19661 St. Rt. 18                                                                                                                       Defiance, OH 43512

Catholic Book Club

On Monday, May 14, at 6:30 pm in the St. Luke Room, we will discuss Dead Man Walking and we will watch the movie. The book is an unprecedented look at the human consequences of the death penalty. Join us

The Ministry Summit

Just a reminder to All in the Parish involved in any ministries, to come to The Ministry Summit, this Sunday, April 29th from 7 to 8:30 pm in the Church Basement.

We will have the opportunity to gather, share, and reflect on our ministries and how we each share in the building up of the Body of Christ and one another.

Change of Mass Times for Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday

Sunday Morning Mass times for BOTH weekends; Palm Sunday & Easter Sunday, will be: 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., and 12:00 Noon. Have you ever noticed how crazy it is to get everyone safely in and out of the parking lot for these Masses? Have you ever noticed how difficult it is to get everyone in and out of Church within a few minutes time on these weekends? Have you ever noticed how challenging it can be to just get a seat in Church at these Masses? Well……..We are hoping to alleviate these problems with the change of Mass times. Saturday night Palm Sunday Mass will remain at 5:00 p.m. Saturday night Mass for the EASTER VIGIL will begin at 8:30 p.m. (no 5:00 p.m. Mass). So….. put this on your calendar, and tell all your friends and family… Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday Masses will be 8 – 10 – 12.

Joint Parish Mission – Food for the Journey

March 5, 6 & 7, 2018 is the Parish Mission with the Franciscan Friars Minor from Ft. Wayne, IN. The mission will be from 7 to 8 pm all three nights. There will be children sessions at the same time. There will not be Second Hour on Wednesday, come to the mission instead!

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August 2018

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  • First Saturday Mass & Reconciliation
  • Reconciliation
  • Mass
  • Mass at Twin Rivers
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