In lieu of our regular Giving Tree tradition this Christmas season, St. John’s will be accepting donations to support Ravens Care Assistance for emergency needs for Christmas. Along with that, part of the donations will be used to purchase items for our parishioners in the Nursing Homes.
If you would like to donate, please put donation in an envelope and mark “Giving Tree” or “Nursing Home.” Donations can be mailed, dropped off at the parish office or placed in the offertory box. Deadline is December 6. Thank you!
Our priests have given their lives in service to us and our parish and we are most grateful!
Please offer your gratitude for those who have faithfully served in the Diocese of Toledo by making a gift to the Perpetuate the Gift Appeal. Your gift benefits our retired diocesan priests, enabling them to pay for their living expenses, such as medical, housing, car, clothing and food. All funds contributed between now through December 31, 2020 assist our parish in its assessed contribution to the fund. A gift of cash or check can be sent to Perpuetuate The Gift, PO Box 954, Toledo, Ohio 43697 or placed in the parish collection. A gift may also be made online at www.toledodiocese.org under the Give tab. Thank you for your support!
Envelopes are available in the vestibule or the Atrium.
Todd Shafer, Chief of the Defiance Police Dept., will be speaking on October 27 at 7:15 pm in the Parish Life Center/St. Matthew Room. He will talk about his faith, how it has affected him during his law enforcement career, and how it shapes the way he helps others in his work.
Please join us. Mass will be offered at 6:30 pm.
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.
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 email@example.com 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.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
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
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.