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Please see the following webpages for helpful information about how to make a good Confession:

Examinations of Conscience

A Guide for Confession

7 Ways to Help Make a Good Confession

How to Make a Good Confession for Teens


Welcome to Saint John XXIII

St. John XXIII Catholic Parish exists to foster a lively encounter with our Lord Jesus Christ, through the Sacraments, particularly the Eucharist, Prayer, Service and Fellowship. We invite you to come to our parish and allow yourself to be changed by the love that Jesus Christ has for you.


After serious consideration of the grave health risk involved in public gatherings and in order to curb the spread of the Coronavirus, the bishops of Ohio have decided, effective immediately, to suspend temporarily all publicly celebrated Masses/liturgies, at least through May 24, 2020.   Daily masses will begin again on Monday, May 25th.  Sunday mass will begin Pentecost Sunday, May 30/31, 2020.  Please watch for details regarding the reopening of our parish.




Dear Friends in Christ,

It is with great joy that I write this letter to all of our parishioners at St. John XXIII. As you may have already heard, I am pleased to announce that, with the permission of Bishop Brennan, we will return to having public Mass. Daily Mass will begin on May 25th, Memorial Day, and weekend Masses will return on May 30th and 31st, on which we as a Church will celebrate Pentecost, the great Solemnity of the Holy Spirit. Mass times will remain the same as before, weekdays at 8:30 a.m., Saturday vigil at 5:00 p.m., and Sunday at 9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. In the coming weeks, we will shift to our normal confession times and our Wednesday evening Holy Hour as well. This is welcome news, and a sign of our fulfilled hope in Jesus Christ, who sees us through even the most difficult of times. Coming together to worship at Mass is the best and most important way for us to experience our closeness with Jesus Christ, and His great love for us.

While this is certainly cause to rejoice, we must also be reminded that this is still a time in which we must act very prudently. In addition to allowing us to return to the public Sacramental life, Bishop Brennan has dispensed the obligation to attend Sunday Mass until at least September 13th. This is so that no one who feels they should not leave the safety of their homes at this time will feel any pressure to come to Mass on Sunday. I cannot stress enough this aspect of Bishop Brennan’s announcement. If you fall under any sort of “at risk” category, I encourage you to stay at home, and to not return to Mass until it is safe for you to do so. This is for anyone who may be over a certain age, has any sort of compromised immune system,  for anyone who has underlying health risks, or anyone acting as a caregiver to another at risk family member. If you are unsure, please speak with your physician. While I certainly want to see everyone back at the parish, it is much more important that we keep safety as a primary focus, and for some of us that may mean a delay in coming back to Church.

In keeping with this theme of prudently reopening, I want to let you know that there will be a number of slight changes in how we go about our normal Mass procedures. For a time, there will be limited seating, as we will be trying to keep our capacity at about 33% of  normal, so that means we will try to limit attendance at each Mass to around 160 people. For this reason, I would like to encourage anyone who could attend Mass during the week to consider doing so. Since the obligation to attend Sunday Mass has been lifted, it would be perfectly fine to attend Mass and make a weekly communion on another day.

While at Mass, we will be practicing social distancing in every possible way. This means that seating will look differently than before, and that when your family arrives we will have an usher seat you. There will be less music at Mass, and the liturgy will have an overall simpler atmosphere. During Communion, there will be only one line (for social distancing purposes) and ushers will dismiss you by pew. Everyone who attends is strongly encouraged to wear a face covering and to bring hand sanitizer for their own use. Initially, only the church and the gathering space will be open during Mass times. I won’t list every small change in this letter; I simply ask for your patience and understanding. Also know that things may change week-to-week, as we will be trying to do our best, but have obviously never experienced anything quite like this before.

For those who will not be returning to Mass right away, I wanted to let you know that I am dedicating Tuesday and Thursday afternoon to doing Communion calls to parishioners’ homes. I want to make sure that, even though it may not currently be safe or prudent to attend Mass, you still have access to the Sacraments. Scheduling these will be similar to how we currently schedule confession appointments. Also, as there will likely not be an insignificant number, these may be less social than normal Communion calls typically are, to not only provide efficiency through brevity, but to keep the focus of the visit primarily on the experience of Christ through his Sacraments. Starting on May 26th, if you would like to schedule Communion Calls, please call the parish office at 614-920-1563.

Our parish offices will reopen for normal business on Tuesday, May 26th. However, to make sure that we are being as safe as possible, we will have only limited hours open to the public, from 10:00 a.m.  to 1:00 p.m. After that, other staff will have the opportunity to work while being socially distant, as well as the ability to schedule appointments, so that we are keeping the total number of people in the offices under 10. I ask all who come into the office, to check your temperature before coming in and please wear a mask. Again, please be patient as we put in practices designed to keep everyone safe.

Lastly, I want to again reaffirm my joy at being able to return to the public Sacramental life. I encourage you all to read Bishop Brennan’s letter, which is available on the Diocesan website, www.ColumbusCatholic.org. Furthermore, I would ask that we all begin to use our own parish website, www.sjxxiii.org, as the primary place to go for up to date information as we continue to reopen and get closer to a normal operating procedure. Above all, I ask that we all stay safe, and the best way to do so is to exercise the virtue of prudence. Consider if it is safe for you to go to church (or anywhere) before doing so. Make sure you don’t have symptoms, and if you may have encountered someone with symptoms, consider staying at home. I will continue, as I have been, to pray for you daily. We have all experienced in some way Christ’s love, and His willingness to suffer with us, during this time, and this will become more pronounced in the weeks to come. Let us entrust ourselves, in this month of May, to the loving protection of His mother. Our Lady, the Health of Christians, continue to pray for us.

I remain faithfully yours,

Fr. Brian J. O’Connor




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Mass Times







Monday - Friday 

8:30 a.m.

Wednesday (Holy Hour - Confession)

6:00 p.m.

4:00 p.m. - Confession (or by appt.)

5:00 pm Mass

9:00 am,  11:00 am



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Mission Statement

Pope John XXIII Catholic Community is a newly formed parish dedicated to blending the plurality and diversity of our parishioners into the unity of the Body of Christ.

We are dedicated to living the teachings of Jesus Christ and the practices of Catholic sacramental life in the midst of our modern society.

We commit ourselves to the rich variety of lay and clerical ministries, exercised in a collaborative manner, within and beyond our parish community.

As a people under the patronage of Pope John XXIII, we realize the need to be especially concerned with the spiritual life, liturgical renewal, ecumenism, justice and our relationship to the world.


Sat - May 30 Reconciliation
Sat - May 30 Mass
Sun - May 31 Mass
Sun - May 31 Mass
Mon - Jun 1 Mass
Tue - Jun 2 Mass
Wed - Jun 3 Mass
Wed - Jun 3 Baptismal Preparation Meeting

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St. John XXIII parish, along with a number of others in the Diocese of Columbus, is pleased to announce that we will resume offering the Sacrament of Penance, starting May 1st. These will be by appointment only, so as to limit the number of people present at the parish, and to allow for safe social ...

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We will collect the RiceBowls when we return to our regular Mass schedule but in the meantime the Catholic Relief Services can accept donations at Catholic Relief Services,  1-877-435-7277, or Catholic Relief Services, CRS Rice Bowl, P.O. Box 17090, Baltimore, Maryland 21297-0303.  25% of ...

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The St. John XXIII Knights of Columbus will be holding a DRIVE-THRU collection on Sunday, May 24, 2020 from 10:00AM - 2:00PM of canned/dry packaged foods and hygiene products for the Canal Winchester Food Pantry as well as disposable baby diapers and wipes for the Women's Care Center o...

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