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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 3, 2020.   

April 2nd - Letter from Bishops




My dear friends in Jesus Christ,

I was hopeful that I would not be writing to you in this way so soon, but we are living in constantly changing times. While we had been leaving the parish open during the day to allow for private prayer and devotions, we have been told by the Diocese of Columbus to restrict that practice as well, as we do all we can to comply with the directives that we are receiving from the state and health officials. It saddens me to say so, but St. John XXIII parish building will remain closed to the public until further notice.

It is important to note that I have said that only the building has closed temporarily. It is very important to understand that the parish itself is very much still active. There are legitimate concerns about what would happen in the event of a parishioner needing anointing of the sick, or if baptisms and funerals are still happening. Rest assured, that as pastorally necessary actions of the Church, these are still occurring, albeit in a more restricted and limited fashion. Know also that I continue to offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass every day, for our whole parish family. We are checking messages, and responding to emails, and doing everything else we can to ensure the continued operation of our parish.

Most importantly, St. John XXIII parish is active because of you. Our parish, and indeed every parish, is not simply the sum of the activity done on site or in its name. A Catholic parish is made up of every parishioner, who enlivens it by living out their own Catholic faith. These are difficult times. These are, quite frankly, unlike any times we have ever experienced ourselves. But the Church has made it through even more difficult circumstances than these, and we will make it through ourselves.

An important question at this time is, “How do we live out our faith when we do not have access to the Mass and the Sacraments?” The answer is that we live it out in a variety of ways. First, we live it out in our prayer. I again encourage each of you to pray every day, especially the rosary. We need to establish for ourselves a routine of prayer to help mark our day, especially if our normal routine has been changed. Picking a few times a day to pray can be very helpful, to make our connection with the Lord the way that we order our daily practices. Praying together with others is also very important. I strongly encourage you to pray together as a family each day.

Another essential way to live out our Christian faith is to live virtuously, and to guard against temptations that have manifested themselves in these unique times. Most specifically, we need to exercise the virtues of patience, courage, and especially charity. We are all finding ourselves in new circumstances that are constantly changing, and that can be a very frustrating and difficult experience. We need to be patient with one another. Courage is doing the right thing in the face of adversity. Right now, the courageous thing is to stay at home, practice good habits and social distancing, despite how difficult it may be. And finally, we need to be charitable in our thoughts and actions, placing the needs and concerns of others before our own, helping each other in safe, reasonable ways. This Sunday, for instance, we will be collecting goods for the Canal Winchester Food Pantry and the Women’s Care Center of Columbus. More information will be distributed regarding this collection can be found on the website.

Finally, we need to stay connected. As I have said a number of times, we need to be socially distant, not anti-social. I ask you to call friends and family members during these following weeks, to catch up and make sure needs are being taken care of. Beginning this Sunday, I will begin posting some regular videos to offer some support and reflections at this time. These will be available on the website (and maybe a new Parish social media presence, like on Facebook). I also encourage you to take advantage of Formed.org. Virtual connections can never replace normal interaction, but they can help bridge the gap.

Above all, know of my many prayers for all of you at this time. I wish I had some answers as to when life will return to normal. But what I do know is that suffering always brings us closer to Jesus Christ, and as we find ourselves journeying through a very unique Lent, we all have many sacrifices to offer to our Lord. Just as we anticipate enjoying on Easter what we have given up during Lent, let us begin to desire the Mass and Sacraments in the same way. Let us not grow angry and impatient, but hopeful and expectant for when we can come together again. Relying on the Motherly care of Our Lady, we unite our sufferings to those of Our Lord Jesus Christ, who is our healing and our hope. 

St. John XXIII, pray for us.

In Christ,

Fr. Brian O’Connor

Pastor, St. John XXIII Parish





Fr. Brian O'Connor


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Our parish code for formed is KEV3JJ


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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.


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