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HABITAT FOR HUMANITY – SAVE THE DATE: Knights of Columbus Council 16561 has partnered with Lithopolis United Methodist Church this year to host a Habitat for Humanity Wall Build on September 14, 2019. We will be constructing two homes this year that will go to families in the Fairfield County area. There are no experience or age requirements – all are welcome! Please keep an eye out in the bulletin for more information in the coming weeks! If you are interested in participating, please contact Andrew Ortiz via phone/text at 614-286-2405 or email at andrew@agortiz. com as soon as possible. 

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KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS 40 DAYS FOR LIFE: The Knights of Columbus will be participating in the 40 Days for Life program on September 25, from 9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m., and is asking for help. This is a coordinated, national campaign to bring continuous prayer to local abortion clinics in more than 500 cities across the world. In Columbus, the program is sponsored by Greater Columbus Right to Life. The vigil will be held at Founders Abortion Pill Clinic, 1243 East Broad, Columbus, from 9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. See the sign-up sheet in the Gathering Space or contact Mike Redmon at 419-3066192 to sign up/get more information. In addition t...

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All Commissions Meeting

Posted on August 19, 2019 in: General Parish News

ALL COMMISSIONS MEETING: Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at 7:00 p.m., we will begin the new All Commissions meetings for the 2019-2020 year. This will be an exciting year for our St. John XXIII Parish. We have sent an email to all members of the Faith Formation, Christian Service and Parish Activities Commissions about the meeting. If you did not receive it, please contact Regina (rhrytzik@sjxxiiiparish.org or 614-920-1563) in the office to make sure we have your current email address. Look forward to seeing everyone on September 11! 

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YOUTH MINISTRY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: The St. John XXIII Youth Ministry Team is looking for individuals to assist with our programing. There are several opportunities with varied time commitments, so there are options for all. If you enjoy working with the youth of our parish and would like the chance to mentor them, this would be a great way to do so. We have two programs within the parish: a middle school program (grades 6-8) and a high school program (grades 9-12), and we need help with both. We will be hosting an information meeting discussing these opportunities on Tuesday, August 27, at 6:00 p.m. Father O’Connor wi...

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Workday

Posted on August 18, 2019 in: General Parish News

WORKDAY: St.    John    XXIII    has    not    had    a    workday    in    a    very    long    time and is way overdue! Please join us on Saturday, August 17, at 9:00 a.m. in the morning to help get the lower level ready for Parish School of Religion this year. We will be wiping down the walls and baseboards, as well as cleaning the tables and chairs. We will provide all the cleaning supplies needed. Please bring your gloves to save your &...

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Youth Ministry Events

Posted on August 14, 2019 in: General Parish News

YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS: Soon, we will be kicking off a new year for our youth ministry programs for both the MS and the HS youth. Keep an eye on the bulletin for more details, as we are still in the planning process. The kickoff event will be happening mid-September. All youth in grades 6-12 are welcome to join us. It is a great opportunity for faith, friends and fellowship. There is an informational meeting on Tuesday, August 27, at 6:00 p.m., for any adult interested in helping with the program. We need assistance with both the MS and HS program, and have various opportunities available. If you only have a few minutes to sp...

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RCIA is beginning!

Posted on August 12, 2019 in: General Parish News

RCIA IS BEGINNING! Interested in the Catholic Faith? Know someone who may be interested? Come learn more and share your questions at an Information session, Thursday, August 22, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. in Room E in the lower level of the church. Call Midge Pry at 614-833-1817 for more information. 

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HABITAT FOR HUMANITY – SAVE THE DATE: Knights of Columbus Council 16561 has partnered with Lithopolis United Methodist Church this year to host a Habitat for Humanity Wall Build on September 14, 2019. We will be constructing two homes this year that will go to families in the Fairfield County area. There are no experience or age requirements – all are welcome! Please keep an eye out in the bulletin for more information in the coming weeks! If you are interested in participating, please contact Andrew Ortiz via phone/text at 614-286-2405 or email at andrew@agortiz. com as soon as possible. 

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PARISH SCHOOL OF RELIGION PARENT ORIENTATION: The Parish School of Religion Parent/Guardian meeting will be August 25 at 10:15 a.m. We encourage all parents/guardians to attend, but if you are unable, please stop or call the Parish Office (614-920-1563). 

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PARISH SCHOOL OF RELIGION STAFF: Being part of the Parish School of Religion Staff (better known as PSR Staff) in the fall is a gift from God to share your talent. The areas needed include Teaching, Teaching Assistant, Substitute Teaching, and Parking Safety Staff. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Regina in the Parish Office (stjohn@sjxxiiiparish.org or 614-920-1563). 

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PSR Registration

Posted on August 02, 2019 in: General Parish News

PARISH SCHOOL OF RELIGION REGISTRATION: The letter, registration form and schedule for our Parish School of Religion 2019-2020 have been sent to all families who had children registered in the PSR program last year. If you did not receive the information and have a child or children who are school age, please look on the table in the Gathering Space for this information.

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SECOND COLLECTION FOR THE VINCENTIANS, MARY MARTHA PROVINCE: Fr. Varghese (Sajan) Srambickal, V.C., a Vincentian Missionary Priest from India, will be here next weekend, August 10 and 11, to participate in our Annual Missionary Cooperation Plan. He will share his missionary experience at all the Masses and will make an appeal on behalf of the Vincentian Missions. The Vincentian Congregation (V.C.), a Religious Congregation, was founded in Kerala, India, in 1904, modeled after the Congregation of the Mission founded by St. Vincent de Paul. Members of this flourishing Religious Congregation are engaged in Mission Work in all...

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PARISH SCHOOL OF RELIGION VOLUNTEER STAFF NEEDED: Next week, we will send out the letter, registration form and schedule for our Parish School of Religion 2019-2020. If you do not receive the information and have a child or children who are school age, please look on the table in the Gathering Space for this information. Also, being part of the Parish School of Religion (better known as PSR) Staff in the fall is a gift from God to share your talent. The areas include Teaching, Teaching Assistant, Substitute Teaching, and Parking Safety Staff. If you have questions or would    like    more ...

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School Supplies Drive

Posted on July 29, 2019 in: General Parish News

SCHOOL SUPPLIES DRIVE: It’s that time again! While school is still nearly two months away, local stores will soon be offering back-toschool sales. That’s a great time to pick up a few items to donate to the annual Back-to-School Drive here at St. John XXIII. We want every child and teacher in our community to start school with the right supplies. Local School Districts have counted on St. John XXIII to help meet some of this need for the past decade, and we hope to come through again this year. In the coming weeks, you’ll see supply lists in the Gathering Space and online. Any and all supplies are welcome...

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NATIONAL CATHOLIC YOUTH CONFERENCE (NCYC): 2019 National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) is November 21-24 in Indianapolis. Time is running out to register for the 2019 National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) and experience over 20,000 Catholic teenagers gathered for prayer, catechesis, community, and discipleship. For more information and to register, contact Stacy Ewert at 614-565-2086 or ewertstacy@yahoo.com, or go to https:// columbuscatholic.org/ncyc. 

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St. John XXIII Catholic Church, Canal Winchester, is looking for an individual to clean the church, sanctuary, offices, and classrooms weekly plus light event preparation of social hall for events. Experience: A minimum of one year of prior experience is required. Job Related Skills: This position requires frequent movement about the various buildings to complete the essential job responsibilities.  Must be able to multi-task; be flexible; self-motivated; punctual; personable; and able to take direction well. Working Environment: The ability to maintain all information highly confidential.  This is a 20-...

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WATER PLANTS: We are looking for a volunteer to water the plants inside the church twice a week. Please call Regina (614-920-1563) after July 8 if you are able to help. Thank you for your consideration. 

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July Office Hours

Posted on July 14, 2019 in: General Parish News

OFFICE HOURS: During the month of July,    the    Parish    Office    will    close    at Noon on Fridays. 

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ST. JOHN XXIII WOMEN WALKING WITH PURPOSE FALL BIBLE STUDY: Do you desire to grow in your Catholic faith? Would you like to connect with other women in our parish community? Are you searching for something more in your life? We invite you to consider joining Walking with Purpose at St. John XXIII. Weekly group sessions are starting on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. Touching the Divine, a 16-session study beginning in August and wrapping up in early December, focuses on the qualities of Jesus revealed through the Gospel of John and draws us into a deeper relationship with Christ as we reflect upon His personality and ...

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HOLIDAY OFFICE HOURS

Posted on June 30, 2019 in: General Parish News

OFFICE HOURS: Due to the Independence Day Holiday and staff vacation, the parish office will be closed Thursday and Friday, July 4 & 5. We will have limited hours on Tuesday and Wednesday. During the month of July the parish office will close at Noon on Fridays. 

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Book Share

Posted on June 30, 2019 in: General Parish News

BOOK SHARE: Do you like to read books about our faith? Do you have any    around    your    house    that    you    are    finished    with    and    would    like    to    pass    along to others? If so, we are starting a BOOK SHARE. Please feel free to drop    the    books    in    the    black    crates    in&n...

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CONFIRMATION PICTURES: If anyone had individual pictures taken on June    1    at    Confirmation,    please    go    online    to    lornspotlerphotograhy.com to look at your pictures that you can order. 

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The Platinum Club is planning on attending the annual Diocesan Senior Citizens Celebration on Tuesday, June 18, at St. Mary Church in Chillicothe. Bishop Brennan will celebrate Mass at 10:30 a.m., followed by a luncheon. Registration forms are found in the Gathering Space. Send your form, with a $15.00 check for each person attending the luncheon, payable    to    the    Office    for    Social    Concerns,    Catholic    Diocese    of    Columbus,    197 ...

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UPCOMING YOUTH HIGH SCHOOL & MIDDLE SCHOOL EVENTS Gospel Road – Blessed, BRoken and shaRed July 14/18, Sunday, 5:00 p.m. – Monday-Thursday at 6:00 p.m. seton paRish – pickeRinGton, oh *St. John XXIII will sponsor 10 young people from our parish grades 9-12 to attend this five-day mission focus work camp. High School graduates of the class of 2019 can also be included as participants. Please check out the link below for more details and if interested, please contact Stacy Ewert at 614-565-2086 or ewertstacy@yahoo.com. Regular Registration is complete, but I can check on late registrations. There wer...

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TWENTIETH ANNUAL PARISH PICNIC: It is so hard to believe that this will be our Twentieth Parish Picnic! Where has the time gone? Our Parish Picnic will be held June 9 in our shelter house, following the 11:00 a.m. Mass. We will have a sign-in list on the table in the Gathering Space for registration, publicity/flyer design, setup, cleanup, parking, games, etc., Please bring a side dish, dessert and a beverage to share; pop, lemonade, iced tea, etc. For those unable to walk the distance from the church building, we will have a special parking area closer to the shelter house for you. Please pray for good weather and come en...

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PLATINUM CLUB TRIP: The Platinum Club will be attending the Otterbein Theater production of “Guys & Dolls” on July 11th. Tickets sell out quickly!! Everyone interested in joining us MUST send $30.00 for each ticket to Marcia Winnestaffer 2555 Burr Oak Drive, Canal Winchester 43110, by June 1, 2019, is the deadline for the purchase. We will arrange for dinner before the show and carpool later. 

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THE PLATINUM CLUB PLANNING A TRIP TO SEE THE BILTMORE ESTATE: The Platinum Club, open to parishioners age 55+, is planning a great fall trip to the Biltmore Estate on Monday, October 14th, through Thursday,    October    17th.    A    flyer    will    be    posted    in    the    Gathering    Space    detailing    the    trip’s    itinerary.    If    you   ...

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Wednesday Holy Hour

Posted on April 22, 2019 in: General Parish News

WEDNESDAY HOLY HOUR: We have a Holy Hour with Confessions at 6:00 p.m. every Wednesday evening. Fr. O’Connor and sometimes a visiting priest will be available for Confession during the hour. Please know that you can come for all or a short period of time to pray before the Eucharist.  

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REGISTRATION FORMS FOR TOTUS TUUS: We begin registration for    this    summer’s    TOTUS    TUUS    at    St.    John    XXIII    Parish    this    weekend.    Please    find    the    registration    forms    and    permission    slips    (if    needed)    on    the  ...

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PLATINUM CLUB will tour the new Veterans Memorial and Museum on Wednesday, May 15, at 2:30 p.m., followed by dinner at the Spaghetti Warehouse. Cost is as follows: Adults (18-64), $13.50; Senior’s (65+), $12.00; veterans free. Parking is $5.00 per car (free for veterans). We will carpool to this event. If you are interested in joining us for this activity, please contact Tracy Weiland, 614-920-1291 or tweiland@wowway.com, by Monday, April 8. The Platinum Club is open to all parishioners 55 years of age and above and their spouses. 

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40 DAYS FOR LIFE: The Knights of Columbus will be participating in the 40 Days for Life program on April 2nd, from 9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and is asking for help from any parishioner. This is a coordinated, national campaign to bring continuous prayer to local abortion clinics in more than 500 cities across the world. In Columbus, the program is sponsored by Greater Columbus Right to Life. The vigil will be held at Founders Abortion Pill Clinic, 1243 East Broad, Columbus, from 9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. See the sign-up sheet in the gathering space or contact Michael Redmon at michael.redmon40@gmail.com/419-306-6192 to sign up/get mor...

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KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS COUNCIL # 16561: The Knights of Columbus Council invites you to attend a tour of The Pontifical College Josephinum in Worthington on Saturday, March 30. The tour begins at 2:30 p.m. until 3:45 p.m. The cost is $10.00 per adult (kids are free) with all proceeds going to support our sponsored seminarians. Contact Michael Redmon at michael.redmon40@gmail.com/419-306-6192 to get further information/ sign up. 

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PLATINUM CLUB: The next activity of the Platinum Club will be held on Wednesday, April 17, at 5:30 p.m. We will meet for dinner at the Hidden Lakes Winery, 650 Winchester Pike. If you are interested in joining us for this event, please call or email Patsy Moore at 614-836-1337 or mpm1947p@gmail.com, by Wednesday, April 10. The Platinum Club is open to all parishioners 55 years of age and above and their spouses. 

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ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY: Spring has certainly taken its time showing up this year, but as the weather starts to warm up and you get into Spring cleaning. I suspect you will come across lots of things that you can part with that deserve a good home. But what can you do with all that good stuff? Well, the St. Vincent de Paul Society can help you out of that dilemma! The big yellow truck will be at our Parish for all the Masses the weekend of April 6th and 7th. As always, they can take any clothing, and most household goods, small appliances, etc., that you are willing to part with. Due to recent events, the Society canno...

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LIVING STATIONS OF THE CROSS – ST. JOHN XXII FRIDAY APRIL 5TH: HS and MS Youth will be hosting the Living Stations of the Cross on April 5th at 6:00 p.m. If you are interested in participating, we would love to include you. There are various parts available. We will be begin practicing and parts will be chosen at our Sunday meeting on March 17th 

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TOTUS TUUS: TOTUS    TUUS    (Totally    Yours),    a    Parish    Mission    for    youth,    is    coming to St. John XXIII parish the week of June 9th-15th. Students going into    grades    1-6    next    fall    are    invited    to    participate    in    the    Children’s    Program,&nbs...

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PLATINUM CLUB: The next activity of the Platinum Club will be held on Sunday, March 17, 2:00 p.m., in the church Social Hall. This will be our annual    St.    Patrick’s    Day    potluck.    (Please    note    that    this    is    a    change    from    our normal Wednesday evening gathering.) Bring your favorite dish to share and your beverage. The Platinum Club is open to all parishioners 55 years of age and above and the...

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Stations of the Cross

Posted on March 12, 2019 in: General Parish News

STATIONS OF THE CROSS: We will have Stations of the Cross on Fridays in Lent at 6:00 p.m. Please plan to join your fellow parishioners and others for this traditional Lenten devotion. 

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Altar Server Practice

Posted on March 04, 2019 in: General Parish News

ALTAR SERVER PRACTICE: Young people in third to eighth grade and in high school, as well, have you ever thought of becoming an Altar Server and to serve God and your parish in this way? We will have Altar Server training at 12:15 p.m. on Sundays, March 17 and 24. All Altar Servers are asked to attend one of these practices to continue to be servers and also new ones coming on. What a great way to show your love of God, serving in the most sacred liturgy. 

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Lenten Observances

Posted on February 25, 2019 in: General Parish News

LENT: There are three Traditional Lenten observances: 1. Prayer Person at home prepares by reading the Scripture prior to Sunday Mass, in addition to other personal prayer such as meditation, Rosary, spiritual readings, etc. 2. Fasting The following regulations of fast and abstinence for Catholics provide an opportunity for us to be united with the entire Church in offering this form of prayer: All Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast and abstinence. On fast days, one full meal is permitted along with two meals of lesser quantity the same day. On days of abstinence, f...

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YOUTH GROUP HS EVENT - DCYC

Posted on February 08, 2019 in: General Parish News

UPCOMING YOUTH HS EVENT – DCYC: March 10, 10:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. The Diocesan Catholic Youth Conference (DCYC) is a one-day high school conference in the Diocese of Columbus, for youth in grades 9th-12th. This year the conference will be held at Bishop Watterson High School. The gathering includes workshops and activities geared towards high schoolers, as well as keynote speakers, Reconciliation, Adoration, praise and worship by Station 14, prayer, parish group time, lunch and will conclude with Sunday Mass, beginning around 4:30 p.m. Signups are now open for the conference and we will be registering everyone as a grou...

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UPCOMING YOUTH MIDDLE SCHOOL & HIGH SCHOOL EVENTS UPCOMING YOUTH MS EVENT – BOSCO BASH: March 9, 2:30-8:00 p.m. Annual Bosco Bash Middle School Youth Rally will be held at Bishop Watterson High School on Saturday, March 9th. This is open for all students in Grades 6-8. Signups are now open for the rally and we will be registering everyone as a group, so please notify Stacy Ewert if interested. We will be taking the MS youth to the event, which begins at 2:30 p.m. It will conclude with Mass that starts at approximately 6:45 p.m. Parents are invited to attend Mass with the youth, if available. We should have the st...

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CATHOLIC TIMES ANNUAL COLLECTION: This week begins our parish collection for the Catholic Times weekly newspaper. This donation helps to provide the Catholic Times to you and many of our parishioners. Donation envelopes for this collection are included in your February collection packet. For a minimum donation of $17.00 per year, readers receive a Catholic perspective on the world around us: local, national, worldwide, and Vatican news; diocesan, parish, and school stories; articles, regular columns, editorials, and events. As an evangelization tool, Bishop Campbell encourages every Catholic family to receive the Catholic ...

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6 Stone Jars at Six

Posted on February 04, 2019 in: General Parish News

6 STONE JARS AT SIX: Jesus’    first    miracle    was    to    turn    6    stone    jars    of    water into wine at the wedding in Cana (John 2:1-11). 6 Stone Jars at Six is an opportunity for parishioners and guests to meet one another and socialize after the Saturday evening Mass. Wine and cheese will be served, as well as non-alcoholic beverages. All are welcome and encouraged to attend and meet your fellow parishioners. The next gathering is scheduled  &nbs...

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All parents/guardians of children in the second grade or older who have not made their First Holy Communion are invited to attend a meeting on Tuesday, February 26, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. At this meeting, workbooks for the children, as well as a family guide for the workbook, will be distributed to the parents. Please mark your calendars for this important meeting. 

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DO YOU KNOW THE STORY OF THE RICE BOWLS FOR CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES? Each year, our Catholic Relief Services is working in 101 countries around the world utilizing 600 million dollars to help 85 million of our brothers and sisters for agricultural projects, health and nutrition services,    safe    water    to    communities,    micro-financing,    and    educational    opportunities. Catholic Relief Services is one of the largest and most respected international relief agencies in the world. Ninty-three...

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Platinum Club Meeting

Posted on January 31, 2019 in: General Parish News

PLATINUM CLUB: The Platinum Club will meet on Wednesday, February 20, 12:30 p.m., for a presentation by Cindi Goldhaber, our Parish Music Director. A catered lunch will be provided for members. Reservations must be made by Wednesday, February 13, by calling or emailing Carolyn Bohnlein at 614-837-9024 or bohnlein7@wowway.com. The Platinum Club is open to all parishioners age 55 and above and their spouses. 

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OPPORTUNITY FOR EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF THE EUCHARIST FOR ALTERCARE OR OTHERS WHO MAY BE INTERESTED: We have a need for an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist to distribute Holy Communion to the permanent and temporary residents of AlterCare on the first and third Wednesdays of the month. Visitation usually occurs at 10:00 a.m. If you are interested, please contact Deacon Miller via email at jjmiller970@gmail.com or you may also call my cell phone 614-949-9496. Thank you. 

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Contributions Statements

Posted on January 31, 2019 in: General Parish News

CONTRIBUTIONS STATEMENTS: Due to the changes in the tax law, we will not be sending out contribution statements unless requested. If you would like an annual statement, please email Regina at rhrytzik@ sjxxiiiparish.org or call her at 614-920-1563. Thank you. 

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Old Palms

Posted on January 31, 2019 in: General Parish News

OLD PALMS: If you have old palms at home, please bring them in so our Youth Group will be able to make the ashes for Ash Wednesday. Thank you. 

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Protecting God's Children

Posted on January 31, 2019 in: General Parish News

PROTECTING GOD’S CHILDREN: Saturday, February 9, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 Noon, our parish will be host a “Protecting God’s Children” awareness session. We will begin with a continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m. The session is held in the lower-level Social Hall. Protecting God’s Children is a mandatory program for all who work or volunteer with children in any capacity, i.e. PSR, Choir, Commission members, Youth Group volunteers, Sacristans, etc. in our diocese. Parents and other interested parishioners are invited and encouraged to attend as well. For any questions regarding the program ...

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Catholic Men's Conference

Posted on January 31, 2019 in: General Parish News

CATHOLIC MEN’S CONFERENCE: The Catholic Men’s Conference will be at the Ohio Expo Center – Kasich Hall (formerly Cardinal Hall), on February 23, 2019 from 7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. For more information or registration, visit catholicmensministry.com/cmmcon19. 

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CATHOLIC WOMEN’S CONFERENCE: If you want something you’ve never had, you have to do something you’ve never done. Are you ready to reignite your faith? Want to grow closer to Jesus, but you’re not sure how to do it? Want to get involved and meet other women of the parish? We have the solution for you! Please save the dates to attend the upcoming Columbus Catholic Women’s Conferences. Women’s Conference: February 16, 2019, from 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. For more information, visit columbuscatholicwomen.com. Located at the Ohio Expo Center – Kasich Hall (formerly Cardinal Hall). 

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Prayer Intentions Needed

Posted on January 14, 2019 in: General Parish News

PRAYER INTENTIONS NEEDED: The St. John XXIII High School Youth Group will be praying for the special intentions of our parish during our Lock-In on January 20. If you have any special intentions that you would like to include, there is a box and slips of paper on the table in the gathering space for those requests. The Youth will be spending time in the church throughout the night praying for those special intentions.

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UPCOMING YOUTH HIGH SCHOOL EVENT Sunday, January 20 – HS Lock-In Event: St. John XXII Youth Group will be hosting a Lock-In for all HS students and 8th Graders beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 20. The event will conclude on Monday morning, January 21st, at 8:00 a.m. (This is the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.) The event will include dinner followed by a prayer service, praying the Rosary as a group, individual/group prayer time in the Church, which will include praying for special intentions of our St. John XXII family. Other activities include team-building events (games, movies, video games) and will con...

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ST. JOHN XXII YOUTH GROUP NEEDS YOUNG ADULT VOLUNTEERS: The St. John XXIII Youth Group is looking for young adults who would be interested in helping with our MS or HS Youth Program. We have amazing youth within our parish community and they would love to have their faith enriched by the mentoring from the Young Adults in our parish. Our HS group meets on the 1st, 2nd and 4th Sundays, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Our MS group meets on the 3rd Sunday, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Protecting God’ Children training and a background check are requirements, but there are many opportunities within the Columbus area to complete this training...

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Catholic School Fair

Posted on January 14, 2019 in: General Parish News

CATHOLIC SCHOOL FAIR: St. John XXIII Faith Formation Commission is hosting a Catholic School Fair on January 26/27, 2019. Several schools, both elementary and high schools, will have information and representatives of their schools to answer any questions you may have. Tuition assistance is available for Catholic School Education; please contact the school of your choice for this information. 

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Knights of Columbus Council #16561:  Pro-Life March for Life in Columbus    is    January    22,    2019.    Your    local    Knights    of    Columbus    (KOC)    council    is    asking    for    your    participation    in    3    areas.    #1    –    Sign    up &nb...

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“INTO THE BREACH”: The Knights of Columbus is still conducting an “Into the    Breach”    men’s    faith    study    group    that    is    open    to    ALL    men    in    the    community.    Our next meeting is Thursday, January 10 at the Grapevine restaurant in Canal    Winchester    from    8:45-10:00    p.m...

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6 STONE JARS AT SIX : Jesus’ first miracle was to turn 6 stone jars of water into wine at the wedding in Cana (John 2:1-11). 6 Stone Jars at Six is an opportunity for parishioners and guests to meet one another and socialize after the Saturday evening Mass. Wine and cheese will be served as well as nonalcoholic beverages. All are welcome and encouraged to attend and meet your fellow parishioners. The first gathering is scheduled for Saturday, January 5th immediately following the 5:00 Vigil Mass.  

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Platinum Club 'Come to the Races'! - On Sunday January 13, 2:00 p.m., the Platinum Club will be going to the horse races in the lower level of the church. Post time is 2:30 p.m. sharp. BYOB. Snacks will be provided. Admission is $5.00 Come join the fun! The Platinum Club is open to all parishioners 55 years of age and above and their spouses.

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December Sandwich Saturday

Posted on December 18, 2018 in: General Parish News

SANDWICH SATURDAY: Sandwich Saturday will be the fifth Saturday, December 29, 2018. Due to the Christmas Holiday, St. Lawrence Haven is closed until January 2, 2019. Please check out the board in the Gathering Space for the needed supplies. All are welcome to come at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday morning, December 29, 2018. 

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CHRISTMAS “GIVING TREE”: A special thank-you to the generosity of our parishioners. We were able to help seven families, which included 32 children in our area through the Canal Winchester Human Services. That means we collected 224 gifts plus $3,000.00 in gift certificates. Also a big thank-you for all the volunteers.  

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ALTAR LINEN LAUNDRY: We are in need of a volunteer to launder and iron the Altar Linens once every eight weeks. Please call Carol Lasko to let her know if you would be able to help with this ministry. Carol’s number is 1-740-654-1338 or you may call Regina at the parish office at 614-920-1563.  

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Bethlehem on Broad

Posted on December 10, 2018 in: General Parish News

BETHLEHEM ON BROAD: We begin by thanking you for participating in the outreach to provide Christmas dinner and Christmas Day festivities for the homeless and less fortunate. Our parish has been involved with Bethlehem on Broad since we began 18 years ago by providing the turkeys, hams and desserts used for this dinner. Members of the Christian Service & Social Concerns Commission will be passing out the turkey, cake and pie pans with the instruction sheet after the Masses the weekends of December 8 and 9 and 15 and 16. We ask that you return the items on Saturday, December 22, between 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. 

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SUPPORTING OUR SAFETY SERVICES: As is our tradition at Pope John XXII, we will once again provide Christmas dinner for our local police and fire    departments    on    Christmas.    Please    sign    up    in    the    Gathering    Space    on    December 16/17 for what you would like to bring (ham, turkey, dressing, gravy, vegetable, salad, coleslaw, or anything else that would be good for dinner), and then plan to meet in the church parking lo...

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Communal Penance Service

Posted on December 10, 2018 in: General Parish News

COMMUNAL PENANCE SERVICE: The Season of Advent is a time to    prepare    for    the    coming    of    Christ.    We    prepare    for    the    final    coming    at    the end of time and the historical coming 2,018 years ago, but most of all we prepare our hearts to receive Christ as He comes to us anew at this particular time and place. This preparation calls us to examine our conscience, identify our sinfulness...

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Baking Event – The Ronald McDonald House December 8 (1:00-3:00 p.m.) or December 9 (1:00-3:00 p.m.) On December 8 (1:00-3:00 p.m.) and December 9th (1:00-3:00 p.m.), we will taking groups of youth (MS and HS) and their families, if desired, down to the Ronald McDonald House to bake for the residents. This has been a quarterly ongoing service project for our youth and is a great way to earn some service hours for Confirmation, NHS or other organizations. We are limiting the groups to 8-9 individuals, so sign up early if interested. If these dates don’t work, we will also be hosting more dates in 2019. Feel free ...

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COME AND SING WITH THE CHILDREN AND FAMILY FOR CHRISTMAS EVE: This is an invitation for children and their parents (if they’d like) to join the Music Ministry at the 5:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Mass this year. The group leading music at this Christmas Eve Mass will include children or entire families who are interested in singing as a choir for the special celebration of Christmas. Rehearsals will be held on the evenings of December 4, 11, and 18, beginning at 5:45 p.m. in the music space of the church, and will be dismissed at 6:30 p.m. Interested parishioners and children should come to the first rehearsal on December ...

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Substance Abuse Help

Posted on December 04, 2018 in: General Parish News

SUBSTANCE ABUSE HELP: A majority of substance-free adolescents credit their parents for the decision not to use illegal substances. Keep family members informed about the dangers of substance abuse, as well as the opportunities for help. Visit www.starttalking.ohio.gov for tips on how to start the conversation. Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. Helen Keller 

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FIRST RECONCILIATION INTERVIEWS: Parents of children preparing for First Reconciliation, if you have not done, so please call for your child’s appointment. This week is the last chance before our Communal Penance Service on December 19. Please contact Regina for an appointment with Fr. O’Connor or Deacon Pry. 

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Christmas Giving Tree

Posted on November 25, 2018 in: General Parish News

CHRISTMAS GIVING TREE: We will have a sign-up sheet for tending the “Giving Tree” before and after each weekend Mass for November 24-25, December 1-2 and December 8-9. We especially need volunteers to cover before and after the Saturday evening Mass. Teens are always welcomed to help. If anyone is interested, please call Kathy Buckland at 614-5953740, or email at ralphkathy2@gmail.com. 

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Thanksgiving Raffle Winners

Posted on November 25, 2018 in: General Parish News

WINNERS OF OUR 2018 THANKSGIVING RAFFLE Nancy Ekwall $ 1,000.00 Leo Almeida $  500.00 Mike Yonnoti $  250.00

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MINISTRIES RECOMMISSIONING: On Thursday, November 29 at 7:00 p.m., we will have our second Prayer Service with commissioning of all Liturgical Ministers: Sacristans, Altar Servers, Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers and Greeter/Ushers. If you are still interested in remaining to be a minister, we ask that you please attend this meeting. If you attended the first meeting we have your interest noted. In the event you are unable to attend, please notify Regina in the office at 614-920-1563 or rhrytzik@ sjxxiiiparish.org. 

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PDHC Baby Bottles

Posted on November 20, 2018 in: General Parish News

PREGNANCY DECISION HEALTH CENTER BABY BOTTLES: We will begin    collecting    the    bottles    back    for    PDHC.    We    still    have    some    bottles    left.    If    you    are    looking    for    something    to    do    extra    this    Advent    Season,&n...

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UPCOMING COMMUNITY/OUTREACH OPPORTUNITY Baking Event – The Ronald McDonald House December 8 (1:00-3:00 p.m.) or December 9 (1:00-3:00 p.m.) On    December    8    and    December    9th,    we    will    taking    groups    of    youth    (MS    and    HS)    and    their    families,    if    desired,    down   ...

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Ohio Dominican Choir Concert

Posted on November 20, 2018 in: General Parish News

OHIO DOMINICAN CHOIR CONCERT: The    Ohio    Dominican    University    Chorus    will    make    a    return    this    Advent    to    perform    a    Christmas    concert    at    7:00    p.m.    in    the    church,    on    Sunday,    December    9.&...

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Decorating for Christmas

Posted on November 20, 2018 in: General Parish News

DECORATING FOR CHRISTMAS: The Christmas Season, with the beautiful colors of flowers and banners, is such a wonderful way to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ with Mary and Joseph. We will decorate for the Christmas Season on Sunday, December 23, at 1:00 p.m. We can use all of the help available. Please contact Mary Francis at mefrancis@wowway. com or cell 614-420-0118 or Valerie Yonnotti at Vallovesherboys@aol. com or cell 614-302-1191.  

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SUNDAY MISSALS – ADVENT and CHRISTMAS SEASON MATERIALS: We    have    the    Sunday    Missals    and    a    variety    of    Advent    and    Christmas    Season    booklets    to    enjoy    and    pray    with    your    family.    An    Advent    and    Chris...

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AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE – NOVEMBER 10, 2018: On Saturday, November 10th, from 7:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m., our parish will host an American Red Cross Blood Drive. To schedule a time, please sign up in the Gathering Space or call Bob Zeman at 920-2931. We also need volunteers to help with the canteen (serve drinks and snacks for donors after their donation), setup, and cleanup and registration help. If you can spend an hour or more to help, please contact Bob. Since we began having Blood Drives, our parish has been responsible for over 1,500 donations. Thanks to our regular donors and all those who have given!

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CHRISTMAS GIVING TREE

Posted on November 05, 2018 in: General Parish News

CHRISTMAS GIVING TREE: The Christian Service and Social Concerns Committees are sponsoring the December “Giving Tree” for needy families in our area. We will be meeting on Tuesday, November 20th, at 6:00 p.m. If you can’t make it at 6:00 p.m. and still would like to help, you can come a little later. We have boxes to wrap, the tree to put up and tags to fill out. We will also have a sign-up sheet for tending the “Giving Tree” before and after each weekend Mass for November 24-25, December 1-2 and December 8-9. We especially need volunteers to cover before and after the Saturday evening Mass. T...

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ANNUAL THANKSGIVING RAFFLE TICKETS: This annual fund raiser is for the little extra things that we do here at the parish. We appreciate everyone’s participation in our Annual Thanksgiving Raffle and hope that it is a wonderful success. The winning tickets will be drawn after the 11:00 a.m. Mass on Sunday, November 18. The mailing went out on Wednesday, so please help make this a super Raffle. Just drop off your completed tickets in the basket on the table in the Gathering Space, or stop in the Parish Office to drop them off. We appreciate your support very much.

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HELP PLEASE: If your address or phone number has changed between April 2017 and July 2018, will you please send me your address/phone number. When we had our computer problem, we lost data for those 16 months. We have been recreating our data, but sometimes things fall through the cracks. I appreciate all of your help. Email rhrytzik@ sjxxiiiparish.org or call 614-920-1563. Thanks for making life a little easier in the office. Blessings!

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PREGNANCY DECISION HEALTH CENTER: The month of October is Respect Life month. PDHC has provided us with baby bottles to fill with our change.  Let the baby bottle remind you of the women who reach out and need help. Each time you drop a coin in the bottle,  please pray for the lives that you’re saving! Next weekend, we will begin&nbs...

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SECOND COLLECTION NEXT WEEKEND: We have been asked by the USCCB (United States Council of Catholic Bishops) to have a second collection  next weekend November 3/4. This collection is for the victims of the recent disasters in the Carolinas,  Texas and the Florida Coast. For additional information The Office of National Collections and its support of emergency r...

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Bonfire - October 21

Posted on October 15, 2018 in: General Parish News

BONFIRE – OCTOBER 21: Please plan to join us Sunday, October 21st, for our Fall Bonfire! We will begin at 5:00 p.m., following the Trunk-or-Treat event, and should conclude around 7:00 p.m. We will serve dinner and have marshmallows for roasting! As well as a game or two for the kids. Please bring lawn chairs. Everything else is provided. Hope to see you there!

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WORLD MISSION SUNDAY: In his message concerning World Mission Sunday, our Holy Father, Pope Francis, stated “Life is a mission, every man and woman is a mission; that is the reason for our life on this earth. To be attracted and to be sent are two movements that our hearts, especially when we are young, feel as interior forces of love; they hold out promise for our future and they give direction to our lives. When I think back to my youth and my family, I remember the strength of my hope for a better future. We are all called to reflect on this fact: I am a mission on this Earth; that is the reason why I am here in t...

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2ND ANNUAL TRUNK-OR-TREAT EVENT: The Knights of Columbus is hosting the 2nd Annual Trunk-or-Treat Event on October 21st, from 3:30-5:00 p.m. in the parking lot and social hall of St. John XXIII. Trunkor-Treat is an opportunity to provide a safe “trick-or-treat” experience to our parish’s youth while providing fellowship within our parish community. This experience will begin at 3:30 p.m. on October 21st and we invite our youth from 4 different age groups (3 and under, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12) to walk through the parking lot trunk-or-treating from vehicle to vehicle. Cars will be parked with their trunk or lift...

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Fall Bible Study 'The Mass'

Posted on September 30, 2018 in: General Parish News

FALL BIBLE STUDY “THE MASS”: The Faith Formation Commission would will be hosting a 6-week series to walk through the Liturgy with Bishop Robert Barron who is the founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. This series includes 6 engaging episodes to address questions and share insights on this most privileged and intimate encounter with our Lord Jesus Christ. The study will be held on Tuesday afternoon from 1:00-3:00 p.m. and Thursday evening from 7:00-9:00 p.m. The study will begin on Tuesday, October 9 and Thursday, October 11th and end before Thanksgiv...

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NURSERY AVAILABILITY DURING SUNDAY MASSES – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Without more help, we will not be able to have the Nursery open EVERY Sunday. We need one or two hours of your time each month. Parents, grandparents, single adults college and high school students are welcome. This is a perfect chance for High School students who may need service hours to help our parish family, as well. If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Paula Maier by email (ithirstforu@gmail.com) or at 614-8620340, or Regina in the Parish Office at 614-920-1563.

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KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS EUCHRE TOURNAMENT: Euchre Tournament – Our Knights of Columbus is holding their 2nd Annual Euchre Tournament on Saturday, October 27 at 7:00 p.m. Preregistration is required. Participants are limited to 64 players. Fee is $10.00 per person. See any Knight, or call Ernie Winnestaffer at 614834-4432 to register.

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THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS COUNCIL #16561: The Knights of Columbus will be participating in the 40 Days for Life program on October 1st, 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., and is asking for help from any parishioner. This is a coordinated, national campaign to bring continuous prayer to local abortion clinics in more than 500 cities across the world. In Columbus, the program is sponsored by Greater Columbus Right to Life. The Vigil will be held at Planned Parenthood’s Surgical Center (3255 E. Main Street, Columbus, OH 43213). The Knights have adopted October 1st, from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. If you cannot pray on our adopted day,...

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FIRST RECONCILIATION MEETING FOR PARENTS: In preparation for the wonderful Sacrament of Reconciliation, all parents/guardians of children in the second grade or older who have not received this sacrament are invited to attend a meeting on Tuesday, October 2, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. At this meeting, workbooks for the children, as well as a family guide for the workbook, will be distributed to the parents. Please mark your calendars for this important meeting.

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OCTOBER 4 IS THE FEAST OF ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI: Please join us on October 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, at 5:00 p.m. for the blessing of small animals. Cats, dogs, guinea pigs, birds, hamsters, etc. Something new beginning this year, Fr. O’Connor, Deacon Roger and Deacon Charlie would like to come and bless the larger farm animals at your home. Llamas, horses, goats, sheep, lambs, cows, pigs, etc., all of St. Francis’ animals need blessed. Please call the office so we will know who is interested in the animal blessing and we will call before we come (614-920-1563).

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BEREAVEMENT COMMITTEE: Our St. John XXIII Bereavement Committee is a ministry to those who have lost their loved ones. We offer food, drink and a place to visit with their friends and family following the funeral. We are in need of individuals to help with the setup, service, cleanup, as well as those to provide desserts. If you are interested in helping in any of these areas, please stop in the office and let Regina know so that we can add your name to the list of those already volunteering

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St. Vincent De Paul Society

Posted on September 17, 2018 in: General Parish News

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY – CAN YOU LEND A HAND? As most of us are aware, football season is back in full swing and that’s a sure sign that fall is here. We use our hands when cheering on our favorite teams, but maybe you can spare some time for your hands to help out some of our brothers and sisters who are in need. To help with that, the famous (or is it infamous?!?) St. Vincent De Paul truck will be at our Parish the weekend of September 29th and 30th. As a reminder, they can take any clothing, most nonconsumable household goods (a recent policy change is that they no longer accept mattresses), small appli...

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PARISH SCHOOL OF RELIGION VOLUNTEER STAFF NEEDED:Registration forms with the schedule are on the table in the Gathering Space. If you did not receive one in the mail please let Regina know in the office. We are in great need of a teacher for the Kindergarten and Eighth Grade Classes as well as High School or Adult volunteers as assistants in the classes. This is a great way to help our younger students learn about their faith and have a great example of volunteerism. Please prayerfully consider helping.

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“INTO THE BREACH” OPEN TO ALL MEN: The Knights of Columbus is conducting an “Into the Breach” men’s faith study group. Generally held in the evenings during the week, 8:45-10:00 p.m. at the BrewDog Brewery. It is a combination of fellowship, open discussion, and a review of the “Into the Breach” program. Contact Mike Redmon at michael.redmon40@gmail.com/419-306-6192, to get the latest meeting schedule.

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Registration forms with the schedule are on the table in the Gathering Space. If you did not receive one in the mail please let Regina know in the office. We are in great need of a teacher for the Kindergarten and Eighth Grade Classes as well as High School or Adult volunteers as assistants in the classes. This is a great way to help our younger students learn about their faith and have a great example of volunteerism. Please prayerfully consider helping.

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Blood Drive

Posted on August 24, 2018 in: General Parish News

BLOOD DRIVE: On Saturday, September 8, 2018, our Parish will host an American Red Cross Blood Drive. Hours are 7:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. To schedule a time, please sign up in the Gathering Space or call Bob Zeman at 614-920-2931. We also need volunteers to help with the canteen (serve drinks and snacks for donors after their donation),  se...

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INTERESTED IN THE CATHOLIC FAITH? HAVE QUESTIONS? The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) Inquiry begins on September 9 after the 9:00 a.m. Mass in Room E. Please call or email Midge Pry at 614-833-1817 or mpry@insight.rr.com if you have any questions.

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OUTREACH OPPORTUNITY Baking Event – The Ronald McDonald House September 8 (1:00-3:00 p.m.) or September 9 (1:00-3:00 p.m.) On September 8 (1:00-3:00 p.m.) and September 9 (1:00-3:00 p.m.), we will be taking groups of youth and families, if desired, down to the Ronald McDonald House to bake for the residents. This has been an ongoing service project for our group for the last year and a half. The youth of St. John XXIII will be volunteering two times every quarter. This gives many the opportunity to volunteer. It is a great way to earn some service hours for Confirmation, NHS or other organizations. We are limiting th...

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OUR MUSIC MINISTRY WANTS YOU! Music ministry provides beauty, joy, comfort, inspiration, and musical prayer for our communal liturgies and various parish celebrations. This is possible due to the generous sharing of time and talent of diverse and committed members. If you can carry a tune or play an instrument, and want to help us lead music, join us! Please call Cindi Goldhaber in the office at 614-920-1563 or email her at cgoldhaber@sjxxiiiparish.org for further information about joining the parish music ministry.

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PARISH SCHOOL OF RELIGION PARENT ORIENTATION: The Parish School of Religion Parent/Guardian meeting will be August 26 at 10:15 a.m. We encourage all parents/guardians to attend, but if you are unable, please stop in the office or call 614-920-1563 for the Handbook and schedule. You can contact the coordinators Ann Neu at 614-829-0299 or Dana Brown at 614-843-6363

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THE FEAST OF THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY: The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is August 15, 2018. The Vigil Mass will be Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. and Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

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PLATINUM CLUB: The Platinum Club will meet for dinner at Westie’s Gastropub, 940 S. Front Street, Columbus, on Wednesday, August 22, at 6:00 p.m. If you plan to join us, please call or email Anita Hippler at 614-833-3938 or jimanitah@aol.com with your reservation by Monday, August 20. The Platinum Club is open to all parishioners age 55 and above and their spouses.

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This fall, the Women’s Group will continue the Walking with Purpose Bible Study, “Keeping in Balance.” If you are interested in attending, please see the registration forms on the table in the Gathering Space or by contacting Vicky Burns at vickyb10458@gmail.com or 614-554-8988 by July 27. The cost of the book is $45.00 and checks should be made payable to St. John XXIII Parish. There is a basket in the Gathering Space for the completed registration forms. We have shortened the study, no longer watching the DVD, so we will begin on August 21 and it will end on December 4

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PARISH PICNIC AUGUST 5 AFTER THE 11:00 A.M. MASS: Let us give our new pastor Fr. Brian O’Connor a rousing welcome on Sunday, August 5, at our Parish Picnic immediately following the 11:00 a.m. Mass. Please bring a dish and a 2-liter bottle of pop to share! If anyone has canopies we can borrow, please bring it anytime that morning before 11:00, so we can set it up. Let us show Fr. O’Connor what an extraordinary parish he has! Any questions, please contact Vicky Burns at 614-554-8988 or vickyb10458@ gmail.com or Regina in the parish office at 614-920-1563.

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR OUR ANNUAL PARISH PICNIC: Many hands make light work and many minds come up with great ideas for the parish picnic. If you are able to help in any way with the activities of the picnic setup, cleanup, kids games etc. or anything else that needs to be done, please sign up on the table in the Gathering Space or call the parish office at 614-920-1563.

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HELP!!! I am in need of your help. If you have given me a new phone number or email address in the last year or so, would you be so kind as to send it to me at rhrytzik@sjxxiiiparish.org. We have had some problems this past week and a half with our computer server and I would like to make sure I have everything up to date. My apology for any problem it may cause. Thank you with many blessings, Regina.

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ANNUAL SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE: Did you know that the St. John XXIII Parish Community have students in a wide area of schools: Canal Winchester, Bloom Carroll, Teays Valley, Groveport and Columbus Schools. The cost of school supplies has risen over the past years and families with two, three and four or more children in school find it extremely expensive. This is where our parish families come into play. Each July and early August, we collect school supplies for the local school districts and donate them to those families who have trouble meeting the need. We ask that you take one of the supply lists from the table in the Gath...

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ANNUAL MISSION APPEAL NEXT WEKEND: Father Cesar Santa Crus will be speaking at all Masses next weekend, describing the work of and requesting support for his society, The Missionary Fraternity of Mary of Guatemala. The Mission Office of the Columbus Diocese has invited him to our parish. We will have a second collection next Sunday for our Mission Appeal. Please welcome Fr. Cesar to our parish and be as generous as possible in support of the work of the Fraternity of Mary

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THANK YOU! My Dear Brothers and Sisters of St. John XXIII,   This move was nowhere in my plans! Three years only! But, like they say, “Tell God your plans…” Nevertheless, what a blessed existence you, the family of St. John XXIII, have offered me these past three years. Thank You Very Much.   The love of God has nourished me, through my ministry to you and with you: Baptisms; of course the Eucharist; Confirmations; Confessions; Weddings; yes and even Anointing of the Sick and Funerals. All for the Love of Jesus.  I will remember you and cherish my memories of you forever. Than...

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Hospitality Sunday

Posted on June 25, 2018 in: General Parish News

HOSPITALITY SUNDAY We will have Hospitality Sunday this weekend, June 24, after the 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Masses. On July 7 and 8, after all the weekend Masses, we will have a farewell for Fr. Denis, as he leaves us for the Church of the Resurrection as their new Pastor. Please join us as we send him off with our love and admiration.

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Vacation Bible School

Posted on June 25, 2018 in: General Parish News

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL: This year, VBS for St. John XXIII will be Sunday, July 15-Wednesday, July 18, in the evening, and held at David Lutheran Church in Canal Winchester. Experience God though music, games, and activities. Adult and teen volunteers are needed. Those currently in 7th Grade can earn volunteer hours for Confirmation. Please contact Deacon Pry or Jennifer Messerly at jennymess2000@gmail.com or text/call 614-507-4021.

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ACKNOWLEDGMENT: POPE JOHN XXIII PARISH: The Serraglio Family wish to thank Pope John XXIII Parish for their prayers and support to Fr. Mario throughout his recent illness. He delighted in the “mail call,” which brought so many cards, letters, and texts. The visitation and the Mass were truly a celebration of his life. Special thanks to Fr. Denis Kigozi, Deacons Roger Pry and Charlie Miller for assistance in planning the liturgy; to the readers (Mary Lou Kunkler and Karen McFarland) and servers who participated; to Cindi Goldhaber and all the musicians and singers (especially David Kossler and Matthew Judy) for ...

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PLATINUM TRIP TO THE LACOMEDIA DINNER THEATER – On Thursday, October 18, the Platinum Club will travel to the LaComedia Dinner Theater in Springboro, OH, for a matinee performance of “Clue,” a musical that brings the world’s most famous suspects to life and invites the audience to help solve the mystery. Cost is $38.00 per person at time of reservation. ...

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With Msgr. Mario's passing last weekend, we would like to share the viewing and funeral plans with you.    Wednesday, May 30th @ ​St. John the Baptist   -  720 Hamlet Street, Columbus OH 43215-1534 ​from 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. with Rosary at 7:30 p.m.    Thursday, May 31st @ St. John XXIII - Viewing begins at 9:30 a.m.  Funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m.          

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Pledge Sunday

Posted on May 29, 2018 in: General Parish News

PLEDGE SUNDAY: Pledge Sunday is again taking place this spring, in conjunction with the Bishop’s Annual Appeal. We are asking our parishioners to exercise proper stewardship by making a pledge to Parish Offertory, Parish Debt Reduction (Building Fund) and the Bishop’s Annual Appeal. Maintaining a proper share of our income for Church support is an important way of keeping our priorities in order and placing our trust in God. We recommend dividing your 10% tithe as follows: 1% for the Bishop’s Annual Appeal, 4% for Parish Offertory, 3% for the Building Fund, and 2% for Other Charities. As you prayerfully r...

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PLATINUM CLUB TRIP – The Platinum Club is proposing a bus trip to Nashville, TN on September 24-28.  Highlights of the trip will include a tour of the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Motherhouse in Nashville, tours of the Belle Meade Mansion and the Parthenon, tour of the City of Nashville, attending a Grand Ole Opry performance and a visit to the Trappist Monastery in Bardstown, KY on the way home.  Cost of the trip is $610.00 per person, double occupancy.  To reserve your spot on this trip, we must have a refundable deposit of $260.00 per person.  Please send your check for $260.00 (made payabl...

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Pledge Weekend

Posted on May 29, 2018 in: General Parish News

PLEDGE WEEKEND – We have not been able to get the most recent figures for Pledge Sunday and the BAA. We will provide them in next week’s bulletin. We will begin the budget process in late July, and as we have done in the past and will continue to look at the amount pledged to govern our annual budget for year 2018-2019. Thank you to all who have pledged. If you have not yet, please consider pledging over the next couple of weeks. Thank you.

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CATHOLIC SCHOOL SUBSIDY – We have contacted the Catholic Elementary Schools in our area to determine their tuition rates for the coming year. We will notify our parishioners who had children in Catholic School last year with a copy we send to the school. If you have children who will be going into Catholic School for the first time, please call Regina in the office to let her know. Thank you. 614-920-1563.

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FORMED FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT – Please join the Faith Formation Commission as they host a family movie night featuring the movie Mother Theresa of Calcutta from the Formed website. Admission is free. The movie night will be held from 7:00-9:00 on Tuesday, June 19 and Tuesday, June 26 in the social hall of the church. The movie will be shown in two separate parts and is suitable for all ages. Please bring your own snacks and if you wish your own chair. If you have any questions please contact Andi Murphy at 614-920-4663 or andi.lynn.murphy@gmail.com.

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AN INTRODUCTION TO CENTERING PRAYER WORKSHOP – Please join Adele Sheffieck, MA on Saturday, June 16, from 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. for a Centering Prayer Workshop. Adele will introduce Centering Prayer which is a method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer, prayer in which we experience God’s presence within us. This method of prayer is both a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship. The retreat is free, but we are asking people to sign up. There will be a sign-up sheet in the Gathering Space. If you have any questions please contact Andi Murphy at ...

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CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2018 FIRST COMMUNION CLASS – How wonderful to see 24 of our young people receive their First Communion on Saturday, May 19, at 11:00 a.m. Please offer congratulations to these children: Daniel Barousse, Hayden Brunney, Jack Cosgrove, Jett Craycraft, Molly Daron, Brianna Fearon, Jacob Fracassi, Mia Fracassi, Gavin Frasure, Kash Garvin, Evan Gough, Graham Ichrist, Lincoln Killoran, Jackson Kulin, Lily Lynn, Evan Matheny, Mary Murphy, Noah Prinzler, Ethan Rohrbacher, Reagan Snell, Isnelle Sounouvou, Parker Swies, River Whitworth, Kendall Wild. Please pray for our young people and ask God to help t...

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CONFIRMATION ON JUNE 2, 2018 – On Saturday, June 2, we welcome Bishop Frederick Campbell as he will Confirm 21 of our young people and 6 from Church of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. It will be a very crowded Mass!

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Please do not park on the grass. We have additional parking at TriCounty Medical Center. Thank you!

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Vacation Bible School

Posted on April 30, 2018 in: General Parish News

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL – JUST AROUND THE CORNER This year, the VBS will be held Sunday, July 15-Wednesday, July 18, in the evening at David Lutheran Church, 300 Groveport Street, Canal Winchester. Experience God though music, games, and activities. Adult and teen volunteers are needed. Those currently in 7th Grade can earn volunteer hours for Confirmation. Please contact Deacon Pry or Jennifer Messerly at jennymess2000@gmail.com or text/call 614-507-4021.

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NURSERY SERVICE DURING SUNDAY MASSES – SEARCHING FOR A REWARDING MINISTRY? Volunteers are always welcome! Parents, grandparents, single adults and high school students can always help. High School Students who may need service hours, this is a perfect change to get them and help your parish family as well. If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Paula Maier at ithirstforu@gmail.com or 614-862-0340 or Regina in the Parish Office at 614-920-1563.

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Ministry schedules are available on our website under the Resources menu.  Or you can click here.

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Baking at the Ronald McDonald House (Saturday, May 5th, from 1:00-3:00 p.m., and Sunday, May 6th, from 1:00-3:00 p.m.). We will be participating in our quarterly service project at the Ronald McDonald house during the weekend of May 5th-6th. During this event, we will be baking treats for the residents at the Ronald McDonald House across from Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Anyone from the parish is welcome. We are limited to 10 individuals per session. This is a great opportunity to earn service hours for school or for Confirmation. If you are interested, please contact Stacy Ewert at 614-565-2086 or ewerts...

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ST. JOHN XXIII PARISH BENEFIT AUCTION CAN YOU bake a pie...host a meal...give golf or music lessons... paint a room...babysit...do home repairs...host a pool party? DO YOU HAVE theater tickets...a cabin or cottage...a boat...a condo or timeshare...tickets to a sporting event...sports memorabilia...gift certificates? THEN THIS AUCTION IS FOR YOU! On Friday, May 18, our parish will hold a benefit auction. Please check the table in the Gathering Space for the forms to donate your homemade goods and services. Tickets for this event will go on sale April 14. The ticket includes an opportunity to bid on all silent and l...

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BOB HURD IS COMING TO ST. JOHN XXIII! The National Association of Pastoral Musicians Columbus Chapter is sponsoring a free concert by composer/performer Bob Hurd entitled “An Evening of Song and Prayer” at our parish on Friday, April 20, at 7:00 p.m. A freewill offering will be taken to benefit the Bloom Township Crisis Fund, and help defer some of the costs of the concert. On Saturday morning, April 21, from 9:00 a.m.-Noon, Dr. Hurd will offer a workshop focusing on spirituality, Eucharist, and music, entitled “Dining in the Kingdom.” This workshop is open to anyone who has an interest in ...

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HOLY THURSDAY FOOD COLLECTION AND RICE BOWLS: The collection of food items at the Holy Thursday Liturgy will benefit the Community Food Pantry. The food will be delivered by members of the Youth Ministry. We will also collect the Rice Bowls at this liturgy for Catholic Relief Services, and the Holy Thursday Envelopes and loose cash will go to the Bloom Township Crisis Fund. Please be as generous as possible to our brothers and sisters who are less fortunate. HOLY LAND COLLECTION: Remember the Good Friday collection is for the Holy Land.

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K of C - Soup Supper

Posted on March 12, 2018 in: General Parish News

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS COUNCIL #16561 – SOUP SUPPER: Lenten Soup Supper on March 23, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. Lent calls us to Pray, Fast and Give Alms. On Friday, March 23, the Knights of Columbus will sponsor a Simple Lenten Soup Supper right after the Stations of the Cross and Benediction. The Supper will begin at approximately 7:15 p.m. There is no cost for the meal. We ask you to sign up on the form in the Gathering Space so we know approximately how many will attend. The Simple Lenten Soup Supper will consist of various soups, bread, crackers and beverage. Why not take this opportunity to both...

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Chili Cook-off

Posted on March 01, 2018 in: General Parish News

CHILI COOK-OFF: It’s that time again to dust off your favorite Chili recipe and whip up a batch to enter into the St. John XXIII Chili Cook-Off! The Cook-Off will be Sunday, March 18, 2018, from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for the top 3 vote getters! We will be servings hot dogs, etc., as well as the chili! So come out and join us for a fun afternoon! Sign-up sheet will be on the table in the Gathering Space. Contact Vicky Burns if you have questions (614-554-8988 or vickyb10458@gmail.com).

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Baskets of Hope

Posted on March 01, 2018 in: General Parish News

BASKETS OF HOPE BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENT: St. John XXIII Parish is participating with other churches in our area in a program called Baskets of Hope. This program provides Easter baskets for children of needy families, and is run through the Canal Winchester Food Pantry. Knights of Columbus Council #16561 is coordinating our Parish participation. We have been asked to provide 120 small toys for the Easter baskets as our contribution to this program. Can you help us with this project by donating some of the small toys we need? The toys need to be new, and examples of the kinds of toys that are desired include play dou...

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UPCOMING HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH EVENT – DCYC – MARCH 3 The Diocesan Catholic Youth Conference (DCYC) is a one-day high school conference in the Diocese of Columbus, for youth in grades 9-12. The gathering includes workshops and activities geared towards high schoolers, as well as keynote speakers, Reconciliation, Adoration, praise and worship by Station 14, prayer, parish group time, lunch/dinner and Sunday Mass. The event starts and concludes with Mass at 7:30 p.m. The church will be covering the $50.00 cost for this event. Later Registrations are accepted but a T-shirt may not be included. Check out the...

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LENT

Posted on February 17, 2018 in: General Parish News

LENT: There are three Traditional Lenten observances: 1. Prayer Person at home prepares by reading the Scripture prior to Sunday Mass, in addition to other personal prayers, such as meditation, Rosary, spiritual readings, etc. 2. Fasting The following regulations of fast and abstinence for Catholics provide an opportunity for us to be united with the entire Church in offering this form of prayer: All Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast and abstinence. On fast days, one full meal is permitted, along with two meals of lesser quantity the same day. On days of abstin...

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SANDWICH SATURDAY IS SANDWICH FRIDAY THIS MONTH! This month, our Sandwich Saturday is Sandwich Friday on February 23, 2018 at 7:30 p.m., after the Stations of the Cross. The sandwiches are delivered to St. Lawrence Haven in downtown Columbus to feed the homeless. Please take a slip from the board in the Gathering Space for the needed supplies.

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PARISH MISSION 2018 PROOFS FOR GOD: Please join us for this year’s Parish Mission titled “Proofs for God,” presented by Father Thomas Blau, OP. The mission will take place Sunday, March 4, 2018, through Wednesday, March 7, 2018, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. each night. Father Blau will be looking at the various proofs for God that are common today. This is a great way to enrich your Lenten journey. If you have any questions, please contact Andi Murphy at 614-419-9175 or the Parish Office at 614- 920-1563.

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TIME TO SUBSCRIBE/RE-SUBSCRIBE TO THE CATHOLIC TIMES: The Catholic Times weekly newspaper features insightful and informative news from a Catholic perspective around our diocese, our country and the world. Sign up TODAY or renew your subscription to the Catholic Times by placing your Catholic Times envelope with a minimum donation of only $17.00 (less than 39 cents per issue) into the regular Mass collection. This donation HELPS THE PARISH provide the Catholic Times to you and many of our parishioners. Checks should be made payable to St. John XXIII. If you donate electronically, you can still receive the Catholic ...

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Ash Wednesday Collections

Posted on February 06, 2018 in: General Parish News

ASH WEDNESDAY COLLECTIONS: Proceeds of the Ash Wednesday collection will be contributed to the Joint Organization for Inner-city Needs (J.O.I.N.). J.O.I.N. operates under Catholic Charities of the Columbus Diocese. J.O.I.N. provides emergency assistance to the poor and vulnerable throughout the diocese. This assistance may be in the form of food, life sustaining medications, utilities, infant needs, birth certificates, transportation, eyeglasses, burial assistance, senior needs, referrals, personal care/household items and more.

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LENTEN FRIDAY EUCHARISTIC ADORATION AND STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Each Friday in Lent, beginning February 16, 2018, we will have Eucharistic Adoration following morning Mass. We will conclude with Benediction and Stations of the Cross at 6:30 p.m. Come when you can; leave when you have to. You can also sign up for a time slot on the table in the Gathering Space.

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Ashes for Ash Wednesday

Posted on February 06, 2018 in: General Parish News

ASHES FOR ASH WEDNESDAY: If you are not using them in any special way, please return your old palms before Ash Wednesday. They will be burned by our Youth to create ashes for Ash Wednesday.

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PLATINUM CLUB: On Wednesday, February 21, at 11:30 a.m., the Platinum Club will have lunch at Shade’s and then, at 1:00 p.m., meet at the studio of Todd Brausch, one of the artists for our church’s beautiful artwork, at 85 N. Walnut Street, Lithopolis. Todd will give a presentation on the kinds of work he does in the studio, including refurbishing old statues, then he will be joined by Jim Gerkin, another of the artists for our church, and together they will discuss the meaning behind the artwork at St. John XXIII Church. Parking for the studio is available on the street in front of the building, behind...

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VOLUNTEER NEEDED AND SERVICE OPPORTUNITY: Annual Bosco Bash Middle School Youth Rally will be held at St. Paul the Apostle in Westerville, OH, on Saturday, February 3rd. St. John XXII hosts the meal at the event, and we are looking for volunteers, HS students and/or adults, to assist. Many of our HS youth have assisted in previous years, and it is a great way to earn service hours. We are looking for a total of 15 volunteers to execute this event. Duties include plating and serving pizza, assisting at the chip, cookie and water table, along with setup and teardown. Volunteers will need to be onsite by 3:00 p.m. and...

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Platinum Club Trip

Posted on January 24, 2018 in: General Parish News

PLATINUM CLUB TRIP: The Platinum Club is proposing a bus trip to Our Lady of the Snows Shrine in Belleville, Illinois; the Passion Play in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, in the Ozark Mountains; and ending at the St. Louis Basilica in St. Louis, Missouri; to take place September 10-14, 2018. Cost for the trip will be about $600.00 per single if you share a room, depending on how many people sign up for the trip. We must have a refundable deposit of $100.00 to secure your reservation. If you need more information, please contact Marcie Winnestaffer (614-833-4432 or mwinn4J@yahoo.com), or Anita Hippler (614-833-3938 or jim...

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NEW MINISTRY OPPORTUNITY IN CANAL WINCHESTER: A new facility for assisted living and rehabilitation is opening on January 18, 2018, on Gender Road in Canal Winchester. The parish has been asked to provide for the distribution of Holy Communion and to pray the Rosary with the residents. We will begin with the distribution of Holy Communion. Interested parishioners are asked to sign up on the form on the table in the Gathering Space or speak to Deacon Charlie Miller regarding your interest. Once we have sufficient volunteers, we will meet to discuss the parameters of the ministry.

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Columbian Squires

Posted on January 16, 2018 in: General Parish News

COLUMBIAN SQUIRES: The Knights of Columbus Council #16561 is looking to sponsor a Columbian Squire circle if interest warrants it. The Squires is an international fraternity of Catholic young men, ages 10 to 18 that strives to provide “the spiritual, cultural, civic, social and physical improvement of its members and the development of their leadership qualities.” The Squires is designed to develop young men as leaders who understand their Catholic religion, who have a strong commitment to the Church and who are ready, willing and capable of patterning their lives after the Young Christ. You can learn m...

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Our first meeting of 2018 was last week!  We were happy to see many of our ladies after our break for Advent and Christmas.  We hope to see more of our participants join us in the new year as we continue to meet at our normal time: Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. in the lower level of the church.  Please bring your study guide and bible.

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COLUMBUS CATHOLIC WOMEN AND MEN’S CONFERENCES: If you want something you’ve never had, you have to do something you’ve never done. Are you ready to reignite your faith? Want to grow closer to Jesus, but you’re not sure how to do it? Want to get involved and meet other men and women of the parish? We have the solution for you! Please save the dates to attend the upcoming Columbus Catholic Women’s and Men’s Conferences. Discounted pricing ends January 21, 2018. Women’s Conference: February 17, 2018, from 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Ohio Expo Center-Cardinal Hall (http:// www.columbu...

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INFORMATION MEETING ABOUT THE ITALY TOUR: An informational meeting will be held after the 5:00 p.m. Mass on Saturday, January 13, 2018, in the lower level Social Hall. Light refreshments will be served. If you are unable to attend but would like more information, please contact Aimee Walton (waltonitaly2018@gmail.com or 740-225-6136).

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UPCOMING YOUTH MIDDLE SCHOOL EVENT – BOSCO BASH February 3 (Deadline to register is Friday, January 19th) Annual Bosco Bash Middle School Youth Rally will be held at St. Paul the Apostle in Westerville, OH, on Saturday, February 3rd. This is open for all students in Grades 6-8. Sign-ups are now open for the rally and we will be registering everyone as a group, so please notify Stacy Ewert if interested. We will be taking the MS youth to the event which begins at 2:30 p.m. It will conclude with Mass that starts at approximately 7:45 p.m. Parents are invited to attend Mass with the youth, if available. We shoul...

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The new ministry schedules are available of the Ministry Schedule page of the website (or click here). 

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BAKING EVENT - THE RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE: We will be taking groups of youth and families, if desired, down to the Ronald McDonald House to bake for the residents. This has been a quarterly ongoing service project since March, and the events have been such a success that our youth have asked if this could be placed as an ongoing service project. The youth of St. John XXIII will be volunteering two times every quarter. This gives many the opportunity to volunteer. It is a great way to earn some service hours for Confirmation, NHS or other organizations. We are limiting the groups to 8-10, so sign up early if interes...

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COLUMBUS CATHOLIC WOMEN & MEN’S CONFERENCES: If you want something you’ve never had, you have to do something you’ve never done. Are you ready to reignite your faith? Want to grow closer to Jesus, but you’re not sure how to do it? Want to get involved and meet other men and women of the parish? We have the solution for you! Please save the dates to attend the upcoming Columbus Catholic Women’s and Men’s Conferences. Discounted pricing ends January 21, 2018. Makes a great Christmas gift! Women’s Conference: February 17, 2018, from 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Ohio Expo Center-Car...

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CHRISTMAS “GIVING TREE”: A special thank-you to the generosity of our parishioners. We were able to help eight families, which included 32 children in our area through the Canal Winchester Human Services. That means we collected 224 gifts plus $1,800.00 in gift certificates. Also a big thank-you for all the volunteers. What gifts you are from God!

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CHRISTMAS CAROLING: Join our parish family and friends for CHRISTMAS CAROLING on December 16. We will be gathering at 9:50 a.m., and will be done before 11:00. Children enjoy shaking jingle bells and passing out cards to the residents. Sponsored by the Christian Service/ Social Concerns Commission’s Respect Life Sub-Committee on Saturday, December 16, to bring the joy of Christ’s birth to the residents. For any questions, please call Maureen Cobb at 614-834-5154.

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ALPINE EXPLORER AND THE GLACIER EXPRESS TRAIN WITH OBERAMMERGAU PASSION PLAY 2020: Experience the spectacular Alpine vistas and enjoy a performance of the famed Oberammergau Passion Play on this journey through Italy, Switzerland. Austria, and Germany, which includes an unforgettable train ride through the Alpine scenery of majestic mountains, glistening glaciers and snow-capped peaks. The highlight of this trip is witnessing a performance of the worldrenowned Passion Play, whose origins date back to 1634. To discover more about this remarkable journey, please join us this Monday, December 4, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. for a speci...

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KEEP CHRIST IN CHRISTMAS POSTER CONCERT – The Knights of Columbus Council #16561 is hosting a “Keep Christ in Christmas” poster contest.  There are 3 divisions for children ages 5-14 (age as of November 1st) that will be broken down in the following categories: K-Grade 2, 3-5, and 6-8. Winners from each division will receive $25.00 and will move on to district competition with further advancement from there. All entries must be submitted by Sunday, December 17th to be considered and the winners will be selected on Monday, December 18th. There are entry forms on the table in the gathering space along ...

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WWP - Christmas Break

Posted on November 24, 2017 in: General Parish News

ST. JOHN XXIII PARISH – WALKING WITH PURPOSE  CHRISTMAS BREAK: We will be on break from our study in December.  Our meetings will resume on Tuesday, January 9 at 7:00 p.m. We hope you have a blessed Christmas season and look forward to seeing you soon!  

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Protecting God's Children

Posted on November 24, 2017 in: General Parish News

PROTECTING GOD’S CHILDREN: On December 2, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 Noon our parish will host a “Protecting God’s Children” awareness session. We will begin with a  continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m. The session is held in the lower level Social Hall. Protecting  God’s Children is a mandatory program for all who work or volunteer with children in any&...

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COME AND SING WITH THE CHILDREN’S & FAMILY CHOIR FOR CHRISTMAS EVE 2017! This is an invitation for children and their parents (if they’d like), to join the 5:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Mass this year.  The group leading this Christmas Eve Mass will include children or entire families who are interested in singing as a  choir for the special celebration of Christmas. ...

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Ohio Dominican Choir Concert

Posted on November 24, 2017 in: General Parish News

OHIO DOMINICAN CHOIR CONCERT: The Ohio Dominican University Chorus will make a return this Advent to perform “The Stars Point the Way” Christmas concert, 7:00 p.m. in the church, on Sunday, December 10. Under the direction of Sheila Cafmeyer,  this concert features 25 university musicians and local harpist, Tiffany Envid. This 75 minute concert of lullabies and songs ...

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ST. JOHN XXIII RESPECT LIFE COMMITTEE: Thank you for supporting our Respect Life Month Baby Clothes Collection. Thanks to your generosity we were able to bring 18 bags of diapers, baby clothes and blankets to Columbus Women’s Care Centers.

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ANNUAL THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE: We are hosting our annual Food Drive to benefit the Community Food Pantry in Canal Winchester during the weekends of November 18/19 and November 25/26. The St. John XXIII MS and HS Youth Groups will be passing out flyers with items needed after Mass November 11/12. They will also be available to collect the food items before Mass on the weekends of November 18/19 and November 25/26. We appreciate the continued support of this program as it assists many needy families in our community.

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Knights of Columbus Sub Sale

Posted on November 09, 2017 in: General Parish News

KNIGHT OF COLUMBUS SUB SALE: The Knights of Columbus is having a Giant Pre-Paid Jersey Mike’s Sub Sandwich Sale for the OSU vs. Michigan game. Prepaid orders are accepted by November 19th. Delivery will be game day, November 25, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at the parish. Order forms are available in the Gathering Space.

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Christmas Giving Tree

Posted on November 09, 2017 in: General Parish News

CHRISTMAS GIVING TREE: The Christian Service and Social Concerns Committees are sponsoring the December “Giving Tree” for needy families in area. We will be meeting on Tuesday, November 21st at 6:00 p.m. If you can’t make it at 6:00, and still would like to help, you can come a little later. We have boxes to wrap, the tree to put up and tags to fill out. We will also have a signup sheet for tending the “Giving Tree” before and after each weekend Mass for November 25-26, December 2-3 and December 9-10. We especially need volunteers to cover before and after the Saturday evening Mass. T...

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ANNUAL CHRISTMAS RAFFLE TICKETS: THE HOLIDAYS ARE COMING FAST! Our annual fund raiser, the Holiday Raffle, is for the little extra things that we do here at the parish. Previous years it provided the benches and flower pots in the piazzas, etc. We appreciate everyone’s participation in our Annual Christmas Raffle and hope that it is a wonderful success. The winning tickets will be drawn after the 11:00 a.m. Mass on Sunday, November 19. Just drop off your completed tickets in the basket on the table in the Gathering Space or stop in the parish office to drop them off. We appreciate your support very much.

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World Mission Sunday

Posted on November 09, 2017 in: General Parish News

WORLD MISSION SUNDAY: In announcing his decision to declare a Holy Year of Mercy, Pope Francis said, “Dear brothers and sisters, I have often thought about how the Church might make clear its mission of being a witness to mercy.” Support the young churches throughout the world with your prayers and generous gifts is indeed a merciful witness of this mission. The collection today will help missionaries offer the poor of these areas practical help as they share the mercy of God. It will ensure the development of local dioceses, and support the work of priests, religious and lay leaders who serve those on ...

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Fall Bonfire

Posted on October 10, 2017 in: General Parish News

PARISH ACTIVITIES COMMISSION PLANS A FALL BONFIRE: Please join us at the shelter house on Saturday, October 14th, immediately following the 5:00 p.m. Mass for our Fall Bonfire. We will have hot dogs, cider, hot chocolate and marshmallows for roasting over the fire. Please bring your lawn chairs!! Hope to see you there!!

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BABY BOTTLE FOR PREGNANCY DECISION HEALTH CENTERS: Once again, we are helping to raise awareness by grabbing a baby bottle after Mass this weekend, October 7/8. Filling it with your loose change, cash or check will directly support the free, life-saving programs offered at the seven area Pregnancy Decision Health Centers. The bottles will be collected during the month and the final pick-up will be after the weekend of October 28/29. The Bottle Program is a great way to get the entire family involved. Thank you for your participation. Please make checks payable to PDHC.

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OCTOBER IS RESPECT LIFE MONTH: October is the month set aside to reflect on life issues and pray for and promote greater respect for all human life. Pick up free literature at the gathering area table on building a culture that cherishes all life. You can help women facing an unplanned pregnancy get the support they need to choose life for their baby. St. John XXIII collects DIAPERS and BABY CLOTHES for Columbus area pregnancy counseling centers every October. The counsellors and nurses provide ultrasounds, parenting classes, and mentoring for moms-to-be nurturing mothers. More than 90 percent of moms who receive u...

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FIRST ANNUAL TRUNK-OR-TREAT EVENT: The Knights of Columbus is hosting the First Annual Trunk-or-Treat Event on October 29, from 2:30- 4:00 p.m. in the parking lot and social hall of St. John XXIII. Trunk-or- Treat is an opportunity to provide a safe “trick-or-treat” experience to our parish’s youth while providing fellowship within our parish community. This experience will begin at 2:30 p.m. on October 29 and we invite our youth from 4 different age groups (3 and under, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12) to walk through the parking lot trunk-or-treating from vehicle to vehicle. Cars will be parked with their tr...

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PROGRESSIVE EUCHRE PARTY: Please check your calendar! The Knights of Columbus will hold a Euchre Party on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. There will be Knights taking your preregistration next weekend, October 7/8 and after all Masses.

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Platinum Clube - Bingo

Posted on October 06, 2017 in: General Parish News

PLATINUM CLUB: On Wednesday, October 18, 7:00 p.m., the Platinum Club will host a Bingo game for the members. Prizes will be awarded and snacks will be provided. Cost is $5.00 at the door. The Platinum Club is open to all parishioners 55 years and above.

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KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS COUNCIL 16561 FIRST DEGREE: Catholic men, 18 years of age or older, mark your calendars for Monday, October 16 at 6:30 p.m. We will have a first degree exemplification for new members. We have had a good first year and want to do even more going forward. Please join us. Knights will be available before and after all Masses October 14/15 to answer your questions. You may also contact Ken Higdon at kenhig9@wowway.com or call 614-218-3390 for more information.

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NURSERY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Posted on October 06, 2017 in: General Parish News

NURSERY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: We are looking for adults and youth, 6th grade or older. The commitment is only one hour each month, during the 9:00 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. Masses. This is a very rewarding ministry, you get to play with the children and give their parents the opportunity to attend Mass. Adults will need to complete Protecting God’s Children, which is held at our parish. If you have an interest or want more details, please contact Paula Maier at ithirstforu@gmail.com or 614-862-0340. Thank you for your prayerful consideration.

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FALL 2017 ADULT BIBLE STUDY “WILD GOOSE”: The Wild Goose is a Bible Study that focuses on the power of the Holy Spirit. This study is on the Formed website and is hosted by Father Dave Pivonka, who teaches how to call on the Holy Spirit to guide us through our daily lives. The study began on Thursday, September 21. The Tuesday session begins September 26, at 1:00 p.m. This is a 14-week course that will end in February. There will be a break for the holidays. There will be a $10.00 fee for the study journal. If you have any questions, please contact Andi Murphy at 614-920-4663.

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Italy Trip with Fr. Denis

Posted on October 06, 2017 in: General Parish News

ITALY TRIP WITH FATHER DENIS: Travel to Italy with Fr. Denis and friends. You are invited to experience some of the religious and historical wonders, as well as culinary delights of many cities in Italy including Rome, Pompeii, Capri, Positano, Amalfi, Sorrento, Assisi, Florence, Pisa and Venice. This trip features a visit to the birthplace of our Church’s patron, St. John XXIII, in Bergamo, Italy. May 1-13, 2018. Cost per person is $4,249.00, which includes airfare, taxes, tips, lodging, daily breakfast and most dinners. For more information, contact Aimee Walton at 740-225-6136 or waltonitaly2018@gmail.com. ...

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PLEASE DO NOT PARK ON THE GRASS: Please do not park on the grass as it damages the grass and puts ruts in the ground. In addition to our parking lots, Tri-County Medical Center has graciously allowed us to use their lots for our Saturday and Sunday Masses, since 2004. There is a walkway between their lots and ours. We thank you for your help and cooperation.

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PLATINUM CLUB: On Wednesday, September 20, at 5:30 p.m., the Platinum Club will have a picnic at Slate Run State Park on Route 674. We will meet in the shelter house to the left after passing through the guard house. Signs will be posted. The meat and table service will be provided by the parish. Please bring a dish and drinks to share. Those who wish can walk the trails or visit in the shelter house. The Platinum Club is open to all parishioners 55 and older.

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St. Vincent De Paul Society

Posted on September 14, 2017 in: General Parish News

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY – GET A WARM FEELING! It seems like the cooler weather of fall has arrived…….albeit a bit early this year. While fall is a wonderful time of year, sometimes the colder weather gets us to looking for a way to warm up. Well, one way to give yourself a warm feeling is to do something to help others. A great opportunity to accomplish that will present itself the weekend of September 30th and October 1st, when the St. Vincent de Paul truck will be at our Parish. The truck will be here for all three Masses collecting items that you no longer need, or just feel like donating...

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WALKING WITH PURPOSE “OPENING YOUR HEART” SCRIPTURE STUDY – ST. JOHN XXIII PARISH WOMEN OF CATHOLIC FAITH: Our new Scripture Study begins this Tuesday, September 5, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. in the lower level of the church. We are excited to begin our new journey of faith and fellowship! Please bring your Bible to the meeting and we will be distributing the books at this meeting. While our initial book order has been placed, all ladies of the parish are welcome to join at any time. If you choose to join the study, please order your book/study guide from wwpstore.com and please let us know if you will b...

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SECOND COLLECTION FOR HURRICANE HARVEY RELIEF: A special collection for those affected by Hurricane Harvey will be held next weekend September 9/10, 2017. These funds will be used to support the efforts of Catholic Charities USA and other Catholic agencies as they reach out to provide humanitarian aid in Texas and other affected parts of the Gulf Coast region.

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SEPTEMBER 7 – EVENING OF REFLECTION FOR MINISTERS: On September 7, 2017, we will have an Evening of Reflection and renewal of all ministries here at St. John XXIII. All Altar Servers, Lectors, Ministers of Communion, Greeter/Usher, Sacristans and Choir/Musicians are asked to please attend. Please join Fr. Denis and our deacons for an evening of praying and reflection on our ministries – how each minister is a vital part of our celebration of Mass.

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First Saturday Rosary

Posted on August 29, 2017 in: General Parish News

FIRST SATURDAY ROSARY: Please join fellow members of the parish in praying the Rosary on the first Saturday of the each month. The Rosary will begin at 4:00 p.m. in the church. Everyone is welcome to join in this beautiful prayer for the intercession of our Blessed Mother.

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Do you know someone who is interested in the Catholic Faith? Is God urging you to get answers? RCIA Sessions (Inquiry) begins September 10 after the 9:00 a.m. Mass in Room E. RCIA (Rite of Initiation of Adults) is the process through which adults are initiated as members of the Roman Catholic Church. It is for any adult interested in learning about the Church and/or becoming a Catholic Christian. Those just starting the process are called Inquirers. They are welcomed and invited to share their search for God and have their questions about the Church answered. Once they feel called to commit to the Church, they ente...

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THE ART WORK SAINT JOHN XXIII WORSHIP SPACE St. John XXIII Phase One Worship Space includes several original oil paintings done by local artist, and members of our parish: Jim Gerkin, Teresa Satola, and Todd Brausch. The Iconographic program (choice of subjects, locations and themes for these paintings), was put together by Msgr. Frecker in dialogue with Mr. James McCrery, the architect for our facility. The art, along with the architectural design, materials, finishes, and furnishings in a Catholic Church building, must all merge into one sacred space, providing an environment for worship. The integration of the...

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Music Ministry

Posted on August 16, 2017 in: General Parish News

MUSIC MINISTRY: If you are currently in or have an interest in possibly joining the Choir, Instrumental Ensembles, Funeral Choir, Cantoring at Mass, or Cantoring for Weddings/Funerals, have interest in playing an instrument, or being a substitute pianist or organist, THIS EVENT IS FOR YOU! You don’t have to be a trained musician to join, and you don’t have to commit if you attend this meeting. All are welcome to come and hear what the Music Ministry is all about. An evening of reflection and education. The purpose of this program of song, prayer, and reflection is to share the vision and set the tone fo...

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FALL 2017 ADULT BIBLE STUDY “WILD GOOSE”: The Wild Goose is a Bible Study that focuses on the power of the Holy Spirit. This study is on the Formed website and is hosted by Father Dave Pivonka, who teaches how to call on the Holy Spirit to guide us through our daily lives. The study will begin on Thursday, September 21, at 7:00 p.m., and Tuesday, September 26, at 1:00 p.m. This is a 14-week course and that will end in February. There will be a break for the holidays. Registration will begin Sunday, September 3. There will be a $10.00 fee for the study journal. If you have any questions, please contact A...

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Annual Parish Picnic

Posted on August 16, 2017 in: General Parish News

ANNUAL PARISH PICNIC: It’s that time of year again! Mark your calendars! Our Parish Picnic is Sunday, August 27, immediately following the 11:00 a.m. Mass. Please bring a dish or dessert to share and a 2-liter of pop. Meat will be provided! Also, you may want to bring a lawn chair. There will be a face painter for the kids to enjoy and a few other things. We will also have music provided for us by Cindy Goldhaber & Friends! If you have a tent/canopy we can borrow, please let us know. There will be a sign-up sheet in the Gathering Space for anyone who would like to volunteer. Any questions, please contact ...

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PARISH SCHOOL OF RELIGION REGISTRATION: A letter and registration form were mailed to families with children in preschool thru 8th grade. If you did not receive a mailing, please let the parish office know so we can make any correction needed. The forms are available on the table in the Gathering Space. Preschool children must be 4 years of age by August 1. Registration is now through August 20, 2017. Tuition for PSR is $50.00 per child with a maximum of $150.00 per family, if you register by August 20. To register, you need to be a member of the parish, have your child’s baptismal certificate on file, fill ...

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Liturgical Ministers

Posted on August 16, 2017 in: General Parish News

LITURGICAL MINISTERS: Soon we will be preparing the schedule for Liturgical Ministers for September, October, November and December. If you are considering changing ministries, Mass time, or will not be able to serve due to travel etc., please notify the parish office so we can make the adjustments in the schedule. Thank you very much for all of your service to our parish brothers and sisters. popejohn@ sjxxiiiparish.org or 614-920-1563.

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Altar Servers Needed

Posted on August 16, 2017 in: General Parish News

ALTAR SERVERS NEEDED: If you are interested in becoming an Altar Server, you are invited to a training session to be held on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. All of our young people who are entering fourth grade are eligible to be servers. Any server who is already schedule, please feel free to attend for a refresher course. What a super ministry to serve God and our parishioners. We are so blessed to have you serve.

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UPCOMING MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH EVENT THE FEST, WICKLIFFE, OH AUGUST 6: Come join us for The FEST, which is located at The Center for Pastoral Leadership in Wickliffe, OH. The fun begins at noon. This is a family friendly event and is absolutely FREE! There is music, games, giveaways, and many faith based activities. We will be taking any MS and HS youth that is interested in going. Families are also more than welcome to attend. We can caravan up to the event. The event does conclude with Mass at 8:15 p.m., but we are not planning to attend this portion of the event. I hear it is a very moving experie...

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ST. JOHN XXIII WOMEN OF CATHOLIC FAITH: The Women’s Group will begin the weekly Bible Study, Opening Your Heart-a 22- week course divided into two sessions. The first one begins Tuesday September 5 through November 21; the second runs January 9 through March 20, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. This study is open to all women of the parish. Registration forms are in the basket in the Gathering Space, the cost for the book is $45.00. Registration is open beginning this weekend, July 29/30 through August 13, 2017. We look forward to seeing all of our St. John XXIII women.

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Liturgical Ministers

Posted on July 28, 2017 in: General Parish News

LITURGICAL MINISTERS: Soon we will be preparing the schedule for Liturgical Ministers for September, October, November and December. If you are considering changing ministries, Mass time, or will not be able to serve due to travel, etc. Please notify the parish office (popejohn@sjxxiiiparish.org or 614-920-1563) so we can make the adjustments in the schedule. Thank you very much for all of your service to your parish brothers and sisters.

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HELP NEEDED: We have multiple Peace Lilies, as well as some other plants in the church, that need watering each week, sometimes twice. We are looking for a couple of volunteers to help do this possibly on Tuesdays and Fridays. If you are able to help, please call Regina in the parish office at 614-920-1563 and let her know. Thank very much.

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VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL: The organizers of this year’s “Hero Central” Vacation Bible School would like to greatly thank everyone who volunteered to make VBS so much fun for the children of St. John XXIII and all the other community churches that were involved. The kids “discovered their strength in God” and had a great time learning about God and how He is our hero with stories, music, crafts, science experiments, and games. The children also donated, as their mission, project games and crafts to help those at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The week taught all involved about &ldqu...

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SECOND COLLECTION FOR THE SALESIAN MISSIONS: Next weekend, July 29 and 30, we will have a second collection as we welcome Fr. Sean McEwen of the Salesian Missions. Fr. Sean will speak to us about the work that the Salesian do and the history of the Salesian Order. The Salesian Missions collaborates with Salesian Missionaries in over 130 countries throughout the world and helps provide for the material and spiritual needs of poor and abandoned individuals, especially the young. We inform the public in the United States of the global work carried out by the missionaries and of the needs they encounter while serving ...

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Liturgical Ministers

Posted on July 09, 2017 in: General Parish News

LITURGICAL MINISTERS: Please pick up a copy of the Liturgical Ministers Schedule for the next two months. We will mail the next one out in September. So we are asking your help with taking one.

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BISHOP’S ANNUAL APPEAL: Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! We have reached our goal and beyond. We have 210 Pledges as of July 2 for a total of $60,045.00. We are over the goal. When all pledges are paid, in May 2018, the parish will receive a check for the amount over the goal. Thanks be to God.

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PARISH SCHOOL OF RELIGION NEEDS TEACHERS – Are you and anyone you know interested in helping with the Parish School of Religion? The children of St. John XXIII Parish would love to have you as part of this important ministry! What a perfect way to serve our Lord by forming his young people in the faith! We are looking for Teachers, Assistant Teachers, Substitute Teachers, and Parking Lot Attendants for the 2017- 2018 year and beyond. This is so important for the youth of our parish. Those parishioners who are interested, please call the Parish Office at 614-920-1563.

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CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS – During our first year, we have received three awards from the Ohio State Council and one award from the National Council. Not only that, last weekend, we raised over $1,500.00 for people with developmental disabilities. Charitable works is one of the primary goals of the Knights of Columbus. Outstanding performance in exceeding our expectations.

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PLATINUM CLUB – The Platinum Club will have lunch at the Brew Brothers Restaurant at Eldorado Scioto Downs on Wednesday, July 19, at 1:00 p.m. After lunch, you are free to stop in the Casino to try your luck. Call Anita Hippler at 614-833-3938 or email her at jimanitah@aol.com by July 12 to reserve your spot. The Platinum Club is open to any parishioner 55 or older.

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School Suppy Drive

Posted on July 09, 2017 in: General Parish News

SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE – It seems as if we have just completed another school year, and we have. However, in order to get the best value for your money, please be on the lookout for retailers preparing for the upcoming school year that begins in six short weeks. Presales often begin in July and items on school supply lists can be purchased at a savings. Please let your friends and neighbors know about any sale you come upon so that we have the most successful School Supply Drive. As soon as the supply lists are on the school websites, we will have copies for the local school districts.

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CANAL WINCHESTER/LITHOPOLIS MINISTERIAL SOFTBALL GAMES: The season will begin Sunday, June 25. The schedule for the games is at 1:00 p.m. or 3:00 p.m. on Sundays. The schedule is on the table in the Gathering Space. Please take a copy. Please sign up on the sheet on the table in the Gathering Space if you are interested in playing. Games will be played either at the DLC Diamond: David Lutheran, 300 Groveport Road, Canal Winchester, OH 43110 or GB Diamond: Grace Bible, 424 Gender Road, Canal Winchester, OH 43110.

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PETER’S PENCE COLLECTION JUNE 24/25, 2017: The Peter’s Pence Collection has ancient Christian roots, linking back to the New Testament times when people would provide material support to those preaching the Gospel to distribute to those in need (see Acts 4:34-35, 11:29). Next weekend, the collection is the way we as members of the Catholic Church unite ourselves to the concerns of the Holy Father. Donations to this collection support the charitable works of Pope Francis for the assistance of those most in need. By opening our eyes to the suffering and injustice in the world, we can open our hearts to th...

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Pledge Weekend

Posted on June 19, 2017 in: General Parish News

PLEDGE WEEKEND: We are coming up to the end of our Pledge Drive for this year at the end of June. We will begin working on the 2017-2018 Budget shortly after that. If you have not yet, please turn in your pledge card and/or BAA pledge envelope by June 30 so we will be ready to start the process. Thank you.

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PLATINUM CLUB FOR JUNE: The Platinum Club will be going to Hofbrauhaus, 800 Goodale Boulevard, on Wednesday, June 21, at 1:00 p.m., for lunch. Please RSVP to Jim and Carolyn Bohnlein at 614-837- 9024 or bohnlein7@wowway.com by June 19. The Platinum Club is open to any parishioner 55 or older.

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Knights of Columbus

Posted on June 03, 2017 in: General Parish News

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS: The Knights of Columbus will hold a Ladies/ Family Appreciation Meal this Sunday at 12:30 p.m. The Knights will prepare, serve and clean up after the event. The wives and children of the Knights of Columbus members will enjoy watching their husbands and fathers handle the meal. The potluck is open to the Knights and their families who have signed up to participate.

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Holy Land Carving Sale

Posted on June 03, 2017 in: General Parish News

HOLY LAND CARVINGS SALE: We are proud to introduce ourselves as the Holy Land Carvings group from the Holy Land. We have come to the United States representing the Christian wood carvers of Bethlehem who rely on the tourism to support their families. Due to the bad situation and the interruption of the tourist trade, thousands of families in the Holy Land are in danger of having to leave their homes in search of work. Our mission is to bring and sell the Olive Wood Carvings to the Catholic Churches in the United States to help the Christian families remain in their homes and support their families. These Christians...

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Lay Leadership

Posted on June 03, 2017 in: General Parish News

LAY LEADERSHIP: Have you heard the Lord calling you to lead and serve? Please consider your willingness to serve Saint John XXIII Parish by your involvement in Lay Leadership. By prayerful consideration of your leadership skills, you can volunteer to help with Faith Formation, Christian Services/Social Concerns or Parish Activities; these are the three Commissions of Pastoral Council. We also have Subcommittees: Grounds, Liturgy, Respect Life and New Parishioner Welcome, or you may be interested in representing our parish on the East Columbus Deanery. There are forms in the Gathering Space that you may fill out to ...

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RCIA: Bible Timeline by Jeff Cavins will be the focus of RCIA during June and July. This series will be open to ALL (some were unable to do the Bible Timeline before, some may like a review). It will be 8 sessions with 30 minutes of video, followed by discussion. Beginning June 11, after the 9:00 a.m. Mass in Classroom E and continuing through July 29.

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Hospitality Sunday

Posted on June 03, 2017 in: General Parish News

HOSPITALITY SUNDAY: We will have Hospitality Sunday on June 18, July 2, 16, 30 and August 13. Because we are unable to have Hospitality Sunday during the PSR school year, Pastoral Council has decided to have it during the summer months. Please join your parish brothers and sisters and guests for refreshments and fellowship after the 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Masses on those Hospitality Sundays.

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Softball Sign-Up

Posted on June 03, 2017 in: General Parish News

SOFTBALL SIGN-UP: The season will begin June 18 or the following Sunday, June 25. The games will begin either at 1:00 p.m. or 3:00 p.m. on Sundays. I hope to have our first practice on June 7 at 7:00 p.m. I will pass along additional details to those interested, once more information is made available. Please sign up on the sheet on the table in the Gathering Space

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Pledge Weekend

Posted on May 12, 2017 in: General Parish News

PLEDGE WEEKEND: St. John XXIII Pledge Weekend in conjunction with the Bishop’s Annual Appeal, begins this weekend May 6/7, 2017. If you did not receive the information in the mail, or have forgotten to bring it with you, we have forms and envelopes on the table in the Gathering Space or just bring it back next weekend and drop it in the basket on the table.

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Our final Walking With Purpose Meeting will be Wednesday, May 3rd at 7:00 p.m. in the lower level of the church.  Please join us for this 'Coffee Connect' meeting to conclude our 'Living in the Father's Love' scripture study.  We hope to see you all there!

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The next outing for the Platinum Club will be on Wednesday, May 17, 1:00 p.m., at Diamond Jim’s Pizza, 111 N. Columbus Street, Lancaster. Please call (614-833-3938) or email (jimanitah@aol.com) Anita Hippler with your reservation by Tuesday, May 16. The Platinum Club is open to all persons age 55 and above.

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ST. JOHN XXIII PARISH WOMEN OF CATHOLIC FAITH – Our next Walking with Purpose Scripture Study meeting will be Thursday, April 20, at 7:00 p.m. in the lower level of the church. Please bring your study materials and Bible to the meeting. If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Crow at crowlisam@gmail.com. Due to the Lenten Season, we had to move our monthly meeting. We will start back again meeting on the first Wednesday of each month, beginning May 3, 2017. So sorry for all of the confusion. Blessed Easter to all.

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Platinum Club/Book Swap

Posted on April 14, 2017 in: General Parish News

PLATINUM CLUB/BOOK SWAP – The next gathering of the Platinum Club will be on Wednesday, April 19, at 7:00 p.m. Romance, mystery, biography, fantasy, suspense, politics, science fiction, history, how-to – what’s your reading pleasure? You’re sure to find something you’ll like at the Platinum Club’s Book Swap! Bring your old titles and trade them for ones offered by other club members. There’s so much fun in sharing books with friends. Adding to your library at no cost can’t be beaten. Bring a snack to share. The Platinum Club is open to all parishioners 55 years of ag...

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HOLY THURSDAY FOOD COLLECTION AND RICE BOWLS: The collection of food items at the Holy Thursday Liturgy will benefit the Community Food Pantry. The food will be delivered by members of the Youth Ministry. We will also collect the Rice Bowls at this liturgy for Catholic Relief Services and the Holy Thursday Envelopes and loose cash will go to the Bloom Township Crisis Fund. Please be as generous as possible to our brothers and sisters who are less fortunate.

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KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS CASH BONANZA RAFFLE: Knights of Columbus Council 16561 will be selling raffle tickets for the Cash Bonanza after all of the Masses this weekend. Please help support our local Knights of Columbus in all the good work they do. 

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DECORATING FOR EASTER: If you have an hour – WE NEED YOU...Please join us at all or any of the following times to decorate the church for the Easter season: Friday, April 7 – 4:30 p.m.; and Holy Saturday, April 15 – 10:00 a.m. All are welcome. Many hands make light work. Please contact Renee Bergman if you have questions at 614-836-3746 or rabergman@insight.rr.com.

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FORMED

Posted on March 20, 2017 in: General Parish News

FORMED – Remember to go to FORMED.org so you can enjoy great movies, audios, eBooks, bible studies and more. Here’s how easy it is to get started: Go to www.FORMED. org. Type our parish access code in the box KEV3JJ (all capital letters). When prompted enter your name, address, email and a password. You’re in ~ start watching, listening and reading. Next time you visit FORMED just click on the LOGIN button (top right). We hope you and your family enjoy this free subscription and grow in faith with FORMED.

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Platinum Club March Meeting

Posted on February 24, 2017 in: General Parish News

PLATINUM CLUB: The next meeting of the Platinum Club will be held on Wednesday, March 15, at 6:00 p.m. This will be a St. Patrick’s Day potluck, combined with a wine-tasting event. Please bring your favorite Irish dish to share. Cost for the wine-tasting event, which will be hosted by Parishioner Jim Bohnlein, will be $2.00 per person, payable at the door. The Platinum Club is open to all parishioners 55 years of age and above

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LENTEN FRIDAY EUCHARISTIC ADORATION AND STATIONS OF THE CROSS – Each Friday in Lent beginning March 3, 2017 we will have Eucharistic Adoration following morning Mass. We will conclude with Stations of the Cross and Benediction at 6:30 p.m. Come when you can; leave when you have to. You can also sign up for a time slot on the table in the Gathering Space.

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LENT There are three Traditional Lenten observances: 1. Prayer – Person at home prepares by reading the scripture prior to Sunday Mass, in addition to other personal prayer such as meditation, Rosary, spiritual readings, etc. 2. Fasting – The following regulations of fast and abstinence for Catholics provide an opportunity for us to be united with the entire Church in offering this form of prayer: All Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast and abstinence. On fast days, one full meal is permitted along with two meals of lesser quantity the same day. On days o...

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First Saturday Rosary

Posted on February 24, 2017 in: General Parish News

FIRST SATURDAY ROSARY: Please join fellow members of the parish in praying the Rosary on the first Saturday of the each month. The Rosary will begin at 4:00 p.m. in the church. Everyone is welcome to join in this beautiful prayer to our Blessed Mother.

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DO YOU KNOW THE STORY OF THE RICE BOWLS FOR CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES: Each year our Catholic Relief Services is working in 101 countries around the world utilizing 600 million dollars to help 85 million of our brothers and sisters for agricultural projects, health and nutrition services, safe water to communities, micro-financing, and educational opportunities. Catholic Relief Services is one of the largest and most respected international relief agencies in the world. 93¢ of every dollar goes directly to programs that benefit poor men, women and children, meaning only 7 cents of every dollar goes to administr...

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Help Needed for Altar Linens

Posted on February 24, 2017 in: General Parish News

HELP NEEDED FOR ALTAR LINENS: We have volunteers who launder and iron the Altar Linens each week. They are scheduled approximately every other month or 8 weeks. Because of illness and moving, we need two volunteers. If you are able to help, please call Regina in the parish office at 614-920-1563 or email popejohn@sjxxiiiparish.org.

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PRAYER INTENTIONS NEEDED: The St. John XXIII High School Youth Group will be praying for the special intentions of our parish during our Lock In on February 17. If you have any special intentions that you would like to include, there is a box and slips of paper in the Gathering Space for those requests. The Youth will be spending time in the church throughout the night praying for those special intentions.

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FORMED

Posted on February 06, 2017 in: General Parish News

FORMED: Remember to go to FORMED.org so you can enjoy great movies, audios, eBooks, bible studies and more. Here’s how easy it is to get started: Go to www.FORMED.org. Type our parish access code in the box KEV3JJ (all capital letters). When prompted enter your name, address, email and a password. You’re in ~ start watching, listening and reading. Next time you visit FORMED just click on the LOGIN button (top right). We hope you and your family enjoys this free subscription and grows in faith with FORMED.

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Catholic Times Collection

Posted on February 06, 2017 in: General Parish News

CATHOLIC TIMES: Our parish collection for the Catholic Times weekly newspaper will be during the month of February. The annual price per year is $17.00. Readers receive a Catholic perspective on the world around us: local, national, worldwide, and Vatican news; diocesan, parish, and school stories; articles, regular columns, editorials, and events are delivered right to your home. As an evangelization tool, Bishop Campbell encourages every Catholic family to receive the Catholic Times. There is an envelope in your packet or notify the parish if you would like it to be taken electronically from your checking or cred...

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PLATINUM CLUB TRIP: On October 9-11, 2017, the Platinum Club is planning a bus trip to Lancaster, Gettysburg and Shanksville, PA. Cost is $430.00 per person/double occupancy, which includes most meals and all hotel expenses. In Lancaster, we will enjoy the presentation of “Jonah” (included in cost) at the Sight and Sound Theater. We will then visit Gettysburg and finish our trip at Shanksville at the Flight 93 Memorial. For more information, please call or email Anita Hippler at 614-833-3938 or jimanitah@aol.com.

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PLATINUM CLUB – COME TO THE RACES! On Sunday, February 12, 2:00 p.m., the Platinum Club will be going to the horse races in the lower level of the church. Post time is 2:30 p.m. sharp. BYOB. Snacks will be provided. Admission is $5.00. Come join the fun! The Platinum Club is open to all parishioners 55 years of age and above.

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FIRST EUCHARIST PARENT MEETING: All parents/guardians of children in the second grade or older who have not made their first Holy Communion, are invited to attend a meeting on WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. At this meeting, workbooks for the children as well as a family guide for the workbook will be distributed to the parents. Please mark your calendars for this important meeting.

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Adult Winter Bible Study

Posted on January 28, 2017 in: General Parish News

ADULT WINTER Bible Study LECTIO EUCHARIST: Saint John XXIII Faith Formation Commission is pleased to offer the winter Bible Study, LECTIO EUCHARIST. This ten-week Bible Study will be offered on Tuesdays from 1:00-3:00 p.m., and Thursdays from 7:00-9:00 p.m. The Bible Study begins on February 14 and 16 and ends on May 2 and 4. There will be a break with no Bible Study on April 11 and 13 and 18 and 20, due Holy Week and Easter Week. There is no registration fee and the signups will be the weekends of February 4/5 and 11/12. This Bible series is featured on the parish subscription of the website Formed and is availabl...

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BAPTISMAL PREPARATION: On Wednesday, February 1, 2017, at 7:00 p.m., we will have a meeting for all parents or expectant parents who will be preparing for the Baptism of their child. This meeting is necessary prior to the Baptism; please call Deacon Pry (614-920-1563) if you are able to attend. Baptismal Preperation is usually on the first Wednesday of each month

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Sandwich Saturday

Posted on January 26, 2017 in: General Parish News

SANDWICH SATURDAY: This month, our Sandwich Saturday is January 28, 2017. The sandwiches we make are delivered to St. Lawrence Haven in downtown Columbus to feed the homeless. Please check the board in the Gathering Space for the needed supplies. All are welcome to come at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday morning, January 28, 2017, to take care of our brothers & sisters in Christ’s name.

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MIDDLE SCHOOL YOUTH EVENT – BOSCO BASH FEBRUARY 11, 2017: Annual Bosco Bash Middle School Youth Rally at St. Timothy’s Church. This is open for all students in Grades 6-8. Signups have begun for the rally. If interested, we will be taking the Middle School youth to the event, which begins at 2:30 p.m. It will conclude with Mass that starts at 7:45 p.m. Parents are invited to attend Mass with the youth, if available. We should have the students back to our church around 9:30 p.m. Please contact Stacy Ewert if interested. Flyers will also be available in the Gathering Space and will be given to the PSR st...

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ST. JOHN XXIII PARISH WOMEN OF CATHOLIC FAITH: Our next Walking with Purpose Scripture Study meeting will be Wednesday, February 1 at 7:00 p.m. in the lower level of the church. Please bring your study materials and Bible to the meeting. If you have any questions, please contact Donna Jean Gafford (djgafford@gmail.com or 740-571-1484) or Lisa Crow (crowlisam@ gmail.com).

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ALL LITURGICAL MINISTERS: May we ask all Liturgical Ministers, Lectors, Altar Servers, Ministers of Communion and Greeters/Ushers when you come into the church for Mass, if you are not scheduled, can you let the sacristan on duty know that you are available for your ministry. The sacristans do not know all the Ministers from all of the Masses, so it is a great help to our parish family if you can help.

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Parking Reminder

Posted on January 26, 2017 in: General Parish News

A REMINDER: The Tri-County Medical Center parking lot is available to us on Sundays. We have a walkway connecting our two parking lots. If you can please use that area instead of the grass, it will be greatly appreciated. The grooves in the sod will make it difficult for mowing when the weather gets nice again.

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Prayer Line Petitions

Posted on January 02, 2017 in: General Parish News

PRAYER LINE PETITIONS: If you have a prayer request or would like to join the Prayer Line, please contact Anne Brunney at 614-837-3445. Please include in your daily prayers all those on our Prayer Line and those in most need of prayer in our parish and throughout the world  

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FEED OUR HUNGRY

Posted on June 02, 2016 in: General Parish News

  MONTH OF JUNE – “FEED OUR HUNGRY” Each month, the Christian Service and Social Concerns Commission has a theme for the “Feed Our Hungry” project. The month of June, we are focusing on Picnic and Summer Staples. Some suggestions are canned pie fillings (all flavors), canned pork and beans, tea bags, plastic wrap, canned fruits are always needed, especially pineapple We have shopping lists with a poster and table display as well as a bin for the food items. Over ten thousand (10,000) lbs. of food were given out in the month of April. Please remember they also feed large families, there...

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EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: The first Friday of each month, we have Eucharistic Adoration after the 8:30 a.m. Mass and concluding at 5:00 p.m. with Evening Prayer and Benediction. There is a sign-up sheet is in the Gathering Space with 1-hour times. Please come when you can and leave when you have to. Fr. Denis will be available for Confession during this time.

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Special Thanks to Dwayne R. Spence Funeral Home for sponsoring our new website ! Your support is greatly appreciated! You can learn more about their service at: http://www.spencefuneralhome.com/

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Special Thanks to Aire Serv of Greater Columbus for sponsoring our website for another year! Your support is greatly appreciated! You can learn more about Aire Serv of Greater Columbus at their website: www.aireserv.com/greatercolumbus   PLEASE READ: More local businesses are needed to cover the cost of this website. For more information about reaching your fellow parishioners with a sponsorship, Our parish receives all website services at no charge because of the generosity of these businesses. It's a win-win. Market your business to our local families and support your church at the same...

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We have a lot of exciting things to share, so please browse through the many pages of our new website. Some points of interest for first time users are as follows: Parish Ministries and Organizations. A listing of all Ministries and Organizations with their current contact information. Current Events. You will now be able to view the Parish Calendar and retrieve helpful information so you never miss another Parish event! Current Parish Bulletin. The Parish Bulletins are readily available for viewing via the Parish Links of the site. Church Images. A collection of pictures, recent events and other wonderf...

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