"Only by accepting with humble gratitude the love of the Lord do we free ourselves from the seduction of idols and the blindness of our illusions. Money, pleasure, success dazzle but then disappoint: they promise life but procure death. The Lord asks us to detach ourselves from these false riches in order to enter into true life, the full, authentic, luminous life.
Pope Francis
October 11, 2015
WORSHIP: The Intimate Encounter with Christ


The Mass is the primary place of intimate encounter with the Risen Jesus here at St. John’s. Why does the Church ask those who make up the Body of Christ to gather at least once a week to receive his living Presence in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass? Because “without me, you can do nothing” (Jn 15:5). This is the humble recognition of those who seek to love the Father by “keeping Holy the Sabbath” every Sunday.

Sunday Mass Times
8:00 AM, 10:15 AM (Children's Mass), 12:00 PM (Main Church)

Saturday Evening Mass Time
5:30 PM (Historic Church) Fulfills Sunday Obligation

Weekday Services

7:00 & 9:30 A.M. Monday through Friday (Our Lady's Chapel)
7:00 & 9:30 A.M. 1st Friday Masses (Main Church)
9:00 A.M. Saturday (Main Church)
Our Lady of Fatima Devotions first Saturday of the month following the 9AM Mass (Main Church)
Miraculous Medal Novena 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Saturdays following 9:00AM Mass (Main Church)

Saturday:  Main Church 9:30 - 10:15 A.M. |  Historic Church 4:30 - 5:15 P.M.
Important notice: Saturday evening Confessions are now in the Historic Church (as of January 24, 2015.) The time has changed from 4:00 to 4:30 P.M.- 5:15 P.M.

Directions to the Main Church
Directions to the Historic Church

Altar Servers
You may volunteer to be an altar server if you are in fifth grade or above.  Training for altar servers is held on an as-needed basis, usually once a year, and consists of four sessions lasting 1.5 hours each. Once trained, servers commit to assisting at one mass per month, at a minimum.  


  • All servers are to be at Mass 15 minutes before the scheduled start. 

  • New servers are asked to introduce themselves to the priest and the other servers.

  • Please have servers dress appropriately (no flip flops)

  • If your child cannot serve as scheduled, it is your responsibility to find a replacement prior to Mass.  If you are replacing an experienced server, please find another experienced server so that the new servers can get "on the job" training and guidance from the older servers.

The Ushers at St. John's welcome parishioners and visitors to Mass with  a warm smile and a greeting. Ushers are also responsible for collecting the  offering, distributing the parish bulletin, and ensuring that the pews are  tidied up after Masses.

We need help at all Masses, so if you would like to share your time and  talent by participating in this ministry at St. John's, please contact us at  sjeushers@gmail.com.


Lectors at St. John's read at the Sunday Vigil and Sunday masses.  The schedule for lectors is developed twice a year.  Once the schedule is developed, if you cannot act as lector at your assigned mass, it is your responsibility to find a replacement.  If you wish to serve as a lector, please contact Peg Daly at pegdaly4@gmail.com

Notes on lector procedures and other information for lectors is available here.



Children's Liturgy of the Word 2015 - 2016

The Children's Liturgy of the Word is offered at the 10:15 a.m. Family Mass to young children, aged 3 to 6.

After the Introductory Rites of the Mass, the Celebrant invites children to approach the altar.  Liturgists lead preschoolers and K-1st graders to their respective rooms, based on age.  Children hear a simple version of the week's Word of God and engage in an activity to reinforce the reading.  A prayer, the children's own intentions and a simplified Creed conclude the Children's Liturgy.  Children quietly return to the main church to rejoin their families. 

Parents are asked to chaperone their children until they can participate in a group-friendly manner.  This offering follows the CCD calendar and is unavailable on holiday weekends and during the summer.

These links outline procedures for Children's Liturgy of the Word and provide a copy of the Children's Creed

If you enjoy teaching or have any questions, please contact us at  sjechildrensliturgy@gmail.com.  We welcome suggestions and are always looking for volunteers!


Lesson Plans - Winter 2015/2016

Children's Liturgy Class Outline - PDF

2nd Sunday of Advent
Primary Lesson Plan (Downstairs)
December 6, 2015
Preschool Lesson Plan (Upstairs)
3rd Sunday of Advent
Primary Lesson Plan (Downstairs)
December 13, 2015
Preschool Lesson Plan (Upstairs)
4th Sunday of Advent
Primary Lesson Plan (Downstairs)
December 20, 2015
Preschool Lesson Plan (Upstairs)
Feast of the Holy Family
Primary Lesson Plan (Downstairs)
December 27, 2015
Preschool Lesson Plan (Upstairs)
Primary Lesson Plan (Downstairs)
January 3, 2016
Preschool Lesson Plan (Upstairs)
Baptism of the Lord
Primary Lesson Plan (Downstairs)
January 10, 2016
Preschool Lesson Plan (Upstairs)
2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Primary Lesson Plan (Downstairs)
January 17, 2016
Preschool Lesson Plan (Upstairs)
3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Primary Lesson Plan (Downstairs)
January 24, 2016
Preschool Lesson Plan (Upstairs)
4th Sunday in Oridnary Time
Primary Lesson Plan (Downstairs)
January 31, 2016
Preschool Lesson Plan (Upstairs)


Thanksgiving Mass and Food Donations

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Family Advent Wreath-making Workshop Sunday, Nov. 29 at 3:30p

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Weekly Bulletin

You may download St. John's current and past bulletins at this website http://fataonline.com/bulletins/StJohnEvangSS.  You can also sign up to receive the weekly bulletin by registering your email address.

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Anima Christi

Soul of Christ sanctify me; Body of Christ, save me; Blood of Christ, inebriate me; Water from the side of Christ, wash me; Passion of Christ, strengthen me; O Good Jesus, hear me; Within your wounds, hide me; Never permit me to be separated from you; From the wicked enemy, defend me; In the hour of my death, call me; And bid me to come to your side, that with your saints I may praise you, for ever and ever. Amen

-Blessed Bernadine of Feltran

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