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We invite you to join the St. John Parish family to worship him and to follow him in discipleship!

The St. John’s parish family strives to be welcoming and hospitable. We share frequent dinners, parish work days and celebrate Baptisms and weddings. We console those mourning the loss of a loved one and aid those who experience tragedy or disaster. We visit those suffering illness or are limited to their home. In short, we put our gifts at the service of one another.

Parish Life


"We exist to praise God's Glory.” (Eph 1:12)

The St. John’s parish family worships the living God at our weekend celebrations and daily Masses. Many parishioners find much fruit in being actively involved in various ministries at Mass.

Adoration and Scripture

The St. John’s parish family has a vibrant life of Eucharistic adoration for adults, teens and children. Through church visits and exposition we adore our Lord in private prayer and scriptural meditation.

Parish Family Life

The St. John’s parish family strives to be welcoming and hospitable. We share frequent parish dinners, parish work days and celebrate baptisms and weddings. We console those mourning the loss of a loved one and aid those who experience tragedy or disaster. We visit those suffering illness or are limited to their home. In short, we put our gifts at the service of one another.


Faith Formation

"As lifelong disciples we seek to “know Christ...and him crucified.” (1 Cor 2:2)

The St. John’s parish family fosters this knowledge by providing faith formation opportunities for all ages.


We have specialized programs for hands-on learning starting at three years old.


At St. John’s we have Sunday school and hands-on programs for kindergarten through fifth grade.


Wednesday nights are religious education for middle and high-school students. We provide trips, retreats, summer camps and youth gatherings to inspire their life in the Holy Spirit.  

College and Young Adult

We have an active outreach to our college and young adult members to connect them to parish life and encourage them to live their faith on the college campus.


Through the generosity of teachers and professors we have a very active program of adult formation on Wednesdays and Sundays.

Retired Adults

St. John’s also offers an outreach to the retired or elderly through social and spiritual gatherings.

Click on the Categories below to find out more about the opportunities to share your gifts!  


Letter of Appointment from Bishop Kemme

June 4, 2015

Dear Parishioners of St. John parish in Clonmel,

                I have asked Father Jarrod to share this important letter with you as it pertains to the pastoral leadership of the parish.

                As you no doubt already know, I appointed the Reverend Andy Kuykendall to be the pastor of St. John replacing Father Jarrod. After considerable discernment and consultation and with the agreement of Father Andy, I have decided to rescind this appointment. The sole reason for this decision is the recognition that it would be best for Father Andy to remain where he is, in residence at the Priest’s Retirement Center and in service as Chaplain to the Catholic Care Center. He was very open to coming to St. John and in fact was looking forward to returning to parish ministry, but in the end, he concluded that the Diocese would be better served if he would remain in the ministry of pastoral care to the residents at Catholic Care Center. This would also support his ongoing efforts to improve his health concerning which he has made significant progress.  I would like to thank Father Andy publicly for helping me make this decision by being very open to what the Holy Spirit was telling us.

                Making this decision however places me in a somewhat challenging situation of providing pastoral leadership to St. John Parish, given the limited number of priests available at this time. With that said, I have put in place a way of providing pastoral leadership here that will require your cooperation and understanding. I have asked Father Bernie Gorges, the pastor of St. Peter in Schulte to serve also as your pastor. He has agreed to accept these additional responsibilities. I have also asked Father Tom Hoisington, whom I just appointed as Chaplain to the Immaculate Heart of Mary Sisters of Wichita, to assist Father Bernie in the pastoral care of the both St. John and St. Peter. Father Hoisington will live in the rectory of St. John, not as pastor, but as priest in residence and in service to Father Bernie. Both will rotate in the Mass schedule and be in service to both parishes as they work together.

                I cannot be certain how you receive this news, but I want to assure you that I have made these decisions with the best of intentions, keeping in mind many factors. Some may conclude that I am demoting the parish, which is the farthest thing from the truth. St. John’s is still a parish in its own right and has not become a mission parish. I have no intentions of closing the parish, which may be a fear of others.   That also is incorrect. I am simply trying to put in place for now what I hope will provide adequate pastoral care of this parish.  As we move forward, I will be monitoring this situation and will remain open to whatever directions seem clear by the grace of the Holy Spirit and the wise counsel of our people. I would ask that you welcome Father Bernie and Father Tom as your parish priests.

                Please know of my prayers for you during the difficult time of transition. I would humbly ask your prayers for me as I remain,

                                                                                                                Your humble servant,

                                                                                                                Bishop Carl A. Kemme


Parish Info

Saturday Vigil: 5:30 pm
Sunday: 8:00 am and 10:30 am

Saturday: 4:30 pm 
Tuesday: 7:40 am
Wednesday: 6:00pm

Mon., Tues., Thurs. and Fri.: 8:00 am
Wednesday: 7:35 pm

NOTE: Beginning Monday, July 13th the 8:00am Monday Mass will be in the Extraordinary Form

Anointing of the Sick is offered after
all Masses on the first weekend
of the month.

Monday: Closed
Tues., Thurs. & Fri.: 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday: Noon - 9:30 pm

Parish Office: 620-545-7171
Parish Center: 620-545-7211
Fax: 620-545-7191
Father's cell phone: 316-655-9384
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

18630 W 71st St S
Viola, KS 67149


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