April 16, 2017

Dear Friends,

Christ is Risen! Alleluia! Today is Easter Sunday and for the next 50 days of the Church Year, we celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.

In the Catechism of the Catholic Church, we read, "United with Christ by Baptism, believers already truly participate in the heavenly life of the risen Christ, but this life remains "hidden with Christ in God." The Father has already "raised us up with him, made us sit with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus." Nourished with his body in the Eucharist, we already belong to the Body of Christ. When we rise on the last day we "also will appear with him in glory." (CCC, n. 10003)

This Mystery of the Resurrection is the foundation of our Catholic Faith. May these days of the Easter Season allow us to penetrate more deeply through our prayer these sacred mysteries that we celebrate.

I express gratitude to our parish family of St. John the Evangelist for making Holy Week truly holy, (i.e. set apart for Divine Service). From Palm Sunday through Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday at the Easter Vigil, the parish prayed so beautifully. May you and your loved ones have a blessed Easter Season!

In Christ's Service,

Fr. John

April 9, 2017

Dear Friends,

A national motel chain has a catchy and memorable slogan for their ad campagin which states, "We'll leave the light on for you!" This is Holy Week. And this week, we will leave the light on for you. What light? The light in the Confessional. A significant way to make this week holy, (i.e. "set apart for God's use"), is to come to the Sacrament of Reconciliation. We celebrate in Holy Week the Paschal Myster of the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Why did Jesus die on a cross? For the forgiveness of our sins and the sins of the whole world.

On Sunday night at 5:00 p.m. I will be hearing Confessions at Church of the Holy Spirit in Goddard. On Monday night and Tuesday nights here at St. John's, I will begin hearing Confessions from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. or until all are heard. On Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m., there will be four priests here offering the Sacrament of Reconciliation. We are leaving the light on for you. This offer is not about a good night's sleep. This offer is about eternal life! Make this week HOLY!

In Christ's Service,

Fr. John

April 2, 2017

Dear Friends,

We are blessed and pleased to welcome Bishop Carl Kemme to our parish family at this weekend's 10:30 a.m. Mass. Bishop Kemme is the eleventh Bishop of the Diocese of Wichita. Our diocese was established on August 2, 1887 and this year, we mark our 130th birthday. Bishop Kemme will mark his third anniversary of his Episcopal Ordination as he was ordained a Successor of the Apostles on May 1, 2014.

Our parish of St. John the Evangelist was established in 1888, and this year marks our 129th birthday. It is important that we remember with gratitutde those who have gone before us in our parish and diocesan family who have passed on the Catholic Faith to us. As our 27 young people are being confirmed today, they too are called forth by the Holy Spirit to bring the Joy fo the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world. Please pray for our young adults who are being confirmed with the Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit!

In Christ's Service,

Fr. John

March 26, 2017

Dear Friends,

We are blessed to welcome Bishop Carl Kemme to our parish family on Sunday, April 2. He will celebrate the 10:30 a.m. Sunday Mass and will administer the Sacrament of Confirmation to 27 of our young adults. Seating in the church for the Mass will be reserved for the Confirmation candidates, their sponsors and members of their families. Our parish church seats 220 people and it will be full for this Mass!

However, because it is a rare treat to have Bishop Kemme with us, please know that you are welcome to come to the 10:30 a.m. Mass, but know in advance that you will need to be seated in the Parish Center. There will be a live video and audio feed and Extraordinary Minsiters of Holy Communion will come to the Center to distribute Holy Communion during the Mass. Following the Mass, all are invited to a reception in the Parish Center with Bishop Kemme.

Please pray for our young adults who are being confirmed with the Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit!

In Christ's Service,

Fr. John

March 12, 2017

Dear Friends,

This past Saturday morning at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, our parish family participated in the Rite of Election with Bishop Kemme. Two of our young people, Keyonna and Keaton Wright, were received by Bishop Kemme as "Elect." The sister and brother, (they are twins), will be baptized and confirmed and make their First Holy Communion at the Easter Vigil here at St. John's on Holy Saturday night. Please pray for Keaton and Keyonna as they draw closer into our Catholic Faith.

Also this past Saturday, our parish hosted 98 high school students who are preparing to receive teh Sacrament of Confirmation. Of that number, 27 of these high school students are parishioners of St. John the Evangelist parish. They will be confirmed by Bishop Kemme on Sunday, April 2, at the 10:30 a.m. Mass that morning. Please pray for these young people.

Much is happening here in our parish! Thank God. We are blessed.

In Christ's Service,

Fr. John

 

March 5, 2017

Dear Friends,

We welcome Fr. Pat Malone to our parish this weekend! I am grateful to him for covering the Masses at St. John's as I am conducting a Lenten Parish Mission at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Salina. I will be back at the parish on Wednesday.

As this is the First Sunday of Lent, what are you/your family doing to make this day "Our Sunday Rest?" Some suggestions include going to Pawnee Prairie Park and taking a hike together as a family; playing a game of Monopoly or Yahtzee; how about a card game of Pitch? Perhaps you could fix one of the recipes from another country on the Rice Bowl brochure and eat together as a family celebrating "Our Sunday Rest?" Shoow me an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. I will share some of your ideas in a future parish bulletin. Let us pray for one another on our Lenten Journey 2017.

In Christ's Serivice,

Fr. John

February 26, 2017

Dear Friends,

As you likely know, one of our very long-time parishioners died on Monday afternoon.  Dean Pauly was born on the same dairy farm where he lived for 91 years, just west of St. John's Church on 71st Street South. My heart has been moved with great joy as I have witnessed so many of our parishioners assist in the preparations for Dean's funeral services, which took place on Saturday February 25. I offer a special word of thanks to the Altar Society who worked around the Taste of Spring Breakfast in the Parish Center so that as a parish family, we could welcome and accommodate the Pauly family and their friends. This is what a family does. We accompany one another in this journey of faith. It is a blessing indeed!

In christ's Service,

Fr. John

February 19, 2017

Dear Friends,

The Season of Lent is fast approaching.  Ash Wednesday is March 1 and so we are just ten days until our Lenten Journey of forty days begins.  We often ask the question of each other when Lent begins, "What are you going to give up for Lent this year?"  What if the question was phrased a little differently?  "What are you going to do this Lent to grow in holiness?"  I am excited to present to you some possibilities that each of us may consider to grow in holiness as individuals, as a family and as a parish family for Lent.  At next weekend's Masses we will consider answering the question, "What are you going to do this lent to grow in holiness?" Let us remember one another in prayer.

In Christ's Service,

Fr. John

February 12, 2017

This weekend I am presenting at a Catholic Engaged Encounter retreat at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.  A society is only as strong as the families in the society.  A family is only as strong as the foundation of the husband, wife and God with the children of the family built on that foundation.  Marriage preparation is so important.  Did you know that there are seven engaged couples in our St. John praish family who are preparing to enter the Sacrament of Matrimony in 2017?  Please keep these couples in your prayer as they discern their vocation to marriage: Rebecca Maus and Grant Morris on April 21; Rachelle Pelz and Kody Decker on April 29; Elizabeth Ast and Anthony Wilkerson on May 19; Breanne Youngers and Daniel Skinner on July 22; Morgan Oestmann and Joshua Ast on October 14; Ellie Watt and Austin Johnson on November 18; Kaitlyn Buck and Zachary Williams on December 30.  

In Christ's Service,

Fr. John

February 5, 2017

Starting today, I will be writing a brief section in the bulletin each week entitled, "Fr. John's Corner." I may address upcoming events or issues in our parish family. Sometimes, I may offer a scriptural reflection. At other times, I may address questions or concerns that I have received from parishioners about our parish family. My hope is that this weekly post becomes an important means of communicating to our parish family.

This coming weekend, I ask that you welcome Fr. Ken VanHaverbeke to our parish. Fr. Ken is the Director of the Spiritual Life Center and Vicar for Stewardship and Parish Life. He will be celebrating the Masses on February 11-12 as I will be conducting a Catholic Engaged Encounter retreat for 34 engaged couples at the Spiritual Life Center. Make Fr. Ken welcome here and pleae pray for the 34 engaged couples as they discern God's vocation for thhem.

In Christ's Service,

Fr. John