Faith on Fire - Friday June 16th!

Join us with Wichita Adore Ministries and Wichita TEC for Faith on Fire here at St. John's in Clonmel!
Our night will begin with Supper, served at 6:00pm in the Parish Hall. Wichita TEC will provide the food, but if you could bring some dessert to share that would be great.
Adoration will start in the Church at 7:00pm, and we're going to pack the Church! Fr. John Lanzrath will be the celebrant as we adore the Lord in the Eucharist. Confessions will likely be available during Adoration.
After Adoration, stick around for an outdoor dance DJ'd by WAM Productions!
While this event is put on by Wichita TEC, we would like to encourage absolutely anyone and everyone to attend this great event! This is a free event for all ages, and all peoples of all faiths are more than welcome to attend. We do ask for everyone's respect and reverence for the Lord, truly present in the Eucharist. 

Parish Picnic - Sunday June 11th!

We cannot wait to celebrate at the Parish Picnic with the rest of our St. John the Evangelist Parish Family!

The Parish will provide hamburgers, hotdogs, water, tea, lemonade, and paper goods.
Please bring: a side dish to share, lawn chairs or a blanket to sit on, and dont forget your sunscreen!
Food will be served throughout the evening, so eat at your leisure (but make sure your food to share is here at 4:30 so others have a chance to try it)!
4:30-7:30pm Activities include: Bouncy House, Obstacle Course, Bean Bag Toss, Sidewalk Chalk, Sand Volleyball, Washer Toss, Ladder Ball Toss, Cornhole, and more!
6:00-7:00pm Activities include: 3-legged races, gunny sack races, blanket pull, and a water-balloon toss!

Lenten Soup Supper

The St. John's Mission Society will be hosting a Lenten Soup Supper on Friday, March 31, 2017 at 5:30pm. The Soup Supper will take place in the Parish Center prior to Stations of the Cross at 6:30pm. This is a great opportunity for parishioners to gather together for fellowship during this Lenten season. Members of the Mission Society will be making an array of soups.

On the Menu will be: potato soup, tomato bisque, lentil soup, salmon soup, bread, crackers, coffee, tea, and water.

This is a free event, no monies will be collected. Just come and enjoy eachothers company! 



Hunger Banquet - A Reflection

Our 6th-12th Religious Education students participated in what is called a "Hunger Banquet" with the help of the Mission Society this week.  Every Wednesday we feed these 70+ students and teachers supper, but this week they experienced how the world population eats. Everyone's name was entered in to a drawing and chosen at random for which world population they would represent. We had 4 students representing the High-Income population, the wealthiest in the world. They were served a steak dinner, and were waited on constantly by staff.

15 students represented the middle-income world population. They ate tacos, chips and salsa and cookies family style around a big table. Approximately 50 students represented the lowest-income population world wide. They sat on the floor with bowls of rice, no utensils and water scooped out of a community bowl.

Those in the higher and middle income populations were not allowed to share their food with the Low-Income population, a representation of corrupt governments. In many cases hunger is about power. It's roots lie in inequalities in access to resources.

The reactions were many. What was most striking was the anger. Sure, there were a few kids angry that all they got was rice, but they were mostly angry that this was the state of the word. The reaction repeated most often by the students during our meal was: “this isn’t fair!” And they are right. It is not fair. Just as these students did not choose to be in the low-income population, neither do many people all over the world choose that for themselves. They are born in to it and it is not fair.

2.2 billion people live in poverty. Nearly 795 million people suffer from chronic hunger. A child dies from malnutrition or a related, preventable illness nearly every 10 seconds. That's more than 8,000 children a day.

This Lent we have a remarkable chance to make the tiniest difference to address this issue of global poverty in our use of the Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl. The money that we donate in our Rice Bowls goes to help alleviate poverty both worldwide and locally right here in the Diocese of Wichita. It is a great chance for us to practice Almsgiving this Lenten season.

To the parents of these students: Thank you for raising children that react to this injustice so strongly. During his explanation after the Hunger Banquet Fr. John told the kids that “this is what it means to be a Christian, that we share what we are given. That is how we can live the Gospel message.” I am filled with hope that we are raising a generation who will live this Gospel message out loud!

You can view pictures from the event on our Facebook page by visiting here:

~ Cassi FitzGerald

Stations of the Cross


  Fridays during Lent at 6:30pm. 



The following stations of the cross are based on those celebrated by Pope John Paul II on Good Friday 1991. They are presented here as an alternative to the traditional stations and as a way of reflecting more deeply on the Scriptural accounts of Christ's passion.


First Station: Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane

Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, "Sit here while I go over there and pray." He took along Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to feel sorrow and distress. Then he said to them, "My soul is sorrowful even to death. Remain here and keep watch with me." He advanced a little and fell prostrate in prayer, saying, "My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet, not as I will, but as you will." When he returned to his disciples he found them asleep. He said to Peter, "So you could not keep watch with me for one hour? Watch and pray that you may not undergo the test. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."
(Matthew 26:36-41)

Second Station: Jesus, Betrayed by Judas, is Arrested

Then, while [Jesus] was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived, accompanied by a crowd with swords and clubs, who had come from the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders. His betrayer had arranged a signal with them, saying, "the man I shall kiss is the one; arrest him and lead him away securely." He came and immediately went over to him and said, "Rabbi." And he kissed him. At this they laid hands on him and arrested him.
(Mark 14: 43-46)

Third Station: Jesus is Condemned by the Sanhedrin

When day came the council of elders of the people met, both chief priests and scribes, and they brought him before their Sanhedrin. They said, "If you are the Messiah, tell us," but he replied to them, "If I tell you, you will not believe, and if I question, you will not respond. But from this time on the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the power of God." They all asked, "Are you then the Son of God?" He replied to them, "You say that I am." Then they said, "What further need have we for testimony? We have heard it from his own mouth."
(Luke 22: 66-71)

Fourth Station: Jesus is Denied by Peter

Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. One of the maids came over to him and said, "You too were with Jesus the Galilean." But he denied it in front of everyone, saying, "I do not know what you are talking about!" As he went out to the gate, another girl saw him and said to those who were there, "This man was with Jesus the Nazorean." Again he denied it with an oath, "I do not know the man!" A little later the bystanders came over and said to Peter, "Surely you too are one of them; even your speech gives you away." At that he began to curse and to swear, "I do not know the man." And immediately a cock crowed. Then Peter remembered the word that Jesus had spoken: "Before the cock crows you will deny me three times." He went out and began to weep bitterly.
(Matthew 26: 69-75)

Fifth Station: Jesus is Judged by Pilate

The chief priests with the elders and the scribes, that is, the whole Sanhedrin, held a council. They bound Jesus, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate. Pilate questioned him, "Are you the king of the Jews?" He said to him in reply, "You say so." The chief priests accused him of many things. Again Pilate questioned him, "Have you no answer? See how many things they accuse you of." Jesus gave him no further answer, so that Pilate was amazed.... Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released Barrabas... [and] handed [Jesus] over to be crucified.
(Mark 15: 1-5, 15)

Sixth Station: Jesus is Scourged and Crowned with Thorns

Then Pilate took Jesus and had him scourged. And the soldiers wove a crown out of thorns and placed it on his head, and clothed him in a purple cloak, and they came to him and said,"Hail, King of the Jews!" And they struck him repeatedly.
(John 19: 1-3)

Seventh Station: Jesus Bears the Cross

 When the chief priests and the guards saw [Jesus] they cried out, "Crucify him, crucify him!" Pilate said to them, "Take him yourselves and crucify him. I find no guilt in him." ... They cried out, "Take him away, take him away! Crucify him!" Pilate said to them, "Shall I crucify your king?" The chief priests answered, "We have no king but Caesar." Then he handed him over to them to be crucified. So they took Jesus, and carrying the cross himself he went out to what is called the Place of the Skull, in Hebrew, Golgotha.
(John 19: 6, 15-17)

Eighth Station: Jesus is Helped by Simon the Cyrenian to Carry the Cross

They pressed into service a passer-by, Simon, a Cyrenian, who was coming in from the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to carry his cross.
(Mark 15: 21)

Ninth Station: Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem

A large crowd of people followed Jesus, including many women who mourned and lamented him. Jesus turned to them and said, "Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep instead for yourselves and for your children, for indeed, the days are coming when people will say, 'Blessed are the barren, the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed.' At that time, people will say to the mountains, 'Fall upon us!' and to the hills, 'Cover us!' for if these things are done when the wood is green what will happen when it is dry?"
(Luke 23: 27-31)

Tenth Station: Jesus is Crucified

 When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him and the criminals there, one on his right, the other on his left. [Then Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, they know not what they do."]
(Luke 23: 33-34)

Eleventh Station: Jesus Promises His Kingdom to the Good Thief

Now one of the criminals hanging there reviled Jesus, saying, "Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us." The other, however, rebuking him, said in reply, "Have you no fear of God, for you are subject to the same condemnation? And indeed, we have been condemned justly, for the sentence we received corresponds to our crimes, but this man has done nothing criminal." Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom." He replied to him, "Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise."
(Luke 23: 39-43)

Twelfth Station: Jesus Speaks to His Mother and the Disciple

Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, "Woman, behold, your son." Then he said to the disciple, "Behold, your mother." And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.
John 19: 25-27

Thirteenth Station: Jesus Dies on the Cross

It was now about noon and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon because of an eclipse of the sun. Then the veil of the temple was torn down the middle. Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Father, into your hands I commend my spirit"; and when he had said this he breathed his last.
(Luke 23: 44-46)

Fourteenth Station: Jesus is Placed in the Tomb

When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea named Joseph, who was himself a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus; then Pilate ordered it to be handed over. Taking the body, Joseph wrapped it [in] clean linen and laid it in his new tomb that he had hewn in the rock. Then he rolled a huge stone across the entrance to the tomb and departed.
(Matthew 27: 57-60)


Scripture excerpts are taken from the New American Bible with Revised New TestamentCopyright © 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Inc., Washington, DC. Used with permission. All rights reserved. Permission is hereby granted to reproduce these excerpts in free distribution of these stations.