Hospitality

hospitality

Jesus Christ teaches that whenever we welcome one of the least of our sisters and brothers, we welcome Christ Himself. Parishioners of St. John the Evangelist Parish seek to see the face of Christ in one another. With special vigilance, parishioners must seek out and welcome new members to the parish family. A stewardship parish is a welcoming parish.

 "When I was a stranger, you welcomed me." Matthew 25:35 

We are all prodigal children longing to be welcomed home. Here at St. John the Evangelist we want parishioners and guests to feel they belong and are appreciated. This is especially true if someone has been absent from the church. Hospitality leads to a sense of ownership among parishioners. This ownership and personal involvement fosters a sense of "belonging." When parishioners experience a warm and sincere welcome, they in turn become open to give themselves to others. God is love. God gives His love to each one of us. As God loves us, He calls us to love one another. This Divine Love flows thorugh the heart of the faithful steward to love others. When we are recipients of such love from others, we are attracted to follow this example. When others welcome us, we are open to welcoming others. This desire to welcome others is yet another gift of God. 

 

Welcoming New

 

Parishioners

 

Connect with new parishioners and welcome them to the parish family! Provide new parishioners with helpful information and encouragement as they make St. John the Evangelist their home.

 

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Prepare Meals for

 

Wednesday Night

 

Faith Formation

 

Each week 75+ young people gather to learn more about their faith on Wednesday night. They come hungry and it's our job to feed them. Different parishioners cook for and serve our 6th-12th grade students every week.

 

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Parish Picnic

 

(June)

 

The Parish Picnic which happens every summer provides an opportunity for parish families to come together. There is a big pot luck meal, and outdoor games for all ages.

 

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Clearwater Fall

 

Festival Float

 

(September)

 

Come help make the St. John the Evangelist float for the Clearwater Fall Festival. Assist in creating the themed float and recruit parishioners to participate!

 

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Trunk or Treat

 

(October)

 

For Trunk or Treat children are invited to dress up as a beloved saint. There are different games, a parade of saints, and activities for the children. Parishioners decorate the trunks of their vehicles and hand out treats.

 

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Parish Dinner

 

(December)

 

On December 27th each year we gather for an evening of celebration on the Feast of St. John the Evangelist. This includes a social, dinner, and entertainment. Help us plan and execute this great evening!

 

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Demographic

 

Dinners

 

Throughout the year Father invites parishioners to gather for smaller dinners at the parish based on different demographics. These meals are usually catered with time for prayer and fellowship with other parishioners.

 

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Altar Society

 

Member

 

This ministry of parish women maintain the Church altar and organize and host parish activities and receptions. This includes cleaning the church, funeral vigil receptions and funeral dinners, the graduation breakfast, and the annual Taste of Spring Breakfast.

 

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Funeral Vigil

 

Reception

 

When there are vigils or rosaries held the evening before a funeral here at St. John the Evangelist the Altar Society hosts a reception for the family and friends of the departed. They provide cookies, drinks, and a welcoming atmosphere. 

 

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Funeral Dinners

 

When there is a funeral here at St. John the Evangelist the Altar Society hosts a dinner for the friends and family of the departed. Different members of this ministry prepare the meals, provide salads and desserts, and set up and clean up the parish center.

 

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Taste of Spring

 

Breakfast

 

This is the major fundraiser for the Altar Society. Members assist in planning, setting up, providing food, cooking, serving, and cleaning up this breakfast which raises funds for the care of the altar in the church.

 

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Graduation

 

Breakfast (May)

 

At the end of each school year we celebrate all of our young parishioners graduating from high school. The Altar Society provides a beautiful breakfast celebration that they cook and serve for the Seniors and their parents.

 

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Knights of Columbus

 

As a Knight, you'll have the opportunity to tranform your life, support your parish, give back to your community, and grow in your faith. The Knights are a band of brothers, a network of men doing good in the service of God and their neighbor.

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Daughters of Isabella

 

This charitable organization of Catholic women is founded on Unity, Friendship, and Charity. They are called by faith to serve, inspired and challenged to do God's work by supporting vocations and working for respect for life from conception to natural death. 

 

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Mission Society

 

The Mission Society exists to raise awareness of the importance of mission at St. John the Evangelist parish. They provide support both financially and spiritually to an array of local and global missions. 

 

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