Deo Gratias for our parish picnic: We thank God for the beautiful weather that made our 5th annual parish picnic the best one yet! Great food, selfless service with a smile, fun games for the kids, and wonderful music made for an unforgettable afternoon. There are too many generous volunteers to name here, but God knows who you are and He will reward you in the best way. Thank God for such a remarkable day – we’re a better parish for having spent that time together!
MERIT, (Marshfield’s Exceptional Religious Instruction Team), a specialized religious education program, is being offered to students with cognitive disabilities who struggle with the inclusive challenges of standard programs offered by their parishes. This class will offer individualized instruction through the use of art, storytelling, song and fellowship. A multisensory approach is used to create an environment that is exciting and fun to learn in. Class format and structure are based on the cognitive levels, needs, and individual abilities of the students enrolled. Lessons are based on Bible stories, events from the church year and living our Catholic faith. Classes meet on Monday evenings beginning in October. Cost is $20 if registered by September 10th, 2016. For further information contact :Vivian Gamble (715-659-5555) or Krisan Williams (715-387-2119).
Matthew, the King and His Kingdom, by Jeff Cavins and Ascension Press, will be this fall and winter's bible study. This 24-week course has been very well received and a life changer for many of those who have taken it before. Increase your knowledge, learn to understand the parables, delve into the miracles and teachings, and grow deeper in love with our Lord and His disciples as we study the story of the King of Kings. The study will begin on September 11th, 2016 and be held from 8:15am-10:30am. It should complete by the end of April with time off at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Cost of materials (study binder) will be $30.00. You will need a bible (Revised Standard Version-Catholic Edition is recommended.) A Catechism of the Catholic Faith is highly recommended. (Both available in the office for $15 and $9 or possibly at St. Vincent de Paul. For questions, call Judy Garfield, 715-305-2261. To register, please send a check, made out to St. John the Baptist, to Judy at 9908 County Road N, Marshfield.
St. John’s Parish Family has the opportunity to aid the less fortunate in our area by serving a fellowship meal in the Gathering Room of St. Vincent de Paul Center. We meet on Aug. 31st at 3pm to set up, serve the meal at 5pm and finish with clean-up by 6:30pm. If you are able to help, call Richard at 715-387-2763.
The year of mercy is here! Every Wednesday from 3:00pm-3:30pm the Divine Mercy Chaplet and the Rosary are recited at Hwy. 97 & E, (across from Wal-Mart) where the white crosses are. Please come, pray and support life, the unborn babies and make a difference!
The World Apostolate of Fatima’s Centennial U.S. Tour for Peace is underway and coming to our parish! The historic tour, marking the 100th Anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima, will feature the world-famous International Pilgrim Virgin Statue, traveling worldwide for nearly 70 years. St. John the Baptist is hosting the tour on Sept. 21st-22nd from noon until noon. It will be an extraordinary occasion of healing, hope and grace. Please join us to hear the story of Fatima and venerate this beautiful statue that set out from Fatima in 1947 to bring the graces of Fatima to all who might not ever be able to make a pilgrimage to Fatima, Portugal. We bring the pilgrimage to you. Hundreds of favors and graces, including cures, and countless conversions are associated with the image. The presence of this special Statue (sculpted by Jose Thedim in 1947, based on Sr. Lucia’s description of her encounters with Our Lady) is a great gift to our community. Contact Caren Alsides at 715-897-1900 for more information. (www.fatimatourforpeace.com)
“Gift of Silence” Fall Retreat ~ Oct. 20th through noon Oct. 23rd. Join us at the beautiful Jesuit Retreat House on the shore of Lake Winnebago, Oshkosh, WI. Enjoy the silence, prayers and listening to the voice of God. For more information please contact Mike or Carol Jonas at 715-676-3989 or Shirley Tremmel at 715-384-3613.
In need of inspiration or experiencing Jesus' presence or healing? He will provide for your needs in ways we cannot always anticipate. Come be with Jesus in adoration at Pope Saint John Paul II Adoration Chapel, 510 S. Columbus Ave. Fridays at 9pm-10pm or Saturdays at 1am-2am are openings needed to be filled. Please call Jean, 715-387-0571 or Dale, 715-383-2262 to schedule your hour.