Movie of the Month: The featured movie for Dec. 4th is Desire of the Everlasting Hills. “Look at the face of the other...discover that he has a soul, a history, and a life, that he is a person, and that God Loves this person.” -Pope Benedict Here are three intimate and candid portraits of Catholics who try to navigate the waters of self- understanding, faith, and homosexuality. We will watch this on the big screen in the Columbia room at 1:00pm. Feel free to bring snacks!
Chant Workshop: Christopher Carstens, Director of the Office of Sacred Worship, will present a Chant Workshop Sat., Dec. 10th at St. John’s School in the Columbia Room. This is for anyone who wants to learn another way to praise God. We are also forming a “chant schola” and if you’d like to be a member, please attend.
PCCW Christmas Meeting & Potluck Party on Dec. 11th in the Columbia Rm. The potluck meal will start at 12:30pm followed by a brief business meeting, drawing of the sweepstakes winners & bingo. All ladies are invited. Come and enjoy a variety of delicious food and an afternoon of fun!
Evening of Recollection: The next Evening of Recollection will be held Thursday, Dec. 1st from 6:30-8:00pm. Spiritual Works of Mercy is the theme for the night. The evening will begin by exposing the Blessed Sacrament followed by a half hour meditation. There will be time for silent adoration and confession. Benediction will close the evening. This evening of Recollection will be held at Christ the King.
St. John’s Adult Choir will present an evening of Advent and Christmas music! Join us in the Church on Tuesday, December 13th at 6:30pm.
St. John’s Catholic Book Club: After a bit of a hiatus the parish book club is back in business. We will come together on Nov. 29th to discuss Bella’s Gift: How One Little Girl Transformed Our Family and Inspired A Nation by Rick & Karen Santorum. We choose our books by consensus, not strictly Catholic tomes or authors, but after considering persons or topics we believe we should be aware of as Catholic Christians. For more information call Mari at 715-207-7744.
Angel Tree Christmas: St. John’s Social Justice Committee in partnership with Prison Fellowship & St. Vincent de Paul will once again provide gifts to children of prisoners. Sign up for “angels” will begin the weekend of Nov. 12th-13th in the main church entrance. If “angels” remain they will continue to have sign-up the weekend of Nov. 19th-20th. Gifts should be returned to church, unwrapped but in a box by the weekend of Nov. 26th-27th before Mass. On Nov. 28th committee members will sort and wrap the gifts with a few other helping hands. Arrangements will be made for home gift delivery by parishioners the weekend of Nov. 29th–Dec. 11th. Questions? Contact Jane at 715-387-2019 or Donna at 715-384-3080.
PCCW NEWS: The PCCW is in need of raffle items for their Christmas Sweepstakes. A few suggestions are: handmade afghans/ blankets, gift certificates (ex: restaurant/gas/grocery), themed baskets, hotel stay, and religious items. Your donations are greatly appreciated! Questions? Contact Susan Youngwith at 715-384-4343.
Prayer Shawl Ministry is a way to offer a sense of prayer, comfort, support & love to an individual in times that are difficult such as: death of a loved one, a serious diagnosis, or a life’s struggle. Fleece comfort shawls are now also available. These may be used for young and old alike. All are available in the Bride’s room. For more information contact Lori at 715-387-0244.
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.