For Your Information: The Feast of the Assumption (Aug. 15th) is not a Holy Day of obligation this year being that it falls on a Monday. However, you’re still very welcome to come to the 7:00am Mass that morning in honor of our Blessed Mother.
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)
Save the Date! St. John’s Parish Picnic - August 14th, 2016 Plans are gearing up for our fifth annual church picnic! We’ll gather on Aug.14th from 4:00 - 7:00pm between the church and the school. This is a great chance for us once again to come together as a parish family and celebrate the faith that unites us! There will be food, fun, and plenty of fellowship. Come rain or shine. Andy Wanta will entertain us on his concertina and new this year, Raised Reckless. More information about sign up and how you can help will be coming soon!
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is beginning on September 8th, 2016 with full entrance into the church occurring at Easter of 2017. RCIA is the process whereby a person learns about the beautiful Catholic faith that we sometimes take for granted. Please pick up a brochure at the entrance of the church if you or someone you know is interested in becoming Catholic or if you just want to deepen your understanding of the faith. This will be an excellent way to grow closer to God by learning about Catholicism and how it promotes heroic goodness! For more information, contact Dcn. Jeff Austin at 715-676-3186 or Jane Gerend at 715-387-2019.
We continue to collect stamps for the Schoenstatt Father Seminarians. There is a container in the back of church for the collection of any cancelled stamps that will be turned in for money for the seminarians. This money goes towards the cost of seminary for these men. Please no presorted or bulk mail stamps as these have no value.
Bible Study Planned This Fall! Mark your calendar for Sept. 11th as that will be when the Great Adventure Matthew: the King and His Kingdom bible study will begin. More information is forthcoming!
Come and experience the power of God and be renewed and strengthened to share God's love and peace in a troubled world. Pope Saint John Paul II Perpetual Adoration Chapel needs adorers: Mondays at 3-4pm or Fridays from 9-10pm. Contact Jean Kaiser at 715-387-0571 or Dale Garfield at 715-383-2262 for additional information or to schedule your holy hour, "the best time you will spend on earth". The Pope Saint John Paul II adoration Chapel is located at 510 South Columbus Ave. in Marshfield, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and all are welcome to visit and pray anytime!
Family Bibles and Wedding Bibles are available at the parish office for $35. These bibles make beautiful wedding and confirmation gifts. We also have the personal size soft cover, Ignatius Revised Standard Version Bible for $15. These are great for personal reading, bible study, retreats, or sending to family members in the military. The Catechism of the Catholic Faith, soft cover for $9 and the New Testament for $10 are also available. There are few remaining copies of the Cooking up A Convent Cookbooks for $10 and as well as a few St. John Choir CDs for $5. If you are interested in any of these you may stop in at St. John’s Parish office in the rectory between the hours of 9:00am until 4:30pm Monday through Friday. w