St-John Local News
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Catholic Church

120 Russell Avenue
Corner of Hw 9
Felton, CA 95018
(831) 335-4657

Local News

August 6, 2022

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Peace and Grace of Our Lord be with you all!

It has barely been a month since we started and have now completed the FIRST PHASE of our Hall Renovation. The results are really amazing and surprisingly unexpected. Everyone who is able to see the results appreciates very much the new atmosphere the Hall now provides. It will now give us more space for weekly activities and future events.

In this letter I would like to appeal to your generosity to raise the amount of $23,840.00 so that we can proceed to the SECOND PHASE (interior painting) of this project. A majority of that amount will be spent on labor for painting preparation and minor repairs of the ceiling. Once we have completed this stage of the renovation, we will be able to resume our weekly activities and enjoy the Hall's new ambiance that everyone is looking forward to.

Any amount you can contribute towards the SECOND PHASE of this project is greatly appreciated! It will immediately give us the opportunity to resume our social, religious and community gatherings that are essential to our life in our parish.

Fraternally yours,

Fr. Roy

July 7, 2022

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Peace Be With You!

Despite the many challenges we have been faced with during the pandemic, our life in St. John was never put to a full stop. We continued to celebrate our faith life in the midst of the lockdowns and emergency evacuations. We all made it through because we continued to hold on to our faith and never showed any signs of discouragement.

As parishioners of St. John, you continually show active support to our church either by remotely participating in the liturgies or actively joining in-person in all of our liturgical celebrations and some recently held social events.

It is our common prayer today that Our Lord will fully free us from the Covid-19 virus and its variants. In the meantime, I can only count the blessings our church continues to receive even during this pandemic.

I am personally and sincerely grateful to all of you for your generous support in which we have been able to accomplish the projects necessary for the upkeep and maintenance of our church. There have been two major accomplishments that are notable to mention:

First is the exterior repainting of our church building. It was during the lockdown that we completed this project.

Second is the solar energy panels. They are now up and running and giving us an efficient supply of electricity on a daily basis.

Meanwhile our Finance Council and I have been deeply concerned about the conditions of our Church Hall. Even before the pandemic started, we had been planning to improve its deteriorating conditions. To realize our plan, we came up with the following proposals that are strategically broken into sub-proposals to spread out the cost of the entire project:

First Phase - Removal of classroom panels; tear down the dividing walls on the ceiling to open up the beams. Total estimated amount - $8,500.00

Second Phase - Interior repainting; this includes labor intensive preparation for the walls, beams and minor replacements of the tiles in the ceiling. This will include the kitchen, bathrooms and the Fran Regain Room. Total estimated amount - $ 23, 840.00

Third Phase - Replacement of the flooring; this will include the bathrooms, kitchen and the Fran Regain Room. Total estimated amount - $34,822.00

Grand Total - $ 67,162.00

And lastly we will also be upgrading all of our lightings to LED.

You may have noticed that we already started the First Phase since it does not need a huge amount to cover its cost. With your generous support we can raise the amount of funds needed to proceed to the repainting of the walls and beams.

We are hoping to implement all of the proposals as soon as we are able to gather the necessary amount of funds towards the completion of our Church Hall.

Fraternally yours,

Fr. Roy

Catechism Pool Party

The pool party for the catechism students
will be on August 21 at 1 p.m. at my house.

There will be only one party so all the children can be together.

An email with my address will be sent to all those who are registered.

Catechism Class

Our first catechism class will be at 9:45 a.m.
on Sunday, August 28th.

Please contact me if you are interested in placing your child in class, so I can send you my address.

Thank you, Judie     

Help for the Home Bound

Some parishioners are not able to attend Mass because they need transportation to Church.

Do you need a ride to Church?

Are you able to provide a ride for someone else?

If enough people respond perhaps we could put together a directory so the person offering a ride lives in the neighborhood of the one who needs to be picked up.

Call or email Judie 336-1516 <j.kolbmann at>
( in order to prevent SPAM to the above email address, replace the " at " with "@")

Eucharistic Ministers

We are also looking for Eucharist ministers who would be available to bring the Eucharist to homebound parishioners to their homes on sunday mornings. Training will be available.
Contact Tom Howser

Pope Francis Synod on Synodality

Hello and thank you for your interest in participating in the upcoming Synodal gathering.

Pope Francis wants to hear from the whole Church about what is happening in local parishes. He and the Bishops want to know what individuals think we should all be doing to help make our parishes better. The way he has proposed doing this is a synodal process. Synod means "journeying together" and it involves listening to the Holy Spirit and to each other in order to discern the path we are called to walk together.

As one phase of this process we have been given two questions;

How do I experience the church as 'journeying together today? Where do I hear the Spirit inviting us to 'journey together' as a Church in the future?

Parishes are asked to gather into small groups and to discuss and share thoughts on these questions. At the end of our sessions Father Roy will determine the most common themes and these will be presented to the Diocese of Monterey and eventually gathered with all the Dioceses from around the world and presented to the Pope.

During these talks there will be a facilitator to keep things focused. The facilitator is not the center of the conversation but rather a guide for the conversation. During the conversations the facilitator may stop the conversation at intervals to reflect and pray or to refocus it should it turn to debate or diatribe.

Here are the basic ground rules for the conversation;

1) One person speaks at a time and the conversation is meant to be a dialogue and a discussion, not a debate. We are not trying to change anyone's mind or judge what is being said but instead trying to better understand the opinion that is being given. Everyone will get their chance to give their opinion.

2) We ask everyone to listen attentively and show discernment; speaking, listening and prayerfully reflecting on what is being said. "Your will, not mine". Pausing in silence to consider what is being said is a good approach.

4) We ask everyone to stay on topic and keep your comments reasonably brief so everyone has a chance to participate.

5) This is a forward leaning conversation. We appreciate there may be things you may not be in agreement with but we really wish to focus on are your hopes and aspirations for what we can create for a better journey.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at our upcoming meetings.

Mary Van Diepen's Miracle

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Weekly Schedule

3:30pm: Confession
4:00pm: Indoor Mass


8:30am: Indoor Mass
11:30am: Indoor Mass
For all weekend Masses, if you listen on the radio (87.9FM) Communion will be distributed in the rear parking lot

Weekday Mass

Wednesday: 8:30am
Thursday: 9:30am
Friday: 10:00am Adoration
11:30am Mass

Mass Intentions

Aug 20 4:00 Brad Bradford by Family
Aug 21 8:30 Joseph Thien
by Pham & Lee Nguyen
11:30 Diane Pola (alive)

Financial Corner

Monthly Plate Budget: $7032
Plate Collection for June $7,828.25
The Lord bless your generosity

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