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Study the Book of Romans in the New Year

Discover what it means to be saved.

Do you want to put your faith first in the new year? Would you like to learn more about Catholic teaching on salvation? Please join us for St. John’s next Bible study beginning on January 19.

Romans: The Gospel of Salvation

Paul’s letter to the Romans has been at the center of reflection, conversion, and controversy from the very beginning. In Romans: The Gospel of Salvation, theology professor Dr. Andrew Swafford and Jeff Cavins provide an authentically Catholic, comprehensive, and simple way to understand the overarching theme of Romans-salvation.

You will learn:

  • the Catholic teaching on salvation
  • How to explain salvation to non-Christians
  • What is required for salvation-faith or works
  • What Paul really means by “works” not leading to salvation
  • How Christ’s death changed our relationship with God
  • The meaning of the difficult passages in Romans
  • How we can enter more deeply into a relationship with Christ

The 8-week study will begin on January 19 at 6:30 pm until 8 pm and it will run weekly. Cost of materials is $26.95 and the deadline for ordering is January 5. Contact Natalie Klostermann for more details, 319-551-7650

Faith Formation, Sunday, December 15

Faith Formation: December has been a whirlwind of activities filled with many blessings and gratefulness for the many gifts that have been shared and given.  This month is reminding me of Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord.  “Plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” 

December 1st, the Sacramental Parent/Candidate activities took on a new format, moving from traditional activities to forming small groups.   The small group formation allows for deeper conversations to take place within a small community, built on established trust as they come to know each other better. 

December 4th, fourth thru twelfth graders received the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  Fr. Andrew, along with Fr. Jack and Fr. Richard were able to provide the sacrament to all the students in the time-framed allowed. 

December 4th, St. Anne’s discussed and competed chapters 5 & 6 of “The Real Story” by Edward Sri.  The Grampa’s were on hand for child-care. 

December 8th, Communal Reconciliation was provided for both the St. Isidore and St. John community at St. John’s.  Six priests from the Archdiocese of Dubuque, and one priest from the Davenport Diocese, helped the flow go smoothly. 

December 8th, was the day for the Hallmark, Cherry Ridge Christmas party and as in the past, the parishioners here at St. John outdid themselves in providing gifts for each of the residents.  The staff at Hallmark and Cherry Ridge were, once again, grateful for the generosity and loving care your gifts represented. 

December 11th, One-Hundred French Apple and Cherry pies were put together by the 6th, 7th and 8th grade students, their catechists and parishioners who volunteered to come help.  The Knights of Columbus opened their freezer so that the pies can be delivered to Southeast Linn frozen, along with some parishioners who had freezer space.  Following the pie-making activities, hot chocolate and cookies were provided. 

December 12th, RCIA will meet and discussed the Incarnation.  On December 19th, the topic will be “Mary.”

December 15th, those families who home school faith formation will meet at St. John’s following Mass and put together another forty-five pies for Southeast Linn. Following their pie-making activities, hot chocolate and cookies will be provided. Thank you to all the families of St. John who provided the supplies for 145 pies.   

December 15th, St. Anne’s group will hold a cookie exchange and provide cookies to be shared with the parents and students at the 2nd grade’s annual Christmas parent day during their faith formation session on December 22.

December 25th: Merry Christmas.  Wishing each and everyone a Christmas filled with many Blessings as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Faith Formation News, Sunday December 8

“…and that from infancy you have known [the] sacred scriptures, which are capable of giving you wisdom for salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.” 2 Timothy 3:15

December 11 and December 15, middle school students will be putting together 145 pies for delivery to Southeast Linn for area Christmas Meals.  

St. Anne’s will be baking Christmas Cookies on December 18 to take to Hallmark and Cherry Ridge.

The Archdiocese believes that grandparents have an essential role in evangelizing their own grandchildren through word, actions and witness of faith.  Grandparenting Ministry helps grandparents share their love of Jesus through their grandchildren through resources, parish offerings and gathered events.  More to come about Grandparenting Ministry for St. John’s.  

Sunday, November 24

Christ chose to be born and grow up in the bosom of the holy family of Joseph and Mary. The Church is nothing other than “the family of God.” From the beginning, the core of the Church was often constituted by those who had become believers “together with all [their] household” (Acts 18:8) (Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1655).

Advent comes from the Latin word meaning “coming.” Jesus is coming, and Advent is intended to be a season of preparation for His arrival. While we typically regard Advent as a joyous season, it is also intended to be a period of preparation, much like Lent. Prayer, penance and fasting are appropriate during this season.

Advent is not as strict as Lent, and there are no rules for fasting, but it is meant to be a period of self-preparation. The purple color associated with Advent is also the color of penance. The faithful should fast during the first two weeks in particular and receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

The color of the Third Sunday of Advent is rose. This color symbolizes joy and represents the happiness we will experience when Jesus comes again. The Third Sunday is a day of anticipatory celebration. It is formerly called “Gaudete” Sunday; gaudete means “rejoice” in Latin.

Finally, Sundays during Advent, just as during Lent, should not be given to fasting, but instead to celebration because we celebrate the resurrection of Our Lord every Sunday. It is important to remember, however, there are no particular rules for how the laity should observe Advent. For more ideas and activities to make this the best Advent season ever go to:

Wednesday, November 13: A Pilgrimage

The Catholic Catechism says that a pilgrimage “evokes our earthly journey toward heaven and are traditionally special occasions for renewal in prayer. For pilgrims seeking living water, shrines are special places for living the forms of Christian prayer.” (CCC 1674)

This week, we got to hear from some parishioners who made a pilgrimage to Medjugorje in Bosnia. Medjugorie was only recently recognized by the Catholic Church as a credible site for a pilgrimage and it joins a list of many sites, official and unofficial, that Catholics might choose to visit to experience prayer at a shrine.

The first point of our discussion was to share the experience that our parishioners had in visiting Bosnia and to hear how their pilgrimage touched their faith. Such experiences reach people in different ways.

The second point of our discussion was to talk about miracles. Many have visited Medjugorie and heard about the apparitions there and have come away with their own personal stories: Rosaries that change to gold, learning of a secret revealed, actual healing. These are miraculous events that require some faith to understand. However, the Medjugorie stories we heard also included how strangers assisted a young girl who got separated from her family and was dehydrated and how travelers at Medjugorie assisted each other to make the long climb to the actual shrine. These human gestures are how God displays his love to us.

By talking about a pilgrimage, we are also invited to recognize that miracles can and do happen outside of shrines and churches, where God reveals his love in human ways. How many times have you thought about how lucky you are because some chance event happened that brought good things to your life? Or, that you just happened to be standing in a place where you could see the horizon and could watch the sun actually set for the day? What if we were to look at these somewhat more common occurrences as miracles in our midst? With each witnessed miracle, we turn to our Creator to recognize His greatness. This is a good thing! Each time we recognize something that God has done for us, we are more inclined to recognize Him more!

News from NCYC

On Thursday, Nov. 21, 13 high school students and 3 adults from Mount Vernon, Lisbon, and Springville will begin their journey to NCYC 2019. Our bus will leave St. John’s between 6:30 and 7am.

The 2019 NCYC theme is Blessed + Broken + Given/Bendito + Partido + Entregado.  This theme is rooted in the scriptural account of Jesus meeting the two disciples on their way to Emmaus after the resurrection (Luke 24:13-35). All parishioners are invited to participate in NCYC virtually during the conference’s livestream events. These can be found at

The schedule for live streaming the general sessions is below. Several breakout sessions throughout the day will also be live-streamed. Please note, if you refer to the NCYC website, that Indianapolis is in the Eastern Time Zone; Times below are in central time.

Thursday, November 21

6:30-10:00 pm CT – Evening Opening Session— Blessed

Friday, November 22

7:30-19:45 am CT – Morning General Session – Broken

6:30 pm–10 pm CT – Evening General Session – Broken

Saturday, November 23

7:30-9:45 am CT – Morning General Session – Given

6:30 pm–10:00 pm CT – Saturday Vigil Closing Mass

Faith Formation News

“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”   Proverbs 22:6

One of the most common concerns I hear from parents and grandparents today is, “How can we raise our children and grandchildren to be Catholic?”  It doesn’t begin with them, it begins with “us.” We first and foremost, must be a Christian, because it is really about our personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  As their first teachers, parents and grandparents are the models our children will follow as they grow into adults.  

· November 20: 4th– 8th grade will meet from 6 p.m. until 7:15 p.m. High School will not meet Nov. 20th.  

· November 24: “Into His Likeness” book discussion following Mass Rm. 102

· November 27: No Faith Formation Classes

· Dec. 1st  Parent/Candidate First Reconciliation Meeting.  We will meet in the Education wing at 4 p.m.


Faith Formation News

“Thus faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the word of Christ.”  Romans 10:17

· Mission offering: Each Sunday and Wednesday, the faith formation students in kindergarten thru eighth grade pray the Memorare and the Angelus as a class and then add their pennies and pocket change to the collection container.  The monies collected with be given to Archdiocese One. This is an opportunity for our students to not only practice stewardship but have a voice in taking care of what God has asked us to care for, one another, our priest retirement, seminarian education, Catholic Charities immigration Legal Services and maintaining our beautiful Archdiocese Cathedral of St. Raphael. 

·  On December 10, 2019 from 9:00 a.m.-3:00p.m., a Ministry Leaders Advent Retreat will be held at New Melleray Abby, Peosta.  Fr. Jonah, a Trappist monk at the abbey will present two talks on Advent themes.  Participants will have the opportunity to pray the Divine Office with the monks, be inspired by talks, spend time in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation, celebrate Holy Mass, and spend time with other Ministry Leaders.  Registration can be found at:

· November 20: There will not be any high school faith formation sessions.  Forth-eighth grade will meet as usual.

· November 27: There will not be any faith formation sessions on Thanksgiving Eve for grades 4-12th

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“But grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory now and to the day of eternity”.  [Amen] 

Hallmark/Cherry Ridge Christmas gifts:

Beginning this weekend, November 3, the requests for the client’s gifts will be available to  choose and pick from.  They will be displayed in the gathering space by the education wing on Sundays and in the lower level gathering spaces on Wednesday until gone.  On behalf of Hallmark and Cherry Ridge and myself, thank you for your continued support and generosity in providing a gift that lets the clients know that they are thought of, prayed for and remembered on the day of Christ’s birth. 

Junior High (7th and 8th Grade), have been spending their sessions learning about different aspects of Catholic Social Justice.  This month includes looking at the life and dignity of the human person, along with their rights and responsibilities. On November 13, Mark Schmidt, Director of Respect Life and Social Justice from the Archdiocese will be speaking to the group about immigration and the Church’s stand on immigration.