Ministry of the Week
St. John's Library
St. John's library contains inspirational and faith based books, 
CDs and DVDs for children and adults.

To open a library account, a freewill, onetime $10 donation is requested.
To view the library catalog, go to
Items are checked out for two weeks but may be renewed.
The library also hosts the Faith in Fiction Book Club.  Each month a new book is discussed focusing on themes of Faith, Virtues, and Morality.  Books are chosen from both current and classical fiction.  The Club meets during the academic year.
The library is open Saturdays and Sundays from 5:00-5:30PM and on Sundays from 9:30-11:30AM.  Saturday and Sunday evenings depend on volunteers. 
Contact our church librarian, Jennifer Culver, at 
for more information about the library and to volunteer.

Please Join the Pastoral Council &  St. John's Office Staff 
Sunday, June 25th from 2-4pm
in the Parish Hall for a Reception
with Appetizer and Beverages
to wish a fond Farewell to our
Pastor Philip O'Kennedy
We Need Your Pictures!
We want you to be a part of the Slideshow we will have featuring all the special events Father Phil has been a part of at St. John's. Email your  Baptism, First Communion, Graduation, Confirmation, and Wedding  Pictures for us to feature in the slideshow. Please list the event, names, and date of the event and send the picture to:
please type Slideshow in the subject line.

Please  come to the Parish Hall
after each mass THIS weekend
June 17-18
and wish our Fr. Jim Handerhand a sincere thank you
and fond farewell.

Fr. Jim moves to St. Charles Borromeo in Jacksonville, AL and
 St. Joachim in Piedmont, AL on July 1st.

Thank you  Fr. Jim for blessing our parish with your gentle presence, joyful service and ever-present smile!
St. John's Parish School of Religion 2017-2018 Registration

Dear Parents,

Your children in K4-High School should be registered for the 2017-2018 Religious Education class year. If you have not done so...
Please help us with our planning for next year by registering and submitting fees now.
Registrations received after May 25th will incur a $10 late fee per child.
If you are a Mercy Parish parishioner your children K4-high school will now receive their faith formation to include sacramental prep at Mercy Parish. If you have registered for RE 2017-2018 at St John's but your child will attend Mercy kindly send us an email so we can withdraw your child/children to accurately order materials for next year.
Please click  HERE  and follow the links for instructions to register and submit fees online. This is also a good time to make sure your contact info is correct and update any special needs your child may have. Registration is online only, for assistance please contact Lisa Mason in the RE office at 256-722-7929 ext. 108 or by email  .

Rising 9th graders must register for sacramental prep classes for Confirmation I and Life Teen.  St John's has a two year prep for Confirmation, beginning in the 9th grade and culminating in the spring of 10th grade year with the Confirmation Mass celebrated by the Bishop. Rising 10th graders must register for Confirmation II and Life Teen. Confirmation prep includes Confirmation Class and Life Teen attendance both years. More information can be found  HERE  on the parish website.

*Note: The RE office will need a copy of your child's Baptismal Certificate for Confirmation Prep and all second graders who will receive First Holy Communion.
Sunday Nursery School Summer 2017

Summer Session runs June 4th- Sep 3rd
St. John's offers weekly Sunday Nursery School during the 8:30 and 11:30 Masses. 
3-5 year olds may attend either session. 
 The program is open to all preschool aged children 
who turn 3 by June 1, 2017 (must be potty-trained) to 5 (not starting Kindergarten).
This summer Sunday Nursery School will explore Heroes of the Old Testament.  
Each week through stories and crafts,
 the children will focus on a different Old Testament Hero.  

Registration is required for new and returning children.  
To register click Summer Session Registration or contact
Jennifer Culver at or (256)722-7929x120

TheJune issue of Partners in Faith is now available. This is the last issue for this school year. The emphasis this year has revolved around putting prayer, Sacraments, and catechesis at the center of family life. The slower pace of summer gives families the opportunity for creative faith formation that is difficult to fit in during the hectic school year. Click HERE to read the article "Savor a saintly summer" and click HERE for the summer activity calendar. There is a faith-based activity for every day of the summer. Paper copies of Partners in Faith can be found on the St Anthony cabinet in the vestibule. The Office of Religious Education is honored to partner with parents to help children grow in their Catholic faith.  For information about Faith Formation and Sacraments at St John's Church click HERE.
Youth Ministry
"Serve One Another through Love"  Gal 5:13

Please pray for our 50 teens from St. John's and Holy Spirit Youth Groups participating in The North Alabama Catholic Work Camp June 19-21. They will be the hands and feet of Jesus to those in need.

Also, all Youth Group activities are cancelled during work camp. Tuesday morning high school, Tuesday evening College group and Wednesday night youth group will resume on June 28th.