Examining the Telos of the Parish

“Telos” means fulfillment or completion.  This wonderfully timed parish retreat will focus on how the work of the parish is completed or fulfilled.  Our Church has different organizations and different age groups all doing different things.  How can they be brought together?  What is the focus of the parish?  What role do each of the groups play in the parish community?  Join us as we hear the answers to some of these questions from Kh. Jenny Mosher, the director of the Telos Project at Hellenic College.  Kh. Jenny is also a trained catechist in the Catechism of the Good Shepherd Program.

Don’t let childcare be a hindrance to your attendance, let us know and child care will be provided both Friday evening and Saturday afternoon!

Parish Retreat insert

Telos Team

Diocese of Miami and the Southeast Winter Retreat

Make plans now to attend the diocesan Winter Retreat, January 25 – 27

DOMSE ’19 Winter Retreat Flyer

Schedule for Winter Retreat 2019

Theophany House Blessings

There is a sign up list downstairs on the table across from the elevator for those who wish to have their homes blessed before Lent.  Please choose all times slots that are convenient for your family.  Fr. Philip will then schedule accordingly and contact you to confirm the actual date and time for your blessing.

Nativity Services

Christ is born!  Glorify Him!

Our special services for Nativity and Theophany may be found here

School Supply Drive

St. John is participating as a drop-off location for the Vollentine Evergreen School Supply Drive benefiting Vollentine Elementary School.  This is a great alms project to helps us stay active in and benefit the community which surrounds us.  Items may be dropped off in the library/classroom until Sunday, January 6.

Supply List

Parish Wish List

St. John has compiled a wish list of items that we would love to have for our community.  The list can be found below and in the bulletin.  If you would like to purchase and donate one of the items, please contact the office.  If you would like to make a monetary donation towards an item, please note on the check what you would like it used for.

Parish Wish List


Annual Pledge Letters

As we come towards the end of the calendar year, new pledge cards are available so that the council can begin to plan the budget for 2019. In addition to your regular tithe, you may also help by pledging towards our mortgage payment. The sooner we pay down our mortgage the better! The pledge cards will be mailed this week, and are available on the table at the front of St. Raphael Hall. Thank you for your continued support of the Church!

Thanksgiving Baskets

It is time again to collect for our Thanksgiving Baskets!  This year we will be giving large baskets to 4 families for whom we have provided items for many years.   An online sign up for items needed will be emailed out and can also be found on the St. John website.  No donation is too small or insignificant – do not feel as though you need to provide the entire quantity of an item listed.  Items may be left in the old parish hall.

All contributions should be at the church no later than Wednesday, November 14 at which time an inventory will be taken and those items still needed will be purchased.  If you would rather make a monetary donation you may do so by indicating “Thanksgiving Baskets” on your check.

Donation list & sign up


Chili Cook Off

St. John  Chili Cook Off,

Saturday, October 27th

Whether you form a team or compete on your own, bring your best chili recipe and join us for the St. John Chili Cook Off!

 The fun begins following an early Vespers at 4:30 p.m.! Sign ups are available online, just check our website for ways in which you can help!

This is an amazing evening of fun and fellowship; please make plans to attend and participate in a little friendly competition!!!

Items needed:

hot dogs

hot dog buns


shredded cheese




Volunteers needed:

Set Up

Competitor check-in assistant

Assistants to serve judges

3-5 chili judges

Clean Up

SWOT Survey Results

With over 70 survey responses to comb through, we ask for your patience as we read and consider all of the data.  As all of the comments are considered, please remember that not every comment will be addressed immediately.  Some of the suggestions can be implemented quickly, others over a more deliberate process.  In addition, since the survey was anonymous, if you volunteered to help with an area of parish life or would like to add to your comments, please see Fr. Philip.  May God give continued discernment and wisdom as we build up the Body of Christ!