Below you’ll find a testimony from long-time parishioners (Tim is a 5th generation St. John member) and Parish Representatives, Tim & Susie Powers. Tim was a former Grand Knight for the Knights of Columbus, and Susie has been one of the pillars of our Children’s Liturgy of the Word that has become so popular for our children at the 10:00 a.m. and Noon Masses.
Dear Fellow Parishioners,
Being born and raised here at St. John Parish, the Church is the very foundation of my life. My wife, Susan, is a convert to the Catholic faith, and we were married here 45 years ago this May 19th. Our St. John Church and our St. Joseph Oratory have such a long and rich history, and we are so blessed to be a part of it! So many of our parishioners have parents, grandparents and even great-grandparents that worked very hard and gave of their time, talents, and treasure to make sure the Church would continue to be a vital part of this community. The Witness to Hope campaign gives us a special opportunity to share our earthly treasure to help secure the future of our Church, our Oratory, our School, and our Parish Center.
We, now part of the Senior Citizen Club here at St. John/St. Joseph, are acutely aware of how fleeting this life is. We know that God has ignited a spark here that must be shared and shared with every person that crosses our path. We have been given the greatest treasure – eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Because we have been given this greatest treasure, we in turn have been given the greatest responsibility. “To whom much is given, of him much will be required” (Lk 12:48).
The timing of this campaign seems perfect. Our entire Diocese is truly committed to the New Evangelization. Our parish has two dynamic priests that are on fire for Jesus, and they themselves have pledged considerable amounts to Witness to Hope. We have beautiful young families regularly attending church again and becoming active in the community.
The time is now, my brothers and sisters in Christ, to embrace this wonderful opportunity to improve our Church and its campus. It is the time to ensure it becomes more welcoming for all who “Come and See,” but especially the youngest and the oldest members of our church family. It is our time to build the Kingdom of God here at our beloved parish, St John the Evangelist!
Please, our friends and family, take time in prayer and pray especially to the Holy Spirit for guidance in this endeavor. May the Lord bless and keep us all.
In Christ’s Love,
Tim & Susie Powers