ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST CATHOLIC CHURCH
ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST CATHOLIC CHURCH
134 East Bishop Street
REV. GEORGE I. JAKOPAC, Pastor
Saturday: 5:00 PM
Sunday: 8:00 AM, 10:15 AM
Daily: See Bulletin
Notify Pastor 9 months in advance.
St. John was established in 1828
Bellefonte, PA 16823
DEACON THOMAS E. BOLDIN
MRS. KRISTINA TICE, School Pr incipal
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION
CHRISTIAN INITIATION FOR ADULTS
E-mail: ........ [email protected]
School Website: www.saintjohnsch.net
*** WEEK OF DECEMBER 27TH, 2015 ***
Saturday, December 26th
5:00 PM J oseph Kr esovich, J r . (Wife, Melissa and
Sunday, December 27th
8:00 AM Bar bar a L. Waite (The Family)
10:15 AM Deacons of Altoona-Johnstown Diocese
(Deacon Tom & Shirley Boldin)
Monday, December 28th
9:00 AM J im Smith (The Family)
Tuesday, December 29th
8:00 AM Communion Service
Wednesday, December 30th
8:00 AM Communion Service
Thursday, December 31st A Holy Day of Obligation
No 8:00 AM Mass
New Year’s Eve!
6:00 PM Anthony Rose (The Rose Family)
Friday, January 1st NEW YEAR’S DAY!
A Holy Day of Obligation
8:00 AM William Edmiston (Virginia Sager)
Note: Mass at St. Kateri: 10:00 AM
Saturday, January 2nd
5:00 PM Ruggier o Family Deceased (The Family)
Sunday, January 3rd
8:00 AM Har r y Keeler (The Family)
10:15 AM Ever ett Bir d (Knights of Columbus, OLV
LITURGICAL MINISTER/SERVER SCHEDULE:
Saturday, 5:00 PM January 2nd
Servers: Elizabeth Knepp & Kayla O’Leary
E.M.s: Julia Gardner & Connie McCuley
Lector: Lucia Stover
Music Ministers: Jay Zimmerman & Ida O’Donald
Sunday, 8:00 AM January 3rd
Servers: Natalie Kor manik & Cecili Stanton
E.M.s: Christine Surovec & David Harry
Lector: Christine Surovec
Music Ministers: Adult Choir
Sunday, 10:15 AM January 3rd
Servers: Allison Ber key & Kaitlyn Ber key
E.M.s: Brian Alterio & Kristina Tice
Lector: Joseph Pietrowicz
Music Ministers: J ay Zimmer man & Adam Witmer
Our EMail Address is [email protected]
Our Website: www.bellefontecatholicchurch.org
Rectory Office Hours: Monday thru Thursday:
8:30 AM—5:00 PM; Fridays from 8:30 AM—12:30 PM
FYI: Our School Website is: www.saintjohnsch.net
PLEASE NOTE: ST. KATERI’S
MASS TIME IS NOON ON SUNDAYS!
St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church
WE PRAY ERFULLY ASK GOD TO BLESS EACH OF YOU,
OUR FAITHFUL PARISHIONERS, ABUNDANTLY
THROUGHOUT THIS UPCOMING NEW YEAR.
YOU ARE WISHED A NEW YEAR OF PEACE AND HAPPINESS
AND HEALTH OF MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT!
NOTE: NEW YEAR’S DAY IS A HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION,
THE FEAST OF MARY THE MOTHER OF GOD.
MASS TIMES: THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31ST AT 6:00 PM
AND FRIDAY, JANUARY 1ST AT 8:00 AM.
MASS AT ST. KATERI IS FRIDAY AT 10:00AM
ALL DAY ADORATION Our next All-Day Adoration
of the Blessed Sacrament will be NEXT Monday,
January 4th immediately following the 9:00 AM
School Mass. Adoration will close at 2:00 PM.
REMINDER: WE WILL NOT HAVE REGULAR CCD CLASSES
THIS SUNDAY, DECEMBER 27TH OR JANUARY 3RD.
CCD WILL RESUME ON JANUARY 10TH. TEACHERS AND
STUDENTS: ENJOY YOUR CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY BREAK!
NOTE: THE CONFIRMATION CLASS WILL HAVE CCD ON
LOOKING AHEAD: SUMMER FUN DAY
As you are hitting the After Christmas Sales, we
will need prizes for our 2016 Summer Fun Day.
Since Bingo is so popular, instead of the “Basket
Raﬄe”, we are having a “Showcase Bingo”
featuring prize packages of diﬀering themes.
They don’t need to be wrapped and we are
collecting items now. Some categories to consider
purchasing: Gifts for the men or the ladies, gifts
for kids, and kitchen and home items. Please keep
these in mind as you are out doing some afterholiday shopping.
NOTABLE EVENTS IN JANUARY:
Friday, January 22nd: A special 7:00 PM Mass
This Friday Evening Mass is sponsored by our
Catholic Daughters Court in honor of the Right
to Life March in Washington DC.
Saturday, January 23rd - Confirmation Retreat
This one-day retreat will be held here at St.
Tuesday, January 26th:
Parish Council Meeting:
Finance Council Meeting: 7:00pm
WEEKLY FINANCIAL REPORT
FOR WEEKEND 12/20/2015
NO REPORT IS AVAILABLE DUE
TO THE EARLY
THANK YOU FOR YOUR KINDNESS
AND YOUR GENEROSITY
TUNE INTO WJVM 90.3-FM OR WEJO 104.7-FM RADIO
(State College/Boalsburg) hear Bishop Barron!
Celebrate the joy-filled Christmas Octave with our special programming. In addition to Pope Francis, Bishop Robert Barron
will be featured in 2016. (i-Phone & Android apps for the
station are available - visit waob.org for details.) Locally, we
are scheduling groups/families for prayer during January. If
you would like to pray, contact Sheryl Balkey at (814)2386288 or [email protected] Remember, just $100/
day keeps our Catholic voice on the air. Our 501(c)3 organization is volunteer-run and your tax-deductible donation may be
mailed to: Voice of Divine Mercy, PO Box 862, State College,
PA 16804-0862. (You may also visit www.wjvm.org to stream
our programming or to donate via PayPal.) We ask that you
keep the homebound, hospitalized, and imprisoned members of
our listening audience in your prayers. Lastly, we thank those
who have faithfully supported our efforts in 2015. May God
continue to abundantly bless our evangelization efforts!
LOCAL PRISON MINISTRY—PCGG
“…then the king will say to those on his right,
Come you who are blessed by my father. Inherit
the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world…for when I was in prison you
came to visit me.” Matt 25 34-36
Prison Christian Growth Group (PCGG) brings the love of
Jesus Christ into our Prisons across the Commonwealth of PA including SCI Benner and SCI Rockview. There is a tremendous need for a Catholic presence
in these prisons. PCGG is reaching out to those who can
share their walk and visit our prisoners. There is no requirement except your love and time. We visit Benner and
Rockview on the first and second Saturdays of each
month. If you have ever wanted to explore this calling
Please contact Paul Tobin, Coordinator for PCGG Benner
and Rockview at [email protected]
K OF C TOYS FOR TOTS BREAKFAST THANK YOU
The Knights of Columbus would like to thank everyone
who took part in the recent All-You-Can-Eat- Breakfast
to benefit Toys for Tots. The breakfast was a rousing
success as more than 100 people ate breakfast. There
were about 3 boxes of toys gathered for Toys for Tots as
well as about 45 or so people who paid for their meal.
Some others also made an additional donation. The
Knights were proud to present the toys to Toys for
Tots on Monday along with a check for $192.00
which was the profit after expenses from the Breakfast. Hope to see many of you at our January Breakfast.
THE HOLY FAMILY OF JESUS, MARY AND JOSEPH
ST. JOHN’S CHRISTMAS GIVING TREE THANKS
Thank you to everyone who helped to make the Giving
Tree Project another huge success this year. Through
your enormous generosity, St. John’s was able to help
over 300 children, adults, and families in the area.
This was the 20th year for this project and once
again, St. John’s parishioners responded with an
overwhelming outpouring of support and kindness.
Your generous donations benefited students and their
families from the Bellefonte and Bald Eagle school districts along with residents from Centre Crest and clients
from FICS, Early Intervention Services, Parenting Plus,
and Catholic Charities. You helped to make Christmas a
lot brighter for many people!
Thank you to all the CCD students and volunteers who
helped with sorting the gifts and loading them into the
vans. Thank you to the Knights of Columbus for the
delicious breakfast. A special thank you to everyone who
gave monetary donations to help with the purchasing of
all the gifts! God Bless you all!!! May you all have a
wonderful Christmas and a blessed New Year.
ANNUAL CHRISTMAS COOKIE SALE THANK YOU!
A big THANK YOU to all the generous people who made
this year’s cookie sale such a HUGE success! Some of
you made the cookies and the fudge, some of you helped
package and sell them and some of you purchased the
goodies. (Sorry 10:15 AM Mass attendees, we sold out at
the end of the 8:00 AM Mass!)
Our total in sales and donations was $1,720 which means
$860 goes to Fr. Ralph’s Holy Name of Mary Academy in
Ghana and $860 will be sent to Bellefonte, India to The
Order of “Daughters of Mary, Help of Christians” Mission
House. Thanks also for all the cookie tins that were sent
in for us to use. Please keep saving your unwanted tins
from over the holidays for us to use for next year’s sale.
Again, thanks for your generosity and support!
HOST A FOREIGN EXCHANGE STUDENT
Since 1952, International Fellowship, Inc., a non-profit
organization, has been successfully exchanging students
to and from the United States. Families in this area are
invited to reach across the borders and host a high school
aged exchange student for the semester or the academic
year. The students come with their own spending money
and are covered by health/accident insurance. All that is
required of a host family is to provide a room, board,
laundry facilities and some tender loving care. You can be
married, single, have kids or no kids– even grandparents
We are currently seeking volunteer Host Families. Please ch eck ou t ou r w ebsite at
www.internationalfellowship.org for m or e infor mation about our program. We can be contacted via
email at [email protected] or write us at the following:
International Fellowship, Inc. P.O. 130 Westfield, NY 14787. Also, ou r toll fr ee nu m ber is 1800-647-8839. Also, there is a rip-off phone
number sheet on the bulletin board at the front
entrance of the church.
It’s never too early or too late to start thinking
Thank you for your response.
THANK YOU to all St. John Catholic
School and Parish families for your
support throughout the past year. We
extend our heartfelt wish that God’s
blessings fill your heart and strengthen
your family in the upcoming year.
Best Wishes for a Joyous New Year!
MEMORIALS & DONATIONS
We have received a donation to the Angel Fund from
Genevieve Robine. This donation will assist with the tuition of student(s) attending our school.
We appreciate the generosity of our alumni and would like
to thank the following for their support of Catholic education by their donation to our annual fund : Richard F.
We have also received a donation to our annual fund from
the following friends: Sr. M. Leonette Bower, IHM.
Thank you to all of our benefactors and God bless your
generosity to and support of our school.
POT O’GOLD ONLINE AUCTION
St. John Home & School Association is getting ready to
run our 4th annual online Pot O’Gold fundraiser. We are
currently seeking auction items, services and unique experiences. Become an auction donor and gain valuable
exposure for your business!
To learn more, please watch upcoming bulletins or call
the school office at 355-7859.
125th ANNIVERSARY ORNAMENT
We are currently selling St. John School Christmas ornaments, commemorating our 125th year of
the children of our Parish and community. Ornaments
can be purchased at the school office, the Rectory office
or Plumb’s Drug Store.
The ornaments are $10 each with checks to be payable
to St. John School.
THE YEAR OF MERCY FREE APP
The Year of Mercy declared by Pope Francis for 2016
began on December 8th. Celebrate this Jubilee Year of
Mercy with a great new free app from Our Sunday Visitor!
The theme for the year which is “Be merciful, just as your
Father is merciful,” is reflected in the elements of the app
which include the following:
Daily Reflections on Mercy
Daily Scripture Reflections
Year of Mercy Resources
Pope Francis’ Tweets Throughout the Year
Year of Mercy News Stories
Divine Mercy Chaplet and Novena
And much more
Choose your favorite store to download your free app:
either App Store or Google play and enjoy all year your
“365 Days to Mercy” from Our Sunday Visitor.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CLASSES
The next scheduled CCD Classes for Kindergarten
through 10th Grades are on Sunday, January 10th at 9:00
AM in the school.
11TH GRADE CONFIRMATION CLASS
Please Note: The next 11th Grade Confirmation
Class will be held NEXT Sunday, January 3rd from
11:15 AM to 12:30 PM in the school auditorium.
For any questions or concerns, please call Deacon
Tom or Shirley Boldin at 355-4234 or email
ST. CLEMENT CHURCH IN JOHNSTOWN SUPER BOWL/
SUPER CASH SWEEPSTAKES TICKETS FOR SALE
Win a trip for 2 to SUPER BOWL 50 in San Francisco, CA,
(winning package includes MANY extras) plus $1,500 travel
cash. Grand Prize Winner has $10,000 cash option.
Donation is $10. For more information or tickets, please
contact Dave Pavlik at (814)243-9446 or
[email protected] or call Suzie or Nancy at St.
Clement Church at (814)255-4422. Thanks for participating.
GIRLS’ VARSITY VOLLEYBALL COACH NEEDED
AT ST. JOE’S CATHOLIC ACADEMY
A Head Coach is need for the Girls’ Varsity Volleyball
Program at St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy. Interested
applicants should send an email and coaching resume to
SJCA Athletic Director, Chad Walsh at
[email protected] If you have any questions, please
call him at (814)808-6118.
2016 ADULT ENRICHMENT CLASSES OFFERED
Deacon Chip Young will be offering the following two
courses, Sacraments and Church History, at Holy
Spirit Parish in Lock Haven.
The 8 week course,
Wednesdays from 6:30 — 8:30 PM beginning on
The 10 week course, Church History
Wednesdays from 6:30 — 8:30 PM beginning on March
9th. To register, please contact Marybeth at the Office
of Adult Enrichment and Lay Ecclesial Ministries at
(814)361-2000 or email her at [email protected]
Registration forms are also available online at
All are welcome to sign up and attend.
CHURCH CLEANING/DECORATING THANK YOU!
Many thanks to the Catholic Daughters and to everyone who
showed up to help clean and decorate our church for the
Christmas Season. It looks truly beautiful as always!
We would also like to extend our grateful thanks to everyone
and anyone who volunteered in any way this past year to
help our church functions run so smoothly. We are so
blessed with having such a generous and caring parish family
here at St. John’s. May
ou tru ly w ant to h elp th e sou l of y ou r
A cheerful giver does
Him simply to fill you with Charity, the greatest of all virtues;
His heart is set on pleasing and cheering the one to whom
can accomplish what you desire. —-St.
—St. Vincent Ferrer
St. John Evangelist Church
134 E. Bishop Street
Bellefonte, PA 16823
Contact: Fr. George Jakopac
Transmission Time: Wednesdays, 11:30 am