Q. Are people always this friendly?
Yes, people are very friendly because we believe we are on this journey of faith together, walking side by side. We need each other. And we care about each other, including visitors and new parishioners. Hospitality is an expression of Christian faith.
Q. Where does everyone come from?
People come from northern Wood County, but also from other surrounding towns and counties.
Q. What motivates people to belong to this parish?
People choose to belong to this parish for many reasons including the desire to share a vibrant faith with their children. What all hold in common, however, is their commitment to the parish mission of living faith and sharing that with others
Q. How does one register to become a member of Blessed John?
Answer: We make registering as easy as possible. You can find forms in the magazine rack or at the doors. You can also print out the parish registration form from the parish website.
However…before you register, please review who we are as a parish and how we commit ourselves to being church. Check out our mission and outreach, our life-long learning model and our sense of hospitality. We want you to know we are counting on you to be an active member
even before you join us.
Q: Why is the worship space called Roncalli Hall?
Answer: Our building is a Parish Life Center and not the final church. In fact, when the church space is built, it will be immediately to the north of this building, probably connected by a breezeway or something like that. So where we worship is a hall and not a sanctuary as such. Roncalli was Pope John XXIII’s family name. His given name was Angelo (Angelo Roncalli). Roncalli Hall has become for us a very important space for our people – who come together for Mass, Generations of Faith, social gatherings and more.
Q: When will the church be built?
Answer: That is a hard question to answer. We have a debt to pay down on the present building. (Although we are doing fine on monthly payments, we want to get ahead by paying more on the principal and shorten the amortization time.) Then we will have to raise money for a church, doing some major planning and receive approval on many levels. Church space is expensive space. Besides that, the Diocesan offices have to approve all liturgical buildings. At this point we know neither the size nor the architectural style that we may build. We’d like to start the planning and fund-raising by 2014 with a best scenario being building by 2017. But who knows really? Maybe, if we outgrow our present space before that, we will be forced to work more quickly
to build sooner.
Q. Where are the kneelers?
Answer: As we were building the Parish Life Center, our bishop reminded us that this building is a multipurpose facility in which we have Sunday liturgy. Roncalli Hall is also used for many other purposes including Generations of Faith, social gatherings, and special events. Therefore, because we often re-arrange the hall and do not yet have our official church building, we need to be flexible. At this time it is simply not possible or desirable to have kneelers. Standing in allegiance to our Lord can also be done very respectfully and reverently.
Q: Why does the sign out front read: Blessed John XXIII Catholic Community and not Parish?
Answer: In any technical sense, Blessed John XXIII is as much a parish as any other Catholic Parish. When preparing the sign, we decided to use the word ‘Community’ because that describes our emphasis on being a faith community gathered in God’s name.
Q. Do you have weddings at Blessed John?
Answer: Very definitely yes! Before we had our own building, all the neighboring Catholic pastors allowed us to use their church space. Now that we have our own building, we no longer do that.
The Blessed John building has turned out to be a very good place to celebrate the sacrament of marriage. Because it is where we have Sunday Mass, it is truly a holy place. Most people love the liturgy in our worship space.
Q. Are the youth as active at Blessed John as it seems?
Answer: You will discover that here at Blessed John XXIII Parish, we do NOT believe that young people are ‘the future of the church,’ as people love to say. They already ARE church along with us adults. Youth involvement takes place in two ways. We love having young people part of our everyday activities at Blessed John. Have you noticed, for example, how many times high school kids help at liturgy in some capacity?
At the same time our kids have their own groups and programs from Generations of Faith break-out groups, the contemporary music youth band (‘Hidden In Plain Sight’), and the three youth groups: 3:45 Club (grades 3-5); God Squad (grades 6-8); and Teen FUEL (high school). Yes, they are active, but group participation is never restricted. So all kids can join!
Q. Where is the tabernacle?
Answer: Our tabernacle for the Blessed Sacrament is located in a room on the right side as you enter Roncalli Hall. It is open for prayer any time the Parish Life Center is open. There is a predieu (kneeler) there, and it is a quiet place to pray.
Q: Will there be a parish school at Blessed John XXIII?
Answer: When we were started, we were asked NOT to have a parish school as long as there is classroom space at neighboring parish schools. Since then we have been able to assure our parishioners that as long as they are active at Blessed John, they can attend any neighboring parish school for the same tuition as members of that parish. We define active as participating in our Sunday liturgy, volunteering time/talent, and financially helping support our parish. Last year we had about twenty children attend Catholic schools at neighboring Catholic parishes.