• Unaccompanied Minors and how to help

      Submitted by comm-director on 7-14-14- 1:43pm (copied from www.austindiocese.org)

      Thousands of children are fleeing their home countries of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras due to the lack of economic opportunity and threats to the welfare of their families. For parents, sending their children on this life-threatening journey to the U.S. is viewed as the last remaining option to secure their safety. By the end of September, officials are predicting that up to 90,000 children will have crossed the U.S. border in 2014.

      Catholic Charities across the state of Texas have not lost sight of the fact that these children are young, scared and desperate. Now, more than ever, they need and deserve our protection and support and we have risen to the call to action to care for these children, but we cannot do the work without supporters like you.  Click on the links below to learn more.

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    • Farewell Fr. John Kim
      We thank God for Father John and his fruitful ministry in the two years he was here at St John parish. It took work and effort to sow the seed in each of the hearts of the faithful which is entrusted in all priests with the mission  of being a Pastor.



      Dear parishioners,
      Bishop Joe Vasquez has assigned Fr. Wade Russell as Associate Pastor of St John. Fr. Wade will not be here until late August.

      As the pastor of St John, I will have a very busy month over Masses, weddings, quinceañeras, confessions, administration, funerals, etc. Please, I ask for your patience if I can not meet all the needs of the parish for awhile. I ask for your prayers in this transitional period of the parish.
      In Jesus Christ,
      Fr. Victor
    • St. John Annual FIESTA

      Fiesta Chair – Nancy Ybarra  512-644-7902
      Co- Chair – Richard Deleon –512-395-5332
      Food Chair – Joe Gamez – 512-938-2461
      Raffle Chair – Andrew Gutierrez – 512-667-0007
      Game booths - Betty & Arturo Deleon 512-999-3344

      The Fiesta Committee is looking for sponsors for the following food booths: cotton candy, carne guisada, fajita and/or brisket.  Call Joe Gamez at 512-938-2461 if you can help.


      RAFFLE TICKETS:  Please stop by and pick up your booklets at the parish office.  We need more help with selling tickets at parishes.  Please contact Andrew Gutierrez at 512-667-0007, if you are interested.

      Any family wishing to sponsor/host a bingo on behalf of the queen candidates please contact Nancy Ybarra at 512-644-7902 if you're interested.  All proceeds are for the  St. John FIESTA.   See Events Calendar for upcoming fundraising events.

      VENDOR BOOTHS:  Booth space for arts & crafts vendors will again be available at this year’s St. John Fiesta.  The fee is $100 for both nights.  For questions and additional information, please contact Nancy Ybarra at 512-644-7902.

      TALENT SHOW:  Got talent??  Wanna show it??  The Fiesta Committee is looking for people of all ages  to participate in the talent show at fiesta. Show off your dancing and singing skills, or any other talent you’d like to share.   Please contact Cindy Deleon at 512-644-7576 for more information.

      The Fiesta Committee is requesting items for the fiesta bingo.  Items should be new or in “like-new” condition.  Items may be dropped off at the church office.  For more information, please contact Gloria Silva at 512-376-0518.

      Request for silent auction items. Items can be new or “in like new  condition”, certificates or gift cards, etc. Items may be dropped off at the Church office. For more information call;
      Juanita Rodriguez @ 512-558-1939 or
      Juanita Vargas @ 512-618-2260
      Cake Walk
      The Cake Walk is one of the most enjoyable games at our fiesta, and it always promises to be lots of fun!  The success of the game is due to the generosity of those who donate cakes for this event.  If you would like to donate homemade or store-bought cakes that will be used as prizes in the Cake Walk game, please contact Mary & Isabel DeLeon at 512-665-1536 for more information. You may bring your baked items, fully wrapped and labeled, to the Cake Walk tables in rooms 2 & 3 of Claretian Hall on August 30 and 31.  Thank you for your continued support and generosity!

    • Santa Cruz Catholic School Now Enrolling
      Santa Cruz Catholic School is currently enrolling students in Pre-Kindergarten – 8th grade.  We are located in Buda, Texas.  We serve 200 students from preschool through the eighth grade.  Our school is an incorporated school, within the Catholic Diocese of Austin that holds a close association to several area parishes. Santa Cruz Catholic School is a school that works with parents to nurture the growth of the whole child – spiritually, intellectually, socially, emotionally and physically.  Our school is Catholic – promoting the teachings of the Church and inclusive of diverse cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds. We seek to promote the development of these values by:
      §  Fostering a commitment to know, love and serve God and one another (spiritual)
      §  Encouraging each child to attain his or her fullest potential (intellectual)
      §  Guiding students to become conscientious, successful members of a global community (social)
      §  Respecting and celebrating each child’s individuality (emotional)
      §  Promoting a positive attitude towards a healthy lifestyle (physical)
      Our school offers a curriculum stressing a challenging standards-driven academic program; a strong religious education program that equips graduates with a moral compass to last through their adolescent years and beyond; a climate of mutual respect and responsibility that fosters in graduates the ability and the will to be the servant leaders of tomorrow, and the educational programs and activities which promote self-respect and positive lifelong attitudes toward personal health and fitness.  Santa Cruz holds firm to our four core values which define our identity and culture and are the fundamental beliefs that guide the daily life of the school.  The core values, which are reflected in the goals, are Catholic identify, faith formation, academic excellence and stewardship.
      If you are interested in applying for enrollment, please feel free to contact the school office at 512-312-2137.  You may also visit our school website at www.sccstx.org.
    • A Quick Journey Through the Bible
      The Bible is at the heart of everything we do and believe as Catholics. A good Bible study has a way renewing parish life and enriching the faith of parishioners.

      A Quick Journey Through the Bible is a series of eight,  half-hour videos that are complemented by group-discussion questions, color-coded maps and charts, and brief   assignments for home reading and study. This study makes the complexity of the Bible simple through an easy-to-follow narrative approach and an ingenious color-coded Bible Timeline. It is a great way to get the “big picture” of  salvation history. Learn how The Great Adventure Bible Timeline learning system makes Scripture easier to read, understand, and apply to our lives.

      Join your friends, family, colleagues, or neighbors for A Quick Journey Through the Bible at a time and location convenient to you all! If you would like to know how you can start or  participate in a small group bible study, in Spanish or English, we will have an information session from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 7 in Claretian Hall, Area B. For more information contact Anna Hernandez at
      512-353-8969 Ext. 28 or a.hernandez@sanmarcoscatholic.org.
      Un viaje rápido a través de la Biblia
      La Biblia está en el corazón de todo lo que hacemos y creemos como católicos. Un buen estudio bíblico tiene una manera de renovar la vida parroquial y enriquecer la fe de los feligreses.
      El programa de estudio titulado A Quick Journey Through the Bible es una serie de ocho videos de media hora que se   complementan con preguntas de discusión en grupo, mapas codificados por colores y gráficos y breves tareas de lectura  y estudio para hacer en casa. Este estudio simplifica la complejidad de la Biblia a través de un enfoque narrativo  fácil de seguir y una línea de tiempo ingeniosa en color.  Es una gran manera de conseguir el "Panorama" de la historia de la salvación. Aprenda cómo este gran sistema de  aprendizaje hace de las escrituras más fácil de leer, entender y aplicar a nuestras vidas.
      ¡ Únete a tus amigos, familia, colegas o vecinos para participar en un rápido viaje a través de la Biblia en un horario y una ubicación conveniente para todos en el grupo! Si desea saber cómo puede iniciar o participar en un grupo pequeño de estudio bíblico, en español o inglés, tendremos una sesión informativa de 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. el jueves, 7 de agosto en el salón Claretiano, área B. Para obtener más información, póngase en contacto con Anna Hernandez 512-353-8969  ext. 28 o al a.hernandez@sanmarcoscatholic.org
    • Christ Renews His Parish
      CRHP invites all St John Men and Ladies to prayerfully consider the upcoming
      Renewal weekends of 
      August 23,24 (Men) and Sept 6,7 (Ladies)

      CRHP invites St John's parishoner's to spend a weekend of praying, relaxing, rethinking priorities and developing friendships with fellow parishioners.  Here are some comments from past retreatants... "When I was invited to a CRHP retreat my first thoughts were this is not for me,  I don't need it; I have better things to do, but afterwards I was glad I attended. I developed new friendships, learned more about my faith,  and found more joy in my life. I highly recommend this retreat for all

      There is no cost and free meals will be provided,  space is limited so sign up now!
      (San Marcos community first, then surrounding parishes will be allowed to fill empty slots.) God bless.

      For more information contact:  
      Dago Rodriguez 830-237-7958
      John Gomez 512-393-7913
      Brigette Basurco 512-665-6948
      The current Team continues the challenge of  preparing themselves through the Holy Spirit to present the weekend for you. Prayers are requested for them as well as the future participants who will respond to Christ’s invitation. Just as Christ shared parables to help others understand, we will share our stories of how God uses daily situations to draw us closer to Him.

      For more information contact:  
      Letty Montemayor - 512-644-0766 or
      Ruben Prado - 512-757-6380                                                                   
    • Catholic Women's and Men's Conference

      The 2014 Catholic Women's Conference
      This is the thirteenth annual! This year, we invoke our heavenly patrons, Our Blessed Mother Mary, Morning Star who shines as a sign of glorious salvation with Christ; and Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity, a Carmelite nun who longed for everyone to know God's love.

      Sept. 19 & 20, 2014
      Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center 200 E. Market Street, San Antonio, TX

      Click HERE for brochure

      2015 Men's Conference

      Save the date: Saturday, February 21, 2015

      Norris Conference Center
      (at Wonderland of the Americas Mall)
      4522 Fredericksburg Rd, A100
      San Antonio, TX 78201

       Schedule and details coming soon! 

        - See more at: http://www.pilgrimcenterofhope.org/


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    • Events
      • Jul 27, 2014
        BINGO Hosted by Disciples of Christ to benefit fiesta queen candidate Amalia Perez Sunday, July 27, 2014 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. KC Hall: 107 Texas Ave Chalupas, pizza, frito pie, aguas frescas and baked goods will be sold. All proceeds are for St. John Catholic Church.
      • Aug 1, 2014
        6:00 PM
        This meeting is for the parents of children interested in becoming an altar server. We will go over what is asked of the altar servers and their parents in this ministry.
      • Aug 2, 2014
        Sausage Plate Sale Benefit for Fiesta Queen Candidate Amanda Telles Saturday, August 2, 2014 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Claretian Hall...Lockhart sausage, potato salad, beans, jalapeno $6.50 Donation
    • Facilities Reservations Calendar

      Contact Juanita Rodriguez at 512-353-8969 Ext. 42 or at j.rodriguez@sanmarcoscatholic.org to reserve facilities.
    • Prayers for the Sick
      Together let us pray for the sick, especially:    
      Oremos Juntos por los enfermos, especialmente:
      Erick Tadeo Martinez, Richard Houser, Jr., Gloria Villanueva, Filberto Guerrero,Carmen Luera, Mike Senegle, Mary Evans, Mike Cantrell,Ruth Chagoya, Maria Yepez, Greg Mendoza, Evelyn May Runge, Josie Mendez, David Adams, Ariana Marie Alvarado, Sophia Alynn Alvarado, Margaret Limon, Nelda Hernandez, Ace Alvarado, Rogelio Nieto, Delia Jimenez, Bertha Ann Hernandez, Rosa Gonzalez, Trine Rodriguez, Terry Cruz, Veronica Dixon,  Hilda Cardenas,  Juanita Garcia, Valerie Rocha, Emma Faith Moreno, Adrew Navarro, Johnny Garcia, Yolanda Garcia, Silvestre Miranda, Gilbert Mendiola, Carlos Emmanuel Evans
    • Pray for Souls
      Please pray for the repose of the souls of:   Johnny Ramirez, Julia Hernandez, Dionicia Gonzales. May God grant them eternal peace and their families comfort 
      and strength.
    • Catholic Charismatic Renewal
    • Please Pray for Seminarians and Priests
      Jesus, I thank you for your gift of the priesthood to the church.  I pray for all priests and seminarians today, especially;
      All priests that have served here at St. John, all diocesan priests, priests entrusted with the formation of seminarians, priests who are ill, and missionary priests.
      Our father...Hail Mary..Glory be...
      St. John Vianney, patron of priests, pray for us.
    • Keep us up to date!
      Please fill out this information and drop it in the offertory basket at Mass or send it to the parish office.

      I would like to register in the Parish ____
      I want offering envelopes mailed to me____ 
      I am moving out of Parish _____
      I would like to give online but need help to get started ____
      I have a change of Address/Phone number
      Name:   ________________________
      Phone:  ________________________
      Email:   ________________________
    • English as a Second Language
      This program provides our non-English or limited English-speaking brothers and sisters an opportunity to learn the English language.  The program begins in September.  

      Registration and evaluations for students will be on Aug. 10, 2014 from 2:00 - 5:00 PM in Claretian Hall, Rooms 11 & 12.  Cost for the book and class is $30.00.  For more information, please contact Juanita Vargas at 512-618-2260. 
      Inglés Como Segunda Idioma
       Inscripciones y evaluaciones para estudiantes serán el 10 de Agosto de 2pm – 5pm, en Claretian Hall cuartos 11 y 12.  Costo por libros y clase $30.00 . Para mas información llame at 512-618-2260.

    • Logan's Fundraiser for our parish