Holy Thursday Visiting Churches

April 16th, 2014 by Gary Pappin

Vatican Mural - Last Supper

The tradition of visiting seven churches on Holy Thursday is an ancient practice, probably originating in Rome. The tapestry image above was captured during a visit to Rome and it depicts the Last Supper which is the focal point of Holy Thursday.

The tradition is still carried on today in many parts of the world.  In the Philippines the tradition is called Visita Iglesia (Spanish, “church visit”), where people visit one, seven, or fourteen churches to pray, usually reciting the Stations of the Cross. Today, the Stations are commonly divided amongst the churches, but until the 1970s the practice was to recite all fourteen in each church.

Locally, churches stay open late on Holy Thursday to allow this tradition to continue.   Brother Knight, Deacon Jim Furey has compiled a list of churches which could be visited.   Click here for more information about the tradition as well as a printable list of churches.


Palm Sunday Pancakes & Bake Sale

April 8th, 2014 by Gary Pappin


Our traditional Palm Sunday Pancake Breakfast and Bake Sale is being held next weekend. Join the Knights and Ladies in Kyle Hall from 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM Palm Sunday for some of the best pancakes, sausages, eggs and baked goods in Streamwood.

We recently improved on our menu by adding “made to order” pancakes.   You can decide to add toppings such as chocolate morsels, bananas, and other fruit to your pancakes.  Top them off with some warm maple syrup if you like as well.  Be creative or go with the old standby pancakes.   The Ladies will also have a selection of their special baked goods as well so that you can take something home for later in the day if you like.

We hope that you’ll join us for some fellowship either before or after mass.   Funds raised from this event help us with our charitable works throughout the year.  We’d like to thank Father Ted and all the parish staff for their support of our fundraising efforts.    Thank YOU for supporting us as well.

Events This Week

April 6th, 2014 by Gary Pappin

Meetings this weekPlanning Meeting Parish Center

All Officers and any Knight with Business to bring before the Council should plan on attending the Monthly Planning Meeting which is held the First Monday of every month in the Parish Center

Business Meeting Parish Center

Due to Holy Week, we have rescheduled our Monthly Business Meeting from the third Wednesday of the month to this coming Wednesday.   It will start immediately following the 7 PM mass.

5K Race Planning Meeting

This Thursday is our third planning meeting for the Knights Challenge 5K Run 1M Walk which will be held on October 4th.  We need all Knights to participate in this event for it to be a success.   This month’s meeting is very important because we’ll have a representative here from the company that will be working very closely with us.

Final Week Lenten Suppers Lenten Suppers & Stations of the Cross

This is the Final Week for our 3rd annual Lenten Suppers.  This year has been a success once again because attendance at the Stations of the Cross has exceeded last year’s numbers.  That is the whole goal of providing a meal at church – to make it convenient for you and your family to have dinner in time to attend the stations.  If you haven’t attended yet this Lent, this would be time to consider doing so.   Spend an hour walking with Jesus in this week before Holy Week.

Palm Sunday PancakesPalm Sunday Pancake Breakfast & Bake Sale

Our traditional Palm Sunday Pancake Breakfast and Ladies Auxiliary Bake Sale will be held next Sunday from 8:00 – 11:00 AM in Kyle Hall.   Please plan on attending and helping out.  We’ll have signup sheets at our Business Meeting for those that weren’t at our March meeting.

Invite your family and friends to attend as well.  The breakfasts are a great way to meet your fellow parishioners and enrich our St. John’s  family.   The fellowship in our parish is what really sets us apart.   Many visiting priests have remarked on how welcoming we are as a parish.

If anyone would like information on becoming a Knight of Columbus, please see one of the members after church or at the Pancake Breakfast.   As you can see, we are a very active Council and would welcome your participation.


Happy Founder’s Day

March 29th, 2014 by Gary Pappin
Founder's Day
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March 29, 1892

New Haven, Connecticut

Father McGivneyIn March, 1892, as the Connecticut winter grew to a close, a small group of men, led by Father Michael McGivney, sought to found a new Catholic Fraternal Organization to protect their fellow men and their families.

Since Catholics weren’t well liked, not many people paid much attention to the new society which had just been chartered by the state.   Who would have thought that this organization would grow to what it is today.

It was baffling to think that a group of destitute Irish immigrants, fighting against unemployment, discrimination and diseases in New Haven, Connecticut, would cause a spark that would light up the world with more than 1.8 million members in more than a dozen countries.

kofc_insturance_transAnd what, exactly, did they found? Father McGivney, we know, did not just found a charitable society, but a society of mutual aid through which members would insure their own well-being, and that of their families, with the help of their brother Knights.

Today a group of men dedicated to serving the needs of their Catholic community have donated nearly $1.5 billion dollars to charitable causes and spent 673 million hours volunteering in just the last decade.  These men are carrying on Father McGivney’s dream.   We need more men to help us in our mission.   Would you like to join us in our mission?   We would welcome the opportunity to discuss our organization with you.  Perhaps you can stop by our Pancake Breakfast on Palm Sunday and chat with some of the members.

Before deciding that a new group was in order, Father McGivney researched the finer points of other fraternal benefit organizations’ insurance programs, ultimately concluding that their coverage was insufficient.  How proud must he be to know that the Knights of Columbus continues to provide insurance by brother Knights, for brother Knights, protecting Catholic families for generations?


Lenten Activities

March 8th, 2014 by Gary Pappin

There are a lot of activities that the Knights and Ladies are participating in this Lenten season. Click on the images for more information about each of the following items:

Lenten SuppersLenten Suppers

Friday from March 7th – April 11th

6:00 – 8:00 PM

Come to St. John the Evangelist Church in Streamwood for your Lenten Suppers.   The suppers will be served in the Parish Center every Friday from March 7th – April 11th  (Note: No Lenten Supper on Good Friday – April 18th).  The Knights of Columbus from Mary’s Millennium Council #12801, the Ladies Auxiliary, and St. John’s Boy Scouts will help prepare and serve a specStations of the Crossial all-you-can-eat menu.

The menu includes Baked or Fried Fish, French Fries, Cole Slaw, Mac n Cheese, Beverages, and Dessert.  Prices have not changed – they remain:  $10 – Adults, $5 -Children 6 – 12, Children 5 & Under Free.

Stations of the Cross

We invite you to pray the Stations of the Cross with us at 7:00 PM (English) or 8:00 PM (Polish).


St. Joseph Table

The Ladies Auxiliary will be sponsoring their annual St. Joseph’s Table on Sunday March 16th. This is always a very popular event open to the parish of St. John’s. It will be held in the Parish Center following mass.

Mark your Calendars – you won’t want to miss this annual event.

Saint Joseph’s Day, March 19, the Feast of St. Joseph is in Western Christianity the principal feast day of Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

mcgivney_centerFather Michael J. McGivney

Center of Hope and Healing

March 18th 6:45 PM

Please Join us as representatives from the McGivney Center join the Ladies Auxiliary to share information about the services they provide. The Knights are invited as well. The Ladies and Knights support the center’s work by providing monetary and material donations.  This will be an opportunity for all to learn how the center puts those donations to good use.  Please arrive early so that the meeting can start on time.

Fr. Benedykt Pazdan & Fr. Brian Barker

In Concert March 22nd


Father Benedykt, a past Associate Priest from our parish, will be returning to perform another special concert at 2 PM on Saturday, March 22nd.  Following the concert, a concelebrated mass will be held at 4:30 PM.   Refreshments will be served by the Ladies Auxiliary following the mass.  You don’t want to miss the afternoon of entertainment and fellowship.