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Masses Suspended Through May 3rd and Social Service Updates

April 3, 2020

The temporary suspension of all publicly celebrated Masses continues through May 3rd.

From the Ohio Catholic Bishops: “Governor Mike DeWine extended the executive “Stay at Home Order” to continue to curb the spread of the Coronavirus in the State of Ohio. Out of deep concern for the common good, as well as the physical and spiritual well-being of all the people of Ohio, the Catholic Bishops of Ohio have agreed once again to cooperate with the governor’s direction. To that end, the Catholic Bishops of Ohio extend the temporary suspension of all publicly celebrated Masses/liturgies at least through and including Sunday, May 3rd. The Bishops of Ohio dispense the Catholic faithful who reside in their respective dioceses and all other Catholics currently in Ohio from the obligation of attending Sunday Mass during this time period.” 

You can watch Fr. Ramon Owera offer Mass online on Palm Sunday on the St. Dominic website at:

Resources for Holy Week are available on the Diocesan website:

Let’s keep everyone in prayer! Have a blessed Holy Week!


Updates from our social service programs and organizations in the St. John Community Center:

The Community Kitchen will return to providing sack lunches on Monday through Friday from 10:30 am to noon at the St. John Community Center (640 S. Ohio Ave., Columbus) and at St. Dominic Church (453 N. 20th St., Columbus). The Community Kitchen can be contacted at (614) 252-6428.

The St. John Food Pantry will be open on Thursdays. Pantry hours will be 9:00 am to 11:00 am. Outside walk up and drive through. They will bring the food outside where everyone can maintain social distancing. The St. John Food Pantry can be contacted at (614) 252-5926, ext. 3.

The Order of Malta Center of Care will be closed through April, but volunteers will be helping out and offering supplies at various times with the Community Kitchen and the St. John Food Pantry. They will be there during pantry hours on Holy Thursday.

St. John Learning Center adult education programs will continue to be suspended until further notice, but the Learning Center coordinator is working on programs for later in the year when things re-open.


Remember, you can donate online at:

Please Join Pope Francis in Prayer

March 25, 2020

Pope Francis will be leading the world in prayer on Wednesday, March 25th and on Friday, March 27th. Please join him in praying for the world during this health crisis.

Wednesday, March 25:

Friday, March 27:
Pope announces extraordinary Urbi et Orbi blessing

All Social Services at St. John Community Center Suspended for Week of March 22nd

March 22, 2020

All social services (Community Kitchen, St. John Food Pantry, Malta Center of Care, St. John Learning Center) in the St. John Community Center are suspended for the week of March 22nd. 

Details will follow soon about when programs and organizations will be able to resume services.

The St. John Learning Center (adult education) is suspended until further notice.  Other services are working on the possibility of re-opening with drive through or sack lunch services, etc.   

Mass is also suspended until future notice.  See previous posts for details on this.  

Thank you for your understanding.  Keep everyone in prayer! 


Masses Suspended Until after Easter Sunday

March 17, 2020

From the Ohio Catholic Bishops: “After serious consideration of the grave health risk involved in public gatherings and in order to curb the spread of the coronavirus, the bishops of Ohio have decided, effective immediately, to suspend temporarily all publicly celebrated Masses/liturgies, at least through the celebrations of Holy Week and Easter. The bishops of Ohio dispense the Catholic faithful who reside in their respective dioceses and all other Catholics currently in Ohio from the obligation of attending Sunday Mass through Easter Sunday.”

Additional updates will follow in the next couple days about the status of the social service organizations in the St. John Community Center. See previous post (below) for current information, but please be aware that that information may be changing soon. Please call ahead to be sure an organization is open.

Update on What Is Open and What Is Closed at Holy Rosary-St. John and the St. John Community Center

March 14, 2020

We wanted to provide a quick update on what is open and what is closed at Holy Rosary-St. John Church and the St. John Community Center…


For now, Mass will continue on Sundays at 9:30 am.

However, the following was sent out by Bishop Brennan:

“The bishops of Ohio met yesterday by telephone and together we are granting a dispensation to all Catholics in Ohio for the next three Sundays (3/15, 3/22, 3/29). To the best of our ability, parish pastors and administrators will do their best to maintain current Mass schedules, but this is predicated on the availability of our priests – particularly those whose health may become compromised – so it may become necessary to change Mass schedules in our parishes.”


Organizations/Programs in the St. John Community Center

Community Kitchen, Inc.:

Beginning Monday, March 16th, daily carry-out meals will be available to ALL at the building doors between 10 am and 11 am. Please note that only one meal will be available each day.

St. John Food Pantry:

The St. John Food Pantry will be open this week as walk/drive through only. No clients will be allowed in the building. St. John Food Pantry will be closed after March 19 until further notice.

St. John Learning Center:

The St. John Learning Center will be closed until further notice. All classes are postponed for now. Please check the main St. John Learning Center website at for future updates.

Order of Malta Center of Care:

Order of Malta Center of Care will be closed through the end of the month. However the next two Thursdays, someone will be outside the St. John Community Center on Thursdays from 10 am to 11 am handing out free toiletries, hand sanitizer, other items and information. It will also be possible to have your temperature taken. They may re-open on April 2nd.


Let us keep everyone in prayer as we continue to move forward to address this public health emergency.

Starting Your Own Business Workshop at St. John Learning Center

January 24, 2020

FREE Starting Your Own Business Boot Camp
sponsored by the St. John Learning Center
Saturday, February 8th from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
St. John Community Center, 640 S. Ohio Ave., Columbus, OH

– Basics of Starting/Configuring your Business;
– Financial Management/Credit Scores;
– Grants and Loans;
– Tax Issues;
– Insurance Issues;
– Marketing and Social Media.

Our featured speakers include Columbus’ best and brightest business experts, including Susan Colbert, Ohio State University Cooperative Extension Service; Evelyn Cleveland, Columbus Urban League; keynote luncheon speaker John Igel, President, George J. Igel and Company; Ellen Harvey, Ohio Small Business Development Center, and many more.

For more info, go to:

Martin Luther King Day at Holy Rosary-St. John

January 13, 2020

The Community of Holy Rosary & St. John the Evangelist is hosting its annual Martin Luther King Day celebration on Monday, January 20, 2020 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Holy Rosary-St. John Church, 660 South Ohio Avenue (between Main and Livingston), Columbus, Ohio. The guest preacher is Rev. Charles Smith, S.V.D. Everyone is welcome!

Fr. Charles Smith is co-director of the Bowman Francis Ministry, a ministry that provides religious education and evangelization to the African American Catholic community. Some of the programs offered include rites of passage, revivals, workshops, school rallies, lectures, counseling and specialized ministries of jail and hospital chaplaincy.

Fr. Smith is also co-founder and director of Ambassadors of the Word Ministries, an African American youth program that educates youth about how to share their knowledge, culture, faith and skills with other youth.

At present, Fr. Smith works full-time as a chaplain at the VA Medical Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is also District Superior of the Midwest region for the Society of the Divine Word Missionaries. He has numerous awards in civic, religious, social justice, and education work.

Holy Rosary-St. John has been celebrating Martin Luther King Day every year since the holiday was established in 1986. Vernon Hairston will be directing the gospel choir during the celebration, and community artists will be displaying their art. For additional information, email or call (614) 252-5926, ext. 7.