Fr. Francis Murray
had come on as an assistant pastor.
During the pastorate of Fr. Francis J. Murray
, (1979-1990) our parish celebrated its 125th anniversary.
It was under his
leadership that lay ministry with the parish began to blossom.
After the second Vatican Council
in the late 1960s, lay people were encouraged to assume positions of leadership within the church.
quoted St. Paul: "There are different ministries, but the same Lord; there are different works but the same God who accomplishes all of them in everyone.
Many commissions and ministries began to form and take root within the parish.
A Parish Council
It was made up of five commissions: Administrations, Worship, Christian Service, Parish Activities and Education
The first half of Fr. Murray's
pastorate was focused on strengthening the faith and fellowship with St. Johns parish family.
Programs such as Parish Renewal Weekends, Families for Prayer, Renew and Cursillo, all helped to forma vibrant and active parish.
In the mid 1980s, we began to look at renewing our parish facilities.
In 1984, the church was totally redecorated to better reflect the liturgical changed and additional ministries added after Vatican II.
The old convent was torn down and an administration building and parish social center erected in 1986.
The building now provides space for our parish office staff as well as a place to gather our community for meetings and social gatherings.
retirement, Fr. Murray
continued to make his
home in Jackson as our our Pastor Emeritus until his
death June 2, 2014.
In 1981, St. Johns was blessed by the addition of Sister Eileen Souva, O.P.
She started her ministry here as Director of Religious Education.
duties were helping children and parents prepare for the Sacraments of first Eucharist, first Penance, and Confirmation.
In September of 1991, Sr.
Eileen began her
ministry as Pastoral Associate.
attended to many needs of parishioners, especially the elderly and shut-ins.
Also under her
umbrella, were Baptism of babies and working with persons who asked to have their marriages annulled.
Sr. Eileen served our parish until her
retirement in 2007.
continues to be much loved and missed.
In December of 1987, Deacon Joseph Kratofil became the first Permanent Deacon of St. John Parish
Over the past 20 years, he
has served our parish in the areas of hospital ministry and visitation of shut-ins.