Catholic Toolbox Talks

November 13, 2017 by  
Filed under Adult Ministries, Parish News

What’s in your Catholic Toolbox?

There are tools that can make it easier to understand and live your Catholic Faith. Just like using the right tool makes any other job easier, using the tools of the Faith can make living it easier.

What’s in your Bible Toolbox?

There are tools that can make it easier to understand the Bible. This, in turn, will make it easier to apply what you are learning in the Bible to living your faith.

Catholic Toolbox and Bible Toolbox Talks

We are holding a series of talks designed to give you the tools to live, explore, learn, and grow in your Faith.  These talks are being held on certain Wednesday evenings in room 101 in the compound.  You can come to any of them that you wish to come to, and each is a stand alone talk, so if you miss one or more, you can still come to any others you want to come to.  Handouts and other materials will be posted here after the talks.


Date Topic
10/4/17 Tips for Reading the Bible
10/18/17 The Book of Genesis
11/8/17 Daily, weekly, monthly living the Faith
11/15/17 The Book of Exodus
12/6/17 4 Ways of Meditating on Sacred Scripture
1/3/18 Books of Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy
1/17/18 How to use the Catechism
2/7/18 Rosaries, Chaplets, Novenas, etc.
2/21/18 The Gospel according to Matthew
3/7/18 Spiritual reading classics
3/21/18 The Gospel according to Mark
4/11/18 Gestures of the Mass
4/25/18 The Gospel according to Luke
5/2/18 Catholic pilgrimages in Texas
5/16/18 The Gospel according to John


Handouts and Materials

Click on one of the links below for the PDF of that topic.

Tips for Reading the Bible

Overview of the Bible Handout

Order of Books of the Bible and Prayers for Reading the Bible

The Book of Genesis

Book of Genesis Handout

Daily, Weekly, Monthly Living the Faith

Spiritual Growth Discernment Sheet

Prayers – Morning Offering, etc.

Spiritual Disciplines Visual Log

Registro de Retiro

September 25, 2017 by  
Filed under Parish News

Retiro de Life Teen:

La inscripción para nuestro retiro anual de invierno para Life Teen será 19-21 de Enero, 2018 en el rancho de Sky Ranch en Van TX. Esta es una maravillosa oportunidad para su hijo/a adolescente de unirse a más de 100 de sus compañeros para adorar al Señor y crecer en relación con Él.

 El costo del retiro es  $150.  

El costo para las inscripciónes anticipadas hasta el 5 de Noviembre es $125.

 HAGA CLIC AQUI para una simple inscripción! 

Si necesita ayuda financier, haga clic aquí para obtener un formulario de solicitud para una beca.

Los pagos por linea se puden hacer aqui:

Student’s name

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults)

September 5, 2017 by  
Filed under Adult Ministries, Parish News



RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) is the process by which adults become Catholic.

If you or anyone you know is not a fully initiated Catholic and wishes to learn more about the Catholic Faith, RCIA is what you are looking for. In the RCIA process, we learn about the basic teachings of the Catholic Faith.

This process is designed to lead to initiation into the Catholic Church through the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, and/or Confirmation.  In coming to the RCIA sessions, though, there is no obligation to join the Church.

Click here to download the Registration Form. These forms may be returned to the Parish Office.  The forms are also available at the Parish Office.

For more information, contact Seth Wright at the Parish Office: 972-875-2834.

The following schedules apply to the typical RCIA participant.  Circumstances may mean that these do not apply to certain participants.  These schedules are updated as changes are made, so check back occasionally for the newest information.

Click here for the Catechumenate Schedule.

Click here for the Scripture Reading Schedule.


Pictures – click on the link below to view pictures from these RCIA events

Pentecost Vigil 2017

Easter Vigil 2017

Pentecost Vigil 2016


Class Handouts



God the Creator

Made in His Image

The Fall

Original Sin

The Mystery of Evil

What is Sin?

Christ and Redemption

The Paschal Mystery

Conversion to Jesus Christ

Disciple of Christ

The Holy Trinity

The Blessed Trinity

God the Father

God’s Justice, God’s Love


God the Son

Jesus: The Way, the Truth, and the Life



The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit

Gifts of the Holy Spirit


The Communion of Saints

Mary and the Saints

Death and Judgment

Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory

The 2nd Coming and Life Everlasting

The Church

Mystical Body of Christ

The People of God

One, Holy, Catholic…

The Church is Apostolic

The Magisterium

Titles, Terms, Ministries

Servant of the Servants of God


History of the Church

Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition

Divine Revelation

Deposit of Faith

Sacred Tradition

Sacred Scripture

Can the Bible be taken literally?

Deuterocanonical Books

Liturgical Year

Liturgical Year


Holiness and Joy

• Religious Life (Monks, Nuns, Friars)

The Consecrated Life

• Holy Orders (Bishops, Priests, Deacons)

Celibacy for the Sake of the Kingdom

Holy Orders

In Persona Christi

Women and the Priesthood

• Married Life


What is a Sacramental Marriage?

Marriage, Sexuality, and Contraception

Theological Virtues

The Virtue of Faith

Responding to the Great Mysteries

The Virtue of Hope

The Virtue of Charity

The Beatitudes



Commandments 1-3

God’s Law

Veneration of Holy Images: Idolatry?


The Sabbath and Sunday Worship


Confession to a Human Being


Continual Conversion and Penance


Examination of Conscience before the Sacrament of Reconciliation

Helps in Using the Sacrament of Reconciliation

Commandments 4-10

Honoring Our Parents

The Sanctity of Human Life

Chastity and Modesty

Stealing, Cheating, Lying


Lent: The Period of Purification and Enlightenment

Stations of the Cross

Christ Renews His Parish

July 20, 2017 by  
Filed under Adult Ministries, Parish News

Christ Renews His Parish or CRHP (pronounced “Chirp”), is a spiritual renewal experience which brings adult parishioners together in small groups in order to deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ and each other. Since its beginning in 1969 in Parma, Ohio, Christ Renews His Parish has proven to be an effective instrument for spiritual growth in hundreds of parishes across the country. St. John started sponsoring weekends in the Fall of 2007.

What happens on a CRHP Weekend?

The substance of the weekend is the presentation of a number of talks in which individuals share their faith stories with the participants. Group discussion and response are invited following each presentation. Opportunities for Scripture sharing, Reconciliation, and Eucharist are provided throughout the weekend.

Click here to register online for the Women’s Retreat.

Click here to register online for the Men’s Retreat.

Click here to download a registration form. – If  you want to submit the form electronically, fill out the form, save it to your computer, and then attach it to an email.

You may email this form to Seth Wright at or drop it off at the Parish Office.

Retreat Registrations

May 22, 2017 by  
Filed under Parish News, Youth Ministries

Life Teen Winter Retreat:

Registration for our annual Life Teen Winter Retreat will be January 19-21, 2018 at Sky Ranch in Van TX. This is a wonderful opportunity for your teenager to join over 100+ of their peers to worship of the Lord and grow in relationship with Him.

 The cost of the retreat is $150.  

Early registration price through November 5th is $125

CLICK HERE for simple online registration! 

If you need financial assistance, please click here for a scholarship request form.

Online payments can be made below:

Student’s name

Corpus Christi: The Most Holy Body and Blood of Jesus Christ

May 1, 2017 by  
Filed under Parish News

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Jesus Christ celebrates the wonderful gift that we have in the Eucharist.  Each year, in a tradition dating back to the 1200’s in Europe, we process through the streets of town with the Blessed Sacrament.  Those who live along the route and parish organizations are invited to set up altars.  As the procession proceeds along the route, the priest stops at each altar and leads the people in prayer.

Click here to see pictures from our 2017 Corpus Christi procession.

Here are some pictures from our 2014 Corpus Christi procession:


Below are some pictures from the 2012 procession:

In 2011, our parish celebrated this feast with one all-parish Mass.  This Mass was a chance for the entire parish to get together to celebrate our Lord Jesus Christ as one.  The only Mass this weekend began at 8:00 AM on the ballfield beside St. John Gym.  This Mass was followed by a Eucharistic procession through the streets of Ennis.  Thank you to all who joined us in celebrating Jesus who brings us all together into the one body of His Church.

Mass was held inside a large tent.  Below are some pictures from our Corpus Christi celebration.  Below that are some pictures of the tent going up.



You may wish to say this novena.

Short Novena for Corpus Christi

O Lord Jesus Christ, You who have given us Your precious Body and Blood to be our meat and drink, grant that through frequent reception of You in the Holy Eucharist, I may be strengthened in mind and body to do Your holy will. Amen.

Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, have mercy on us.

Click here for a link to a longer novena.

Learn more about the Feast of Corpus Christi

Click here to read the article from the Catholic Encyclopedia about the history of the Feast of Corpus Christi on the New Advent website.

Holy Week Schedule

April 2, 2017 by  
Filed under Parish News

Here is the schedule for Holy Week and the Easter Triduum.

Masses are listed in bold.

Confession times are listed in italics.

Monday of Holy Week

6:00 am Confessions FJ

6:30 am Mass

After 6:30 am Mass Confessions FJ

12:05 pm Mass

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm Confessions FJ

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Confessions FJ

6:30 pm Mass (English)

Tuesday of Holy Week

6:30 am Mass

12:05 pm Mass

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm Confessions FJ

Wednesday of Holy Week

6:30 am Mass

12:05 pm Mass

6:30 pm Mass (English)

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Diocese Wide Confessions FJ & FA

The Triduum

Holy Thursday

6:00 pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper (Spanish)

7:30 pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper (English)

Good Friday

11:00 am – 3:00 pm (bus leaves and returns)  Prayer at Abortion Clinic

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Confessions FJ & FA

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Celebration of the Lord’s Passion – English

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Celebration of the Lord’s Passion – Spanish

Holy Saturday

9:00 am – 10:00 am RCIA practice

8:30 pm – 11:00 pm Easter Vigil Mass

Easter Sunday

8:00 am Mass

10:00 am Mass

1:00 pm Mass (Spanish)

Healing the Whole Person Retreat

January 31, 2017 by  
Filed under Parish News

Throughout the years, we have held many events that have brought people closer to God and brought them healing in their lives.  Through Christ Renews His Parish retreats, parish missions (especially the Unbound mission with Fr. Isaac and Br. Malachy and Deacon Poyo’s mission and follow-up small groups), the Frank Kelly healing night, and other events, many in our parish have experienced tremendous healing. 

Now we have something special that is focused precisely on healing those deep lies that we take with us through life and prevent us from living the life of love that Our Lord calls us to.

St. John Nepomucene will be hosting a healing retreat put on by the John Paul II Healing Center.  It will be held Thursday, April 20, through Saturday, April 22, including during the day on Friday.  This is open to anyone, and there are a limited number of spaces available. 

For more information and to register for this retreat, click here.

RCIA Class Project

November 28, 2016 by  
Filed under Adult Ministries, Parish News

As part of their formation in the Faith, in showing the love of Christ to others, and in learning about how the Church works here on earth, our current RCIA candidates and catechumens (those adults seeking to enter the Catholic Church or to complete their sacraments) have chosen to work to raise funds to help build two village chapels in Bolivia for Catholics who have no place to hold Mass and worship.  Please consider helping them in this goal.

To go to the Aid to the Church in Need homepage, click here.

To go to the page describing this project and to donate directly to this project, click here.


Sponsoring a Teenager

November 23, 2016 by  
Filed under Parish News, Youth Ministries



Please follow the PayPal directions below to give the gift of a life changing experience to one of our students. The retreat cost per student is $150.

After we have received your donation, the Youth Ministry department will send you an email with a gift certificate to either give to a teen of your choosing or ask the Youth Ministry department to give to a teen in need.

Under “Student’s Name”, please type “Gift”

Again, thank you for your kind donation.

Student’s name

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