Faith at St. John

St. John school is a place with a “listening heart”. As a school community we listen to God’s word, and try to discern where it is leading us, both as individuals and as a school community. We listen to students, teachers, staff, and parents. The Holy Spirit is both guide and comforter throughout our day. Respect for all is a keystone of our school community. As educators and parents we work together to develop well rounded and grounded children. We are very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Father Jim Ketzler who is the Parish Priest of St. John’s Church. He celebrates, with the school community, with Mass and Liturgies on a regular basis and assists in the sacramental preparation of our students. Partnerships with school and family is an essential component in the development of our students.

Our Parish

St. John School is affiliated with St. John the Evangelist Parish. The parish serves the Catholic communities of Garson and Falconbridge.

St. John the Evangelist / St. Bernardine of Siena
255 Church St., Box 510
Garson, Ontario
Canada P3L 1S6
Phone: 705-693-2032 
Fax: 705-693-9725

Fr. Jim Ketzler
Phone: 705-693-2032

Our Patron Saint

The Patron Saint of our Parish in Garson, Ontario is St. John the Evangalist (active 1st century A.D.), one of the 12 Apostles chosen by Jesus, is traditionally considered the author of the Fourth Gospel, of the Book of Revelation, and of three Letters, or Epistles, bearing his name.

The son of Zebedee and Salome, John was born in Galilee probably between A.D. 10 and 15. His father was a fisherman, a trade which John was plying when he met and joined Jesus (Mark 5:37). His mother joined the women who served the followers of Jesus (Mark 15:40-41; 16:1). His brother James also followed Jesus. Jesus nicknamed both brothers Boanerges, meaning in Aramaic "sons of thunder" (Mark 3:17), a reference to their rather fiery attitude to Jesus.

John and James, together with Peter, are presented throughout the Gospels as the most closely associated with Jesus of all his followers. John, with Peter and James, witnesses Jesus' supernatural communication with Moses and Elias on Mt. Tabor; he is present in the Garden of Gethsemane the night before Jesus dies.

When all others leave the dying Jesus, John remains, and Jesus entrusts his mother, Mary, to John's care. After the death of Jesus, John is presented as one of the leaders of the Jerusalemite followers of Jesus. In the Acts, John testifies to Jesus with Peter and James. He goes to Samaria with Peter to confirm new converts (Acts 8:14, 25). When Paul is converted, he submits his orthodoxy to John, Peter, and James (Galatians 2:1-10).

It is not known how John ended his life. Some traditions claim that he was martyred. Others claim he died at a ripe old age. Tradition from the 2nd century claimed that John died and was buried at Ephesus.
Tradition relates that John was banished to the Greek island of Patmos during the persecution initiated by the Roman emperor Domitian (reigned A.D. 81-96). Here, it is said, John wrote the Book of Revelation. The Fourth Gospel apparently was composed sometime between A.D. 85 and 95.


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