Mass Times and Locations

St. John’s Giving Tree

GIVING TREE  TAGS  will be available in the Gathering Area on December 1st.  There will be single tags from the Mt. Vernon School, SE Linn Community Center and the Sisters of Mercy. 

We will also do a collection for SE Linn Community Center for donations of  paper products, cleaning and hygiene items. Please place your donation with the tag attached in the box provided, no wrapping necessary.

If you take a TAG from the tree please sign the book.  Make sure the tags from the tree are taped well to the gifts.  All gifts are due back by December 15th.  Any questions call Thelma Rife 895-6357.

ADOPT A FAMILY: If you would like to adopt a family for Christmas, please call Thelma Rife at 895-6357. These gifts are due back on December 15th.

Lisbon High School’s Project 60

Please join Lisbon High School Student Council to celebrate the holiday season with our annual Project 60 Lunch!  There will be free food, music, and bingo.

Anyone 60 or older is welcome to attend. It is held in the Lion’s Den, 235 W. School Street, Lisbon, IA. 

Please RSVP by Monday, November 25th to Andrea Hasselbusch 319-455-2106, ext 107. 

Email Ellen Johannes with any questions at

Advent Offerings at St. John and St. Isidore

Our spiritual preparations for Advent will include the following to enhance your preparation experience:

  • Sunday December 1st @ St. Isidore’s 4-5 PM Adoration and Rosary closing with Benediction
  • Sunday December 8th @ St. John’s in Mount Vernon 3:00 PM Communal Reconciliation Service,
  • Sunday December 15th @ St. Isidore’s 4-5 PM Adoration followed by Evening Prayer and Benediction
  • Sunday December 22nd @ St. John’s 4-5 PM Adoration followed by Evening Prayer and Benediction

We hope that you and your family will embrace these opportunities during this special time of preparation.

News from NCYC

On Thursday, Nov. 21, 13 high school students and 3 adults from Mount Vernon, Lisbon, and Springville will begin their journey to NCYC 2019. Our bus will leave St. John’s between 6:30 and 7am.

The 2019 NCYC theme is Blessed + Broken + Given/Bendito + Partido + Entregado.  This theme is rooted in the scriptural account of Jesus meeting the two disciples on their way to Emmaus after the resurrection (Luke 24:13-35). All parishioners are invited to participate in NCYC virtually during the conference’s livestream events. These can be found at

The schedule for live streaming the general sessions is below. Several breakout sessions throughout the day will also be live-streamed. Please note, if you refer to the NCYC website, that Indianapolis is in the Eastern Time Zone; Times below are in central time.

Thursday, November 21

6:30-10:00 pm CT – Evening Opening Session— Blessed

Friday, November 22

7:30-19:45 am CT – Morning General Session – Broken

6:30 pm–10 pm CT – Evening General Session – Broken

Saturday, November 23

7:30-9:45 am CT – Morning General Session – Given

6:30 pm–10:00 pm CT – Saturday Vigil Closing Mass

Steve Angrisano in Coralville December 1st

St. Thomas More in Coralville  (3000 12th Ave, Coralville) is excited to share a special event with you and your parish.  Steve Angrisano, a world renowned ministry leader, will be sharing his message of faith, hope, and love through his music and storytelling.  This free event will take place Sunday, December 1st, at 1:30 pm at St. Thomas More. 

Faith Formation News

“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”   Proverbs 22:6

One of the most common concerns I hear from parents and grandparents today is, “How can we raise our children and grandchildren to be Catholic?”  It doesn’t begin with them, it begins with “us.” We first and foremost, must be a Christian, because it is really about our personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  As their first teachers, parents and grandparents are the models our children will follow as they grow into adults.  

· November 20: 4th– 8th grade will meet from 6 p.m. until 7:15 p.m. High School will not meet Nov. 20th.  

· November 24: “Into His Likeness” book discussion following Mass Rm. 102

· November 27: No Faith Formation Classes

· Dec. 1st  Parent/Candidate First Reconciliation Meeting.  We will meet in the Education wing at 4 p.m.


K of C Dinner on November 17

Knights of Columbus Club 5677

Sunday, November 17th serving 5:00 to 6:30 pm.

Tenderloin dinner – $8.00

Hamburger or Cheeseburger basket – 8.00

Chicken plank dinner – $9.00

Shrimp basket – $10.00

Children’s Chicken basket $5.00.

All dinners and baskets include choice of French fries or baked potato, salad, dessert, coffee or fountain pop.  Knights of Columbus Club 5677, Mt. Vernon Rd and Highway 13.  Phone 247-2000.  Public welcome!