We invite you to experience the beauty of our faith and to experience God’s tender care. We believe the people of The Church of St. John the Evangelist wish to intensify the close community we have enjoyed through the years, which will encourage and enrich full liturgical participation of our parish community.
We believe that we must maintain a place to experience God's tender care, to form and transform a holy people whose lives are sustained by God's love.
Our worship space provides for the gathering around the focal points of the liturgy so all see, hear, touch and become involved in our sacramental celebrations.
"I am the light of the world. No follower of mine shall ever walk in darkness; no, they shall possess the light of life." -John 8:12
In our worship space, you can see the resurrected Christ in front of the cross. We call this a mandela.
Whereas a crucifix depicts Jesus' body on a cross, the mandela is a circular design. Its focus is always the image at the center; in this case, Christ victorious helps to guide and focus attention in meditation and prayer, for centering, balance, and healing.
Stained Glass Windows
Light is a powerful image and gift from God and emanates a warm welcome. Stained glass, radiant with natural light, heightens the sense of God's mystery.
The two clerestory windows, which are 4 feet high, run 128 feet down the length of the nave, are executed in antique French and German glass.
San Riccardo Pampuri
The presence of Riccardo in our church is a beautiful gift of memory as together we beg for the grace of healing in the name of Jesus. Our many visitors come as beggars with hearts longing and asking for strength in the face of suffering and medical needs.
We are prayerfully mindful of everyone who serves at the Mayo and Olmsted Medical Community and all of the sick. We pray through the intercession of San Riccardo that all our sisters and brothers know the comfort of trusting the presence of Christ who gives purpose and meaning to sacrifice. San Riccardo, pray for us.
-- The statue of San Riccardo is a gift from Msgr. Luigi Giussani founder of Communion and Liberation, Milan, Italy.
Statitions of the Cross
The Stations of the Cross hang on the wall on each side of the church. They are made of wood, and depict fourteen events in the suffering and death of Jesus. The Stations of the Cross are a prayerful journey where we can join with Christ in thought and prayer as He walked toward His death. The Stations of the Cross are prayed often, most especially during the season of Lent and on Good Friday, the day of Jesus’ death.
These candles are located above the baptismal font, and are lit for one week, usually to honor an anniversary, baptism, birthday, or to remember someone who has gone on before us.
The altar is the sacrificial table where the Eucharist is offered. Through consecration, our gifts of bread and wine become the body and blood of Jesus. When you share in the Eucharist, you are sharing in Jesus’ body and blood.
As you look at the altar, the ambo is to your left. This is where the lector and the priest or deacon proclaim the Word of God. It is also the place where the cantor proclaims the psalm in song. The lector reads the first and second readings during Mass, and the priest or deacon reads the Gospel.
The font at the entrance of our worship space reminds us of the gift and call of our baptism. More important though, is the experience of living and flowing water, which is present visually and audibly.
We believe Christ is truly present in the Eucharist, and so we honor this mystery in a special way - by reserving him in a decorated vessel, or tabernacle (the gold case pictured here). At St. John's, this Presence is kept in a peaceful chapel behind the main altar, where anyone can come and pray quietly to Jesus.
To show respect for this sacred mystery, we bow or genuflect towards the tabernacle when entering or leaving the chapel.
Life seems to require times of waiting. In hope or fear, of not knowing what may come next.
This sacred image portrays Mary Waiting. One time of unknowing in her life was after she held the body of her dead son in her lap and buried him, as portrayed in the stained glass windows behind this image. Yet her face has experienced a deeper way of knowing: trust in God’s abiding love and mercy, and Resurrection.
There were other times of waiting: as a Jewish woman awaiting the Messiah, as a mother awaiting the birth of her child, and as an older woman awaiting the fullness of the life-giving Spirit at Pentecost.
Now, in this chapel near the Mayo Clinic, she waits with us in our moments of unknowing a companion of compassion, assurance and hope—Our Mother of Consolation.