The St. John XXIII

Parish History

It's been 15 years, but we continue to grow. We’re young, but we have a lot to look forward to. As one of the most progressive, outreach-oriented Parishes in town, we like to think we’re making history, every day.

"St. John XXIII Parish came into existence on January 4, 2002, and we started to grow at an exponential pace..."

The Noonan Academy generously shared their facility with us during the planning and building of our church. Our first Mass was celebrated on Saturday, January 12, 2002. Plans for the new Church were undertaken almost immediately after our first weekend of liturgies. On March 1, 2002, we were canonically erected as a parish.

On June 20, 2002, the initial preliminary plans for our new Church building were put on display and shared for the first time with our parishioners.

The initial plans were changed to establish a Church with 1350 seats plus 300 more in the Chapel area. A ground breaking ceremony was held on April 23, 2003. On December 25, 2004, Christmas Day, a Mass was celebrated in a tent on the Church property.

On Holy Thursday, March 24, 2005, the long awaited certificate of occupancy was received and Mass that evening was celebrated in the main nave of the Church. The Church was formally dedicated on April 9, 2005 by the Most Reverend John J. Nevins, Bishop of Venice, Florida.

Accomplishments by Liturgical Year

WORSHIP

  • 1st Friday Adoration
  • Daily Rosary
  • Daily Divine Mercy Chaplet
  • Weekly Rosary in Spanish
  • Weekly Mass in Vietnamese
  • Monthly Mass in Spanish
  • Monthly Mass at Manor Care Nursing Home
  • Divine Mercy Sunday Service
  • Covenant and 5 Pillars of Faith
  • ProLife-40 Days for Life/Rosary-Prayer Walks
  • Lenten Weekly-Adoration, Stations, & Reconciliation
  • Advent Reconciliation Service
  • Children’s Christmas Pageant
  • Children’s Liturgy of the Word during 9:15 and 11:15 Sunday Mass
  • Celebration of the Chinese New Year sponsored by our Vietnamese Community
  • Choir- English, Spanish and Vietnamese
  • Over 50 young altart servers are trained and serving at Mass

GROW

  • Men’s Gospel Forum
  • Diocesan Youth Rally
  • Diocesan Men’s’ Conference
  • Diocesan Women’s Conference
  • completed a feasibility study with Lynch Development Associates
  • Launched a Capital Campaign to raise funds for a Parish Life Center
  • $2.6 M pledge for Parish Life Center by Easter 2015
  • Catechetical Day celebrated
  • Book give away at Easter One Minute in the Church Vol. II
  • Yearly Women’s Retreat
  • Dementia Awareness worship

SERVE

  • Social Justice Ministry
  • Villas monthly birthday celebrations
  • Social Justice Ministry supplies food for the Villas, Jesus the Worker, St. Martin de Porres and AFCAAM after school program
  • Thrift Store Volunteer Brunch with 115 members
  • Habitat for Humanity group building homes in Lee County
  • Thrift Store Volunteer Brunch with 120 members to thank for their commitment
  • Hospitality Ministry Bruch to thank all who servae others
  • Youth Group Mission Trips
  • Just 5 days in Jacksonville for middle shool
  • New Orleans mission trip for high school
  • Mission trip to Biloxi Mississippi

GIVE

  • Social Justice Ministry supplies food for the Villas, Jesus the Worker, St. Martin de Porres and AFCAAM after school program
  • Angel Tree Christmas gifts and food collected for those in need
  • Poor Box for those in need
  • Over 400 back packs and new sneakers for those in need who are starting school
  • St. John XXIII Thrift Store
  • Donations for Catholic Education is the primary Mission
  • These are some of the charities that the Thrift Store donates to:
  • Emmaus House
  • Evangelical Mission
  • Community Pregnancy Center
  • Homeless Coalition
  • Jamaica Outreach
  • Humane Society
  • Lee County Animal Shelter
  • Lifeline Pregnancy Center
  • Thailand Mission
  • Nations Association

CONNECT

  • Men’s Gospel Forum
  • Ministry at Villas
  • Group making Rosaries
  • Prayer Shawl Group
  • Boy Scout Troop
  • Girl Scouts
  • Community Meet and Greets with our Priests in local neighborhoods
  • 2015 Calendars were created and given out to members
  • Cookies with Santa
  • Vacation Bible School with over 120 children
  • 3 Movie nights for families hosted by Knights of Columbus
  • Parish Picnic
  • Paul Todd Concert
  • Parish supports Venetian Ball for Catholic Charities
  • Women’s Guild Fashion Show
  • Women’s Guild bake sale
  • Easter Egg Hunt
  • Blessings of the Animals
  • Women’s Fashion Show
  • New Family Orientations every two months
  • Truck or Treat for families
  • Hispanic Community selling empanadas after Mass
  • Vietnamese Community selling egg rolls after Mass

WORSHIP

  • 1st Friday Adoration
  • Daily Rosary
  • Daily Divine Mercy Chaplet
  • Weekly Rosary in Spanish
  • Weekly Mass in Vietnamese
  • Monthly Mass in Spanish
  • Monthly Mass at Manor Care Nursing Home
  • Divine Mercy Sunday Service
  • Covenant and 5 Pillars of Faith
  • ProLife-40 Days for Life/Rosary-Prayer Walks
  • Lenten Weekly-Adoration, Stations, & Reconciliation
  • Come Walk with Me- Stations of the Cross for Middle and High School
  • High School church tour followed by Adoration
  • Advent Reconciliation Service
  • Children’s Christmas Pageant
  • Children’s Liturgy of the Word during 9:15 and 11:15 Sunday Mass
  • Celebration of the Chinese New Year sponsored by our Vietnamese Community
  • Choir- English, Spanish and Vietnamese
  • Children’s Choir
  • Over 50 young altar servers are trained and serving at Mass
  • Special Mass for the victims of the Orlando tragedy
  • Special Mass for Peace in our Nation and for the protection of all police officers
  • Special Masses for Peace in our Nation and for the protection of all poilice officers were held

GROW

  • Men’s Gospel Forum
  • Yearly Women’s Retreat
  • Rite of Christian Initiation offered yearly
  • Diocesan Youth Rally
  • Diocesan Men’s Conference

GROW cont’d

  • Diocesan Women’s Conference
  • Our Capital Campaign is in year 2 of a 3 year pledge for our Parish Life Center
  • Catechetical Day celebrated
  • Book give away at Easter ‘Rediscover Jesus”
  • 2-week series on Catholic Social Teaching
  • Mother Earth, Mother Church-2-week Session on Laudato Si’
  • 4-Week Lenten Program – Healing through Mercy
  • Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible 8-week Bible Study
  • Celebrate your Marriage – dinner & program
  • Divine Mercy 10-week Series for Adult Faith Education
  • 33 Days to Morning Glory 6-week Personal Retreat
  • The Footprints of God – 4 week series on Jesus and the Blessed Mother
  • Social Justice Series on the Death Penalty and Dementia
  • Advent Program
  • Parish Mission with Sr. Jo Streva and Sr. Colleen Brady
  • Teams of Our Lady Ministry for married couples
  • Converge group for college age young adults
  • Rooted group for young adults
  • Young Adult Peer Committee

SERVE

  • Villas monthly birthday celebrations
  • Social Justice Ministry supplies the food pantries for our Villas, St. Martin De Porress Community Outreach, and Jesus the Worker parish
  • Thrift Store Volunteer Brunch to thank our many volunteers
  • Habitat for Humanity group building homes in Lee County
  • Social Justice Ministry purchased and filled back packs and bought sneakers for these in need, over 400
  • Angel Tree program assures over 750 children and seniors receive a Christmas gift
  • Mission trip to Biloxi Mississippi
  • Music Entertainment at the Villas for holidays with refreshments
  • Knight of Columbus hosted Sunday morning breakfasts
  • Blessed Earth Caret

CONNECT

  • Men’s Gospel Forum
  • Craftie Ladies make knitted items and all different kinds of crafts that are sold and the money goes to different social justice ministries.
  • A group of ladies make rosaries that are given out to people at the hospitals in groups in the church
  • Prayer Shawl Group
  • Boy Scout Troop
  • Two Girl Scout Troops
  • Community Outreach Ministry in our neighborhoods host meet and greets with our priests as well as ministry to members
  • Custom Calendars were created and given out to parishioners
  • Vacation Bible School with over 120 children
  • Cookies with Santa
  • New Family Orientations every two months
  • 3 Movie nights for families hosted by Knights of Columbus
  • Parish Picnic
  • Paul Todd Concert
  • Parish supports Venetian Ball for Catholic Charities
  • Women’s Guild Fashion Show
  • Women’s Guild hosted a bake sale, show at Barbra B Mann, raffles a dinner at the Rectory
  • Easter Egg Hunt
  • Trunk or Treat for families
  • Blessings of the Animals
  • Hispanic Community selling empanadas after Mass
  • Vietnamese Community selling egg rolls & spring rolls after Mass
  • Youth Group Newsletter
  • End of year party for Middle and High School
  • Pasta Dinner hosted by K of C and Women’s Guild

WORSHIP

  • 1st Friday Adoration
  • Daily Rosary
  • Daily Divine Mercy Chaplet
  • Weekly Rosary in Spanish
  • Weekly Mass in Vietnamese
  • Monthly Mass in Spanish
  • Monthly Mass at Manor Care Nursing Home
  • Divine Mercy Sunday Service
  • Covenant and 5 Pillars of Faith
  • ProLife-40 Days for Life/Rosary-Prayer Walks
  • Lenten Weekly-Adoration, Stations, & Reconciliation
  • Come Walk with Me- Stations of the Cross for Middle and High School
  • High School church tour followed by Adoration
  • Lenten Sacrament of Reconciliation day
  • Advent Reconciliation Service
  • Children’s Christmas Pageant
  • Children’s Liturgy of the Word during 9:15 and 11:15 Sunday Mass
  • Celebration of the Chinese New Year sponsored by our Vietnamese Community
  • Choir- English, Spanish and Vietnamese
  • Children’s Choir
  • Over 50 young altar servers are trained and serving at Mass
  • Special Mass for the victims of the Orlando tragedy
  • Special Mass to honor all those that lost their life at 9/11 and all first responders

GROW

  • Men’s Gospel Forum
  • 5th Annual Women’s Retreat
  • Rite of Christian Initiation offered yearly
  • Diocesan Youth Rally
  • Diocesan Men’s Conference
  • Diocesan Women’s Conference
  • Year 3 of our Capital Campaign for our new Parish Life Center
  • Catechetical Day celebrated
  • Book given away at Easter “Resisting Happiness”
  • Oct. 22, 2017 we broke ground for the Parish Life Center
  • Teams of Our Lady Ministry for married couples
  • Rooted group for young adults
  • Young Adult Peer Committee
  • Meeting weekly with builder for the New Parish Life Center
  • Young Adult-Rooted Bummer Theology on Tab

SERVE

  • Villas monthly birthday celebrations
  • Social Justice Ministry supplies the food pantries for our Villas, St. Martin De Porress Community Outreach, and Jesus the Worker parish
  • Thrift Store Volunteer Brunch to thank our many volunteers
  • Social Justice Ministry purchased and filled back packs and bought sneakers for these in need, over 400
  • Angel Tree program assures over 750 children and seniors receive a Christmas gift
  • Music Entertainment at the Villas for holidays with refreshments
  • Knight of Columbus hosted Sunday morning breakfasts
  • Catholic Heart Camp for High School Youth
  • We have 4 Parish trained Parish Nurses
  • We offered the End of Life Workshop for the 3rd year
  • Respect Life program

CONNECT

  • Men’s Gospel Forum
  • Craftie Ladies make knitted items and all different kinds of crafts that are sold and the money goes to different social justice ministries.
  • A group of ladies make rosaries that are given out to people at the hospitals in groups in the church
  • Prayer Shawl Group
  • Boy Scout Troop
  • Annual Altar Server party
  • Community Outreach Ministry in our neighborhoods host meet and greets with our priests as well as ministry to members
  • Custom Calendars were created and given out to parishioners
  • Vacation Bible School with over 120 children
  • Cookies with Santa
  • New Family Orientations every two months
  • 3 Movie nights for families hosted by Knights of Columbus
  • Parish Picnic
  • Paul Todd Concert
  • Simple Soup Super Fridays in Lent
  • Parish supports Venetian Ball for Catholic Charities
  • Women’s Guild Fashion Show
  • Women’s Guild hosted a bake sale, show at Barbra B Mann, raffles a dinner at the Rectory
  • Easter Egg Hunt
  • Trunk or Treat for families
  • Blessings of the Animals

CONNECT Cont’d

  • Hispanic Community selling empanadas after Mass
  • Vietnamese Community selling egg rolls & spring rolls after Mass
  • Youth Group Newsletter
  • End of year party for Middle and High School
  • Pasta Dinner hosted by K of C and Women’s Guild
  • Yearly Staff Retreat
  • Ministry Celebration weekend

GIVE

  • Social Justice Ministry supplies the food pantries for our Villas, St. Martin De Porres Community Outreach, and Jesus the Worker parish
  • Angel Tree Christmas gifts and food collected for those in need
  • A Baby Bottle Drive fundraiser was held to benefit Verity Pregnancy Center
  • Poor Box for those in need
  • St. John XXIII Thrift Store
  • Donations for Catholic Education is the primary Mission
  • These are some of the charities that the Thrift Store donates to:
  • Emmaus House
  • Evangelical Mission
  • Community Pregnancy Center
  • Homeless Coalition
  • Jamaica Outreach
  • Humane Society
  • Lee County Animal Shelter
  • Lifeline Pregnancy Center
  • Thailand Mission
  • Nations Association
  • United Way
  • Veterans