Recently Deceased: Thelma Breakiron

 

BREAKIRON, Thelma E. – of Davison, age 95, passed away November 28, 2017 at MediLodge of Montrose. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 11 AM Saturday, December 2, 2017 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 N. Dayton St., Davison; Rev. Fr. Robert C. Bacik celebrant. Burial will be in Flint Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 AM Saturday until time of the Mass at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Luke’s N.E.W. Life Center, Inc., 3115 Lawndale, Flint 48504 or St. Joseph Indian School, P.O. Box 300, 1301 N. Main St., Chamberlain, SD, 57325.

 

 

CUMPATA, Rose – of Davison, age 87, passed away November 22, 2017 at McLaren–Flint. Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated 11 AM Friday, December 1, 2017 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 N. Dayton St., Davison; Rev. Fr. Robert C. Bacik celebrant. Visitation will be 2-8 PM Thursday at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Rd., Davison and 10-11 AM Friday at the church. Inurnment will be in Great Lakes National Cemetery. A Memorial Service under the auspices of the Polish Legion of American Veterans (PLAV) will be held 6:45 PM Thursday. A Rosary will be prayed at 7 PM Thursday followed by a Memorial Service under the auspices of the Daughters of Isabella. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.

MASON, Joann Randall – I have lived a good and long life. I was born to Russell and Una Randal on April 1, 1917, in Detroit, Michigan. That’s right. I am an April Fool’s baby. I had fun with that fact my entire life. I was smart in school, valedictorian, and most thought I was attractive. My first job was to trade out your burned-out light bulbs with a new bulb, of higher wattage, of course. I lost that job when I married Robert A. Mason in 1945. (Married women were not allowed to work.) He was a “catch” because he was a Michigan State graduate with a good job; working for Buick Motor. We moved to Kansas City where my beautiful baby boy, Randall (Randy) was born in 1945. Buick then moved us to Chicago where my beautiful daughter, Judith (Judy), was born. In 1955, we all moved to Davison, Michigan, where we spent many happy years. I worked off and on during the years in Davison mostly in the Genesee County Library system. I went to different libraries that were short-handed; I loved it. My husband, Bob, retired early from Buick so we were lucky to travel across and around this Country for 25 years seeing all the beautiful and amazing sights America has to offer. In 2001, Bob and I sold our home in Davison, Michigan, packed up everything we owned and moved to Overland Park, Kansas, to live with our daughter, Judy. Robert Mason died on March 8, 2002, and my beloved son, Randy, died in 2006. During this time, I occupied myself with reading every book I touched, eating Russell Stovers chocolate, watching old movies and anything else I wanted to do. All was good. On September 10, 2017, Jesus wrapped me in his grace and took me to a place I only imagined. Everyone I have ever loved was there to greet me. Don’t grieve for me. Cheer instead. I will see you again. I am survived by my daughter, Judy Mason Mertz of Overland Park, Kansas.

THEODORE, Eileen – Age 86, of Fenton, died Tuesday, November 14, 2017. Funeral Mass will be celebrated 11:30 AM Saturday, November 18, 2017 at St. John Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton St., Davison, MI 48423. Fr. Carl Simon officiating. Visitation will be held at Sharp Funeral Homes, Fenton Chapel, 1000 Silver Lake Road, Fenton Friday from 1-8 PM where a rosary will be prayed at 7:00 pm and at church Saturday from 10:30 AM until the time of Mass. Those desiring may make contributions to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the Alzheimer’s Association. 

 

KUDWA, Lisabeth K. – Of Davison, age 48, died Saturday, November 11, 2017 at her home, with her loving husband and children. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, November 17, 2017 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, 1227 East Bristol Road, Burton, Monsignor Jerry Vincke officiating. Burial in St. John Catholic Cemetery in Davison. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Father Solanus Casey Center and The Capuchin Franciscan Friars of Detroit. Visitation 3-8 p.m. Thursday at the Swartz Funeral Home, 1225 West Hill Road. The Divine Mercy Chaplet will be prayed beginning promptly at 3 p.m. Thursday. A Rosary will be prayed at 7 p.m. Thursday evening at the funeral home. Lisa will be at the church from 10 a.m. Friday until the time of the Mass.

Janet Marie Horton of Davison, age 74, died Thursday November 9, 2017at McLaren-Flint. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12:00 noon Monday Nov. 13, 2017 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church 404 Dayton St., Davison. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski, Celebrant, cremation will follow at Sunset Hills Crematory. Family will receive visitors from 4 – 7 pm Sunday with a parish scripture service at 7:00 pm at the funeral home. Janet will lie in state at the church form 11:00 am Monday until time of services. Those desiring may make contributions in her memory to the family.

 

PIFHER, Timothy – of Davison, age 62, passed away November 2, 2017 at Hurley Medical Center. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 11 AM Monday, November 6, 2017 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 N. Dayton St., Davison; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski celebrant. Cremation will follow the Mass. Visitation will be 2-4 & 6-8 PM Sunday at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Rd., Davison. There will be one hour of visitation prior to the Mass on Monday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family for a memorial fund.

 

HUDAK, Irene – of Davison, age 91, passed away on October 30, 2017 at Fostrian Court Assisted Living in Flushing. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 11 AM Friday, November 3, 2017 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 N. Dayton St., Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski celebrant. Burial will be in St. John Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be on Thursday from 2-6 PM at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Rd., Davison, MI 48423. There will be one hour of visitation prior to the Mass on Friday at church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Flushing Christian Outreach Center.

 

Isabelle Margaret Roberts of Davison, age 81, died Saturday October 28, 2017 at her residence. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1:00 pm Thursday November 2, 2017 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church 404 Dayton St. Davison. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski, Celebrant. Rite of Committal will follow at St. John Cemetery. Family will receive visitors from 5 – 8 pm Tuesday and 1 – 4 & 6- 8 pm Wednesday with a parish rosary at 6:00 pm Wednesday at the funeral home. Isabellle will lie in state at the church from 12:00 noon Thursday until time of services. Those desiring may make contributions in her memory to St. John Church or Outreach East.

 

WAISANEN, Clifford John – of Grand Rapids, MI, age 54, passed away Sunday, October 22, 2017. Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Service will be held 11 AM Thursday, November 9, 2017 at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Road, Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski officiating. Inurnment, with Military Honors, 1 PM Thursday, November 9, 2017 in Great Lakes National Cemetery, 4200 Belford Road, Holly, MI 48442. The family will receive visitors 10-11 AM Thursday, November 9, 2017 at Allen Funeral Home.

 

PILON, Vel (Neal) – of Columbiaville, age 72, went home to be with the Lord on October 20, 2017. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 11 AM Saturday, October 28, 2017 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 N. Dayton St., Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski celebrant. Burial will be in St. John Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be on Thursday from 5-8 PM and Friday from 1-3 & 5-8 PM at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Rd., Davison, MI 48423. A Rosary will be prayed at 5:15 PM on Friday at Allen Funeral Home. There will be one hour of visitation prior to the Mass on Saturday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Outreach East.

 

BORIS, Dolores Louise (DeWitt) – of Davison, MI, age 85, entered into Eternal Life Thursday, October 19, 2017. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 11 AM Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton Street, Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Robert C. Bacik celebrant. Interment in St. John Cemetery. The family will receive visitors 3-8 PM Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Road, Davison, MI 48423 and 10-11 AM Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. A Rosary will be prayed 7 PM Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at Allen Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Right to Life of Michigan, in Dolores’s memory.

 

PICKETT, Karen Denise (Land) – of Davison, MI, age 68, passed away Saturday, October 21, 2017. A Funeral Liturgy will be held 11 AM Thursday, October 26, 2017 at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Road, Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Robert C. Bacik officiating. Interment in Flint Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive visitors 11 AM-3 PM & 5 PM-8 PM Wednesday, October 25, 2017 and 10-11 AM Thursday, October 26, 2017 at Allen Funeral Home. A Rosary will be prayed 7 PM Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at Allen Funeral Home.

 

 

Karl “Pete” Schmidt Jr. – Funeral will be held on Friday, October 27 at 2:00 p.m. at St. John.

 

 KING, Virginia – of Mt. Morris, age 68, passed away October 17, 2017 at her residence. Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Liturgy will be held 4 PM Monday, October 23, 2017 at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Rd., Davison; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski officiating. Visitation will be 2-4 PM Monday.

 

 

Eleanor Elaine Willey of Flint, age 83, passed away peacefully on Saturday October 14, 2017 at her residence. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 am Friday on October 20, 2017 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church 404 Dayton St. Davison.  Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski, Celebrant. Private  Rite of Committal will be at St. John Mausoleum.  Those desiring may make contributions in Eleanor’s memory to the charity of your choice.

 

 

UHEREK, Carl Mark – of Otisville, MI, age 65, passed away Sunday, October 8, 2017. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 10 AM Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton Street, Davison, MI 48423 with one hour of visitation prior to the mass; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski celebrant. Interment, with Military Honors, 2:30 PM Tuesday, October 17, 2017 in Great Lakes National Cemetery. The family will receive visitors 4-8 PM Monday, October 16, 2017 at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Road, Davison, MI 48423. A Rosary will be prayed 6 PM Monday followed by a Memorial Service, under the auspices of the Third Degree Knights of Columbus Council #4090 of Davison. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or the American Heart Association, in Carl’s memory.

SCHNEIDER, Donald R. “Donnie” – of Davison, age 85, passed away October 8, 2017 at his residence surrounded by his family. A Funeral Liturgy will be held 1 PM Friday, October 13, 2017 at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Rd., Davison; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski officiating. Burial will be in Davison Cemetery. Visitation will be 5-8 PM Wednesday; 2-4 & 6-8 PM Thursday and 12 PM until time of service on Friday. A Rosary will be prayed at 6:30 PM Thursday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Michigan School for the Deaf, Alzheimer’s Association or the Humane Society of Genesee County.

 

SMITH, Dorothy Ann (Bouchard) – of Davison, MI, age 89, passed away Friday, October 6, 2017. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 11 AM Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton Street, Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski celebrant. Interment in New Calvary Catholic Cemetery. The family will receive visitors 1-8 PM Monday, October 9, 2017 at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Road, Davison, MI 48423 and 10-11 AM Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. A Rosary will be prayed 7 PM Monday, October 9, 2017 at Allen Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Humane Society of Genesee County, in Dorothy’s memory.

LARKIN, James Patrick – of Gladwin, formerly of Mt. Morris, age 81, passed away October 6, 2017 at McLaren – Flint. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 11 AM Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 N. Dayton St., Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski and Rev. Fr. Joe Krupp concelebrating. Cremation will take place following the Mass on Wednesday. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 10 AM -2 PM & 4-8 PM at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Rd., Davison, MI 48423. A Scripture Service will be prayed at 7 PM on Tuesday. There will be one hour of visitation prior to the Mass on Wednesday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Catholic Community of Flint.

Witness to Hope

Bishop Boyea, our chief Pastor, is inviting us to join him and our fellow Catholics in the Diocese of Lansing to strengthen the many works of the church here at home, in our region and in the Diocese by making a pledge or gift to Witness to Hope. As the largest parish in Genesee and Shiawasee Counties, we are asked to do our share. Our challenge goal is $1,194,893 (of which $334,570 will remain at St. John Campus and $83,643 will remain at Blessed Sacrament for needed improvements). How can you help? For more information on this campaign, click here.

We’re inviting every household to consider making a pledge or gift according to your circumstances. Though a number of us (140 persons, myself included) are still working on our pledge for the Gathering Space, I am asking the rest of us who are in a position to make a pledge or gift to this first ever Diocesan Capital Campaign according to your circumstances. I ask not for equal gifts but for equal sacrifice. -Fr. Andrew

RADA Knife Sale

Help support the St. John Altar Society by placing an order during our RADA knife sale! You can order online anytime using this link: https://radafundraising.com?rfsn=845011.5df8b7 and the St. John Altar Society will get credit for the sale. If you prefer not to order online, please follow the instructions below:
Pick up a catalog at the entrance to church or at the Holiday Happenings Craft show. Return the orders at the craft show, to the parish office or in the collection basket in an envelop marked ‘Rada Knives’. You will have your order in plenty of time for Christmas. These make great Christmas gifts. Order now!

2017 St. John P.R.E.P. Little Luxury Program

In the true spirit of Christmas, we will participate in the “Little Luxury Program” during Advent. St. Luke N.E.W. Life Center in Flint, St. Vincent De-Paul at Blessed Sacrament, and Catholic Charities Center of Hope will benefit from this collection. They do not have the resources to buy ‘luxury’ items children enjoy so much; things most of our kids take for granted! It means more to children when they know they are helping other kids. We will be collecting items until Thursday, December 14. Items can be dropped off in the St. John Family Center or at Blessed Sacrament.

Volunteer Opportunity

We are looking for volunteers to help clean the church, gathering space, and parish offices. This is a short-term commitment and we are looking for help on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. If you are interested or have any questions, please contact our Business Manager Mary Dow at (810) 653-2377.

Youth Basketball

Find all the information you need regarding our 2018 Youth Basketball Skills Camp & League below! To register, please download this registration form and returned it filled out to the St. John Family Center Welcome Desk or mail it to 505 N. Dayton Street, Davison, MI 48423.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register?
Registration forms are available at the Family Center Welcome Desk and online at stjohndavison.org. Forms may be returned at the Welcome Desk or mailed to 505 N. Dayton St., Davison, 48423.

Will my child’s coach contact me?
No, coaches will not contact you. You will meet them on the day of the camp.

How will I know who my child’s coach is?
Coach’s will have their team assignments at camp on January 13th.

What time should my child arrive at camp on January 13th?
Kdg & 1st grade: 10-11:30 a.m.
2nd & 3rd grade: 12-1:30pm
These times are for the camp only.
T-shirts will be distributed at camp on January 13th.

When will my child be given their schedule?
The children will be given the league schedule at camp.

Are there practice days/times?
The children will practice 1/2 hour prior to their game time. It is shown on the schedule.

Can I request a coach and/or that my child be placed on a team with another child?
We will consider all requests and do our best to fill them but cannot guarantee placement. Please indicate your request on the registration form.

Welcome Desk Volunteers

We are looking for volunteers to oversee the Family Center Welcome Desk! Anyone 16 or over can volunteer. Responsibilities include greeting visitors, answering phones, and light computer work. Whether you can volunteer a few hours a week or only occasionally, we still need you! Contact Tina Simmonds at (810) 652-0304, tsimmonds@stjohndavison.org or stop by the Welcome Desk to sign up!

Volunteers Needed for P.R.E.P.

The Parish Religious Education Program (P.R.E.P.) is seeking volunteers for the 2017-2018 school year. There are many areas needing your time and talent, including:

Pre-K-4th Grade: Classroom Catechists, Classroom Aides, Hallway Monitors, Office help, help with special events.
EDGE (5th-8th Grade): Small Group Mentors, help with special events, Senior Thanksgiving Dinner committee.
Youth Group & Confirmation: Small Group Mentors for both programs, kitchen helpers, help with special events
Choirs: Singing Angels Choir
To volunteer your time, please fill out the form below by telling us your name, telephone number, and when you would like to volunteer.

The Journey to Resurrection

Newly restored pipes being installed in the great chamber.

For the past nine months, the organ at St. John has been on a long journey. The instrument was in need of repair after many years of service. Repairing an organ, however, is no easy task. Many would have recommended scrapping the instrument and replacing it with something new. But we’re not into the easy way out.

About 25 years ago our community moved this beautiful instrument all the way from St. Thomas the Apostle in Detroit as part of the church expansion. It took a tremendous amount of time, money, and dedication to get the organ here so it seems fitting that we put forth the same amount of care in its restoration. With the help of two fantastic companies, Renaissance Pipe Organ Company in Ann Arbor and Casavant Freres in Quebec, every bit of this massive instrument was painstakingly restored by hand. No detail was ignored, even scratches that occurred during installation have since been refinished, meaning that the instrument from which we will be sounding God’s glory this Easter will be nothing short of flawless.

During the restoration process, we maintained the heritage of the instrument by saving as much of the original instrument as possible. But those original pieces have now been coupled with new digital technology that will allow the organist to play with even more pleasure. The console (what the organist actually plays the instrument from) will now be able to remember the settings for 50 different organists. It also has record and playback features so that while an organist is learning a piece they can hear what it sounds like anywhere in the sanctuary. It is also on a rolling platform so it can be played from anywhere in the sanctuary it needs to be for different services.

The organ is now finished and ready to play. And we couldn’t have picked a better time. We will be celebrating Jesus’ triumphant victory over death with a beautiful instrument that’s in the final days of its own journey to resurrection. We invite you to join us in our celebration as we hear this beautiful new instrument played at Easter Vigil Mass at 8:15 p.m. on Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday Masses at 7:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., and 12:00 Noon.

We have lots of photos of the restoration process! Check out our albums with the links below.

Before Restoration

Field Trip to Renaissance Pipe Organ Company

Bringing it All Together

Get Our Parish App!

appDid you know that we have a Parish App? If not, now’s the time to download it! The App includes Mass times, daily readings, bulletins, homilies, and more! Messages are sent out from Fr. Andrew and the Parish staff regarding important events or notices to help keep you informed of the goings-on at St. John and Blessed Sacrament.

To download the app search “myparish” in the App or Google Play store. Or, follow this link.