May Crowning Celebration

On Sunday, May 7 we will be having a May Crowning Celebration to Honor our Blessed Mother! The celebration will begin at 5:00 p.m. with Mass to follow. You can bring a flower from your own garden to place at Mary’s feet. First Communicants are encouraged to wear their first communion attire. After Mass, the celebration will continue with refreshments immediately following in the Gathering Space! This is also our final Religious Education class of the year. Please join us in celebrating our Blessed Mother!

Vacation Bible School

Save the date for Vacation Bible School! The theme? Mighty Fortress: In Jesus, the Victory is Won!
Where: Blessed Sacrament
When: July 17-20
The program is free but registration is required. Registration will open in June.

Preschool Open House

Come see the difference in St. John Preschools at our Fall Enrollment Open House on Thursday, April 27! Parishioners may visit from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. and everyone can visit from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

We offer Montessori, Great Start Readiness Program, Early Fives, and Kindergarten. During the open house parents and children can tour the classrooms and meet the teachers! We look forward to meeting you and your child!

Why should you choose St. John for your child(ren)?

  • Safety and family orientation: our school provides a safe, family-oriented school for your children to succeed in school and in life.
  • Academic success: our schools succeed in helping students achieve their maximum academic potential, often helping students achieve significantly more than they or their parents ever expected.
  • Faith and character: our school integrate academics and faith-based values to help children grow into productive and respected adults; our students come from a variety of faith traditions and our students have a longstanding track record of respecting each students’ faith.
  • Pefect ratio: our ratio of one teacher to every eight students provides plenty of time for one on one instruction and skill building.

For many years, parents have placed their trust in our school to make the investment in Catholic education pay off for their children in mind, body and spirit.

 

 

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

Run the CRIM with Fr. Bob

Introducing the St. John and Blessed Sacrament Run/Walk Club! Whether you’ve set your sights on taking part in one of this year’s CRIM Races or simply for a fun way to stay active, consider joining the St. John and Blessed Sacrament Run/Walk Club. Our first run/walk will take place on Monday, May 1st, 6:30 pm at the Family Center.  All levels of experience are welcome — YOU CAN DO THIS!  The Run/Walk Club will meet every Monday until the August 26, 2017 CRIM Race. No pressure or commitment, join us when you can for whatever distance and pace that you are comfortable with. More experienced runners/walkers please contact the Parish Office if you would like to help lead pace groups. (PLEASE NOTE: The Run/Walk Club is not intended to be a training program. Youth under the age of 16 should be accompanied by an adult.) WE CAN DO THIS!
To learn more about the Crim Festival of Races, visit here.

Hiring Part-time Custodian

Rental season is around the corner, which means we’re going to need more custodial help! We are hiring a part-time custodian to work on the weekends and to fill in on other days as needed. If you are interested, please contact our Facilities Coordinator, Tina Simmonds, for more information. She can be reached by phone (810) 652-0304 ext. 269 or email tsimmonds@stjohndavison.org.

Volunteers Needed for Eagles’ Nest

We need your help! We are looking for volunteers to help with Eagles’ Nest Childcare on Sundays from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Adults, as well as High School and College students, can volunteer. There will be a staff member in the room with you during these times as our Safe Environment protocols require a minimum of two people in the rooms. Contact Tina Simmonds by phone (810) 652-0304 ext. 269 or email tsimmonds@stjohndavison.org if you’re interested. Thanks so much for the continued donation of your time and talents!

St. John Gift Shop Hours

bag_12637cnThe St. John gift shop, located in the new gathering space, is open! Visit us for unique gifts to celebrate those special occasions, especially First Communion, Baptism, Confirmation and Weddings. Warm up your home with décor items which will serve as daily reminders of God’s Word and unfailing promises. We have beautiful gifts in stock and we can accommodate special orders. Hours are listed below.

 

Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Saturday 3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Israel: Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

St. John the Evangelist presents Israel: Pilgrimage to the Holy Land. On February 28 – March 8, 2018 Fr. Andrew will be leading this exciting pilgrimage. Highlights include Jaffa, Caesarea, Nazareth, Cana, Tiberias, Sea of Galilee, Mount of Beatitudes, Capernaum, Church of the Transfiguration, Bethlehem, Church of the Nativity, Jerusalem, Mount of Olives, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Western Wall, and Via Dolorosa.

9 Days – 15 Meals: 7 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 7 Dinners
Double $3,799; Single $4,549; Triple $3,769

Included in Price: Round Trip Air from Detroit Metro Airport, Air Taxes and Fees/Surcharges, Hotel Transfers.  Not included in price: Cancellation Waiver and Insurance of $280 per person.

For more information and a sign-up form, please see this brochure.

 

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.

Winter Hours for Family Center and Eagle’s Nest

Winter hours for the Family Center and Eagle’s Nest have begun and will run until May 15, 2017.

Family Center
Mon-Thurs:     5:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Sat:                    8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sun:                   1:00 – 7:30 p.m.

 

Eagle’s Nest
Mon – Thurs:  4:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Sun:                  9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. & 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Building Refurbishment Project

What’s with all the dust?! There have been a lot of construction sights and sounds around our campus for the past few months while various building refurbishment projects have taken place. Some are already complete, others are still underway, and all are working to open wider our doors. We’ll update this post to keep you informed on our progress!

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Pulpit announcement on building refurbishment progress from January 10, 2016

Gathering Space

Fr. Andrew takes the wheel to help demolish the old cemetery office and make way for our new gathering space!

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Baptistry

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