Memorial Day Outdoor Liturgy

Start Memorial Day off by celebrating Mass with us at a special outdoor liturgy at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, May 29. The Mass will be held at the St. John Cemetery, on the corners of Richfield and Oak roads. Remember to bring your lawn chairs!

The Color Guard of Ardon F. Dubie Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus Council of Davison will form an honor guard. In case of inclement weather, the Mass will be held at St. John the Evangelist Church, 404 North Dayton Street, Davison, Michigan.

St. John Catholic Cemetery is the site of the original church and dates back to 1871. An open house will follow, highlighting cemetery development. Mausoleum and Chapel tours will be available. Light refreshments will be served.

Mass of Anointing

Holy OilA concelebrated Mass and communal celebration of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick will take place at St. John on Wednesday, May 31 at 11:00 a.m. All are welcome to attend. A luncheon will follow in the gathering space.

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.

Classic Danube River Cruise

Join Fr. Andrew on a Classic Danube River Cruise from September 18-28, 2018! Highlights include Ettal, Linderholf Palace, Obermmergau, Munich, Linz, Vienna, Budapest, and more! Book now and save $550 per person. Those interested can attend a travel presentation held at the St. John Family Center on Monday, September 25 at 6:00 p.m. There are also more details available in the brochure below.

Brochure
Available Options
Reservation Form
Credit Card Authorization

Family Center Summer Hours

Summer hours for the Family Center and Eagle’s Nest have begun and will run until September 17, 2017.

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

Eagle’s Nest
Not offered during the summer.

Adopt a Garden!

The Green Thumb Ministry needs your help! Would your family be interested in adopting one of the many gardens on the parish grounds for the summer? The gardens are kept up by members of the Green Thumb Ministry and we’d love to have you join us! Please contact Chris Kautz at (810) 444-2894 or ckautz45@gmail.com if you are interested or have any questions.

Choir Camp

Join us for fun, food, games, and songs by participating in Choir Camp! All children from second grade and up are invited.
 
Camp will be held from from Monday, July 24 – Thursday, July 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day at the St. John Family Center. The cost is $15 per person, or $40 for families of three or more. The cost includes a T-shirt.
 
To register, please fill out the form below and click “send”. Please contact Julie Richards, jrichards@stjohndavison.org, with any questions.

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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.

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.

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.