George Cuthbert

CUTHBERT, George Hugh – of Flint, MI, age 65, passed away suddenly at his residence on Saturday, August 17, 2019. A Funeral Liturgy will be held 1 PM Friday, August 23, 2019 at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Road, Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski officiating. Cremation will take place following the service. The family will receive visitors 2-8 PM Thursday, August 22, 2019 and 12-1 PM Friday, August 23, 2019 at Allen Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family.

George was born in Flint, MI on January 21, 1954, son of the late George and Josephine (Smith) Cuthbert. He grew up with his 8 siblings in Flint, MI. George remained in the Flint area throughout his life, attending Flint schools. He was employed by the City of Flint Water Department for over 15 years. George was a devoted father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and uncle. He enjoyed traveling, cars, casinos and attending concerts. George especially enjoyed spending time with his family and life-long friends, Roger, Mark, Dave, Betty and Barb. He would make any stranger a friend and never let anyone walk away cold or hungry. George will be dearly missed by all.

George leaves behind to cherish his memory, 4 children, sons, Michael (Dilya), Jeffrey (Marie) and Kevin; daughter, Ann (Daryl); numerous grandchildren and great- grandchildren; 3 sisters, Bonnie (Bob), Joyce and Kay (Dan); brother, David; sister-in- law, Jeannie; brother-in-law, Dale; many other loving family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, George (Josephine) Cuthbert; 3 brothers, Bobby, Rick and Jed; sister, Shirley; nephew, Chuck; grandson, Jeffrey and many other loved ones.

Ernestine Mary Uhrig

UHRIG, Ernestine Mary – of Davison, formerly of Farwell, age 78, passed away Monday, August 5, 2019. Visitation will be 4-8 PM Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Rd., Davison. A Rosary will be prayed at 6 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 AM Thursday, August 8, 2019 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 N. Dayton St., Davison; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski celebrant. One hour of visitation will be held at the church prior to the mass. Burial will be in St. Cecelia Cemetery in Clare, MI at 4 PM Thursday.

Ernestine was born in Flint, MI on July 14, 1941, daughter of the late Harold and Theresa (Youngs) Perry. She married Gordon R. Uhrig in Flint, MI on December 22, 1973 and he preceded her in death after 43 years of marriage on November 21, 2017. Ernestine was proud to have worked as an EMT. She was a Eucharistic Minister at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Davison, MI and St. Cecelia Catholic Church in Clare, MI. Ernestine taught confirmation at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.

Ernestine is survived by her children, Theresa Brinkman, Patrick Uhrig, Christopher (Kristine Hill) Uhrig, Joelle McLain, Shawn (Gary) Bailey; grandchildren, Gordie, Stefanie, Jerry, Denise, Madison, Patrick, Kayla, Jacob, Gary Lee (Katie), Fiona and Gavin; many great-grandchildren; sister, Sandra Davis; brother-in-law, Jerry (Carol) Uhrig; sister-in-law, Sandy Perry; cousins, Jackie Butz and Roxanne Jones; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother, Donald Perry; Tiny Davis and Jack Butz.

George Lane

GEORGE RAYMOND LANE passed away on February 20, 2019 in Ann Arbor, where he had been living for the last 9 years. Born in Flint on March 27, 1943, he was the son of Everett and Verda (Jenny) Lane. A 1961 graduate of Davison High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force right after graduation, traveled the world for his country and retired in 1981.

He leaves behind his daughter, Kimberly (Hamp) Long; son, James M (Karin Lopez) Lane; grandchildren, Deidra (Scott) King, Mariah and Wyatt Long, Kadon and Corey Lane; sister, Pamela (Neal) Kiefer; as well as his soul mate, Fran LaRiviere. There are also numerous nieces and nephews in the area.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, James E. Lane; sisters, Elizabeth Gagnon and Kathleen Keesler.

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service is planned for next Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 11 a.m. at St John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Davison. Visitation will be for 1 hour prior to the services. A burial service with military honors will be held on the same day at 2:30 p.m. at Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly.

Shirley Jean Gould

GOULD, Shirley Jean – of Columbiaville, age 70, went to be with the Lord on July 31, 2019. A Funeral Liturgy will be held 11 AM Monday, August 5, 2019 at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Rd., Davison; Rev. Fr. Denis Sptizley officiating. Burial will be in Meadowview Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be 2-4 & 6-8 PM Sunday and 10 AM until time of service on Monday.

Shirley was the daughter of Betty (Hanebrink) Pfeiffer and Herbert Hanebrink. She graduated from Davison High School in 1967. Shirley was married for 51 years to Robert Gould, Jr. Together they raised two daughters, Melisa and Susan. Her hobbies included anything to do with the outdoors, waterskiing and knee boarding. Shirley enjoyed car shows and cruises.

Shirley is survived by her husband, Robert Eugene Gould, Jr.; daughters, Melisa (Mike) Urquhart and Susan (Tony) Hall; grandkids, Kody Cooper, Nicole Urquhart, Emma-Sue Hall and Gavin Hall; great-grandchildren, Sophie Cooper and Landon Morales. She was preceded in death by her parents, Betty and Herbert Hanebrink and William Pfeiffer; brother, Herbert.

Annual Senior Day of Appreciation

Seniors, we’re thankful for all that you do in our community and would like to thank you! Catholic Charities’ Genesee County Catholic Council on Aging cordially invites you to the annual Senior Day of Appreciation! Join us on Tuesday, September 17 at St. John.

The day will begin with 10:30 a.m. Mass at St. John with Bishop Boyea, followed by a luncheon. Tickets for the luncheon cost $10.00 and can be purchased from your parish representative no later than August 30.

Paul Foutz

Foutz, Paul John – Age 74, of Grand Blanc, passed away at home surrounded by his loving family, after a long but courageous battle with cancer on Saturday, July 13, 2019. Funeral Mass will be celebrated, 12:00 PM Friday, July 19, 2019 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church 6340 Roberta St., Burton, with an instate time starting at 11a.m.  Visitation will be held 1-8 PM Thursday, July 18, 2019 with a 7PM Rosary being prayed at Sharp Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 1000 Silver Lake Road, Fenton. Those desiring may make contributions to Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church or Old Newsboys of Flint.  

Paul was born October 13, 1944, in Kalamazoo, the son of Regina (Kuyawa) Foutz.  He married his high school sweetheart Shirley Turmell on May 1, 1965 in Flint. They were happily married for 51 years before she was called home to Heaven on August 19, 2016.  Paul retired from General Motors SPO Drayton Plains in 2001, after almost 40 years as an Operations Supervisor.  He was a devoted member of his church and enjoyed golfing, camping, going on cruises and trips to the casino, being outdoors and spending time with his grandchildren.  He was our personal weather reporter, loved chasing storms and could make anyone laugh.  

Paul is survived by his four children, Kristen (Paul Robinson) Foutz, Denise (Mark) Lavalle, Jeffrey Foutz and Brian (Heather) Foutz; grandchildren, Brandon (Courtney), Regina, Jonathan and Kacey; brother Richard (Patty) Foutz; many nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends.  He was preceded in death by his Mother and beloved wife Shirley. 

John Seidel

SEIDEL, John – of Davison, age 82, passed away Thursday, July 11, 2019 at McLaren Flint. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 AM, July 17, 2019 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 6340 Roberta St, Burton, MI 48509; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski celebrant. Visitation will be 1–8 PM Tuesday at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Rd., Davison, MI 48423. A Memorial Service under the auspices of the Davison Knights of Columbus, 3rd Degree Council #4090 and 4th Degree Assembly # 0523   will be held 6 PM Tuesday, and a Rosary will be prayed at 6:30 PM. There will be one hour of visitation prior to the service at church. Burial will be in Great Lakes National Cemetery at 10 AM Thursday, July 18, 2019. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Cerebral Palsy Foundation in honor of Surae Butkovitch’s name.

John was born in Flint, MI on June 3, 1937, son of the late Louis and Mary (Stefanich) Seidel. He married Beverley Fry on January 21, 1961and she preceded him in death. John was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, the Davison Knights of Columbus, 3rd Degree Council #4090 and 4th Degree Assembly # 0523, the Men’s Club, and the Hungarian Club. He worked at Fisher Body- Grand Blanc, retiring in August of 1987.

John is survived by his children, Debbie (Paul) Schlegelmilch, Rabecca (Angelo) Mersino, Gail (Bob) Seidel-Simpson; grandchildren, Joshua (Stephanie), Danielle (Brent), Chelesea (Tom), Cara (Tim), Ciara (Jeff), Chelbie (Mike), Geno (Emily); great-grandchildren, Amelia, Nate, Matilda, Dominic, Vincent, Surae, Aria, Nehemiah, Timberlyn; brothers, Jim (Deanna) Seidel, Tony Seidel; sister, Janet (Norm) Davis; sister-in-law, LaVonia Seidel; special friends, Martha Danner, Lori Bavar, Bill and Brenda Lawson, Joe and Patty Robinson, Barb and Dan Pastor, Al Nemes, Max Katenhus, and Little Brother Joseph Cervantas. He was preceded in death by his brother, David Seidel.

Daniel Smith

SMITH, Daniel Victor – of Davison, MI, age 75, passed away Thursday, July 11, 2019. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 12 PM Monday, July 15, 2019 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton Street, Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski celebrant. Interment immediately following the Mass in St. John Catholic Cemetery. The family will receive visitors 2-8 PM Sunday, July 14, 2019 at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Road, Davison, MI 48423 and 11 AM-12 PM Monday, July 15, 2019 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. A Rosary will be prayed 5 PM Sunday, July 14, 2019 followed by a Memorial Service under the auspices of the Davison Knights of Columbus, 3rd Degree Council #4090 and 4th Degree Assembly # 0523 at Allen Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, in Dan’s memory.

Dan was born in Flint, MI on August 28, 1943, son of the late Ernest and Cecelia (Gauthier) Smith. He married Virginia Stoick on October 17, 1964. Dan retired from General Motors Buick after more than 30 years of service, which included the development of the Chaplaincy Program. He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, the Davison Knights of Columbus, 3rd Degree Council #4090 and 4th Degree Assembly # 0523. Dan enjoyed traveling and photography. After retirement, Dan and Virginia moved to Florida where they both worked at Disney World during the winter and Covenant Hills Camp and Retreat in Otisville, MI during the summer.

Dan is survived by his loving wife, Virginia; 4 children, Daniel (Lisa) Smith, David (Lynette) Smith, Stephen (Marcia) Smith and Ann-Marie Roberts; 6 grandchildren; Tiffany, Thomas, Krysta, Valentina, Bethany and Lindsay; 2 great-grandsons, Tyler and Hunter; 3 sisters, Nola, Rose and June; many other loving family members and friends. He was preceded in death by granddaughter, Kasandra Rose; 1 sister and 4 brothers.

Warren C. Fain

FAIN, Warren C. – of Burton, MI, age 77, passed away Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at his residence. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 AM Saturday, July 13, 2019 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 N. Dayton St., Davison; Rev. Fr. John Fain celebrant. Burial will be in New Calvary Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be 12-3 and 5-8 PM Friday at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Rd., Davison and 10-11 AM Saturday at the church. A Rosary will be prayed 7 PM Friday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the V Foundation for cancer research, 14600 Weston Parkway, Cary, NC 27513.

Warren was born in Flint, MI on October 7, 1941, son of the late Charles and Anna (Mikuta) Fain. He married Barbara Popadich on June 6, 1969. Warren started his professional career as an educator and coach. He taught at St. Mike’s Catholic School, Powers Catholic High School and Bergland High School. Warren also served as an assistant principal for Byron Public Schools. He taught  history and religion. Warren coached both baseball and basketball. He had a passion for basketball and a passion for teaching basketball. This passion inspired and influenced many. Warren still loved attending high school basketball games as well as Mott basketball games. He took special pride in attending the practices and games of his grandchildren.

In 1980, Warren went into business for himself, following in the footsteps of his father who had a successful furniture business, Fain Furniture. Warren built a successful tax preparation and investment business. He had compassion for those he encountered and did whatever he could to help others. Warren was a person that lived his life with great conviction.

Warren loved history, golf, fishing, water skiing, boating and politics. He especially loved visiting his cottage on Torch Lake.

Warren loved spending time with his grandchildren. He enjoyed teaching them about basketball, baseball, history, geography, politics and how to become the best they are capable of becoming in all areas of life. This was how Warren lived his life. He is loved by many.

Warren is survived by his wife of 50 years, Barbara; children, Debbie (Ryan) Ananich, Kathy (Steve) Coughlin, Tom Fain; grandchildren, Luke and Austin Ananich, Jason and Laura Coughlin; sisters, Barbara (Jack) Udell, Caroline (Joe) DuCharme; brother, Jim Fain; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister-in-law, Mary Fain. The family would like to express a special thank you to Warren’s nephew, Chris Fain, niece, Erin Parker and nephew, Fr. John Fain.

Annabelle “Penny” Krustsch

KRUTSCH, Annabelle “Penny” – of Lapeer, MI, went home into the loving arms of God on June 19, 2019. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated 12 PM Friday, July 12, 2019 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 N. Dayton St., Davison, MI 48423; her beloved pastor, Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski celebrant. The family will receive visitors from 11 AM-12 PM Friday, July 12, 2019 at the church.

Penny was nearly 99 years old. Actually “old” was a word never associated with Penny.  When it came to her spirit, she was young in every way.  She has lived an extraordinary life, a model for all who want to answer God’s call to live and walk in His love.  Born in Antwerp, Ohio on September 4, 1920 to Arthur & Teresa (Kelly) Fisher, Penny grew up in Defiance, Ohio. In her early years, she helped her folks out on the farm, following in the footsteps of her three older sisters and one older brother. She felt blessed to have the parents she had, saying they gave their children a loving, secure home where the kids grew up knowing how to work hard and have fun.  On June 22, 1944 she married Kirk Krutsch and embarked on her dream of building a happy home for her husband and children. She loved the fact that she got to live in Boston where her husband served in the US Navy and Ithaca New York as a young bride before returning to Defiance “to settle down.” As a young mother she mastered the work/life balance of homemaking while owning and operating her own small business.  As her children grew she moved into a corporate setting and while she was a valued and dedicated member of the company, her work was never the center of her life. Family and faith were what mattered most to her, and she gave her family and her faith community her all. After living most of her adult life in northwestern Ohio (Defiance and Bryan), she and her husband Kirk enjoyed 20 wonderful years of retirement in Clearwater Florida. During that time she became especially active in her church, St. Michael the Archangel, playing many roles to support the growth of others in their faith journeys.  When her husband passed away in 2000, she moved briefly to California and then in 2003 moved to Davison, Michigan to be near her daughter.  She continued to live a vibrant life and especially cherished her involvement in her church, St. John the Evangelist, where she faithfully took communion to the sick and shut-ins until she was 94 years old.  She loved watching her family grow over the years and thanked God every day for a life filled with the blessings of four children, 12 grandchildren, & 13 great-grandchildren. In celebration of her 95th birthday her children and grandchildren helped her accomplish her one remaining wish: to become a philanthropist! Aware that she had lived an extraordinarily blessed life, she wanted to be able to help others who labored under significant disadvantages and challenges. In her honor, the Penny Krutsch Fund for Women and Girls was established at the Community Foundation of Greater Flint. This gave her great joy and she gave generously to the Fund and was thrilled when others did as well. She loved knowing that even in death she would be making an important difference in the lives of families facing poverty and other hurdles. Her final years were fraught with health challenges but she faced them with courage and relentless optimism. She maintained her amazing mental sharpness until the final few days of her life. Special thanks are extended to her truly beloved physician, Dr. James Walter and nurse, Heather Glanton, who for 15 years were at her side as fierce advocates for her health and well-being. In her final days, Dr. Rita Lang, Sheila Powell, daughter Kathi, son in law Mark and daughter in law Lori supported her transition into Eternal Life.

She is survived by her four children and their spouses: David Krutsch, Paul & Kyle Krutsch, Kathi & Mark Horton and Tom & Lori Krutsch; 11 grandchildren, Corey, April, Kristin, Matthew, Julie, Rachel, Kasie, Alexis, Brooke, Natalie and Jak; 13 great-grandchildren, Trezden, Kiara, Makayla, Taylor, Mason, Arabella, Brayden, Fatiya, Ana, Gabriel, Juliet, Kara and Liam; and her cherished brother, Leo Fisher, who just turned  100. She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Kirk; grandson, Jason; and sisters, Coletta, Mary Cecilia, Gertrude and Madonna.

It was her request that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Penny Krutsch Fund of the Community Foundation (make checks to CFGF and on memo line write Penny Krutsch Fund; mailing address 500 S. Saginaw St., Suite 200, Flint MI 48502).

Grace Ruzicka

RUZICKA, Grace Norma (David) – of Davison, MI, age 86, passed away Saturday, July 6, 2019 at McLaren-Flint. A Mass of Christian Burial will celebrated 12 PM Thursday, July 11, 2019 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton Street, Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. John Machiorlatti celebrant. Burial will follow in Flint Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive visitors 2-8 PM Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Road, Davison, MI 48423 and 11 AM-12 PM Thursday, July 11, 2019 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. A Rosary will be prayed 7 PM Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at Allen Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Genesee County.

Grace Norma (David) Ruzicka was born on September 2, 1932 in Chicago, Illinois, daughter of the late Norman and Fannie (Joseph) David. She graduated from Flint Central High School in 1951 and completed the RN program at the Nazareth School of Nursing in 1954. She went on to become a Head Nurse in Labor and Delivery at St. Joseph Hospital in Flint, Michigan, helping to deliver 1000’s of babies. When St. Joseph created the Family Health Center, she was selected to be the Head Nurse, watching over not only the patients who were treated there, but the medical residents who were completing their rotations in family practice. After retiring from St. Joseph in 1994, Grace spent the next 10 years working in the Oncology Department at Hurley Medical Center and as a part-time nurse at Wheelock Hospital in Goodrich, Michigan. Nursing truly was her passion.

In 1956, Grace married John James Ruzicka and he preceded her in death in 2003. She is survived by her six children, John (Jeanine) Ruzicka, Debra Ruzicka, Diane (Ron) Lane, Dolores (Dave) Hazel, Doris (Steve) Ethier and Frank (Julie) Ruzicka; 15 grandchildren, Melissa Ruzicka, Matthew Ruzicka, Michael Ruzicka, Frank (Karla) Ruzicka, Sarah Ruzicka, David (Tony) Bannasch-Ruzicka, Lindsey (Mitch) Gilbert, Kelly (Stephen) O’Brien, Steven Ethier, Christopher (Paula) Lane, Jessica (Andy) Whitehead, Jacob Lane, Katie Hazel, Kelly Hazel and Tony Hazel;  9 great-grandchildren, Carter, Alek, Ana, Adelaide, Evelyn, Marshall, Dolly, Levi and Jonathan; she also leaves behind her beloved dogs, Sammy and Rosie; many other loving family members and friends.

A special thanks to her caregiver and friend, Doreen. Grace will be dearly missed.

Joseph Grablick

GRABLICK, Joseph M. – of Davison, age 61, passed away July 2, 2019 at his residence. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 1 PM Monday, July 8, 2019 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 N. Dayton St., Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Carl Simon celebrating. Burial will be in St. John Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be 5 – 8 pm Sunday, July 7, 2019 at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Rd., Davison, MI 48423.  There will be one hour visitation before the Mass on Monday. A scripture service will be prayed 7:30 PM Sunday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention or a charity of your choice.

Joe was born in Detroit on April 4, 1958, son of Bernard and Dorothy (Tambling) Grablick. He retired from GM – Grand Blanc Plant. Joe was a skilled tradesman during his employment at GM. He was a member of the Davison Country Club and loved to golf, hunt, fish and snowmobile. Joe was loved by many and will be greatly missed.

Joseph is survived by his daughter, Katie (Nick) Banaszak; mother, Dorothy; brother, Jeff (Brenda); sister, Judy Almasy; nephews, Jason Almasy, Adam Grablick, Ryan Grablick; niece, Stephanie Simpson; very special friend, Randylynn Clarke-Bourassa. He was preceded in death by his father, Bernard; son, Ryan Wecker and stepmother, Pearl Grablick.

Robert Hicks

HICKS, Robert John – Of Grand Blanc, age 78, died Saturday, June 29, 2019 at Ascension Genesys Hospital.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated 11:30am Monday, July 8, 2019 at Blessed Sacrament Church, 6336 Roberta Street, Burton, Father John Machiorlatti officiating.

Cremation will take place following the Mass with burial in Great Lakes National Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Visitation 2-9pm Sunday at the Swartz Funeral Home, 1225 West Hill Road, Flint. A Rosary will be prayed 6pm Sunday evening at the funeral home. Visitation 10:30am Monday at church until the time of the Mass.

Robert was born in Birch Run, Michigan on November 17, 1940, the son of Alfred and Charys (Ostrander) Hicks. He proudly served in the United States Army and continued his service after in the Army Reserves for 20 years. On May 21, 1966 he married Sylvia Kovacs and this year celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary. Robert retired from General Motors after over 40 years. He was an avid reader and loved history and skiing. He also had a great comedic turn on a phrase like no other. Robert could fix anything and was always willing to lend a helping hand. Above all, Robert was a loving husband, devoted father and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

Surviving are wife, Sylvia;

children, Christopher Hicks (Maria Padilla) and Nicole (Shawn)Bowen;

grandsons, Austin and Dylan Bowen;

sister, Barbara LeVac;

many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Charys and brother, James Hicks.

Nathan Edward McManaman

MCMANAMAN, Nathan Edward – formerly of Davison, age 29, passed away June 30, 2019 in Charleston, WV. Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated 2 PM Saturday, July 6, 2019 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 N. Dayton St., Davison; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski, celebrant. Visitation will be 1-4 and 6-8 PM Friday at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Rd., Davison. There will be visitation from 1:30 PM until time of Mass on Saturday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Nathan was born in Flint, MI on January 9, 1990, son of Patrick and Brenda (Arden) McManaman. He was an avid fisherman and loved the outdoors. Nathan had a bright personality and always knew how to bring a smile to everyone’s face.

Nathan is survived by his wife, Demi; brothers, Patrick (Jennifer) McManaman, Michael McManaman (fianceé, Ashelee Smith) and Joshua McManaman (Fianceé, Alyona Ex); grandparents, Beverly McManaman, Leonard Arden, Thomas and Judy Andrzejczac; nephew, Cian McManaman; several aunts and uncles. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, James (Vernon) McManaman.

Margaret “Pat” Stock

Margaret Patricia “Pat” Stock, 92, of Lapeer, died Saturday June 29, 2019. She was born March 15, 1927 in Flint to parents Victor and Grace (Anderson) Goyette.

Raised in the Flint area, Pat graduated from St. Michael’s Catholic School. She was a kind of trail blazer for her generation; as a young, single woman, she enjoyed traveling with friends and relatives, she was especially fond of a trip to Europe. The young Miss Goyette worked for General Motors, until meeting and starting a family with Mr. J. Paul Stock. They were married September 20, 1958 in Flint. Pat & Paul lived and worked on their family dairy farm. She loved her family and will be missed.

Mrs. Stock is survived by her children: Marypat (Craig) Johnson of IL; John (Kathryn) Stock of Lapeer, grandchildren: John Paul (Jeri) Stock, III; Amber Johnson; Anna (Chris) Deane; Katie Johnson, great-grandchildren: Wynter; Valice; Jadyn; John Paul, IV as well as in-laws: Catherine Stock and Ben Kowalcyk. Pat was preceded in death by her husband: J. Paul, x3 sisters, x2 brothers and her parents.

Mrs. Stock’s visitation will be 4:-00-8:00pm Tuesday at Muir Brothers Funeral Home, Lapeer, with a Rosary prayer at 7:00pm. Her funeral mass will be 11:00am Wednesday July 3, 2019 at St. John the Evangelist Church, Davison. The family will receive friends the hour prior to mass, at the church. Burial will conclude services in Mt. Loretto Cemetery, Lapeer.

Donna Simpson

SIMPSON, Donna – of Davison, age 88 passed away June 24, 2019. A Funeral Liturgy will be held 4 PM Friday, June 28, 2019 at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Rd., Davison,  48423; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski celebrant. Visitation will be Thursday, June 27, 2019 2 – 4 PM and 6 – 8 PM. There will also be a two hour visitation before the Funeral Liturgy on Friday. Cremation will follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Humane Society of Genesee County.

Donna was born in Flint on June 7, 1931, daughter of the late William and Dorothy (Roscoe) Maas. She married James M. Simpson Jr. on March 10, 1977. Donna was a member of Davison VFW #4087 Auxiliary and Davison FOE #3589. She was an avid pool player and loved animals.

Donna is survived by her loving husband, James; children, Richard (Kathy) Monroe, Deborah (Joe) Bruno, Linda (Tim) Carnell, Russell Monroe, Robert (Shannon) Monroe and Ritchie (Paula) Monroe; grandchildren, Michael (Paula), Jeffrey, Amanda, Robert, Angela, Margie (Keith), Jack, Jonathon (Macy), Jason (Jacki), Nathan (Jennifer), Tyler, Aaron and Kira; great-grandchildren, Alyssa, Annabelle, Hope, Richard, Benjamin, Randi, Triston, Genesis, Seth, Claire and Matthew. She was preceded in death by her son, Randy.

Dorine Ellen McGlinchey

MCGLINCHEY, Dorine E. – Of Flushing, age 60, passed away Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at Wellbridge of Grand Blanc.

Funeral service will be held 12pm Saturday, June 29, 2019 at the Swartz Funeral Home, 1225 West Hill Road, Flint.

Father Andrew Czajkowski officiating.

Cremation will take place following the service with burial of cremains at St. John Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Genesee County Humane Society or the American Cancer Society.

Visitation 5-8pm Thursday, 2-8pm Friday and 11am Saturday until the time of the service at the funeral home.

Dorine was born in Flint on November 4, 1958, the daughter of the late Shelby and Patricia (Forcier) Edwards. On February 19, 1993, she married Stephen McGlinchey in Charleston, South Carolina. Dorine was employed with Genesys Hospital for 26 years. She loved her work and caring for others. Dorine was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and loved pets.

Surviving are husband, Stephen;

children, Matthew McGlinchey, Michael (Nicole) McGlinchey, Madisen (Logan) MacWebb;

grandchildren, Owen, Adyson, Isebella;

and sisters, Denise and Diane.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Debe and brother-in-law, Gary Craine.

Thomas Edwards

EDWARDS, Thomas R. – of Flint, age 78, passed away at his residence on Saturday, June 15, 2019. A Mass of Christian Burial, with Military Honors, will be celebrated 11 AM Friday, June 21, 2019 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 N. Dayton St., Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski celebrant. Burial will be in Great Lakes National Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be 1–8 PM Thursday, June 20, 2019 at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Rd., Davison, MI 48423. A Rosary will be prayed at 6 PM Thursday, June 20, 2019 followed by a Memorial Service under the auspices of the Davison Knights of Columbus, 3rd Degree Council #4090 and 4th Degree Assembly # 0523. There will be one hour of visitation prior to the Mass on Friday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church Organ Fund.

Thomas was born in Flint, MI on May 29, 1941, the oldest of seven boys, the son of the late Thomas and Catherine (Carver) Edwards. The family moved to East Detroit, and he attended school there. Tom entered the U.S. Marine Corp. in 1959 and served honorably until 1963. After being discharged, he worked in the steel mill and went to college to become a draftsman. He married Marysue St. Martin, and from this union had two daughters. After returning to Flint, Tom became a very successful car salesman for McGillivry Buick and Blain Buick. Later in Life, he went back to his engineering career at Excel Corp. in Fenton, and worked his way up to President and CEO. Tom finished his career at Fata Automation. On July 28, 1994, he married his loving wife, Marilyn (Steele) Crist, and she survives him. Tom was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church and was a 4th Degree Knight with the Knights of Columbus.

Thomas is survived by his wife, Marilyn; daughters, Anne-Marie (Dennis) Anderson, Suzanne (Jessie) Thompson; four loving step-children, Scott (Tammy) Crist, Rebecca Ritchie, Brenda Crist, Anne (Anthony) Pariseau; grandchildren, Randy Watkins, Joshua Ritchie, Rory and Austin Pariseau, Miya, Dennis and Mikayla Anderson, Phoenix Thompson; brothers, David (Kim) Edwards, Gary (Marian) Edwards; as well as several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Gerald, Terry, John and William.

Margaret Green

GREEN, Margaret L. (Malloy) – of Davison, MI, age 97, passed away Sunday, June 16, 2019. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:30 AM Thursday, June 20, 2019 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton Street, Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski celebrant. Interment immediately following the Mass in St. John Catholic Cemetery. The family will receive visitors 4-7 PM Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Road, Davison, MI 48423 and 9:30-10:30 AM Thursday, June 20, 2019 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Kindred Hospice, in Margaret’s memory.

Margaret was born in Maple Grove, MI on March 9, 1922, daughter of the late James and Margaret (Londrigan) Malloy. She married Frank Green on June 1, 1946 and he preceded her in death in 1991. Margaret retired from AC Spark Plug in 1979 after 34 years of service. She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.

Margaret is survived by 3 children, Michael (Vicki) Green, James Green and Eugene (Jill) Green; 9 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; son-in-law, Gary Kjoller; sister, Roselyn King; many other loving family members and friends. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Patricia Kjoller; grandson, Jay Kjoller; 3 sisters, Marie Frances Malloy, Evelyn Malloy and Lois LaRocque; 2 brothers, Bernerd Malloy and Howard Malloy.

The family would like to extend a very sincere thank you to the nurses and staff of Kindred Hospice and The Pines of Goodrich for their compassionate and professional care of Margaret.

Colleen Madigan

Colleen Madigan died peacefully in her sleep on June 10, 2019, at Dickinson Memorial Hospital, Iron Mountain, MI. She was 90 years old. She was born in Detroit, Michigan, and lived most of her life in southeast Michigan. She had many friends and extended family, was a hard worker as a nurse and mother, and she was a devoted Catholic. Colleen enjoyed reading, gardening, and socializing with friends and family. She is survived by seven children; Terrence Cox (Terry), Daniel Madigan, Kathryn Madigan, Brian Cox (Ann), John Cox (Lori), Patricia
Madigan, and Christopher Cox (Robin); one brother, William Madigan; eighteen grandchildren; and many great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Kathleen Madigan; a grandson, Brendan Cox; her first husband, Jack Cox; her father and mother, Roy and Katherine Madigan; and two brothers, Terrence and Bob Madigan.

A funeral mass will be held for Colleen at St. John’s Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton St. in Davison, Michigan 48423, on July 6th, 2019, at 12:00 noon. Afterwards a celebration of her life will be held at South Dayton St. at about 2 p.m. Memorials may be made to St. John’s Evangelist Catholic Church or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Pilgrimage to Poland with the Diocese of Lansing

The Diocese of Lansing invites you on a pilgrimage to Poland to commemorate Pope St. John Paul II’s 100thbirthday, May 13-22, 2020.

Join us for an informational presentation in the following parishes at 7PM

  • June 24, 2019 – St. Thomas the Apostle (Ann Arbor)
  • June 25, 2019 – St. Patrick (Brighton)
  • June 27, 2019 – St. Mary (Williamston)
  • July 16, 2019 – Queen of the Miraculous Medal (Jackson)
  • July 23, 2019 – St. Gerard (Lansing)
  • August 5, 2019 – Holy Family (Grand Blanc)

Father Mark Rutherford will be traveling as Chaplain on the Diocese of Lansing’s sacred journey to awe-inspiring Poland on May 13-22, 2020. This will surely be a cultural and faith-filled experience as attendees traverse Poland’s beautiful countryside, visiting historical locations and attending Mass at churches near and dear to Pope St. John Paul II.

Anyone interested in learning more about this opportunity is encouraged to attend one of the information presentations (see schedule above). They can also contact Corporate Travel Service at 886.468.1420 for more details or reservations.

La Belle Seine Featuring Paris and Normandy

Join Fr. Andrew for a cruise on the Seine River featuring Paris and Normandy from October 12-22, 2020. There will be no more than 150 passengers on the cruise and we’ve reserved 80 seats! Please view all of the forms below for more details. This is an amazing bucket list opportunity – invite your family members, friends, or classmates!

River Cruise 2020 Details

Available Options for Cruise

Reservation Form

Credit Card Authorization

Mary Lou Miller

MILLER, Mary Lou – of Flint, age 85, died Thursday, May 2, 2019 at Kith Haven in Flint. Honoring her wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial Mass will be held 10:30AM, Saturday, June 8, 2019 at St. Johns Catholic Church, 404 N. Dayton Street, Davison. Fr. Andrew Czajkowski officiating. Family will receive visitors at the church on Saturday from 9:30AM until the time of Mass at 10:30AM. Memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Catholic Church of Davison.

Mary Lou was born March 9, 1934 in Flint, Michigan to the late Ernest and Isabella (Sutter) Roesner. She married Ronald Miller on October 26, 1957 in Flint. Mary Lou worked briefly for General Motors and also worked as a Lunch Supervisor for Dye Elementary in Flint. She was a member of St. Johns Catholic Church in Davison. Mary Lou enjoyed going to the casino, traveling, and cheering on her Michigan Wolverines. She also enjoyed reading books, visiting with other residents and family and friends. She loved having long talks with Kathy, the receptionist at Kith Haven, who eventually became a dear friend of Mary Lou’s.

Surviving are: Husband, Ronald Miller; Children: Timothy (Cindy) Miller, Stephen (Patty) Miller, and Veronica (Julie) Miller; Grandchildren: Lauren Bowen, Lindsay Hill, and Kyle Miller; Great grandson, Christian Bowen; Daughter-in-law, Karyn Miller; Brother, Harold (Tiny) Roesner and Sister-in-laws, Geraldine Roesner and Janet Roesner; Several nieces and nephews, and very dear friend Mary Lou Fink. She was also preceded in death by: Son, Richard “Richie” Miller; Brothers: John, Ralph and Robert Roesner; Sister: Eva Hilvers and husband, Elmer; Sister-in-laws: Colleen Roesner and Lena Roesner. The family would like to extend a special thank you to nieces, Joanne Kelley and Libby Pittenger for always being there for Aunt Mary Lou. They would also like to thank the staff at Kith Haven for their daily care during the twelve years of Mary Lou’s residency there. Please sign our guest book or share an online condolence with the family at www.oguinnfh.com.

Summer Mass Schedule & Family Center Hours

Mass Schedule

Our Summer Mass schedule has begun and will run through Sunday, September 3.

Saturday
4:30 p.m.
6:00 p.m. (Blessed Sacrament)

Sunday
7:30 a.m.
9:00 a.m. (Blessed Sacrament)
10:00 a.m.
12:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m.

Family Center and Eagles’ Nest

Summer hours for the Family Center and Eagle’s Nest have begun and will run until September 15, 2019.

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

Eagle’s Nest
Due to popular demand, we will be offering Eagles’ Nest this summer ONLY during the 10:00 a.m. Sunday Mass from Sunday, May 19.

 

 

Gregory Vaughn, Jr.

Gregory Dennis Vaughn, Jr., 41, of North Branch and Lapeer, died Monday, May 20, 2019.

Gregory was born December 17, 1977 in Pontiac to Gregory and Susan Marie (Humphreys) Vaughn. He graduated from Lapeer West High School, class of 1996. Greg was a proud member of the 1995 Lapeer West State Champion football team. He was a gifted musician throughout his entire life and enjoyed playing the guitar and had an excellent singing voice. Greg was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a gifted tattoo artist. Above all, Greg loved his three children.

Greg is survived by his wife, Elizabeth “Liz” Vaughn; children:Griffin, Raven and Leighla Vaughn; parents, Susan and Gregory Sr. Vaughn of North Branch; grandmother, Dolores Humphreys of Waterford; siblings: Heather Vaughn of Dearborn, Brenda (Gregory) Scott of Westland, Melissa “Missy” (Timothy) Gajda of Fostoria, Kimberly (Jeremy) Kinder of Columbiaville, Garrett (Kristina) Vaughn of North Branch and Gabriel (Leah) Vaughn of Burton. Greg is also survived by many, many nieces and nephews. Greg was preceded in death by his grandparents: Alfred “Curly” and Maxine Vaughn and Gerald Humphreys Sr. and his grandfather-in-law, Ian Keith.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Golden Arrow – Lapeer or St. Vincent DePaul.

A gathering will be held from 1-8PM Friday, May 24, 2019 at Muir Brothers Funeral Home, Lapeer. The Rosary will be prayed at 7PM Friday evening at Muir’s. A memorial Mass will be held at 10:00AM Saturday, May 25, 2019 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton Street, Davison, Michigan 48423. Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski celebrant. Burial will be in Mt. Loretto Cemetery, Lapeer. Greg’s family will receive friends from 9-10AM at St. John’s the morning of Mass.

Statement on Rev. Joseph Aubin

Rev Joseph Aubin, a Senior Priest of the Diocese of Lansing, has been removed from public ministry due to a credible allegation, dating to the 1960s, of instances of inappropriate behavior of a sexual nature involving a minor. Father Aubin served St John the Evangelist Parish, Davison, as Pastor from 1977-1983.

If you or someone you know has been harmed by someone representing the Church, call the police. In addition, you may also report through the law enforcement toll-free reporting hotline at (844) 324-3374 (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or by email at aginvestigations@michigan.gov

In cases of sexual abuse of a minor you may contact the diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator, Cheryl Williams-Hecksel, 888-308-6252 or via e-mail to: cwilliamshecksel@dioceseoflansing.org

If you have experienced harassment or abuse as a church employee, you may contact the third-party reporting service, Lighthouse by calling the hotline at 844-446-0009.

You may also contact the diocesan Director of Human Resources, Lisa Kutas at 517-342-2511, or via e-mail to:  lkutas@dioceseoflansing.org

Promise to Protect Pledge to Heal

If you have been abused or victimized by someone representing the Catholic Church –

Please believe in the possibility for hope and help and healing.  We encourage you to come forward and speak out. Every diocese in the United States now has a victim assistance coordinator who is available to obtain support for your needs, to help make a formal complaint of abuse to the diocese and to arrange a personal meeting with the bishop or his representative if you desire.  The Victim Assistance Coordinator for the Diocese of Lansing is:

Cheryl Williams-Hecksel, LMSW
1-888-308-6252, or via email:
cwilliamshecksel@dioceseoflansing.org

In addition, you may also report through the law enforcement toll-free reporting hotline at (844) 324-3374  (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or by email at aginvestigations@michigan.gov.

Join us at the Welcome Desk!

Calling all fun and friendly people! Have you always wanted to volunteer at your parish but just weren’t sure where you fit in? Join us at the Family Center Welcome Desk! You can help out at almost any age and any time of day. Whether you can only volunteer periodically or on a set weekly schedule, we could use your help! Side-effects of volunteering at the welcome desk may include: making new friends, learning new things, and hearing all the latest and greatest stories from your community. There is an immediate need for all time slots. Please call Tina at 810-652-0304 ext.269 for more information.

Join the St. John Choir!

Have you ever thought about joining choir? Now’s the perfect time! St. John choirs began a new season in September and there are options for all ages and abilities. Take a look at all our opportunities and schedules to find the fit that’s perfect for you. All are welcome! Please contact Julie Richards at (810) 658-1135 to sign up.

St. John Resurrection Choir
-Availability for funeral liturgies (you do not have to be at every funeral)
-A kind and gentle spirit
-Willingness to take direction

St. John Kristal Bells (ages 5-9)
-Must know colors
-One rehearsal prior to a scheduled Liturgy (absolutely required)
-Register with the PREP office

St. John Celebration Brass Ensemble and Instrumentalists
-Do you play a musical instrument?
-St. John offers opportunities to enhance the Sunday Liturgy with various instruments

St. John Singing Angels Choir (grades 2 and beyond)
-Only requirement is a love of music!
-Rehearsals will begin on Tuesday, October 9th from 4:15 p.m.-5:15pm
-Commitment to rehearsals and performances is a must!
-Register through the PREP office

St. John Faith Ringers (adult and high school age)
-This choir rings on an average of once per month
-Rehearsals on Monday evenings from 6:00-7:00 p.m. beginning on Monday, September 10
-Must be available on holidays
-If enough people are willing, a new hand bell choir will be formed

St. John Celebration Choir (adult and high school age)
-Rehearsals on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. beginning Wednesday, September 5
-Sings at the 10:00 a.m. liturgy on Sunday

St. John Schola Cantorum
-Small group of vocalists who have studied music in high school, college, and beyond
-Members of the high school Schola are cantors or are being trained to cantor
-There are limited openings for this choir that performs difficult music with few rehearsals

Cantor
-We are always in need of a cantor and will provide training
-Rehearsals begin on Monday, November 5th from 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Bishop Earl Boyea’s Statement on the Current Sexual Abuse Crisis

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

           I am writing this to you due to the recent removal of Archbishop Theodore McCarrick from ministry and the release of the grand jury report on clergy abuse in Pennsylvania. Once again, the sins of clergy have hurt victims, scandalized the faithful, raised anger in many hearts, and brought ill-repute upon the Catholic Church. Archbishop McCarrick’s abuse of minors, his homosexual activity and his abuse of seminarians and young priests are beyond the pale. The sins of anyone who sexually abuses children is abhorrent, most especially clergy. In addition, some knew about these crimes and did nothing to address this behavior. I am as shocked as you. So, first of all, I apologize for their behavior and the behavior of those who did nothing to stop it. It is incredibly wearying and demoralizing to hear yet again about these sexual sins and crimes. Let us hold each other in prayer.

As you may know, each bishop is ultimately responsible to the Holy Father, who is the only one who can remove a bishop. Still, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops will be discussing how we bishops might attempt to hold one another accountable, given this limitation. I can never give a guarantee that there will not be other clerics who violate their promise of celibacy and abuse their positions. We are all sinners. The Lord Jesus knew what these sinful clergy did just as he knows our sinful selves as well. Beyond what we can do as human beings to address the behavior of one another, we also commend ourselves and each other to the charity and justice of our God. We offer our prayers for the healing of victims of abuse but the time has come for us bishops to do more to hold one another accountable.

Christ is our hope in all things. May God have mercy on us all.

Bishop Earl Boyea, Diocese of Lansing

Shop with SCRIP: Easy Fundraising

Easy Fundraising for our Church

Did you know that you can buy pre-paid cards (SCRIP) from our parish office? These cards are for you to purchase everything from gas to groceries to food at restaurants and clothes at your local retail store. Purchasing SCRIP costs you only what you want to spend. With SCRIP, you are paying face value and you are getting face value; however, a percentage goes to The Community of St. John and Blessed Sacrament – ultimately making a big difference with less effort all around. You choose the card limits. By using prepaid SCRIP cards you are helping our parish. Click the Order Form, to see the list of businesses in which you can buy a pre-paid card, call the parish office (810-653-2377 ) with questions or stop by to purchase the pre-paid cards.

 

St. John & Blessed Sacrament Best Kept Secret: ‘The Most Holy Gift Shop’

“The Most Holy Gift Shop” is located off the Gathering Space in St. John Catholic Church

Please visit us soon and make us your first stop for beautiful gifts and accessories that proudly reflect and celebrate our Catholic heritage and traditions.
 

Hours:
Tuesday & Thursday 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Saturday: 3:30 
to 6:00 pm
Sunday: 9:30 to 1:30 pm

Or by appointment call:
Sandy at 810-240-7451 or
Larry at 810-280-1677

 

The Traveling ‘Our Lady of Fatima Statue’ is available to visit your home!

The Traveling ‘Our Lady of Fatima Statue’ is available to visit your home!
 
“Do not imagine that Mary, the most fruitful of creatures who gave birth to God, remains barren in a faithful soul. It will be she who makes the soul live incessantly for Jesus Christ, and will make Jesus live in the soul.” -St. Louis Montfort
 
If you are interested in having The Statue of Fatima visit your hoe, please contact Maria Pavelich by phone at 810-730-0703 or email: maria.pavelich@yahoo.com. It’s a great way to honor our Mother Mary and a real blessing to families to have this statue in your home for a week.
 
Sponsored by the World Apostolate of Fatima-Genesee County Chapter. For a calendar of our First Saturday masses, go to Facebook and search for the ‘World Apostolate of Fatima – Genesee County’ or contact aria Pavelich.

Catholic Charities

As you do your spring cleaning, please remember Catholic Charities’ Center for Hope Community Closet. We are in need of new or gently used towels, sheets, and comforters.  We will also gladly accept clothing, furniture, working appliances, household items, and personal hygiene items. For more information, please call 810-265-7025.

Sign-Up for FORMED

FORMED is an exciting new gateway to the best Catholic teaching videos, books, and audio talks to deepen your parishioners’ relationship with Christ and his Church.  All in one place. Accessible on most smart phone, tablets and computers. Please view the video below for an overview on FORMED and click the link below the video to register for FREE now!

To register for FORMED follow this link and input the code 77XNVP to the ACCESS CODE box.  

 

 

 

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!

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.