Take a 33-day Journey!

33 Days to Morning Glory is a do-it-yourself retreat in preparation for Marian consecration, written by Fr. Michael Gaitley.

What is Marian consecration? When we give ourselves to Mary to be formed into the image of her Son, Jesus.

When Does it Start: This at-home retreat would start on Wednesday, April 10.

When Does it End: On Monday, May 13, which is the anniversary of the first apparition of Mary to the children in Fatima, Portugal, participants can attend confession, mass and be consecrated (prayer and blessing).

Additional Information:

Fr. John, who has gone through and supports this devotion, and is offering the book for those who would like to sign up to participate.  There is a reading and meditation every day for 33 days.

Anyone interested in participating in this wonderful devotion can contact Maria Pavelich at (810) 730-0703.  There will also be books and a sign-up sheet in the gathering space at church.

 

“This devotion was a decisive turning point in my life.” -St. John Paul II

Audrey Anselmo

ANSELMO, Audrey – of Davison, age 82, our earthly angel passed away peacefully at home on March 17, 2019. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 12 PM Thursday, March 21, 2019 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 N. Dayton St., Davison; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski celebrant. Burial will be in St. John Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be 5-8 PM Tuesday, 12-3 and 5-8 PM Wednesday at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Rd., Davison. There will be one hour of visitation prior to the Mass on Thursday at the church. A Scripture Service will be held 6 PM Wednesday at the funeral home.

Audrey was born in Flint, MI on January 25, 1937, daughter of the late Theodore and Alice (Keefer) Saunders. She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Audrey was very devoted to her family. She was a homemaker who loved cooking, baking and finding new recipes. Audrey was a role model to many and gave unselfishly of herself to others.

Audrey is survived by her loving husband of 58 years, Gaetano Anselmo; devoted children, Marisa Jackson, Michelle Anselmo, Maria (Paul) Schubring and Guy (Joyce) Anselmo; grandchildren, Marisa Hughey, Gaetano (Kristin) Anselmo, Alexandrea Schubring, Aubrey (Steve) Ehrke and Hannah Schubring; great-grandchildren, Cruz Anselmo, Marisa Hughey, Cade Anselmo and Baby Ehrke; sister, Barbara Allen; sisters-in-law, Vita Zuccaro, Nina Modica, Antonia (Ernesto) Spinnato and Giuseppa Badagliacca; many loving nieces and nephews; goddaughter, Rosa Gooch. She was preceded in death by sisters-in-law, Rosalia Anselmo, Messina Spinnato and Nita Anselmo; brothers-in-law, Clarence Allen and Isodoro Anselmo.

Cathy Jo Ramirez

RAMIREZ, Cathy Jo – of Flint, age 59, passed away March 9, 2019 at her residence. A Memorial Service, with a Rosary, will be held 4 PM Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Rd., Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Wednesday. Respecting Cathy’s wishes, cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan.

Cathy was born in Flint, MI on December 19, 1959, daughter of Ruben and Marita (Campeau) Vasquez. Cathy never knew a stranger and made new friends everywhere she went. She cherished spending time with her family and always brightened the room with stories, laughter and her cooking.

Cathy is survived by her children, Alan Eugene Trimue II, Jesse Alan Trimue, Richard William Trimue, Jasyn Michael Trimue and their father, Alan Trimue, Ulises Christopher (Amber Graves) Ramirez, Alexis Lauren (Mikell) West, Florentino Ruben (Anne) Ramirez, BriAna Elise (Reed) Ramirez and Cheyenne Perez; Grandchildren, Enrique, Jasyn Dane, Jesse, Aryana, Isabella, Christiano, Gabriel, Ethan Jacob, Demetrick, Jamarion, Carmelita, Ethan Francis, Mae, Gianna, Lincoln, and Ella Rose; life partner, Carlos Perez; siblings, Kimberly Vasquez, Keri Vasquez, Carmen (Daniel) Beaudoin, Candice (Mark Upchurch) Vasquez and Ruben (Teresa) Vasquez II; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by husband, Ulises Ramirez.

 

Robert and Jean Campbell

Jean Clare Campbell of Richfield Township, age 84, died Saturday March2, 2019 at her residence. Honoring her wishes cremation has taken place. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated  at 12:00 noon Thursday March 14, 2019 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church 404 Dayton St. Davison, Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski,. Private interment will be held at St. John Cemetery. Family will receive visitors from 11:00 am Thursday until time of services at the church. Those desiring may make contributions in Jean’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Foundation or the charity of your choice.

Jean was born in Newberry Michigan on February 6, 1935 the daughter of the late Jack & Helen (Shelson) Phillips and has resided in the Davison area most of her life. She was joined in marriage to Robert C. Campbell on Nov. 14, 1953 and he preceded her in death on December 20, 2011. She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Davison.

Surviving are children: Robert & Glenna Campbell, Mike & Dawn Campbell, and Cathy South. She also leaves her eight grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild. Also surviving is brother Pete & Josephine Phillips and many extended family members and friends. Jean is preceded in death by daughter Patty Elizondo, three brothers, and one sister.

 

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Facility Set-up Person

FACILITY SET UP PERSON (Part Time)

This position is responsible for event set up, breakdown, and cleaning of banquet facilities.

Requirements:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • must be able to work varying shift hours
  • must be able to work weekends
  • no physical limitations

 

TO APPLY:
Submit application to Business Manager Laurie Miles, lmiles@stjohndavison.org

Click Here for  Employment Application

 

 

 

Job Opportunity – Coordinator of Religious Education

Coordinator of Religious Education Pre K-6 for the Community of St. John the Evangelist and Blessed Sacrament.  Position description and application are available from the Parish Office or below.  Applicants are asked to complete application form and submit current resume and minimum of three professional references  to C/O Search Committee, 404 N. Dayton Street, Davison, MI  48423. Deadline for applications  – Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 4:30 p.m.

Employment Application

Position Description

Position Title: Coordinator of Religious Education Pre K-6

Status: Exempt

Basic Objectives: To assist the Pastor in his director of the parish.

Full-Time: August 15 to June 15

Major Duties and Responsibilities Pre K-6 Coordinator:

  1. Supervise the office and program management for Pre K-6.
  2. Plan the religious education curriculum for Pre K-6.
  3. Direct and implement the recruitment, training, orientation, in-service and assignments of catechists.
  4. Provide substitutes for catechists as needed.
  5. Direct and implement sacramental programs for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist for students as well as parents. This includes special Sacramental preparation for those who are above the 2nd grade level and for those who have special needs.
  6. Submit an annual budget in conjunction with other coordinators.
  7. Attend monthly Department meetings and other staff meetings.
  8. Evaluate and submit curriculum recommendations to Pastor.
  9. Meet with parents and catechists on a regular basis and as needs arise.
  10. Attend local, regional and diocesan ministry related meetings, seminars and workshops.
  11. Plan liturgies at each grade level and one each for Christmas and Easter
  12. Plan Senior Thanksgiving Dinner and Mary Celebration with Youth Minister Grades 7-12.
  13. Plan retreat for First Eucharist children and their parents.
  14. Keep catechists informed through a weekly newsletter/email.
  15. Keep parents informed through emails as needed.

Coordinator of Religious Education Pre K-6

  1. Bulletin announcements weekly or as needed.
  2. Organize and use volunteers for events and special projects.
  3. Plan and coordinate receptions for special events.
  4. Provide an atmosphere of openness, hospitality, Christianity and service to all encountered as a member of The Catholic Community of St. John and Blessed Sacrament Parish Staff
  5. Plan P.R.E.P. calendar each year.
  6. Order textbooks and materials each year.
  7. Cooperate with other staff members and parishioners when they are in need and when it directly impacts on Pre K-6 program
  8. Provide formation opportunities for catechists and encourage attendance.
  9. Respond as needs arise to promote unity of staff and parishioners.
  10. Attend parish functions whenever possible.
  11. Participates in Parish Stewardship efforts to engage persons in sharing their time and talents.

Qualifications:

  1. Advanced Catechist Certification
  2. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd trained, preferred

Accountability:

  1. Pastor/Direct
  2. Meetings with Pastor (as warranted)
  3. Special meeting called when implementation of area of ministry warranted

Follow directives of Pastor for any other activities not specifically detailed here.

Lenten Stations of the Cross

Join us for Stations of the Cross every Wednesday and Friday during Lent.

Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. followed by a soup lunch and led by:
March 13 – Men’s Club
March 20 – 50 & Over Club
March 27 – 3rd & 4th Degree Knights of Columbus
April 3 – Shawl Committee
April 10 – PENANCE SERVICE
April 17 – Singing Knights

Fridays at 7:00 p.m. led by:
March 8 – Fr. Carl
March 15 – Fish Fry
March 22 – Daughters of Isabella
March 29 – Women’s Empowerment Group
April 5 – Altar Society
April 12 – Worship Committee
Good Friday – Fr. Andrew

Kristi Rosneck

ROSNECK, Kristi Lorraine (Sauve) – of Ypsilanti, age 60, was carried to heaven surrounded by her children on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at Michigan Medicine (U of M). A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 11 AM Saturday, March 9, 2019 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 N. Dayton St., Davison; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski celebrant. Visitation will be 4-8 PM Friday at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Rd., Davison and 10 – 11 AM Saturday at the church. A Rosary will be prayed at 7 PM Friday. Cremation will follow the Mass. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family.

Kristi was born in Flint, MI on September 21, 1958, daughter of the late Richard and Geraldine (Lorang) Sauve. She was a nurse at St. Joseph Hospital and Genesys Regional Medical Center for 39 years, working in OB and loved spending time with the babies in the nursery. Kristi was a devout member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. She enjoyed arts and crafts, making honey pots and traveling. Kristi especially loved her dog, Finn and spending time with her children, family and friends.

Kristi is survived by her children, Jacob, Nathaniel and Madison Rosneck; siblings, Antonette (Jon) Stoyak, Paula (Peter Hogan) Sauve, Mary Jo (Michael) Knox, Lori (Paul) Ripple, Richard (Teri) Sauve; former husband, Jim Rosneck; special niece, Lauren Robertstad; sisters-in-law, Theresa Cook and Catherine Robertstad; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her niece Mary Beth Knox.

Oak Tables and Chair for Sale

Help us out with some spring cleaning! We’re selling tables and chairs that were used in the parish library. We have (5) 3’x6’x29″ oak finished library tables @ $75.00 each and (10) matching upholstered solid oak sled based armless chairs @ $40.00 each or buy a set of one table and 4 chairs @ $200.00. Cash only. No trades. Can be seen M-F 7:00 am to 3:30 pm by appointment.

Theresa Donajkowski

DONAJKOWSKI, Theresa R. “Terri” – a long-time resident of Davison, age 89, passed peacefully on February 25, 2019, under the care of Hospice in Howell, MI. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 AM Saturday, March 2, 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 St. John Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday, March 1, 2019 from 2-4 & 6-8 PM at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Rd., Davison, MI. A Rosary will be prayed at 6 PM on Friday. There will be one hour of visitation prior to the Mass on Saturday at church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Davison.

Theresa was born on April 3, 1929 in Posen, MI, the 10th of 12 children of John and Anna Pokorski. Theresa graduated from St. Casimir Catholic High School in Posen, MI. She married Louis Donajkowski on October 15, 1949 at St. Casimir Church. Theresa resided in Davison from 1950 to 2018. She was an active member of St. John The Evangelist Catholic Church as Eucharistic Minister and Lector beginning in 1973.  Theresa held many other positions at St. John’s, including, bereavement meal coordinator, Pastoral Council President, Altar Society President, Vice-President, Secretary, Worship Commissioner and Chair of Art and Environment.  She was also active in Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts.  Theresa was employed by Regal Funeral Homes as a secretary, by Engravers Point as a manager and she retired after 15 years as a Legal Assistant.

She will be lovingly remembered by her husband, Louis; daughter, Monica (Joe) Urban; 2 sons, Ken (Mimi) Donajkowski and Roland (Louanna) Donajkowski; son-in-law, Doug Hawker. Theresa will also be fondly remembered by her 17 grandchildren and her 17 great-grandchildren. Theresa was preceded in death by her daughter, Lois Hawker and 9 brothers and sisters.

Michael Wyatt

WYATT, Michael “Mike” Elmo – of Perry, MI, age 67, passed away Sunday, February 24, 2019 at Addington Place of Grand Blanc. A Funeral Liturgy will he held 1 PM Monday, March 4, 2019 at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Rd., Davison, MI 48423;  Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski officiating. Cremation will follow the service. Visitation will be 11 AM-1 PM prior to the service on Monday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family.

Mike was born in Flint, MI on September 18, 1951, son of the late Virgil and Ann (Gornicki) Wyatt. He retired from AC Spark Plug/Delphi as an electrician after 32 years of service.

Mike is survived by his sons, Nick Wyatt and Jason Wyatt; nephew, Mike Wyatt. He was preceded in death by brothers, Phil V. Wyatt and Charlie R. Wyatt.

Paul Schloff

SCHLOFF, Paul – of Davison, age 72, passed away February 23, 2019 at Victoria’s House Assisted Living. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 11 AM Wednesday, February 27, 2019 followed by Military Honors at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 N. Dayton St., Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski celebrant. Cremation will follow the Mass. Visitation will be 2 – 4 PM and  6 – 8 PM Tuesday at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Rd., Davison, MI 48423. There will be visitation one hour prior to the Mass on Wednesday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Michigan Parkinson Foundation or The World Canine Freestyle Organization.

Paul was born in Detroit, MI on October 30, 1946, son of the late John and Margaret (Stephan) Schloff. He married Anna Maria Docherty on August 24, 1973. Paul served his country in the United States Army during Vietnam. He worked at Apex Broach and Machine as a machinist and later worked for Lake Orion Schools. Paul enjoyed golf, traveling, camping and going to the movies. Paul loved spending time with his wife helping her at dog shows and taking trips to Tawas. His grandchildren meant the world to him.

Paul is survived by his wife, Anna; sons, John Schloff, Brian (Deborah) Schloff and Patrick (Alexa) Schloff; grandchildren. Alison, Zakary, Delaney and Colin; sister, Patricia (Michael) Greenen. He is preceded in death by his sister, Phyllis Kaufman.

Karen Gajda

Karen Victoria Gajda (nee Broniecki), 70 of Metamora, after a battle with pancreatic cancer has passed away on 16 February 2019 at Genesys Regional Medical Center.

Karen was born in Detroit, Michigan August 3, 1948 to Leo and Ruth (Lansburg) Broniecki. She graduated from Avondale High School, class of 1966. She met her husband, Stanley Gajda, when she was five and he was seven. They were life long sweethearts. They married August 19, 1967 at Sacred Heart Church, Auburn Hills, Michigan and were married for over 51 years. Karen and Stan had four children and ten grandchildren. Karen loved being a grandma and spoiling her grandkids at Christmas and giving them their traditional Christmas pajamas. Karen loved Christmas and decorated every inch of the house and had Stan decorate the yard. People came from all over to see the yard at Christmas. During the summer Karen could be found in one of her many flower beds. Karen loved spending time with her family, be it up north around the firepit, family gathers, out on the boat or just a when her grandchild would just stop in just to talk.

Karen is survived by her husband Stanley Gajda, children: Elizabeth Gajda (Timothy Mitchell) of Lapeer, MI, Victoria (Timothy) O’Neill of Lapeer, MI, James Gajda of Metamora, MI, Timothy (Melissa) Gajda of Fostoria, MI. Grandchildren: Ashlea Ransom, Amber Gutman, Erich Gutman, Haley Luke (Jacob), Hunter Gajda, Olivia Gajda, Annessa O’Neill, Hope O’Neill, Alaina O’Neill, and Timothy O’Neill. Great-grand son Thomas and great-grand-daughter Jordan. Father, Leo Broniecki. She was preceded in death by her mother Ruth and brother James Broniecki.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 9:00AM Saturday, February 23, 2019 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton Street, Davison, Michigan 48423, Rev. Father Andrew A. Czajkowski celebrant. A gathering will be held from 4 – 8 PM Friday at Muir Brothers Funeral Home, 1021 South Lapeer Road, Lapeer, Michigan 48446. The Rosary will be prayed at 6PM Friday evening at Muir Brothers. There will be one hour of gathering prior to the Mass on Saturday morning at the church.

Roland S. Miller

MILLER, Roland S. “Ron” – of Davison, MI, age 83, passed away Friday, February 15, 2019 at Ascension Genesys Hospital in Grand Blanc, MI. Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Mass will be held 12 PM Thursday, February 21, 2019 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton Street, Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Kenneth Coughlin celebrant. The family will receive visitors for food and fellowship immediately following the Mass. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, in Ron’s memory.

Ron was born in Flint, MI on May 13, 1935, son of the late Sherman and Alice (Peppler) Miller. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. He was a graduate of Davison High School Class of 1953 and has lived in the Davison area for 83 years. Ron married Dolores Harbus on March 22, 1957. He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Davison, MI. Ron and his father, Sherman, owned and operated Miller’s Barber Shop for 56 years. He enjoyed bowling, hunting, fishing and loved spending time in the outdoors.

Ron is survived by his loving wife, Dolores; daughter, Melody Miller-Wasik; son, Loren “Scott” Miller; grandson, Joshua (Leslie) Wasik; 2 great-granddaughters, Brooke Wasik and Emma Wasik; brother, Loren (Minerva) Miller; many other loving family members and friends.

Dr. Sabah George

GEORGE, Dr. Sabah – of Durham, NC, formerly of Davison, MI, age 80, passed away February 10, 2019 at DuBose Health Center in Chapel Hill, NC. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 11 AM Saturday, February 23, 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 St. John Catholic Cemetery. There will be one hour of visitation prior to the Mass on Saturday at church.

Sabah Kamil George was born in Baghdad, Iraq on December 11, 1938, the 5th of six children. In school, he excelled at drama and stage acting to such a degree, it enhanced his ability to memorize and tell more golf jokes than any other human alive. Sabah aspired to be a doctor, which meant many long years reading arcane textbooks and attending difficult classes. It paid off, for by his early 20s he was a young doctor working for the Iraqi Petroleum company. A good-looking man on a physician’s income, every family practically stood in line to introduce him to their eligible daughters. However, Sabah remembered the words of his Catholic Jesuit teachers who told him, “This might look like the land of milk and honey, but trust us, you must go to America.”

Dr. George arrived in Detroit, MI in 1964, armed with his Baghdad college education, but with a strong desire to become an American. His first purchase, a Ford Mustang, helped that process along considerably. At Henry Ford hospital in Detroit where he trained to be an anesthesiologist, he fell in love with Anne Jarkowski, a red-headed Catholic girl from a nice Polish family who narrowly escaped the Nazi death camps in WW2.  Francis Brian George, their only son, was born in 1970. Dr. George was overjoyed. So much so, in fact, that one day when Francis was old enough, he asked his father, “Dad, why are you always hugging and kissing me? No one’s father does that!” He replied, “Son, my father was a loving man, but hugs and kisses weren’t his thing. I promised myself that if I ever had a son, I would shower him with affection.” While Dr. George was doing well in America, he couldn’t live with the fact the rest of his family was still in Iraq. For the next several years, he worked tirelessly and courageously to legally immigrate them all to the United States. This included his brothers and sisters, William, his kids Deena, Ghadeer and Gaith, Leila and her son Louie, along with Victoria and her young children Zina, Harith, Issmat and Maha, and his little brother, Namir.

His parents finally arrived in 1978, and he bought them a little house in Davison on Gary Ray Dr. and Oda St., along with a tiny white poodle named Pépé, who literally barked at anything that moved. Two generations of our family since have been born here as American citizens, all secure and thriving in their American way of life.

Dr. George had the brightest eyes that were either full of love, laughter, or a combination of the two. He always had a smile on his face, and if he didn’t, it was often Francis’ fault, who, for many years, thought his name was “Ismal,” (the Arabic word for donkey) for Dr. George could often be heard saying, “Ismal! Put down that vase!” or “Ismal! What are you doing to Pépé?!”

Many years of Dr. George’s life were spent in Davison, where he was active with the church and community. He had a strong Christian faith; he worshipped Mass every day. They lived in a Davison neighborhood where everybody knew everybody. There was a big reason for that – the George’s parties. Legendary in size, scope and creativity, the Georges spared no effort welcoming their friends and family in terms of music, beverages, and other party-enhancing favors, including, but not limited to, belly dancers, disco balls, hay bales, kegs, live chickens, staged poetry readings, and limbo contests. Dr. George loved dancing and music; he played the violin, piano, cello and drums, and had plenty of them lying around for visitors to play during impromptu parties.

At the age of 47, he retired from full-time work, and purchased a large boat. When asked why, he would recall a boat show he attended with Anne while they were dating, featuring the most beautiful boats, piloted by men so advanced in age they could barely walk. He promised himself then and there he would buy such a boat while he was young enough to enjoy it. And enjoy it he did, along with single-engine airplanes; he boated and flew across the entire United States and Canada many times over.

After a successful career as an anesthesiologist, Dr. George wanted to give back to the country that provided so much for him and his family. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1990, and worked in numerous Naval Hospitals across the East Coast, being promoted to the rank of Commander.

Later in life, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. In 2012, it had advanced to the point that McLaren hospital in Flint recommended Sabah be committed to a state-run nursing home, for his wife Anne was too frail to take care of him. Later that week, his son Francis moved Sabah and Anne to a retirement community in Durham, NC, just down the street from where he, his wife JiNan, and their two kids lived. Dr. George was able to attend his only son’s wedding, and for many years afterwards, live happily in a wonderful community where they got to see their son and his family almost every day.

Sabah is loved, celebrated and survived by his wife, Anne; his son, Francis and his wife JiNan; his siblings, Namir and Leila; along with his beloved nieces and nephews, Zina, Maha, Issmat, Harith, Ghader, John, Sermed, Serur, Saad, Suha, Louie, Chris, Kevin and all their beautiful children.

His life was a blessing to generations.

Michael James McBride

MCBRIDE, Michael James “Mike” – of Fort Gratiot, age 80, passed away February 10, 2019 at Lake Huron Medical Center. A Funeral Mass, with a Resolution of Condolence by Knights of Columbus Council #4090, will be celebrated 2 PM Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 N. Dayton St., Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski celebrant. Cremation will take place following the Mass. Visitation will be from 2-8 PM on Tuesday at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Rd., Davison, MI 48423. There will be one hour of visitation prior to the Mass on Wednesday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, 1820 Mount Elliot St., Detroit, MI 48207.

Mike was born in Detroit, MI on September 1, 1938, son of the late Jerome and Henrietta (Fasse) McBride. He married Suzanne Coatta Buddy on September 1, 1990. Mike retired in 1993 after 38 years in the elevator business and was a proud union member. After retirement, he loved traveling in his RV for the past 20 years. He was a Third Degree member of the Knights of Columbus Council #4090. For the last 40+ years, Mike enjoyed playing cards with his buddies. He was also an avid bowler in his younger years. Most of all, he loved spending time with his family and friends.

Mike is survived by his wife, Suzanne; children, Christopher (Tracey) McBride, Michelle McBride, Leroy (Donna) Buddy and Scott (Vicki) Buddy; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brother, Jerry (Lynn) McBride. He was preceded in death by brother, Patrick McBride; and sister-in-law, Sandy Olejniczak.

Leo Joseph Goyette

GOYETTE, Leo Joseph “Joe” – of Vanderbilt, Michigan, age 67, passed away January 13, 2019. Cremation has taken place and services will be held at a later date. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project.

Leo was born in Flint, MI on September 10, 1951, son of Luke and Lucille (Small) Goyette. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy. Leo was a U.S. Postal Carrier and retired after many years of service. He loved bass fishing, golfing, hunting and had a passion for old cars.

Leo is survived by his mother, Lucille; brothers, Michael (Judy) and Dennis; sisters, Cherie Simmons and Anne (Louis) Koryciak; many nieces and nephews, as well as his good friends, Steve Holzworth and Petra Baldwin. Leo is preceded in death by his father, Luke and brother, Matthew “Toby”.

Lenten Fish Fry

Join us for our annual All You Can Eat Lenten Fish Fry on Friday, March 15 at the St. John Parish Hall from 2:30 – 7:00 p.m. Dining room seating or take out available. There will be a cash bar and homemade desserts for sale.

The Altar Society Raffle will be taking place during the fish fry with a 1st place prize of $1,000! 2nd place will receive a full/queen quilt, and 3rd and 4th place will receive minted coin sets (valued at $175).

Dinner Prices:
$8 Adults
$7 Seniors 65+ (Dine-in only)
$5 Children (4-10)
Free! Toddler (Under Age 4)
$8 Take Out (One Serving)

We are also in need of donations of pie and sheet cake!

Raymond Charland

CHARLAND, Raymond Keith “Ray”- of Davison, age 88, passed away January 31, 2019 at Cottage of Davison. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 12 PM Monday, February 4, 2019 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 N. Dayton St., Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski celebrant. Entombment, with Military Honors, will follow in St. John Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be 2 – 4 PM and 5 – 8 PM Sunday at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Rd., Davison, MI 48423. A Memorial Service, under the auspices of Third Degree Knights of Columbus Council #4090 and Fourth Degree Assembly #0523 of Davison, will be held 6:30 PM Sunday. 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 St. John Catholic Church Building Fund or Michigan Singing Knights.

Ray was born in Bethlehem, New Hampshire on June 11, 1930, son of the late Louis and Nellie (Washburn) Charland. He married Catherine Betty Wash in Flint on July 31, 1954. Catherine preceded him in death on September 22, 2012. Ray retired from General Motors, enjoyed gardening, dancing and playing euchre. He has been a member of the Knights of Columbus since 1964 and was a member of the Singing Knights Chorus. Ray proudly served in the United States Army, fighting in the Korean War for 39 months. He was also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars-Davison Post #4087.

Ray is survived by his children, Steve (Sherry) Charland, Renee (Dennis) LaRocque, Brenda (Scott) Wade and Melissa Lusher; grandchildren, Brandon (Julie) Charland, Bridget Charland, Matthew LaRocque, Kevin (Brittany) LaRocque, Andrea LaRocque and Nathan Wade; great-grandchildren, Keith, Amelia and Evelyn; sibling, Marion Houle of Quebec, Canada. He was preceded in death by sister, Katie Houle.

The family would especially like to thank the Cottage of Davison and Dr. James Walter for the special care they gave Ray.

Virginia Dillon

DILLON (URBANIK), Virginia S. – Of Davison, age 98, died Sunday, February 3, 2019 at Heartland Healthcare Center-Briarwood.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, February 8, 2019 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton Street, Davison, Father Andrew A. Czajkowski officiating.

Burial in New Calvary Catholic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Davison.

Visitation 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Thursday at the Swartz Funeral Home, 1225 West Hill Road.

A Rosary will be prayed at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Mrs. Dillon will be at the church from 10 a.m. Friday until the time of the Mass.

Virginia was born in Flint, Michigan on September 1, 1920, the daughter of the late Paul and Eva Urbanik and was a resident of the Flint area all of her life.

On June 14, 1943 she married Herbert Dillon and he preceded her in death on August 8, 1996.

In 1938 she graduated from Northern High School.

She was a member of All Saints Catholic Church and Rosary Society for over 50 years. She was also a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Davison.

Surviving are daughters, Paula Parrott,

Joanne (Ralph) Seeley,

Theresa (Frank) Hyde and

Victoria (Mark) Sytek;

son-in-law, Michael Montpas;

18 grandchildren;

27 great-grandchildren and one on the way;

2 great-great-grandchildren;

many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Patricia Montpas; son-in-law, Bernie Parrott; siblings, Bernice, Louis, Veronica, Emily, Leonard, Pauline, Anne, Josephine, Joseph and Mary.

Special thanks to Sandy Davis, for her loving care, also thanks to the staff at Heartland Briarwood.

Cynthia Marie Foss

Cynthia “Cindy” Foss of Grayling formerly of Davison, age 61, died Saturday January 19, 2019 at the Villaof Rose City. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 am Wednesday January 23, 2019 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church 404 Dayton St. Davison. Fr. John Machiorlatti officiating and Rite of Committal will follow at St. John Cemetery. Family will receive visitors from 3-7 pm Tuesday at the funeral home. Those desiring may make contributions in Cindy’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Cynthia was born in Flint Michigan on June 9, 1957 the daughter of the late; Ed & Isabelle (Griffin) Roberts and had resided in the Davison area most of her life, spending her last years in Grayling. She was joined in marriage to David Foss on October 21, 1989 at St. John Church in Davison. Cindy was a graduate of Davison High School and Central Michigan University.

Surviving is husband Dave, sons; Jason Palmer, Edmund & wife Jill Foss, Jeremy Foss & Meredith, Brian Foss , and her loving grandchildren Chloe and Ryker. She also leaves her siblings: Ed & wife Shelly Roberts, Tony & wife Kori Roberts, Maryann Roberts, and a host of extended family and friends. She is preceded in death by brothers John and Jeff Roberts.

Richard Hohn

HOHN, Richard – of Grand Blanc, age 87, passed away January 18, 2019. Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated 11:00 AM Thursday, January 24, 2019 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 N. Dayton St., Davison; Rev. Fr. John Machiorlatti celebrant. Inurnment with Military Honors under the auspices of the Davison American Legion Post #267 will be in St. John Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 AM until time of Mass on Thursday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to masses at the church or the Humane Society of Genesee County.

Richard was born in Flint, MI on October 14, 1931, son of the late Adam and Violet (Warren) Hohn. He married Betty Gallagher on September 8, 1956. Richard enjoyed fishing, hunting and winter sports including snowmobiling. He was a member of the Davison American Legion Post #267 and St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Richard worked at the Flint Journal and the Flint Auto Auction.

Richard is survived by his wife, Betty; children, Krisann Hohn, Mark (Cynthia) Hohn and Deanne (Frank) Mar; grandchildren, Caitlin and Jacob; sister, Darlene (Leroy) Reif; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Don and Bernard.

Sheldon Lee Teachout

TEACHOUT, Sheldon Lee “Sonny” – of Genesee Township, age 83, passed away Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at his residence. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 1 PM Monday, January 14, 2019 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 12-4 and 6-8 PM Sunday at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Rd., Davison and 12-1 PM Monday at the church. A Scripture Service will be held 6:30 PM Sunday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Michigan Parkinson Foundation, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the charity of your choice.

Sonny was born in Flint, MI on January 3, 1936, son of the late Adrian and Margaret (Snyder) Teachout. He married Barbara Stephany on September 15, 1956. Lee was part owner of Lee and Kens Grocery Store and he retired from GM in 1995 after 38 years of service. He was a member of UAW Local #659 as well as a member of St. Francis of Assisi Church and most recently of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Sonny liked spending time around campfires at Leisure Lake where he was the president of the p & m club as well as a board member from 1994-1996. He enjoyed deer hunting and playing poker with his friends but he especially loved spending time with his grandchildren.

Sonny is survived by his wife, Barbara; children, Bill (Sherri) Teachout, Larry (Diep) Teachout, Stephanie (Todd) Bergeron, Dave (Tina) Teachout; granddaughter, Nichole Lawless; sister, Margaret Stange; brother-in-law, Emery Wacaser; many nieces and nephews; lifelong friends, Dennis and Barbara McManaman, Jim and Charlotte Beauchamp; special friends, Terry Watts and Bob Barham. In addition to his parents, Lee was preceded in death by his grandson, Derek Faxlanger; stepfather, Bill Wills; sister, Katherine Wacaser; brothers, Richard and Larry Teachout; brother-in-law, Ken Stange; sister-in-law, Aileen Barber; in-laws, Bill and Hazel Stephany; niece, Pam Stange; nephew, Cliff Waisanen; lifelong friend, Larry Denman. Special thanks to Katrina, Melissa and Jackie for their love and care.

Theresa Murawski

MURAWSKI, Theresa Marie – age 83, was called home on Saturday, December 29, 2018 in Florida. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated 11 AM Saturday, January 19, 2019 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 N. Dayton St., Davison; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski celebrant. Private Inurnment will be in St. John Catholic Cemetery. There will be one hour of visitation prior to the Mass on Saturday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John Catholic Preschool program.

Theresa was born in Saginaw, Michigan on January 27, 1935 to the late Leonard and Mary Bawolski. She married her true love, Ronald Murawski on January 22, 1955 at St. Rita’s Catholic Church in Saginaw, Michigan. She was a past member of St. John Evangelist Catholic Church where she was a choir member for 25 years, until moving to Florida in 1997. She then moved in 2005 to The Villages, Florida. Theresa loved the color blue and enjoyed playing golf, mahjong and dancing to polka music. She was a devout Catholic, fun and always had a smile on her face. She will be missed by so many.

She leaves in her loving memory, her husband Ronald of 64 years; son, Dennis (Barbara) Murawski; son, Timothy (Karen) Murawski and daughter, Lynann Parker; sisters, Lorraine (Russ) Clarey, Ceceil Rogoszewski (Bernie), Rita Rappley; sister-in-law, Gerri Novak; aunts, Annie Carrier and Delores Clemens; 7 grandchildren; Tony, Todd and Kyle Murawski, Allen and Andrew Murawski, Lindsay Byers and Lucas McCarney; 17 great- grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

The family would like to thank all of our family and friends for their love and support during this difficult time. Theresa left us with these final words, “Life is short.”

Francine M. Fortune

FORTUNE, Francine M. “Harriet” – of Davison, age 89, passed away December 4, 2018 at Wellbridge of Grand Blanc. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 12 PM Saturday, December 8, 2018 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 N. Dayton St., Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski celebrant. Burial will immediately follow in New Calvary Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be 12 – 3 PM and 5 – 8 PM Friday at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Rd., Davison, MI 48423. A Rosary will be prayed 7 PM Friday. There will be one hour of visitation prior to the Mass on Saturday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Building Fund.

Francine was born in Flint, MI on June 27, 1929, daughter of the late Harry and Esther (Easlick) LaRocque. She married Lawrence Charles Fortune on July 7, 1946 and he preceded her in death in 1977 after 31 years of marriage. Francine retired as a legal secretary after many years of service. She was a parishioner of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Davison. Francine enjoyed sewing and cooking. Most of all, she loved spending time with her family.

Francine is survived by her children, Lawrence (Donna) and Christine (fiance Mark Corkins) Eaton; grandchildren, Lawrence (Diane) Fortune, Chad (Denise) Fortune, Carrie Johnson and Lori Gossett; nine great-grandchildren; siblings, Sarah Morgan, Beatrice Davis and Donald LaRocque; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by son, James Arnold Fortune in 1972 and great-grandson, Jesse Gossett.

Jane Haines

Jane was born on September 19, 1938 and passed away on Tuesday, December 4, 2018.

Jane was a resident of Davison, Michigan at the time of passing.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 2 PM Saturday, December 8, 2018 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton Street, Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski celebrant. Burial immediately following the Mass in Evergreen Cemetery, Brown City, MI. Please share your thoughts with the family at www.allenfuneralhomeinc.com Read Less Express your condolences with flowers sent to Jane’s memorial service Order from Local Florists View & Sign.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church or a charity of one’s choice.

Edward Golec

Edward Walter Golec II of Davison, age 74, died Monday December 3, 2018 at his residence. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 am Monday December 10, 2018 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church 404 Dayton St. Davison. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski, Celebrant.  Family will receive visitors from 10:00 am Monday until time of services at the church. He was born in Flint Michigan on May 25, 1944 the son of the late: Edward & Rebecca (Jamieson) Golec and has resided in the Davison area the last forty-one years. He was joined in marriage to Collette Case on April 30, 1966. Ed was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, a member of Knights of Columbus Council 4090, and FOP Lodge 126. Ed was an avid hunter and outdoorsman and truly enjoyed the years of deer hunting camp with his friends. He had been employed by Flint City Police Department for over twenty-five years retiring in July 1993. After his retirement he returned to work at Baker College in the Security Division for thirteen years.

Surviving is wife Collette, daughter Kristyne (Mark) Traver, granddaughter Kasey Proctor, sister Judy Slosar, and nephews: Christopher Slosar, & Matthew Slosar.  He also leaves his sister-in law & brother-in-law: Cassey & Bernie Mieslik, niece, Jennifer (Jeff Lutze) Mieslik, great nephew Douglas Edmonson, and cousin, Dr. Peter (Cindy) Jamieson. His special friends: Mark Campbell, Ron Rutherford, Tom Smith and Paul Dieterle. He is preceded in death by daughter Kimberly, May 2015.

Kevin Crowe

CROWE, Joseph Kevin – Age 78, of Davison, MI, died Saturday, December 1, 2018. Mass will be celebrated 1 PM Friday, December 7, 2018 at St. John Catholic Church, 404 N. Dayton Street, Davison, MI. Father Andrew A. Czajkowski officiating. Visitation will be held at the church Friday from 12:15 PM until the service. Those desiring to do so may make contributions to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Joseph was born May 14, 1940 in Detroit, MI the son of Francis and Opal (Smith) Crowe. Hewas a veteran having served in the United States Army. He retired as a Fire Fighter with the Royal Oak Fire Department. He was a member of St. John Catholic Church in Davison, MI. He was an avid sports fan, was a devoted family man and loved spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Surviving are his three children, David (Debbie) Crowe of Whitmore Lake, MI Lynn (Joseph) Perrera of Fenton, MI, and Kimberly (Christopher) Jarman of Metamora, MI; eleven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sisters, Nancy Correy, Patricia Crowe, and Judith Adams; several nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Barbara (Bauer) Crowe on February 21, 2011; and brother, Lyell Crowe.

Andy’s Attic Sale

A new year, new dates for donations! The holidays are the perfect time to think about donations to Andy’s Attic. If you received or purchased new items over the Christmas season, consider donating their older counterparts to Andy’s Attic. Please remember that we cannot take items that are broken, missing parts, dirty, or outdated. We are unable to sell analog TV’s or old computers and printers.

Donations
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays (weather permitting) at the yellow barn located on the north-west side of the St. John Family Center (505 N. Dayton Street, Davison MI 48423)

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
March 5, 6, 7
March 12, 13, 14
March 19, 20, 21
March 26, 27, 28

Volunteers
We are still in need of helping hands! Any time you can donate will be greatly appreciated. If you would be available to do pickups with the church truck and trailer or have any questions, please contact Andy Coughlin at (810) 730-9892.

Save the Date for the Sale
Thursday, May 16 – Saturday, May 25 (closed Sunday)

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.

 

Daughters of Isabella

Mission Statement:

  • The Order of the Daughters of Isabella is a charitable organization of Catholic women founded on the principle of its motto: Unity, Friendship and Charity.
    • Unity: In harmony with purpose to help those in need.
    • Friendship: Support, help each other. Women of true sisterhood.
    • Charity: Our group donates to 10 different charities.
  • As Catholic women and disciples of Jesus Christ, we are called to minister with love, respect and justice to all humanity regardless of age, race, nationality or background.
  • We recognize that our mission and faith in God calls us to experience love, compassion and mercy by helping those in need.
  • We demonstrate our commitment to God’s people by actively living our faith and by being a positive influence in our communities and the world.

What We Offer:

The first circle of the Order was founded in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1897, as an auxiliary to the Rev. John Russell Council of the Knights of Columbus for the purpose of uniting all Catholic women in a sisterhood to achieve the following aims:

  • To know one another better
  • To extend our circle of friends
  • To centralize all our resources to better help one another
  • To be a greater force to contend with in the pursuit of good in our society

Today, it is one of the largest Catholic women’s organizations, with a membership of over 60,000 women from the United States and Canada and has continued to prosper and establish bonds among Catholic women throughout the world. Members encourage each other’s total development and foster growth of every aspect of life – spiritual, social and charitable – adding up to a more fulfilling life!

Membership:

10 Meetings per year (excluding August and December), 2nd Thursday of each month: 6:30 pm Rosary and 7:00 pm Meeting.

Click here to print off a Membership Application.

For more information, contact Marilyn Hancock 810-691-9675 or Christine Kautz 810-653-6507.

Working Charity:

Work kitchen at K of C Hall (8428 Davison Road, Davison, MI 48423), Sell pies at Fish Fry’s, Chicken Dinner, Ladies Tea Party, Euchre Luncheons, Wrap Christmas Gifts

Charities Honored:

Eastside Mission, Guest House, Motherly Intercession, North End Soup Kitchen, Relay for Life, Ronald McDonald House, St. Frances Prayer Circle, Special Olympics, St Luke New Life, Student Scholarships, Whaley Foundation.

Gatherings:

Retreats, Advent Dinner, Living Rosary, Mystery Plays/Dinner, Seminarian Dinner, Bus Trips, Christmas Gala, Movies, Plays just to name a few.

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.