The sacrament of Reconciliation is a wonderful way to help prepare the way of the Lord. St. John will be holding two communal penance services during the Advent season. The first will be on Sunday, December 15 at 6:30 p.m. The second will be on Wednesday, December 18 at 10:45 a.m.
The 2019 Giving Trees will be here starting Friday, November 22. Sponsor a gift for those served by St. John and Blessed Sacrament Christian Service, Outreach East, and the North End Soup Kitchen. Wrapped gifts may be brought with the tag firmly taped to the gift on the packages by Sunday, December 8th. Don’t forget that SCRIP gift cards are available to make your purchases.
With requests from St. John Christian Service, and The North End Soup Kitchen, please help us
by following these tips:
- Secure the tag well on the gift so that it goes to the right person.
- At St. John return the wrapped gift to the Chapel by 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, December
8th and Monday December 9th.
- For many children, this is the only gift they will receive. We are grateful to our parishioners for the love and concern that is shown for then less fortunate.
Our Live Nativity is going to be Sunday, December 8 starting at the 5:00 p.m. Mass until 7:30 p.m. Meet Jesus and Mary at church and follow them to the manger that awaits them! There you will see the shepherds, angels, and the three wise men adoring the Son of God.
Join us in a Parish-Wide study through FORMED that presents the BIG picture of the Catholic Faith. The week of October 27 kicks off week 1, but feel free to join in at any time!
Week Four: Who is Jesus?
No one has ever had a greater impact on the world than Jesus of Nazareth – and the question of who Jesus really is, Son of the Living God, is central to our faith.
This week go to Formed.org and watch Symbolon: Living the Faith, Episode 5, or go to the link below:
E-mail Deacon Dan at Dcn.Dan.Fairweather@gmail.com or Craig Ockerman at email@example.com for more information.
The Youth Basketball Skills Camp and League is back for 2020! Learn basic skills, defense, and shooting. Early registration ends November 29 and registration ends January 3. Camp will be held on January 11 for all age groups. The K-3rd grade league will play on Saturdays and the 4th grade league will play on Sundays.
How do I register?
Registration forms are available at the Family Center Welcome Desk or digitally by download here. Forms may returned at the Welcome Desk or mailed to 505 N. Dayton St., Davison, 48423
Will my child’s coach contact me?
No, coach’s will not contact you. You will meet them on the day of camp.
How will I know who my child’s coach is?
Coach’s will have their team assignments at camp on January 11th.
What time should my child arrive at camp on January 12th?
Kdg & 1st grade: 10-11:30am
2nd & 3rd grade: 12-1:30pm
4th grade: 2-3:30pm
*These times are for the camp only.
T-shirts will be distributed at camp on January 11th.
When will my child be given their schedule?
The children will be given the league schedule at camp.
Are there practice days/times?
The children will practice 1/2 hr prior to their game time. It is shown on the schedule which will be distributed at camp.
Can I request a coach and/or that my child be placed on a team with another child?
We will consider all requests and do our best to fill them but cannot guarantee placement. Please indicate your request on the registration form.
Share with your friends and family! $100 off Facility Rentals through the month of December.
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.
It’s never too early to start planning! Andy’s Attic is looking for donations and volunteers. We want to welcome you to donate your items you no longer need only if they are clean, wearable, workable, and useable. We are unable to sell analog TV’s, old computers, printers, Entertainment Centers, and sewing machines. Any donation can be dropped off at the yellow barn located on the north-west side of the St. John Family Center, 505 N. Dayton Street, Davison, MI 48423.
Donation Dates, weather permitting
Thursday, October 10, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 7, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 5, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
We are still in dire need of helping hands. Get exercise, meet and make friends, learn something new and have fun. Any time you can donate will be greatly appreciated. If you would be available to do pick ups 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 14 – Saturday, May 23, 2020 (closed Sunday)
We are hiring a part-time facility set-up person to be responsible for event set-up, breakdown, and cleaning of banquet facilities. See details below! If you are interested, please submit an application to the business manager, Laurie Miles at firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications are also available at the Parish Office and Family Center Welcome Desk.
Join Fr. Andrew for a cruise on the Seine River featuring Paris and Normandy from October 13-22, 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!
Fr. Andrew’s Pilgrimage to Israel, March 25 – April 2, 2020 is full, but you can always be added to the wait list in case someone drops out. More details here!
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:
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 email@example.com.
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.
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
-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.
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
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.
“The Most Holy Gift Shop” is located off the Gathering Space in St. John Catholic Church
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
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!
Did 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.