Andy’s Attic Rescheduled!

We need all the HELP, HELP, HELP and more HELP we can get. Even if it is just a couple hours, we need help setting the sale up and during the sale.

Due to the Coronavirus we have to abide by certain requirements for this event. Please help us do so. Everyone will have to wear a mask, both workers and those coming to buy at the sale.

Donations are now closed until the sale!

Looking for Volunteers
Can you give us some of your time to help get the sale set-up or during the sale? If so it would be greatly appreciated. If you have any questions or want to volunteer, please contact Mary Schmidt at (810) 412-4431.

Andy’s Attic Sale
FACE MASK REQUIRED
July 23, 24, 29, 30, 31, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
July 25 & August 1, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Closed Sunday

Hope to hear from you. God bless!

Staying Connected

Update on how The Catholic Community of St. John and Blessed Sacrament is staying connected through the Coronavirus Crisis:

Sunday Mass is offered at the following times:

Saturday
4:30 p.m. at St. John

Sunday
7:30 a.m. at St. John
9:00 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament
10:00 a.m. at St. John
6:00 p.m. at St. John

The Sunday 10:00 a.m. Mass will be livestreamed  on Facebook. After the live stream, the Mass will be posted on our YouTube channel. Download the song sheet for August 9 here!

What a privilege it will be to be together. As we gather in the Lord’s presence, let us be mindful of each other. Let love of neighbor guide your behavior.

WEAR A MASK

SANITIZE HANDS

SIT IN DESIGNATED PEWS

KEEP YOUR DISTANCE

Confessions will be heard on Saturdays 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Daily Mass is offered at 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. in Church, Monday – Friday. Daily Mass will continue to be live streamed on Facebook on Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. After the live stream, the Mass will be posted on our YouTube channel.

St. John Church is open daily 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. for individual prayer. Prayer shawls are available in the Gathering Space. Women of the St. John & Blessed Sacrament Prayer Shawl Ministry knit and crochet shawls for those in need of a loving hug. Please take a prayer shawl home with you and wrap yourself in love and peace.

Sunday offerings can be mailed or dropped off through the mail slot on the N. Dayton St. entrance to the St. John Parish Office under the walkway. Thank you for your continued support.

We are working hard to keep you informed and updated. Check back soon for updates……

Return to Mass Guidelines

Please see the latest from Bishop Boyea on the Diocese of Lansing will be handling the Coronavirus outbreak below:

The Diocese of Lansing has today published guidelines aimed at assisting parishes to safely re-open public Masses by the end of the month.

“The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is the most “essential service” ever gifted to humanity,” said Jeremy Priest, Director of Worship for the Diocese of Lansing, May 13, Feast of Our Lady of Fatima.

“These new guidelines will help parishes take small but sure and certain steps in the coming days and weeks towards safely resuming public Masses in a prudent and sensible way and with a commitment to the highest standards of public health.”

Beginning on Monday May 18, parishes across the Diocese of Lansing will be able to welcome a maximum of 5% of their church’s seating capacity for daily Masses, Monday to Saturday. Parishes are encouraged to be creative and apostolic in how they allocate these places at Holy Mass.

Today’s guidelines set out the safety and hygiene expectations that will accompany that gradual return of Mass including the practicing of social distancing and rigorous sanitation measures including the wearing of face masks. Parishes are also highly encouraged to continue offering livestream Masses online.

Then from Friday May 29, public Masses are due to return to the Diocese of Lansing with the number of those able to attend Holy Mass increasing from 5% to a maximum of 25% of a church’s seating capacity.

The obligation upon all Catholics to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended across the Diocese of Lansing until, at least, July 31.

The gradual reopening of Masses comes two months after the Diocese of Lansing suspended public liturgies in an attempt to help stem the spread of the COVID-19 virus which, so far, has stricken over 47,000 people across Michigan, killing at least 4,500. May they rest in peace.

* To read the Diocese of Lansing Guidelines in full click here.

 

33 Day at-home Retreat

Welcome!  Our ‘33 Days’ at-home-retreats have begun.  (If you didn’t sign up – it’s not too late!)

Some of you have chosen the 33 Days to Morning Glory (Marian Consecration), while others the 33 Days to Merciful Love (Consecration to Divine Mercy).  Both of these retreats are in preparation for consecration that’s based on heart-pondering prayer.  This means it focuses on short, spiritual readings that you can meditate on throughout the day. You may want to go over the daily reading each morning, so you can have the whole day to reflect on it.  Try not to miss a day of reading, BUT if you do, don’t worry.  Just make up the reading the next day.  There is a reading for 33 days.  Afterwards, we’ll celebrate our Consecration Mass together (God willing), on *May 13th at St. John Church.

Below, you’ll find Fr. John’s brief synopsis on each week of the retreat.  Simply open the document for the retreat you are participating in.

It’s not too late to join us!  Simply obtain the booklet from any entrance at St. John Church and catch up (began on April 10th,  , suggested donation $1).  There are digital versions of these booklets also available (Kindle version available on Amazon for $6.95)  You can also access the daily readings and videos on the ‘Formed’ website (go to Formed, St. John’s code is:  77XNVP    In the “search” area type in: 33 days and you will be taken to the videos.)

All parishioners are invited to join us at the Consecration Mass, Wednesday, *May 13th, 2020, 5:00 PM

Watch Mass Online!

We have two options available for viewing Mass during this time: via live video on Facebook or recorded later on Youtube.

Watch Mass take place LIVE on Facebook
Watch Mass recordings later via Youtube

 

 

 

 

 

 

Palm Sunday Mass will be live streamed on FaceBook on Sunday, April 5 at 9:00 a.m.

Holy Week Masses will be live streamed on our Face Book page. Stay tuned for more information next week. So you can pray and celebrate with us, worship aids will be available for your personal use.

Acts of Spiritual Communion

It has long been a Catholic understanding that when circumstances prevent one from receiving Holy Communion, it is possible to make and Act of Spiritual Communion which is a source of grace. Spiritual Communion means uniting one’s self in prayer with Christ’s sacrifice and worshipping him in his Body and Blood. The most common reason for making an Act of Spiritual Communion is when a person cannot attend Mass. Acts of Spiritual Communion increase our desire to receive sacramental Communion and help us avoid sins that would make us unable to receive Holy Communion worthily.

 

Spiritual Communion Prayer

My Jesus, I believe that
You are present in the
Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all
things, and I desire to
receive you into my soul.
Since I cannot at
this moment receive You
sacramentally, come at
least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as
if You were already
there and unite myself
Wholly to you.
Never permit me to be
separated from You.
Amen.

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.  

 

 

 

La Belle Seine Featuring Paris and Normandy

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!

River Cruise 2020 Details

Available Options for Cruise

Reservation Form

Credit Card Authorization

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 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

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

 

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.