Annual Bereavement Mass

roses_7513cnThis Sunday, November 25, we will host our Annual Bereavement Mass. We will be taking time to remember those who have died since last fall. The Bereavement Mass will be held at 9:00 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament and 10:00 a.m. at St. John. Mass will be followed by brunch for families at 11:15 a.m.

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

Christmas Mass Times

Christmas Eve

St. John
4:00 p.m.
5:40 p.m. (children’s pageant)
6:00 p.m. (liturgy with children)
12:00 Midnight (carols begin at 11:30 p.m.)

Blessed Sacrament
4:00 p.m.

Christmas Day

St. John
10:00 a.m.
12:00 p.m.

Blessed Sacrament
9:00 a.m.

 

Hiring Parish Secretary

We are searching for a Parish Secretary! The Secretary assists the Pastor with various office and special projects and links support and pastoral staff.  The full job description can be viewed here. Applications are available here. A complete application, resume, cover letter, and 3 professional references are required. Please send to the parish office, C/O Search Committee 404 N. Dayton Street, Davison, MI  48423. The application deadline is Wednesday, November 21 at 4:30 p.m.

2018 St. John P.R.E.P. Little Luxury Program

In the true spirit of Christmas, we will participate in the “Little Luxury Program” during Advent. St. Luke N.E.W. Life Center in Flint, Catholic Charities Center of Hope, and St. Vincent DePaul at Blessed Sacrament will benefit from this collectio. They do not have the resources to buy ‘luxury’ items children enjoy so much; things most of our kids take for granted! It means more to children when they know they are helping other kids.

We will be collecting items until Thursday, December 13. Items can be dropped off at the St. John Family Center or at Blessed Sacrament. You may know exactly what you’d like to donate, but if you need some inspiration, check out the ideas below. You can also print off this flyer as a handy reference while shopping.

Little Luxury Items Most Needed

Mittens/Gloves (Baby, Kids and Adults)
Socks (Baby, Kids and Adults)
Chapstick
Toothpaste
Toothbrushes
Hair Brushes/Combs
Hair Accessories
Small Toy Trucks/Cars
Small Play Dough
Miniature Lego Sets
Small Puzzles

Other Ideas

GRANOLA BARS
SUGARED CEREAL
RAISIN PACKETS
PUDDING CUPS
BOOKS
LITTLE DEBBIE CAKES
JUICE BOXES
SMALL DIARY
WASHABLE MARKERS
CRAYONS (SMALL BOXES OF 4 OR 8)
BUBBLE BATH
SMALL FLASHLIGHT
COLORING BOOKS
MIRROR FOR PURSE
MOVIE/FAST FOOD GIFT CARD
SMALL NOTEBOOK
FINGERNAIL CLIPPERS
PENS
LIP GLOSS
NAIL POLISH
GEL PENS
STICKERS
WALLET
KEY CHAIN / LANYARD CORD
SMALL GI JOES
SMALL BOUNCE BALLS
SMALL BARBIE TYPE DOLLS
SMALL ACTIVITY BOOK
PLAYING CARD GAMES
PEZ
BRACELETS
SMALL SLINKY
SILLY PUTTY
FANCY SHOE LACES
YO-YO’S
ANY STOCKING STUFFER

 

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.

Senior Thanksgiving Dinner

turkey_5333cnOn Tuesday, November 13 our middle school Edge students are thanking seniors for their examples of faith by hosting a Senior Thanksgiving Dinner. The evening will start with Mass at 5:00 p.m. The dinner will be held at the St. John Parish Hall. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and dinner begins at 6:00 p.m.

Deliveries can be made to shut-ins that cannot physically attend the dinner anywhere in the 48423 zip code. Please call (810) 658-4776 x 236 and provide your address and phone number to request a delivery. Deliveries will start at 3:00 p.m. and continue until all are finished.

To RSVP for this event, please call (810) 658-4776 x 236.

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.

2019 Youth Basketball Skills Camp and League

The Youth Basketball Skills Camp and League is back for 2019! Early registration ends December 1st and registration ends December 5. Camp will be held on January 12 for all age groups. The K-3rd grade league will play on Saturdays and the 4th grade league will play on Sundays from January 19 – March 9.

FAQ’s

How do I register?
You can download and print a registration form here or pick one up from Family Center Welcome Desk.  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 12th.

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 12th.

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.

 

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.

Giving Tree

giving-treeGive a gift to a child in need this holiday season! Starting Friday, November 23 the giving tree will be in the St. John Chapel. You can select a tag off the tree with the name of a child in need. Please return your gifts by Sunday, December 9 at 5:00 p.m.

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 the less fortunate. Thank you for your generosity during this holiday season – your giving hearts are a blessing to all!