The Diocese of Lansing invites you on a pilgrimage to Poland to commemorate Pope St. John Paul II’s 100thbirthday, May 13-22, 2020.
Join us for an informational presentation in the following parishes at 7PM
June 24, 2019 – St. Thomas the Apostle (Ann Arbor)
June 25, 2019 – St. Patrick (Brighton)
June 27, 2019 – St. Mary (Williamston)
July 16, 2019 – Queen of the Miraculous Medal (Jackson)
July 23, 2019 – St. Gerard (Lansing)
August 5, 2019 – Holy Family (Grand Blanc)
Father Mark Rutherford will be traveling as Chaplain on the Diocese of Lansing’s sacred journey to awe-inspiring Poland on May 13-22, 2020. This will surely be a cultural and faith-filled experience as attendees traverse Poland’s beautiful countryside, visiting historical locations and attending Mass at churches near and dear to Pope St. John Paul II.
Anyone interested in learning more about this opportunity is encouraged to attend one of the information presentations (see schedule above). They can also contact Corporate Travel Service at 886.468.1420 for more details or reservations.
Join Fr. Andrew for a cruise on the Seine River featuring Paris and Normandy from October 12-22, 2020. There will be no more than 150 passengers on the cruise and we’ve reserved 80 seats! Please view all of the forms below for more details. This is an amazing bucket list opportunity – invite your family members, friends, or classmates!
A big thank-you to all who came to the Andy’s Attic sale! We hope you found the treasures you were looking for. Before you know it, it will be time for the 2020 sale. If you had fun volunteering this year or think it might be a good fit for you, consider helping out in 2020. All are welcome!
Join us for Vacation Bible School! ALL children entering grades preschool-6 are WELCOME!
Tuesday-Thursday, July 23-25, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
There are two options to register for Vacation Bible School. The first is to call Chris Maniaci, Interim Director of Religious Education, at (810) 658-4776 ext. 236 and leave a message. The second is to turn in a physical registration form. Just print off the form below and turn it in to the Family Center, Parish Office, or collection basket as Mass. We’re looking forward to a an exciting summer vacation!
If you’d like to help plan this awesome event come one to our Vacation Bible School Planning Meeting on Wednesday, June 12 at 6:00 p.m. at the Family Center Room 201A. We look forward to having a “Roar” of a time. God is Good All the Time.
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 email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.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: email@example.com
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:
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
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.
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.
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 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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.