Baby Bottle Drive

On January 21 and 22 we will be sending you home with Baby Bottles. Please take them home with you and fill them with your loose change. Please return the bottles (hopefully full of change!) after all Masses on the weekend of February 4 and 5.

Your loose change helps fill the needs of many new mothers. Thank you for your continuous generosity!

Retrouvaille Marriage Weekend

Put a spark back in your marriage this holiday season! The Retrouvaille Program is for Married Couples Struggling in their Relationship. The next Retrouvaille Marriage Weekend will take place on January 13-15, 2023. Please call (248) 382-8281 or email 3016@HelpOurMarriage.org if you have any questions!

This program is for couples with marital problems that want marriage help. Those who are considering marriage separation and those who are already separated or divorced are encouraged to consider the Retrouvaille Program. There is always hope of reviving your relationship.

Some couples come to Retrouvaille during the initial signs of a marriage problem. Other couples are in a state of despair and hopelessness when they attend the program.

Many lawyers and judges send couples to Retrouvaille as a prerequisite to filing for a divorce or rendering final decisions. Many marriage counselors and family therapists send their clients to Retrouvaille as a prerequisite to counseling. These professionals know that the tools of communication in marriage taught in the program are often what couples need.

To view other Marriage Weekend dates or to learn more about the program, please visit: https://helpourmarriage.org/communities/upcoming_weekends.cfm?community=Detroit%5FMichigan

Reflections of Italy with Fr. Andrew

Join Fr. Andrew as he tours Italy October 1 – October 11, 2023!

Highlights: Rome, Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, Assis, Perugia, Cortona, Florence, Michelangelo’s David, Chianti Winery & Cooking Class, Venice, Murano Island, Milan.

Price includes hometown transfer, round trip airfare from Detroit Metro Airport. Post-Tour extension available. For more information, visit https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1132304 or browse this brochure. Contact Veronica with additional questions at vur@stjohndavison.org

Book Now And Save $100!
Double $4,499*
Single $5,589
* per person, based on double occupancy

Online Giving Made Easy 4 Ways

Website · Text · Scan · App

We have exciting news! The Catholic Community of St. John and Blessed Sacrament is now offering online giving services through ParishSoft Giving to better serve our parishioners. We are providing this option in addition to cash or check donations. You can still give through traditional methods, but now you can make recurring or one-time gifts online with a credit/debit card or electronic check.

This program is beneficial to you, in that you do not need to worry about having cash or check on hand at Mass, and it benefits our Parish by reducing the time needed to process donations and run financial reports.

To give online through our new platform, visit our giving page on our website https://giving.parishsoft.com/app/giving/stj404263 or scan qrcode below.

You can also give through text message by texting “MyGift” to 810-652-5253.  Finally, you can stay engaged with our parish and give by downloading the myParish App to your phone.

Please contact Shelly Wallace at 810-653-2377 if you need assistance to make the switch from Eoffering to ParishSoft Giving.

Scan to give:

Seasons of Hope

Seasons of Hope: coping with our losses is a support group for the bereaved that is held in the St. John Family Center every Wednesday in the mornings (10:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.) and evenings (6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.). Any parishioner who is mourning the loss of a loved one is encouraged to attend and invited to bring a guest. There is a new topic each month and new participants are welcome at any time. Register to attend using the form below. For more details about the Seasons of Hope program, please read this brochure or contact Judy Plamondon at (810) 653-1706.

    Select a Time (required)
    10:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

    Sunny Portugal with Fr. Andrew

    Join Fr. Andrew’s trip to Sunny Portugal: Estoril Coast, Alentejo & Algarve, February 7-16, 2023! More details here.

    Highlights include: Portuguese Riviera, Lisbon, Belém, Obidos, Sintra, Choice on Tour, Arraiolos, Cork Factory, Evora, Winery Visit, Alentejo, Monsaraz, Lagos, Algarve, Faro, Tavira, 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Azeitao

    An informational Zoom meeting was held on August 29, 2022 and a recording of that meeting can be watched here: https://collette.zoom.us/rec/share/ZhhYIKxV_BVxGlgcihdre7KdgYTwdr6-5dkVOr8HffZdAFzYYIHWd_SoLrXvugIJ.oI2atvYwjTb43eUz

    Catholic Bishops in Michigan Statement Following Dobbs Decision

    Nearly fifty years after the unjust decision in Roe v. Wade, our country draws closer to a society that recognizes the God-given right of life for all persons, at any stage or in any condition. While today’s ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization that overturns Roe is a cause for joy, we must remember that life is and always will be a gift from our Creator; it cannot be given or taken by governmental structures, judges, or elected officials.

    We are saddened by the fear and anger that has reverberated across our land since a draft of this opinion was leaked to the public. In light of these concerns, we wish to make clear that no woman should face pregnancy alone. With safe-delivery laws, adoption, pregnancy resource centers, and assistance from Catholic and other agencies that provide necessities for mom and baby, every pregnant woman should know there is a community of compassion and support waiting to help her and her unborn or infant child. We empathize with women who struggle with daily challenges that may affect their decision to carry their baby to term: financial insecurity, food insecurity, medical care, lack of relationship and/or family support, coercion, and homelessness, just to name a few.

    The pro-life movement must redouble its efforts to ensure every woman has the support she needs throughout her pregnancy and beyond, whether she chooses to parent or create an adoption plan. We affirm that the Church must prioritize this work, through our Catholic Charities and parish-based support networks, to meet the physical needs of mothers and children as well as offer the emotional support and love new mothers need. We also implore men to be respectful of women and responsible when they father a child. We are all called to walk with moms in need, and we encourage all Michiganders to join us in this effort.

    Today’s momentous decision would not have occurred without fifty years of prayer, action and witness from innumerable women and men who promote the sanctity of human life. These people of goodwill laid the foundation for a future of love, compassion, and support toward women and their unborn or newborn children. Though Roe is no longer relevant to abortion policy, we must remain vigilant against future attempts to promote abortion as help for women, which in reality are attacks on human life itself. Some of those attacks have already started here in Michigan through the legislative process, at the ballot box and in the court room, signaling that the work to build up a social order that respects human life is not finished.

    Let us, as the Body of Christ here on Earth, pray for all pregnant women and continue to proclaim that human life is sacred from conception to natural death and at every point in between, and to commit ourselves to building a society grounded in that essential God-given right.

    Most Reverend Allen H. Vigneron Archbishop of Detroit

    Most Reverend Earl A. Boyea Bishop of Lansing

    Most Reverend Robert D. Gruss Bishop of Saginaw

    Most Reverend David J. Walkowiak Bishop of Grand Rapids

    Most Reverend Jose Arturo Cepeda Escobedo Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit

    Most Reverend Donald F. Hanchon Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit

    Most Reverend Paul J. Bradley Bishop of Kalamazoo

    Most Reverend John F. Doerfler Bishop of Marquette

    Most Reverend Jeffrey J. Walsh Bishop of Gaylord

    Most Reverend Gerard W. Battersby Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit

    Most Reverend Robert J. Fisher Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit

    The New St. John Book and 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.

    Great new books by famous Catholic authors have been added.  There are also children’s books.

    Come and see all that is new and check out the many gift items. Gift certificates are available. Check out our BOGO table (equal price or less). Cash or Check only, No debit or credit cards.

    Hours:
    Saturday: 4:00 p.m. – 6:00p.m.
    Sunday: 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

    For more information call:  Sandy at (810) 240-7451 or Larry at (810) 252-7928

     

    Year-End Contribution Statements

    End of Year Contribution Statements

    We can now distribute end of year contribution statements through electronic mail.  If you would like to receive your statement in your electronic mail, please let us know your current email address.  Your contribution statement will then be sent directly from our church software.   Please send your e-mail address to our bookkeeper, Shelly Wallace, at her electronic mail address: swallace@stjohndavison.org

    Also 2021-year end statements will only be mailed out upon request.  Please contact Shelly Wallace, bookkeeper by phone 653-2377 x221.

    New Relaxed Mask Order

    Recent guidance from the CDC states that “Fully vaccinated people no longer  need to wear a mask or physically distance in any setting. Masks/ facial coverings are still requested of those who are unvaccinated and/or those who are at risk  and  concerned about exposure. The two center sections of the church will have open seating while the surrounding  seating will continue to have rosaries every other row for seating. Daily mass will continue to be held in the main church to allow for plenty of space. Thank you for your patience and cooperation. 

    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.

     

    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
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    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.  

     

     

     

    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.

    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

    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.