Take a 33-day Journey!

33 Days to Morning Glory is a do-it-yourself retreat in preparation for Marian consecration, written by Fr. Michael Gaitley.

What is Marian consecration? When we give ourselves to Mary to be formed into the image of her Son, Jesus.

When Does it Start: This at-home retreat would start on Wednesday, April 10.

When Does it End: On Monday, May 13, which is the anniversary of the first apparition of Mary to the children in Fatima, Portugal, participants can attend confession, mass and be consecrated (prayer and blessing).

Additional Information:

Fr. John, who has gone through and supports this devotion, and is offering the book for those who would like to sign up to participate.  There is a reading and meditation every day for 33 days.

Anyone interested in participating in this wonderful devotion can contact Maria Pavelich at (810) 730-0703.  There will also be books and a sign-up sheet in the gathering space at church.

 

“This devotion was a decisive turning point in my life.” -St. John Paul II

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Facility Set-up Person

FACILITY SET UP PERSON (Part Time)

This position is responsible for event set up, breakdown, and cleaning of banquet facilities.

Requirements:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • must be able to work varying shift hours
  • must be able to work weekends
  • no physical limitations

 

TO APPLY:
Submit application to Business Manager Laurie Miles, lmiles@stjohndavison.org

Click Here for  Employment Application

 

 

 

Job Opportunity – Coordinator of Religious Education

Coordinator of Religious Education Pre K-6 for the Community of St. John the Evangelist and Blessed Sacrament.  Position description and application are available from the Parish Office or below.  Applicants are asked to complete application form and submit current resume and minimum of three professional references  to C/O Search Committee, 404 N. Dayton Street, Davison, MI  48423. Deadline for applications  – Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 4:30 p.m.

Employment Application

Position Description

Position Title: Coordinator of Religious Education Pre K-6

Status: Exempt

Basic Objectives: To assist the Pastor in his director of the parish.

Full-Time: August 15 to June 15

Major Duties and Responsibilities Pre K-6 Coordinator:

  1. Supervise the office and program management for Pre K-6.
  2. Plan the religious education curriculum for Pre K-6.
  3. Direct and implement the recruitment, training, orientation, in-service and assignments of catechists.
  4. Provide substitutes for catechists as needed.
  5. Direct and implement sacramental programs for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist for students as well as parents. This includes special Sacramental preparation for those who are above the 2nd grade level and for those who have special needs.
  6. Submit an annual budget in conjunction with other coordinators.
  7. Attend monthly Department meetings and other staff meetings.
  8. Evaluate and submit curriculum recommendations to Pastor.
  9. Meet with parents and catechists on a regular basis and as needs arise.
  10. Attend local, regional and diocesan ministry related meetings, seminars and workshops.
  11. Plan liturgies at each grade level and one each for Christmas and Easter
  12. Plan Senior Thanksgiving Dinner and Mary Celebration with Youth Minister Grades 7-12.
  13. Plan retreat for First Eucharist children and their parents.
  14. Keep catechists informed through a weekly newsletter/email.
  15. Keep parents informed through emails as needed.

Coordinator of Religious Education Pre K-6

  1. Bulletin announcements weekly or as needed.
  2. Organize and use volunteers for events and special projects.
  3. Plan and coordinate receptions for special events.
  4. Provide an atmosphere of openness, hospitality, Christianity and service to all encountered as a member of The Catholic Community of St. John and Blessed Sacrament Parish Staff
  5. Plan P.R.E.P. calendar each year.
  6. Order textbooks and materials each year.
  7. Cooperate with other staff members and parishioners when they are in need and when it directly impacts on Pre K-6 program
  8. Provide formation opportunities for catechists and encourage attendance.
  9. Respond as needs arise to promote unity of staff and parishioners.
  10. Attend parish functions whenever possible.
  11. Participates in Parish Stewardship efforts to engage persons in sharing their time and talents.

Qualifications:

  1. Advanced Catechist Certification
  2. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd trained, preferred

Accountability:

  1. Pastor/Direct
  2. Meetings with Pastor (as warranted)
  3. Special meeting called when implementation of area of ministry warranted

Follow directives of Pastor for any other activities not specifically detailed here.

Lenten Stations of the Cross

Join us for Stations of the Cross every Wednesday and Friday during Lent.

Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. followed by a soup lunch and led by:
March 13 – Men’s Club
March 20 – 50 & Over Club
March 27 – 3rd & 4th Degree Knights of Columbus
April 3 – Shawl Committee
April 10 – PENANCE SERVICE
April 17 – Singing Knights

Fridays at 7:00 p.m. led by:
March 8 – Fr. Carl
March 15 – Fish Fry
March 22 – Daughters of Isabella
March 29 – Women’s Empowerment Group
April 5 – Altar Society
April 12 – Worship Committee
Good Friday – Fr. Andrew

Oak Tables and Chair for Sale

Help us out with some spring cleaning! We’re selling tables and chairs that were used in the parish library. We have (5) 3’x6’x29″ oak finished library tables @ $75.00 each and (10) matching upholstered solid oak sled based armless chairs @ $40.00 each or buy a set of one table and 4 chairs @ $200.00. Cash only. No trades. Can be seen M-F 7:00 am to 3:30 pm by appointment.

Lenten Fish Fry

Join us for our annual All You Can Eat Lenten Fish Fry on Friday, March 15 at the St. John Parish Hall from 2:30 – 7:00 p.m. Dining room seating or take out available. There will be a cash bar and homemade desserts for sale.

The Altar Society Raffle will be taking place during the fish fry with a 1st place prize of $1,000! 2nd place will receive a full/queen quilt, and 3rd and 4th place will receive minted coin sets (valued at $175).

Dinner Prices:
$8 Adults
$7 Seniors 65+ (Dine-in only)
$5 Children (4-10)
Free! Toddler (Under Age 4)
$8 Take Out (One Serving)

We are also in need of donations of pie and sheet cake!

Andy’s Attic Sale

A new year, new dates for donations! The holidays are the perfect time to think about donations to Andy’s Attic. If you received or purchased new items over the Christmas season, consider donating their older counterparts to Andy’s Attic. Please remember that we cannot take items that are broken, missing parts, dirty, or outdated. We are unable to sell analog TV’s or old computers and printers.

Donations
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays (weather permitting) at the yellow barn located on the north-west side of the St. John Family Center (505 N. Dayton Street, Davison MI 48423)

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
March 5, 6, 7
March 12, 13, 14
March 19, 20, 21
March 26, 27, 28

Volunteers
We are still in need of helping hands! Any time you can donate will be greatly appreciated. If you would be available to do pickups 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 16 – Saturday, May 25 (closed Sunday)

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

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 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.

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.