44th Annual World Apostolate of Fatima Convention

St. John will be hosting the Diocese of Lansing’s 44th Annual World Apostolate of Fatima Convention on Saturday, October 5. Keynote speakers Sister Sarah Burdick, Deacon Sean Costello, and Reverend Roy Horning will present on “Fatima’s Message: a Message of Hope.” Details and registration information can be found on the flyer below. Make sure to invite friends and family – all are welcome!

An Evening with Magda

Meet history as we welcome special guest Magda Brown. A member of the speaker’s Bureau of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, Holocaust Survivor Magda Brown will be speaking at St. John’s.

As she brings light to a very dark time in history, Magda strives to leave her audience with three important lessons: protect your freedom, think before you hate, stand up to the deniers. “My hope is that through sharing my story, I can personally talk about the horrors of the Holocaust to remind this generation of the dangers of hatred, prejudice and discrimination.”

There will be a Q&A with Magda immediately after her talk. Light refreshments will follow in the gathering space. Please visit magdabrown.com to view her story and more.

All are welcome!

25th Annual Polka Party

Join us for our 25th Annual Polka Party on Saturday, November 2! It will be an evening filled with fun, music, and dancing! Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the Parish Office Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

The party will start at 4:30 p.m. with a Polka Mass at St. John and at 5:30 p.m. the doors to the Parish Hall will open for an authentic polish dinner! Dancing will run from 8:00 p.m.-11:30 p.m. with music by the Kielbasa Kings. Proceeds go to the St. John Faith in the Future Fund. Further details below.

Volunteer Opportunity

In order to pull off an amazing dinner, we need help from volunteers in a number of areas. Please call the Parish Office at (810) 653-2377 to sign up! Thanks so much for your continued generosity!

ALICE Training

It’s not fun to imagine worst-case scenarios. But being prepared for them can help put your mind at ease. On Wednesday, September 25 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., ALICE training will be offered in the Blessed Sacrament St. Joseph Hall. ALICE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Counter, Evacuate and is designed to prepare you for what to do in the event of an active shooter. Having a plan in place can help you stay calm and react quickly in an emergency.
This training is open to all parishioners of St. John and Blessed Sacrament.  If you have any questions about the training, please refer to the website alicetraining.com or email Dan Wolschleger at dwolschle@grandblancschools.org.

Quiz Bowl 2019

The St. John Men’s Club presents the third annual quiz bowl on Saturday, September 28! The event will be held in the Parish Hall. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the main competition begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person and include pizza, salad, soft drinks, beer, and wine.

This event has sold out the last two years so don’t hesitate! Sign up is available from Men’s Club members after weekend Masses at St. John, or at the Parish Office. Payment is due at the time of registration. For questions or more information, call Dave at (810) 252-8360 or Rick at (810) 660-7025.

Get your team together, purchase a table and have a good time. This will be fun for the whole family. Teams of up to 8 adults and teens (14 and over) per table. Only paid players will be admitted in the hall. Trivia questions are based on a variety of topics! There is one answer per table, per team, submitted for scoring.

Annual Senior Day of Appreciation

Seniors, we’re thankful for all that you do in our community and would like to thank you! Catholic Charities’ Genesee County Catholic Council on Aging cordially invites you to the annual Senior Day of Appreciation! Join us on Tuesday, September 17 at St. John.

The day will begin with 10:30 a.m. Mass at St. John with Bishop Boyea, followed by a luncheon. Tickets for the luncheon cost $10.00 and can be purchased from your parish representative no later than August 30.

La Belle Seine Featuring Paris and Normandy

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!

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 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.

 

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

 

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!

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.