The sacrament of Reconciliation is a wonderful way to help prepare ourselves for the Advent season. St. John will be holding two communal penance services during the Advent season: Wednesday, December 13 at 10:45 a.m. and Sunday, December 17 at 6:30 p.m.
Christmas Eve – Sunday, December 24, 2023
4:00 p.m. Mass (St. John and Blessed Sacrament)
6:00 p.m. Mass (St. John, liturgy with children and Crystal Bells)
11:15pm Carols Begin (St. John)
12:00 Midnight Mass (St. John)
Christmas Day – Monday, December 25, 2023
9:00 a.m. Mass (Blessed Sacrament)
10:00 a.m. Mass (St. John)
12:00 p.m. Mass (St. John)
Feast of St. John the Evangelist – Wednesday, December 27, 2023
10:00 a.m. (St. John in the main church)
Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph – Sunday, December 31, 2023
Blessing of Families
7:30 a.m. Mass (St. John)
9:00 a.m. (Blessed Sacrament)
10:00 a.m. (St. John)
12:00 p.m. (St. John)
5:00 p.m. No Mass
New Year’s Day – Monday, January 1, 2024
8:00 a.m. Mass (St. John)
9:00 a.m. Mass (Blessed Sacrament)
10:00 a.m. Mass (St. John)
Epiphany Vigil – Saturday, January 7, 2024
Blessing of Chalk
4:30 p.m. Mass (St. John)
6:00 p.m. Mass (Blessed Sacrament)
Epiphany – Sunday, January 8, 2024
Blessing of Chalk
7:30 a.m. (St. John)
9:00 a.m. (Blessed Sacrament)
10:00 a.m. (St. John)
12:00 p.m. (St. John)
5:00 p.m. (St. John)
Entering into the holiday season after a death in the family can often be particularly distressing and challenging. Oftentimes, even our closest support persons find themselves helpless in knowing how to support us. Please join us in a special session on creative ways to process and cope with grief and loss, facilitated by Dr. Laurel Hilliker who spoke previously at our parish. She will be accompanied by Judy Plamondon, St. John parishioner and Seasons of Hope grief support group facilitator.
Our speaker, Dr. Laurel Hilliker, received her doctorate in sociology from Michigan State University with a specialization in bereavement. She is the daughter of former parishioner, Anna Nutt, now deceased. Dr. Hilliker holds a Fellow in Thanatology through the Association for Death Education and Counseling. Her current university affiliation is the University of Michigan-Flint, where she teaches public health coursework, including Wellness in the Face of Loss. She is published in scholarly journals and has written for Faith Catholic Magazine. She is the founder of Bearing Loss, Grief Education and Consulting, LLC, providing webinars and talks for the bereaved and for the professionals who work with them. She has recently published her first book, Grief-Stricken, Stories of Altered Loss in a Pandemic Haze through Covenant Books.
The talk will aim to provide coping strategies to help us bear our losses and will include a format that allows for a question-and-answer period. The session will be held on Wednesday, November 8th, 2023 at 10:45 a.m.- 12:15 p.m. We will meet in the Family Center.
The holiday season is fast approaching – time to order your Christmas wreaths from the youth group! Students are selling the beautiful wreaths, grave blankets, and other Christmas items through Thursday, November 9.
The Youth Basketball Skills Camp and League is back for 2024! Please scroll to the bottom of this page for FAQ’s.
How do I register?
Registration forms and payment are available at the Family Center Welcome Desk and online at stjohndavison.org. Forms may be returned to the Welcome Desk or mailed to 505 N. Dayton St., Davison, 48423. Early registration ends November 30th.
Will my child’s coach contact me?
No, coach’s will not contact you. You will meet them on the day of camp. T-shirts will be distributed at camp.
How will I know who my child’s coach is?
Coaches will have their team assignments at camp.
What time should my child arrive at camp?
Kdg & 1st grade: 9am-11am
2nd & 3rd grade: 12pm-2pm
*These times are for the camp only.
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.
How are the coaches selected for the teams?
During registration, a space is provided to show interest in coaching. The coaches are subject to a individual background check. The decision of coaches are made by the St. John Sport council, dependent on availability and background checks.
The Powers Catholic Annual Raffle is running strong! A $20 ticket gives you the chance at 10 cash prizes.
Grand Prize: $10,000
Second Prize: $5,000
3rd-10th Prizes: $500
The drawing is Saturday, December 2. Participants need not be present to win.
Please call the Powers Advancement Office to purchase tickets at (810) 591-0100. The raffle helps support classroom and facility needs as well as tuition assistance efforts that supplement the true cost to educate powers catholic students.
Join us for open pickleball at the St. John Family Center! The cost is free for Wellness Center Members and $5 for non-members. Exact payment is due prior to playing and you can sign in at the Wellness Center front desk. Please bring your own racket.
Monday – Friday 6:30 a.m.-7:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Evening and Weekend Hours for October
Wednesday, October 4, 11, and 25: 3:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Friday, October 13, 20, and 27: 12:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 21 and 28: 8:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Come and join us every other Friday starting on September 29 for a night of fun! We’ll be dancing along to the music of a great DJ and he will play your favorite songs to sing along. We will be meeting at the Davison VFW Hall on Court Street, a few feet East of the Irish Road intersection. The DJ starts at 5:00 p.m. and plays until 8:00 p.m. or later. The only cost will be drinks at an open bar.
RSVP to Cheryl Stevens at (810) 652-6362 or sign the singles book in the gathering space. No couples please.
Featuring Northern Ireland. Highlights: Dublin, Kilkenny, Waterford, Blarney Castle, Boat Tour, Ring of Kerry, Cliffs of Moher, Farm Visit, Galway, Donegal Town, Derry, Giant’s Causeway, Glens of Antrim, Belfast, “Titanic Experience.” For more information, please visit this link: https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1166428
Price includes hometown transfer, round trip airfare from Detroit Metro Airport. For more information contact Veronica at email@example.com
To view the virtual presentation that was held on Wednesday August 23, 2023 at 6PM, click on this link: https://collette.zoom.us/rec/share/0p8nxOKkccbAq3VCX0Gpnb3Nkb894P_4EvZla03grmP3eiCDlouJ-Osbro2DH4en.eSyV0G7UTP5AvF0M
Join Fr. Andrew on a trip down the magical Rhine and Moselle Rivers, September 19-27, 2024. Highlights include: Zurich, 7-Night River Cruise, Rhine River, Strasbourg, Speyer, Mannheim, Lorelei Passage, Cochem, Moselle River, Bernkastel, Wine Tasting, Cologne, and Amsterdam.
For more information about the trip, please visit: https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1146076
To view the flyer, please click here.
To view the recording of the zoom presentation, please click here.
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: coping with our losses is a support group for the bereaved that is held in the St. John Family Center.
The support group for the bereaved will begin a 6 week session on Wednesday, September 20th at 10:45 a.m. with a repeat session at 6:00 p.m. in the Family Center Small Activity Room. Anyone grieving the loss of a loved one is encouraged to attend and bring a friend.
Registration will take place after all Masses the weekend of August 26th or call Judy Plamondon at (810) 653-1706 or use the registration form below.
Seasons of Hope Registration
Contact information for those registering for the Seasons of Hope grief support group.
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 Most Holy Gift Shop” is located off the Gathering Space in St. John Catholic Church
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
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.
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To register for FORMED follow this link and input the code 77XNVP to the ACCESS CODE box.
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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.