The Ministry of the Week:

Senior Ministry Fellowship
This ministry provides spiritual and social activities for parishioners age 50+. Events include pot lucks, luncheons, theater outings and day trips.  Senior Ministry currently has a Mardi Gras Pot Luck planned for February 18 at 6:45pm in the parish basement.  A day trip to The Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament is planned for March 23. See the bulletin for complete details or stop by the Senior Ministry Fellowship Poster in the vestibule. For more information contact Ann Marie Crosswhite, lead, 256-726-9204 - hillam@knology.net or Dorothy Kaliszak, 256-325-1567- ckaliszak@knology.net

 
What are you giving up for Lent?
Sometimes that is the only question we ask about this important Liturgical Season. Would you like to go deeper in your faith journey?
 Learn more? 
Better understand the meaning behind the season?
Please join us in the All Purpose Room after Daily Mass on
  Wednesday February 22nd for an inspiring talk
 "Making the Most of Lent" by our own Deacon Greg Thompson.
 
 
Confirmation I and II classes :
Sunday ,   January 22*  1-2:30 PM
Wednesday   January 25* 5:30-7PM
*Please note the change of date from the original schedule
 
The Church Office has a variety of First Communion and Confirmation cards.  Suggested donation is $0.50.  Proceeds will go to the building fund.  
Please come by to see if we have what you need!
 
St. John's Catholic School 
St. John's School is opening a ½ day K4 program for the 2017-2018 school year.  Program hours will be Monday-Friday from 8:00-12:00.  This is in addition to the full day K4 program.  For information or to enroll, please contact the principal at slewis@stjohnb.com.  St. John's K4 program is taught be certified teachers.
 
The Parish School of Religion
The February issue of Partners in Faith is now available. As our children grow and venture away from our protective eyes at school, in sports, extracurricular activities, or playdates, we want simple but effective strategies to help keep them safe. The main article on page two gives details.  Click HERE to access the publication. The Office of Religious Education is honored to partner with parents to help children grow in their Catholic faith.  For information about Faith Formation and Sacraments at St John's Parish School of Religion click HERE.
 
Adult Faith Formation
JOIN US SUNDAY MORNINGS AT 10 AM IN THE PARISH BASEMENT BEGINNING FEBRUARY 26TH THROUGH LENT AND THE EASTER SEASON CONCLUDING MAY 7TH
The better we understand Jesus, the better we understand ourselves. But who was Jesus, this itinerant preacher whom many called the Messiah?
In Priest, Prophet, King, you'll discover Jesus as the Anointed One-the ultimate priest, prophet, and king foreshadowed throughout the Hebrew Scriptures. Using biblical insights and engaging stories, Bishop Barron affirms that we see Jesus most clearly through the lens of the Old Testament.
Through this deeply biblical program, you will better understand Jesus, become more familiar with Scripture, and realize your own priestly, prophetic, and
kingly mission, received when you are baptized "into Christ."
 
It's that time of year again.  
We will start this year's build in late February. 
 We are speaking at the Masses February 25-26, along with our annual signing of the 2x4's and volunteer sign-up.  
If you are on our current volunteer list, no need to sign up again. 
 If you've had a change in contact information,  or have questions, 
please contact Irene Garoppo, igaroppo@knology.net , (256)830-5989.
 

SENIOR MINISTRIES FELLOWSHIP (50+ Parishioners) 
 Kick the winter doldrums and join us for Lunch at Straight to Ale, a local craft brewery, located in the new Campus 805 compound off Governor's Drive at Clinton Avenue on Thursday, February 9, 2017.  We will meet at the restaurant at 1:00 p.m. The address is 2610 Clinton Avenue W in Huntsville.  A short tour of the facility will be given before we are seated for lunch.  Newcomers are always welcome.  For reservations or information,  call Dorothy Kaliszak at 256-325-1567 or Carol Schneider at 256-464-5183.  If you need a ride, please call Blanche Irby at 256-461-0399.  
Hope you can join us.

 MARDI GRAS POT LUCK - Saturday, February 18, 2017 , in the Church Basement after the 5:30 p.m. Mass.  Bring a dish to share that serves 10 people.  If you aren't a cook, don't let that stop you.  Call Ann Marie Crosswhite at 256-726-9204 or email her at hillam@knology.net for more information and to sign up.  If you want to join us but need a ride, please call Blanche Irby at 256-461-0399.   We'll be playing Mardi Gras Trivia and Word Games.  Join us for an enjoyable evening.  


BUS TRIP TO THE SHRINE OF THE MOST BLESSED SACRAMENT
All adult parishioners are welcome to join the Senior Ministries Fellowship Group
to the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament 
in Hanceville, Alabama, Thursday, March 23, 2017. 
Ticket price is $25 and includes bus transportation and a snack box. 
The bus will leave from the Upper Church Parking Lot 
at 9:00 a.m. and return at 3:00 p.m.  
There will be opportunity for individual exploration and group tours as desired.
Please contact the Parish Office at 256-722-0130 for more information
To ensure your seat, payment must be made to the office by March 2, 2017. 
Anyone needing a ride to St. John's that day may contact Blanche Irby at 256-461-0399.

 
Donations Needed! 
The Knit One Pray Too Ministry is in need of yarn donations. If you are willing and able to donate there are two requests. Worsted weight and bulky weight yarns are preferred due to ease of use for larger projects like afghans. 100% acrylic yarns are preferred since they are easy to wash, usually not itchy, and are free of allergens. Thank you for supporting our ministry. Items made by the Knit One Pray Too Ministry are available to bring comfort and love to anyone fighting an illness or struggling with a need.