The Online Giving website has been updated for the 
Easter Flower Collection: 
 
~The Easter Flower Collection  is a memorial offering given in remembrance of deceased members and loved ones. Contributions received by 4/02/17 will be recognized in the April 16th bulletin.
 
 
Please visit the online giving website if you wish to contribute. 

 
Thank you for your continued generosity to St. John's Parish.
 
 
The Ministry of the Week:

The Baby Basket Ministry
The Baby Basket Ministry transports the generous donations of SJ Parishioners to crisis pregnancy agencies in the Madison/Huntsville area.  The ministry made up of a quiet group of dedicated volunteers.  Contact Sharon McFalls at 256-830-6712 to join the team.  Currently the Catholic Center of Concern and the Downtown Rescue Mission is in particular need of size 4 and 5 diapers.  Donations can be left in the baby basket, located next to the nursery in the church vestibule.

 

Knights of Columbus Lenten Fish Dinners  
  Everyone is invited to come and enjoy a fish dinner with your family and friends prior to attending the Stations of the Cross service each of the 6 Fridays of Lent.  A child's menu will be available.  Serving begins at 4:45 and continues until 6:15pm.  Suggested donations for dinner is $10.00 per adult and $4.00 per child, or $30 for a family of 5. 
 All proceeds from the dinners help support the Council's scholarship fund.
 


Easter Egg Hunt
Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017
 
(Rain Date: Sunday, April 23, 2017)
 
1:00PM - following 11:30AM Mass
 
Children 6 and younger hunt for eggs on the Parish Field
 
Children ages 7 - 12 hunt for well-hidden eggs
on the Parish Grounds
 
Bring your cameras, the Easter Bunny will join the fun!
 
Please RSVP with participant ages & gender via text (256) 542-8491) or email to eric.herbert@knology.net


 



This year you have the opportunity to experience a truly life-changing Lent! Join us for Best Lent Ever, a free daily email program that will take you on an incredible journey through Lent. The program features video reflections from Matthew Kelly and Dynamic Catholic team members who share insights that will inspire and encourage you. Plus you'll get a simple action step and prayer each day to help you apply what you learn to your everyday life.

Sign Up for the BEST LENT EVER here!


 

Join our faith community-and nearly 14,000 Catholic communities across the United States-in a life-changing Lenten journey of encounter with CRS Rice Bowl. Pick up your family's CRS Rice Bowl from the vestibule of the church, and don't forget to download the CRS Rice Bowl app! May these 40 days better prepare us to encounter ourselves, our neighbors and our God.  This second week of Lent we encounter Evlina in Zambia as she and other mothers learn new ways to provide nutritious meals for their growing children and families. How do we ensure that those who are hungry have not only food but true nourishment? Visit crsricebowl.org for more.
 
Catholic Campus Ministry

This ministry is open to all college-age students in our area!  

Tuesdays at 7:30 pm in Room 125 CTC building- UAH Campus  
  All are welcome!

Join us during Lent as we discuss our faith journey, pray together, learn and grow as a Catholic Community.  Come pray with us!
For more information contact Betsy at sjym@stjohnbchurch.org
 
Youth Ministry Retreat Dates

 
JRYM/EDGE Retreat- April 7-8
Cost:  $60 (includes t-shirt)
Forms/Info Click Here- There are still a few spots open, please contact Betsy, if you have questions.  


HSYM/Life Teen Spring Retreat
April 28-30   Cost:  $75 (includes t-shirt)
                      Forms/Info Click Here- Due April 2nd

YOUTH MINISTRY RETREATS are open to all youth in our parish!  Everyone is welcome!
For more information contact Betsy at sjym@stjohnbchurch.org
 
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
Open House - All Grades
Thursday, March 23rd 5:30pm - 7:00pm
 
You asked.  We listened!
St. John's School is hosting an Open House for families of prospective students in all grades PreK4 - 8th.  Meet Principal Lewis, many teachers and staff and chat with members of our school board and current SJB parents.
 
This is an excellent opportunity for the many of you who have been requesting information about enrolling your older children to come visit.  
 
If you have any questions, please email PR@stjohnb.com or 
call our office at 256-722-0772.  
 
The  March issue of Partners in Faith is now available. Lent is more than a penitential season, it is more than giving up something. Read on page two how we can teach our children to see Lent as a gift to help us become the people God wants us to be.  Click HERE to access the publication. Click HERE to access a 2017 Lenten Activity calendar. Paper copies of the calendar and Partners in Faith can be found on the St Anthony cabinet in the vestibule. 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 Church 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."
 

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY - Sincere thanks to all who signed up at Mass the end of February and also at the past Ministry Fair to volunteer with the Habitat for Humanity Ministry.  If you are a new or past volunteer, and have not received an e-mail from Irene Garoppo, there may have been an issue with your e-mail address.  If you are still interested in volunteering with this wonderful ministry, please e-mail your name, phone number and preferred e-mail to igaroppo@knology.net.