March 23, 2020
Dear Parishioners,

I pray that this message finds you well. I've been praying for your well-being, both spiritually and emotionally in these days that I know are filled with new and extraordinary challenges. Please know that Father Michael and I are holding all of the parishioners of St. John's in our prayers. I'm even happy to have learned how to bring more opportunities for Mass to you through our live YouTube feed. I'm pleased to tell you that you can expect to see a daily Mass Monday-Friday at 8AM on our YouTube channel.

As we continue to adapt and grow in our circumstances, we'd appreciate if you kept us in your prayers too. We truly are ALL IN this together.

Yours in Christ,
Fr. Ben Little
*please note daily updates will be published each afternoon by 5PM; if you know someone not receiving the email please send a note to communications @stjohns-savage with their name and email address to be added to the list.

**our website will continue to host the most up-to-date information for your easy reference.
PARISH BULLETIN
The bulletin from this past weekend was a 2-week bulletin covering the weekends of Sunday, March 22 and Sunday, March 29. The next bulletin published will be on Palm Sunday, April 5. That bulletin will be a 4-page bulletin with only pertinent information. Bulletins will be available for you to grab if you come for adoration. They will also continue to be mailed to our homebound parishioners.

You can easily go read the bulletin on line at Parishes Online.
´╗┐Get to our bulletin and subscribe to receive it in your email by clicking the link below.
CAMPUS UPDATES
  • The parish office IS CLOSED, effective Friday, March 20. Door #11 is open daily from 7AM-6PM to receive deliveries and allow entrance for those wishing to pray in church with the Blessed Sacrament. *messages will be checked but email communication will be answered quickest. Staff listing found HERE.
  • The school office and entire school building IS CLOSED.
  • The church atrium is CLOSED.
  • Funerals will be limited to immediate family with no visitation and no luncheon. This is an interim protocol determined based on guidelines from the federal government and CDC to not exceed 10 persons in a single gathering.
  • There are no baptisms at this time.
  • Perpetual Adoration is in the church. Scheduled adorers will follow normal adoration protocol until directed otherwise.
  • The next opportunity for confession will be Saturday, March 28 at 3:30PM.

Those entering the church to pray or come to adoration should please utilize extreme caution and use the following guidelines:
  • If you choose to come to church, maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from other people
  • Do not leave anything in the pews
  • Wash your hands and cover your cough
  • If you are in a high-risk group (age 70+ or have an underlying health condition that puts you at higher risk), please stay home
  • If you are ill or exhibiting symptoms of cold or flu, please stay home
HELP NEEDED!
At this time, we have 400 YouTube subscribers! We stared with 16! WOW! Let's keep it g-r-o-w-i-n-g! Can you share our YouTube channel link on your Facebook page or in an email to close friends and family asking for their help? If we get to 1,000 subscribers it opens up even more options for getting content into your hands!

YOU CAN SUBSCRIBE TODAY! Here's how....
  • Visit our YouTube channel.
  • In the right corner click the RED button that says, SUBSCRIBE.
  • If you have a YouTube account, you will need to sign in.
  • If you do NOT have a YouTube account, you simply can use any email account to create one and then be able to subscribe to our YouTube page.
EVENT UPDATES
Per the mandated suspension of Mass and government issued social distancing order,
no on-site events will occur at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and School at this time per recommendation by the MHD. As updates are learned and changes are made, they will be communicated through this daily update.
ALL IN resources ... when we are ALL IN(side)
Wishing there was a way you could help? In these times we all want to be able to help people or reach out to those a need. One easy option that you can easily do from home is write a letter! Below is a list of care facilities we support. You can write a letter, addressed to "any resident" and drop it into the mail. A little bit of encouragement can go a long, long way, for just the cost of a stamp.

Savage Senior Living at Fen Point
5950 W 130th Ln.
Savage, MN 55378

Augustana Regent
14500 Regent Ln.
Burnsville, MN 55306

Valley Ridge
1921 Burnsville Pkwy
Burnsville, MN 55337

Ebenezer Ridges Care Center
13820 Community Dr.
Burnsville, MN 55337
INSPIRATION


´╗┐Today might be a good day to recall and give thanks for all of the ways God, through the teachings and life of Jesus, delivers us.

Jesus, for example, delivers us from fear: "Fear not, little flock." From anxiety: "Trust in God, trust also in me." From self-preoccupation: "Love one another." From a poor self-image: "You are worth more than many sparrows."

I will extol you, O LORD, for you drew me clear...
- Psalm 30:2
DAILY MASS
Enjoy the daily Mass from the Rectory Chapel with Father Michael and Father Ben recorded earlier today, March 23. You can tune in for daily Mass at 8AM on our YouTube channel.
Relevant Radio is presenting daily Mass options! Mass is at noon central time M-F with weekend options as well. Click the link below to listen!
TEXT TO GIVE
A new mobile app GIVEPLUS+  is available for those who prefer the ease of managing accounts on your phone. New users can easily create an account and those currently enrolled in electronic giving can use their same login information on the app. Search for "GivePlus Church" in your app store to quickly find and download the app. 
*Please email frontdesk@stjohns-savage.org if you experience trouble logging into your account.

Electronic and traditional givers accustomed to texting can now give through text giving as well. Make one-time or recurring offerings by simply texting the amount you wish to give to our secure account at 833-351-0063 . It's a convenient solution when you can't attend services or don't have cash or checks with you. * A minimum $5.00 donation is needed.