March 24, 2020
Dear Parishioners,

Unfortunately during this time of crisis, evil doers still find a way to take advantage of innocent people. You may receive a text message or email looking like it is coming from me requesting your immediate response. PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND! Neither St. John’s nor myself would ever reach out to you in this manner. If it is an email, report as phishing, block, and delete. If a text message, block, and delete. Unfortunately there is very little law enforcement can do in these situations. If you have any questions, please send an email to welcome@stjohns-savage.org or leave a message at the parish office,
952-890-9465.

Yours in Christ,
Fr. Ben Little
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PARISH BULLETIN
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IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER
  • The parish office IS CLOSED.
  • 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
JOIN IN PRAYER!
The Most Holy Pope Francis has asked us to come together in prayer.

He says, “I invite the heads of the churches and the leaders of all the Christian communities, together with all Christians of the various confessions, to invoke the Almighty, the All Powerful God, by reciting contemporaneously the prayer that Our Lord Jesus has taught us."

“I therefore invite everyone to recite the Our Father at midday (12PM) on Wed., March 25, on the day when many Christians recall the annunciation to the Virgin Mary of the Incarnation of the Word, so that the Lord may listen to the unanimous prayer of all his disciples that are preparing to celebrate the victory of the Risen Christ,” Francis said.

He also announced that he will preside over “a moment of prayer” from the steps of the basilica Saint Peter’s at 6PM Rome time, Friday, March 27. He said the square would be empty, but he invited people across the world “to participate spiritually” in this prayer which, he explained, would include readings from the Scripture and adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.
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
An invitation to prayer from our beloved Sisters of Pro Ecclesia Sancta. Please take a minute to watch this short video.
INSPIRATION
“Pain and suffering have come into your life, but remember pain, sorrow, suffering are but the kiss of Jesus — a sign that you have come so close to Him that He can kiss you.” 

-St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta
DAILY MASS
Enjoy the daily Mass from the Rectory Chapel with Father Ben recorded earlier today, March 24. You can tune in for daily Mass at 8AM on our YouTube channel.
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.