April 1, 2020

Do your kids have questions for Fr. Little? Are they confused about world events and want an opportunity to have their questions answered with a Catholic perspective? Or maybe they just have general questions about being Catholic that they've always wanted to ask? Tune in TONIGHT at 5PM for a live Q & A session with Fr. Little where he will try to help answer questions from kids. We're calling it Root Beer Theology and it's an opportunity for kids to learn and grow in their knowledge of the Catholic faith. SJB families are encouraged to tune in and learn together. Log on at 5PM HERE , no foolin'! ;)

Fr. Barsness and Father Little will be blessing palms for you to have in your homes for Palm Sunday. These will be available for parishioner pick-up on Saturday, April 4 from 12-6PM.

Please use the church drive through located between doors 10 and 11 on 125th Street. There will be several bunches set out. Please make your pick-up quick and continue to practice social distancing guidelines.
Join us tomorrow at 9:30AM for a Mass geared towards youth. Join us on our YouTube Channel to catch the live stream or make a note to go back and watch it later.
To join CLICK HERE .
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**our website will continue to host the most up-to-date information for your easy reference.
Is there something you'd like to see in the Daily Update? Do you have an inspirational story regarding the pandemic? Do you have a Catholic resource you love? Use this link below to share. By completing the form you are giving us permission to share the information provided. THANK YOU!
How can we be praying for you? How can we help you with any special needs? Click the button below to indicate how we can pray for you or if you are in need of help or resources. We want to support you during this difficult time.
Are you 55+? Are you watching our live stream Mass? Would you be interested in virtual coffee and conversation? We want to know! Click the link below to complete a short survey.
Once again, this year you have the opportunity to contribute donations for flowers in honor of a loved one. These names will be printed in our Easter bulletin on April 12 (and posted on our website). In order to have the name of your loved one printed, we must receive your donation by Monday, April 6 . Please use the link below to easily donate and submit names for Easter flowers or use an envelope to mail them to:

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church
c/o Easter Flowers
4625 West 125th Street
Savage, MN 55378
Given the Stay at HomeMN order, please note the following:
  • The parish office REMAINS CLOSED. Messages left on the parish office voicemail will be checked but email communication will be answered quickest. Staff listing found HERE. The parish office email is welcome@stjohns-savage.org
  • Door #11 is open daily from 9AM-6PM Monday-Saturday and noon-6PM on Sunday to allow entrance for those wishing to pray only. Please continue to follow the CDC and MDH guidelines, see below.
  • The school office/building IS CLOSED.
  • The church atrium is CLOSED.
  • Adoration is CLOSED.
  • Please contact Beth Prendi (bprendi@stjohns-savage.org) with regard to funerals.
  • There are no baptisms at this time.
  • Confessions will be offered (as indicated above through door #11).
  • Next opportunity for confessions is Wednesday, April 1 at 6:30PM. (TONIGHT!)
  • There will NOT be confessions heard on Saturday, April 4 at 7:15AM (updated 4/1)
  • All events previously scheduled through April 30, per the national order, will not occur as scheduled. Events that have the potential of being rescheduled will have details communicated at a later date or as information becomes clear.

CDC and MDH guidelines:
No more than 10 people in the church at anyone time; please be mindful of this
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, please stay home
If you are ill or exhibiting symptoms of cold or flu, please stay home
If you have cared for or have been exposed to someone who is sick, please stay home
Prairie-Care: Openings at Psychiatric Hospital
Prairie-Care has immediate openings at their psychiatric hospital in Brooklyn Park for children and teens. Please see the attached flyer for information on making a direct referral for any young person in need of in-patient psychiatric care. Coverage is provided by most major payers and MA.
Nexus Facts-Early Child hood  Mental Health and Day Treatment Program.
As of today Nexus-FACTS Family Healing (formerly FACTS) is still providing early childhood mental health services in their office and through telehealth. The Early Childhood Day Treatment program is still open. Contact 651-379-9800  click here
Options Family and Behavior Services                         
Options Family & Behavior Services  As of Monday, 3/23/2020. All  Adolescent Day Treatment , Mental Health Services,  In-Home Therapy ARMHS , and  In-Clinic Therapy  will continue at Options Family & Behavior Services with all service delivery provided via telehealth.    They will continue to provide assessments and accept new clients into our programs via telehealth. Please call 952-564-3000 for any programming questions or to schedule a time with our assessment specialists.

Christian Family Solutions: Day Treatment Programs
Christian Family Solutions has shifted their outpatient counseling services and Day Treatment groups to counseling via  telehealth  . They are accepting referrals. The fastest way to schedule an appointment is through the website, using the appointment request form.  REQUEST AN APPOINTMENT
To schedule an intake appointment for day treatment call 262-415-7147  www.ChristianFamilySolutions.org

PACER Resources
PACER’s parent advocates, assistive technology specialists, bullying prevention associates, and all staff are available to assist families and professionals. Call 952-838-9000  or email  pacer@pacer.org  for assistance.  The website   offers a variety of tip sheets, videos and other useful information. Recent information was added about Special Education Services and COVID-19.
The Arc Minnesota
ARC advocates are available to assist families. If you have a question or need support, reach out to The Arc Minnesota at  info@arcminnesota.org  or 833.450.1494. They created a list of federal, state, and local resources for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, to help during the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak.  arcminnesota.org/coronavirus .
Requests for Donations: New Challenges Inc.
New Challenges Inc. and adult foster care agency that supports people with disabilities to live and participate in our communities in a home-like, integrated setting. Foster care providers are having a hard time obtaining the basic supplies they need to care for their residents. This includes: hand soap, antibacterial wipes, cleaning products, toilet paper, paper towels, tissue, gloves, personal care or hygiene products, etc. New Challenges, Inc., has organized a donation drive and will be sharing the donations with other providers who are running low. Items can be dropped off at a Pod in their company parking lot Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm at  4670 Slater Road  in Eagan.
Holy Week and Easter Masses 

April 5/Palm Sunday: 10AM
April 9/Holy Thursday: 7PM
April 10/Good Friday: 3PM
April 11/Easter Vigil: 8:30PM
April 12/Easter: 10AM
Father Ben offers us daily prayer. Listen and watch his video below.
We are pleased to be able to bring St. John's daily Mass into your homes. Each day our viewership is increasing, so feel free to share the link and invite others to join us for Mass. Shown here was todays daily Mass (4/1).
If you currently use envelopes provided by St. John’s, those can be mailed to the church. Contributions can be mailed in any manner even if you do not have the envelopes we provide.
On-line giving:  
A special thank you to all who currently give electronically. eGiving is faster, more secure and provides much needed donation consistency. If you’d like to register to give in this manner (either with an on-going contribution or one time gift), or make a change to your existing gift, please click   here .
Text to give:  
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.