APRIL 3, 2020
“For weeks now it has been evening. Thick darkness has gathered over our squares, our streets and our cities; it has taken over our lives, filling everything with a deafening silence and a distressing void, that stops everything as it passes by; we feel it in the air, we notice in people’s gestures, their glances give them away. We find ourselves afraid and lost. Like the disciples in the Gospel we were caught off guard by an unexpected, turbulent storm. We have realized that we are on the same boat, all of us fragile and disoriented, but at the same time important and needed, all of us called to row together, each of us in need of comforting the other. On this boat… are all of us. Just like those disciples, who spoke anxiously with one voice, saying 'We are perishing' (Mark 4:38), so we too have realized that we cannot go on thinking of ourselves, but only together can we do this.”    -Pope Francis 

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.
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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.
Given the Stay at HomeMN order, please note the following:
  • The parish office REMAINS CLOSED. 
  • Messages can be left on parish office voicemail or email 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.
  • 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.
  • Next opportunity for confessions is Saturday, April 4 at 3:30PM or Wednesday. April 8 at 6:30PM (door #11).
  • 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.
Follow the Sacred Heart of Jesus Convent-Pro Ecclesia Sancta on Facebook! Our dear sisters our doing so much in the way of outreach and prayer! Keep them in your prayers too and follow along!
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
Celebrate God’s Gift of Mercy
Divine Mercy Sunday-April 19

This year we will celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday via livestream immediately following the 10am Mass. See the links below to learn more about the devotion of Divine Mercy. Our Lord gave St. Faustina the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and a 9 day Novena to prepare for this devotion. If possible, you should go to confession and pray this Novena of Chaplets beginning on Good Friday and continue for the nine days leading up to Divine Mercy Sunday.

Our Lord told St. Faustina “ By this novena, I will grant every possible grace to souls. Especially at the hour of death ” (Diary 796) (1224) “ Jesus, I Trust in You ” (327) “ I am Love and Mercy itself ”(1074)... Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet (699)... My Mercy is greater than your sins and those of the entire world (1485).
In addition to the links below, pamphlets to pray the Novena can be picked up inside the parish office using Door 11 during open church hours.      

How about a virtual date night for a change of pace? Click the image above to register for a FREE "virtual date night" kit! This might add a special moment over the weekend and that connection point you and your loved one may need right now. ENJOY!
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 (4/3). There will be no livestream Mass on Saturday, April 4 at 8AM.
Join us this Sunday, April 5, at 10AM for Palm Sunday Live Stream Mass. Dress up, grab your palms, visit the website to follow along with the liturgy guide , and be present with our Lord in the Mass. If you snap a photo of your family enjoying Palm Sunday Mass from home, email it to communications @stjohns-savage.org.
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. You can also drop off your envelope during building open hours (M-F from 9AM-6PM) through door #11.
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.