MAY 12, 2020
“You will never be happy if your happiness depends on getting solely what you want. Change the focus. Get a new center. Will what God wills, and your joy no man shall take from you.” 
- Venerable Fulton Sheen
A MESSAGE FROM FATHER LITTLE
To the St. John the Baptist Parish and School Family:

I am deeply grateful to Archbishop Bernard Hebda for assigning me to remain at St. John’s as pastor, effective June 10. In my short time here, which began so unexpectedly and has proceeded in a way none of us could have foreseen, I have grown in affection for the wonderful people of this parish and school. My only real sorrow so far is that the pandemic has interrupted my first chance to get to know everyone; yet God will allow that to resume in good time. Knowing that I will remain here gives me great peace in that respect: that I  will  have the opportunity now to get to know, love, and serve you as we continue to be “All In” in knowing, loving, and serving our good God. I have been blessed beyond measure by the talent and kindness of our staff, trustees, councils, and volunteers. I am also profoundly grateful to the man I am now honored to call my predecessor, Bishop Donald DeGrood. His support and encouragement mean so much to me as I continue to serve this wonderful community which he served so generously and faithfully. He remains a spiritual father and friend to me. All the priests who have served here have created a very special culture at St. John’s which makes it a wonderful place to live out a priestly vocation. Lastly, I cannot fail to mention the consolation I receive from recalling the example of love for St. John’s embodied by my Aunt Andi. The link below provides you with a bit more background on me.

I will celebrate eight years as a priest on May 26th. These years have been very blessed and happy, even through some difficult times for our local church. My last five years have been at St. Michael’s in Farmington, where I was a first-time pastor. The joys and challenges I’ve experienced there have shaped me profoundly, and I hope will bear fruit both here and there. I ask for your prayers both for me and the parishioners of St. Michael’s in this transition. I know, for my part, that there will be much grief that will accompany my leaving the many treasured relationships formed with individuals and families of the parish. 

I know that I am still a young pastor—with much to learn—so I will rely upon the support of your prayers and patience. At the same time, I assure you that I will always strive to be morally upright, hardworking, welcoming of the wisdom of collaborators, and above all, prayerful and serious about my relationship with Jesus Christ. As your pastor, everything I do must flow from an interior union with Jesus the High Priest. Please pray that I never wander from this most cherished friendship with my Master. If we all remain in that friendship, we will fulfill the mission given us in our baptism and will continue to bring others to Him. 

I look forward to walking with you and being united (a spirit captured so beautifully in words by Pope Francis and lived out so beautifully in action in our recent commUNITY event). We will soon emerge from this time of trial, and we will do so together under the standard of Christ our Savior. And so, I promise you, and invite you to say the same: “I’m ALL IN.”

Yours in Christ,
Father Ben Little
OFFICE SUPPORT UPDATE
GOOD NEWS! The phone system throughout the parish and school are being updated and changed. The official changeover is tomorrow at 10:30AM. Please note that there may be a period of time between 10AM and 1PM where calls are missed. You should try to avoid calling during this time. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
SUPPORT THE SISTERS
With great joy, we invite you to our Virtual Gala for the project of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Convent. It is a great gift that friends and family from all over will be able to join us.

Tuesday, May 19 at 7PM
 
Register to attend by clicking on the button below. We will send you the link to join us the day of the event. 
WEEKEND CONFESSION
CONFESSION THIS WEEKEND!
Confession will again be offered in a drive-thru style this Saturday at 3:30PM outside the rectory. Cars are asked to enter the parking lot through the west and exit north.

Those receiving this sacrament are asked to be mindful of those around you to respect privacy and go one at a time. In addition, we encourage you to "be bold, be brief, and be gone!"
IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER
Given the Governor's extension of the Stay at Home Order until May 18, please note we will continue the following schedule through May 17 and continue to keep you updated through frequent, although not daily, email updates. This is the best way to stay connected to parish liturgies and events. To get added to this list, please send an email to welcome@stjohns-savage.org.
 
  • The parish office REMAINS CLOSED. 
  • Messages can be left on parish office voicemail or email welcome@stjohns-savage.orgEmail is the best way to contact us.
  • 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 NOTE THAT THE CHURCH IS NOT OPEN WHILE THE LIVESTREAM MASS IS IN PROGRESS (Sundays at 10AM, M-F at 8am and Thursdays at 9:30AM). We request that you do not enter the church during this time.
  • The school office/building IS CLOSED THROUGH THE REMAINDER OF THE SCHOOL YEAR.
  • The church atrium is CLOSED.
  • Adoration is TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED.
  • Please contact Beth Prendi (bprendi@stjohns-savage.org) with regard to funerals and other pastoral care needs/concerns.
  • Please contact the parish office for baptisms at welcome@stjohn-savage.org or leave a message with the parish office at 952-890-9465.
  • Livestream Masses will continue to be offered on Sundays at 10AM, Thursday at 9:30AM, and M-F at 8AM; all Masses are recorded so they can be viewed at anytime on our YouTube channel.
  • Next opportunity for confession is: Saturday, May 9 at 3:30PM. This is a rectory drive-thru confession.

All events previously scheduled through May 17 will not occur as scheduled. Events that have the potential of being rescheduled will have details communicated as information becomes clear.
**our website will continue to host the most up-to-date information for your easy reference; if you know someone who needs to be added to the Daily Update please email communications@stjohns-savage.org.
MASS SCHEDULE
We are pleased to bring the daily Mass into your home Monday-Friday each morning at 8AM. We are also happy to bring you Mass each weekend. On Sunday at 10AM we go live on our YouTube channel or using the link to your left. You can also find the weekend liturgy guide under resources on our website HERE .

For your convenience, we have added a quick link at the top of our website and at the top of this email that takes you directly to our YouTube channel. You can then scroll through upcoming livestream services.
PRAYER IS A GREAT WAY TO HELP
PRAYER DURING A HEALTH CRISIS

Compassionate and Loving Father, In the face of confusion and concern impart to us the calm of your presence. In You allow us to find hope and healing. 

Be with those who serve the sick and give them Your caring hands.

Be with those who lead and give them Your Spirit of wisdom.

Be with those who have fallen ill and give them Your comforting heart.

Wrap your arms around our world and hold us in your love.
Allow us at this time of trial to then serve as instruments of that love to all we meet.

We ask this in Your Name. Amen.
WAYS TO GIVE
Envelopes:  
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.