MAY 4, 2020
"No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks."
--St. Ambrose
Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I find myself still in awe from the commUNITY event held virtually on Saturday night. I knew of the goodness and generosity of the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and School family, but to see it in action and to be a part of it feels like an incredible blessing. I was moved by the outpouring of love, monetary gifts, chatting words of encouragement or appreciation, and virtual presence of more than 500 people throughout the event! It was tremendous! As was my hat . . . I'll try not to hold it against you that you didn't vote me as the winner!

We hope to share final numbers with you over the next week or two as donations still roll in and those that preferred to donate via check have time to get that into the parish office this week. To that note, you can still contribute! We are shy of our $100,000 goal by around $10,000. There is still an opportunity to give, which allows us to give generously to others with our commitment to tithe 20% of the net proceeds! The more generously you give, the more we are able to give to the Sisters of Pro Ecclesia Sancta and the community of Savage.

You can still give online using the link below. You can also drop off a check in the parish office this week if that is a better option for you. Be sure to mark "commUNITY" on the envelope and on the check in the subject line.

As we prepare to open the church doors once again (albeit slowly) to the public, it gives me great confidence in the strong commitment of the parish and school that going forward we will always walk together in unity.

In gratitude,
Father Ben Little
SUPER SALE NEWS
As with so many events in our local & global communities these days, our St. John's Super Sale team has been taking time to discern if our annual sale will be possible this year. Knowing that this sale continues to serve a need in our community, perhaps even more so during these economic times, yet also giving strong consideration to the safety of all involved, we want to be prudent in how we proceed. 

At this time, we have decided to postpone the sale originally scheduled for June and are looking at options later into this year. Please pray for us as we look to make decisions based on what we estimate will best serve the St. John's & local Savage community. Stay tuned for further updates.
GET INVOLVED!
Over the past four weeks a group has been having virtual coffee on Monday's at 9AM. This has been a great time of fellowship and connection. Our next virtual coffee will be Monday May 11 at 9AM. If you would like to join the group, please send an email to Beth Prendi at bpredi@stjohns-savage.org and she will send you an electronic invite to join the Zoom call.
Let's meet virtually to discuss the book, Searching for and Maintaining Peace: A Small Treatise on Peace of Heart , by Jacques Philippe.

Zoom sessions will be held Tuesday mornings at 9:30AM beginning May 19 through June 9. We will discuss finding peace in a very disruptive Covid-19 world. Sister Eileen will lead us in prayer and discussion.

What is needed? Your book and study guide!

The book may be obtained by personal order online. The Study Guide can be printed by you OR will be printed for you to pick up in the parish office door 11 before the May 19 start date.

Please use this link to register. Once registered, you will receive an email with more information and the link to the Zoom meeting.
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. You can see the visual map below for specific logistical information.

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.
DAILY MASS and SUNDAY MASS
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 . 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.

Click on the video to your left to see today's Daily Mass (5/4).
NEW! The next few Sundays, Father Michael will be offering a livestream Latin Mass (also known as Extraordinary Form) at 8:30AM at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Miesville. If you'd like to watch this, you can visit their website for more information HERE .
WANT TO HELP?
Sharing & Caring Hands in Minneapolis is in great need of lunch supplies for the children at Mary's Place. If you can donate PB&J sandwiches, cookies (bought/homemade), individual chip packages, or juice boxes please let Brenda Schroll know by emailing her at  bschroll@stjohn-savage.org . Cash or check donations for food items should be sent directly to Mary's Place at: 401 N 7th St, Minneapolis, MN 55405.
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.