January 13, 2021
St. John's eNews
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church & School
From the Bishop
Dispensation Extended to March 14th
Bishop Steven Raica, Bishop of Birmingham in Alabama has extended the dispensation from the obligation to assist at Holy Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation through Sunday, March 14, 2021 (inclusive) - the 4th Sunday of Lent (Lætare Sunday) - for all the Roman Catholic faithful who reside in the Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama. 
Parish News
Good News & Cold Brews
Good News & Cold Brews is an area-wide gathering for young adults, ages 21-35, that meets on the second Thursday of the month at The Nook in Huntsville.

January 14th @ 7pm: "A Life Transformed"
Presented by Betsy Lashley, Catholic Campus Minister - UAH
March for Life Mass & Prayer Vigil
The Annual Respect Life Mass and Witness for Life - Saturday, Jan.16th: Mass will be celebrated at 9am at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Birmingham. The prayer vigil will take place at 10:45 a.m. at the Birmingham Planned Parenthood location. Pandemic protocols are encouraged. In Birmingham, the Church is located at 708 1st St., S., and Planned Parenthood is located at 1019 1st Ave. N.
A Day of Prayer for Life for High School &
College Students Friday, January 29th
Holy Spirit Youth Group sponsors: A Day of Prayer for the Unborn on Friday January 29th beginning at 9:00am with prayer on the Courthouse steps. Interested high school students should Contact Connie Sieja
[SEE FLYER HERE]. College students can contact Betsy.

This event is done in unison with the National March for Life in DC.
St. John's Columbarium
Information Meeting - January 24th
Hear all about the New St. John's Columbarium on Sunday, January 24th in the Parish Hall after the 8:30am Mass.
Why do the things that we expect will fulfill us, don’t?
Why is life this way? Why are we here? Why do we exist? Why are we filled with longing?
The Augustine Institute has created an award-winning video-based series that explores fundamental questions and mysteries like these. The Search hosted by Chris Stefanick features scientists, artists, philosophers, and other people from all walks of life proclaiming how their searches for meaning in life led them to Jesus and the Gospel.
 
The videos are available on Formed.org so you can watch them at your own pace. Each week, beginning January 24th, we’ll link a new episode on the St. John’s Facebook Page along with a few discussion questions for you to reflect on or discuss with friends and family.
From the Finance Office
Year-End Tax Contribution e-Statements are available for download through your ConnectNow My Own Church Account today. Be sure to set up your account if you haven't already done so. Statements not downloaded will be printed and mailed on January 28, 2021.
Boy Scout Boston Butt Fundraiser
Boy Scout Troop 350 Boston Butt are available through January 29, 2021. They are $40 each (approx. 8 lbs.) ORDER ONLINE HERE and pickup on February 6, 2021 between 1-5pm at The Scout Garage in the parking lot. [SEE FLYER HERE]
The Faith in Fiction Book Club
The Faith in Fiction Book Club will meet Monday, Feb 8th from 7-9 pm (Place: TBA) to discuss February's selection, Black Narcissus by Rumer Godden.

Books are chosen each month from all genres of Fiction and the discussion varies on themes of Faith, morality or values. [SEE MORE DETAILS]
Prayer Does Make a Difference
Show what prayer can do for our country, our community, and our families with this powerful, yet simple message! Coordinated through the Knights of Columbus, these 18"x24", all-weather signs are available through the Church Office for $20 each, with all benefits going to St. John's KC 10232 Charities. THANKS FOR THE PRAYERS!
The Deacon's Corner...
Spiritus Domini
A Response to Some Questions
by Deacon Dan Laurita, JCL

What did the Pope do? This is a question that a few have already asked about his recent motu proprio Spiritus Domini. What he did was to change the word that begins canon 230 of the Code of Canon Law. Until Sunday it read “Lay men” can be instituted as Lectors and Acolytes. Now it reads “Lay people” can be instituted as Lectors and Acolytes. [READ MORE]
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