Month: March 2020

St. John’s Has a FB Page!

Link to our St. John’s FB Page:

Sunday, March 29th
8:00-3:30 Church Open

St. John’s Parish Duluth & St. Joseph’s Parish Gnesen

Tuesday, March 31st
9 am live-streamed Mass
10 am-5:30 Church open for prayer
5:30-6:30 Adoration w/ confession available

Thursday, April 2nd
9 am live-streamed Mass
10:00- 3:30 Church open for prayer
10:00-11:00 Confession available

*Confession also available by appointment

Sonya Morris, DRE at St. John’s

We have been working fast and furiously to develop the means to reach our St. John & St. Joseph parishioners with live-streamed Sunday Masses as well as other parish news. We will continue to keep you informed as often as these details become available. –Mrs Sonya Morris, DRE

Father Drew:

Hello everyone.  How are you holding up?  Things are super unsettling right now in our world and also very likely in your head.  It has left us all in different places.  Some frozen.  Some scared.  Others not so scared.  Will it be worse tomorrow, or just the same?  There is simply so much uncertainty.  And we are often scared when faced with uncertainty.

But we are certain of at least one thing.  God is with us.  I invite you to turn to him now in the moment.  This is a great time for prayer.  In practical ways, we really can’t do much, but perhaps one of the best activities for us to do while we wait this out is pray.  A quarantine activity for you to consider.

Overall my brothers and sisters, trust in the Lord.  I wrote to you just a couple weeks ago about trials.  We are faced with one here.  Be strong in your faith.  Lean into the Lord.  He is our eternal Rock, our Stronghold, our Refuge, our Fortress, and our God in whom we trust.  Be not afraid.

With love for all of you,

Father Drew’s News: March 28th

Hello everyone, Father Drew here. Just a quick note to get the word out that we have this page up and running. We are hoping to use this space to provide updates as well as our weekly schedule. We also plan to use this platform to stream Mass.

On a personal note, I have had a lot of you reach out to see how I am doing. Thank you all for your love and support. I, like all of us, am just trying to take it day by day and adjust to this new world we find ourselves in. Please know that I am thinking of you all and how I can best serve you during this difficult time.

March 20th

Hello everyone.  How are you holding up?  Things are super unsettling right now in our world and also very likely in your head.  It has left us all in different places.  Some frozen.  Some scared.  Others not so scared.  Will it be worse tomorrow, or just the same?  There is simply so much uncertainty.  And we are often scared when faced with uncertainty.

But we are certain of at least one thing.  God is with us.  I invite you to turn to him now in the moment.  This is a great time for prayer.  In practical ways, we really can’t do much, but perhaps one of the best activities for us to do while we wait this out is pray.  A quarantine activity for you to consider.

Overall my brothers and sisters, trust in the Lord.  I wrote to you just a couple weeks ago about trials.  We are faced with one here.  Be strong in your faith.  Lean into the Lord.  He is our eternal Rock, our Stronghold, our Refuge, our Fortress, and our God in whom we trust.  Be not afraid.

With love for all of you,

Fr. Drew

Prayer at “Virtual Mass” at Communion Time

“I wish, my Lord, to receive you with the purity, humility, and devotion with which your most holy Mother received you, with the spirit and fervor of the saints.”

A Message from Our Holy Father for the Feast of the Annunciation: Mar. 25th

Pope Francis has asked for all Christians to unite together in prayer on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, at 12 noon. March 25 is a day on which many Christians commemorate the annunciation of the angel Gabriel to Mary with the beautiful announcement that she would be the mother of the Son of God. Pope Francis has stated,


“I invite all Heads of Churches and the leaders of all the Christian Communities, together with all the Christians of the various Confessions, to invoke the Most High, Almighty God, reciting contemporaneously the prayer that Jesus Our Lord taught us. I invite all, therefore, to do so several times a day, but all together, to recite the Our Father on Wednesday, March 25, at midday – all together.”

The prayer can ideally be said at noon, Rome time, or at noon local time, or at any other time of the day.

Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth

Hours for St. John’s to Be Open, & Stewardship

St. John The Evangelist Catholic Church

Parish Office Hours:  Tuesdays & Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. -3:30 p.m. 

The church will be open for prayer on Tuesdays from 8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., with confessions from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Adoration will continue on Thursdays from 8:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m. 

The church will also be open on Sundays from 8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 

Understanding that your ability to be physically present at St. John’s & St. Joseph’s may be affected during this time, and  that the current crisis is causing financial challenges to many in our midst, we remain grateful for your continued financial support. 

We encourage you to consider online or automatic giving options.  If you need assistance, please contact Anny at the office (724-6332). 

Contributions may be mailed to St. John’s Church
 4230 St. John’s Avenue
 Duluth, MN  55803.

 Contributions will be posted to your account.

The Diocese of Duluth Regarding the Corona Virus: All Masses Cancelled & A link to the entire directive


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In the new directive, all public Masses are suspended through April 20, effective Friday, March 20. (Priests may celebrate a private Mass without a congregation.)

In addition, the diocese has cancelled all gatherings of more than 10 people and said that even in smaller gatherings, those vulnerable or showing any signs of illness should stay home, and all present should practice good hygiene and “social distancing” policies such as remaining six feet apart.

March 18, 2020 — In a directive today, Father James B. Bissonette, diocesan administrator for the Diocese of Duluth, announced additional temporary measures to help stem the spread of Covid-19.

In the new directive, all public Masses are suspended through April 20, effective Friday, March 20. (Priests may celebrate a private Mass without a congregation.) In addition, the diocese has cancelled all gatherings of more than 10 people and said that even in smaller gatherings, those vulnerable or showing any signs of illness should stay home, and all present should practice good hygiene and “social distancing” policies such as remaining six feet apart.

The document also contains guidance for Holy Week liturgies, as well as questions regarding first Communions, confirmations, and funerals.

Father Bissonette said that confessions and office hours should continue to made available on a regular basis, that churches should be open for an extended period each day so people could come individually and pray, and reiterated guidance for keeping Sundays holy when Mass is not available. He said the clergy and faithful should continue to visit and care for the sick, including through providing the sacraments.

“I do not take these temporary measures lightly and I strongly encourage you, the Faithful and the Clergy, to do the same,” Father Bissonette wrote. “Let us pray that I will be able to lift them soon, that we will remain safe and well as we stand with Mary at the foot of the Cross during this crisis time, and that we will be able quickly to resume the public sharing of the Gospel and our Catholic faith.”

He noted that the measures could extend beyond April 20, or should conditions improve more rapidly than expected, that they could be lifted at that time.

If you or someone you know needs assistance during this time, please contact the parish office: 724-6332. –Fr. Drew Braun

Also, a reminder from Word on Fire that virtual Mass is available every day.

A Message from Bishop Robert Barron: Word on Fire Hosts Virtual Mass Daily

Friends,

In recent weeks, the coronavirus outbreak has had a profound impact on countries around the world—and, increasingly, here in the United States.

In light of measures being taken to contain the outbreak and avoid further illness, many of us may be hesitant to leave our homes. In many areas, Mass and other church services may not be available.

It is at this exact moment that our faith is most needed.

In an effort to continue the practice of our faith in these trying times, I would like to invite you to join us online for daily Mass.

Beginning today, Tuesday, March 17, Word on Fire will be offering daily Mass for the foreseeable future.

Join me, or Word on Fire CEO Fr. Steve Grunow, right here https://www.wordonfire.org/daily-mass.

If you cannot attend Mass or join us online, I encourage you to read the Gospels, pray with your families, and join yourself to the Eucharist—the source and summit of our Catholic faith—by making an act of spiritual communion like the one recommended by Archbishop Gomez: “I wish, my Lord, to receive you with the purity, humility, and devotion with which your most holy Mother received you, with the spirit and fervor of the saints.”

And please continue to pray for all those affected by the coronavirus.
Peace,
+ Bishop Robert Barron

Cancellations Due to Corona Virus, & A Directive from Fr. Drew

The following activities will continue.

Monday Stations at 6:00 & Tuesday Confessions & Adoration at 5:30

Daily Mass at 8:00

The following activities are cancelled.

Coffee Sundays, Wednesday Dinner & Bingo, Fish Suppers

The March Confirmation Retreat

All parish activities and classes are cancelled and will be re-evaluated after Easter including Confirmation and First Communion.

Theology Uncapped: Cancelled for April 21st Please Read Details

Due to the recommendation of local, state and federal authorities; and in order to reduce the potential health risks, we are officially cancelling the April 21st event.

We will begin issuing refunds for electronic payments today and will be sending refund checks and returning checks for any payments received via check.


You may have heard that Pastor Peter has accepted a new position with a parish in Iowa and will no longer be part of Theology Uncapped going forward.


We would like to thank Pastor Peter for being part of our events and wish him and his family well as they embark on this new assignment.
We are in the process of obtaining a replacement for Pastor Peter and will be announcing who it will be as well as the theme for the upcoming series which are expected to resume in September.


Due to the popularity and logistics of our events, beginning in September, we will be hosting them at Greysolon Ballroom.

Enjoy an interview with Father Richard Kunst & Pastor Peter Kowitz.


Father Richard Kunst is pastor of St. James & St. Elizabeth churches in Duluth. Pastor Peter Kowitz is pastor of United Lutheran Church in Proctor, MN.

The Holy Land: Oct. 28-Nov. 7

Join Father Drew and Father Brandon Moravitz on a pilgrimage that is life changing!

For more information, contact St. John’s Parish and pick up the brochure.