Holy Thursday Mass

During a normal Holy Thursday, the priest processes out with the Eucharist to the Altar of Repose. For years, St. John’s has sung this most beautiful song to accompany Our Lord to this altar.

Blessed Palms Available for You Beginning Palm Sunday, April 5th, in St. John’s Gathering Space

PALMS!!

If you are interested in receiving palms this year we will have them available for you. Please do not feel like you NEED to have them this year. I don’t want anyone who is elderly, frail or concerned about the corona virus to feel like they need to come to Church to receive palms.

But if you’d like them the Church will be open during business hours (see schedule on website), & you can pick up a blessed palm. Take a few! We will have them available throughout all of Holy Week. Please be considerate and use the hand sanitizers we will have available nearby, and distance yourself from anyone else who may be picking things up as well.

In addition, I will also have some small blessed crosses I brought back from my trip to the Holy Land last year for you to take if you’d like! There will likely be a few other things on the table as well. So come on by and load up a little “care package” from us.

We miss you and hope you are well. Follow us this week and look for updates on our Holy Week schedule! —Father Drew Braun

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