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Mass Intentions

Friday, April 28th @ 8:30 am - Janet Spellerberg
Sunday, April 30th @ 8:30 am - Robert Ulrich


Readings for the Week

Meetings & Activities of the Week

Monday, April 24th
7:00 pm - Pastoral Council Mtg.

Tuesday, April 25th
6:30 pm - 5K Run Mtg. (New members welcome)

Wednesday, April 26th
6:30 pm - Faith Formation Closing Prayer Service -
All Parish Event - Ice Cream Social to follow

Sunday, April 30th
Confirmation Session after Mass


Irvin Clark a lifelong member of St. John's passed away on Thursday, April 13th. Irvin's funeral Mass was held on Wednesday, April 19th. Please pray for Irvin's family to give them strength at this time and for the days ahead.


OPERATION RICE BOWL:
If you have not yet turned in your Operation Rice Bowl or envelope please do so ASAP so that we can send the money on. Thank you to all who gave to this years “Operation Rice Bowl”.

Vacation Bible School!
Summer is soon approaching, which means time to plan for Vacation Bible School! St. John's Maker Factory VBS will be held July 31-August 2nd, 6:00-8:30pm. Participants that have completed 4 year preschool through 4th grade are welcome. We are also in need of volunteers that have completed 5th grade, through 99 years Please use the following Google Forms link to register and volunteer. If you have any questions, please email Conni Swart at conni_ellyn@yahoo.com
https://goo.gl/forms/t1N0rEkeJHpCtB8B3

Everyday Stewardship

Due to the constant unchecked flow of data and information through the Internet, it can be hard to know when a story is real news or rubbish. It never ceases to amaze me when someone I know has bought into some crazy fake news story. Sometimes the story is just so unbelievable: celebrities who gained two hundred pounds in a month, women having babies who were never pregnant, or people actually being seen who are dead! Like Elvis!

The apostle Thomas found the news that Jesus was alive just too far-fetched to believe. But he didn't first hear the news on the Internet or read it standing in the grocery store checkout line. His friends told him. His fellow apostles told him they had actually seen the Lord with their own eyes. Their testimony was not enough. He needed proof.

The resurrection of Jesus gives us not only hope, but also a reason to be his disciples. We have not seen with our own eyes but, like Thomas, we have a community, the Church, that has relayed the truth to us. This same Jesus now calls us to go forth to spread the Gospel. More unbelievable than that, we have, through the gifts we have been given, a chance to change and even save lives. The day may come that you, moved by this news of the risen Lord, will be an agent of his love to the point where someone will tell the tale that you, a follower of Jesus, actually helped to change his or her life. Pretty unbelievable, right?

Tracy Earl Welliver, MTS
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