Knights of Columbus is having a men’s retreat at the Benedictine Monastery in Atchison, March 27, 28 and 29th.
The title of the Retreat is “Taking Back America With the Help of God”. Please consider joining us.
Following noon Mass
Come visually experience the Scriptures as Fr. Gill walks you through the key moments in the Scriptures with pictures of the places where they actually happened. You will walk away with not only a new appreciation for the Biblical stories you know and love but with an appreciation of the amazing history of our Church.
Come and enjoy fried or baked fish with unlimited baked potato and salad bar, made from scratch mac & cheese, fries and more.
Sponsored by Knights of Columbus Father Albrecht Council 6506 – Blue Springs, Mo.
We are hosting a meeting where information on St. Michael the Archangel High School will be discussed.
Our Diocesan School Superintendent, Dr. Dan Peters; the President of St. Michael’s, Dr. John Purk; and the Principal of St. Michael’s, John O’Connor will be at St. John’s this Tuesday, March 10th at 6:00 pm in the church. You are invited to attend and hear the latest news.
We will have the Anointing of the Sick on Tuesday, March 10, after the 8:30 am Mass. This sacrament provides the sick person with the grace of the Holy Spirit by which their whole being is brought to health. Thus they are able not only to bear their suffering bravely, but also to fight against it. All who feel the need for the grace of this sacrament are encouraged to participate. This rite is available for anyone with serious physical or emotional infirmities, or who feels vulnerable to these by age or chronic condition.
First off, thank you to all our current servers for their good work. Their assistance adds to the dignity of the Mass. You may have noticed sometimes we recently have had four servers rather than three. St. John’s is hoping that servers who are especially experienced and have served for years will continue to serve even after they leave elementary and middle school.
These servers are a great help to the new servers. With over 60 servers on the rotation, these newer servers don’t get a lot of practice and so the helping hand of an older server goes a long way. If you know of someone who has served for years in the past and isn’t currently, point them our way. Please contact Fr. Gill at the Parish Office if you have any questions.
Set-up will be April 18th, drop offs begin April 19th, with sales the following week.
Please begin gathering your unwanted, gently used items for us to sell. This is our biggest, FUNDRAISER – a much needed and appreciated event. We will also need your help displaying and selling items during sale days…schedule & details to come.
Why do we have Stations of the Cross? The practice of devoutly retracing the Lord’s steps began, not surprisingly, in Jerusalem. Tradition holds that the Virgin Mary visited the places of her son’s Passion daily. Unfortunately, after centuries of invasion and destruction, by the time the Crusaders entered Jerusalem most of the actual sites had been lost and replaced by approximations. (The location of Calvary and the Tomb, however, were not lost.) Pilgrims who visited these places in Jerusalem received a special indulgence.
By the 1600s, travel to Jerusalem had become almost impossible due to the Ottomans, who had conquered the Holy Land. The Franciscans, as a result, began to recreate the Way of the Cross (Via Dolorosa) in their monasteries, and in 1689 the pope invited all Christians to visit these safer locations in order to obtain the same indulgence.
This became so popular that by the mid 1700s, Pope Benedict XIV asked that all Catholic Churches have the Stations of the Cross erected in them so the faithful could receive the indulgence at their parish church. That is why today Catholic churches have the stations on the walls.
It was also around that time that the Stations of the Cross were standardized. Before the 1600s, the number and identity of the stations varied somewhat dramatically, and some even began with Jesus’s death and ran backwards.
Stations of the Cross:
Sacrament of Confession:
Parish Fish Fry:
St. John LaLande Catholic Church is a Christian community rooted in Sacred Scripture and the Traditions of our Catholic faith. We welcome all and embrace the opportunity to serve as good and grateful stewards of God’s gifts.
We continually seek ways to grow and share our faith – through Mass, through community and personal prayer, in devotion to Mary, our Blessed Mother, and by living the vision and mission of our Parish. As Living Stones, we are commissioned to build up the church as well as the kingdom of God. We give ourselves in service to the Lord – through ministry within our community, through outreach to those in need, through leadership within the church and through the practice of good stewardship, the giving of our time, talent, and treasure.
Education, for children and adults, is paramount to this Parish community. As evangelists and teachers, we are called to provide spiritual and practical lessons in Christianity – through the largest ministry of the Parish, St. John LaLande Catholic School, as well as through Preschool, Early Childhood Learning Academy (ECLA), Parish Religious Education Program (PREP), and Sacramental preparation courses.
Empowered by the Word of God, nourished by the Eucharist, and made bold by the Holy Spirit, we strive through faith, service, and education for life to welcome God’s transforming love and to deepen our relationship with God, one another, and the universal church.
Daily Mass/Communion Service: