Sunday, January 17, for the Pre-S through 6th grade we will do SAFE SHEEP, the touching safety program. In talking with the 7th and 8th grade catechists, the older kids will join us also! The touching safety presentations are national requirements to teach kids about inappropriate touch, boundaries, and safety. The entire content of the video is available for parent preview at There is an  OPT OUT form, if you do NOT want your child to be a part of the presentation. Just e-mail me, bring it with you THIS Sunday, or we will consider a “NO SHOW” on Sunday the 17th to be an opt out! Again, the whole content can be previewed on the website–please DO NOT let the kids watch the whole video program with you, we want them fully engaged on the 17th!


Parents, it’s always difficult giving this notice, but please check your kids for head lice. We had two occurrences in the last week: one with the pre-school/kindergarten class and another with the 2nd graders. I’ve consulted Kristi Blair, our uber-organized school principal, to make sure we follow proper procedures. Attached is the Jackson County Health Department’s page on head lice symptoms and treatments. We will be in touch with the parents to make sure there is an “all clear.” Please be sure to let us know if you discover something like this that could affect the others!


Please pray for our 2nd graders and some of the older kids in RCIA who are going to celebrate their First Reconciliation (Confession) this next week! There are two options: Thursday evening, January 21, 6:30pm or SaturdayMorning, January 23, 10:00am, in the Church. I can’t wait to see the halos!


Up-Coming Dates and Events


It has been about 10 years since St. John or St. Joseph did a parish photo directory. In the weeks ahead, we would like to coordinate a team of people to serve as greeters during the directory picture taking sessions. This is a great way to meet people and we could use their help!! Please call Leslee at parish office if interested, 784-0553 or e-mail


SNACK SCHEDULE   2016     1/17 E-H       1/24 I-M      1/31 N-R      2/7 S-Z

2/21  WE provide          2/28  WE provide     3/6   WE provide     3/13   WE provide

3/20  WE provide     3/22 – WE provide    4/10  A-D      4/17  E-H     4/24  I-M

5/1  N-R        5/8  S-Z       5/15 – WE provide       5/22 – WE provide



See the attached PDF file for a talk by Mary Beth Hicks at Lumen Christi Catholic School about how to use the media and modern culture to teach our kids conscience and the faith. Mary Beth is an awesome presenter and best-selling author! 7pm Wednesday, January 27 at Lumen.




Middle School and High School Youth Group meets Sunday nights in the Parish Center after the 5:00 Mass, 6:00-7:30pm with our Youth Minister Hannah Stevens. Evenings of praise music, prayer, friendships, sharing, goofy games, food, and always Jesus!!!



Come join us for great topics each week 7:00-8:30 in the St. John Community Room.