Fr. ChasDear Parish Family,

As the Mother Church of Jackson established in 1856, St. John Parish has been here in Jackson for generations. Those generations have kept our parish church and school strong, and now it is our turn.

As you may have heard, our parish is undergoing a feasibility study right now to help determine how to best approach our parish’s capital needs and the upcoming diocesan-wide “Witness to Hope” Capital Campaign. Your opinion matters! Thus, we are utilizing a few ways to receive that initial feedback:

  • Some of you volunteered to be part of about twenty one-to-one interviews (Oct. 25 to 27).
  • Next weekend, November 12 and 13, we will have an in-pew survey in which you will be invited to give feedback on the two bulletin inserts that should have come with the bulletin that you hold in your hand (and are also available on our website). Those two documents are:

  • On Tuesday evening, November 15 at 7:00 p.m. (refreshments at 6:30 p.m.), we will have a parish-wide Town Hall Meeting in our Community Room that will explain in greater detail both how a “Witness to Hope” Combined Capital Campaign would work and our parish’s proposed projects.

Among those proposed parish projects is of course “Heritage Hall,” and Jason Covalle will be at the Town Hall Meeting to give our parishioners the first peek at the initial conceptual plans for this gathering space that would connect our parish center and the south entrance of St. John Church.

I encourage your participation in this feasibility study because your input will help shape the goals that we will have for this potentially Combined Capital Campaign that will concurrently address our parish needs and the needs of our wider diocese here in south central Michigan.

Director of Parish Operations
We are very close to selecting a Director of Parish Operations. We are down to two finalists, both of whom are excellent candidates. “Thank you!” to Maria Dotterweich, pastoral council members John Dullock and Dana Snider, and the entire St. John Staff who all contributed to the interview and selection process. We expect to make an offer early next week. We are so grateful to the Trinity Foundation for giving our parish the grant that made offering this position possible!

Finally, please join our diocesan-wide and parish-wide effort to reach our fallen-away Catholics by your continual prayer for that one specific person in your life that you so desire that he or she have a living relationship with Jesus Christ and his Church. The opportunity to witness, invite, and accompany will flow from those daily prayers!

Yours in Christ,
Fr. Chas