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Welcome to St. John's School, a Woodland community treasure with over an eighty-five year tradition of educational excellence - built on a foundation of Catholic values.

Our students are known for their strength in academics, annually scoring in the top 5% in nationwide standardized tests. They are also taught to embrace Christian values at school and at home. The students participate in many service projects that not only help our local  community, but also our nation. These children represent our most important asset and St. John's works towards developing their young minds as they grow. Thanks for visiting our home page. Please explore the available links, and contact us if we may be of help.

Sincerely,

Peggy Frederickson, Principal
Fr. Richard Kunst, Pastor

St. John’s School is recognized as an accredited elementary school by the Minnesota Nonpublic School Accrediting Association (MNSAA).

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Upcoming Events

Duluth Catholic School Open House

St. John's Campus

Grades 5-8

March 16th, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Holy Rosary Campus

Grades PreK-4

March 23rd, 5:00-6:30 p.m.

Office Hours

Monday - Thursday 7:15 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Friday 7:15 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Daily Readings

Feast of Saint Mary Magdalene

Reading 1 Sgs 3:1-4bThe Bride says:

On my bed at night I sought him

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Friday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Reading 1 Ex 11:10—12:14Although Moses and Aaron performed various wonders

in Pharaoh's presence,

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Thursday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Reading 1 Ex 3:13-20Moses, hearing the voice of the LORD from the burning bush, said to him,

"When I go to the children of Israel and say to them,

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"God Made Us A Family:" A Legacy of Love at St. John's School

It’s ten to eight on any weekday morning when students from St. John’s school rush into the sanctuary and disappear into the sacristy to prepare to serve Mass.  One of the priests is always there, and a quiet, joyful interchange can be heard as priest and servers prepare for the Eucharistic celebration.

Soon, the servers bring cruets containing water and wine to the side table.  They will be used, first at the Offertory of the Mass, and then, of course, at the Consecration when they will become the Body and Blood of our Lord.

After the cruets, the servers bring the lavabo towel and bowl to be used by the celebrant at the Offertory in the symbolic cleansing of his hands.  This ritual represents his role as mediator between the people and God.

Finally, the servers bring the Missal.  Candles have been lit.  Mass is ready to begin.

This year is special, as 4th graders have been accepted as servers for the second time.  So, on any given day, a 5th or 6th grader acts as a mentor to the younger student who is learning the ropes of this service to St. John’s parish.

And this year is different because of the disparity in their sizes.  4th graders have told me they tremble in fear they’ll make a mistake at the altar.  They are so sincere and so aware of the importance of their roles, and they don’t want to make a single mistake.  It is with tenderness that those of us who attend daily Mass observe their earnestness as they each receive instructions on the many duties they are expected to perform in that short half hour.  Here are just a few details they have to learn: when to stand and when to kneel, when and how to hold the missal for Father, and when to bring the Offertory cruets, the lavabo towel and water bowl to the celebrant.  Ask yourselves if you could do this without instruction.  Then imagine being nine years old, and you can understand their trepidation.

And then the biggest duty of all: when and how long and how many times do you ring the bell at the Consecration?

They want so much to do a perfect job!

While they hold a special place in our hearts as we witness their instruction and observe their serious efforts to perform these sacred tasks, the other half of the story, and the real story, is the responsibility and compassion that 5th and  6th grade ‘teachers’ exhibit in their roles.  As the school year progresses and their younger charges continue to shift from one anxious 4th grader to the next, it is remarkable to observe the kindness and patience with which the older students treat the new recruits.  I am reminded in this daily, concrete way of the values St. John’s school instills in our students.  They are reflected in this one area of service that holds such a place in the memory of any adult who was ever a server.  Because of the sacredness of this responsibility it is an extra special area in which to observe the quality of our students.

Not only do the older students help in this way, but also, some of them sing in the choir, and some sit with kindergartners at the children’s Mass, helping the little ones to sit, stand and kneel at the appropriate times.  The little kids love the attention they receive from the older students, and both boys and girls display such a gentle and kindly demeanor in their interactions with the little ones.

They also lead the way in September as lectors and readers at the children’s Masses.  By the time they’re 6th graders, St. John’s students often lector and read petitions as well as any adult in the parish, exuding the confidence and ability gleaned by having done these services since they were in kindergarten.

St. John’s students are given myriad opportunities on their journeys to grow in service to their church and community.  Every effort is made to reach them academically.  That is a given.  And within that framework is this beautiful legacy of spiritual growth that entrusts our youth with the gift of service to others. Clearly, that legacy is that God made us a family, and, together, we strive to operate as one.  We emphasize that reality every chance we have.

And with the quality of our older students, it is a given that legacy will continue.

Written by Mary Sitek, St. John's Volunteer

Vatican News

Pope's Message to World Movement of Christian Workers

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has sent a Message to the International Meeting of the World Movement of Christian Workers which has been taking place in Ávila, Spain, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of its foundation.

120 delegates representing the Movement, present today in 79 countries are attending the event. The theme of the meeting is, "Land, Home and Work for a Worthy Life". The message, signed by Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, stresses that "the dignity of the person is closely united to these three realities" that remind us that the fundamental experience of the human being "is to feel rooted in the world, in one Family, in a society. "

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Pope Francis renews prayer for Venezuela

(Vatican Radio) The Pope during his Angelus  in St Peter's Square on Sunday once again addressed his thoughts to Venezuela. Greeting the Venezuelan Catholic community in Italy he renewed his prayer for what he called, this "beloved country".  Pope Francis' prayer comes on a crucial day for Venezuela: this Sunday marks the popular referendum promoted by the opposition to say no to the constituent assembly proposed by President Maduro. The country's bishops support the initiative, which is not recognized by the authorities, to counteract - they say - the attempt to establish a Marxist military dictatorship. Meanwhile, as the political crisis deepens, the humanitarian crisis worsens. Italian Caritas has published a report entitled which shows that over 11,000 children died in 2016 for lack of medicines and maternal mortality rose by almost 70%. Faced with the food, health and safety crisis, the Italian Bishops' Conference has also offered to contribute 500,000 euros.

(from Vatican Radio)

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Angelus: As the sower Jesus performs a spiritual radiography of our heart

(Vatican Radio) During his Angelus address on Sunday to the pilgrims and tourists who braved the heat in St Peter’s Square, Pope Francis recalled the Gospel reading of the day, the famous parable of the sower. 

Listen to our report:

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