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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

St. John's School Annual Christmas Program

Wednesday, December 14th

9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. in the church

Office Hours

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

Daily Readings

Friday of the Second Week in Advent

Reading 1 Is 48:17-19

Thus says the LORD, your redeemer,

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Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Reading 1 Gn 3:9-15, 20

After the man, Adam, had eaten of the tree,

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Memorial of Saint Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

Reading 1 Is 40:25-31

To whom can you liken me as an equal?

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Called To Be One

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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: Christmas tree and crib symbols of hope and love

(Vatican Radio) This year’s Christmas tree and crib were due to be inaugurated and lit up on Friday afternoon in St Peter’s Square. Earlier in the day in the Paul VI hall, Pope Francis met with the donors of the tree and the nativity scene, telling them that these gifts “form a message of hope and love.”

Listen to Lydia O’Kane report

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Pope makes traditional visit to Immaculate Conception statue in Rome

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis visited the Piazza di Spagna in Rome on Thursday for the celebration of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, where he laid a bouquet of white roses near the Column of the Immaculate Conception and prayed especially for families and for workers.

Listen to Devin Watkins' report:

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Pope Francis prays for victims of Indonesia earthquake

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Thursday offered his prayers for the victims and families of the earthquake which hit Indonesia on Wednesday.

The 6.5 magnitude quake mostly affected the Aceh Province on the island of Sumatra, and over 100 people were killed in the disaster.

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