**This webpage is the primary source for updates/info/links. Check back here regularly, as the situation is changing rapidly.**

We will no longer be adding them to this announcement page.

April 4:

Bishop Boyea’s latest update on public Masses and Sacraments:
click here.

Palm Sunday and Holy Week ways to celebrate at home (from the Diocese of Lansing): click here.

Also for Holy Week – An easy-to-use flip book with all of the liturgies, prayer ideas, crafts, coloring pages, and even recipes: click here. Be sure to download it; the link expires after 7 days.

St. Mary’s depends on your generosity.
Click here to donate online.

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google+
  • Print

Video for how to get your palms. Note: The Palm Sunday Mass is *tomorrow* at 1pm, not today as the video says.

Video of Fr. Mark’s blessing for health care workers on Tuesday, Mar. 31:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google+
  • Print

April 3: Day of Prayer and Fasting

Bishop Boyea announced a day of prayer and fasting on Friday, April 3. We encourage everyone to tune into the Bishop’s live stream Mass at 12noon so St. Mary will not live stream a Mass.

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google+
  • Print
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google+
  • Print

HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN THE DAY OF PRAYER AND FASTING: Bishop Earl Boyea has declared April 3 to be a day of prayer and fasting as the Catholic community of Michigan continues to play its part in combating the current COVID-19 outbreak across the United States and beyond.

The various prayer events will be live-streamed on the Diocese of Lansing Facebook page and on YouTube. Here’s the schedule:

• 7:30am: Morning Prayer from the Church of the Resurrection, Lansing.

To participate via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dioceseoflansing/

To participate via YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNJZpONsKRMsPRktoGjz3vA

• 10:00am: Meditation from St Mary Cathedral led by Father Karl Pung, Cathedral Rector.

To participate via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dioceseoflansing/

To participate via YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeAdmxlKm_6x8XkvjWCTOKA

• 12:00 noon: Holy Mass with Bishop Earl Boyea from St. Mary Cathedral, Lansing.

To participate via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dioceseoflansing/

To participate via YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeAdmxlKm_6x8XkvjWCTOKA

• 3:00pm: The Divine Mercy Chaplet with Eucharistic Adoration from St. Mary, Westphalia, led by Father Eric Weber.

To participate via Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/dioceseoflansing/

To participate via YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeAdmxlKm_6x8XkvjWCTOKA

• 5:00pm: Vespers and Holy Rosary led by the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, Ann Arbor.

To participate via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dioceseoflansing/

To participate via YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxomM8S2lPSFdevlZprCK3A

• 7:00pm: The Stations of the Cross from St. Patrick, Brighton, led by Fr. Mathias Thelen.

To participate via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dioceseoflansing/

To participate via YouTube: 
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeAdmxlKm_6x8XkvjWCTOKA

Our Lady, Health of the Sick, pray for us.

April 2 Updates:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google+
  • Print

For the Upcoming Mass Times, please note:

-As usual, the Masses on St. Mary’s Facebook page will be shown on our Live Stream page here at the same time as they are on Facebook.
-The April 3 Mass is part of the Diocese of Lansing’s Day of Prayer and Fasting. Please click here for the link, as well as for more events (Stations of the Cross, Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet, and more) that day.

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google+
  • Print

April 1 Updates:

Today’s live stream Mass will be at 3pm.
Mass tomorrow, April 2: 3pm
Mass Friday: see announcement below
Mass Saturday, April 4: 3pm

Bishop Boyea announced a day of prayer and fasting this Friday, April 3. We encourage everyone to tune into the Bishop’s live stream Mass that day at 12noon so we will not live stream a Mass. Click the image below for more information from Bishop Boyea.

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google+
  • Print
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google+
  • Print

Schedule:

Friday’s Day of Prayer and Fasting will be live-streamed throughout the Diocese of Lansing Facebook page through the day with prayers being led from across the diocese. (You do not need to be a Facebook user to watch.) The schedule is thus:

• 7:30am: Morning Prayer from the Church of the Resurrection, Lansing.

• 10:00am: Meditation from St Mary Cathedral led by Father Karl Pung, Cathedral Rector.

• 12:00 noon: Holy Mass with Bishop Earl Boyea from St. Mary Cathedral, Lansing.

• 3:00pm: The Divine Mercy Chaplet with Eucharistic Adoration from St. Mary, Westphalia, led by Father Eric Weber.

• 5:00pm: Vespers and Holy Rosary led by the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, Ann Arbor.

• 7:00pm: The Stations of the Cross from St. Patrick, Brighton, led by Fr. Mathias Thelen.

Our Lady, Health of the Sick, pray for us.

March 31 Update:

Special blessing for health care workers

March 29 Updates:

Quarantined in the Upper Room

The apostles were confined in the Upper Room before Pentecost. Leslie Floeter offers some encouragement from their time for our time of quarantine. Read it here.

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google+
  • Print
Everyone who works in a hospital or doctors office – including those who are admins, janitors, or any other role – are invited to come. May God bless you!

March 28 Updates:

A Word of Joy, Mar. 28, 2020 – “Be Not Afraid”

From Bishop Boyea

Bishop Boyea sent a special message of encouragement to everyone in our diocese. Read it here.

From Pope Francis

Yesterday Pope Francis prayed for the whole world and extended a special Urbi et Orbi (“To the City and World”) blessing. His humble message was prayerful, powerful, comforting, and full of perspective. We encourage you to read it here.

March 27 Updates:

Drive Thru Confessions: Again this weekend, Fr. Mark Rutherford will be hearing confessions outside in the parking lot: Saturday from 4:30-5:30pm, and Sunday from 9am-12noon.

Penitents riding alone are encouraged to remain in their cars. We will direct you on how to approach father.

Penitents arriving with multiple people in the car will need to park, exit individually and then take their place behind the barrier provided. In an effort to maintain a clean environment and to adhere to social distancing practices, we will not offer a chair for penitents to sit in during confession.

Fr. Mark thanks those who brought him lots of coffee and toilet paper last weekend, but requests no more gifts.

Special thanks to the Knights of Columbus for facilitating this!

Live stream Mass on Friday, March 27, 2020 – 4th Week of Lent

March 26 Updates:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google+
  • Print

From Pope Francis:
“I reiterate to all my invitation to participate spiritually, through the media, in the moment of prayer at which I will preside the day after tomorrow, Friday, at 6 p.m., in front of Saint Peter’s Basilica. The Word of God and the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will be followed by my Urbi et Orbi blessing, associated with the plenary indulgence.”

This moment of prayer will be tomorrow Friday, Mar. 27 at 1pm Eastern Time. Click here to watch it and pray along.

More information about the Urbi et Orbi blessing and about the plenary indulgence are here.

Live stream Mass on Thursday, March 26, 2020 – 4th week of Lent

March 25 Update:

Mass for the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord on Wednesday, March 25, 2020
For a Prayer of Spiritual Communion, click here.
For information about the Urbi et Orbi Message that Pope Francis will give on Friday, with the possibility of attaining a plenary indulgence, click here.

March 24 Updates:

Live Stream Mass, Tuesday, March 24, 2020 – 4th Week of Lent
A Word of Joy – Tuesday, March 24, 2020: On keeping things in perspective, looking for the gold, and what God has for you through this time.
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google+
  • Print
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google+
  • Print

March 23 Update:

Fr. Mark and seminarian Brett Ivey flew with the Blessed Sacrament around the Diocese of Lansing in an aerial Eucharistic Procession at 10,000 feet! Click to watch video footage from their flight on March 21.

March 22 Updates:

Mass for the 4th Sunday of Lent, March 22, 2020

March 21 Updates:

Sunday Mass will be live streamed tomorrow at 1pm here and on Facebook. Spread the word.

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google+
  • Print
He’s taking off from Spencer Hardy Airport in a Cessna 182, Tail # N120WE. You can track his flight at FlightRadar24.com.
Daily Mass on Saturday, Mar. 21, 2020

March 20 Updates:

From Fr. Mark:

It is with great joy that I announce the new
Administrator of St. Mary Parish and School:
Fr. David Fons!
He will begin sometimes in July. Listen to him here:
http://ctkcc.libsyn.com/june-21-2015-homily-fr-david-fons

Daily Mass on Friday, Mar. 20, 2020 – Due to technical difficulties preventing the streaming here, click on the video to watch it on Facebook. You do not need to be a Facebook user to view it; it is a public post.
A Word of Joy – How we can live with joy in the “new normal”
Novena to the Holy Spirit: https://companionscross.org/novena-holy-spirit

March 19 Updates:

Live stream Mass, Mar. 19, 2020, Solemnity of St. Joseph

Today at 4pm Eastern Time, Pope Francis is asking everyone around the world to join in praying the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary for an end to the Coronavirus. Click here for a live stream with the Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist.

Today at 6pm, Fr. Mark will live stream Mass on Facebook here. You do not have to be on Facebook to watch it; the page is public.

Tomorrow, Mar. 20, we will begin praying a Novena to end Coronavirus. We will be invoking the prayers of Our Lady Undoer of Knots, St. Joseph, the 14 Holy Helpers (who lived through plagues), St. Jude, St. Rita, St. Damien of Molokai, and more. You can find the prayers here, and sign up to receive them daily by email.

A Word of Joy
Mass today at 6:00pm (Livestream) – Happy Feast of St. Joseph!

March 18 Updates:

CHURCH Access (every weekday, until further notice) – no more than 10 people in the church at a time.

  1. Monday—Friday: 8:00am-3:00pm (OPEN)
  2. Monday—Friday: After 3:00pm access the church through the chapel side door (see instructions on door if you do not know the access code).

Note: Sit yourself at least 6-10ft from the next person, front and back. Act of Spiritual Communion: https://www.ewtn.com/catholicism/devotions/act-of-spiritual-communion-339

*Holy Communion: Only for a “just cause” on a case-by-case basis for individual requests (call the office).

*Anointing of the Sick: For those seriously ill or in danger of death.

CONFESSIONS (every weekend, until further notice)

  1. Saturday, 4:30pm-5:30pm (1hr, or until finished)
  2. Sunday, 9:00am-12:00pm (3hrs, or until finished)

Note: To keep everyone safe, follow this instruction: Drive up to the school parking lot, where Fr. Mark will be seated (see image). Drive up to and between the orange cones. If you are alone in your car, you can simply role down your window and go to confession. If you have others, put your car in PARK, exit the vehicle and there will be a chair placed 6 ft from Fr. Mark where you can sit. After each person in your vehicle has gone to confession in this manner, then the next vehicle may pull up. It’s like getting gas at the gas station, except you are getting grace at the grace station!

Funny face with no fill
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google+
  • Print

LIVESTREAMED/RECORDED MEDIA

Check out our YouTube and Facebook channels for all live-stream/recorded events (Masses, messages from Fr. Mark, etc) – Fr. Mark’s Masses will still be for the intentions already scheduled.

  1. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzoet82lDSfsR27Itn_stOw
  2. https://www.facebook.com/SaintMaryCatholicChurch/

GIVING

We encourage all of you to continue to contribute financially to the parish through online giving on WeShare: https://stmarywilliamston.weshareonline.org/. You may also mail a check to the parish made out to St. Mary Parish (157 High Street, Williamston, MI 48895) or slip it under the office door while the church is open (weekdays: 8am-3pm).

Letter from Fr. Mark – March 17, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

In response to the COVID-19, and following the directives from the Bishop of Lansing, Earl Boyea, all parish Masses, events, and gatherings are canceled until April 8, 2020.

This is a time for rejoicing! Why? Because Jesus Christ is called “Wonderful Counselor” and the “Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6). We need to hear from Him, our Wonderful Counselor, now more than ever.

When I look and listen to His heart, I see and hear it rejoicing always, and so I declare to you all, “Rejoice!” Also, declare before God that He is in control of your life, and profess your trust in Him.

Moreover, do not be afraid, little flock; it is my expectation that you both rejoice and trust in the Lord, and that this shapes your mindset in all that you do as you go through this historical moment, so that others may see your hope in Jesus Christ.

Yes, it is possible to be wise and listen to experts on COVID-19, as we should, and also rejoice in the Lord at the same time. We do not have to be sour-faced saints as we are deprived for a short time of some of the Sacraments.

Pray with your family, play board games, say the rosary, watch livestream Masses online, look out for each other’s needs, and above all, listen to His voice as He says to you, “Do not be afraid, I love you; I care for you.”

Fr. Mark

+

The Diocese of Lansing is posting statements from Bishop Boyea on their website here.

The March 17 update includes: After consultation with the priests of the diocese, who were of mixed minds on this matter, and out of deep concern for the health of all our folks especially our elders, and with due deference to medical and government authorities, it has been decided that all public Masses, events, and gatherings will be cancelled throughout the Diocese of Lansing beginning tomorrow morning (March 18, 2020) lasting, for now, through Wednesday of Holy Week (April 8, 2020). We will see at that time whether these plans will have to change.

The March 13 update includes a short historical context and includes a disepensation from Masses for everyone. Excerpt: “All Catholics within the Diocese of Lansing are dispensed from the grave obligation of attending Holy Mass on a Sunday. This applies to everybody and is particularly aimed at those groups most at risk from infection, including the elderly and those with compromised immune systems.”

+

You can live stream weekend Masses here: https://www.dioceseoflansing.org/outreach-mass. EWTN also streams Masses and offers other programs here.

+

Please Note:

  • The parish office is closed. Phone messages and emails will be checked periodically. However, responses may be delayed. We appreciate your understanding.
  • The church is open for private prayer for 10 or few people at a time. *Update: see instructions in the Mar. 18 update above*
  • Regular Eucharistic Adoration hours are cancelled. You can pray in the church, or live stream Eucharistic Adoration through this link.
  • St. Mary School classes are cancelled through Apr. 6, until further notice.
  • St. Mary Religious Ed, CGS, Confirmation classes, and Youth Group are cancelled until April 19, or until further notice. Registered families will be emailed with further information, especially regarding sacramental preparation.

We will continue to post updates here and on our Facebook page, as well as resources and inspirations to help us grow closer to Jesus and to each other through this time.

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google+
  • Print