**This webpage is the primary source for updates/info/links. Now that our schedule and logistics are more regular, we will post here once or twice a week. **

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Sunday, Sept. 20:

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We will be having at least one more Outdoor Mass: next Sunday, Sept. 27 at 11am. Mass will be celebrated in the band shell at McCormick Park. Please bring a chair or a blanket to sit on. In case of bad weather, the Mass will be in the church. If that is the case, we’ll announce it here online by 9am.

Then stay for…

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We have our Life Teen Kick Off with a tailgate party
TONIGHT, Sept. 20, at 6:30 – 8:30 pm
in the St. Mary School parking lot.
Lots of food, fun and games!

If you know of anyone who is thinking about becoming Catholic, please invite them to come to RCIA. This is their opportunity to find out more about becoming Catholic, and to start the process of preparing for baptism. Contact Dan Dailey or the main office for more information.

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We are sending out weekly announcements and important updates through the Flocknote system. All registered parishioners should be receiving an email and/or text (depending on your preferences) from “St. Mary Parishnote” each week.

If you are not, please

  1. Check your spam folder. Mark the email as “Not Spam” and put the email address in your contact list.
  2. If it’s not in your spam folder, text “STMARYW” to 84576 to automatically sign up.
  3. If you’re still having difficulties, contact Christy Whiting – stmary.christy@gmail.com or 517-655-2520.

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Fr. John Riccardo and his ministry, Acts XXIX, are sponsoring a day of prayer and fasting for God’s mercy on our land and the healing and conversion of our hearts. The hope is that the entire country, Christians, Jews, Muslims, and all people of good will, would set aside next Thursday, September 24 as a true holy day, foregoing food until dinner, and praying for the conversion of hearts.

Sunday, Sept. 13:

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Family Faith Formation starts TONIGHT!

Please register if you have not already, and send at least one parent/guardian to the Adult Workshop tonight, from 7pm – 8:30pm in the St. Joseph Hall.

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RCIA started this morning but it’s not too late to join! If you or someone you know are interested in becoming Catholic, please come next Sunday, Sept. 20 from 9am – 10:30am in the St. Francis Room. Find out more about becoming Catholic, and get answers to your questions.

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The Knights of Columbus are hosting a parish youth soccer challenge for kids ages 9 to 14 on September 19 at the soccer field beside Explorer Elementary School here in Williamston. Registration will begin at 11:00 AM and participants will begin kicking at 11:30 AM.

Parish-level winners in each age group will advance to the diocesan youth soccer challenge, which we are hosting here in Williamston immediately following the parish event. Registration for the diocesan event will begin at 12:00 and the challenge will begin at 1:00.

We hope you’ll join us for this fun event.

Sunday, Sept. 6:

Family Faith Formation and the Day of Equipping are this coming weekend. Are you registered?

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The first Adult Workshop is next Sunday, Sept. 13! You’ll receive your materials and a gift package for a home altar. Register for Family Faith Formation today!

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The Day of Equipping is this Friday and Saturday, Sept. 11-12, and is a major opportunity for building your faith this fall. And not only your faith – but you’ll learn how to build the faith of your family and friends.

Register today, and invite someone to come with you!

Also next weekend:

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Do you know someone who’s interested in becoming Catholic?

Whether they are still asking questions, or are eager to be baptized, or received into the Church, invite them to come to RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults). Classes start on Sunday, Sept. 13 from 9am – 10:30am, and continues weekly in the St. Francis Room (mask required). Walk-ins are welcome!

Questions? Dan Dailey at 517-614-0271, dpatrickdailey@gmail.com; or contact the Parish Office at 517-655-2620, contact@saint-mary.church.

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We are in need of more ushers at all of the weekend Masses. If you feel a calling to serve and to be more involved at St Mary, please pray about helping in this capacity.

During Covid-19 we would have you serve in this role only if you’re comfortable. Contact Sue Bauer at 517-719-0982.

Friday, Sept. 4:

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the DSA –
We met our parish goal!

Bishop Boyea sent his thanks:

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Friday, Aug. 28:

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Do you know someone who’s interested in becoming Catholic?

Whether they are still asking questions, or are eager to be baptized, or received into the Church, invite them to come to RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults). Classes start on Sunday, Sept. 13 from 9am – 10:30am, and continues weekly in the St. Francis Room (mask required). Walk-ins are welcome!

Questions? Dan Dailey at 517-614-0271, dpatrickdailey@gmail.com; or contact the Parish Office at 517-655-2620, contact@saint-mary.church.

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The current sacristan team has been tending to many responsibilities over the past several years in the church. They are now in need of a few new volunteers to set up and put away the sacred vessels for Masses (including weddings and funerals) and to launder liturgical garments. 

Please consider accepting this opportunity to serve the Lord and our parish. We will gladly train those who are willing to help. Contact the parish office for more information: 517-655-2620 or leslie.stmarys@gmail.com.

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Have you registered for the Day of Equipping yet? It’s a major way to build your faith this fall – and not only your faith, but you’ll learn how to build the faith of your family and friends.

Click for details and to register. Invite a friend to come, too!

Sunday, Aug. 23:

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FAMILY FAITH FORMATION registration opens this weekend. We encourage all families – from St. Mary School, our previous Religious Education, and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd – t o participate!

RCIA: Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults classes are now forming. If you or someone you know is interested in finding out more about becoming Catholic, please contact Dan Dailey, Eric Theis or the Parish Office.  Classes begin September Mid-September. Ask Jesus if there is anyone whom He wants you to invite.

COVID SAFETY: With the new school year starting on Monday we have new precautions for Covid Safety in place, we ask that daily Mass attendees enter and leave the Church through the front doors only, prior to 9 a.m. and only use the restroom in the gathering space during that time as well.

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THE MAIN EVENT GOLF OUTING is Saturday August 29th at Wheatfield Valley Golf Club. Proceeds go to St. Mary School!

Monday, Aug. 17:

This Saturday, Aug. 22, we will not have Confessions following the 9am Mass. We will still have Confessions at the rest of the usual times this weekend. Our Saturday morning schedule will resume the following weekend, on Aug. 29.

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Families of all sizes and types make up the backbone, not only of society but also the Church. The term “domestic church” dates back to the first century and relates to the home—the place where Catholics first learn about the faith and how to be a witness to God’s love.

Ave Explores: Catholic Family Life will celebrate the beautiful diversity of families and their role in the Church. From singles to couples with many children and from priests and religious to grandparents and grandchildren, you will learn how each family is called to holiness and to share their faith with the world.

This *free* series begins this Wednesday, August 19!

Sunday, Aug. 16:

Dispensation Extended: Bishop Boyea extended the dispensation from attending Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation through the end of Ordinary Time, on Saturday, Nov. 28.

Two weeks until The Main Event Golf Outing!

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Whether or not you play golf, you can support our parish school through this event. It is our main fundraiser for the school year. Click here for details:

Thursday, Aug. 13:

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Our next outdoor Mass will be on the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, on Saturday, Aug. 15 at 10am.

Before Mass:
Confession will be available by the parking lot from 9:30am – 9:50am.

After Mass:
There will be a Rosary Procession.

– We will honor our patroness, St. Mary, on the Solemnity of her Assumption into Heaven, by asking her intercession and protection for St. Mary Parish and School, and for all of Williamston.
– The procession will go around McCormick Park, St. Mary Church, St. Mary School, and end in the School parking lot.
– You can choose to walk or to stay in the parking lot, where the Rosary will be continued for any who need to stay.
– If walking, please maintain 6 ft of distance between households.
– Please pray along in a quiet voice to reduce the chance of projecting respiratory particles.
– Bring your own rosary.

IMPORTANT: Click below information about where to park, seating arrangements, a downloadable song sheet, and more: 

Sunday, Aug. 2:

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The outdoor Mass was a success! We plan to offer more in the future. Stay tuned!

Mark your Calendar! Saint Mary Golf Outing
Saturday, August 29, 2020

9am shotgun scramble format – registration 8am

Your day will include great food, numerous prizes, a silent auction, and community fellowship!  We will have coffee and doughnuts during registration, lunch during golf, and end with a buffet dinner.  You can win – free golf, autographed memorabilia, gift cards, back packs, automotive accessories, raffle prizes, 50/50 cash, and much, much more!

Saint Mary Catholic School is a wonderful school and opportunity for our children!  By golfing in this event, you are raising money for the future of our school, our parish, and our community.  We thank you for your registration and assistance in making this event “THE MAIN EVENT” of the year.  These spots will fill up fast, so don’t miss out!

Tuesday, July 28:

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Sunday, July 26:

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As Fr. Fons’ mentioned in his homily, FORMED.ORG is a virtual library filled with Catholic movies, podcasts, teachings, books, and more. There are resources in Spanish, and resources for kids, too!

We have a free parish membership, so you can enjoy all of it anywhere and anytime.

To sign up for the first time:
1. At Formed.org, click “Sign Up”.
2. Click “I belong to a parish or organization”.
3. Enter our zip code: 48895. (There are lots of St. Mary parishes, so this is how they distinguish us.)
4. Click on “St. Mary” and click “Next”.
5. Create a new account.

Whenever you go back, simply click “Sign In”.

Enjoy!!

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Our parish is co-hosting a special “Day of Equipping” conference at St. Martha. You’ll learn how God uniquely speaks to you, and what it means to live in the fullness of Confirmation! Activities include prayer for the release of the Holy Spirit, learning to hear His voice, and practicing praying for others for healing.

It will be led by Bart Schuchts, of the St. John Paul II Healing Center, on Sept. 11-12. Registration opens tomorrow, July 27, and is expected to fill quickly. Click here for details and to register.

Saturday, July 25:

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Our 4:30pm Mass on Saturday, Aug. 1 will be outdoors in the school parking lot! This is a great opportunity to come to Mass, especially if you haven’t felt comfortable coming over the past few months.

Bring chairs, blankets, cushions, etc. – each household will have a parking spot in which to sit to maintain social distance. Those who are unable to come out of their cars will have designated parking spots around the perimeter of the lot.

The Knights of Columbus will guide you where to park and where to sit.

What to bring:

  • Something to sit on (a chair, blanket, or cushion, etc.). The parking lot surface may be hot, so be prepared.
  • Feel free to bring a hat and/or umbrella, and wear sunscreen.
  • Bring water. We will have water bottles available as well. (Water alone does not break the 1 hour Eucharistic Fast.)
  • Song sheets: We can sing freely outdoors! A few days before the event, we’ll email out a song sheet (via Flocknote) that you can print and bring with you.
  • No masks required, because it is outdoors.

In case of poor weather, the Mass will be moved back inside. Please join us in praying for good weather.

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Our parish is co-hosting a special “Day of Equipping” conference at St. Martha. You’ll learn how God uniquely speaks to you, and what it means to live in the fullness of Confirmation! Activities include prayer for the release of the Holy Spirit, learning to hear His voice, and practicing praying for others for healing.

It will be led by Bart Schuchts, of the St. John Paul II Healing Center, on Sept. 11-12. Registration opens Monday, July 27, and is expected to fill fast.

Note: The Day of Equipping will be socially distanced, and everyone is asked to wear a mask.

Wednesday, July 22:

Happy Feast of St. Mary Magdalene!

When Jesus met Mary Magdalene, He called her by her name, calling her back to who she really was. When she encountered Him, she found safety. Christ’s mercy is the perfect manifestation of the love of the Father, and Mary Magdalene shows us how to receive His healing love.

Seminarian Tyler Arens reflects on St. Mary Magdalene, “the apostle to the Apostles,” who was the first to announce the Good News of salvation and whose personal experience of God’s mercy gives us hope.

Tuesday, July 21:

On Sunday we announced our new Family Faith Formation ministry. Watch the announcement below, and click here for our web page with more information.

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Our Wednesday evening Confessions will be held outside indefinitely, weather-permitting. They’ll be moved indoors to the confessional in cases of poor weather.

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Friday, July 17:

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Those who weren’t able to meet Fr. Fons in person are invited to Zoom with him. Two times are available:
-Tuesday, July 21 at 6:30pm
-Thursday, July 23 at 10:00am

Sign up here and we’ll send you a link the day before the event.

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Thursday, July 16:

A reminder and invitation –

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Connecting is more important than ever right now. St. Mary has started using Flocknote to communicate our important parish information, and to help us stay connected as a parish family.

You can choose to receive messages by email and/or by text. Messages will say they’re from “St. Mary Parishnote.”

If you’re a parishioner and haven’t been receiving our messages, please:

1. Sign up if you haven’t already. Two ways to sign up:
-Text to join by texting “STMARYW” to 84576 -or-
-Email Christy at stmary.christy@gmail.com

2. If you think you’re already signed up but haven’t received any messages, log in to Flocknote (Flocknote.com). Make sure your notifications are set to send you either emails and/or texts, whichever you prefer. 

3. If you have any questions or need troubleshooting, email Christy at stmary.christy@gmail.com.

Tuesday, July 14:

Tonight! Click the image to watch.

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Tomorrow:

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Monday, July 13:

Meet Fr. David Fons online tomorrow evening, along with our seminarian intern, Tyler Arens. They’ll introduce themselves and take your questions via chat. Click the image below to go to our YouTube page:

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Friday, July 9:

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Updates:

  • Due to the layout of our church, the diocese has allowed us to increase our capacity for Mass attendance to 140 people per Mass (33% capacity).
  • We have not been consistently reaching our capacity for our regular Masses. Therefore, after this weekend’s Masses and Meet & Greet, we will no longer be asking you to sign up in advance.
  • Importantly, in line with the guidelines published by the Diocese of Lansing, we continue to ask that everyone who is physically able to do so wear a mask.
  • Read the rest of the updated Mass guidelines here.

Upcoming events:

  • Following this weekend’s 4:30pm, 9am (Sunday) and 11am Masses, we’ll have a Meet & Greet with Fr. Fons. It’ll be in the St. Joseph Hall, and light refreshments will be served. *Please maintain social distance and wear a mask when you’re not eating.
  • YouTube Live Stream to get to know Fr. Fons and our seminarian intern, Tyler Arens: This Tuesday, July 14 at 6:30pm, join us on our YouTube page and post your questions in the chat.
  • For those who aren’t able to come to the Meet & Greet this weekend, we’ll have Zoom Meet & Greets. Stay tuned for details.
  • Drive Thru Confessions are returning for one evening: This Wednesday, July 15, from 6pm – 7pm, or until finished. Fr. Fons will be hearing confessions.

A reminder: Our primary way of communicating with our parishioners is through Flocknote emails and texts. If you are not already receiving these communications, you can text to join by texting “STMARYW” to 84576. If you have questions, contact Christy at stmary.christy@gmail.com.

Have a blessed weekend!

Wednesday, July 8:

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Our parish is blessed to be housing a relic of the True Cross for a short period of time.

Given this limited time, an opportunity to venerate this piece of the cross of Christ will be available following the 8am Mass on Friday, July 10.

Following Mass, Fr. Fons will set up the relic for veneration in the church. 

There will be a short time of prayer kneeling before the relic, 
a blessing given
and then the opportunity for anyone present to 
approach and venerate the Cross for a few moments each
observing social distancing and without touching or kissing the reliquary.

Then the relic will be processed out of the church and 
Eucharistic Adoration will begin as scheduled.

Important: Out of respect for fellow parishioners, please remember to wear a mask.

Sunday, July 5:

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We invite you to a Meet and Greet for Fr. Fons after the weekend Masses next Saturday and Sunday. Click here for details.

Eucharistic Adoration is now available Sunday through Thursday in the church. The times and dates are listed on our home page, in the side bar.

Saturday, July 4:

May this be a day of healing and blessing for our nation. God bless America!

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Friday, July 3:

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Click here to read the letter from Fr. Fons.

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Masses: 
Saturday, July 4
-9am daily Mass
-4:30pm Vigil Mass

Sunday, July 5
-9am (livestreamed)
-11am

Change to Confession schedule: To enable Fr. Fons to settle in, we are not having Confessions before the Sunday Masses until further notice. 

We encourage you to go receive Confession after the 9am Mass, when there is no time limit. You can also receive Confession between 3:30pm – 4:25pm, before the Vigil Mass.

Please remember to wear a mask and maintain social distance of at least 6 feet. Thank you!

Wednesday, July 1:

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WELCOME, FR. DAVID FONS! We’re glad to have you here.

A prayer of thanksgiving to conclude our novena for Fr. Fons:

Gracious and loving God, we thank you for the gift of our priests. Through them, we experience your presence in the sacraments. Help our priests to be strong in their vocation. Set their souls on fire with love for your people. Grant them the wisdom, understanding, and strength they need to follow in the footsteps of Jesus. Inspire them with the vision of your Kingdom. Give them the words they need to spread the Gospel. Allow them to experience joy in their ministry. Help them to become instruments of your divine grace. We ask this through Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns as our Eternal Priest. Amen.

(Courtesy of USCCB.org)

Everyone is invited to a Meet & Greet after the weekend Masses on July 11 & 12! Light refreshments will be served. Please wear a mask when you’re not eating. Sign up for a Mass here.

You can learn more about Fr. Fons here: https://www.saint-mary.church/20…/…/23/welcome-fr-david-fons

Tuesday, June 30:

Thank you, Deacon Stephen Hilker, for the countless ways you serve our parish! May God continue to lead you and bless you!

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Click here to pray the novena for Fr. Fons.

Monday, June 29 – Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul:

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Sunday, June 28:

Fr. Fons will be starting on Wednesday, July 1. The daily Mass schedule will resume then with the 8am daily Mass.

Meet & Greet: We will be hosting a meet & greet for Fr. David Fons after all of the weekend Masses on July 11th and 12th.  All are welcome to stop by the St. Joseph Hall after Mass and welcome Fr. Fons to St. Mary Parish. Light refreshments will be served. Please wear a mask.

DSA: Thank you to those who have made a gift to the Diocesan Services Appeal this year. We have achieved 75% of our Parish goal so far! If you have not yet made a donation, please prayerfully consider a gift, appropriate to your means, in support of efforts in our parish and across the wider church. Donation envelopes are available at the welcome table in the gathering space. You can also donate online here.

A Tribute to our High School Seniors: 
Fr. Mark recorded a special message for our seniors and their parents before he left. Enjoy this tribute to our seniors – and from some of our seniors!

Congratulations, Class of 2020! You are in our prayers!

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Saturday, June 27:

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Friday, June 26:

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Fr. John Whitlock will be with us this weekend.

Masses: 
-Saturday, June 27 at 4:30pm 
-Sunday, June 28 at 9am (live streamed)
-Sunday, June 28 at 11am

There will be no Saturday morning Mass or Confessions.

Confessions: 
-Saturday, 3:30pm – 4:25pm
-Sunday, 8:30am – 8:55am
-Sunday, 10:30am – 10:55am

Please remember to wear a mask and keep socially distanced.

Sign up for Masses here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a054faca629a6ff2-public9

Your continued financial support is appreciated for our ongoing ministry through these challenging times. Thank you in advance! https://stmarywilliamston.weshareonline.org/…/GeneralCollec…

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Thursday, June 25:

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Wednesday, June 24:

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Come pray at anytime today before the Blessed Sacrament for Fr. Mark and Fr. Fons. Adoration will go until midnight in the Sanctuary. (Wear a mask & keep social distance.)

Today is Fr. Mark’s last day at St. Mary:

Fr. Mark Rutherford, thank you one more time for the gift of your priesthood. We are sending you off with lots of love and prayers. “The Lord bless you and keep you, make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace. Amen.”

From our 11am Mass this past Sunday, here is the song, “The Blessing,” sung as a prayer for Fr. Mark.

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From June 25 – June 30, we will not have weekday Masses (including the Saturday morning Mass).

You can live stream Masses:
Diocese of Lansing Masses
EWTN
-and many more are available.

We will still have the Saturday 4:30pm Mass on June 27, and the Sunday Masses on June 28. Fr. John Whitlock will be here. Please sign up via our website.

There will not be Confession on Saturday morning, either. However, we will have Confession before the 4:30pm Mass and before the Sunday Masses.

Our regular weekday Mass schedule will resume when Fr. Fons begins on Wednesday, July 1, with the 8am Mass.

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Tuesday, June 23:

Starting at midnight and going all day tomorrow:

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Come spend time with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and intercede for Fr. Mark Rutherford and Fr. David Fons!

Wednesday, June 24
12am Midnight – 11:59pm
In the Sanctuary at St. Mary
Wear a mask and keep social distance

Please sign up for a time slot here, to ensure that all of the hours are covered. *If the time you want is already full, come anyhow; the more people praying, the better.*

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O Mary, Mother of Jesus, you were with Jesus
at the beginning of His life and mission.
You stood beside Jesus when He was lifted
on the cross and gave His life for all.
We ask you now to be with Fr. Fons,
who gives himself in service to God’s people.
Intercede for him that he may grow in holiness;
proclaim God’s word with courage;
celebrate the sacraments with joy;
and be among God’s people as Jesus,
the Good Shepherd, was.
We offer this prayer to God, the Father, 
through your intercession,
in the name of your Son, Jesus,
and through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

Monday, June 22:

THANK YOU to everyone who came out to say goodbye to Fr. Mark yesterday. He felt tremendously blessed.

We’re aware that some of you wanted to come, but were not able due to health reasons, Father’s Day celebrations, and other reasons. Fr. Mark understands this, and is grateful for your love and support.

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We invite you to pray a novena for Fr. Fons starting today. It will end on June 30, and on July 1 we’ll pray a prayer of thanksgiving. 

Novena Prayer for Fr. Fons

O Mary, Mother of Jesus, you were with Jesus
at the beginning of His life and mission.
You stood beside Jesus when He was lifted
on the cross and gave His life for all.
We ask you now to be with Fr. Fons,
who gives himself in service to God’s people.
Intercede for him that he may grow in holiness;
proclaim God’s word with courage;
celebrate the sacraments with joy;
and be among God’s people as Jesus,
the Good Shepherd, was.
We offer this prayer to God, the Father, 
through your intercession,
in the name of your Son, Jesus,
and through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

Saturday, June 20:

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Come spend time with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and intercede for Fr. Mark Rutherford and Fr. David Fons!

Wednesday, June 24
12am Midnight – 11:59pm
In the Sanctuary at St. Mary
Wear a mask and keep social distance

Please sign up for a time slot here, to ensure that all of the hours are covered. If the time you want is already full, come anyhow; the more people praying, the better.

May our Eucharistic Lord lead us through this transition with His grace and peace. Amen.

Friday, June 19:

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This is a big weekend!

*Confessions will all be in the Confessional, socially distanced. Please wear a mask.
-Saturday morning following the 9am Mass, until finished
-Saturday 3:30pm – 4:25pm
-Sunday 8:30am – 8:55am
-Sunday 10:30am – 10:55 am
For the Confession times before a Mass, Fr. Mark will need to leave promptly to start Mass on time.

*There is still room to sign up for the Sunday 9am Mass (as of this posting), but the 4:30pm and 11am Masses are full. Sign up for the 9am Mass here.

*All of our Masses will be live streamed this weekend. Watch here.

*Our Farewell Cookout for Fr. Mark will be on Sunday afternoon. Click here for details and to sign up to come.

*In case you missed it, Fr. Mark posted a farewell letter to our parish here.

Let’s pray especially for Fr. Mark on this, his last weekend at St. Mary. May it be filled with special blessings!

Today is the Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus!

“From the Heart of Christ, man’s heart learns to know the genuine and unique meaning of his life and of his destiny, to understand the value of an authentically Christian life, to keep himself from certain perversions of the human heart, and to unite the filial love of God with love of neighbor.” -Pope St. John Paul II

Read more about Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus here: 
– https://www.ewtn.com/…/meditation-novena-and-offering-to-th…
– https://www.ewtn.com/…/d…/sacred-and-immaculate-hearts-12724

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Thursday, June 18:

Click here for a special farewell message from Fr. Mark:

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Sunday, June 14:

Family Faith Formation: Fr. Mark and our staff have been developing a new approach to helping our families cultivate their faith. This will change the way we do Religious Ed in the fall. Click here to read more.

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We’re excited to resume Eucharistic Adoration! It will be in the Sanctuary instead of the chapel. Please use social distancing and wearing a mask.

Sundays: 6pm – 9pm
Mondays: 6pm – 9pm
Tuesdays: 11am – 1pm
Wednesdays: 9am – 12noon
Thursdays: 6pm – 9pm

A blessed Solemnity of Corpus Christi to you all!

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Saturday, June 13:

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Friday, June 12:

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Do you know someone who should receive parish messages but has not yet received a Flocknote message? Invite them to sign up one of these ways:

If you have any questions, contact us at events.stmary@gmail.com


Wednesday, June 10:

Good news! We’re now able to have 250 people at a time at Fr. Mark’s Going Away Cookout!

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To improve our parish communications, St. Mary has started using the Flocknote communications platform to send emails and texts. YOU choose how you want to receive messages.

All registered parishioners should have received an email and/or text via Flocknote yesterday. Please make sure your information is updated and choose any groups you’re a part of or would like to join. 

If you or a family member would like to receive messages but did not receive yesterday’s email or text, you can join any of these ways:

-Text STMARYW to 84576

-Go to Flocknote.com and sign up

-Email your full name, email, and cell phone number to events.stmary@gmail.com

If you have any questions, contact us at events.stmary@gmail.com.

Monday, June 8:

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Trinity Sunday – June 7:

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Introducing Flocknote: We’re beginning to use a new communication platform called Flocknote to improve and streamline our communications with all of you, our parishioners.

You should receive an email and/or text from us via Flocknote this week by Friday. If you don’t please let the parish office know.

Click here for more info: Flocknote.com

See below for details about Fr. Mark’s Going Away Cookout and his last week.

Saturday, June 6:

Fr. Mark’s last weekend with us will be June 20-21. His last day will be the following Wednesday, June 24.

Fr. David Fons will begin on July 1.

We will be having a socially-distanced cookout to say goodbye to Fr. Mark:

Sunday, June 21
St. Joseph Hall and McCormick Park
Lunch will be provided

Sign up for a time slot to attend:

We are limited to 100 attendees at a time.
UPDATE as of June 10: We can now have 250 attendees at a time. The sign up has been adjusted accordingly.

Friday, June 5:

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We’re excited to welcome up to 100 people to each of our Masses this weekend! Our Sunday Masses will be Baccalaureate Masses to honor our graduating high school seniors.

To honor our First Communicants, we have put out white boxes for parishioners to bring cards or small gifts. You may also send a note online, which will be printed nicely and given to the First Communicant. Send a note here. 

Though we plan to regularly live stream only the Sunday 9am Mass, this weekend all of our Masses will be live streamed because of those receiving First Communion or Confirmation, and the Baccalaureates.

Confessions on Saturday morning after the 9am Mass will be “Drive Thru” in the school parking lot, starting at 10am and going until finished.

All other confessions will be back in the confessional, with social distancing accommodations. Those times are: 
-Saturday, 3:30pm – 4:25pm
-Sunday, 8:30am – 8:55am
-Sunday, 10:30am – 10:55am

Please remember to wear a mask when you come.

Congratulations to the St. Mary Catholic School graduating 8th grade class of 2020. Our first 8th grade class in 50 years!

Congratulations Miriam, Owen, and Maria!

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Thursday, June 4:

BISHOP BOYEA DECLARES SIX DAYS OF PRAYER AND FASTING FOR PEACE, JUSTICE AND RECONCILIATION:

Bishop Earl Boyea of Lansing has declared the next six Fridays as days of prayer and fasting in order to seek peace, justice and reconciliation for all the peoples of the United States. These six days leads up to the anniversary of the death of Venerable Augustus Tolton (1854 – 97), a former slave who became the first black priest in the United States.

“Any path forward for our dear yet divided nation has to begin with prayer –- in earnestly bringing our fears, our hopes, our anger, our tears, to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which we celebrate as a solemnity on June 19,” said Bishop Boyea, June 4.

“Indeed, we entrust all our needs to Christ, our righteous judge and prince of peace, in the certain knowledge that he alone can gently shepherd us towards peace, justice and reconciliation for all the people of our beloved land.”

Click the image of Venerable Augustus Tolton to read more and download a holy card.

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Wednesday, June 3:

Congratulations to our RCIA candidates whom we received into the Catholic Church at the Pentecost Vigil! Welcome to our parish family, Bailey Suzio, Roger Madsen, Sam Shively, and David Wachter!

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Tuesday, June 2:

Coming Soon!

Dear Friends,

In an effort to streamline communications we will be launching Flocknote, which is a social media communication platform. What does that mean, you ask? It means that church, ministry members, groups, leaders, the pastor, and administrators are all connected! Connected so that we can send, receive and spread important message in a way that saves time and money and is fun! In the coming week you will receive my first message through Flocknote. If you do not receive a message please contact the parish office.

Blessings!
Fr. Mark 

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Monday, June 1:

If you missed our Pentecost live stream, click below to watch it:

Today is the Feast Day of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, a feast established in 2018 by Pope Francis to be celebrated every year upon the Monday following Pentecost. Happy Feast Day!

“In this way, the Church specifically recalls Mary’s reception of the Holy Spirit with the Apostles at Pentecost, as well as her desire to protect all who come to her Son in His Holy Church,” writes Father David Fons, June 1, who has just concluded graduate studies in Canon Law in Rome and will soon assume the post of Administrator of St Mary in Williamston.

“The many mysteries of Jesus’ life that Mary pondered were brought to full understanding in her heart at Pentecost. As the Church was fully established in the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, strengthening the Lord’s followers to believe in and to proclaim the Gospel, the Blessed Mother was there as the foremost example of what it means to fully say yes to Jesus.”

To read Fr. Fons’ full reflection, click here.

Sunday, May 31 – Solemnity of Pentecost

This afternoon! Join in and pray along for a new outpouring of the Holy Spirit for all of us, and for our whole world. It’ll stay up online if you miss it.

Come, Holy Spirit, through the intercession of our Blessed Mother!

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Saturday, May 30 – Eve of Pentecost:

As more people are able to return to Mass and work, and we begin to return to normalcy, we’re making some changes to our Mass and Confessions schedules:

Starting this week:
-Weekday Masses will only be live streamed when we have Confirmations and First Communions.
-Beginning next weekend, the 9:00am Mass on Sunday will be the only live streamed weekend Mass.
-Beginning next weekend Saturday morning confessions will start at 10am in the school parking lot (following the 9am Mass and until finished). All other confession times will be held in the confessional with social distancing measures. Please wear a mask.

We are wrapping up our Year of the Holy Spirit and Mary by hosting a live streamed Pentecost Celebration tomorrow at 2pm. Guest speaker Dr. Mary Healy will teach on living each day empowered by the Holy Spirit. Melanie Rea will lead worship during Eucharistic Adoration.

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Celebrating is difficult during hard times, especially when we’ve endured losses. Yet this is why we need Pentecost – we need the Holy Spirit to give us new life. Christy Whiting, St. Mary’s Director of Religious Education and Evangelization, shares the story of losing a friend to cancer on the eve of Pentecost, and offers encouragement for the future.

Friday, May 29:

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Wrap up the Year of the Holy Spirit and Mary with our special Pentecost live stream! We’re excited to have Dr. Mary Healy and Melanie Rea leading us in worship before the Blessed Sacrament. Don’t miss it!

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  • Sign up to attend Pentecost Masses here.
  • Our RCIA candidates will be entering the Catholic Church at the Pentecost Vigil Mass (which will be longer than usual). Please pray especially for them as they join our parish family.
  • Notes and gifts for First Communicants: We’re continuing our tradition of putting white boxes in the narthex for cards and small gifts for our First Communicants. This year the boxes do not have lids, so items can be put in without touching them.

    You can also send notes online through a Google form. The notes will be printed nicely and placed in the students’ boxes. Send a note here.

May the Holy Spirit, through the intercession of Mary, His spouse, fill each of you this weekend with the power of His love!

Thursday, May 28:

Tonight at 7pm: 
Lesson 4 of 4 on the Virtue of Perseverance for parents and other adults who want to model the virtue, taught by Dan Dailey. Click here to watch on YouTube.

Red Cross Blood Drive:
The American Red Cross will be holding a *safe* blood drive at St. Mary School Gym on Wednesday, June 3. In gratitude, Amazon is thanking donors from June 1-30 with a $5 Amazon.com gift card by email.

Donations are by appointment. Sign up here: https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/donation-time.

Wednesday, May 27:

WATCH: BISHOP BOYEA’S “WELCOME BACK TO MASS” VIDEO: This weekend will see the parishes of the Diocese of Lansing re-open for public Mass. Deo gratias!

To help parishes, priests and parishioners attend Holy Mass safely during this time of pandemic, Bishop Earl Boyea has issued a video aimed at explaining the new health and safety protocols which will apply to those attending Mass.

“Such things are important but please don’t let these contemporary realities obscure this timeless truth: He is here. He knows you. He loves you. He is calling you. Welcome home,” says Bishop Boyea in the introduction to the video.

Seminarian Tyler Arens is interning at St. Mary this summer. He wrote a letter of introduction here. Enjoy this video he made for us as we prepare for Pentecost!

Remember to save the date for our Live Stream Pentecost Event this Sunday, May 31 from 2pm – 3:30pm, featuring Fr. Mark, Biblical scholar and member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission Dr. Mary Healy, and our gifted worship leader for Alive, Melanie Rea!

Tuesday, May 26:

In preparation for Pentecost, Fr. Mark speaks about love as a fruit of the Holy Spirit. Enjoy!

Celebrate Pentecost this Sunday with a special live stream featuring Fr. Mark Rutherford, Dr. Mary Healy, and Melanie Rea! This will be our parish mission / retreat / wrapping up the Year of the Holy Spirit and Mary. Click the image for details:

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Monday, May 25:

A Memorial Day message from Fr. Mark:

Sunday, May 24 – The Ascension of the Lord

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A blessed Solemnity of the Ascension to you!

Celebrate Pentecost with St. Mary next Sunday! We’ll be wrapping up our Year of the Holy Spirit and Mary with this special online event. Let’s ask the Holy Spirit to come into each of us in a special way!

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Click the image for more details!

Friday, May 22:

Note the new times:

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Today we join the Church around the world in praying for 9 days before Pentecost, as the apostles did in the Upper Room. You can sign up to receive the Pentecost Novena in your inbox every day.

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Thursday, May 21:

Click here for details for Pentecost!

Persevering in learning about Perseverance:

Dan Dailey’s 3rd of 4 presentations on perseverance is tonight at 7pm! Click here to watch. If you missed the first two presentations, you can watch them at this link as well.

May the Holy Spirit increase the virtue of perseverance in us through these difficult times. Amen.

Wednesday, May 20:

We are excited to welcome parishioners back to Masses starting on Tuesday, May 26!

We are implementing a variety of health and safety measures, such as

  • requiring a face mask
  • limiting attendance
  • utilizing special seating arrangements
  • adjusting our Communion procedures
  • and much more.

Importantly, in order to maintain our limited attendance and appropriate spacing, everyone is asked to sign up online *in advance* for the Mass(es) they wish to attend. Parishioners without online access may call the main office to sign up.

Click here for our new procedures, available Mass times, and to sign up to attend.

Note: Bishop Boyea has extended the dispensation from attending Mass through July 31 (at least). Remember that people may not have any symptoms, but can still carry coronavirus to others. Please use discernment in deciding when to come to Mass.

We will continue to live stream all of our Masses for the foreseeable future.

Sunday, May 16:

Pentecost is two weeks from today! We’ll also be wrapping up our Year of the Holy Spirit and Mary. In preparation, we’ll be posting more here and on our Facebook page about the Holy Spirit and Mary.

If you’d like to share any ways you’ve grown closer to them or any insights that you’ve gained, email them to Christy Whiting at stmary.christy@gmail.com.

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From Fr. Mark Rutherford: 
Tons of prayer, the Holy Spirit, hard work, willing to take risks, forward-thinking, the people of St. Mary Parish and School should be proud that together they have brought this school from 69 students to its capacity. I need another building now! Apparently, I committed to raising $200,000 or more for the school in 30 days (June). Think we can do it with this economy? I’ll start taking $100 bets… 😉

http://www.stmaryschoolwilliamston.com/donate.html

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Friday, May 15:

Fr. Mark announced plans for us to return to Masses!

Click here to read them, or watch the video below.

From our garden, next to the church. Have a blessed Friday!

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Thursday, May 14:

Tonight at 7pm – Daniel Dailey’s next live stream (2 of 4) on the Virtue of Perseverance.You can join in even if you missed the first one.

These videos coordinate with St. Mary School’s virtue of the month, so we especially encourage parents to watch! Click here.

Today Pope Francis invites people of all faiths to pray and fast along with doing works of charity for an end to the coronavirus pandemic.

Wednesday, May 13:

A blessed feast of Our Lady of Fatima to you!

Tomorrow evening Dan Dailey will live stream his second (of four) talk on the Virtue of Perseverance, which our school students are (providentially) focusing on this month. It will be at 7pm here on YouTube.

“Return to Mass” Guidelines published by Diocese of Lansing
Click here to read the diocesan plan for gradually returning to public Masses in May and June.

Tuesday, May 12:

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From tomorrow, May 13, through May 22, Fr. Mark will be away for retreat time, moving preparations, and a visit to the Military Archdiocese where he’ll be working in Washington, DC.

Please note the following changes to our Mass and Confession schedule:

-Wednesday, May 13 – Friday, May 22: No live stream Masses, and no Drive Thru Confessions

-Beginning on Saturday, May 23, we will be back to our pre-coronavirus weekend schedule:

Saturdays –
3:30pm – 4:25pm – Drive Thru Confessions
4:30pm – Live Stream Mass

Sundays –
8:30am – 8:55am – Drive Thru Confessions
9:00am – Live Stream Mass
10:30am – 10:55am – Drive Thru Confessions
11:00am – Live Stream Mass

-Beginning on Monday, May 25, our weekday Live Stream Mass schedule will resume:

Mondays: No Mass
Tuesdays – Fridays: 8:00am
Saturdays: 9:00am

Many other parishes in the Diocese of Lansing are offering live stream Masses: https://dioceseoflansing.org/masses-and-online-spiritual-resources

Fr. Mark was on the radio this morning:

https://www.spreaker.com/user/5707063/mbs-h3s1-father-mark-rutherford_2?fbclid=IwAR212ciIdcWToah731Bh9XycTlt1Yc-KqfVIhtTvfZA3mAX17_EFZsJCVSg
Religion is “necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind” (Art 8, Sec 1, MI State Constitution). Religion is essential business, this needs to be publicly promoted, and its omission from lists of what is essential is glaring.

Monday, May 11:

Sunday, May 10:

Happy Mothers’ Day to all mothers – including spiritual mothers and those whose children have passed away. Thank you for bringing life and love! 

May God bless you in a special way today. 🙏

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Update from Fr. Mark:
Bishop Boyea had announced a few weeks ago that public Masses will resume on May 18. However, because of the governor’s extension of the stay-at-home order and the need to continue minimizing the spread of disease, Bp. Boyea, in his wisdom, has extended this as well. Public Masses are now scheduled to resume on June 1, if all goes well.

For daily Masses until then, Bp. Boyea is permitting parishioners to attend up to 5% of the church’s capacity. For St. Mary, that means 20 people (including Fr. Mark and the altar servers) are able to attend.

Our Confirmation and First Communion families have first priority at the Masses when their children are receiving these sacraments. We are working on ways to enable others to attend as fairly as possible, and will let you know when that happens.

As a heads up, Fr. Mark will be taking time off to prepare for his transition to Washington, DC from May 13-22. He will be on retreat, preparing to move, and actually in DC for part of that time. Please keep him in your prayers.

During the time that Fr. Mark is away, we will not be live streaming Masses. There are numerous other priests and bishops also live streaming, and the Diocese of Lansing Masses are listed here. (Please note that our Mass time on that list is incorrect; it is pending an update.)

Your generosity is appreciated to ensure the live streams from St. Mary and our preparations for return continue through this difficult time. Please click here to give online.

Saturday, May 9:

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Friday, May 8:

Update from Bp. Boyea regarding public Masses:

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I hope that you and your loved ones are well and safe at this time. Like me, I am sure you are yearning for the day when we can again gather together at Sunday Mass in our parish churches so as to receive our Blessed Lord in Holy Communion.

Because the State of Michigan’s stay-at-home order is now to remain in effect through the end of May and because we remain committed to supporting the common good, including the health of all our neighbors, our plans to celebrate public Masses starting on May 18 have been, sadly, delayed until, at the earliest, June 1. This is a painful decision but one, I believe, that is both prudent and necessary.

From May 18, however, our pastors will be allowed, should they wish, to celebrate, by invitation only, weekday Masses for small groups of parishioners. Unfortunately, this will not happen on Sundays until after June 1. The Diocese of Lansing is also finalizing liturgical guidelines for the safe celebrations of the Mass during this pandemic. These are small but certain steps towards restoring public Masses.

The word “patience” comes from the Latin word pati meaning “to suffer.” I know that many us, clergy and lay faithful, are suffering as we wait patiently for the restoration of public Masses. In anticipation of that wonderful day, let us use this time to prepare our hearts to receive Our Lord in worthy fashion by praying to Jesus every day. Meditate upon his life in the Holy Rosary. Reconcile yourself to him in the Sacrament of Penance. Ask him to give you strength as you wait for him and know that he eagerly waits for you to be one with him very soon.

Assuring you of my prayers, I am sincerely yours in Christ,

+ Earl
Bishop of Lansing

Posted here on the Diocese of Lansing website

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Thursday, May 7:

Growing in the Virtue of Perseverance – This series by Dan Dailey starts tonight at 7pm. Click here to watch on YouTube.

Theology of the Body – Online Conference Where do I come from and where am I going? The world is starving for these answers.

Learn from over 50 speakers like Fr. Donald Calloway, Dr. Janet Smith, Dr. Bob Schuchts, Christopher West, Jeff Cavins, Jason Evert, Chris Stefanick, Gregory Popcak.

Friday, May 8 – Sunday, May 10 – FREE
This is for teens and adults. Invite your friends!
Click here to register.

Overcoming Spiritual Discouragement – Online Retreat All of us experience ups and downs in the spiritual life, times of energy and times of discouragement. This retreat will help you understand this experience, equipping you to find your way through times of discouragement, and to grow solidly toward God in daily living.

Saturday, May 9, 2020 – 9:00am to 3:00pm
Reflection Talks by Fr. Gallagher at 9 and 10 am, 1 and 2 pm
Mass with Fr. Gary Coulter at 11am 
Free will offering

Fr. Timothy Gallagher is the renowned author of the book, “Overcoming Spiritual Discouragement” and many other books on prayer, discernment, the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, and understanding the spiritual life. His gentleness and clarity give encouragement where it is most needed.

To register for the retreat and receive materials, click here: https://goodcounselretreat.regfox.com/gallagher

For more about Fr. Timothy Gallagher, click here: https://www.frtimothygallagher.org/

Wednesday, May 6:

Growing in the Virtue of Perseverance – Who of us doesn’t need this, especially during this time?! Perseverance is the Virtue of the Month for our St. Mary School Children.

To help us all grow in perseverance, parishioner Dan Dailey will do four live streams consisting of prayer, Scriptures, teachings of St. Thomas Aquinas, and providing the tools of St. Paul for evangelical living.

The live streams will be here on Dan’s YouTube page at 7:00pm on Thursdays, May 7, 14, 21, and 28. We especially encourage parents to tune in.

Tuesday, May 5:

On this Giving Tuesday, we invite you to support our sister parish and school, St. Michael’s in Haiti. Most recently we have had a role in restarting the clean water station in their area. It is expected to open to the public soon. This is vital to their health and well-being.

Our Haiti team has been working with several other organizations to make this possible, as well as to provide food and health care for those who otherwise would have none.

The rummage sale fundraiser that we had originally planned for this spring has been canceled. In order to replace the funding that would have come from it, we ask you to consider donating online. Click here for more information and to donate: https://joinourjourney.weshareonline.org/Join-Our-Journey.

Please spread the word and invite others to Join Our Journey!

From parishioner Ave Hoeppner, who is embarking on a Mission Trip with the Fellowship of Catholic University Students: I ask that you prayerfully consider joining me as a financial partner, if it aligns with your goals for giving. I need to raise $2,400 by May 1st. To meet this goal as quickly as possible, gifts of $100, $150, or $200+ are greatly needed. There are no minimums or maximums and all gifts are truly appreciated! If you would like to join my mission support team, simply go online and donate by credit card or bank transfer at http://www.focusonline.org/site/Donation2?df_id=5483&5483.donation=form1&set.custom.Fund_ID=82738.

Gifts made online and checks made payable to FOCUS are tax-deductible, charitable gifts. If writing out a check, please put on the memo line “FOCUS Missionaries ID # 82738”. Send checks to 3993 Milner Rd, Stockbridge, MI 49285. Feel free to donate as soon as you are able. If you have questions or concerns, please email me at hoeppner.ava2020@gmail.com or call at 517-480-030.

Thank you for your prayerful consideration!

Monday, May 4:

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Throughout this month of May, you’re invited to bring flowers to honor Our Lady and place them in the vases by her statue. The church is open from 9am-3pm during the week, and after that may be accessed through the Chapel.

Please remember:
-Wear a mask if you are able to.
-Maintain at least 6 ft of space between people.
-We are still limited to 10 people in the Sanctuary at a time.

Saturday, May 2:

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May is the month of our Blessed Mother!

A May Crowning will take place at the 8:00am Mass on Wednesday, May 6, and again for those who missed it on Sunday, May 10 at 9am, which you can live stream here and on our YouTube page.

For the month of May, a statue of Mary will be placed at the altar in the church. There will be empty vases at the foot of Mary. Come and place your freshly cut flowers into the vases and say a prayer to our Mother. *Please follow social distancing guidelines and wear a mask as per the governor’s mandate.* The church is open for prayer from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm during week days. People can come after that too, but must use the Chapel door with the access code.

Growing in the Virtue of Perseverance – Who of us doesn’t need this, especially during this time?! Perseverance is the Virtue of the Month for our St. Mary School Children.

To help us all grow in perseverance, parishioner Dan Dailey will do four live streams consisting of prayer, Scriptures, teachings of St. Thomas Aquinas, and providing the tools of St. Paul for evangelical living.

The live streams will be here on Dan’s YouTube page at 7:00pm on Thursdays, May 7, 14, 21, and 28. We especially encourage parents to tune in.

From parishioner Ave Hoeppner, who is embarking on a Mission Trip with the Fellowship of Catholic University Students: I ask that you prayerfully consider joining me as a financial partner, if it aligns with your goals for giving. I need to raise $2,400 by May 1st. To meet this goal as quickly as possible, gifts of $100, $150, or $200+ are greatly needed. There are no minimums or maximums and all gifts are truly appreciated! If you would like to join my mission support team, simply go online and donate by credit card or bank transfer at http://www.focusonline.org/site/Donation2?df_id=5483&5483.donation=form1&set.custom.Fund_ID=82738.

Gifts made online and checks made payable to FOCUS are tax-deductible, charitable gifts. If writing out a check, please put on the memo line “FOCUS Missionaries ID # 82738”. Send checks to 3993 Milner Rd, Stockbridge, MI 49285. Feel free to donate as soon as you are able. If you have questions or concerns, please email me at hoeppner.ava2020@gmail.com or call at 517-480-030.

Thank you for your prayerful consideration!

Thursday, April 30:

Attention High School Seniors: St. Mary Parish wants to celebrate YOU! Click here for a special note from Laura Hahnenberg.

Tomorrow, May 1, the US and Canadian bishops will reconsecrate our countries to our Blessed Mother. Bishop Boyea will reconsecrate the Diocese of Lansing to her as well.

The Diocese of Lansing is live streaming a special “24 Hours with Mary” from Friday to Saturday. Click here for details and links.

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Wednesday, April 29:

St. Mary School is now enrolling for next fall!

Discover the Beauty of a Classical Christian Catholic Education.
Register online here: https://online.factsmgt.com/signin/3YZ9G

Saint Mary Catholic School is committed to assisting parents in the formation of their children by engaging n a classical education where students unify faith and reason to carry the light of Truth to the world. By helping students strive for academic excellence, delight in the gift of learning, and imitate the virtues of Jesus Christ, children will be joyfully compelled to live a life of knowledge, love, and service.

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May God’s peace be with you today!

Tuesday, April 28:

Today is the feast of St. Louis De Montfort, one of the foremost teachers of devotion to Mary. Happy feast day!

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Sunday, April 26:

Today’s Gospel tells the story of the disciples on the road to Emmaus. Here’s an idea for an Emmaus walk you can take with your family.

The Catholic Family Conference On May 1-2, enjoy this *free* online conference featuring Archbishop Strickland and Dr. Janet Smith, among many other speakers.

Topics include prayer, “Living a Liturgical Life,” “How A Messy Family Can Be A Holy Family,” “Trauma and Loss,” “Speaking Truth in a Polarizing Culture,” “Special Needs,” and more.

Register and details here: https://catholicfamilyconference.com/

Saturday, April 25:

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And a blessed feast of St. Mark to you all!

Tune in for 3 hours of encouragement tonight:

Click this picture to watch on YouTube.

This online conference is highly recommended especially for young adults and anyone else who wants to know more about what God created us for:

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Click on this image for details and to register for this FREE conference.

Friday, April 24, 2020:

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A special Thank You! from Fr. Mark to St. Mary parishioners and others

A special Thank You! from Fr. Mark to St. Mary parishioners and others
“A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed” (Proverbs 11:25).

Thursday, April 23, 2020:

Live Stream for Married Couples:

Free Meals: We have extended our partnership with Sunnyside Cafe for those in need. Please spread the word.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020:

From Fr. Mark: Folks have been asking me how they can help those families in need at the parish or Williamston community. The easiest way is to simply drop off a check or whatever at the parish office and indicate it is for a needy family. It is therefore designated for that. We will make sure all of it gets to a needy family. How much? Pray, let the Holy Spirit tell you. If you are a needy family or know of one please privately message me. Also the Williamston Food Bank is a great place to donate. We also partnered with Sunnyside to provide free meals for those in need. Git er done! Heavenly Daddy loves Williamston.

On the Virtues: Every month St. Mary School focuses on a particular virtue. Dan Dailey has recorded talks for adults on some of these virtues. Click for the YouTube links:
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Divine Mercy Sunday, April 19:

Today is Divine Mercy Sunday, the day when Our Lord promised St. Faustina to open the floodgates of mercy and forgiveness. Watch this 4-min. video to learn how to receive the graces He offers, including a plenary indulgence: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btiU8-JeOag

Drive Thru Confession is available from 10:30am – 1:30pm. Then join us for a Divine Mercy Holy Hour!

Click here to watch the Holy Hour live stream.

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From The Marians of the Immaculate Conception

Easter Friday, April 17:

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This Sunday is Divine Mercy Sunday, the day when Our Lord promised St. Faustina to open the floodgates of mercy and forgiveness. Watch this 4-min. video to learn how to receive the graces He offers, including a plenary indulgence, and join us for the live stream Holy Hour:

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Easter Thursday, April 16:

Fr. David Fons, our incoming priest, sent a message to our parish and answered questions for our school students. Read it here.

A Word of Joy from Fr. Mark – April 16
Finding true peace during this challenging time

Easter Wednesday, April 15:

Some strong encouragement from Sr. Ann Shields, SGL: “Don’t pass up this opportunity—it’s awful in many ways, and yet God has allowed it. What God wants from all of us is that we give our lives more fully to Him, that we trust Him more, that we turn toward Him more frequently.”

From Renewal Ministries

Easter Tuesday, April 14:

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Easter Monday, April 13: