St. Mary Catholic Church

157 High Street
Williamston, MI 48895


Office Hours

Monday - Friday: 9:00AM - 3:00PM

Contact Us

Office: (517) 655-2620
Religious Ed: (517) 655-2520
School: (517) 655-4038
Fax: (517) 655-3933
Email: contact@saint-mary.church

Mass Times


Saturday: 9:00am & 4:30PM
Sunday: 9:00AM & 11:00AM
Tuesday - Friday: 8:00AM

Reconciliation


Saturday: 9:30AM - Until Finished
Saturday: 3:30PM - 4:25PM
Sunday: 8:30AM - 8:55AM, 10:30AM - 10:55AM
Tuesday - Friday: 7:30AM - 7:55AM

Adoration


Sunday 6pm - 9pm
Monday 8pm - 11pm
Tuesday 11:00am - Noon
Tuesday 9pm - Midnight
Wednesday 8:30am - Noon
Wednesday 6pm - 9pm
Thursday 8pm - 11pm
Friday 8:30am - 10pm

Alive – Feb. 15, 2020

Alive – Feb. 15, 2020

Come Alive in Christ!

Enjoy a peaceful night of praise and worship music led by Melanie Rea. Be encouraged by testimonies, restored with the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and nourished in Adoration. Father Patrick Gonyeau will be our speaker.

Regardless of where you are in your journey, you will be inspired at “Alive”; all are welcome. 

Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020 | 7:30-9pm | Refreshments afterwards

Hearts on Fire – Feb. 1, 2020

Hearts on Fire – Feb. 1, 2020

Hearts on Fire on Saturday, Feb. 1 will be a night of extended worship. Come enjoy the presence of the Lord through contemporary praise and worship songs! He is present in a unique way to heal and to bless.

Blessed are those who dwell in thy house, ever singing thy praise! -Ps 84:4

A light dinner will be provided between Mass and Hearts on Fire (approx. 5:45pm – 6:30pm). Hearts on Fire will be from 6:30pm – 8:00pm in the St. Joseph Hall.

Newcomers are welcome!

Life in the Spirit Seminar – Winter 2020

Life in the Spirit Seminar – Winter 2020

This special event is part of our parish’s Year of the Holy Spirit and Mary!

Experience new joy and freedom as you learn more about the Holy Spirit, how He works in our lives, and how He empowers us to live out our faith!

This seven-week course has been transforming lives around the world for over 40 years. God is infinite, so He always has more for each one of us. Come learn about the “more” He has for you!

**Registration is now closed.**

What participants in the Fall 2019 LSS are saying:

“Wonderful. Powerful. Thought-provoking. Moving forward towards Christ. Reassured of the Holy Spirit’s presence.”

“I learned so much from [my small group leader], how to pray, let in the Holy Spirit; I really want to continue to grow in my faith.”

“I’m much more peaceful and try not to get as upset over things I have no control over.”

“Deepened my faith and helped me recognize the Holy Spirit’s prompting.”

“Connection to more people desiring to live a life in the Spirit.”

“I felt renewed hope, renewed joy. I also was struggling with feeling less than others. When my group prayed over me those feelings were completely gone.”

“Encouraged that the Holy Spirit can give you the confidence to be open to the gifts of the Spirit to work in my life.”

“Helps me stay connected to deepening my faith. It’s easy to stray away and yet I want more. This helps to build community to keep me moving forward with Christ.”

“The Holy Spirit continues to open my heart to so many new feelings in my family/friends/co-workers.”

“I think more people should enjoy Life in the Spirit…just a wonderful time with our table/friends.”

“I have had experiences with the Holy Spirit before. I feel like this course is a confirmation on my journey. I’m grateful for it.”

“It has helped me recognize the work of the Holy Spirit in my life in past years. I did not have a Big Bang moment but I do feel closer to the Holy Spirit and I am excited for what the Holy Spirit will do in my life from now on going forward.”

“I received the gift of the awakening of the Holy Spirit. I have been praising the Holy Spirit constantly.”

Questions: Email events.stmary@gmail.com or contact Christy Whiting at 517-655-2520.

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Advent, Christmas, and New Year Schedule

Advent, Christmas, and New Year Schedule

Advent Reconciliation Schedule

Thursday, Dec. 19 at 5:30 – 7:00pm
Friday, Dec. 20 at 5:30 – 7:00pm
Saturday, Dec. 21 at 5:30 – 7:00pm
*These times are in addition to the regularly scheduled Reconciliation times.

Christmas Masses

Tuesday, Dec. 24 at 4:30pm (Children’s Choir hymns begin at 4pm.)
Tuesday, Dec. 24 at 9:00pm
Wednesday, Dec. 25 at 12:00am Midnight
Wednesday, Dec. 25 at 10:00am

Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God (Holy Day of Obligation)

Tuesday, Dec. 31 at 7:30pm. (The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be offered before Mass from 7:00 – 7:25pm. Eucharistic Adoration will follow Mass until midnight.)

Wednesday, Jan. 1 at 10:00am (The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be offered from 9:30am – 9:55am.)

Alive – Dec. 21, 2019

Alive – Dec. 21, 2019

Prepare your heart and mind for Christmas through a beautiful night of prayer at Alive! The Alive Band will lead us in worship as we adore Jesus, made present to us in the Blessed Sacrament – the same Jesus who was born on Christmas Day!

Alive is at 7:30-9pm in the Sanctuary. The Sacrament of Reconciliation and Personal prayer ministry will be available as well.

*UPDATE: Sad news. We discovered some design flaws in the new monstrance that we are working with the designer to fix. Unfortunately it will not be ready to use tomorrow evening. We will let you know when it is fixed and we are able to use it.

Original post: We have a special announcement! Through the generosity of some donors, we have been gifted a new 3-ft tall monstrance that was made in Lourdes! Here’s a little peek, and we’ll bring it out for the first time at Alive. Come hear the beautiful story of this special gift!

Hearts on Fire: “Marian Consecration and the Call to Holiness”

Hearts on Fire: “Marian Consecration and the Call to Holiness”

On this Feast of All Souls, Saturday, Nov. 2, Keri Tarrant will be back to introduce us to Marian Consecration and its importance as we strive to grow in holiness.

This event will be a preparation for the 33 Days to Morning Glory consecration to Jesus through Mary that St. Mary’s is inviting all parishioners to participate in for our Year of the Holy Spirit and Mary.

“Just as in natural and bodily generation there is a father and a mother, so in the supernatural and spiritual generation there is a father who is God and a mother who is Mary. All true children of God have God for their father and Mary for their mother.”

– St. Louis de Montfort

Hearts on Fire will start at 6:30pm with worship, followed by Keri’s talk and prayer ministry until 8pm. A light dinner will be provided beforehand, following the 4:30pm Mass.

For details and to register for “33 Days to Morning Glory”, click here: https://www.eventbee.com/v/33-days-to-morning-glory/event?eid=135481943#/tickets

To find out more about Keri Tarrant and her ministry, St. Gabriel’s Message, click here: http://stgabrielsmessage.com/

Hearts on Fire – Oct. 5, 2019

Hearts on Fire – Oct. 5, 2019

Hearts on Fire is back on Saturday, Oct. 5! Come worship and learn more about the gift of prophecy – what it is, what it is not, and how to receive it. Our speaker will be Christy Whiting, St. Mary’s Director of Religious Ed and Evangelization. Prayer ministry will be available at the end.

A light dinner will be provided between Mass and Hearts on Fire (approx. 5:45pm – 6:30pm). Newcomers are welcome!

Listen to this talk on hearing God from our Sept. 7 Hearts on Fire, to give more context to the upcoming talk on prophecy. This talk was also given by Christy Whiting.
Live Free! Unbound

Live Free! Unbound

At the Live Free! conference, you will receive teaching on each of the “five keys to freedom” developed by Neal Lozano from Heart of the Father Ministries.

But this conference is so much more than educational!

You will have the chance to respond to the message of freedom with time for prayer and reflection, as well as the option to receive prayer ministry.

SPEAKERS

John & Michelle Kazanjian from Live Free! Unbound Ministry/Renewal Ministries with Fr. Mark Rutherford, pastor of St. Mary Catholic Church.

SCHEDULE

COST

Before October 25: Saturday only, $45; Saturday + Sunday $50

After 12 noon on Friday, October 25: Saturday only, $50; Saturday + Sunday $55

If cost is prohibitive, please contact us for financial assistance.

A light breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided; however, we cannot accommodate special dietary needs. Sorry!


WANT TO LEARN MORE?

  • Got to LiveFreeUB.net to learn about Live Free! Unbound Ministry, based in Michigan.
Life in the Spirit Seminar – Fall 2019

Life in the Spirit Seminar – Fall 2019

LIFE IN THE SPIRIT SEMINAR

Experience new joy and freedom as you learn more about the Holy Spirit, how He works in our lives, and how He empowers us to live out our faith!

This seven-week course has been transforming lives around the world for over 40 years. God is infinite, so He always has more for each one of us. Registration is now closed, but we will offer similar events in Winter 2020.

This special event is part of our parish’s Year of the Holy Spirit and Mary!

The Seminar talks are below:

Talk 1: God’s Love – given by Fr. Mark Rutherford. The evening was emcee’d by Christy Whiting, St. Mary’s Director of Religious Ed and Evangelization, who also gave an introduction to the Life in the Spirit Seminar and what to expect over the seven weeks. September 11, 2019
Talk 2: Salvation – given by Christy Whiting. This talk explores the reality of what is the greatest event to ever happen, how we are affected, and the necessity of our response. Sept. 18, 2019
Talk 3: New Life – given by Christy Whiting. This talk explores who the Holy Spirit is, the concept of baptism in the Holy Spirit, and some of the gifts that He gives us to bring others to Christ. Sept. 25, 2019
Talk 4: Receiving the Gift – given by Dcn. Stephen Hilker. Dcn. Hilker explained more about the Holy Trinity, their offer to us of salvation, and the gift of the Holy Spirit to transform our lives. Reta Habba shared her testimony of being baptized in the Holy Spirit. Oct. 2, 2019
Talk 5: Baptism in the Holy Spirit – given by Fr. Mark Rutherford. Fr. Mark explained more about what it means to be baptized in the Holy Spirit. Then he led the participants in a beautiful time of prayer that included renewing their Baptismal promises, prayer to receive baptism in the Holy Spirit, prayer for the gift of tongues, and prayer to receive prophetic words. Oct. 9, 2019
Talk 6: Growth – given by Nancy Hilker, with a testimony by Bob Bear. Nancy discussed various ways to continue growing closer to the Holy Spirit and their significance in enabling us to live our faith in this challenging world. Oct. 16, 2019
Talk 7: Transformation in Christ – given by Fr. Mark Rutherford, with an intro by Christy Whiting. They discussed the nature of the spiritual life, which includes suffering, and how it is transformed when we live in the power of the Holy Spirit. Oct. 23, 2019
Year of the Holy Spirit and Mary

Year of the Holy Spirit and Mary

Special announcement: We’ll be offering another Life in the Spirit Seminar in Winter 2020! Scroll down for details!

In this time of many challenges in the Church and in our daily lives, we need the Holy Spirit’s presence, power, and love. Mary, Jesus’ mother and our mother, is also the Spouse of the Holy Spirit. She intercedes for us and models how to cooperate with the Holy Spirit.

When the Holy Spirit first came over Mary, Jesus was born. When the Holy Spirit came over her at Pentecost, Pope St. John Paul II taught, she became the mother of the Body of Christ – the Church – that was born that day.

Let’s ask Mary to help us to respond to the Holy Spirit in our lives, so that we, too, will bring Jesus’ love to those around us!

Read Fr. Mark’s inaugural article for this Year here:

Our first event with this theme was Hearts on Fire on Saturday, July 6. Keri Tarrant, of St. Gabriel’s Message, gave a fun and very informative talk on the Holy Spirit and Mary. Click here for the recording.

The articles Keri referenced are:
Pentecost Saint: Philip Neri and the Holy Spirit
St. Philip Neri and the Holy Spirit, part 2

More Events:

  • Life in the Spirit Seminar – Winter 2020: We’re excited to offer this Seminar again on Thursday evenings from Feb. 13 – Mar. 26! Don’t miss this life-changing course. Click here for info and to register.
  • Hearts on Fire – Nov. 2, 2019: “Consecration to Mary and the Call to Holiness” – On this All Souls’ Day, speaker Keri Tarrant discussed consecration to Jesus through Mary in preparation for our 33 Days to Morning Glory preparation, and its relevance to the call to holiness that we are each given. The recording will be posted soon.
  • 33 Days to Morning Glory Consecration to Jesus through Mary: This preparation for consecration has already completed, but you can find out more about it here and consider making it on your own.

At the present time, so critical for the Church and the destiny of mankind, when the interior renewal of Christians and their reconciliation with God and each other are an absolute necessity if the Church is to “exist in Christ as a sacrament or sign and an instrument of intimate union with God and of the unity of the whole human race”(Lumen Gentium, no. 1), the faithful must cultivate an outstanding devotion to the Spirit as the supreme source of love, unity, and peace. At the same time, however, and in harmony with this first devotion which draws ever new strength from the fire of the Divine Love, the faithful should also be deeply devoted to the great Mother of God who is Mother of the Church and incomparable model of love for God and our brothers. (Pope Paul VI, letter to H.E. Cardinal Suenens, May 13, 1975)

We will be posting more inspirations, prayers, and other resources on this page over the course of this Year to help you grow closer to the Holy Spirit and Mary. Keep coming back for more!

Hearts on Fire – July 6, 2019

Hearts on Fire – July 6, 2019

What happened when the Holy Spirit and Mary came together? Jesus came into the world! This was not just an event that happened 2,000 years ago, though. Mary is the Spouse of the Holy Spirit, so we can ask her to bring us closer to the Holy Spirit so that we may know Jesus and the Father.

Keri Tarrant, of St. Gabriel’s Message (stgabrielsmessage.com), will teach more about this at Hearts on Fire on Saturday, July 6 from 6:30-8pm in the St. Joseph Hall. The evening will include times for worship and prayer ministry. A light dinner will be provided following the 4:30pm Mass. All are welcome! 

Note: Instead of having Hearts on Fire on August 3, we invite everyone to join other churches from around Williamston in worshiping our Lord and praying for our city at the Williamston Worship Festival that day!

Picture of the Sacred Heart of Jesus used with permission (c) Joseph Fanelli, 1993

Hearts on Fire – June 1, 2019

Hearts on Fire – June 1, 2019

Once we’ve received the Holy Spirit, how do we keep living and growing in His power? This event will be a great follow up to the Parish Mission and Why Worship?.

Come to Hearts on Fire on Saturday, June 1 from 6:30-8pm in the St. Joseph Hall. The evening will include times for worship and prayer ministry. A light dinner will be provided following the 4:30pm Mass.

All are welcome!

Hearts on Fire is on the First Saturday of every month, from 6:30-8:00pm.

Painting (c) Joseph Fanelli, 1993

Hearts on Fire – May 4th

Hearts on Fire – May 4th

Jesus is alive! He is active in our lives today through His Holy Spirit, the same Holy Spirit who raised Christ from the dead. Come to Hearts on Fire on Saturday, May 4 to hear Fr. Mark Rutherford teach and lead us in prayer for the power of the Holy Spirit to give us new life.

Hearts on Fire is on every 1st Saturday of the month, from 6:30 – 8:00 PM, in the St. Joseph Hall at St. Mary Church.

A light dinner will be provided after the 4:30 PM Mass until 6:30 PM.

Parish Mission 2019

Parish Mission 2019

Parish Mission 2019:
“I Will Pour Out My Spirit”

Fr. Mark Rutherford spoke about what the Holy Spirit is doing in our parish, and how we can move forward together with the Holy Spirit.

Part 1, May 6: What does the Holy Spirit have for us?
Part 2, May 7: Addressing common questions
Part 3, May 8: Where do we go from here as a parish?

If you missed any of the talks, click here to watch them. Note: There was an echo on some of them. We will process them and try to re-post them soon without it.

Click here to download the notes from each session:

Why Worship? This Parish Mission was followed-up on Friday, May 10 from with “Why Worship?” – an evening all about worship: what the big deal about it is, the nature of worship, our call to worship, and different ways to worship. Led by worship leader Dan Dirkes of 2Tim4 Ministries, it included an extended time of powerful worship music. Click here for a link to the video.

Saint Mary Catholic Church of Williamston, Michigan


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