St. Mary Catholic Church

157 High Street
Williamston, MI 48895

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Office Hours

Our office is temporarily closed. However, you may still contact us:

Contact Us

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

Note: Due to the coronavirus, our responses may be delayed. We appreciate your understanding.

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Mass Times


Saturday Vigil Mass: 4:30pm

Sunday: 9:00am, 11:00am

Monday: No Mass
Tuesday - Friday: 8:00am
Saturday: 9:00am 

We are excited to invite parishioners back to Mass on a limited basis! Click here for our safety precautions, new procedures, and to sign up to attend.

Live stream update: As we return to normalcy and the need for live streams has decreased, we will only be live streaming the Sunday 9am Masses. Watch here.

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Reconciliation

All Confessions are now back in the confessional and are socially distanced. Please wear a mask.

Saturdays: 
- 10am until finished 
- 3:30pm - 4:25pm

Sundays: 
Confessions before Sunday Masses are being suspended indefinitely to allow Fr. Fons time to settle in and prepare for the Masses.

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Adoration

We welcome you back to Adoration in the Sanctuary, using social distancing and wearing a mask.

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

Flight with the Blessed Sacrament

Flight with the Blessed Sacrament

Photo from the Diocese of Lansing website.

On March 21, Fr. Mark and seminarian Brett Ivey took the Blessed Sacrament for a flight around the Diocese of Lansing in an aerial Eucharistic Procession. They prayed for an end to the coronavirus, for all those who are working hard through this pandemic, and for God’s blessings on our diocese.

The Diocese of Lansing sent up a cameraman to record this special occasion. Enjoy the video below and click here to read more of the story.

Letter from Fr. Mark – March 17, 2020

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

A Word of Joy

A Word of Joy

Fr. Mark is posting regular short messages to encourage us and help us through this time of uncertainty.

Videos are in chronological order, with the most recent one at the top.

A Word of Joy, Saturday, March 28, 2020
“Be Not Afraid”

A Word of Joy – Friday, March 20, 2020
The Holy Spirit and Joy
Novena to the Holy Spirit: https://companionscross.org/novena-holy-spirit

A Word of Joy – Wednesday, March 19, 2020
Why Joy? And Happy Feast of St. Joseph!

Live Stream Masses

Live Stream Masses

Throughout the week, live stream Masses are available:
Diocese of Lansing Masses
EWTN
-and many more are online.

The Masses are listed in chronological order, with the current or most recent at the top.

An Act of Spiritual Communion

My Jesus, 
I believe that You
are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. 
I love You above all things, 
and I desire to receive You into my soul. 
Since I cannot at this moment
receive You sacramentally, 
come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You.

Amen.

Mass at 9am on Sunday, July 5, 2020 – 14th Sunday of Ordinary Time.
Our new priest, Fr. David Fons, is presiding. Let’s pray especially for him as he begins his time with us.

Mass on Sunday, 9:00am, June 28, 2020 – 13th Sunday of Ordinary Time
Fr. John Whitlock is presiding.

Fr. David Fons will start this Wednesday, July 1. Our daily Masses will resume then with the 8am Mass.

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

Your generosity is appreciated to ensure the live streams and all the other great ministries from St. Mary continue: https://stmarywilliamston.weshareonli…

Mass on Sunday, 11:00am, June 21, 2020 – 12th Sun Ord Time
This will be Fr. Mark Rutherford’s final weekend Mass at St. Mary. 
Korbin Matiyow will receive First Communion today.

We invite everyone to join us for a farewell cookout at St. Mary following this Mass to say goodbye to Fr. Mark.

This Wednesday, June 24, we’ll have 24 hours of Eucharistic Adoration in the Sanctuary to pray for Fr. Mark and Fr. Fons. Sign up here to take a time slot, or just come and pray for them. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/904094aaeae22a2f49-24hours1

Your generosity is appreciated to ensure the live streams and all the other great ministry from St. Mary continue: https://stmarywilliamston.weshareonli…

Mass on Sunday, 9:00am, June 21, 2020 – 12th Sunday of Ordinary Time
Henry Iannarelli will receive First Communion today. Let’s pray especially for him.

**We apologize for the technical difficulties; we’re troubleshooting them. If the stream pauses, please refresh your page.**

This Wednesday, June 24, we’ll have 24 hours of Eucharistic Adoration in the Sanctuary to pray for Fr. Mark and Fr. Fons. Sign up here to take a time slot, or just come and pray for them. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/904094aaeae22a2f49-24hours1

Join us for a farewell potluck for Fr. Mark after the 11am Mass today. Details are here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a054faca629a6ff2-frmarks

Your generosity is appreciated to ensure the live streams and all the other great ministry from St. Mary continue: https://stmarywilliamston.weshareonli…

4:30pm Mass on Saturday, June 20, 2020 – 12th Sunday of Ordindary Time
Giovanni Lozano and Walker Jenkins will receive First Communion. Let’s pray especially for them.

9am Mass on Saturday, June 20, 2020 – 11th Week of Ordinary Time
Henry Kowalewsky will receive First Communion. Let’s pray especially for him.

Mass on Sunday, June 14, 2020, 11am – Solemnity of Corpus Christi
Gage Calley will receive his First Communion. Let’s pray especially for him.

Your generosity is appreciated to ensure the live streams and all the other great ministry from St. Mary continue: https://stmarywilliamston.weshareonli…

Mass on Sunday, June 14, 2020, 9am – Solemnity of Corpus Christi

Your generosity is appreciated to ensure the live streams and all the other great ministry from St. Mary continue: https://stmarywilliamston.weshareonli…

4:30pm Mass on Saturday, June 13, 2020 – Solemnity of Corpus Christi
Erin Hogan will receive Confirmation, and Claire Hogan will receive First Communion. Let’s pray especially for them.

9am Mass on Saturday, June 13, 2020 – 10th Week of Ordinary Time
Pilot Peters will receive First Communion. Let’s pray especially for him.

Mass on Friday, June 12, 2020 – 10th Week of Ordinary Time
Vivian Mazzali is receiving First Communion today. Let’s pray especially for her.

Mass on Thursday, June 11, 2020 – 10th Week of Ordindary Time
This morning Michael Martellini will be confirmed. Let’s pray especially for him.

Mass on June 7, 2020 at 11am – Trinity Sunday
Baccalaureate Mass for our graduating high school seniors
Let’s pray especially for them today.

Your generosity is appreciated to ensure the live streams and all the other great ministries from St. Mary continue: https://stmarywilliamston.weshareonli…

Mass on June 7, 2020 at 9am – Trinity Sunday
Baccalaureate Mass for our graduating high school seniors
Let’s pray especially for them today.

Your generosity is appreciated to ensure the live streams and all the other great ministries from St. Mary continue: https://stmarywilliamston.weshareonli…

4:30pm Mass on Saturday, June 6, 2020 – Mass for Trinity Sunday
Layla Dunlap will receive First Communion. Let’s pray especially for her.

We are grateful for your continued support to ensure our ministries continue. https://stmarywilliamston.weshareonline.org/ws/opportunities/GeneralCollection

Mass on Saturday, June 6, 2020 – 9th Week of Ordinary Time
Mallory Duffy will be confirmed today. Let’s pray especially for her.

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 – 9th Week of Ordinary Time
Landon Gruber will be baptized, and he and Finn Oeseburg will receive First Communion today. Let’s pray especially for them!

Mass on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 – 9th Week of Ordinary Time
Ila Pecic is receiving First Communion. Let’s pray especially for her today.

Pentecost Sunday Mass – May 31, 2020, 11am
Richard Cuzydlo will receive Confirmation today. Please pray especially for him.

Join us *today* for our special Pentecost celebration at 2pm via live stream! Dr. Mary Healy and Melanie Rea will be with us as we conclude our Year of the Holy Spirit and Mary. Details here: https://www.saint-mary.church/2020/05…

Your generosity is appreciated to ensure the livestreams from St. Mary continue through this difficult time. https://stmarywilliamston.weshareonli…

Pentecost Sunday Mass – May 31, 2020, 9am
Miriam Hahnenberg will receive Confirmation today. Please pray especially for her.

Join us *today* for our special Pentecost celebration at 2pm via live stream! Dr. Mary Healy and Melanie Rea will be with us as we conclude our Year of the Holy Spirit and Mary. Details here: https://www.saint-mary.church/2020/05…

Your generosity is appreciated to ensure the livestreams from St. Mary continue through this difficult time. https://stmarywilliamston.weshareonli…

Welcome to the Pentecost Vigil! We will welcome our RCIA candidates into the Catholic Church. Please pray especially for them to receive the Holy Spirit!

Save the date for our special Pentecost event Sunday at 2pm via live stream! Dr. Mary Healy and Melanie Rea will be with us. Details here: https://www.saint-mary.church/2020/05…

Your generosity is appreciated to ensure the livestreams from St. Mary continue through this difficult time. https://stmarywilliamston.weshareonli…

Mass on Saturday, May 30, 2020 – 7th Week of Easter
John Barkham will be confirmed today. Let’s pray for him.

Save the date for our special Pentecost event *tomorrow* at 2pm via live stream! Dr. Mary Healy and Melanie Rea will be with us. Details here: https://www.saint-mary.church/2020/05/21/pentecost-2020

Mass on Friday, May 29, 2020 – 7th Week of Easter
Save the date for our special Pentecost event Sunday at 2pm via live stream! Dr. Mary Healy and Melanie Rea will be with us. Details here: https://www.saint-mary.church/2020/05…

Mass on Thursday, May 28, 2020 – 7th Week of Easter

Mass on Wed. May 27 – 7th Week of Easter
Aidan Bellinger is being Confirmed. Let’s pray for him today.


Mass on May 26, 2020 – Tues 7th Wk Easter
Carter Kwaske will receive his First Communion. Let’s pray especially for him today.

Mass on May 24, 2020 – The Ascension of the Lord (11:00am)
Maria and Joseph Rabideau will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. Let’s pray especially for them.
Save the date for our special Pentecost event next Sunday at 2pm via live stream! Dr. Mary Healy and Melanie Rea​ will be with us. Details here: https://www.saint-mary.church/2020/05/21/pentecost-2020/
Your generosity is appreciated to ensure the livestreams from St. Mary continue through this difficult time. https://stmarywilliamston.weshareonline.org/ws/opportunities/GeneralCollection

Mass on Sunday, May 24, 2020 – The Ascension of the Lord (9:00am)
Allison Kane will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation at this Mass. Let’s pray especially for her.
Your generosity is appreciated to ensure the live streams from St. Mary continue through this difficult time. https://stmarywilliamston.weshareonline.org/ws/opportunities/GeneralCollection

Mass on Saturday, May 23, 2020 – The Ascension of the Lord
Welcome back to Mass at St. Mary! This afternoon, Dominic Hoeppner will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. Let’s pray especially for him.
Please continue to support St. Mary through online giving as we begin to open up again. Thank you in advance!

Mass on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 – 5th Week of Easter
We have the joy of welcoming Fr. Mike Murray from St. Martha, Okemos, presiding at today’s Mass!

Mass on May 10, 2020 – 5th Sunday of Easter

Happy Mother’s Day!
Special congratulations to Daniel Wilson who will be receiving Confirmation at this Mass!

Your generosity is appreciated to ensure the live streams from St. Mary continue through this difficult time. https://stmarywilliamston.weshareonline.org/ws/opportunities/GeneralCollection

Mass on Saturday, May 9, 2020 – 4th Week of Easter
Ella Edwards will be confirmed. Let’s pray for her today!

Mass on Friday, May 8, 2020 – 4th Week of Easter
Owen Mourey will be confirmed today. Let’s pray for him!

Mass on Thursday, May 7, 2020 – 4th Week of Easter
Gianna Landolt will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. Let’s keep her in our prayers.

School Mass on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 – 4th Week of Easter
May Crowning of Our Blessed Mother Mary

Mass on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 – 4th Week of Easter
Caleb Pavlica is receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation. Let’s pray especially for him today.

Mass on Sunday, May 3, 2020 – 4th Sunday of Easter
We are live streaming this from YouTube instead of Facebook, so it may look a little different.
For today’s announcements and links, go to our Special Announcement page.

Mass on Saturday, May 2, 2020 – 3rd Week of Easter

Mass on Friday, May 1, 2020 – 3rd Week of Easter
The Scott Family celebrates their son, Quinn Scott, who is receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Mass on Thursday, April 30, 2020 – 3rd Week of Easter

Mass on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 – 3rd Week of Easter
This morning, and on every Wednesday, our Mass will be especially for our St. Mary School students who will be watching. Let’s keep them in our prayers.

Mass on Tuesday, April 28, 2020 – 3rd Week of Easter

Mass on Sunday, April 26 – 3rd Sunday of Easter
A lump of hot coal is just a lump of hot coal until it is placed on a pile of hay; so it is with the one on fire with the Holy Spirit until he or she proclaims Jesus is Lord.

Mass on Saturday, April 25, 2020 – 2nd Week of Easter
Feast of St. Mark

Mass on Friday, April 24, 2020 – 2nd Week of Easter

Mass on Thursday, April 23, 2020 – 2nd Week of Easter

Mass on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 – 2nd Week of Easter
All School Mass for St. Mary School
FORTITUDE: Enables one to endure difficulties and pain for the sake of what is good.
SCRIPTURE: “I have told you this so that you might have peace in me. In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world.” – John 16:33

Mass on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 – 2nd Week of Easter

Divine Mercy Sunday – April 19, 2020
The Heavenly Daddy loves picking up His kids when they fall. That means you!

Easter Saturday Mass – April 18, 2020
Keep it simple – just tell them He is real and alive : )

Easter Friday Mass – April 17, 2020
We’ve all blown it in our own ways, all of us are sinners in need of God’s mercy; He loves forgiving us…all we have to do is ask.

Easter Thursday Mass – April 16, 2020

Click here for a message from our incoming priest, Fr. David Fons.

Easter Wednesday Mass – April 15, 2020

Easter Tuesday Mass – April 14, 2020

Easter Sunday Mass – April 12, 2020

Tithing is the mainstay for our Parish and School Budget (Thank You!): https://stmarywilliamston.weshareonline…

Easter Vigil Mass – Holy Saturday, April 11, 2020

Tithing is the mainstay for our Parish and School Budget (Thank You!): https://stmarywilliamston.weshareonline…

Good Friday Liturgy – April 10, 2020

Click here to follow the Stations of the Cross after this Liturgy.

Holy Thursday Mass – April 9, 2020

The mainstay of our Parish and School budget is through tithing.
Please Give: https://stmarywilliamston.weshareonline…

After this Mass, click here to watch and pray through our Eucharistic Adoration from this past Tuesday.

Mass on Wednesday of Holy Week, April 8, 2020

Mass on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 – Tuesday of Holy Week

Palm Sunday Mass on Sunday, April 5, 2020

Mass on Saturday, April 4, 2020 – 5th Week of Lent

Mass on Thursday, April 2, 2020 – 5th Week of Lent
Link to support St. Mary Parish: https://stmarywilliamston.weshareonline.org/

Mass on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 – 5th Week of Lent

Mass on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 – 5th Week of Lent

5th Sunday of Lent, March 29, 2020

Live stream Mass, Saturday, March 28, 2020 – 4th Week of Lent

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

Mass – Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord – Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Mass on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 – 4th Week of Lent
Fr. Mark mentioned the need for continued tithing. Here is the link to donate online.

Sunday, Mar. 22, 2020: 4th Sunday of Lent (Laetare Sunday)

Saturday, March 21, 2020, 3rd week of Lent

Friday, March 20, 2020, 3rd Week of Lent. Note: Due to technical difficulties, this video could not be embedded normally. To view it, click the link to watch it on Facebook. You do not have to have a Facebook account; it is visible to everyone.

Thursday, March 19, 2020, 3rd Week of Lent

Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 3rd Week of Lent

Welcome, Fr. David Fons!

Welcome, Fr. David Fons!

From Fr. Mark:

It is with great joy that I announce the new
Administrator of St. Mary Parish and School:

Fr. David Fons!

Fr. Fons sent this message and answered some questions for our school students this spring:

Dear Parishioners of St. Mary,  

I am honored and excited to be named as your next pastor. I’d like to send my Easter greetings with joy, even in these severely challenging times. The Lord Jesus rose from the dead and triumphed over sin and death. We can rejoice in His victory even as we continue to suffer under these difficult conditions.

Just a little bit about myself: I am from Ann Arbor and I entered seminary out of high school. I studied at St. John Vianney Seminary in Minnesota for four years and Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit for another four years. I was greatly blessed at both and was ordained almost five years ago now, in June of 2015.

I love being a priest, celebrating Mass, and assisting people in their search for God’s mercy and love. I really enjoy playing sports, running and hiking, and reading classic literature.

I’m currently reading the Italian classic (in English though) called ‘The Betrothed,’ which is a novel about some fictional characters in a historical plague in Milan (very similar to us today!).

I’m struck by one of the themes of the book which is a trust in God’s providence. We can’t control everything and God doesn’t want us to try. Rather, trusting in God means that our lives are united to Him, even in suffering, just as He united Himself to us and suffered and died that we might live.

I’d like to thank Fr. Rutherford for his kindness and encouragement already since learning of this new assignment, and I look forward to meeting all of you very soon. Know of my prayers for you and I humbly ask for all of yours.

In Christ,
Fr. David Fons

Seminary: 
I attended St. John Vianney Seminary in St. Paul, MN for philosophy studies and Sacred Heart Major Seminary for theology. In Minnesota, I learned what a ‘hot dish’ was (it’s a casserole), and in Detroit, I learned what the best kind of pizza is (Detroit style of course).

Date of Ordination: June 20, 2015
 

Who influenced you to consider the vocation to the priesthood? 
A number of people helped me in considering the priesthood. Firstly, my parents both encouraged me to be open to God’s plan and to not be afraid to follow it. My childhood pastor, Fr. Ed Fride, has a great love of the priesthood and the Eucharist that helped form mine. And my first seminary rector, Fr. Bill Baer, taught me how to love the Church through a faithful love coming from a relationship with Jesus.
 

What was your favorite subject in school?
 My favorite subject was recess, followed by math and history.
 

What would people be surprised to learn about you?
People might be surprised to know that one of my favorite things is climbing up (small) mountains or towers in any area I go to.
 

What are some of your hobbies?
I enjoy sports like baseball, football, and basketball, as well as running and hiking. I also often read novels and watch good movies.
 

What are some of your favorite books?
Some of my favorite books include ‘The Lord of the Rings’ Trilogy and ‘The Hobbit,’ CS Lewis’ ‘Till We Have Faces,’ and Waugh’s ‘Brideshead Revisited.’
 

Which saint is a hero to you?
One of my Saint heroes is St. Dominic, the founder of the Dominicans. He was a man known for his joy and his love of speaking about Jesus and the Gospel.
 

What have been some of the greatest joys for you as a priest?
Some of my greatest joys as a priest come through the sacraments, and especially the celebration of Holy Mass and the hearing of confessions. I also greatly enjoy working with students and youth groups.


The students here at St. Mary are excited to meet you. What are you most looking forward to as being a pastor of a school?
I am also really looking forward to meeting all of you. I am most looking forward saying Mass for all of you, and for getting to know you and the ways that God is working in your lives.

Thanks so much for your welcome. Remember that God is always there for us, even when we are in hard times. We can turn to God and ask Him to know more of His great love for each of us. 

In Christ, 


Fr. David Fons

Fr. Fons with his brother, Joshua

Listen to a homily from Fr. Fons here: 

http://ctkcc.libsyn.com/june-21-2015-homily-fr-david-fons

Let’s pray for Fr. Fons!

Special Announcements

Special Announcements

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

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Sunday, July 5:

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!

Friday, July 3:

Click here to read the letter from Fr. Fons.

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:

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!

Click here to pray the novena for Fr. Fons.

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

Click here for the novena for Fr. Fons.

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!

Click here for the novena for Fr. Fons.

Saturday, June 27:

Click here for the novena for Fr. Fons.

Friday, June 26:

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…

Click here for the novena for Fr. Fons.

Thursday, June 25:

Click here for the novena for Fr. Fons.

Wednesday, June 24:

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.

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.

Click here to pray the novena for Fr. Fons.

Tuesday, June 23:

Starting at midnight and going all day tomorrow:

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.*

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.

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:

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:

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

Thursday, June 18:

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

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.

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!

Saturday, June 13:

Friday, June 12:

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!

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:

Trinity Sunday – June 7:

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:

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!

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.

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!

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 

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!

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.

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:

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!

  • 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:

Monday, May 25:

A Memorial Day message from Fr. Mark:

Sunday, May 24 – The Ascension of the Lord

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!

Click the image for more details!

Friday, May 22:

Note the new times:

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.

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.

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

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!

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:

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. 🙏

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:

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

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:

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:

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.

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.

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!

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:

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:

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

Friday, April 24, 2020:

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:
Docility
Circumspection

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.

From The Marians of the Immaculate Conception

Easter Friday, April 17:

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:

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:

Easter Monday, April 13:

Easter Sunday, April 12:

We wish you an Easter filled with the joy of Jesus’ resurrection!

St. Mary Church is partnering with Sunnyside Cafe to offer FREE Easter Meals on:

-Mon (4/13): 8:00AM-2:00PM, and 4:30PM-6:00PM 
-Tues (4/14): 8:00AM-2:00PM

WHO: Williamston City/Township and Webberville residents on Unemployment (driver license with an address is proof enough)

HOW: Call Sunnyside: 517-655-7006; Free meal worth up to $10 per person.

HAPPY EASTER and our Daddy in Heaven loves you!

Fr. Mark’s video announcement of FREE meals at Sunnyside Cafe!

Celebrate Easter with our Easter worship play list:

Easter 2020 Play List – 15 songs of worship with lyrics

Tithing is our main source of financial support. Please click the image below if you can make an online donation. Thank you in advance!

Holy Saturday, April 11:

Finding Hope on Holy Saturday:

St. Mary’s Director of Religious Ed, Christy Whiting, talks about finding hope when it looks like God has abandoned us.

Good Friday, April 10:

Veneration of the Holy Cross
V. We adore You, Christ, and we praise You. 
R. Because by Your holy Cross, You have redeemed the world.

Follow our Stations of the Cross here. They follow the Mass, and start around the 1 hr 40 minute mark.

To follow the Stations of the Cross, click here for the .pdf.

Divine Mercy Novena – starting today: Jesus gave the Divine Mercy Chaplet to St. Faustina with promises of many graces, especially for the conversion of those who are dying. The Divine Mercy Novena starts today, Good Friday, and goes until Divine Mercy Sunday. Let’s join in praying that all those who are approaching death will receive God’s mercy before they pass away.

Click here for the Novena.

Holy Thursday, April 9:

Today let’s pray especially for Fr. Mark Rutherford, for our incoming priest Fr. David Fons, and for all of our priests, bishops, and Pope Francis. Let’s also pray for a renewed love for Jesus in the Holy Eucharist.

Resources for families:

  • A short video with ways to help your children participate in live stream Masses. Click here.
  • Holy Week flip book that has all of the Mass readings, as well as coloring pages, crafts, recipes, and explanations for your children. Click here.

April 7:

Adoration with Praise & Worship

Tonight!!

April 6:

A Holy Week invitation from Bishop Boyea. Click here for the Holy Week resources.

Corrected link from yesterday – An easy-to-use flip book with all of the liturgies, prayer ideas, crafts, coloring pages, and even recipes: click here.

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.

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

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:

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.

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:

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.

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.

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.

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:

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.

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.

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

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

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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.”

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

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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.

The kNOw Program

The kNOw Program

**Update: Due to concerns about the corona virus, this program is being postponed until after Easter. We will post the new dates when they are set.**

You can still view the program online and go through it with your children.

Dear Parents with Students in Grades K – 8,

St. Mary Parish and School are pleased to announce that, in partnership with the Diocese of Lansing, we are adopting a new program for the safety of our children. The kNOw Program is designed to equip children, parents and guardians, schools and parishes with the tools to “kNOw” how to identify, counter, and report harmful behavior.

Using a gentle approach similar to that of Mr. Rogers, this program relies on the fundamental truth that each child is created and loved by God Himself, and deserves to be safe and cared for. This understanding is a life skill for our children.

The kNOw Program has FOUR goals:

  • To help children and their parents kNOw how to identify and talk about safe, respectful behaviors and situations.
  • To help children kNOw how to identify and talk about behaviors and situations that are not safe.
  • To help adults appropriately respond to children’s concerns about being unsafe and/or disrespected.
  • To inspire Christian communities to greater integrity and authenticity in creating unfailingly safe environments for children.

We invite you to preview The kNOw Program on the Diocese of Lansing website: https://dioceseoflansing.org/human-resources/know-program.

One important key ingredient of The kNOw Program that sets it apart from similar programs is the adult participation – the key adults in children’s lives. Not only do we want adults to be prepared to identify and respond to signs of abuse and reports of harm, but we want to open wide the doors of communication about this topic for each family. For these reasons, we ask that a parent or guardian attend with their child. 

The program will be offered at St. Mary *at new dates to be determined.* All parish and school families are invited and encouraged to attend. The presentations are extremely similar but the vocabulary is altered for the lower grades. For grades 6-8, the girls and boys will have separate presentations.

REGISTER OR OPT-OUT 

To ensure that all children receive the opportunity to learn through this program, the diocese requires us to track all our families in both school and parish formation. *We will post a form here for registering or opting out when the new dates are set.*

If you have any questions, please contact one of:

  • Christy Whiting, Parish Director of Religious Education:

Stmary.christy@gmail.com, 517-655-2520

  • Laura Hahnenberg, Parish Middle and High School Coordinator:

Jitiu33@yahoo.com, 517-655-2620

  • R.J. Lomas, School Principal:

Stmarywilliamston.rj@gmail.com, 517-655-4038

Thank you in advance. May God bless you and your families!

Sincerely,

St. Mary Parish and School Staff

Hearts on Fire – Mar. 7, 2020

Hearts on Fire – Mar. 7, 2020

Hearts on Fire on Saturday, Mar. 7 will be an intimate night of worship. Fr. Mark Rutherford will lead us into the presence of the Lord through contemporary praise and worship songs. Prayer ministry will follow.

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!

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

Saint Mary Catholic Church of Williamston, Michigan


We are a passionately Catholic, Spirit-filled, loving family whose members are sacramental, evangelical, prayerful, and merciful disciples looking to invite everyone into a life-changing encounter with Jesus Christ.

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