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Did you know?  Catholic Charities now has counseling available in Hillsdale!  Our new office space (inside St. Anthony Parish) includes a play therapy room, foster care visit room and counseling office.  For information about scheduling appointments, contact our office at 517-263-2191.

OPEN HOUSE  ~ Sunday, November 11th ~ 9:30 am – 2:00 pm

St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church (Catholic Charities’ entrance is off Cook Street)





Nun Run ~ Convent Visit ~ November 17, 2018

Women, ages 16-40, who are in discernment and open to exploring Religious/Consecrated life, are welcome to join us in visiting convents of various communities in mid & lower Michigan.  We will be visiting:  Servants of God’s Love, Dominican Sisters of Mary Mother of the Eucharist, Cloistered Dominicans, Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma, SOLT Sisters in Detroit, and a home of a Consecrated Virgin.

Please bring a water bottle and bit of cash with you in case we stop for a snack along the way.  To apply for this event, contact Dawn Hausmann: or call 517-342-2506.  For more info, visit




Women of the Magnificat:  A Contemplative Retreat for Women
St. Francis Retreat Center, DeWitt MI
November 16-18, 2018

Come away and spend some quiet time with Mary and Elizabeth in preparation for the Advent and Christmas season at this silent retreat. Topics covered include Church Teaching on the Magnificat, The Annunciation, Mary’s Fiat, and The Visitation. Daily Mass is offered, as well as the opportunity for Reconciliation and Spiritual Direction. Cost is $175 per person with $25 due at registration as a non-refundable deposit. This includes all lodging, meals, and materials. Register online at or call 517-669-8321.




If you or anyone you know has been the victim of child sexual abuse by someone representing the Catholic Church, contact appropriate law enforcement.  Please believe in the possibility for hope and help and healing. We encourage you to come forward and speak out. Every diocese in the United States now has a victim assistance coordinator who is available to obtain support for your needs, to help make a formal complaint of abuse to the diocese and to arrange a personal meeting with the bishop or his representative, if you desire.

Diocese of Lansing Victim Assistance Coordinator

Cheryl Williams-Hecksel, LMSW

1-888-308-6252, or via email:

 In addition, you may also report through the law enforcement toll-free reporting hotline at (844) 324-3374 (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or by email at


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