A Report from Bishop Boyea

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Recently, we have been horrified by more revelations of predatory sexual conduct by Catholic clergy as well as by the abuse of power and sexual sin by a cardinal. The horrid behavior described in a grand jury report from Pennsylvania is shocking. Not only are these acts deeply sinful, they are criminal. Anyone guilty of causing such pain to victims, as well as those at any level within the Church’s leadership who protected sexual predators, must be held accountable. Justice demands it.

Click here to continue…https://dioceseoflansing.org/news/bishop-boyea-plans-conduct-external-audit-and-publish-names-clerics-credible-allegations

Fr. Todd Homily, September 9 2018


GospelMK 7:31-37

Again Jesus left the district of Tyre
and went by way of Sidon to the Sea of Galilee,
into the district of the Decapolis.
And people brought to him a deaf man who had a speech impediment
and begged him to lay his hand on him.
He took him off by himself away from the crowd.
He put his finger into the man’s ears
and, spitting, touched his tongue;
then he looked up to heaven and groaned, and said to him,
“Ephphatha!”— that is, “Be opened!” —
And immediately the man’s ears were opened,
his speech impediment was removed,
and he spoke plainly.
He ordered them not to tell anyone.
But the more he ordered them not to,
the more they proclaimed it.
They were exceedingly astonished and they said,
“He has done all things well.
He makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”

Music Workshop, September 29

Attention Singers & Potential Singers!

If you’re involved in music ministry … if you’re thinking about joining the choir … or if you just love to sing at Mass and want to do it better — please join us for a special music workshop focusing on the basics of vocal technique and group singing.

The three-hour session will be conducted by Dan Koshelnyk, an accomplished professional musician and parish music director from Kalamazoo.

Workshop to be held at:

Sacred Heart Church

Saturday, September 29

9:00 a.m. to Noon


Important Religious Education News

Religious Ed Meet &Greet – Please mark your calendar!

Sunday, September 30

There will be an informational meeting for anyone interested in Religious Ed, Youth Group, Confirmation and Café on September 30 at 9:00am in the school.   Come meet the catechists, review the curriculum and ask any questions you may have.

Registration forms and Religious Education schedule will be available next week.  Bring completed registration packet to informational meeting on September 30.







We are making plans for our Confirmation Prep Class.  If you have a child or know of someone that would like to be a part of this years Confirmation program, please contact Nancy Kuenzer (517-425-8736) or Deacon John as soon as possible.

Confirmation Retreat will be October 20-21.






Emmaus Group

The Emmaus Group is in need of prayer shawls. We realize not everyone can knit or crochet.  If you would like to make a prayer blanket instead that is fine.  When you are making the blankets or shawls pray for the person who will be receiving it.







Youth Group:

Open to High School students and will meet on Sundays at 9:00am.

SAVE THE DATE….. November 4, Diocese of Lansing Catholic Youth Conference. 







Please join us to learn more about our Catholic Faith, the Catechism, and how it applies to living a Christian life surrounded by the issues in today’s society.  All are welcome to attend Café on Sundays from 9:15am – 10:30am.








RCIA ~ Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

Begins on Tuesday, September 11

We will be meeting in the church hall at 7:00pm.  If you are planning on attending the sessions, please contact Linda Higgins at 517-286-6426 to set up an appointment.




Who is RCIA for?

¨ A person who has had a longing to learn more about the Catholic faith who isn’t already Catholic.

¨ A person who has come to Mass with their spouse and would like to learn more about the Catholic faith.

¨ A person from another religious tradition who is interested in learning about the Catholic faith.

¨ A Catholic who was baptized as an infant but never had any formal religious formation and would like to renew their faith, and receive the sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation.

¨ A person who has never been baptized in any religion but would like to see if God is calling them to the Catholic faith.



Bible Study:

Bible Study will be held every other week.  Both parishes will be covering the same chapter so if it works to go to one or the other parish, we will be covering the same material.

Beginning next week, Sacred Heart will have Bible Study Wednesday, September 5 at 6pm in the School and St. Mary will have Bible Study on Thursday, September 6 at 10am.


Please read…. Made for Happiness Info UPDATE


Over 11,500 people have registered to attend the Made For Happiness Diocesan Assembly on Saturday, September 22nd. The diocese is sure they will be hitting 15.000 before the end of next week.  To sign up please go to www.madeforhappiness.org.

Here are some of the highlights you won’t want to miss (other than JESUS becoming substantially present to us in the Eucharist, of course!):

  • Bishop Boyea will be the main celebrant.
  • Nearly ALL of our priests and deacons will be there.
  • There will be NO Mass at the Parishes on September 22.
  • There will be a 100 person choir made up of people from all across our diocese.
  • There will be a Plenary Indulgence available to everyone who receives the final blessing.

Assembly T-shirts have arrived!  Cost is $5.    Please stop by office to pick yours up!  



We have filled 385 of 500 slots for volunteer helpers. Please help us fill all of these spots. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0a4ba9ad23a4f85-made


We still need more people to help with the following liturgical roles: Cross Bearer, Candle Bearer, Thurifer, Boat Bearer, Canopy Bearer, Torch Bearer, MC.


*myParish APP

Download the Assembly App for all the latest and greatest details:

·      Text “HAPPY” to 88202
·      Enter the app
·      In the “FIND MY PARISH” search bar, type “HAPPY”
·      Select “Diocese of Lansing Assembly”

Or, if you already have myParish App:

·      Enter the app and tap the three horizontal lines on the top left.
·      Tap “FIND A PARISH” and in the search bar, type “HAPPY”.
·      Select “Diocese of Lansing Assembly”


*If you cannot attend, please listen on Ave Maria Radio!!




Altar Rosary Society News


We would like to thank everyone who donated to   cover for the loss of not having our the Garage Sale.  We will be meeting Monday Sept. 10 at 1:30 pm in the church basement.  All ladies of the Parish are welcome.  Any questions call President Janice Wilson at 517-306-0684.


Bishop Boyea Mass of Reparation

On Friday, September 14, Bishop Boyea will celebrate

the 8:00am Mass at St Mary Cathedral, followed by a Holy Hour,

in reparation especially for the sins of the bishops.

All are invited to join him there.


K of C College Night

2018 Knights of Columbus Catholic College Night

Tuesday September 18th, 2018 || 4:30 – 8:30 PM

Madonna University

36600 Schoolcraft Road, Livonia, MI 48150

High School Juniors, Seniors and Parents – Please Join Us!

Spend a few hours with over 25 Catholic Colleges and Universities from the Mid-West that will be displaying and answering questions about their Catholic institutions.  In addition, there will also be seminars on:

New Federal Government FASA Process,

Finding the right Scholarship and Grants.

Won’t you please join us?  Free parking and admission. FREE PIZZA!

For more information and registration, please visit www.CatholicCollegeNight.org.

Registration is not required to attend, but much appreciated (for the pizza budget).


Fr. Todd Homily, September 2 2018

GospelMK 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

When the Pharisees with some scribes who had come from Jerusalem
gathered around Jesus,
they observed that some of his disciples ate their meals
with unclean, that is, unwashed, hands.
—For the Pharisees and, in fact, all Jews,
do not eat without carefully washing their hands,
keeping the tradition of the elders.
And on coming from the marketplace
they do not eat without purifying themselves.
And there are many other things that they have traditionally observed,
the purification of cups and jugs and kettles and beds. —
So the Pharisees and scribes questioned him,
“Why do your disciples not follow the tradition of the elders
but instead eat a meal with unclean hands?”
He responded,
“Well did Isaiah prophesy about you hypocrites, as it is written:
This people honors me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me;
in vain do they worship me,
teaching as doctrines human precepts.

You disregard God’s commandment but cling to human tradition.”

He summoned the crowd again and said to them,
“Hear me, all of you, and understand.
Nothing that enters one from outside can defile that person;
but the things that come out from within are what defile.

“From within people, from their hearts,
come evil thoughts, unchastity, theft, murder,
adultery, greed, malice, deceit,
licentiousness, envy, blasphemy, arrogance, folly.
All these evils come from within and they defile.”