NEWS FROM THE DIOCESE – Statement on the Re-introduction of Public Masses within the Diocese of Lansing

The Diocese of Lansing is preparing to restore public Masses on Monday May 18, 2020, with continuing measures in place to protect public health.

“The Catholic community of the Diocese of Lansing has made some big and, yes, painful sacrifices over the past weeks in order to live out Christ’s divine instruction to love our neighbor as we have attempted to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, prevent our healthcare workers from being overwhelmed, and uphold all elements of the common good,” said Director of Worship for the Diocese of Lansing, Jeremy Priest, April 30.

While public Masses have been suspended across the Diocese of Lansing since March 17, parishes have continued to celebrate baptisms, weddings, and funerals, with small groups present, while priests have also continued to offer regular confessions. The Sacrament of the Sick has also continued to be administered including the anointing of COVID-19 patients.

In the meantime, some relaxations have already begun to take place in recent days including private Masses for those receiving First Holy Communion and the Sacrament of Confirmation. In addition, churches may continue to remain open for private prayer and, indeed, Bishop Earl Boyea is encouraging parishes to offer such opportunities for personal piety while keeping appropriate precautions in place.

Over the coming days, Bishop Boyea will be finalizing guidelines as to how parishes may safely re-open public Masses on May 18. This will include advice on maintaining social distancing which will see the capacity of church buildings reduced. There will also be advice on maintaining good hygiene for those in attendance at public Masses including clergy and lay faithful.

“As with other aspects of public life, the effectiveness of our social-distancing and hygiene guidelines at our public Masses will be monitored,” said Jeremy Priest.

“We are not precisely sure at this stage what our future practice will look like as the weeks and months progress but it’s our intention to move things forward as safely as we can.”

Issued: April 30, 2020, Feast of Pope St. Pius V


Drive Thru Confession

We will be starting drive thru confessions at Sacred Heart and St. Mary’s on the Lake.  They will be held in the parking lot of each parish so we can maintain the six-foot social distance.  I will be sitting in my car (or if it is nice outside in a chair).  We will have cones indicating where you should drive for confessions.  While waiting in line for confession please keep your windows rolled up to respect the privacy of the person in front of you.  I myself went to my first drive thru confession last weekend and found it worked pretty well.  I will chalk it up to another first during the Coronavirus lock down!

Sacred Heart on Wednesday’s from 5-6:30 pm

(May 6 & May 13)

St. Mary’s on the Lake on Saturday’s from 2-3:30 pm.
(May 2 & 9)

God Bless!
Fr. Todd

Mass, Sunday, May 3, 2020

This weekends Mass intentions are offered for the following:

Sacred Heart:
Marie Schange ~ 3rd Anniversary by Kathy

Sacred Heart and St. Mary on the Lake children preparing for their First Communion.

St.Mary on the Lake:
Linda and Leonard Giesige 47th Wedding Anniversary

Daily Mass for Sunday, May 3, 2020 
Part #1
Part #2

Today’s Readings can be found here:



Bishop Earl Boyea invites you and your family to join him for 24-Hours-with-Mary this Friday 1 May and Saturday 2 May as the Diocese of Lansing is re-consecrated to Our Lady, Mother of the Church.

“To begin the month of May be re-consecrating our diocese to Mary, she who knew Christ best and loved him most, is both a beautiful and timely thing to do during this present COVID-19 pandemic,” said Bishop Boyea, 29 April.

“As Pope Francis recently observed, contemplating the face of Christ with the heart of Mary our Mother will make us ever more united as a spiritual family and will help us all to overcome this time of trial.”

The consecration of the Diocese of Lansing to Mary will take place in union with all the other dioceses of the United States and Canada.

That apostolic initiative coincides with the call of Pope Francis for more Catholic families to discover the peace and joy of praying the Holy Rosary at home during the month of May.

Thus, Bishop Boyea’s 24-hours-with-Mary will consist of four events, all of which will be live-streamed on the Diocese of Lansing Facebook page and YouTube account.

* 3pm on Friday, 1 May: The re-consecration of the Diocese of Lansing to Mary, Mother of the Church, by Bishop Boyea live from the Cathedral of St. Mary, Lansing.

* 6pm on Friday, 1 May: The recitation of the Sorrowful Mysteries off the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary from the Cathedral of St. Mary, led by Fr. Karl Pung, Cathedral Rector.

* 12 Noon on Saturday, 2 May: The recitation of the Angelus followed by the recitation of the Joyful Mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary live from St. Patrick, Brighton, led by Fr. Mathias Thelen, Pastor of St. Patrick.

* 2pm on Saturday, 2 May: The Crowning of Mary, Queen of the May, by Bishop Boyea live from St. Patrick in Brighton.

For more helpful information on the Consecration of the Diocese of Lansing to Mary, the Holy Rosary, the Angelus and the Crowning of Mary, go to:

JEOPARDY, Friday, May 1, 2020

JEOPARDY with our Seminarians… Friday, May 1, 2020

We will use Zoom to host the event. This is the link: If you haven’t used Zoom before, just click the link and you should be prompted to either download a program on your computer or an app on your phone. Like we did for bingo last week, we will have the meeting open to join at 7:15 but won’t start playing until 7:30.
Jeopardy will be modified from the typical format to work over Zoom. We will make teams, so nobody will be put on the spot to answer a question. Questions will vary in difficulty and focus, so everybody should be able to participate.
We will conclude the night by praying night prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours, which is the daily prayer of the church. We will provide the text of the prayers and instructions via Zoom.
Because a whole team will win, there will be no formal prize. You do, however, have the chance of winning undying fame and glory as the victor of Zoom Jeopardy.

DSA Update


Due to the closing of our churches and the evaporation of offertory, the Diocese has wisely paused the 2020 DSA. The campaign to raise our parish goal of $28,190 will resume when the dust settles and life returns to normal. We are confident we will do the rest when we resume the campaign, hopefully later in the spring.

Of course, we won’t turn down the gifts that trickle in but we are also not actively seeking them for the time being.

To date:  we have received 45 pledges totaling $13,330.00 and that does not include donors who have given directly to the DSA online.

A Message from the Bishop

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Good afternoon. These are unusual times. Every day holds new challenges for each of us. The same is true for our beloved Catholic Church.
And yet, we must prepare for the future, too.  Through our parishes, our schools, our ministries, our daily lives, how will we bring the message of Jesus Christ and His Holy Church to a needful world?
I hope you will take a few minutes to consider the video message below:
Please be assured of my gratitude and of my daily prayers for you and your loved ones. Thank you.
Yours in Jesus, the Risen Christ,
+ Earl Boyea
Bishop of Lansing
If you have not already done so, please use the link below to make your 2020 DSA gift commitment today.  Your DSA gift will enable ministries and services critical to our parishes, schools, and Catholic agencies. Thank you!  Click to Support DSA
For more information about DSA and a list of ministries and services supported through your Diocesan Services Appeal gift, please click here.
To make arrangements for a stock, IRA, or donor advised fund contribution to DSA, please contact The Catholic Foundation Donor Services Team: 517-253-8792 or
For any other assistance or if you have any questions, please contact John Madigan or Matt Hufnagel at the Catholic Foundation:
John Madigan, President – 517-253-8738 or
Matt Hufnagel, Vice President – 517-253-8748 or
Thank you for your support of the Diocesan Services Appeal!
Finally, have you considered electronic giving for your parish offertory support?