Start Memorial Day off by celebrating Mass with us at a special outdoor liturgy at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, May 30. The Mass will be held at the St. John Cemetery, on the corners of Richfield and Oak roads. Remember to bring your lawn chairs!
Andy’s Attic Sale
This year’s Andy’s Attic sale will take place Thursday-Saturday, May 19th – May 28. Closed Sunday and Monday.
Thursdays and Fridays: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturdays: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Join us for an all you can eat Spaghetti Dinner hosted by the Knights of Columbus! Dinner will be held in the St. John Parish Hall (450 Building) on Thursday, May 12 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
$7.00 for adults, children 10 and under free.
Proceeds donated to Fr. Dieudonné for his trip to visit his family in Burundi. Call Carl Knieper at (810) 653-6738 with questions.
Catholic residents of Michigan may encounter in public locations petition gatherers asking for your signature on a form that begins “Constitutional Amendment to: establish new individual right to reproductive freedom…”
Michigan’s bishops are encouraging Catholics not to sign this petition. It will overturn and likely prohibit policies that protect unborn children. Perhaps kindly respond “no thank you” and say a brief prayer for life as you continue with your day.
Organizations in Michigan, including Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union, have formed a ballot committee to raise funds and organizational support to pass this pro-abortion constitutional amendment. If passed, the amendment would go into effect whether or not the U.S. Supreme Court soon allows states to decide their own abortion policy.
To oppose this petition, a coalition of organizations committed to protecting the lives of unborn children and supporting their mothers has formed. Citizens to Support Michigan Women and Children includes Michigan Catholic Conference and Right to Life of Michigan.
To place a question on the November statewide ballot the proponents of this abortion amendment must collect 425,059 valid signatures from Michigan voters and submit those signatures to the State by July 11, 2022.
Please carefully consider the impact of this proposed policy on unborn children and the health and well-being of their mothers. Rather than abortion, women should be provided love, compassion and support through pregnancy and into each child’s early years.
Visit supportmiwomenandchildren.org for more information.
Please visit this link for more information about the 2022 Diocesan Services Appeal: https://www.dioceseoflansing.org/appeal
Seasons of Hope – 4 is a support group for the bereaved that will be held at St. John. Seasons of Hope – 4 will meet on the first Wednesday of each month, beginning April 6, 2022. Any parishioner who is mourning the loss of a loved one is encouraged to attend and invited to bring a guest. Please join us in the St. John Family Center. All are welcome!
This is a 6-session program that will meet for two hours on the first Wednesday of each month, beginning April 6, 2022. There will be a morning session at 10:45 am, and an evening session at 6:00 pm. Choose the one that best fits your schedule. If you would like to register, you can do so by filling out the online registration form below. I you have questions, contact Judy Plamondon at (810) 653-1706.
End of Year Contribution Statements
We can now distribute end of year contribution statements through electronic mail. If you would like to receive your statement in your electronic mail, please let us know your current email address. Your contribution statement will then be sent directly from our church software. Please send your e-mail address to our bookkeeper, Shelly Wallace, at her electronic mail address: email@example.com
Also 2021-year end statements will only be mailed out upon request. Please contact Shelly Wallace, bookkeeper by phone 653-2377 x221.
Well I hope everyone had an event filled summer, I know I certainly did.
I wanted to thank all of you have been keeping my in your prayers it was certainly needed while at Officer Training School. It is hard to recap and explain to people what that two months was like. I like to tell people that each day felt like 3-5 days. It was certainly challenging. My roommate said “it was the most fun you never want to have again”. I think that explains it to some degree.
I miss you all dearly and you have been in my thoughts often and my prayers always.
As promised my address (All Mail should be addressed as Followed).
PSC 94 BOX 1548
APO AE 09824
Recent guidance from the CDC states that “Fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance in any setting. Masks/ facial coverings are still requested of those who are unvaccinated and/or those who are at risk and concerned about exposure. The two center sections of the church will have open seating while the surrounding seating will continue to have rosaries every other row for seating. Daily mass will continue to be held in the main church to allow for plenty of space. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.
Join Fr. Andrew’s trip to Discover Poland, August 6-17, 2022! More details here.
A recording of the information Zoom meeting can be found here: https://collette.zoom.us/rec/share/ProMiCpVc0O1C3AJC6dBg8bWipz2JekWG4jWq4hD_nXn4pIVfkB07ap3mK3lNNZb.slw0muHoSVI9qWFR
Highlights include: Warsaw, Choices on Tour, Malbork Castle, Gdansk, Solidarity Shipyards, Torun, Gingerbread Baking, Wroclaw, Jasna Góra Monastery, Black Madonna, Krakow, Auschwitz, Folklore Show & Dinner.
A recording of the information Zoom meeting can be found here: https://collette.zoom.us/rec/share/nypcMPQYFK_I5tnLt8vKpGWwcN7rZ0LgZj_K3PKw8kSeLfiNyaqyRdVRsABOF8w.TGCa86hvI8rirB2O
Highlights include: Caesarea, Church of the Transfiguration, Cana, Tiberias, Sea of Galilee, Mount of Beatitudes, Capernaum, Nazareth, Bethlehem, Church of the Nativity, Jerusalem, Mount of Olives, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Western Wall, Via Dolorosa, Celebrate Mass Daily.
Please see the latest from Bishop Boyea on the Diocese of Lansing will be handling the Coronavirus outbreak below:
The Diocese of Lansing has today published guidelines aimed at assisting parishes to safely re-open public Masses by the end of the month.
“The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is the most “essential service” ever gifted to humanity,” said Jeremy Priest, Director of Worship for the Diocese of Lansing, May 13, Feast of Our Lady of Fatima.
“These new guidelines will help parishes take small but sure and certain steps in the coming days and weeks towards safely resuming public Masses in a prudent and sensible way and with a commitment to the highest standards of public health.”
Beginning on Monday May 18, parishes across the Diocese of Lansing will be able to welcome a maximum of 5% of their church’s seating capacity for daily Masses, Monday to Saturday. Parishes are encouraged to be creative and apostolic in how they allocate these places at Holy Mass.
Today’s guidelines set out the safety and hygiene expectations that will accompany that gradual return of Mass including the practicing of social distancing and rigorous sanitation measures including the wearing of face masks. Parishes are also highly encouraged to continue offering livestream Masses online.
Then from Friday May 29, public Masses are due to return to the Diocese of Lansing with the number of those able to attend Holy Mass increasing from 5% to a maximum of 25% of a church’s seating capacity.
The obligation upon all Catholics to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended across the Diocese of Lansing until, at least, July 31.
The gradual reopening of Masses comes two months after the Diocese of Lansing suspended public liturgies in an attempt to help stem the spread of the COVID-19 virus which, so far, has stricken over 47,000 people across Michigan, killing at least 4,500. May they rest in peace.
* To read the Diocese of Lansing Guidelines in full click here.
We have two options available for viewing Mass during this time: via live video on Facebook or recorded later on Youtube.
Palm Sunday Mass will be live streamed on FaceBook on Sunday, April 5 at 9:00 a.m.
Holy Week Masses will be live streamed on our Face Book page. Stay tuned for more information next week. So you can pray and celebrate with us, worship aids will be available for your personal use.
It has long been a Catholic understanding that when circumstances prevent one from receiving Holy Communion, it is possible to make and Act of Spiritual Communion which is a source of grace. Spiritual Communion means uniting one’s self in prayer with Christ’s sacrifice and worshipping him in his Body and Blood. The most common reason for making an Act of Spiritual Communion is when a person cannot attend Mass. Acts of Spiritual Communion increase our desire to receive sacramental Communion and help us avoid sins that would make us unable to receive Holy Communion worthily.
Spiritual Communion Prayer
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.
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If you have been abused or victimized by someone representing the Catholic Church –
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. The Victim Assistance Coordinator for the Diocese of Lansing is:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
I am writing this to you due to the recent removal of Archbishop Theodore McCarrick from ministry and the release of the grand jury report on clergy abuse in Pennsylvania. Once again, the sins of clergy have hurt victims, scandalized the faithful, raised anger in many hearts, and brought ill-repute upon the Catholic Church. Archbishop McCarrick’s abuse of minors, his homosexual activity and his abuse of seminarians and young priests are beyond the pale. The sins of anyone who sexually abuses children is abhorrent, most especially clergy. In addition, some knew about these crimes and did nothing to address this behavior. I am as shocked as you. So, first of all, I apologize for their behavior and the behavior of those who did nothing to stop it. It is incredibly wearying and demoralizing to hear yet again about these sexual sins and crimes. Let us hold each other in prayer.
As you may know, each bishop is ultimately responsible to the Holy Father, who is the only one who can remove a bishop. Still, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops will be discussing how we bishops might attempt to hold one another accountable, given this limitation. I can never give a guarantee that there will not be other clerics who violate their promise of celibacy and abuse their positions. We are all sinners. The Lord Jesus knew what these sinful clergy did just as he knows our sinful selves as well. Beyond what we can do as human beings to address the behavior of one another, we also commend ourselves and each other to the charity and justice of our God. We offer our prayers for the healing of victims of abuse but the time has come for us bishops to do more to hold one another accountable.
Christ is our hope in all things. May God have mercy on us all.
Bishop Earl Boyea, Diocese of Lansing
“The Most Holy Gift Shop” is located off the Gathering Space in St. John Catholic Church
Tuesday & Thursday 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Saturday: 3:30 to 6:00 pm
Sunday: 9:30 to 1:30 pm
Or by appointment call:
Sandy at 810-240-7451 or
Larry at 810-280-1677
Did you know that we have a Parish App? If not, now’s the time to download it! The App includes Mass times, daily readings, bulletins, homilies, and more! Messages are sent out from Fr. Andrew and the Parish staff regarding important events or notices to help keep you informed of the goings-on at St. John and Blessed Sacrament.
To download the app search “myparish” in the App or Google Play store. Or, follow this link.