A Message from Fr. Nate
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
In these uncertain times it is important to remember that each of us, wherever we may be continue to make up the Church together with the Angels and Saints. We are not alone. Our Lord Jesus is still with us and reminding us to “Be not afraid.”
Since public Masses have been canceled I want to pass onto you a quick note about Spiritual Communions that was provided by the Diocese of Lansing.
Spiritual Communions are a way to encourage the faithful to stay close to the Lord and to increase in their hearts the yearning for the gift of Holy Communion. There are many prayers for spiritual Communion that would be helpful (see below for one example). Nevertheless, it “is not, however, to be viewed as ‘receiving Communion without actually receiving Communion.’ The values of a ‘spiritual Communion’ flow from the Sacrament, since the person explicitly directs himself to the Eucharist by a desire to receive the sacramental Lord, even though, for various possible reasons, that is not possible at the moment” (O’Connor, The Hidden Manna, 330).
Act of Spiritual Communion
My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the most Blessed Sacrament. I love you above all things, and I desire to receive you into my soul. Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace you as if you have already come and unite myself wholly to you. Never permit me to be separated from you. Amen.
– St. Alphonsus Ligouri
To continue your spiritual growth please seek out televised Masses and other resources available online.
--The Diocese of Lansing website (www.dioceseoflansing.org) lists local resources.
--The US Bishops website United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (www.usccb.org) also has links to many free resources for daily prayer.
--Free apps like “Laudate,” and online services like FORMED (www.formed.org) offer numerous opportunities for prayer and spiritual enrichment.
--The Word Among Us and Magnificat prayer books (and others) are offering free online digital access during this time.
DSA Commitment Weekend - Parish Goal $35,025
March 7-8 was our Diocesan Services Appeal Commitment Weekend. All members of our parish community are invited to join in support of our annual appeal. Our parish goal is $35.025. As of March 21, we are at 30% of our parish goal. No gift is too small… every dollar donated helps those in our parish and in our unified efforts in the wider church. Further, one-half of all paid contributions received, over and above our parish goal, will be returned to our parish for our local use here at St. Agnes Parish.
You can submit your DSA pledge envelope during Mass this weekend - or take your DSA envelope home, prayerfully consider your gift decision. Those paying by cash or check are invited to return your completed pledge form, in the DSA envelope, to our parish office. Those who wish to pay by credit card or electronic funds transfer may enter your gift online at www.dioceseoflansing.org/dsa.
Every one of our parish households are encouraged to reflect on the many blessings we have received from the Lord and share these blessings through a generous gift to our DSA.
2020 DSA Prayer
Loving and gracious God, we praise you and we thank you for the bountiful gifts that you have bestowed upon us. Help us
to understand that it is only in You that we find the truth and happiness we seek – the happiness we are made for. Help us to understand and embrace the Diocesan Services Appeal as a way to faithfully participate in the good works of Your Holy Catholic Church. Please bless our united efforts and help us to see Jesus in all whom we encounter. Amen.
LCUI Raffle Tickets
The Livingston County Ultrasound Initiative is a non-profit organization, started right here at St Agnes eight years ago to help provide Ultrasound Machines throughout Michigan in prolife pregnancy centers. We are now selling our annual raffle tickets. By purchasing raffle tickets, you will be helping to save babies from abortion. You have a chance to win a 55” 4G TV, Home Security System and a Tablet. For more information, please email Lou Glubzynski.
Looking for Happiness?
The Catechism of the Catholic Church says “We all want to live happily; in the whole human race there is no one who does not assent to this proposition. This desire is of divine origin: God has placed it in the human heart in order to draw man to the One who alone can fulfill it.” But in a world where we’re bombarded with competing visions of what will bring us true happiness, wouldn’t it be nice to cut through it all and get to the bottom of what will REALLY make us happy?
That’s exactly why Bishop Boyea is inviting you to join hundreds of others for a life changing presentation on the Four Levels of Happiness. This half day seminar will help you discover the true happiness you were made for so you can take your life to the next level. Space is limited so register soon at www.fourlevels.org.
These presentations are being held at our diocesan Catholic High Schools…
- March 28 Ann Arbor
- April 18 Jackson
- April 25 Flint
- May 2 Lansing
This is a great event for high school juniors and seniors as well as adults!
New Rite of Baptism Begins During the Easter Season
Bishop Boyea has directed all parishes in our diocese to begin using a new rite of baptism after Easter. This process is full of liturgical actions that will assist all in attendance to see the power of the Holy Spirit at work as a new member of our faith community is welcomed.
Here are the steps…
- Families process in with Father and the naming of the child and the blessing with the sign of the cross is done.
- After the homily, the families come forward, the prayers of the Faithful are given and then a Litany of the saints is prayed.
- The baptismal water is blessed and we all join in repeating our baptismal promises.
- The child is baptized with water and then comes forward for the anointing with Chrism Oil, is clothed with a white garment and given a lighted candle.
- At the end of mass the parents come forward to be blessed.
Our prayer is that we can all find this process enriching for our own faith journeys and be excited when we see parents bringing their children to be baptized. This process may add 15 minutes to our mass, a very small amount of time to give to welcome new members!
A Story of Amazing People at St. Agnes
On March 5th the Welcome Table was missing our main leaders. The village that picked up the slack was amazing:
One knew exactly how to set out the donated bread for our guests. Another knew how to turn up the heat. People just appeared to help. We couldn’t find the donation box and someone knew where it was. The prayer intention box had already been set out by magic. The group that signed up for set up all showed and put the room together. The cooks were “spot on” and we even had additional volunteers that wanted to help. One took over the blessing and the thanking of people that prepared and would be serving the meal, people directed the serving, others made coffee, lemonade, and made sure water was on the table, desserts were plated, and later served with coffee.
Clean up was another story. The cleanup team arrived, did their jobs (plus), tables were cleared, dishes washed, tables cleaned, floors cleaned, garbage taken out and laundry started. Truly amazing!!
If you haven’t volunteered for this fabulous ministry, you’re missing out. It is so well managed and well trained, thanks to our fearless leaders.
We missed you Colleen, Ralph, Kathy and Ken. But you taught us well and by example!
Pastor Prayer Petition for St. Agnes
Pastor Prayer Petition: For those in RCIA, preparing to receive Sacraments at the Easter Vigil, may they be strengthened by our words of encouragement.
Consider Scrip Cards for Anytime Gift Giving!
Whenever you consider gift card giving, please consider purchasing your gift cards from our parish through our Scrip fundraising program. Scrip is simply a word that means “substitute money,” in other words; scrip is gift cards from national and local retailers. They’re the same gift cards that you buy at the store. Many popular retailers participate in our scrip program including Meijer, Wal-Mart, VG’s, Tanger Outlet Mall, gasoline, Subway and many others.
You’re probably asking yourself how these stores help us raise money. It’s simple -- scrip participating retailers agree to sell gift certificates to our organization at a discount. You buy the gift cards for full face value through the parish, redeem them for full face value, and our church keeps the difference as revenue. The beauty of scrip is that you put your regular household shopping dollars to work. You earn money for our parish without spending a single additional penny. Just spend your regular shopping dollars with scrip at the stores that participate in the scrip program! And scrip can be used for just about any household purchase including food, clothing, entertainment, gasoline and even dining out.
We keep a selection of the most popular gift cards on hand for people to purchase. However, many other gift cards are available to order. Please consider getting your gift cards through the Scrip program!