It's Time to Register!
Vacation Bible School is June 21-25, 2021. Come experience how Jesus’ Power Pulls Us Through!!
- Please register soon as spaces are limited.
- Registrations are due by June 10th.
- Please see display in Higgins Hall for registration forms, you can also register online:
VBS is for 4 year old pre-school through 5th grade students...Look forward to seeing you there!
Welcome Table SUMMER UPDATE from Colleen Pryslak
As most of you know, the Welcome Table has been operating as a drive up for the past several months due to you know what. With the CDC and State of Michigan relaxing some of the restrictions that we have been subjected to, we are considering a return to in person dining in the fall.
In order to give the current volunteers a break, to recruit new volunteers and plan for the fall, we have decided to suspend the Welcome Table for the months of July and August.
Please prayerfully consider if you are interested in volunteering in the future. As with all ministries, the Welcome Table has been primarily managed by a handful of volunteers. If you or someone you know is interested in stepping to manage or co-manage this ministry, we'd love to hear from you! I will be sending out updated information later.
Thanks for taking the time to read this message. Enjoy your summer!
Parish Staff Updates - Meet the New Members and a Farewell Message
Meet Lisa Arszulowicz:
My husband Ken and I have been attending St. Agnes since 1993 when we moved to Howell from Grand Rapids. Our oldest, Nina, and her husband Will were married at St. Agnes in Sept of 2020 and now live in Fowlerville. Our daughter Maddie has completed her first year of graduate school in San Angelo, Texas with studies in Biology and Collections Management; and our youngest, Andrew, recently completed his college baseball career and graduated from Albion College.
Ken and I are Eucharistic ministers and have taught religious education throughout the years. I lector, have 10+ years of VBS under my belt, and enjoy W.I.N.E! I have worked the elections for 22 years in Howell Township, and for the past 16 years I have worked for Howell Public Schools in the elementary office of Challenger. I enjoy cooking, reading, crafting and our latest hobby, camping! I look forward to meeting you!
Let’s all welcome Kendra Forster to the St Agnes staff!
She will be facilitating our eighth grade pre-Confirmation sessions and organizing weekly Tuesday gatherings for our eighth to twelfth graders. This program will be a place where they can enjoy fellowship and a meal, in addition to taking part in service opportunities and prayer.
Kendra grew up at St. Agnes and has been an active volunteer for many years as a catechist, a musician, and helping at the Welcome Table. She is an autism teacher at Ingham Intermediate School District.
We are extremely blessed to have her joining our staff!
Meet Tina Johnston:
I am excited to be at St. Agnes and look forward to getting to know you. I have big shoes to fill as Liz Heslip has done a fantastic job over the years.
Previously, I lived all of my life in Marshall, Michigan. I worked as the Business Manager at St. Mary in Marshall for fifteen years and have worked at Michigan Catholic Conference in Lansing for almost four years. I bring a wide variety of experience and skills in Parish Administration. Last year I graduated from Encounter Ministry School in Brighton.
My husband, Marty, and I moved to this area in June 2017 for his appointment as a United Methodist Minister. We have five children and by the end of May will have fourteen grandchildren. We adopted an Australian Shepherd dog during COVID-19 and he has been a great joy for us and forces us to walk often.
A couple of years ago my spouse and I went on pilgrimage in August and September 2019 walking sixty miles on the St. James Way or Camino in Spain. This was a highlight of my life as only a few years before my doctor said I was not physically able to ever achieve this. Praise be to God for working miracles!!!
Hobbies are travel, hiking, rubberstamping, mixed media art, cooking, reading, sewing, quilting, embroidery and knitting. Of course, I love spending time with the grandchildren.
A Note from Liz Heslip:
St Agnes is a very special faith community. During my 16 years as Director of Evangelization and Stewardship, I have been given the opportunity to grow in a variety of ways for which I will be forever grateful. Much credit to Fr. Jim Lothamer for having the vision to take a leap of faith on our parish community by developing the position in order to let St. Agnes grow. He understood what was at the heart of the parishioners of St. Agnes and helped us flourish in ways that make us a better, stronger, more cohesive faith community. During our Covid pause I did a bit of soul searching and decided that in light of the fact that the LPC was being paid off early, I would take the opportunity to step aside and retire. This was not anything planned and happened quite organically. For those of you who know me personally, understand that my family continues to be at the center of my decisions. This particular decision is perhaps selfish as it provides me an incredible opportunity to spend time with my five (and God willing additional) grandchildren.
I spent the last 38 years employed. I worked for 16 years at Meijer in management directly out of college, then for 6 years as a substitute teacher for Livingston Area Schools followed by my 16 years of full time employment in ministry. Now it's time to step back and provide an opportunity for others to share their gifts with the parish.
Brian and I love and cherish our St. Parish family and plan to continue our involvement in parish life.
God bless our St Agnes family!
Time To Burn The Mortgage!
We are thrilled beyond words to announce that the last payment on the Lothamer Parish Life Center has been paid! This is a truly remarkable feat and a testament to the generosity of our St. Agnes family and friends.
We are planning a formal dinner to celebrate this accomplishment in November 2021 as we are hopeful COVID restrictions will be lifted on gatherings and people will be immunized.
Here is a brief recap of our financial situation regarding the facility:
- Under the leadership and guidance of Fr. Jim Lothamer the St. Agnes Parish Life Center grew from vision to reality in 2009.
- The total project cost was just over 1.1 million dollars.
- In November 2009, we made an initial down payment of about $200,000 and signed a mortgage note with a balance of $955,234 with monthly payments of $7,553 and an expected pay off date of October 2024.
- In 2013 we held a 3 year capital campaign under Fr. Bob McGraw called "Stepping Out in Faith" to take advantage of an opportunity to save interest encouraging one time upfront payments. As a result we knocked off 2 years and 8 months of payments.
- Since that time we have conducted 2 soft campaigns "In It to Finish It" and "Ignite the Fire" under the leadership of Fr. Nate Sokol. We orchestrated these campaigns without hiring an outside company and as a result were able to make further headway on the principle balance.
- Then with a generous gift from the estate of Fr. Jim Lothamer we were able to make our final payment for the loan in April 2021.
This payoff came 8 months earlier than projected. In the end, the expected 15 year project was paid in full in 11 years and 8 months.
Realign Resources for Mission: The Next Steps
The staff at St. Agnes feel that it is important to keep all parishioners informed as the Realign Resources for Mission project continues.
We want to share this podcast/video of an interview with Fr. Mathias Thelen and David Kerr.
In the conversation, Fr. Mathias gives his reaction to the parish meetings; what, he believes, has been gained from them; and what are the main hopes and fears parishioners expressed in their verbal and written feedback.
Fr. Mathias also explains how that feedback will now be used; the next steps for the process; and discusses (again) the four principles that were put before each parish meeting, each outlining the hallmarks of what a healthy parish in the Diocese of Lansing should look like in the future.
Recall that the four principles are:
* A healthy parish in the Diocese of Lansing:
- Is led by priests who are striving for health and holiness;
- Equips and empowers parish staff;
- Makes and forms missionary disciples;
- Seeks the lost and serves the poor.
If you have any questions after listening/viewing the podcast/video, please reach out to the parish office.
- Over the past two months over 3000 parishioners from across the Diocese of Lansing have part in nearly 70 parish meetings in order to help shape the Realign Resources for Mission process which was launched by Bishop Earl Boyea in 2019.
- The purpose of the process is to advise Bishop Boyea on how the diocese can best realign its present resources to better form communities of missionary disciples who go and announce the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
- The 14-member Realign Resources for Mission steering is chaired by Father Mathias Thelen, Pastor of Saint Patrick Parish in Brighton.
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.
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!