NOTICE: Based on the current circumstances and with a profound desire to protect the health and well-being of all, Bishop Boyea has discerned that the current suspension of all public Masses and the liturgical directives that he established on March 17, 2020 should remain in place through May 31, 2020.
Planning for the Resumption of Public Masses - A Letter From Fr. Nate:
We are working very hard as a parish staff to develop protocol based on the Diocesan guidelines to start having public Masses in a safe and responsible manner.
There are many factors to consider from figuring out how to manage Mass attendance to proper sanitation. With the gradual reopening of public Masses beginning for us at St Agnes Parish on June 1 please be aware the obligation upon all Catholics to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended across the Diocese of Lansing until, at least, July 31.
Restoration of Public Masses at St. Agnes
- The parish staff isreviewing the guidelines issued by the diocese and developing a plan to implement them.
- Office hours and revised regular reconciliation times will begin the last week of May. Schedule to be determined.
- Public weekday Mass (Monday-Friday) will begin June 1 (limited to 25% seating capacity)
- Signup will be possible online or by calling the parish office, starting the last week of May.
- Safety requirements for attending Mass will be provided when we communicate how to sign up online and when our office hours will be.
You are all in my Prayers,
Vacation Bible School Update
Holy Week Coloring Contest
We want to thank all the children who participated in the Holy Week coloring contest. The pictures were all so amazing! Great work everyone! The staff loved the pictures so much we extended the bulletin cover prize to three participants instead of just one! The three that will be featured on a bulletin cover are as posted here.
Livingston County Catholic Charities Update
Livingston County Catholic Charities remains open and serving our community. Services provided are telehealth for both Mental Health and Substance Abuse services, Child Welfare through Foster Care and Adoption programs, Substance Abuse Prevention Efforts and Senior Services through our Community Liaison (connecting seniors to critical resources) and Volunteer Caregiver programs.
Program staff in our Volunteer Caregiver program continue to provide transportation for seniors for critical medical appointments, grocery shopping and food delivery and more. Our volunteers have shifted temporarily to providing critical phone check-in visits for the elderly who are even more isolated now to protect the health of vulnerable seniors. Community Liaison staff are busier than ever working with seniors to connect them to and help them secure critical services and resources that help them to live safe and well on their limited incomes during this time of limited services and resources. Both of these services have been and remain free to seniors.
As mental health and addiction is on the rise due to COVID-19, persons struggling with mental heath concerns can contact our Clinical Director, John Furey at 517-545-5944 for an initial phone intake. John will return your call on days of operation. Persons struggling with addiction can contact our Clinical Case Manager, Jessica, 24/7 at 517-375-1652.
Hours of operation have been modified to Tuesdays 12p-8p, Wednesdays 9a-5p and Fridays 9a-5p. LCCC is working within the CDC guidelines.
We have also been posting on our social media many other resources that come our way and sending out weekly tips/resources/update e-mails which can be found on our Facebook page as well. Please let us know if we can help in any manner. Expert opinions are that we will see a surge in mental health and substance abuse issues as we climb out of this and work through our new normal. We continue to monitor the CDC and Governor reports that will aid us in reopening Be Our Guest Adult Day and resuming normal operations of all programs and will report when that opportunity arises.
Please visit our website for up-to-date information on days and times of operation, program staff contacts, valuable resources and more. We look forward to when we can resume full operation of all programs and remain committed to serving our community with a focus on the most vulnerable. Driven by Faith. Here for All.
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.
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!
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!