NOTICE: On May 27th, Bishop Boyea, in consultation with the Presbyteral Council, advised that he was permitting the parishes of the Diocese to resume the public celebration of Mass as of Friday, May 29, 2020. More recently, he further advised that Catholics of the Diocese of Lansing remain dispensed from the obligation to participate at Sunday Mass through the end of the Church Year, that is, November 28, 2020. For full summaries of the Bishop's messages, please visit the Diocese of Lansing Coronavirus page. Meanwhile, we continue to determine how and when we can modify and/or resume our various ministries and programs.
Realign Resources for Mission - Parish Session Invitation
Bishop Earl Boyea is issuing an invitation to the lay faithful of the Diocese of Lansing to participate in a series of parish meetings to discuss how the diocese can realign its present resources to better form communities of missionary disciples who go and announce the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Members of the Realign Resources for Mission Committee will be coming to St. Agnes on Monday, November 23 from 7-8:30 PM in the LPC gym to outline their present vision and to elicit both comment and feedback.
To attend, please click HERE to sign up, or call the office at (517) 223-8684.
Please see the November bulletin for Fr. Nate's complete article on this topic.
LPC Update - from our Finance Manager
The Mustard Seed Project kicked off in 2007-2008 and was able to collect over $300,000 in up-front payments. St. Agnes signed a promissory note with the Dioceses of Lansing in the amount of $955,234.14 for construction of the Parish Life Center. Construction was completed and the building was opened for use in January 2009. The St. Agnes Parish Life Center was dedicated by Bishop Earl Boyea on January 18, 2009 and the name was officially changed to the Lothamer Parish Center, honoring Rev. Father James Lothamer on January 10, 2013.
We are finally in the home stretch of the loan with the diocese, only 10 payments remaining. As we draw closer to the end we are also starting to see a short fall in pledge payments. We were fully anticipating this to happen as not everyone who pledged is able to fulfill their pledge obligation.
I want to breakdown our current loan balance of $67,000. We have $13,837 reserved in our capital campaign saving account. Monthly pledges (along with annual and bi-annual payments) on average is $3,500 (multiply that by the ten months remaining $35,000). That equals $48,837 leaving an $18,163 shortfall in payments. A year ago our short fall was much larger, however we have had numerous parishioner's generously give one-time payments. We absolutely do not want to have to extend the life of the loan or reach into our savings to cover this shortfall. Fr. Nate and I ask and urge you to make a one-time, monthly or bi-monthly payment. your help is deeply appreciated and you can be reassured your commitment is supporting all the outreach initiatives that are truly a blessing to thousands of people, made possible because St. Agnes has the Lothamer Parish Center. Thank you for what you have done in the past and for your willingness to donate today
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!