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Statement from Fr. Kenneth Coughlin, August 1, 2014.



Church of the Holy Family at 11804 S Saginaw St, Grand Blanc, MI 48439 US - News and Events

News and Events


For the latested up-to-date information on activities and events, click the button on the left of the screen labeled Bulletins.  You will find a link to view last Sunday's bulletin.  You may also view several previous bulletins and have the option of signing up to have a copy of the bulletin sent to your e-mail address each week.

News and Upcoming Events:


Congratulations! -  Sister Pamela Catherine Peasel
Sr. Pamela Catherine Peasel will make her Perpetual Profession with the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity on August 2nd, 2014, at Holy Family Convent, Manitowoc, Wisconsin.  

Sister Pamela is a former Holy Family parishioner, daughter of Sharon and Richard Peasel.  Sr. Pamela sends her appreciation for our encouragement and prayerful support.  Please continue to keep Sister Pamela Catherine in your prayers.


Photo on our Facebook page.
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Candidacy
Larry Blondin will receive the Rite of Candidacy, a public step in his journey to become a Permanent  Deacon, August 16th at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, East Lansing.
Please continue to pray for Larry and his family.

What is a Candidate?  Click here for more info.
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Are you looking for quality education for your children?  Click here!
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Fr. Gary's Homilies
Fr. Gary will be posting his homilies on our website. You may view them by following the link "Homilies" from the list on the left of home page.
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Seasonal Time Change for Sunday 7 p.m. Mass

Attention, all parishioners: In response to parishioner concerns that Sunday’s 7:00 p.m. Mass is too late, especially throughout the long winter months, a decision was made to implement a seasonal time change from 7:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. During the summer months, Memorial Day through Labor Day, Sunday evening Mass will still be at 7:00 p.m. However, during the fall and winter months, from the weekend after Labor Day through the weekend before Memorial Day, Sunday evening Mass will be at 5:00 p.m. This time change, from 7:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., will go into effect the Sunday after Labor Day, September 7th, 2014. This seasonal time change is only for the Sunday evening Mass. We hope this change will allow all parishioners to enjoy the longer hours of daylight throughout the summer months and to be home and warm earlier throughout the winter months.

Seasonal Time Change for Sunday 7 p.m. Mass:

7 p.m. from Memorial Day, May 26, 2014,
through Labor Day, September 1, 2014.

5 p.m. from September 7, 2014,
through May 17, 2015.

Returns again to 7 p.m. May 25, 2015.

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Cell Group Teachings
To listen to or read Fr. Jonathan's August small group Cell teaching on "Living in the Spirit; This Coming Year at Holy Family" follow the links on our Cell Groups page. 
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Holy Family Outreach Newsletter
May 18, 2014
Click here.
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Women's Gospel in the Park
Tuesdays, June 24th – August 26th
Ladies, let’s enjoy this beautiful summer weather while rejoicing in the glory of the Lord. Please join us on Tuesday evenings this summer for fellowship, bible study, fresh air and sunshine. From 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. each Tuesday, June 24th, through August 26th, we will meet at the Holy Family playground (St. Joseph Center if it is too hot or raining) to read and discuss the coming Sunday’s gospel selection. Children are welcome too! Come as you are and whenever you can…no commitment, no preparation, and no homework. So grab your lawn chairs and come join us!
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Euchre Tournament
Friday, August 1st


The next Holy Family Euchre Tournament is set for Friday, August 1st, in the St. Joseph Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and play begins at 7:00 p.m. We will play eight rounds or until 9:30 p.m. (whichever comes first). Cost is $15 and includes entry into the tournament and snacks/beverages. Proceeds will benefit the seminarians. Organized by the Parish Life Commission and Vocation Committee. To register, contact the parish office at 694-4891.
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“Others First” - August 2nd/3rd
We depend on your generosity to stock our St. Joseph Food Pantry and Clothes Closet. Please remember the needy as you shop this week. Bring nonperishable items to Mass next weekend. (They may be placed on the steps at the sides of the altar.)
We especially need:

Powdered Milk
Pull-ups
Shampoo
Cream Rinse
Comet
Toothbrushes
Toothpaste
Deodorant
Shaving Cream

Your generosity is appreciated, especially by our clients.
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World Apostolate of Fatima First Saturday Devotions

August 2nd - 8:00 a.m.
here at Holy Family Church

In October of 1917, the Virgin Mary appeared to three young children in Fatima, Portugal. Our Lady promised Lucia (one of the children) that God would work an undeniable miracle to prove to people that apparitions were indeed real. The “miracle of the sun” was on the front pages of newspapers around the world, recording the miracle witnessed by 70,000 people who were in attendance that day. The World Apostolate of Fatima works to spread Mary’s message to Catholics and non-Catholics around the world for the salvation of souls.

Her message was very simple and straightforward: Pray and stay close to her Son, pray for the conversion of sinners, and do penance in reparation for the offenses against God. In the Flint Region, Catholics gather on the first Saturday of every month to celebrate the Eucharist and Reconciliation, Eucharistic Adoration & Devotion, and pray the Rosary in response to our Lady’s request.
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Mission Coopertive Appeal
August 9th/10th

This weekend, at all masses, Rev. Raju Pilla will be speaking about the works and needs of his Mission Diocese in India. The Latin Archdiocese of Trivandrum has about 270,000 Catholics. 90% of them are traditional fishermen who depend on fishing for their livelihood and 10% are farm workers who are recent converts from low caste Hindus. “Harvest is plentiful but Laborers are few!” Unemployment and poverty are most rampant in this community. The Archdiocese depends on outside assistance to support its clergy, seminarians and Catechists and to continue its Spiritual, Educational and Economic developmental programs for this community.

Many coastal villages of the Archdiocese are still struggling to recover from the recent tsunami devastation which destroyed many lives homes and fishing equipment. We are making progress! Yet one of our challenges is to find safe land away from the sea to build homes for the victims.

Won’t you be as generous as you can in the second collection? Your sacrifice for the Missions is very much appreciated and may God bless you.
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Senior Day of Appreciation
Tuesday, September 16th
at St. John the Evangelist, Davison

Catholic Charities’ Genesee County Catholic Council on Aging cordially invites you to the annual Senior Day of Appreciation on Tuesday, September 16th, at St. John the Evangelist (404 Dayton Street, Davison 48423). Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. with a luncheon immediately following.

To purchase tickets, see Shirley at the Holy Family 55 & Over luncheon from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. or call Shirley at 742-5993.

All tickets must be sold by Tuesday, August 19th
. No ticket sales at the door.
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Altar Server Trainings
Wed., August 20th, 2-3:30 p.m.
Thurs., Aug. 21st, 10-11:30 a.m.


If you are entering 4th grade or above and would like to become an Altar Server, please attend one of the above training sessions. Also, current servers who would like to refresh their training or help train new servers, please attend one of the sessions.

Please RSVP to Joanie Donovan in the parish office 694-4891, ext. 204, or jdonovan@holyfamilygrandblanc.org.
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Back to School Bash
Tuesday, August 26th, 5-7p.m.


Holy Family students and parents are invited to the Back to School Bash in the lower parking lot. There will bounce houses, food and refreshments to celebrate the start of a new school year. The school will be open from 5-6 p.m. for students to see class lists and meet the teachers. This event is brought to you by the Holy Family Athletic Boosters.
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SAVE THE DATE
Parish Picnic - Sunday, September 7, 2014
Noon Mass at Bicentennial Park
More details later, but please mark your calendars now!
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Holy Family Commission Kick-Off
Attention: Parish Commission and Council Members, Group Leaders,
School and Parish Staff

Saturday, September 13th
9 a.m. to noon in the St. Joseph Center
If you can join us at 8 a.m., we will start the day with Mass.
A continental breakfast will be served starting at 8:30 a.m.
Events start at 9 a.m.

You should have received an invitation letter in the mail. If you did not get one, please call Theresa Dyer in the parish office so we can make sure we have your name on our list – 694-4891.  We are also asking for you to RSVP if you received an invitation and cannot make it.
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SAVE THE DATE
Annual Gathering for Liturgical Ministers


Thurs., September 18th, 7-9 p.m.
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Sat., September 20th, 9-11 a.m.
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SAVE THE DATE

Treat yourself to a
Christ Renews His Parish Weekend!

Women’s Renewal Weekend
Saturday, October 11th, and Sunday, October 12th

Take this unique opportunity to renew and deepen your faith.
This weekend is a gift to you from our parish
and takes place on Holy Family parish grounds.

Call the parish office for more information.
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SAVE THE DATE
Holy Family Parish’s Mission 2015
February 23rd - 25th, 2015
Fr. Ben Luedtke
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55 & Over - Lunch Time
Tuesdays from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Brief meeting at 11:15 a.m., salads 11:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m., and we will eat by 12:00 noon. Each senior clears their own area. Bingo follows and we leave the hall by 2:00 p.m. You are always welcome to come early and visit with your friends.
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Priestly Vocations Prayer Chalice Program
The Priestly Vocations Prayer Chalice Program is a seven-day program which offers families or individuals an organized time of prayer specifically for vocations to the priesthood. A designated priest's chalice is available to travel weekly between parishioner's homes based on a prearranged schedule. If you feel called to host the chalice and pray for vocations, please the parish office.
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Prayer for Our Country

Every Friday at 3 p.m. in Church

Help put God back in America! If you are concerned about the direction our country is taking, please join us in church every Friday at 3 p.m. We will pray for help to reverse the drift away from God and freedom, to give us the courage to reject the culture of death, and the strength to build a new culture of life and to stir the hearts of our leaders so we remain one nation under God, with liberty and justice for all. The more voices, the stronger our prayer.
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Coffee and Donuts or Pizza
Please remember to join us in the Father Bush Parish Center after the 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., and 12:00 p.m. Masses. We have coffee and donuts after the Sunday morning Masses and pizza is served after the 12:00 p.m. Mass. Come visit with your fellow parishioners.
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“Others First”
The first weekend of every month
We depend on your generosity to stock our St. Joseph Food Pantry and Clothes Closet. Please remember the needy as you shop. Bring nonperishable items to Mass the first weekend of every month. Your bags may be placed on the steps at the sides of the altar. Each weekend beforehand, we list in the parish bulletin items that are especially needed that month. Your generosity is appreciated especially by our clients.

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Promise to Protect / Pledge to Heal
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 arch/diocese/eparchy in the United States now has a victim assistance coordinator who is available to obtain support for your needs, to help you make a formal complaint of abuse to the arch/diocese/eparchy, and to arrange a personal meeting with the bishop or his representative, if you desire. The victim assistance coordinator for your arch/diocese/eparchy is: Adrienne Rowland, LMSW, ACSW, 1-888-308-6252 / arowlandvac@dioceseoflansing.org.
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Our Lady of Fatima Visiting Statue
Through the generosity of the Knights of Columbus, the World Apostolate of Fatima Statue has been traveling throughout Holy Family parish since 1997. This year her presence graced many homes. If you would like to share your heart and your home with Our Lady of Fatima, please call the parish office. This statue is delivered to and picked up from your home. What a special way to honor the Blessed Mother with your family!

In the words of Our Lady of Fatima, “Pray, Pray, Pray.”
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Join the Knights!
If you are a Catholic Man over the age of 18 and you are looking to become part of a group dedicated to service and fraternity, consider joining the Knights. The time commitment is minimal, but the difference you can make in our community is huge! Call the parish office for Knights of Columbus contact information.
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