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St. Mary Roman Catholic Church at 210 West Main Street, Manchester, MI 48158 US - In the Parish: News and Events

In the Parish: News and Events

 

News in the Parish
Oct. 25-Nov. 2, 2014


Holy Days Approaching
     As November draws near, we look forward to the two holy days that begin the month: All Saints Day and All Souls Day.
     All Saints Day, November 1, is usually a holy day of obligation, however, this year, because it falls on a Saturday, the bishops have removed the obligation to attend Mass. But it is still beautiful holy day, and the Holy Mass for the Solemnity of All Saints will be celebrated on First Saturday, Nov. 1 at 8:30 am. “Let us rejoice in all the men and women, blest in the eyes of the Lord, who celebrate the heavenly liturgy.”
     The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed, All Souls Day, falls on Sunday, Nov. 2 this year and will be celebrated as the Sunday Mass at the usual times. “The souls of the just are in the hands of the Lord.”
     There also will be a special service, a Blessing of St. Mary Cemetery, on Sun, Nov. 2 at 12:00 noon at the cemetery.
     During November, we are called in a special way “to remember our brothers and sisters who have gone to their rest” (Eucharistic Prayer II).

No Mass this Monday/Tuesday
Because Fr. Bosco will be away on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 27 and 28, there will not be Mass at St. Mary, Manchester either day. However, there will be a Communion Service led by Deacon Dennis on Tues, Oct. 28 at 8:30 am.

Urgent Request:
The Altar Society is in urgent need of a chairperson for the Christmas-in-the-Village bake sale, which is November 22 at the United Methodist Church (next to Klager school). If you would be interested in chairing this event, please contact Cheryl Bauer (734-476-2008) or Marja Warner (734-428-9506) as soon as possible. Thank you!

…from our Parish Youth Group
This is also the final weekend to bring donations of non-perishable food and paper products that the Youth Group will take to support the St. Vincent de Paul Center in Jackson as part of their focus on All Saints Day (that also includes putting on a party for the younger religious ed kids during their regular class time on Mon, Nov. 3). Please help support this project with your donations.

Fr. Bosco draws our attention to the following:
***  CNN DOCUMENTARY: Life with Lisa Ling on CNN will air “Called to the Collar” on Thurs, Nov. 16, at 10:00 pm. This television documentary looks at the vocations that have come from Clinton County and features interviews with Fathers Dennis Howard, Eric Weber, Bill Ashbaugh, Jonathan Perotta, all three Koenigsknechts, and Bishop Boyea.
***  PRIESTLY VOCATIONS: It is reported in the Lansing E-News: Sr. Rita Wenzlick’s study of the number of priests going forward. Let me give some stats. These are our diocesan priests still in active ministry, either in our diocese or out of it: for age group 26-40, we have 18 priests; 41-55, we have 30 priests; 56-70, we have 39 priests; 71+, we have 4 priests. This is a total of 91 diocesan priests in active ministry. From 2001-2010, we ordained 25; for 2011-2020, we have or anticipate 26. Sr. Rita’s study had assumed two a year, we are at 2.5 a year, which is a help. We currently have 84 parishes but that could be reduced, by mergers and a few closings, to 72. It seems to me we will have just enough to cover all this. Now this also assumes we continue to have the help of Religious Priests, some extern priests, both of which groups have been a real blessing to our diocese. Let us pray and encourage vocation from our parish

The Most Holy Rosary
This final weekend of October, the “month of the Rosary,” we pray together, as a parish family, one-half hour before Mass the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary for the following intention: “For vocations to the Holy Priesthood and the Religious Life, especially here in the Diocese of Lansing.” Sancta Maria, ora pro nobis.

Serving at Mass during Advent and Christmastime
Lectors, Altar Servers, Extraordinary Ministers, and Ushers: If there are any times December or January, 2014 that you cannot serve OR you have a preference for which Christmas Mass you serve at, please call Marja no later than Sun, Nov. 2. Please remember that extra altar servers will be needed for the holiday Masses. Please call Marja Warner at 428-9506.

Adorers still sought
Permanent adorers are sought for First Friday Exposition and Adoration:
First Friday Morning:
       • 9:00-9:30 am
And in the Middle of the Night (early Saturday morning) from
       • 2:00-3:00 am.
SUBS also needed. Please consider the graces awaiting you. Please call either Pete Nashif at 734-428-1836 or the parish office at 734-428-8811.

Sanctuary Lamps Intentions
     Our parish Mass book fills up quickly. To have a Mass offered for a loved one is a great blessing, and many are anxious to take part in this. But please remember that if the Mass is already “taken” for the date you want, you can request a Sanctuary Lamp.
     You recall the Sanctuary Lamps are the special candles which burn in every Roman Catholic Church to remind us of the Real Presence of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist, present in the Tabernacle on the Altar. Here at St. Mary Roman Catholic Church we add our prayer intentions to the light of the candle and bring them to our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. The prayer intentions for the Sanctuary Lamps are for one week, from Saturday to Saturday. They are published in the bulletin as well as on a card in the main vestibule and also sent to the Prayer Tree to encourage all to pray for this special intention. Cards to send are also available.
     Like a Mass intention, you can contact the parish office to schedule a Sanctuary Lamp prayer intention. The customary donation is $12.

Won’t You Help?
***  Parish Representative is still needed for the Washtenaw Catholic Council on Aging. Call the parish office for info.

Thursday Chaplet Prayer Group: Join us!
Each Thursday at 3:00 pm
(the Hour of Mercy), a small group of parishioners gathers in the church and begin praying the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, the short and powerful prayer given by St. Faustina by which we may offers our prayers for specific intentions and for “the whole world.” Please join us each Thursday at 3:00 pm in the church as we intercede for our loved ones, our priests and bishops, and the whole world. This will be the best 15 minutes you can spend.

Collection Counters Needed
We are looking for volunteers who might be willing to help count the Sunday and/or Holy Day collections – either as an occasional substitute or as a regular team member. Counting takes place on Monday mornings, and teams usually count once every five weeks. If you think you might be able to serve the parish in this way, please call the parish office at 428-8811.     —Anne

Fr. Bosco’s Homilies Online
Please visit the parish website  to read a copy of Fr. Bosco's homily. Each weekend, the homily will be posted on Saturday morning: http://stmarymanchester.catholicweb.com/

Updating phone numbers
Our parish membership list is in need of updating. Although we have a system for keeping the mailing addresses up-to-date, phone numbers are another matter because many have dropped their land lines in favor of cell phones. If you have done this or changed your phone number for any reason, please contact the parish office to let us know your new number. Who knows. Fr. Bosco may want to give you a call, just to say, "Hi!" Thank you.

The blessings of our parish
If you attend Mass here at St. Mary’s, it is important that you register with the parish. It is part of our Catholic life to be connected to a parish. Just give the parish office a call; registration can be done on the phone. Registering means that your family’s sacramental history is in the care of a priest, and that the parish is able to serve those who are attending. Please don’t neglect this important step. Call the parish office at 428-8811.

“The “Poor Box”
Perhaps you’ve noticed it: the little wooden box on the wall above the holy water font in the main vestibule. “Poor Box” it says on it. Each week, the coins and dollars dropped in this box are collected and put in a special fund. The priest then has available to him discretionary funds to use at any moment to help someone in the parish experiencing an emergency, unexpected crisis, or serious need. This has been a great blessing to a number of people. Thanks to those, young and old, who have dropped coins in the Poor Box. While the amounts are typically humble each week, occasionally there is great generosity. Thanks be to God! Sometimes our eyes become so accustomed to something that they no longer see it. But take a look. The simple wooden box is there. And what you put in it may be an answer to someone else’s prayer!

Mass intentions & Sanctuary Lamps
     Our parish Mass book is filling up quickly. To have a Mass offered for a loved one is a great blessing, and many are anxious to take part in this. But please remember that if the Mass is already “taken” for the date you want, you can request a Sanctuary Lamp.
     You recall the Sanctuary Lamps are the special candles which burn in every Roman Catholic Church to remind us of the Real Presence of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist, present in the Tabernacle on the Altar. Here at St. Mary Roman Catholic Church we add our prayer intentions to the light of the candle and bring them to our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. The prayer intentions for the Sanctuary Lamps are for one week, from Saturday to Saturday. They are published in the bulletin as well as on the card in the main vestibule to encourage all who come to pray to remember and pray for this special intention. Cards to send are also available.
     Like a Mass intention, you can contact the parish office to schedule a Sanctuary Lamp prayer intention. The customary donation is $12.

Can you be a sub for Eucharistic Adoration?
During First Friday Exposition and Adoration, there must be two adorers present at every moment of the 23-hours. Right now all the commitments are made, but there is always a need for substitutes. Can you offer your name as a sub? If so, please call Pete Nashif (428-1836) or the parish office.

If you shop at Meijers.
Please consider getting a “Meijer Guest Card” and designating our parish # 670279 to receive a donation from Meijers worth ½-1% of your monthly purchase totals made by cash, debit card, or Meijer credit card (MasterCard or store-card). This is a simple way to make have Meijers designate funds for St. Mary’s when they are donating to community organizations. To enroll, either get an application from Meijer stores or go online at www.meijer.com/rewards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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