Note: Because of our Parish Mission, our Tuesday Mass will be at 8:15 a.m. not 7:30 p.m. For those who require an evening Mass, there are Masses at St. Mary Cathedral at 5:15, St. John Student Center at 9:15 p.m., and other locations. Sorry for the inconvenience.
"Parish Ignition" February 21, 22, and 23
Our prayerful hope is that young, old, single, and families, will all take advantage of this opportunity to “empty” ourselves, to be “filled,” and to “overflow” with the goodness of God. It’s an engaging three nights, and will provide practical guidelines for how to live our life as Christians more vibrantly, and fully.
This coming week, we will have a great opportunity to spend three nights exploring how the faith can really come alive for us, our friends, and families. The presenters for the Ignition are Greg and Stephanie Schlueter, who are the founders of “Mass Impact.” They have six children. Greg and Stephanie are passionately committed to helping parishes grow, and to help people encounter Jesus in a powerful way. Greg has been involved in movie production, working on Superman Returns, the Chronicles of Narnia series, God or the Girl, and productions for EWTN.
The Parish Ignition is a three night, three stage adventure. On Tuesday night, there is an optional dinner at 5:00 p.m., and then, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, the program will get started at 6:15 in Mercy Hall (127 Rumsey). Our prayerful hope is that young, old, single, and families, will all take advantage of this opportunity to “empty” ourselves, to be “filled,” and to “overflow” with the goodness of God. It’s an engaging three nights, and will provide practical guidelines for how to live our life as Christians more vibrantly, and fully.
In the interest of making this as family friendly as possible, we will wrap up by 8:45 p.m. each night, we will have a Youth Track for 6th-12th graders, and will have "Busy Bags" for young children to stay occupied in the pews with their parents. There will be a homework furlough for Resurrection students, and out of uniform tickets available for each night a school student attends. Please pre-register so we make sure we have enough food and materials for everyone, or call the office to reserve your space. Thanks!
Witness to Hope: Our Combined Capital Campaign
With great gratitude for all that the Lord has done in the parish’s near-hundred year history, we prayerfully anticipate how God will guide us to invest in our parish in ways that will allow us to better fulfill our parish vision and mission here in the heart of the City of Lansing. We are committed to spreading the Gospel in word and deed, and to live out our worship and ministries in ways that are fully and unabashedly Catholic, and to promote formation and appreciation of the Good, the True, and the Beautiful. We seek to support families from the cradle to the grave, and to form disciples who will joyfully utilize their gifts for the building up of the Kingdom of God and the salvation of souls.
On December 7, we had a Town Hall meeting to talk about the Diocese of Lansing capital campaign, Witness to Hope. Tony Gwiazdowski from Greater Mission outlined the diocesan case, Fr. Steve outlined the parish case for the combined campaign, and Tony finished up by outlining how the funds and process would occur in the New Year. The PDF of Tony's PowerPoint presentation can be found here.
We trust the Lord for His leading, and we hope to move forward in the center of God's will. We neither want to get ahead of the Lord nor lag behind. Please pray for God's guidance over this entire process, and prayerfully consider how the Lord might be inviting you to further invest in the ministry of the Church in our diocese and local parish. Thank you!
During the summer, Fr. Steve preached about the importance of reading scriptures every day. For those who would like a bit of help in taking a bit of time each day, he developed a simple "30 Day Bible Challenge" with the Letter of St. James. Since then, he also developed one for 1 Thessalonians. Click the links below for more information about how the challenges work.