Please join us this Advent & Christmas Season!
Saturdays 4:00pm (M)
Sundays 8:30am (B) & 10:00am (M)
Thanksgiving Vigil: 11/25 7:00pm (M)
Thanksgiving Day: 11/26 10:00am (B)
Immaculate Conception Vigil: 12/7 7:00pm (M)
Immaculate Conception: 12/8 9:00am (B)
Christmas Eve: 4:00pm (M), 7:00pm (B), & 10:00pm (M)
Christmas Day: 10:00am (M)
New Year’s Eve: 7:00pm (M)
Blessed Sacrament of Adoration and Confession
Tuesday Dec. 1st, 8th, 15th 7:00pm (M)
M = Mason Campus ~ 1010 S. Lansing St, Mason
B = Bunkerhill Campus ~1320 Catholic Church Rd, Leslie
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
I felt really sad today as I was reflecting on the Gospel of the day, Luke 19: 41-44, to see Jesus weeping, crying over the city of Jerusa lem. This is the so called - City of God - the center of the Jewish world, the place where they go for pilgrimage each year to celebrate the Passover, the holy place where they come to worship their God in the Temple Area, where the Ark of the Covenant is kept. Jesus is in deep sadness because Jerusalem did not receive Him. They did not recognize in Him the hand of God. He sheds the tears of a reject ed lover! He cannot force His unconditional love on anyone, it must be freely accepted.
I prayed in deep sadness today, not because of our rejection of Jesus, but because I know how much you love Jesus, I know how much you love your faith, I know how much you love your Church. But because of the coronavirus you and I are limited in how we can freely express our faith. I miss seeing you, not only in Church but in all our parish activities which are now shutdown upon us. We missed the Holy Week, we missed Easter and now Advent is upon us. Are we also going to miss out on Advent and Christmas? Maybe not! Our God
is good! Jesus is coming to you and I this Advent and Christmas, will we recognize Him and welcome Him into our life, into our home and into our world?
Bishop Boyea is leading us this Advent with the Year of the Bible. He invites us to join him in reading through the Holy Bible over the course of the next 12 months. It is in the pages of the Sacred Scriptures that we encounter Jesus and fall in love with Him. To sign up for this, all you have to do is pick up your cell phone and text the letters BYOB – that stands for Bishop’s Year of the Bible- to 84576. You can also go directly to the diocesan website. Sign up today!
Following Bishop’s lead we are also going digital this year. We are providing each family with a digital download card filled with weekly talks by Fr. Dave Pivonka of the Wild Goose Ministries and music by The Vigil Project. There’s also a companion booklet which you can use in small groups, in your families or as individuals. You can pick up your copy this weekend, or in the parish office throughout the week. Also, we all have access to the Formed.org website and you can check out what they have to offer. I was planning to give you another Christmas gift called The Search by Chris Stefanick. But now you can watch the seven episodes on the formed.org website. So cool! I hope you’ll enjoy it.
For charitable works, we have our annual Advent project of helping to fund the building of a new home for a homeless family in Haiti. There’ll be white envelopes in the gathering spaces in our two churches for you to use if you so wish. Checks are to be made to thepar ish and on the memo line write Advent project. Every year we have always provided a new home for a homeless family. It will be even much, much more appreciated during this pandemic time.
Please come and join Deacon Chuong and I for the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on the first three Tuesdays of December at 7pm. I’ll also be available for Confessions during Adoration. There will be no Communal Penance so please join us at Adoration.
My dear friends, these are some of the ways in which Jesus may choose to come into your life this Advent and Christmas season. Let us open our eyes and welcome Him - Come, Lord Jesus!
Tis The Season Toy Drive
All proceeds are donated to Motts Children’s Hospital
Hello! I am Adrianna Adkins, and I am in 10th grade, hopefully getting confirmed soon. Some may know, to be confirmed you have to successfully complete a service project. For my project two years ago, I decided to collect toys for Mott Children's Hospital. When I saw how much of an impact I was making, I decided to continue this for years to come. After all the time that I have spent at the hospital over the last couple of years, I became thankful that I was able to come home after a short stay there. I also have a deep love for the Christmas season, so I combined these two things, and a thought occurred to me, why don’t I collect toys for the kids who don’t get to come home for the holidays, so that they have presents on Christmas? This year however was a little different due to the state of our world, so we were unsure that we would be able to continue the drive. But despite all of the Covid restrictions and guidelines, the hospital is in more need for donations than ever. I have wishlists from the hospital available for those willing to donate to the cause. Gifts must be new and unwrapped. Cash/Check donations are also accepted, as I take that money to personally purchase pre sents for the drive. A special request has been made that donations for teens be focused on, as they are not as easily shopped for. I understand that holiday times can make things tight in money in your own house hold, but any donations help to make these kids and families have a merrier Christmas. I will be taking donations to the hospital on December 11th, so please make sure that I have your donations before then. We will have a bin set up where you can drop off your donations here in the church. If you have any questions, feel free to ask me anything. I can be reached at 517-795-8671. Thank you! Adrianna
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS COUNCIL 9182 & the KNIGHTS ANGELS ARE COLLECTING
GIFTS FOR THE HOLY CROSS CHILDREN’S SERVICES
SWEATSHIRT Hoodies (only), Sports or college logos, Adult sizes only Med thru 4XL.
BATH BASKETS ~ Needed Items: shampoo, conditioner, body wash/gel/ scrub, hair gel, toothpaste, chapstick, toothbrush, emery boards, hair brush, bath puff/loofah, hair mousse, deodorant, body & hand lotion.
HATS, SCARVES AND MITTENS (Handmade or store bought) GIFT CARDS Meijer, Target, Walmart only ~ $5, $10, $15, $20 or $25 only
TWIN BED SHEETS ~ These are given to the young men and women whom are graduating the programs and going to live on their own.
Due to the Pandemic, Holy Cross Children’s Services have requested that we DO NOT WRAP THE GIFTS. Deadline for drop off is November 30, 2020. Please leave items at church or if you prefer porch pickup please contact Tammy March at 517-348-7438, call or text.
In an effort to continue the practice of our faith in these trying times, when many parishes have closed due to restrictions due to the coronavirus, we invite you to join us online for daily Mass. ~Bishop Robert Barron
Love God ~ Love People ~ Make Disciples