Sacraments of Initiation
Parents must register 6 months prior to baptism, attend a parent interview and a baptism preparation class before the baptism is scheduled. Call the parish office at 517-482-1346, for information and class schedules.
Because sharing at the Eucharistic Table is a sign of unity in the Body of Christ, only those in communion with the Catholic Church may receive Holy Communion. To invite others present to receive Holy Communion implies a unity which does not exist. Those who do not receive Holy Communion still participate in this rite by praying for unity with Christ and with each other (more). For information on First Communion preparation of children and adults, please call the parish office at 517-482-1346.
The Confirmation Team, sponsors and mentors work together for 10 months to prepare candidates for the sacrament of Confirmation. The Confirmation Team is getting ready to start the new year and needs your help. If you have or know a 9th – 12th grader who has not been confirmed and has not been notified by the parish, please contact the parish office to prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation. For questions, contact our Faith Formation Director, Teresa Hurd by emailing email@example.com.
RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults)
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the process by which adults (and children age 7 and older) become members of the Catholic Church. It is a process in which the whole parish participates as we pray with the candidates for reception into the church. All of us have the responsibility of bringing the GOOD NEWS of Jesus to others. This process begins in the fall and continues through Pentecost. The highlight is the Holy Saturday celebration (the evening before Easter Sunday) in which the candidates join the church and the needed Sacraments of Initiation.
Sacraments of Healing
These sacraments celebrate the healing power of Jesus.
Celebrated every Saturday at 3:00 pm or by appointment. About the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Anointing of the Sick
If you or a family member are in need of this sacrament because you or someone is ill, having surgery, or nearing the end of life, please contact the parish office at 517-482-1346 or see Fr. Bill after any Mass.
If you or a family member are hospitalized and would like a hospital visit, please notify the parish office.
Sacraments at the Service of Communion
These sacraments help members serve the community. Matrimony and holy orders enable individuals to direct their lives in a sacramental way for the salvation of others. Through service to others, they build up the Body of Christ.
Engaged couples are to contact the priest to perform the ceremony at least 1 year in advance. Wedding dates are scheduled after the initial appointment has been made. Inquiry classes are offered for couples planning marriage, at least one of the engaged must be a registered parishioner.
Facilitating Open Couple Communication, Understanding & Study
The FOCCUS sponsor couple are volunteers who participate in a team ministry with the priest or deacon to provide preparation for marriage of engaged couples.
Holy Orders – Bishops, Priests and Deacons
- There is a special office of those who are set aside to sanctify, bless, teach and guide the Church and thus continue the role of the Apostles in making Christ present throughout the ages.
- “Holy Orders is the Sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to His apostles continues to be exercised in the Church until the end of time. Thus it is the Sacrament of apostolic ministry. It includes three degrees: episcopate, presbyterate and diaconate.” Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1536.
In addition to Holy Orders another calling to devote your life to service in the Church is Religious Life.
Religious Life – Consecrated Men and Women
What is “Consecrated Life”?
To be “Consecrated” means to be set apart for a special purpose. It refers to a state to which men and women take public vows to the Evangelical Counsels (poverty, chastity, and obedience), ordinarily within the context of a religious community (such as a monastery, convent, or friary). By taking these vows, religious men and women strive to follow the counsels of Jesus in a more perfect way.
Religious vocations to the priesthood or to the consecrated religious life are gifts from our Heavenly Father by which He calls a man or a woman to follow His Son, Jesus, in a unique way. Do not be afraid to open your heart to the possibility that God is calling you to such a vocation.
Always feel welcome to contact Fr. Bill through the parish office if you would like to speak to someone about a possible vocation to the priesthood or to the religious life. He is ready to help in any way he can.
The Diocese of Lansing, moreover, has a Vocations Office to assist men and women who would like to inquire about a possible vocation.
May the Holy Spirit, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, instruct and guide you to answer Jesus’ call to follow Him as His friend and disciple.
For more information on discernment to the priesthood or religious life, please visit the website of the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. That website includes great vocation resources here for men and here for women.