The following general announcements were updated on February 16, 2006. See Meetings for additional parish news.
We are hoping for your input into our parish planning for the future Worship and Office spaces of The Church of The Holy Family. If you have any suggestions, comments, questions please email them to: [email protected] with “exploratory” in the subject line.
To find out more about the function of the exploratory committee and help them with your input click the following LINK
Vigil Saturday 5:00 P.M.
8:00, 10:00 A.M. and 12:15, 7:00 P.M.
Mon. 6:30 AM
Tues. 12:15, 5:00 PM
Wed. 6:30 AM, 5:00 PM
Thu: 8:15 AM, 12:15 PM
Fri. 6:30 AM
Sat. 8:00 AM, 5:00 PM Vigil
Holy Days as announced
Sacrament of Reconciliation 11:00 – noon
Sacrament of Baptism – Make arrangements in advance
Sacrament of Marriage – Make arrangements in advance
|Thomas, Carla & Gary Potter
|Larry & Jane Hodges
|Thomas and Barbara Koneazny
|Chris & Gary Drainville
|Adam & Evelyn Armbuster
|The Brown Family
|Sheldon & Fern Potter
|Larry & Jane Hodges
|Mary, mother of Fr. Joseph Birungi of Uganda
|St. Rita’s Guild
|The Red Hat Society
|Sue Bankston (living)
|Jerry & Sharron Goulet
|Jerry & Sharron Goulet
|Fr. Boleslaw Lipzewski
|Leonard and Barbara Amore
|Jim Hassberger & Family
|Bece & Bernie McGuire
|Carl and Aileen Jarema
Stewardship by the Book
We are the servants of God, each with his or her own task. We will be judged good stewards if, at His coming, He finds us ready and conscientiously pursing the tasks to which we have been called.
Market Day Online www.marketday.com
Market Day order is scheduled for pick-up at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, March 17, 2006 between 3:00-4:00 PM in the St. Joseph Center. Holy Family School receives money on every food order.
Please pray for our young men and women who are in the military at this crucial time. This space will be set aside every week for the names of our parishioners who are serving our country:
Mmn2 Adam Berns – Navy USS Los Ang., HA
Pfc. Brian Boisvert-Army Kuwait
SFC Tony Briggs-Army, Waterford
Roy Brochu-Navy Sea Bees, Great Lakes
Sgt. Patrick Cunningham-Air Force, Iraq
Ens. Bill Daly-Navy-USS Arleigh Burke, Norfolk, VA
Robert Gordon FCO1-USN-USS Carl Vinson, Seattle
SSgt. Justin Hager-US Air Force, Iraq
Lindsey Jackson-AF, San Antonio, TX
Cmdr. Chris Junge – Navy, Pt. Mugu, CA
2Lt. Anne Koenig, USAF, TX
Ens. Noël Koenig, Navy, Italy
Pfc. Seamus McVey, Army, Iraq
Pfc. Adam Moreau, Army, Germany
Pvt. Greg Peel-Kuwait
Pfc. Jeremiah Webster – Army, Germany
SSgt/ John-Paul Wyant –Air Force, Iraq
For those that would be interested in writing either Get Well cards or letters to soldiers that are recovering from injuries, at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington D.C. :
c/o American Red Cross
Walter Reed Army Medical Center
6900 Georgia Ave, NW
Wash. D.C. 20037-5001
Anyone who wishes to have the Fatima Statue in their home, please call Paula at 695-2606. If you wish, the statue can be brought to your home during the evening if you work during the day.
Resources For Persons With Disabilities
WKAR Radio Talking Book is a 24-hour news and information service provided free-of-charge for anyone who has difficulty reading conventional printed material. Every week more than 220 volunteers keep 1,500 print-challenged listeners in Mid-Michigan in touch and informed by providing verbatim readings from 14 daily newspapers, dozens of magazines, best-selling novels, children’s books, advertisements, community calendars, and other printed materials. For more information on the program, or to volunteer, call (517) 353-9124.
Anointing Of The Sick
People who are going into the hospital for tests or surgery have a special need for spiritual care and support. Our Lord Jesus understood the fears and the worries of those who are ill (and of their families), and so He instituted in His Church a special sacrament called the anointing of the sick. This gift of grace is for anyone who is facing surgery, experiencing a serious illness or becoming weak because of old age.
We encourage anyone who needs this spiritual consolation and divine assistance to speak to one of the priests as soon as this becomes a worry. If for surgery, do this before the day you go to the hospital so that here in our community, in the church or at your home, we can pray with you and administer this powerful sign of God’s healing love.
To receive the Sacrament of the Sick when you come to Mass – mention your need to the priest before Mass – and receive the Anointing afterward.
Our Boy Scout Troop 238, is Chartered by Holy Family School and has approximately 35 boys, ranging from age 11 to 18. We have a strong leadership base, with several years experience in mentoring our young men to become good citizens, stewards to their community, environment and to serve God. If someone would like additional information concerning Boy Scouting at Holy Family, they can contact John Bradburn at 694-0956 or [email protected]
S.C.O.U.T. B.A.N.A.N.A. PROJECT UPDATEwww.scoutbanana.catholicweb.comI thought you might be interested to read about Alex on NetAid’s website: www.netaid.org Alex Hill received the Global Action Award in a ceremony in New York City on Thurs, Dec. 2, 2004. He has also been chosen by Teen PEOPLE magazine as one of “20 Teens Who Will Change the World”. He will be featured in a spring issue and also wins a scholarship. Thanks for all your help and support along the way.
Keeping Pace With Sister Grace
Another plea… We really do need your help as a Communion Minister to nursing homes and homebound. It is a very rewarding ministry. Please pray about it and call Sr. Grace: 694-7701. Thank you.
As has been done in the past, we will continue to pray for our parishioners as listed in the bulletin. Please note: It will not be necessary to repeat the names of those already listed on our parishioners’ list of those who are ill, but do call to have a name removed. We are sorry for the confusion. Please help us to keep this list updated. Simply call Judi in the parish office (694-4891), Sister Grace (694-7701) or you may email to [email protected] you for loving and caring for those who need our prayers.
Sr. Grace and Sr. Dismas
DIOCESAN RESTORATIVE JUSTICE MINISTRY NEEDS CATHOLIC BIBLES [email protected]
St. Vincent DePaul Store (234-5381)
There is a need for qualified interpreters for liturgical services in the Genesee Region. Please contact Richard Strife, PH.D., at the Catholic Deaf Ministry office at (517) 342-2500 for more information.
SHARED JOURNEYS BEREAVEMENT PROGRAM
Losing a loved one can be one of the most difficult passages that we go through. The goal of our program is to offer companionship and support to individuals who are experiencing this type of loss, through the caring and sharing of empathetic and compassionate volunteers who have experienced a similar loss.
If you are experiencing the loss of a loved one and would like a companion on your journey to help share this passage, or if you have experienced the loss of a loved one and would like to help someone through their passage, please call Karen Johnson, Bereavement Coordinator, Heartland Hospice at (810) 230-1318 or (888) 427-6818.
Baptism Preparation Guidelines
Holy Family Parish, Grand Blanc, Michigan
Congratulations! We share your happiness and pray that God will bless you abundantly as you present your child for the Sacrament of Baptism. You are giving your child a life-long gift—the gift of faith and membership in a community that will help foster that faith.
You are making a commitment as you present your child for Baptism. The words spoken at the ceremony by the priest or deacon make this very clear:
“You have asked to have your child baptized. In doing so, you are accepting the responsibility of training this child in the practice of the faith. It will be your duty to bring this child up to keep God’s commandments as Christ taught us, by loving God and our neighbor. Do you clearly understand this?”
As you prepare for this very special day, you will be asked to meet certain requirements. These requirements are outlined below.
Requirements for Infant/Child Baptism at Holy Family
1. You must be a registered member of Holy Family Parish who regularly participates in our Sacramental life.
2. If you are from another parish, you must have a letter from your Pastor granting us permission to baptize your child. Letters may be sent to:
Ellen Venos, Baptism coordinator
Church of the Holy Family
11824 S. Saginaw St.
Grand Blanc, MI 48439
Baptism Preparation Class
If you are having your first child baptized—or if this child will be your first child baptized at Holy Family—you are required to attend a baptism preparation class. Classes are held on the third Tuesday of each month from 7:00-8:30 pm.
Selecting Godparents for your child is an important step in your child’s faith formation. The Godparents make a commitment to rear your child in the Catholic Church, promising that your child will receive the Sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation if you are unable or unwilling to fulfill your commitments. Therefore, one Godparent must be a Catholic who participates in the Sacraments and is registered at a Catholic church. In addition, the Catholic Godparent must
· be 16 years of age or older;
· be a fully initiated Catholic (through the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist);
· attend a Baptism preparation class at Holy Family or their home parish; and
· return the enclosed Godparent form signed by their pastor (if they are not members of Holy Family).
The second Godparent need not be Catholic. It is expected that he or she be a Christian.
A child may have more than two Godparents. However, only two will be listed in our Baptism registry.
Because Baptism is a community celebration, the community gathers to welcome the newly baptized. Therefore, we encourage parents to have their children baptized at a regularly scheduled Mass or at a communal Baptism celebration:
· Baptisms may be scheduled during Mass according to availability. Because we are a wonderfully busy parish, some Mass times may not be available.
· Baptisms may also be scheduled during communal Baptism celebrations on the last Sunday of each month at 2:00 pm.
Under emergency situations, a private baptism may be scheduled.
We ask that family members write and read a petition (single prayer) to be used during the Baptismal celebration. Some example petitions follow:
“May our family continue to pass on the light of Christ to [child’s name]; let us pray to the Lord.”
“May [child’s name] model the faith of his or her [deceased relative] through our example; let us pray to the Lord.”
Please keep in mind that the petition is a short prayer. Poetry or long readings are beautiful, but not appropriate.
If your child is baptized at a regularly scheduled Mass, you may only take photographs during the actual baptism to preserve the sacredness of the liturgy. If your child is baptized at a communal celebration, you may take photographs during the entire celebration.
Please discuss these requirements with your family and Godparents. When you have met the preceding expectations for Baptism, call Ellen Venos at 694-9072, ext. 152 to schedule a date for baptism. If you are not planning a communal celebration, please have more than one date in mind so that we may coordinate with the Mass schedules.
Welcome to our newest members who joined us through the Sacrament of Baptism in May.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is held regularly in the church from 11:00 AM until noon on Saturday.