Dear Parishioners of St. John the Baptist,
We want to convey to you some important updates to our parish life regarding the COVID-19 order announced last Sunday evening by Governor Whitmer. The order went into effect this morning, November 18th. While the order includes the power to ban gatherings of people, all orders remain subject to the constitutional protection of free exercise of religion. As has been the case since the start of COVID-19 restrictions and orders, we are exempt from penalty for religious worship. It is also important to note that the Diocese remains unaware of any outbreaks connected to one of its churches. We have received the following information from the Diocese of Lansing which will have an impact on some of the parish events here at our parish.
The dispensation for Mass has been extended until Tuesday, February 16th, 2021.
Bishop Boyea has confirmed that Masses (and sacraments and devotions) will continue under the present liturgical guidelines. This means that we will continue to offer our current Mass schedule Tuesdays through Sundays as well as continue to offer confessions, baptisms, weddings, funerals, and Eucharistic Adoration times. This is good news compared to the complete shut down from last April and May!
The Diocese has prohibited other scheduled parish events and parish gatherings and they are detailed here:
Additionally, since Eucharistic Adoration is something we can do during these stressful times, we are hoping to offer even more opportunities to spend one-on-one time with our Lord. We can all use more of that right now, can’t we?!
“Let us continue to fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:18)
Fr. Dan Westermann, Pastor
Thanksgiving Day, 11/26, Mass at 9:00 a.m.
Friday,11/27: No Confessions at 11:00 a.m. No Mass at 12:15 p.m.
Immaculate Conception (Holy Day of Obligation) 12/8, Mass times at 8:00 a.m., 12:15p.m., 6:00 p.m.
Christmas Eve, 12/24, Mass times at 4:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m., and Midnight Mass at 12:00 a.m. No 8:00 a.m. Mass.
Welcome to our parish! Here is our weekday and weekend Mass schedule as well as confession times:
• Tuesday - 6:00 pm Mass
• Wednesday - 8:00 am Mass
• Thursday - 8:00 am Mass
• Friday - 12:15 pm Mass
• Saturday - 8:00 am Mass
• Saturday Vigil - 5:00 pm Mass
• 9:00 am Mass (Live Streamed)
• 11:00 am Mass
• 5:00 pm Mass
Office Hours: Monday through Friday 9:00a.m. until 4:30p.m., closed for lunch 12:00-1:00p.m.
Confession Times: Tuesdays from 6:30p.m.-7:30p.m. / Fridays from 11:00a.m.-11:45a.m. / Saturdays 3:30p.m.-4:30p.m.
Weekly Eucharistic Adoration every Wednesday 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. If you are willing to be put on the sub list for when an additional adorer is needed on the schedule, please contact [email protected]
To view our St. John the Baptist 2019-2020 Financial Report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2020, please click HERE.
The dispensation from the Sunday Mass obligation will continue through Sunday, November 22nd, 2020. If you are a registered parishioner at another parish, we would encourage you to attend that parish during this time.
Please be aware that these guidelines are subject to change as we receive information from the Diocese of Lansing. We are grateful for your patience and charity during this time.
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