Labor Day, Monday, September 1st
Mass on Labor Day is at 10 a.m.
Click here for current information about our pastor.
Letter from Fr. Jonathan on May 5th, click here.
Contact information for those on the panel at the parish-wide meeting.
Statement from Fr. Kenneth Coughlin, August 1, 2014.
Part-time School Custodian opening, click here.
Church of the Holy Family at 11804 S Saginaw St, Grand Blanc, MI 48439 US - News and Events
News and Events
For the latested up-to-date information on activities and events, click the button on the left of the screen labeled Bulletins. You will find a link to view last Sunday's bulletin. You may also view several previous bulletins and have the option of signing up to have a copy of the bulletin sent to your e-mail address each week.
News and Upcoming Events:
Mass Seasonal Time Change starts September 7, 2014
Sunday Evening Mass will be at 5 p.m. (formerly 7 p.m.)
This change will run from September 7th, 2014 to May 17th, 2015 at which time the Mass time for the Sunday evening Mass will go back to 7:00 p.m.
This seasonal time change is only for the Sunday evening Mass. We hope this change will allow all parishioners to enjoy the longer hours of daylight throughout the summer months and to be home and warm earlier throughout the winter months.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
Are you unbaptized, but interested in being baptized in the Catholic Church? Perhaps you’re married to a Catholic and attend Mass with your family and are starting to think about becoming Catholic yourself. Maybe you just have questions about the Catholic Faith that you would like answered before you decide if you want to become Catholic.
If any of these situations apply to you or if you are already baptized Catholic, but never received First Eucharist or Confirmation, RCIA may be for you. RCIA is first and foremost a journey of faith – a group that meets on Sunday evenings to learn about the Catholic faith, ask questions, read and discuss the Bible and pray and share faith together, while preparing to receive the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation.
The next inquiry group will be starting on Sunday, September 14th.
For further information, please contact Maddie White, RCIA Coordinator – Religious Education Office at (810) 694-9072, Ex. 154.
Congratulations! - Sister Pamela Catherine Peasel
Sr. Pamela Catherine Peasel made her Perpetual Profession with the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity on August 2nd, 2014, at Holy Family Convent, Manitowoc, Wisconsin.
Sister Pamela is a former Holy Family parishioner, daughter of Sharon and Richard Peasel. Sr. Pamela sends her appreciation for our encouragement and prayerful support. Please continue to keep Sister Pamela Catherine in your prayers.
Photo on our Facebook page.
Larry Blondin received the Rite of Candidacy, a public step in his journey to become a Permanent Deacon, August 16th at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, East Lansing.
Please continue to pray for Larry and his family.
What is a Candidate? Click here for more info.
Are you looking for quality education for your children? Click here!
Fr. Gary's Homilies
Fr. Gary will be posting his homilies on our website. You may view them by following the link "Homilies" from the list on the left of home page.
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..............Cell Group Teachings
To listen to or read Fr. Jonathan's August small group Cell teaching on "Living in the Spirit; This Coming Year at Holy Family" follow the links on our Cell Groups page.
Holy Family Outreach Newsletter
May 18, 2014
Holy Family Parish Picnic
Sunday, September 7th, at Bicentennial Park
Grand Blanc Rd. and I-475 in Grand Blanc
(The picnic will begin immediately after the
12 p.m. Mass, which will be celebrated in the park)
Please join us for this FREE annual parish event! There will be plenty of food / refreshments, bounce house and planned games for the children and on-site raffle opportunities to try your luck!
Parishioners are encouraged to bring a dessert to share. Mark your calendars now and join us for some fun, food and fellowship.
The picnic is sponsored by the Holy Family Athletic Boosters, with the help of several other organizations in the parish. It is our way of saying Thank You for all of the support we receive across all of our various functions and fundraisers. We look forward to seeing everyone at the picnic!
K of C Soccer Challenge
Sunday, Sept. 7th
at our parish picnic
The Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge is a competition designed for players to demonstrate the most basic soccer skill – the penalty kick. Open to all boys and girls, ages 9-14, where each player will be allowed 15 shots at the goal from the penalty line (12 yards from the goal).
The Council will hold the Soccer Challenge at our parish picnic Sunday, September 7th, at Bicentennial Park following lunch.
Winners will be given a KofC soccer ball and a free invitation for them and their family to attend our Spaghetti Dinner in October, as well as the opportunity to progress to the district level.
“Others First” is September 6th/7th
We depend on your generosity to stock our St. Joseph Food Pantry and Clothes Closet. Please remember the needy as you shop this week. Bring nonperishable items to Mass next weekend. They may be placed on the steps at the sides of the altar.
If you are attending the 12 p.m. Mass at the parish picnic, an area will be set up for you to drop off your “Others First” items.
Especially needed this month:
toothbrushes, toothpaste, razors, shaving cream, diapers size #5, toilet paper, shampoo, deodorant, dish soap.
Your generosity is appreciated, especially by our clients.
United Catholic Appeal starting September 6th/7th
Catholic social service agencies from across Genesee County launched the 2014 United Catholic Appeal (formerly the United Lenten Appeal) this past spring. Holy Family is launching our appeal the weekend of September 6th/7th. This is an annual petition within the Catholic community dedicated to gathering support for agencies that serve our community’s most vulnerable citizens. Organizations benefiting from the appeal are: Catholic Charities of Genesee County, including its North End Soup Kitchen Programs, Catholic Outreach, St. Francis Prayer Center, and St. Luke N.E.W. Life Center. Your support helps provide vital services to our neighbors in need here in Genesee County. Information about these agencies is available. For more information call (810) 232-9950, ext. 226/228. You can support this appeal today through “online giving” on our website. Envelopes will be available in the pews starting September 6th.
Thank you in advance for your generous support of the United Catholic Appeal.
One in Faith, United in Service.
DSA 2014 Report
The envelopes are out of the pews and the tracking thermometers are off the walls. You thought you had heard the last update for our 2014 Diocesan Services Appeal but I’d like to share with you some very good news.
It was reported at the end of July after 16+ weeks of the appeal, that Holy Family had reached 98.7% of our goal by giving $193,659.00 to the DSA. After a final appeal was sent out by the Diocese to those who had yet to support and DSA pledges continued to come in each week, I am very pleased to announce that Holy Family has not only reached our goal, but we have surpassed it.
Thanks be to God for the overwhelming generosity of this faith community.
Holy Family was one of 52 parishes that reached their goal. Over 750 individuals and families supported this year’s appeal and a big Thank You is owed to all. As you may remember our goal was $196,100. We exceeded our goal by collecting $199,168 to support the many ministries and programs in our Diocese.
Adult Choir - Starting September 4th
Come sing in the Adult Choir at Holy Family. No audition is necessary as long as you are open to learning during rehearsals. All men and women of high school and above are welcome.
Rehearsal: Thursday, 7:30 p.m. in the church (First rehearsal on September 4th)
Mass: Sunday, 10 a.m. Mass (Warm-up at 9:30 a.m.)
We need more bell choir members who can read music. The rehearsals are on Mondays, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Please contact Dr. Lee for more information.
Dr. Simon Lee, Music Director
(810) 694-4891 ext. 205
Parish Fall Children's Choir - Starting September 9th
Parish Children’s Choir, 3rd through 8th, will meet on Tuesdays 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. in Dr. Lee’s Music Office, beginning September 9th. Please contact Dr. Lee to register.
The choir will sing:
**once or twice a month at Saturday 5 p.m. and/or Sunday 12 noon Mass
**Advent Concert on Sunday, December 14th, 3:00 p.m. in the church
**Christmas 3:00 or 3:30 p.m. Prelude and 4:00 p.m. Vigil Mass in the hall
Please contact Dr. Lee (firstname.lastname@example.org or 810-694-4891, ext. 205) if you are interested in joining the choir.
Holy Family Commission Kick-Off
Attention: Parish Commission and Council Members, Group Leaders,
School and Parish Staff
Saturday, September 13th
9 a.m. to noon in the St. Joseph Center
If you can join us at 8 a.m., we will start the day with Mass.
A continental breakfast will be served starting at 8:30 a.m.
Events start at 9 a.m.
You should have received an invitation letter in the mail. If you did not get one, please call Theresa Dyer in the parish office so we can make sure we have your name on our list – 694-4891. We are also asking for you to RSVP if you received an invitation and cannot make it.
Fiscal State of the Parish
Mark Stockoski, Holy Family’s Business Manager, will be giving an update on the fiscal state of the Parish at all Masses the weekend of September 13th & 14th. The update will focus on what has gone on this past year, where we are now, and plans for this coming year. He will be speaking after communion so please make an effort to remain.
Star Wars Nite at Comerica Park!
Saturday, September 13th
You and your family are invited to join the youth group for Star Wars Night at Comerica Park to watch the Detroit Tigers take on the Cleveland Indians. Tickets are $35 a person and includes your ticket to the game, snacks on the bus and round trip bus transportation.
The bus will leave Holy Family at 5 p.m. and return in the evening after the game and fireworks!
Permission slips are available for high school youth who plan on attending without a parent. Please contact Jennifer Giddings in the Religious Education office to sign up by Wednesday, September 3rd. Space is limited!
May the Force be with our Tigers!
Which day works for you?
Annual Gathering for Liturgical Ministers
Thurs., September 18th, 7-9 p.m.
Sat., September 20th, 9-11 a.m.
Don’t forget to call Joanie in the parish office at 694-4891, ext. 204 to commit to one of the above dates.
Family Promise of Genesee County
Holy Family partners with New Life Community Lutheran
for Family Promise
The week of Sept 21st is Holy Family's next support week for Family Promise. We are looking for volunteers to provide dinner on Tuesday and Thursday evening, at New Life Community Lutheran (on Torrey Rd., in Mundy Twp.) as well as volunteers for Saturday activities and meals.
For more information on signing up, please email Amy Deloney at email@example.com or Lindsay Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org. We welcome returning volunteers and are excited to see new ones too!
Mary; A Biblical Walk With Our Blessed Mother
An eight-part Bible Study Featuring Dr. Edward Sri
A Powerful Study on the Blessed Mother
Filmed on location in the Holy Land, Mary: A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother will place you in the midst of the powerful drama of Mary’s earthly life, taking you through her joys and her sorrows. You will learn how she works in our lives today, drawing us ever closer to her divine Son. Seeing Mary in this way will change you forever. She will become a part of your daily life and help you to become more like Christ.
Join us for Mary: A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother at Holy Family Church. We will offer this study at two different times.
Either Mondays from Sept. 22nd - Nov. 10th from 7 - 8:45 p.m.
Tuesdays from Sept. 23rd - Nov. 11th from 9:15 - 10:45 a.m.
For more information contact Larry Blondin @ 694-4891, ext. 254, or e-mail at email@example.com
SAVE THE DATE
Treat yourself to a
Christ Renews His Parish Weekend!
Women’s Renewal Weekend
Saturday, October 11th, and Sunday, October 12th
Take this unique opportunity to renew and deepen your faith.
This weekend is a gift to you from our parish
and takes place on Holy Family parish grounds.
Call the parish office for more information.
Holy Family Parish’s Mission 2015
February 23rd - 25th, 2015
Fr. Ben Luedtke
55 & Over - Lunch Time
Tuesdays from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Brief meeting at 11:15 a.m., salads 11:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m., and we will eat by 12:00 noon. Each senior clears their own area. Bingo follows and we leave the hall by 2:00 p.m. You are always welcome to come early and visit with your friends.
Priestly Vocations Prayer Chalice Program
The Priestly Vocations Prayer Chalice Program is a seven-day program which offers families or individuals an organized time of prayer specifically for vocations to the priesthood. A designated priest's chalice is available to travel weekly between parishioner's homes based on a prearranged schedule. If you feel called to host the chalice and pray for vocations, please the parish office.
Prayer for Our Country
Every Friday at 3 p.m. in Church
Help put God back in America! If you are concerned about the direction our country is taking, please join us in church every Friday at 3 p.m. We will pray for help to reverse the drift away from God and freedom, to give us the courage to reject the culture of death, and the strength to build a new culture of life and to stir the hearts of our leaders so we remain one nation under God, with liberty and justice for all. The more voices, the stronger our prayer.
Coffee and Donuts or Pizza
Please remember to join us in the Father Bush Parish Center after the 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., and 12:00 p.m. Masses. We have coffee and donuts after the Sunday morning Masses and pizza is served after the 12:00 p.m. Mass. Come visit with your fellow parishioners.
The first weekend of every month
We depend on your generosity to stock our St. Joseph Food Pantry and Clothes Closet. Please remember the needy as you shop. Bring nonperishable items to Mass the first weekend of every month. Your bags may be placed on the steps at the sides of the altar. Each weekend beforehand, we list in the parish bulletin items that are especially needed that month. Your generosity is appreciated especially by our clients.
Promise to Protect / Pledge to Heal
If you have been abused or victimized by someone representing the Catholic Church… Please believe in the possibility for hope and help and healing. We encourage you to come forward and speak out. Every arch/diocese/eparchy in the United States now has a victim assistance coordinator who is available to obtain support for your needs, to help you make a formal complaint of abuse to the arch/diocese/eparchy, and to arrange a personal meeting with the bishop or his representative, if you desire. The victim assistance coordinator for your arch/diocese/eparchy is: Adrienne Rowland, LMSW, ACSW, 1-888-308-6252 / firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Lady of Fatima Visiting Statue
Through the generosity of the Knights of Columbus, the World Apostolate of Fatima Statue has been traveling throughout Holy Family parish since 1997. This year her presence graced many homes. If you would like to share your heart and your home with Our Lady of Fatima, please call the parish office. This statue is delivered to and picked up from your home. What a special way to honor the Blessed Mother with your family!
In the words of Our Lady of Fatima, “Pray, Pray, Pray.”
Join the Knights!
If you are a Catholic Man over the age of 18 and you are looking to become part of a group dedicated to service and fraternity, consider joining the Knights. The time commitment is minimal, but the difference you can make in our community is huge! Call the parish office for Knights of Columbus contact information.