Memorial Day Mass in DeWitt City Cemetery
Memorial Day began in 1868 as a day toremember all those who died in the Civil War. Now it honors all United Statescitizens who died in war. Unfortunately, that meaning ofMemorial Day often gets lost when we see that day as the “unofficial” start to our summerholidays.
Congress has encouraged Memorial Day as a time to remember all who have died in war (combatants and innocent civilians) and as a day to renew our efforts for just and lasting peace throughout the world. To mark this day, we will celebrate Mass in the DeWitt City Cemetery at 9:00 AM on Monday morning, May 27. Mass will be celebrated in section “D” of the cemetery, which is directly across Bridge Street from the church. This is also the area of the cemetery in which DeWitt’s memorial to its Civil War dead is located.
Please park in the church parking lot and walk across Bridge Street to the cemetery. Please reserve parking in the cemetery only for those with mobility problems. Bring lawn chairs forseating. At Mass we willremember all those who have died and a special prayer for visiting the grave of a loved one will beavailable for quiet prayer after Mass. If it’s raining at 8:00 AM that morning, Mass will becelebrated in the church. Mass will be followed by coffee and donuts in the community center.
The weekend of June 8 and 9, when I will celebrate my last weekend Masses here at St. Jude, is getting closer by the day. I have begun the process of sorting, cleaning and packing in order to make way for Fr. Bob’s arrival at the end of June. The weekend of June 8 and 9 will not be easy, but it will be one more step on the journey that takes me to my new assignment as pastor of St. John the Evangelist in Fenton.
In my 14 years here we have accomplished a great deal. We have laughed and cried together, prayed and worshipped God together. That is something worth celebrating. So, please join me on Tuesday evening, June 11, for a parish cook-out as a way of saying thank you to one another for these years together. The festivities on June 11 will begin at 6:00 PM in the community center and last until ? The menu is picnic fare and no RSVP is necessary. I chose Tuesday evening so as to not interfere with graduation open houses. I do hope that everyone can join me on that Tuesday evening. I want to make sure that I offer my words of thanks to as many of you as possible before I move on to Fenton.
Contribute to Oklahoma tornado relief
As the families who are affected by the recent tornadoes in Oklahoma only just begin to realize the impact of these terrible storms, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City is providing long-term disaster relief for the victims. The Diocese of Lansing joins all those praying and desiring to help those affected by this tragic devastation.
To contribute, send a check payable to
Diocese of Lansing
228 North Walnut Street
Lansing, MI, 48933
ATTN: Oklahoma Relief
All proceeds will be bundled and sent to Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.
6PM Sunday Mass
The Sunday evening Mass will go on its summer vacation beginning Sunday, May 26, and will return Sunday, September 8, the Sunday after Labor Day.
Offertory Envelope Booklets Now Available for Pick-up
Our 2013-2014 annual offertory envelope booklets are now available for pick-up in the parish hall. Picking up your annual envelope booklet helps to save the parish almost $2000 in postage!