St. Joseph Shrine Catholic Church
Weekend Masses are Saturdays at 5:00 pm and Sundays at 8:00 and 10:00 am. Weekend Masses are in the Family Center.
Weekday Mass – We will celebrate a weekday Mass every Tuesday at 9:00 am in the Church.
Confessions are in the Church from 3:30 until 4:30 pm on Saturdays.
Eucharistic Adoration will start up again on the first Friday of the month beginning September 4 from 1:00 until 5:00 p.m. in the Church. We need to schedule adorers for each hour. Please call (517-467-2183) or email (email@example.com) Rose in the Parish Office if you would like to commit an hour of your time to adore the Lord.
8/09/20 Deacon’s Corner
As I sit down to write this week’s Deacon’s Corner, I can’t help to see how the pandemic dominates every part of our life. We have rules for everything from standing in line, attending church, social gatherings, and even using a public restroom. Some people argue that the government doesn’t do enough to protect us from the virus. Others argue the government does too much. Sometimes I think my civil liberties are violated because I’m required to wear a mask. But, then the senior living center where my mom lives goes on lockdown again because a resident has COVID-19. Did someone not wear a mask when they were supposed to? Is it a false positive test result? Was there an underlying health condition that mimics COVID-19? Who knows – even the experts can’t agree!
As I tie myself in knots trying to make sense of all this, I remember the story in Matthew 22, when a group of Pharisees confronted Jesus and asked whether it was lawful to pay taxes to Caesar. Jesus responded by asking whose face was engraved on the coins used to pay the taxes. When they answered it was Caesar’s face, Jesus replied, “Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s; and to God the things that are God’s” (Matthew 22:21). Jesus is not mixing politics and religion. His response is about how we relate to the government vs. how we relate to God.
The Roman government in Jesus’ day was totalitarian, corrupt, and ruled by a dictator. Still, Jesus promoted an attitude of respect toward the government by obeying the law and paying taxes. If the Roman government deserved the Jews’ respect, doesn’t our much more fair government deserve ours? Even if we don’t like our current political leaders, we must remember that our citizens placed them there through fair and open elections. Following the rules for this pandemic may seem to be an infringement on our constitutional rights to some. But for others, the rules could possibly mean the difference between life and death. Only God knows for sure.
At the beginning of this pandemic, Bishop Boyea wrote a Friday Memo reminding us that wearing masks is a sign of love for other each other. When I think about his words, I shouldn’t wear a mask because the government tells me to. I should wear a mask out of love for people who are vulnerable to the virus or fear they will get it. If Jesus were here today, would he say, give to Caesar what is Caesar’s by following the COVID-19 rules, and give to God what is God’s by loving each other? I think he would.
Altar Society Scholarships are available to St. Joseph Shrine students. For more information go to the Altar Society tab under Parish Ministries.
Parish Website Statement
We value the health and safety of the St. Joseph Shrine parish employees and guests. Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the St. Joseph Shrine parish has implemented preventive measures in line with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Our focus is to ensure we meet the needs of those whom we serve while doing our part to keep our employees and our communities safe. For the latest updates, we recommend the guidance provided at the CDC website (cdc.gov/coronavirus).
Our buildings and worship spaces will continue to be cleaned with disinfectant cleaning supplies regularly.
At this time, we are taking recommended precautions while continuing operations. While some of our employees are able to telework at least most of the time, we have instructed that all employees who work onsite:
Maintain a safe distance from one another (at least six feet).
Wash their hands frequently (at least 20 seconds).
Practice safe hygiene: cdc.gov/healthywater/hygiene/etiquette/coughing_sneezing
Have hand sanitizer with at least 62% alcohol readily available.
Wipe down their workspaces at least once per day with sanitizing wipes, which are provided.
Cover their mouth and nose with a tissue and dispose of the tissue and wash hands. When a tissue is not available, use the crook of the elbow to cover the cough or sneeze.
Stay home if they are not feeling well or have symptoms such as a fever (100.4° or more) or a cough or trouble breathing.
Self-quarantine or seek medical treatment when necessary.
We are committed to continuing to serve our parishioners during this time.
Each Sunday, the Diocese of Lansing airs the televised Outreach Mass. The Mass airs at 6:00 AM and 10:00 AM on WLAJ Lansing TV53, and at 10:00 AM on WBSF-TV Flint Channel 46 (CW Network). Please contact your local
cable provider for channel information.
The Outreach Mass is also heard each Sunday at 11:00 AM on WJIM-AM 1240, Lansing, and on Good Shepherd
Catholic Radio Jackson on 1510-AM and 93.3-FM, at 12:00 PM.