Things To Do – December 2023

The World Apostolate of Fatima-Genesee County has published its 2024 calendar of First Saturday devotions. For the calendar and the agenda for the devotion, please visit or contact Brad DePottey at 810.744.6508.

St. Joseph Church in Howell hosts a “Star of Bethlehem” movie night in the gym on Dec. 1 at 6 p.m.

Trivia Night at Spiritus Sanctus Academy will be held Dec. 1 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at 4101 E. Joy Rd in Ann Arbor. Cost is $25 per person or $125 for a table of six ($30/person at the door). The event will include games, prizes, raffles and more! All proceeds benefit the Class of 2024 March for Life Pilgrimage. Register online at Must be 18 to participate.

St. Michael Parish in Grand Ledge will host a craft bazaar on Dec. 2 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. More than 65 crafters, concessions, and a raffle will be offered. As always, admission is free!

St. Joseph Church in Howell invites you to “Pasta and Caroling” — a night of good food and Yuletide carols on Dec. 2 at 6:30 p.m. 

St. Paul Parish in Owosso will host its annual cookie sale on Dec. 2 from 12-6 p.m. and Dec. 3 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in its Fr. Kolenski Hall. Homemade cookies are $5 per pound and specialty plates are available, already wrapped, and ready to give as gifts. Elevator available.

St. Mary, Pinckney, hosts its Rosary Altar Society Bazaar on Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. No admission fee! More than 120 vendors are expected. Lunch is available for purchase and a bake sale, raffle, bake sale, and free parking and admission are all available. 

St. Mary, Pinckney, also hosts a night of praise, worship, Scripture and adoration at its Emmaus Night on Dec. 3 from 7-9 p.m.

The Knights of Columbus at St. Mary, Pinckney, hosts a country-style breakfast on Dec. 3 from 8:30-11 a.m. Free will donations are appreciated and will support Christmas baskets. 

St. Paul’s, Owosso, hosts its broasted chicken dinner on Dec. 3 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at 1259 E. Main St., Owosso. Menu includes delicious chicken, potatoes, stuffing, vegetable salad bar, roll, dessert, and beverage. Mark your calendars for Jan. 7, 2024! 

Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Brighton hosts Advent by Candlelight, A Women's Night of Reflections on Advent on Dec. 3 from 4-6 p.m. All women are invited to come prepare their hearts for the Advent season featuring reflection by an inspirational speaker, prayer, food and fellowship. Registration required. Contact the parish office at 810.231.9199, x200.

St. Gerard, Lansing hosts an Advent Men’s Retreat on Dec. 4 from 6:30-9 p.m. in the parish hall. The event includes a presentation by Father Gordon Reigle, followed by fellowship, pizza, pop and other beverages provided by Westgate Tavern and Eagle Monk Brewery. Visit the parish website for more information and registration details.

Maryville Retreat Center in Holly will host a Catholic Biblical School Retreat: Genesis -- Generations of Promise on Dec. 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Join Dr. Billy Kangas to discover the foundations that set the stage for God’s great work of redemption in Jesus Christ through the promises and families of the book of Genesis. Cost is $35 and includes lunch. For more information, visit, email or call/text 576.438.3085.

Powers Catholic High School in Flint hosts its Sounds of the Season Christmas Concert (band and choir combined) on Dec. 7; check the school’s website or Facebook page for times and details. 

St. Mary, Pinckney, hosts Advent by Tea on Dec. 7 from 6:30-9 p.m. Call St. Mary to reserve a table, at 734.878.3161, ext. 3.

Holy Redeemer parish in Burton hosts a musical Christmas program on Dec. 8 and 9 beginning at 7 p.m. The event features the parish worship team, Christmas orchestra and a capella singers. Admission is free with a goodwill donation and will be held at 1227 E. Bristol Road in Burton.

St. Mary School in Pinckney will host “A Mary Little Christmas” walk-through Christmas display on Dec. 9 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. 

St. Francis of Assisi parish in Ann Arbor hosts Cookies & Carols & A Book to Read on Dec. 9 in its St. Francis PAC, beginning at 10 a.m. At 10:30 a.m., St. Francis School fourth-grade teacher Maura Dalian will read from her newly published children's book “I'm Alright, Goodnight.” RSVP at or call 734.821.2121.

The Knights of Columbus at St. Mary, Pinckney, hosts a breakfast with Santa on Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. to noon. Pancakes and sausages will be served. There is no cost for this event, but we will accept a free will donation or unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots. Bring your camera for pictures with Santa! This event will be followed by a parents’ day out, presented by the parent-teacher council. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., parents can bring their children to have breakfast with Santa and then head out to check items off your shopping list! Visit the parish website for details.

St. Mary & St. Joseph Parish, Durand campus, will host an Advent Mission with Deacon Ralph Poyo from Dec. 10-12. The mission will begin with 11:30 Mass on Dec. 10 followed by lunch and a talk. Dec. 11 and 12 will begin at 6 p.m. with a talk, and Reconciliation will be offered both nights. 

Father Gabriel Richard High School is pleased to present its annual Christmas Concert and Art Show on Dec. 14 at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to view student artwork from the first semester before enjoying classic musical selections by our band, choir and honors choir, The Madrigals, at Father Gabriel Richard High School, 4333 Whitehall Dr. in Ann Arbor. This event is free and open to the public.

St. Francis of Assisi parish in Ann Arbor will host An Organist’s Christmas on Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. Area organists will perform seasonal favorites and other works for the organ. The event is free.

St. Mary Catholic School in Pinckney hosts a school Christmas band and choral concert, “A Night Full of Stars” Christmas Band and Choral Concert, beginning at 7 p.m. on Dec. 19. The public is welcome to attend. A school raffle drawing will take place at the concert, followed by a bake sale.

Catholic Charities

Livingston County Catholic Charities’ new Home Injury Control and Chore Program has filled a vital need in the community in its first year, offering small home upgrades and maintenance projects to help homebound seniors remain safe and independent in their own homes. now offers weatherization services for seniors to help keep their homes warm and their utility bills low. With this new service, there has been a large influx of requests for weatherization. To ensure that every senior receives the care they need, we require volunteers to assist our Home Injury Control and Chore supervisor with various projects. Time commitments and dates for volunteer opportunities are flexible. No previous experience is required. For more information on volunteering with our Home Injury Control and Chore Program, please get in touch with Beth Newman at

Livingston County Catholic Charities is also excited to officially launch this year’s 2023 Senior Christmas Blessings Project. This project provides much-needed basic needs items, Christmas cheer, and friendly visits to local home-bound and low-income seniors. Donations, sponsorships, and volunteers from our community are more important than ever before. If you can help in any way or know a senior who could benefit from this project, please contact Suzi Snyder at

Catholic Charities of Jackson, Lenawee and Hillsdale Counties’ ADAM (Another Day, Another Memory) program hosts its annual memorial event as part of Worldwide Candle Lighting Day on Dec. 10. This free event will be held at Catholic Charities’ Jackson location beginning at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments are provided. For more information, call 517.782.2551.

Catholic Charities of Shiawassee & Genesee Counties hosts a Warming Center Blessing on Dec. 8 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Catholic Charities’ Center for Hope Soup Kitchen on 812 Root Street in Flint. The entire community is invited to prayerfully open the warming center season. Note: Catholic Charities welcome donations of Christmas gifts to hand out to Warming Center visitors on Christmas Day. These items include small kids’ toys that don’t require batteries, socks, gloves, blankets, thermal underwear, coats, and small religious books. Please bring donations to the Center for Hope, 812 Root Street in Flint.

Save the Date! Catholic Charities of Shiawassee and Genesee Counties will host a Soup-er Bowl Party on Feb 9 from 5-8 p.m. to benefit its soup kitchens.

Special Needs Ministry

A Special Needs Mass/Annual Holiday Party will be held Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. in the St. Francis Retreat Center’s Bethany House at 703 E. Main Street in Dewitt. Our Special Needs Mass starts at 2 p.m., followed by a catered meal in the Bethany House dining room. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Cathy Blatnik by Dec. 3 at 517.381.1410 or

The first, second and third Sundays of the month, Masses are ASL interpreted at 9:30 a.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Church located on 530 Elizabeth Street in Ann Arbor.

Every Sunday, the 11 a.m. Mass is ASL interpreted at Holy Redeemer Church located on 1227 E. Bristol Road in Burton. 

We have FREE monthly Mass Propers for those that are blind or low vision. Please get in touch with Cathy Blatnik, Coordinator of Special Needs Ministry, Diocese of Lansing at or at 517.381.1410 to find out how to receive a copy.

There will be an ASL interpreted Mass on Dec. 2 at 4:30 p.m. at St. Mary Church located at 201 N. Westphalia in Westphalia.

There will be a Deaf Mass on Dec. 16 at 4 p.m. in the St. Mary Cathedral Church Crypt located on 219 Seymour Avenue in Lansing.

There will be an ASL interpreted Mass on Dec. 23 at 4:30 p.m. at St. Gerard Church located on 4437 W. Willow Highway in Lansing.