Things To Do – October 2023

St. Mary, Pinckney, hosts a Sunday Breakfast Oct. 1 from 8:30-11 a.m. Free will donation.

The Knights of Columbus for St. Paul Parish and St. Joseph Oratory hosts a Broasted Chicken Dinner Oct. 1 from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Knights Hall, 1259 E. M-21 in Owosso. Event features all-you-can-eat chicken, salad bar, potato, dressing, dessert and a beverage. 

Enjoy fall golf during a Memorial Golf Outing Oct. 1 at Wheatfield Valley Golf in Williamston. Registration begins at 8 a.m., with a shotgun start following at 9:30 a.m. Games, dinner, and raffles are provided, with proceeds to benefit the St. Louis Center. To register, contact Wheatfield Valley at wheatfieldvalley@yahoo.com or 517.655.6999.

On Oct. 3, the Catholic Community of St. Jude, DeWitt, will have a Pet Blessing in its grotto. Learn more at stjudedewitt.com.

From Oct. 3-6, St. Francis in Ann Arbor will celebrate its patron, St. Francis of Assisi, with special guest speaker Bill Cook of the Bill Cook Foundation. Learn more about each day’s events at https://www.stfrancisa2.com/the-solemnity-of-st-francis/.

St. Francis Retreat Center in DeWitt continues its Men's & Women's Retreats: Retreat for Revival, with women’s retreats scheduled for Oct. 6-8 and Oct. 27-29. More dates and information are available at https://www.stfrancis.ws/weekend-retreats

St. Mary, Pinckney, hosts a Healing the Whole Person Retreat Oct. 6-8 at Our Lady of the Fields Retreat Center in Brighton.

The World Apostolate of Fatima–Genesee County hosts its 48th Annual Convention Oct. 7 at St. John the Evangelist in Davison.  This year's theme is “Mary’s Call to Prayer in Modern Times.”  To pre-purchase tickets or for more information, contact Maria Pavelich at 810.730.0703 or visit our website at WAFGC.org.

St. Thomas Aquinas in East Lansing hosts its First Saturday Talk w/ Fr. Reigle Oct. 7 from 10-11:30 a.m., following a 9 a.m. Mass. The topic is “Science of the Saints” and light refreshments will be provided.

St. Francis in Ann Arbor hosts Coffee & Chat with a priest (with confession available) Oct. 10 from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. You are invited to bring your struggles, troubles, and those parts of your life that you wish were unseen and certainly undone. All-day confessions are offered in the Parish Activities Center (PAC) in an informal setting in conversation with a priest. 

A very special Veneration of the Relic of St. Jude, the Apostle, is set for Oct. 10-12. Generously loaned by the Vatican, these relics will be on view as follows: 

  • Oct. 10, St. Patrick Catholic Parish, Brighton. Veneration occurs from 1-10 p.m., with a Mass to be celebrated at 7 p.m.
  • Oct. 11, St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Ann Arbor. Veneration occurs from 1-10 p.m., with a Mass to be celebrated at 7 p.m.
  • Oct. 12, St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, East Lansing. Veneration occurs from 1-10 p.m., with a Mass to be celebrated at 7 p.m.

At St. Francis in Ann Arbor on Oct. 12, the Relic of Bl. Carlo Acutis, which was given to Fr. James directly from Carlo’s own mother while on pilgrimage to Italy, will be venerated. Mass begins at 9:15 a.m. and will be followed by a holy hour and all-day eucharistic adoration and veneration. The event ends with evening prayer and benediction at 6:30 p.m. 

St. Agnes K of C Council 8605's Annual Oktoberfest Polish Dinner is set for Oct. 14 at 5:30 p.m.  For ticket information, please call Lisa at the parish office at 517.223.8684.

The St. John School Draw Down Raffle will be held Oct. 14 at 6 p.m. at the St. John gym in Jackson. Call the school for tickets. Winner does not need to be present to win.

The combined choirs of St. Thomas Aquinas, St. John Church, and St. Mary Cathedral will present Faure's Requiem plus the Dies Irae and Lacrimosa from Mozart's Requiem Oct. 27 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 955 Alton Rd in East Lansing.  The concert will be free with a reception to follow.  

The Italian American Club of Lansing is hosting an Italian Dinner Night Oct. 14 at Cristo Rey Catholic Church, 201 Miller Road, Lansing. Doors open at 6 p.m. Enjoy a night of authentic Italian cuisine and musical entertainment. 

St. Elizabeth Parish in Tecumseh hosts its 69th Annual Roast Beef Dinner on Oct. 15, from 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. All meals $15, dine in or carry out. Come enjoy Amish-style cooked roast beef, mashed potatoes, green beans, coleslaw, rolls, and cookies. Indoor seating available, private rooms by reservation. For more information, please call the parish office at 517.423.2447.

St Michael Parish in Grand Ledge hosts its semiannual Rummage Sale Oct.18-19. Drop-off begins at 8 a.m. on Oct. 18.  Sale hours are 12-7 p.m. on Oct. 18 and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on Oct.19.

The Swartz Creek Knights of Columbus sponsors a Euchre Tournament fundraiser on Oct. 20 at 7 p.m., hosted by St. Mary Queen of Angels in their parish hall at 4413 Morrish Road in Swartz Creek.  For more information, call 810.635.3684.

St. Mary, Pinckney, hosts a Euchre Night Oct. 21. Doors open at 6 p.m., with play beginning at 7 p.m. Must be 18 years or older; a $10 entry fee is required.

Prayer & healing for post-abortive women – The ENTERING CANAAN Brighton team meets with women in a confidential and prayerful setting, journeying from the pain of abortion to the freedom of God’s mercy, forgiveness, and healing.  Days of prayer and healing are set for Oct. 21, Nov. 18, and Dec. 16 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and include Mass, adoration, confession, witness talks, lunch and group sharing. The suggested donation of $20 should never be an obstacle; all are welcome to attend. For locations or questions, contact Eileen Craig, M.A., LPC: text or call 810.373.2966 or email enteringcanaanbrighton@gmail.com.

Join St. Martha Parish on Oct. 28 to celebrate Sr. Pat Newhouse on her 65th anniversary of entering the Sisters of Charity. Vigil Mass is at 5 p.m. with a reception to follow. Sr. Pat has been active in the Diocese of Lansing for 50 years and was integral to the founding of St. Martha School 30 years ago. Please come celebrate Sr. Pat!

St. Gerard Parish, Lansing, hosts its annual Autumn Craft Show Oct. 28, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in Fr. Weber Hall (behind the school).  You will find a wide range of home decor, blankets, jewelry, holiday gift items and much more! Tasty breakfast and lunch items will be offered all day.  Door prizes too! Proceeds benefit the Women of St. Gerard.  For more information on reserving a table or for the event in general, contact Pat Albright at 517.230.3245. 

Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Bright, hosts its Annual Benefit Concert for the St. Vincent de Paul Society, Holy Spirit Conference, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. The free concert will include piano, organ and trumpet music by Bach, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Widor and others, as well as a special composition, “Prayer for Ukraine,” by Молитва за Україну, and Meditation on a Theme by Mykola Lysenko for trumpet and piano by Gregory Pascuzzi.  A reception will be held afterward with live entertainment. There is no admission for the concert, only a suggested donation of $10. The proceeds will benefit the ministry of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, which serves those in need in our community.

St. Francis Retreat Center in DeWitt will host Letting Go: Loving the Life You Have Right Now Oct. 28. God works all things for our good but that can be hard to see when they don't go as we planned.  Learn everyday practices to live in this challenging world which increase your trust, peace and joy.  Cost is $60.00 and includes lunch and materials.  For further information contact Janene Ternes of Prayer in Motion, LLC at www.prayer-in-motion.com/. Register at www.stfrancis.ws/.

The Catholic Community of St. Jude in DeWitt hosts its "Trunk or Treat,” where kids are welcome to dress up and visit our parking lot to trick or treat, on Oct. 29. All are welcome to register to park, decorate their vehicles, and give candy.

St. Michael’s Conference Center in Flint hosts a Veteran Appreciation Luncheon Nov. 10 at 12 p.m. Please RSVP by Nov. 6.

St. Joseph Parish, Dexter, hosts its 18th Annual Silent Auction Nov. 11 at Lakelands Golf & Country Club inBrighton. Dinner, silent and live auctions will be held in an atmosphere surrounded by the music of the Beatles. Please call the office at 734.426.8483 or go online at www.stjos.com for more information or to order tickets.

Catholic Charities

Bishop Boyea will celebrate Mass at St. Louis Center on Oct. 23 for the Feast of St. Louis Guanella. The Guanellian Cooperators will be professing their promises during Mass. Dinner will be served following Mass and tours of the campus will be available.

Bring the whole family to Trunk or Treat at St. Louis Center Oct. 26. There are many ways to enjoy this FREE event. Decorate your car and hand out candy from your trunk, tour the on-site haunted house, partake in the spooky themed activities, and don’t forget to stop in the gym for dinner starting at 5 p.m. For more information, visit stlouiscenter.org/event/2023-trunk-or-treat/. 

The 36th Annual Fall Dinner Auction to benefit St. Louis Center will be Oct. 28 at 6 p.m. There will be live and silent auctions, dinner, and plenty of time for fellowship. The event is held at St. Mary Catholic Church, 14200 E. Old US Hwy. 12, in Chelsea. Get your tickets now, as this event is always a sellout: stlouiscenter.org/event/2023-fall-dinner-auction/. Sponsorships are also available.

Catholic Charities of Jackson, Lenawee and Hillsdale Counties hosts its 7th annual Faith in Action fundraising dinner Oct. 10  at Our Lady of Fatima parish in Michigan Center. Please contact development@catholiccharitiesjlh.org or go to CatholicCharitiesJLHC.org/events for more information.

Elder Abuse Recovery Support Group. This is a group where seniors can see they are not alone; a safe haven where they can talk about their abuse and know they are not going to be judged or ridiculed. The professionals facilitating this group help seniors find resources to help them continue on the path of healing and recovery. The group meets in person the third Tuesday of each month. Register today by calling Beth Newman, Prevention Specialist, at 517.545.5944 or email beth@livingstoncatholiccharities.org.

Caregiver Support Group meets the first and third Wednesdays of each month from 5-6 p.m. at Be Our Guest at Livingston County Catholic Charities. Respite care provided with advance notice. Caregiver Support Groups are currently occurring via Zoom. Please call 517.546.9910 to reserve your spot. 

Drop-in Substance Engagement Group. Livingston County Catholic Charities (LCCC) offers Substance Abuse Engagement Groups three times per week. All persons with substance abuse issues, past and present, are welcome to attend these groups, free of charge. All are welcome. Pre-registration is necessary. 
Call Jessica at 517.375.1652 to register.

ASL and special needs ministries 

Our next Special Needs Mass is Oct. 22 at 2 p.m. in the St. Francis Retreat Center Chapel located at 703 E. Main Street in Dewitt, followed by light refreshments in the Dining Room. Please RSVP by Oct. 15 to Cathy Blatnik, Coordinator of Special Needs Ministry, Diocese of Lansing at blatsie63@yahoo.com or at 517.381.1410 if you would like to attend. 

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 experience blindness or low vision. Please contact Cathy Blatnik, Coordinator of Special Needs Ministry, Diocese of Lansing at blatsie63@yahoo.com or at 517.381.1410 to find out how to receive a copy.

There will be an ASL Interpreted Mass on Oct. 7 at 4:30 p.m. at St. Mary Church located at 201 N. Westphalia in Westphalia.

There will be an ASL Interpreted Mass on Oct. 14 at 4:30 p.m. at St. Gerard Church located on 4437 W. Willow Highway in Lansing.

There will be a Deaf Mass on Oct. 28 at 4 p.m. in the St. Mary Cathedral Church located on 219 Seymour Avenue in Lansing.