St. Luke News & Happenings

Sunday Mass Obligation Explained 

Dear friends in Christ, Last Friday February 12, Bishop Walkowiak announced that the suspension of the Sunday Mass obligation will be lifted beginning Thursday, February 18.  Therefore, this coming weekend, February 20-21, the first Sunday of Lent, the Sunday Mass obligation will again apply as it did before the pandemic.  We are still required to maintain social distancing, mask wearing, and so on, as before.  In order to accommodate the increased attendance, for the time being we are adding an 11:30 Sunday Mass.  We have set up radio transmission if we reach our capacity, in which case people can tune into the Mass from…

Lenten Resources

Dear friends in Christ, The season of Lent is already upon us; tomorrow is Ash Wednesday.  We will have five Ash Wednesday liturgies: 8:00 am 12:00 noon 5:30 pm 7:00 pm 9:00 pm Please note: only the 9:00 pm is a Mass; the others are a Liturgy of the Word with the distribution of ashes. Ash Wednesday, along with Good Friday, is a day of fasting and abstinence.  Here is how the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops have defined fasting: eating no more than one full meal and two smaller meals which together do not equal a full meal.  Fasting is for all…

Christopher Epplett

Chris Epplett will be interning at St. Luke from January 29 – May 9, 2021. Currently he is a seminarian at Mundelein Seminary in Mudelein, IL. He is a graduate from Aquinas College and a graduate from Grand Haven High School. Why did you want to become a priest? God has a plan for my life and, overtime, he has shown me the vocation of priesthood. I want to follow God’s will and let that work out through priestly ministry in my life. What do you love the most about seminary? The opportunity to pray, reflect, and prepare. I see the seminary…

Mass Guidelines

Dear friends in Christ, This has been a challenging year on many levels.  We have had to adapt and to keep adapting to ever-changing guidelines in response to Covid.  I am grateful to all those of you who have been patient and understanding as we have tried to navigate these uncertain waters. Having public Masses suspended for three months was very difficult to say the least.  After they resumed, however, we were blessed to be able to celebrate Masses outside through the summer and into the fall.  Doing so enabled us to be able to avoid many of the things that most other parishes…