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The Church is open for private prayer weekdays 9a-3p. Blessed palms may be picked up during these hours.

Confessions available by appointment. Call Fr. John at 810-231-9199 x202

The Book Shop is closed indefinitely.

Monday, April 6

Monday of Holy Week

 “Immediately he spoke to them and said, ‘Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.'” Mark 6:50

Reading 1, Isaiah 42:1-7

Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 27:1-14

Gospel, John 12:1-11


Saint of the Day:

St. William of Eskilsoe

Author and Publisher


April 5 Weekly Bulletin

Daily Prayer

April 1, Fr. John started the Coronavirus Novena. The 9 day Novena will end on Holy Thursday. Please check back tomorrow for the next day’s prayer:

Day 6 – The Coronavirus Novena

(Audio/Video Version)

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.


Father in Heaven, have mercy on us and on the whole world. We come to you today with our fears and concerns — You know what’s in our hearts. We love You, trust You, we need You. We ask You to be with us. Stay with us. Help us through these times of uncertainty and sorrow.

We know you are the Divine Physician, the healer of all. And so we ask that you bring your loving and healing presence to all those who are sick and suffering right now. Please comfort them.

Please be with the grieving families of those who have passed away. 

Please have mercy on those who have died, may they be with You in heaven. 

Please stand at the side of all medical professionals who are putting themselves at risk while they work to bring healing to others.

Lord, we are scared and we are sorrowful. Please heal us. Send us your peace and overwhelming presence. 

(Mention your intentions here)

St. Joseph, patron of the dying, pray for us!

Jesus, we thirst for You. You chose to enter this world as a vulnerable baby. Be with the most vulnerable now. Help us to continue to return to You with our whole hearts throughout this ordeal. 


In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.


An Act of Spiritual Communion

My Jesus, 

I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. 

I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. 

Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You.


Prayer Request

Parishioner and school parent, Jeniffer Long, is a nurse at U of M hospital and is now in the front line in the war on the Covid-19 virus.  Jennifer and all of the other first responders and medical personnel need our prayers – and our gratitude. 

Please keep Jeniffer and all of our first responders and medical personnel in your prayers.

A Video message from Fr. John to Parishioners (3-21-2020)

The Chaplet of Divine Mercy Prayed daily at 3pm

(Starts at 4:39 on video)

Here are ways you can engage in your faith by utilizing FORMED throughout Holy Week — No special code needed with this link! FORMED.org

Excerpts from VATICAN DECREE by Pope Francis 3-19-2020

The gift of special Indulgences is granted to the faithful suffering from COVID-19 disease, commonly known as Coronavirus, as well as to health care workers, family members and all those who in any capacity, including through prayer, care for them. 

The Plenary Indulgence is granted to the faithful suffering from Coronavirus, who are subject to quarantine by order of the health authority in hospitals or in their own homes if, with a spirit detached from any sin, they unite spiritually through the media to the celebration of Holy Mass, the recitation of the Holy Rosary, to the pious practice of the Way of the Cross or other forms of devotion, or if at least they will recite the Creed, the Lord’s Prayer and a pious invocation to the Blessed Virgin Mary, offering this trial in a spirit of faith in God and charity towards their brothers and sisters, with the will to fulfil the usual conditions (sacramental confession, Eucharistic communion and prayer according to the Holy Father’s intentions), as soon as possible. 

This Apostolic Penitentiary also willingly grants a Plenary Indulgence under the same conditions on the occasion of the current world epidemic, also to those faithful who offer a visit to the Blessed Sacrament, or Eucharistic adoration, or reading the Holy Scriptures for at least half an hour, or the recitation of the Holy Rosary, or the pious exercise of the Way of the Cross, or the recitation of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, to implore from Almighty God the end of the epidemic, relief for those who are afflicted and eternal salvation for those whom the Lord has called to Himself.  


  • All Public Masses are cancelled through April. This includes all Confessions, Events and Gatherings.

  • Fr. John will say a daily private Mass for the intention of the day

  • Bishop Boyea has dispensed all the faithful from the obligation of Sunday Mass participation through Easter Sunday

  • Fr. John will use our “Parish App” as the main mode of communication to our congregation (Get it at https://mypari.sh/6dd in a browser on your mobile device, or search for “Myparish” in your app store.)

  • The Book Shop is closed indefinitely

  • St. Vincent dePaul Society will still collect donations for the Lenten Food Drive for distribution after Easter. Items can be dropped off during weekday business hours (9-3)

  • You can continue to financially support the Parish by mailing your contribution or through Online Giving


  • Our weekly bulletin can be found at DiscoverMass. Sign up to have it sent directly to your email each week!

  • Follow us on Facebook – we are  “Livestreaming” Sunday Mass at 10am! (You must first log-in to your own Facebook account and then search for @HolySpiritBrighton with the orange dove logo)

  • Bishop Barron broadcasts a daily Mass at 8:15am and it can be watched later via YouTube

  • Visit the Diocese of Lansing news page for podcasts & updates

  • Watch inspiring movies and video series, read bestselling Catholic eBooks, and listen to audio presentations from the Church’s most compelling speakers on FORMED.org! No special code needed with this link!

  • Get reacquainted with our Catholic Resources page!

Diocesan news updates regarding coronavirus: 

CHI Video Series # 7 Healthcare in a Secular Society: Part I

(Prior videoclips can be found on “Fr. John’s Links”)

The Casa USA Campus in the Diocese of Lansing, Michigan

  • A beautiful replica pilgrim shrine of St. (Padre) Pio’s Church Santa Maria delle Grazie,

  • a replica of his renown Home for the Relief of Suffering hospital,

  • a truly Catholic medical school fully faithful to the Magisterium of the Church,

  • a Christ Medicus Foundation National Center for Public Policy,

  • and a Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network Center upholding human dignity through service to the medically vulnerable.

All of this will be resting on a tranquil campus near the town of Howell, Michigan (less than an hour drive from Detroit). 

This is no longer just the vision, but now the active collaborative plan being implemented by the leaderships of Catholic Healthcare International & the Diocese of Lansing, Michigan with the blessing of St. Pio’s Casa hospital in Italy. 

This Casa USA campus will be a national “Beacon of Light” & model of truly faithful Catholic healthcare delivery for our country, to be emulated by other Catholic healthcare providers currently challenged by our increasingly secular culture.

We need your prayers & donations!

Many thanks & God bless you!


Our Lady, Untier of Knots

As per my homily about ‘Penance’ and what we can do on behalf of our country, here is a link to discerninghearts.com where you can find a novena to Our Lady, Untier of Knots.  Under the search icon,  just type in “knots”.  The prayer takes about 7 1/2 minutes per day over nine days. Frj

Make sure you check Fr. John’s Links on the “Media” tab above

for other inspiring videos! 

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Read what Joseph Serwach had to say about our recent Lenten Mission by Tom Peterson of Catholics Come Home: https://medium.com/catholic-way-home/how-a-2-minute-conversation-or-a-30-second-story-transforms-souls-20c7dbe68b5a

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