Current Status: Regular Schedule


Regular Schedule Is:

Open: Sundays 12:00 PM – Thursdays 11:59 PM Fridays 9:00 AM – Saturdays 9:00 AM.

Closed: Fridays 12:00 AM – Fridays 9:00 AM and Saturdays 9:00 AM – Sundays 12:00 PM


Holiday closings:

  • July 3, 2015 (Independence Day)

  • September 7, 2015 (Labor Day)

  • November 26 – 27, 2015 (Thanksgiving)

  • December 24, 2015 – January 1, 2016 (Christmas Holiday)

  • March 25, 2016 (Good Friday)

  • March 28, 2016 (Easter)

  • May 30, 2016 (Memorial Day)


“By the Rivers of Babylon (with Lyrics)” by Boney M


Clay Christensen on Religious Freedom


Ten Minutes with Teresa Tomeo #13 – Silencing the Noise


Sing a Little Louder


“The Atheist” by Leonardo Defilippis

January 21, 2018



This past Monday was a federal holiday in honor of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., a national hero in the cause of civil rights. The day was marked in many places with a day off from work and many people remembered him in different ways. There were lots of words spoken and written about his legacy of nonviolence. One author, writing I think for National Geographic, posed the question about how our world would have been different had he lived. They admitted that this was pure speculation but that we might get clues about how things would have been different from examining the lives of those who survived him. Fair enough. His wife, Coretta Scott King, did in fact take up the torch as a political activist and left her own mark on the civil rights and political scene.

But from the outset as I read the article, being somewhat of a cynic, I began to wonder if the author would address another civil rights issue. One that would be very relevant, you would think, for “a man of the cloth”. Rev. King, after all, was a Baptist minister and a preacher of the gospel. The civil rights issue that I’m referring to was not a very hot topic when he died, but several years later the civil rights of unborn children were certainly diminished when our country’s highest court decided that they could be legally executed in their mother’s wombs. What would Rev. King have said about that? Well again, we can’t speculate for sure about what he would have said and done on their behalf, but what about those closest to him. Well like I Implied, the author did not get around to that particular question, but I do know that one of Martin Luther King‘s relatives, a niece named Alveda, is indeed an activist on behalf of the unborn – and a very vocal one at that. She has visited us here in the Brighton area and one would get the impression, based on what she said, that her uncle Martin would have definitely been a defender of the unborn.

This Monday is the anniversary of the U. S. Supreme Court’s Roe vs. Wade decision and many people will be going to Washington to protest that ruling. Among them will be our own very dedicated youth group who will do an overnighter. That means: ride, March, and ride back. Sleeping on the bus. As they said, it will be great fun. (Yeah, right). Kudos to my friend and colleague, Fr. Richard, who will be doing the same thing with his students from FGR. Pray for him.


I like to add videos to our “links” category on our website. You can find it under the media heading up top.

The most recent addition involves a mini-tour of the universe as provided by the Hubble telescope. Very interesting. As the Psalm says, “the heavens proclaim the glory of God”.

Well, I have to apologize. I dropped the ball. Last Wednesday was the birthday of our patroness, St. Philomena. January 10 is her big day, and we missed it. This information about her came to us by way of a private revelation back in the 19th century. So, on Thursday, we sang her a belated happy birthday song and promised to do better on her next feast day which is May 25. That’s the day her relics were discovered in the catacombs in Rome in 1802. Fr. J



Flight Through the Orion Nebula in Visible and Infrared Light

January 14, 2018



I said in my homily today that the readings were absolutely ripe with meaning. Too much I feel to cover in one homily. So let me say something here about the first reading from the Prophet Samuel. It tells the story of when he was a young boy and was apprenticing to the elder prophet, Eli. In this somewhat comical setting, young Samuel was sleeping in the church, so to speak. He hears his name called and goes to Eli saying “Yes master, what do you want?” This happens three times before Eli realized that it was God calling the boy. I think that this passage is relevant to all of us as we try to discern God‘s Will in our own lives. We listen to many voices that pull us in different directions, and sometimes it gets a little confusing as to what route we are to take. But Eli gave Samuel, and the rest of us, a little prayer to pray whenever we find ourselves a bit befuddled about what path we are to take: “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.” And we can tack a little addendum to this which is actually a line from the Acts of the Apostles: “What would you have me do?” I think this prayer would be good for the big decisions as well as the little decisions in life. Seek the help of God who promised to guide us through the minefield of life.

I should also mention that this passage has a particular meaning for me. It was about 13 years ago that I was given a special gift. A Christmas gift, actually. A cat. I got him gift-wrapped in a box, handed to me on the altar, at the end of the 11 o’clock Mass on Christmas day in my first assignment at St. Joe’s in Howell. I have to admit that I was a bit irritated. One does not hand somebody a new responsibility without at least asking their permission. I was suddenly, and unexpectedly, a father to a feline. But as “we” processed out at the end Mass and as I saw the expressions on the faces of the people, I got the impression, that perhaps, this was the Will of God for me. And so I said, “Be it done unto me according to Thy Will.”

Well, if you have a new cat I guess you have to name him, right? So we had a contest with the schoolchildren at St. Joe’s. The kids submitted many different names, none of which I really liked. But that morning at the school Mass, the reading from Samuel came up. It occurred to me that two of the names that were submitted were “Prophet” and “Samuel”, and so that became his name. The Prophet Samuel (or Sammy for short). Sam has been a very good pet and I thank God for him. He’s had a few buddies over the years who have come and gone. His current pal is ET (I know, kind of a strange name for a cat). And they have been good companions to each other and to me. I guess it was all God’s Will.


I received a gracious email from someone and am repeating to you what I said to her:  The decision to suspend Eucharistic Adoration in our Chapel is the result of circumstances that have been hard to deal with-fewer numbers of people willing to commit to an hour, many senior snowbirds leaving for the south or for vacations, fewer substitutes and numerous no-shows resulting in many of our late-night adorers having to spend two and sometimes three hours in a row without relief. Scheduling is a logistics nightmare. I advised the congregation that they can stop in to the Church anytime day or night and adore Jesus, in the main Church or in the Cry/Shroud Room, just no longer in the Adoration Chapel. All are welcome to commit to an hour and asked to sign the sign-up sheet in the Cry/Shroud Room if you do. This will give us an idea if people are still willing to honor their commitment.

I also suggested a prayer: “Pray to the Lord of the harvest to send more workers into the harvest”, or in this case, “adorers”.

Last Monday I decided to go out for a little exercise and went on a walk on our Trinity Trail. It was beautiful out there. A layer of fresh snow blanketed the landscape. Lots of deer tracks. All the statues are down of course, but there were a few artifacts to look at. I had asked the maintenance department to plow a trail should any of you want to do some winter hiking, but I think it will be mush for the weekend. I know at least one of you got snowshoes for Christmas.

Again, thank you everyone for your Christmas wishes and gifts to me and to our staff. As always you were quite generous.

Lastly, thanks to all of you who contributed to our Christmas liturgies in any way. There are many behind-the-scenes workers who volunteer their time to decorate our church, and then to un-decorate it. It’s a lot of work, but I’m sure they would all say that is a labor of love. Fr. J

December 31, 2017



Happy New Year everyone. I hope you had a Blessed Christmas. It all happened rather quickly because it fell on a Monday. And because we have a similar situation this weekend, the Blessed Mother, honored as the Mother of God, will not be celebrated as a holy day of obligation this year. Nevertheless, we will still have a morning Mass for all of you devotees of Mary who is not only the mother of God, but the mother of us all.
In last week’s bulletin article I kind of misspoke. For Christmas, I said we were celebrating the Holy Family and their arrival in Bethlehem. Well, yes we were. But today is actually the official day that we celebrate them as a family.

I’ll bet there are some of you who are making New Year’s resolutions, probably beginning on Tuesday after the party is over. Maybe out of guilt you will resolve to eat or drink less in the new year, or maybe do more reading or some extra exercise. Each of these things necessarily require some self-discipline and that will mean some suffering. And anytime you suffer, that can potentially be offered up for spiritual causes. The reason for this is that Jesus gave value to our everyday sufferings by His suffering on the cross. And so, with that in mind, I recently brought the treadmill up from the basement storage into my apartment. Now, I hate exercise; I am predisposed to being a couch potato. And yet I feel the need to something to strengthen my heart and loosen my stiff muscles. But it is work and I don’t like it, so I have resolved to do it prayerfully. I have prayed the rosary while treading on the mill. 20 minutes is about my limit right now.

In last week’s bulletin we listed many of the ministries we have here at Holy Spirit Parish. Part of our intention is to recruit new workers for the harvest. Every parishioner is exhorted to be an active participant in the faith and that would be to do something more than the hour at Mass on the weekend; and more than just dropping something in the collection basket as well. There’s got to be something out there that you could be doing. And if you don’t see something that appeals to you, look inward. Ask the Holy Spirit, saying, “Speak Lord your servant is listening, what would you have me do?” There’s nothing to prevent you from starting up a new ministry.

Donations continue to come in for our Trinity Trail. Even though it is winter and the project is out of our mind, people still seem to be looking forward to the day when we can populate the path with statues of our Michigan heroes of the faith. Among them would be the newly beatified Fr. Solanus Casey, but also the Jesuit missionary explorer, Fr. Jacques Marquette, and the Venerable Bishop Fredric Baraga, the “snowshoe priest” of the UP. And how about the founding pastor of most of our Livingston County parishes, Fr. Patrick O’Kelly? So, think ahead now to the spring and taking the time out to take a walk in the woods.


December 25, 2017



The three-letter signature above represents Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. We who grew up in the 1960s (baby boomers and earlier), especially those of us who went to Catholic Schools, were always encouraged to invoke the help of the three members of the Holy Family whenever we wrote a paper or completed a homework assignment. As with many practices of our early years, they eventually became unfashionable and faded away as we grew older. But it seems that everything is cyclical. Sometimes things find their way back into our lives, including JMJ.

They are the most famous family in the world, for all time. Mary, chosen by God from the beginning to be the spotless vessel by which His Son would come into the world; Joseph, the just man, the quiet man of scripture, also chosen to be the earthly father, and provider for his family; and finally, Jesus. They called him Jesus because he was to save his people from their sins. Jesus means savior.

Today we celebrate the Holy Family, a mom and a dad, and their newborn son, and their arrival in Bethlehem. Bethlehem, the City of David, means House of Bread, and Jesus wanted to be known as The Bread of Life. We know their story well but there are forces now, as there were then, that want to suppress it. The Church and its faithful, under the inspiration and guidance of the Holy Spirit, keep this story alive. They, and we become Jesus to the world, allowing our lives to be guided by gospel values and having the courage to share the good news with our troubled world.

Maybe you’ve seen the ads on television this season. Here in the Diocese of Lansing under the guidance of our Bishop, special commercials are being shown. The series is called Catholics, Come Home and it’s produced by an ad agency in Arizona headed by Tom Peterson who has also authored a book and a TV series of the same name. They are short presentations of various aspects of our Catholic story. One of them, called EPIC, tells the tale of our Catholic faith from the beginning to the present. A very condensed version to be sure, but with enough information to hopefully persuade the viewer that this is not just our Church, but the one, holy, and apostolic Church established by Jesus Himself at the Last Supper where He provided us with Himself as spiritual food. And later, as He left this world and returned to His Father in heaven, He gave His disciples the Great Commission to go forth, baptizing all nations, teaching them to observe all the things that He had taught them.

If we have any Catholics with us tonight (or this Christmas morning) who have perhaps, wandered away from Christ’s Church, we welcome you on this holy day, but we also invite you to make it permanent.  Get fed regularly here at this ‘House of Bread’ where God feeds you His Son, the Living Bread come down from Heaven.


Because Christmas falls on Monday this year, we have combined our bulletin with the Fourth Sunday of Advent. New Year’s Day is when we celebrate the feast of The Holy Mother of God, however it is not a holy day of obligation this year so we will not be having a New Year’s vigil Mass. I will still have a Mass at 10:00am on New Year’s Day for those who wish to participate and honor our Mother.

Holy Spirit Parish may be small but we are very active and have many ministries that serve the needs of our parishioners and our community. You will find them listed in this special Christmas issue. Maybe you will find an activity in which you would like to participate in the New Year. Everyone should be doing something on behalf of the Kingdom of God on earth. Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless, visit the sick and imprisoned. And a little reminder if you attend Holy Spirit regularly and you are not registered, you should be. It gives you Ecclesial Status. And that doesn’t just mean that you get envelopes from us, it means you get grace from God. It’s His intention that the faithful be committed to His community, and to formally support it with their time, talent, and treasure. (continued)

I hope you all enjoyed the decorated church. Thanks to all who set it up and who will also take it down in a few weeks. It’s a labor of love, you know.

I encourage all of you to check our website from time to time at You will find lots of good church data and  information about things that are currently happening or are planned for the coming year. My and Deacon Jerry’s homilies are recorded and you can find them at the Media heading on the tool bar at the top of the homepage. Also of interest under the Media tab is the “Links” heading. This consists of links to interesting websites or videos that have been sent to me and I in turn often provide them to you for your enjoyment and enrichment. Fr. J


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