In Christ there is Mercy and the Promise of New Life

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Making the Most of our Lenten Journey

To make your Lent a holy and grace-filled one try some of the suggestions listed below. To begin with, remember to be reasonable about what you plan to do. Limit the number of things you plan on undertaking to one to three items. You can always alternate your activities during the weeks of Lent so that they remain fresh and life-giving for you. Finally, keep at least one of your Lenten disciplines a secret one between you and God alone!

  • Change your eating habits for a healthier diet. Fast not only on the days required by the Church (Ash Wednesday and all Fridays of Lent) but on other days too or skip an extra meal once a week and make a contribution to a charity of your choice.
  • Invite your family and friends to take part in our Lenten Offering and Help Families in INDIA. Learn More Here
  • Attend a daily Mass once a week. Remember that all our weekday Masses are in the main Church making it especially convenient for our seniors and for Moms with small children. Each weekday at 9:15am in Main Church.  Join us in Adoration and for our weekly Holy Hour each Thursdays of Advent from 9:15 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in church.  The Holy Hour follows the 9:15 a.m. Mass.
  • Spend some quiet time in Church with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. We especially invite you to join us for our weekly Thursday morning Holy Hour following the 9:15am Mass.
  • Pray the rosary with our Rosary Group in the Church before the daily 9:15 a.m. Mass (arrive around 8:45 a.m.) or attend our weekly Friday evening the Stations of the Cross. The Stations of the Cross are held on Fridays during Lent at 7 p.m. in church on February 12, 19, 26 and March 4, 11, & 18, 2016.
  • Pray daily the Lenten prayer and later the Easter prayer.
  • ​Prepare and attend the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Click here for our Lenten Examination of Conscience. Confessions will be heard here at St. Francis on the following dates: 
    • Confessions each Saturday from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  (except Holy Saturday, please note that there is no confession on Holy Saturday, March 26, 2016.
    • On Monday, March 16 at 5 p.m. in church.  Celebrate the sacrament of Reconciliation in a setting ideal for families with children and youth (grade 2 through teens).
    • On Thursday March 26, at 7 p.m. Communal Penance Service
    • Confessions on Saturday March 28, 11 a.m. to 12 noon
    • Confessions on Tuesday March 31, 7 8 p.m.
  • Regional Penance Services are also held on the following days
    • St. John the Baptist (Ypsilanti) Thursday,March 19 at 7 p.m.
    • St. Thomas: Monday, March 23 at 7 p.m.
    • ​St. Mary: Tuesday, March 24 at 7 p.m.
    • Old St. Patrick’s Wednesday, March 25 at 7 p.m.
  • Read a daily devotional or study a spiritual book by one of the great saints of the Church. Visit our book rack at the back of the Church for an interesting selection.
  • Attend a group Bible study, or engage in a weekly small group with friends.
  • Abstain from your favorite technology or form of entertainment (surfing the Web, Facebook, TV shows, video games, etc)
  • Engage in one secret act of kindness every day.
  • Get involved in the Social ministry of our Parish Community.
  • Attend one of our special Lenten Parish events.
    • Deepen your Knowledge of the Gospels on Sundays 11:20 a.m.—12:10 p.m. in the music room (located in the school) Come join in the conversation on the Gospels presented by Billy Kangas, PhD candidate (CUA Wash, DC), Catholic writer ( and speaker. All adults are welcome!  Parents of Family RE Sessions are especially invited!
      Sunday, March 1 (repeat session on March 8)
      Sunday, March 15 (repeat session on March 22)
      Sunday, March 29

      Sunday, April 12 (repeat session on April 19)
      Sunday, May 3

      Contact Ellen Ward at or 734-821-2130 for more information.

    • Our Taize Advent Prayer is on Mondays, March 9, 16, 23 at 8 p.m. in church
    • Liturgical Workshop for Lectors (Readers) on Saturday, March 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Parish Activities Center (PAC):  Liturgical workshop for all current lectors (readers at Mass) and for those desiring to become lectors.This important workshop focuses on Scripture as the Word of God, Proclaiming the Gospels by Word and Deed, and the Practicalities of Reading at Mass.  Three informative and inspiring talks by experienced speakers.  Lunch is served.  Workshop leads to commissioning. Contact Stephanie MacGillivray at 734-821-2123 or for more information.

    • Lenten Lunch & Retreat for Seniors Tuesday, March 82016, at 10am in the PAC.
    • Basic Evangelization on Tuesday, March 10 from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. in the Parish Activities Center (PAC):  We are excited to be able to host Adam Janke of St. Paul Street Evangelization to speak on practical ways to share the Faith!  Explore how to share your faith with family, friends, co-workers, and strangers.Child care is available. Contact Ellen Ward at or 734-821-2132 for more information.
    • Hearing God’s Voice on Thursday, March 12 from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.:  Enjoy the beauty of Lenten Evening Prayer with benediction (in church), followed by a simple, yet elegant dinner (in the PAC) accompanied by a talk on “Hearing God’s Voice” as described by some of the great Saints.  Child care is available. Contact Ellen Ward at or 734-821-2130 for more information.​

    • Jubilee Family Pilgrimage to Lansing Holy Door Saturday, March 19, 2016, 9:00am - 3:30pm.  We'll go with Fr. James to the Cathedral, in observance of the Jubiliee Holy Year of Mercy.   Payment by credit card may be made here.

Celebrate the Triduum!

  • Holy Thursday, March 242016: Mass of the Lord’s Supper 7 pm
  • Good Friday, March 252016: The Cross in the City 12 noon; Veneration of the Cross 1:30 pm; Evening Prayer 7:00 p.m.
  • Holy Saturday, March 262016: Blessing of Food 12 noon; Easter Vigil: 8:30 p.m.
  • Easter Sunday, March 272016:  Masses at: 8 a.m., 9:45 a.m., 11:30 am, 1:30 p.m.
  • The Knights of Columbus Easter Egg Hunt will be held on the Sunday after Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday), ________.


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