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Fight Like Heaven to Defeat Proposal 3 this November

Proposal 3 Equipping for Battle Statewide Webinar-
September 29th from 7-8:30 pm in McKinney Hall East at St. Charles. Doors open at 6:45 pm.

Proposal 3 is deadly and deceptive- If passed it would usher in death for generations.

The Catholic Church in Michigan invites you to a zoom webinar in defense of LIFE.

Learn from legal, medical and apologetics experts on what the amendment really says. Learn what you can say to change minds and votes, perhaps even your own.

Michigan needs YOU to help others VOTE NO on Proposal 3.

We All Need to Join this Fight!

This November, Michigan voters will be asked to consider Proposal 3 (the “Reproductive Freedom for All” proposal), which would amend Michigan’s Constitution to make abortion a fundamental right. As Catholics, we recognize that “Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception.” (CCC 2270). That is because every person is wonderfully made in the image and likeness of God and is therefore of immense worth. But we must also help our family members, friends, and neighbors understand that Proposal 3 goes much farther than merely restoring Roe v. Wade’s abortion regime. In fact, Proposal 3 invalidates more than two dozen Michigan pro-life laws and has many startling consequences.

For example, the proposal grants a fundamental right to reproductive freedom to “every individual”—with no age limits. So on its face, the proposal authorizes a minor to obtain an abortion without parental consent or even notice, even though a parent’s consent is always required to dispense medicine or perform the most routine medical procedure for a minor. Proposal 3 supporters say that courts can put limits on this broad language. But that’s not true. A judge interpreting the Michigan Constitution must apply the words that the Constitution contains, and that means courts will be required to give effect to the broad phrase “every individual.”

No matter how a voter feels about abortion, Michigan’s Constitution should not be amended to strip parents of their right to be consulted before a minor child makes the serious decision to take her baby’s life. Please tell everyone you know: vote “NO” on Proposal 3 on November 8th.

John Bursch is a constitutional lawyer and former Michigan Solicitor General. Through Alliance Defending Freedom, he represents the Michigan Catholic Conference and Right to Life of Michigan in court to uphold Michigan’s pro-life laws.

For more information or to get involved with the Vote NO Campaign please click here.

Listen to and Learn the Latin Mass Parts

Click here for a printable copy of the Latin Mass parts.

Sanctus 308-B

Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus, Dominus Deus Sabaoth.
Pleni sunt caeli et terra gloria tua. Hosanna in excelsis.
Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini. Hosanna in excelsis.

Sanctus = holy
Dóminus = Lord
Deus = God
Sábaoth = of heavenly armies
Pleni = full of
sunt = are
caeli = heaven
et = and
terra = earth
glória = glory
tua = your
Hosána = praise or adoration
excélsis = the highest
Benedictus = blessed
qui = who
venit = (He) comes
in nómine = in the name
Dómini – of the Lord.

Memorial Acclamation 309-B

Mysterium fidei! Literally: Mysterium = the mystery; fidei = of faith.
The Mystery of Faith!
We all respond:
Mortem tuam annuntiamus, Domine,
et tuam resurrectionem confitemur,
donec venias.
Mortem = death
tuam = Your
annuntiamus = we announce or proclaim
Domine = Lord.
We proclaim Your death, O Lord.
et = and
tuam = Your
resurectionem = resurrection
confitemur = confess.
And confess Your resurrection.
donec = until
venias = come.
Until You Come
The whole acclamation:
Mortem tuam annuntiamus, Domine,                           We proclaim Your death, O Lord,
et tuam resurrectionem confitemur,                               and confess Your resurrection,
donec venias.                                                                              until You come

Agus Dei 313-B

Agnus Dei,                                             Lamb of God
qui tolis peccata mundi,                 who takes away the sins of the world,
miserere nobis.                                   have mercy on us.
Agnus Dei,                                             Lamb of God
qui tolis peccata mundi,                 who takes away the sins of the world,
miserere nobis.                                   have mercy on us.
Agnus Dei,                                             Lamb of God
qui tolis peccata mundi,                 who takes away the sins of the world,
dona nobis pacem.                           grant us peace.

The Social Events Committee Needs Your Ideas and Help!

After a long time of keeping our distance, our Catholic Community of St. Charles & St. Joseph-St. Mary is working to provide social events for our faith community to get together,  build relationships and ultimately begin evangelizing.
Below is the link for parishioners to sign up to assist in planning and putting on the Labor Day Ice Cream Social at St. Joseph.
Below is the link for parishioners to give their suggestions as to what social events they would like us to plan in the future.

Faithful Servant Pentecost Collection Drive

Wallets containing gift cards to restaurants that do not sell alcohol (Arby’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, Subway, McDonalds, Panera Bread)

This would be a great opportunity to purchase Scrip. Call Ruth Rittersdorf, the School Secretary, at 616-754-3416 or email Krysta Russell at

Any gift card donations should be brought to the St. Charles or St. Joseph Parish Office.

Ordination, Mass of Thanksgiving and Reception June 4th & 5th

It was a blessing to have Deacon Logan at our liturgies for Holy Week.  We look ahead to Saturday June 4th when he will be ordained to the priesthood at St. Andrew Cathedral.  On Sunday June 5th, he will celebrate his first Mass of Thanksgiving at St. Charles at 2:00 p.m. with a lite reception following in the Activities Center.  Parishioners are encouraged to RSVP to attend the ordination and reception.  It is important to know number of people for planning.  Parishioners do not need to RSVP for the Mass of Thanksgiving on June 5th but are encouraged to attend.  This Mass will also be your Sunday obligation.


Click here to RSVP online to either the Ordination at St. Andrew or/and the reception at St. Charles,  or call the parish office to RSVP.


Parishioners may contribute to the gift for Deacon Logan’s ordination by placing your donation in the collection marked Ordination Gift Donation.