Mid-life Singles (mid-30s to 50s): Are you looking for a renewed sense of purpose & belonging? Register today for a life-changing REFLECT weekend retreat at the St. Francis Retreat Center, in DeWitt, MI (10 miles north of Lansing), on April 17-19, 2020. Take a chance and get involved… you won’t regret it!  Cost is $185 for meals and a single room. Visit www.ReflectRetreat.com, e-mail reflect.michigan@gmail.com, or call (586) 770-1772 for details.

St. Philip Catholic Central Information Night


Parents and students are invited to meet St. Philip Catholic Central’s dedicated, certified staff and learn about the exceptional opportunities in place for your student’s high school career. Join us for valuable information and refreshments on:

Thursday, February 27th at 6:00pm

St. Philip Catholic Central High School

20 Cherry Street

Questions?  Please contact Cathy at 963.1131 or cerskine@bcacs.org





To benefit the BCACS Band Programs

Saturday, February 29, 2020 5:00 – 7:00 pm

St. Philip Parish Center

$10 per person or $30 per family

Support the Battle Creek Area Catholic Schools Band Program by attending our fundraising Pasta Dinner and Raffle.  Enjoy a great meal, listen to student performances, visit with parish and school friends, and support the bands.  Funds raised at the annual fundraising dinner have purchased the Band trailer, instruments, storage cabinets, new Marching Band uniforms, refurbishing chimes and timpani drums.

Menu for the event is Pasta, Marinara Sauce, Alfredo Sauce, Salad, Breadsticks, Drinks and Assorted Desserts.  Gluten-Free Noodles will be available.


2020 Lenten Luncheon Talks

February 26th to April 1st

The annual Lenten luncheons will be held at St. Jerome Parish Hall in Battle Creek every Wednesday from February 26th through April 1st.  There will be a Mass celebrated by Father Andrew on Wednesday, February 26th (Ash Wednesday) at 10:30 a.m. with the distribution of ashes.  The other Lenten luncheon Masses will begin at 10:45 a.m.  The speaker of the day will begin his address at 11:30 a.m. with a light lunch following the presentation.  There is no charge for these events, but a free will offering would be appreciated.

2020 Speakers

February 26 Father Andrew Raczkowski

(St. Jerome & St. Joseph Parishes, Battle Creek)


March 4 Father Christopher Ankley – Celebrant

(St. Jerome & St. Joseph Parishes, Battle Creek)

Deacon Al Bell – Speaker

(St. Philip Parish)


March 11 Father Kenneth Schmidt

(Advocate for Priestly Ministry/ Support

& Trauma Recovery — Kalamazoo)


March 19 Lunch with Bishop Bradley — Noon

(Diocese of Kalamazoo)


March 25 Father Maximilian Nightingale

(St. Joseph Parish, Kalamazoo)


April 1 Father Joseph Xavier

(St. Mary Parish, Paw Paw)


Please join us for these inspirational talks about the Lenten season and enjoy food and fellowship.


On October, 19, 2019 the Diocese of Kalamazoo is hosting a Eucharistic Congress to Ignite the Faith in Southwest Michigan.  This congress will bring together about 1000 of the faithful of the Diocese of Kalamazoo to unite in prayer and dialogue to inspire more faith in Southwest Michigan.

The faithful will gather at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in downtown Kalamazoo.  While at the congress they will pray, be encouraged by talks, and discuss in small groups how the Diocese of Kalamazoo can accompany families, foster more priests, and encourage the growth and sharing of the faith throughout their community.

We are currently looking for sponsors to assist with the approximate $50,000 cost of the event.  Sponsors will be listed in the program and throughout the venue as well as on the diocesan webpage and social media.  The higher level sponsors also include a specific room acknowledgement as indicated below.

The four levels of sponsorship are:

Tongues of Fire: $2,000 – includes digital acknowledgment on keynote room

Burning Bush: $1,000 – includes digital acknowledgement on a breakout room

Flaming torch: $500 – includes acknowledgement at lunch

Sanctuary Lamp – $250

If you would like to help sponsor this congress, you can sign up and make payment on our website at www.diokzoo.org/ecsponsorship.  If you have any question or would like to speak to someone about sponsorship opportunities please contact Tom Dowdall at tdowdall@diokzoo.org, or 269-903-0145.

Thank you for your support of this initiative to transform the Church in Southwest Michigan.

With the Love of Christ,

Jamin Herold

Executive Director – Parish Life and Lay Leadership

Director of Eucharistic Congress

Diocese of Kalamazoo





1. Young Adult Retreat 2019 – A Grown Up Look At the Virtues: Looking to get away to spend some time with the Lord during the season of Lent? Join us from Friday March 1st at 7 pm – Sunday March 3rd and take this time for prayer, presentations, recreation, reflection, and fellowship at Pretty Lake Camp (9123 West Q Ave., Mattawan, MI 49071). Cost is $50 per participant. Please register by contacting Tim McNamara (tmcnamara@diokzoo.org) and stay tuned for more information. God bless!


2. Diocesan Annual Lenten Retreat 2019 (Formally Diocesan Annual Open Retreat) – March 16-17, 2019 at Indian Lake Nazarene Camp (8258 Victory St., Vicksburg, MI 49097). Our facilitators are Madeline Haydon, Michelle Moynihan, and Nicole Kegley, all three who serve at their respective parish as Echo Apprentices. The retreat begins at 9:00 am on Saturday, March 16th and concludes at 11:30 am on Sunday, March 17th. There are two options available when you register – one is with an overnight stay and the second is for those who would like to commute. The cost structure is as follows (please note all rooms have two queen beds):

Single Occupancy: $120
Double Occupancy: $80
Triple Occupancy: $65
Quadruple Occupancy: $60
Commuter Rate: $40

Deadline for these prices is March 1st. After that there is an additional $20 added on and rooms will be given on a first come, first serve basis. All registrations are due by March 8th. To register, please visit https://imdisciple.com/lentenretreat For more information, please contact Tim McNamara attmcnamara@diokzoo.org.

3. Diocesan Women’s Retreat: Intended for any adult woman, this retreat is meant to provide intentional time for you to reconnect with the Lord Jesus Christ and to encounter other women from around the Diocese who desire to grow in their faith. This retreat will be held at Indian Lake Nazarene Camp (8258 Victory St., Vicksburg, MI 49097) on Saturday, November 2nd – Sunday, November 3rd. There are two options available when you register – one is with an overnight stay and the second is for those who would like to commute. The cost structure is as follows (please note all rooms have two queen beds):

Single Occupancy: $120
Double Occupancy: $80
Triple Occupancy: $65
Quadruple Occupancy: $60
Commuter Rate: $40

To register for the Women’s Retreat, please contact Tim McNamara at tmcnamara@diokzoo.org. Thank you and God bless!




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At this critically important moment in the life of our Church we are called to
come together in prayer and devote our time for the intentions of the continued
healing of all victims of abuse and for the ongoing reparation and healing
of our Church. There will be time for Pastoral Conversation following the Mass.



DIOCESAN 50th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION:  A special Mass for couples of the Diocese of Kalamazoo who are celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversaries in 2018 will be held on Sunday, October 14, 2018, 3:00 pm at St. Augustine Cathedral in Kalamazoo. Couples celebrating their 50th Anniversary any time in 2018 are asked to contact their parish office rectory so that their names can be submitted for a personal invitation from Bishop Bradley to participate in this celebration.



Join us for our annual fundraiser and enjoy good food, fun, and faith.

There are activities for people of all ages. Bring the family, have a great time, and support your parishes!

The 32nd All Saints Superfest will be held September 21, 22, and 23 on the grounds of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Battle Creek.

September Good News & Brews
Married and single young adults from college through their 30s are welcome to come enjoy discussion, fellowship and music from (newly named) Jeremiah and the Hebrews and featured speaker Sr. Joseph Andrew on holiness/vocation at Arcadia Brewing Company in Kalamazoo on Sept. 13 from 7 to 9 p.m. Future dates are: Oct. 11; Nov. 8; Dec. 13.