GIFT & BOOK
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St. Francis Gift & Book
Whether you are on retreat or live nearby, you can shop during our convenient hours of Monday-Saturday from 9:00am - 5:00pm.
Gift and Book Staff is available by phone Mondays 1-5 pm and Thursdays 9 am - 5 pm.
Our store offers books for all ages about topics like Christian living, spirituality, inspiration and prayer. Select from our wide range of local items, cards, religious jewelry, art, instrumental music, and sacramental needs.
***Updated March 27, 2020***
The Retreat Center office will be closed until April 13th. Our grounds will remain open - Feel free to visit and roam the trails and gardens.
***Updated March 17, 2020***
FROM OUR BISHOP, THE MOST REVEREND EARL BOYEA:
After consultation with the priests of the diocese, who were of mixed minds on this matter, and out of deep concern for the health of all our folks especially our elders, and with due deference to medical and government authorities, it has been decided that all public Masses, events, and gatherings will be cancelled throughout the Diocese of Lansing beginning tomorrow morning (March 18, 2020) lasting, for now, through Wednesday of Holy Week (April 8, 2020).
We will see at that time whether these plans will have to change. Private Baptisms, Marriages, and Funerals may continue but only with immediate family present. As a reminder, all Catholics in the diocese are dispensed from the obligation of Sunday Mass participation through Easter Sunday. I ask our pastors to keep Churches open for private prayer.
The Holy Mass is our way to render back to God our worship and thanks for his many blessings to and for us, his beloved sons and daughters. We are blessed that all our priests will continue to offer daily private Masses in order to fulfill our blessed duty to God and to lift up our needs in prayerful petition to our Heavenly Father. Many of these daily Masses have intentions applied to them and those will be honored; in addition, feel free to submit other needs to your pastors to include at the altar.
The loss of the regular reception of Holy Communion is a great cross for many; during this fast from receiving our Lord in the Eucharist please pray that Jesus will enter your hearts in an act of Spiritual Communion. Sundays have always been a day of worship for us. Please, let these coming Sundays be times of family prayer.
Assuring of my prayers, I am sincerely yours in Christ
Bishop +Earl Boyea
A special note from our Director
***Updated March 16, 2020***
Out of concern for our guests, all events at the retreat center, including private retreats, are cancelled through April 6. The bookstore will also be closed.***
***Updated March 13, 2020****
Due to national and state concerns asking us to be cautious regarding group functions, we are cancelling all events at the retreat center through March 15. Please refer to our website on March 16 for further information.
*** Updated March 12, 2020***
To our guests at St. Francis Retreat Center:
Please know that we care deeply about the health and safety of our guests and act responsibly to ensure it. For years it has been our practice to continuously disinfect common areas, restrooms, dining halls, and meeting spaces. Our guest rooms are thoroughly disinfected each time a guest leaves to ensure its cleanliness for our next guest. In this time of heightened awareness of the need to eliminate the spread of viruses, know that we will continue to do our part to ensure your safety while being a guest with us.
Rev. David Rosenberg