Parish Information

Open Hours
Sunday
Monday*
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
7:15 - 11 am
11 am - 1 pm
5 - 7 pm
7:30 - 11 am
5 - 7 pm
7:30 - 11 am
8:30 - 11 am

*We are closed on Mondays April thru October

Dress Code

Basic Rule: You are coming to Mass, to a sacred space where God is present in the Blessed Sacrament. Dress is formal or at minimum, the best you have. Dress to impress God. Show him that you care to look nice for Him. That effort is part of our worship and giving glory to God.

  • Everyone
    • No political, provocative, anti-Catholic clothing
    • No facial covering or masks (except for medical masks for medical reasons only). This is primarily a security measure so that we can identify people.
    • No shorts
    • No bare midriff
    • No T-shirts or other clothing with inappropriate messages
    • Shoes must be worn.
    • One must dress according to their obvious and God given sex.
    • No Non-Catholic religious clothing that honors any God but the (Roman or Orthodox) Catholic Triune God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, who sent His only Son (God) into the world to suffer and die for our sins and who rose on the third day victorious over sin and death and who ascended into heaven and is now seated at the right hand of the Father. This is our sacred space and no god is to be honored here, but our God. Therefore, there are to be NO:
      • Burkkas
      • Turbans
      • Facial coverings
    • Jeans and T-shirts are not appropriate, unless that is the best you have.
    • Yoga pants, sweat suits and other such sport and exercise type clothing are not appropriate.
  • Men
    • Suit coats and ties are nice, but not required
    • Pants
    • Shirt or sweeter
    • No muscle shirts
    • No hats
  • Women
    • Dress or skirt/pants & Blouse/shirt/sweeter
      • Dress and skirt should be of a modest length
      • Shoulders should be covered
      • Neckline should be above cleavage
    • Leggings are like nylons, and tights, they are not pants. If you wear leggings, you will need to wear a skirt or dress over top of them.
    • Mantillas are encouraged or a dress hat (no baseball or other recreational style hats)
1st Sunday Social Hour (& every Sunday)

Every first Sunday of the month, we have a formal social hour after each Mass. This is a good time to get to know each other and enrich your faith by spending time with kindred spirits.

The parish provides coffee, tea, fruit drinks, plates, plasticware, cups and napkins plus all the fixings for the coffee.

You provide all the food. So it is different each month.

Note: There is coffee and stuff available every Sunday after all the Masses. They are more informal and food is hit and miss if there will be any. That does not matter as it is always a good time for you to gather and decompress with each other each week.

BTW: My people are spoiled. No off the shelf coffee for them. I serve Mystic Monk Coffee. I affectionately refer to them as my “coffee snobs.”

Altar Servers

Being an altar server is a great honor. Your role in assisting the priest in the sacrifice of the Mass is unparalleled.

Please consider having your sons fulfill this great service to God.

Men, too, are encouraged to fulfill this role.

Father & son teams are very appropriate and a beautiful thing to see.

Requirements:

  • Must be a male
  • Be able to say the Latin parts of the Mass
  • Have received your first communion
  • Be disciplined enough to behave during Mass and to take serious the role of server.
  • Be punctual (Arrive at least 10 minutes before Mass)
Ushers

Ushers are not just nice guys who welcome you to church.

They are trained to recognize new people and assist them in any way they need, especially people who have never been to a TLM.

They also Look for inappropriate dress, especially any clothing with inappropriate images or messages.

They are trained to use “Catholic based profiling” to recognize and deal with any persons who may not be here with good intentions or who may just be a problem.

Schola (Choir)

They meet at 6 pm every Wednesday

Do you have a voice? Please share it with God and all of us.

Men’s Group

They meet every 3rd Thursday of the month at 7 pm

Bring your teenage sons too, they enjoy playing cards and other games

Food is arranged by the men by email.

At your first meeting have your name added to the Email list.

Woman’s Group

They meed every 2nd Thursday of the month.

Food is arranged by the women by email.

At your first meeting have your name added to the Email list.

Church Cleaning

Every 1st Saturday of the month after the 9 am Mass.

Please consider giving some time helping to keep our church beautiful for God and faithful.

Parish Mission Statement

We are still working on it

Parish Pastoral & Financial Council
The Pastoral and Finance Councils are established as an advisory and consultative body only. They are also required by the Bishop for certain functions that require a vote. 

As an advisory and consultative body to me, they have 2 roles:

1 - They are to bring to the priest any concerns, issues or ideas they may have or that they are aware of in the parish. In this role, they are your representative. Feel free to talk and share with them your concerns, issues or ideas. Or, as usual, you can bring them directly to me.

2-  They are there to be a confidential sounding board for me to let them know what I am thinking and my pastoral plan for the next year, 5 years, decade and beyond. They are then free to share their insights to help me further develop, change or scrap any of these plans and to come up with new or better ones. 

In their role as representative for the Bishop of the Diocese, they monitor, review, and approve the parish budget, approve any expenditures over $10k, and submit a finacial report to the bishop each year. 

Current Members

Patrick Lind
John Schafer
Renee Furguson
Mike George
Renee Irrer
Erick Kabbdabo
Jessie Kabbdebo
Patrick Hawkins
Rick Thelen
Security Council

They are a hand selected group to help in formulating and implementing security procedures of the parish.

They cover: disrupters (protestors, hecklers…), medical emergencies, tornados, fire, power outages, active shooter, bomb scares… and the physical property (safety, fire extinguishers, exit lights, hazards,…)

They also oversee the Ushers, Medical Team and the Emergency Response Team

Medical Team

Do you have medical experience or are willing to be trained with some basic skills?

Please consider sharing your skills with the parish.

We need a few people who know how to deal with medical incidents, God forbid, should such an occasion occur.

Requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Able to be certified by the Red Cross for CPR and ADE
Emergency Response Team

Parish Picnic

3rd Saturday of July

I provide the meat and buns

You provide the side dishes, deserts and drinks

We have a lot of fun

Location to be determined

Parish History

Bishop Earl Boyea of the Diocese of Lansing, received a letter from a member of the Faithful in Lansing, MI asking for the Extraordinary Form of the Latin Rite.

Bishop Boyea, desiring to fulfill the request of Pope Benedict XVI to make greater use of the Extraordinary Form of the Latin Rite for those whom it would benefit, asked the priests of the Lansing area if one of them would be willing to have the Mass at their parish. Having none come forward, he asked Fr. Jeffrey Robideau who is friendly toward the TLM, to do some research to find out what the real need is in the Lansing area. 

With the letter from one member of the Faithful, Fr. Robideau was directed to many more families that were also interested. In a matter of a few weeks there were 49 families on the list as interested.

On 6-8-2010, there was a meeting in the Diocesan Center basement meeting room for those interested. Having 60 people at the meeting, 20 of them represented new families bringing the total to 69 families interested.

With the information gathered at the meeting presented to the Bishop, he agreed that there was enough interest to merit Diocesan support for a new group to be formed to provide the TLM. 

Bishop Boyea then asked Fr. Robideau if he would take the assignment. In a meeting with the bishop on 6-19-2010, Fr. Robideau agreed to take the assignment.

Bishop Boyea accepted Fr. Robideau’s resignation from Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Michigan Center, MI on 8-13-2010. On 8-21-2010, the Feast of St. Pius X, Bishop Boyea signed the decree establishing Blessed John XXIII Community and the letter of appointment of Fr. Robideau as the first Chaplain, both to go into effect on September 1, 2010.

  • 9-26-2010 – First Mass, the 18th Sunday after Pentecost
  • 10-10-2010 – First Mass with Bishop Boyea, the 20th Sunday after Pentecost
  • 10-16-2010 – First Baptism. Her name was Grace. How appropriate.
  • 2-6-2011 – First Social Hour, the 5th Sunday after Epiphany
  • 4-24-2011 – First Missa Cantata, Easter Sunday
  • 6-25-2011 – First parish picnic. We had our first parish picnic at the home of Fr. Robideau in Leslie known as Saintly Acres. It started at 4pm with Mass in the chapel he was building in his basement. There were about 70 people. There was a bonfire and games. Fr. Robideau even gave the children a ride on his horse, Wrangler.
  • 7-16-2011 – First Wedding.
  • 4-8-2012 – First First Holy Communion. Also, our second Easter together.
  • 4-8-2012 – New vestments. This was the day we wore our new vestments for the first time. Being Easter Sunday, the color was white. This was the only vestment we had at the time as we were waiting for the other colors to arrive. We asked the tailor to rush the white vestments so we could have them for Easter. They arrived on Good Friday, just in time. Many families contributed to the special collection we took up for the new vestments. One person in particular (anonymous) gave over $6,000 to make the project happen. The total collected was $ 9043.00.
  • 5-20-2012 – First Confirmation. Bishop Boyea arrived after the 11 am Mass and celebrated the sacrament. This was Bishop Boyea’s second visit with us.
  • 5-27-2012 – Red Vestment worn for the first time. Pentecost Sunday.
  • 6-10-2012 – Green Vestment worn for the first time. The 2nd Sunday after Pentecost.
  • 11-2-2012 – Black Vestment worn for the first time. Feast of All Souls.
  • 12-2-2012 – Violet Vestment worn for the first time. First Sunday of Advent.
  • 12-16-2012 – Rose Vestment worn for the first time. 3rd Sunday of Advent.
  • 2-23-2013 – Construction of Sanctuary platform. We had two people show up with Fr. Robideau and they worked until 9 pm to finish it. All was completed except for the trim as this did not arrive in time.
  • 3-31-2013 – First Solemn Missa Cantata. Easter Sunday. We used our brand new set of six candles and altar cross and our new set of 6 torches. We had incense for the first time and crucifer for the first time and an MC for the first time. While the new platform has been finished for two weeks, this was the official opening use of it. We also had two first communicants. It was an exciting day of firsts.
  • 4-19-2013 – We received our new copes (gold and green). The others are still on the way.
  • 6-9-2013 – We have our first convert, Larry Wade.
  • 8-15-2013 – Feast of the Assumption, Fr. Robideau shows the community the new gold High Mass set of vestments.
  • 9-4-2013 – The new altar Fr. Robideau built is used for the first time.
  • 9-18-2013: The new reredos Fr. Robideau built is used for the first time.
  • 10-20-2013: We have our first Holy Hour after Mass. The intention was for people to overcome whatever obstacles that keep them from coming to our Mass and for the success of our November 24, 2013 Solemn High Mass.
  • 11-3-2013: We used our new shoulder capes for the servers for the first time. We have 6 of them. Red w/gold fringe for the MC, Black w/gold fringe for the 2 servers, and Black w/black fringe for the crucifer, thurifer and boat bearer.
  • 11-24-2013: We had our first Solemn High Mass. We invited the Assumption Grotto Choir in Detroit directed by Fr. Ed Perrone to provide the music for us. There were about 400 people there. The Cathedral altar is too small for the EF, so Fr. Robideau built an altar frontal to go in front of the Cathedral altar to make it a full 8 foot wide. It is built in 9 pieces and stores in the closet so we can use it anytime we have a wedding, funeral or another Solemn High Mass in the Cathedral. 
  • 12-25-2013: We had our first midnight Mass for Christmas. There was no power and so we had a candlelight Mass. It was quite beautiful.
  • 4-4-2015 – We have our first Easter Vigil.
  • 6-5-2016 – We have our first adult confirmation.
  • 7-22-2016 – The new reredos Fr. Robideau built is used for the first time. Feast of St. Mary Magdalene
  • 9-25-2016 – We use our new community prayer to Pope St. Gregory the Great for the first time. We have spent 2 or more years in picking the saint and developing this prayer. In this prayer we ask Pope St. Gregory the Great to be our intercessor that we may grow by many souls to worship God and that we are able to build our own church one day.
  • 12-5-2016 – The Chapel is painted – The Remolding is coming along well.
  • 3-16-2017 – We have our first Men’s Night
  • 6-29-2019 – Our name is officially changed to St. Gregory the Great.
  • 7-1-2019 – We purchased our new building at 3020 S. Washington Ave. in Lansing to be our new Church. The previous owners (a protestant community) will rent the building until the end of August. This will give the building committee time design the new space
  • 9-7-2019 – We had a big day today. We did an exorcism over the new building. Three of us went over to the new building while several stayed at the Cathedral to pray in Adoration and several prayed from home. We did a strict fast all morning until 1 pm. We knew that there was much sinning and evil that took place on this property as it was a protestant Church for almost 70 years. There was Protestantism itself. That is enough evil right there, the rejection of God and the fullness of truth in favor of man’s truth over God’s truth. There was much heresy and anti catholic sentiments. The place was known for the acceptance of sodomy and welcomed sodomy as part of their faith. The “pastor” was a lesbian herself and had a partner. It is also certain that there was new age and WICCA practices there. We wanted a fresh start and so Bishop Boyea gave us permission to have the exorcism. It went smoothly. Afterwards, we formally named it St. Gregory the Great Community by putting up the sign by the street.
  • 9-8-2019 – The remodeling of the new church began.
  • 3-8-2020 – We blessed the new church.
  • 3-12-2020 – Feast of St. Gregory the Great – We had our first Mass.
  • 3-13-202 – We began our new Mass schedule to now have Mass everyday of the week.
  • 3-15-2020 – This was the beginning of the big farce called a pandemic. Everything shut down. The bishops, in fear and in collusion with the evil plot to push Covid-19 as the death of human life on earth, chose to close the churches as well. The Diocese of Lansing did not close this weekend but did so on the following (3-22-20). We began to pray the Litany of St. Joseph at the end of every Mass to protect us from the virus and the insanity that was to ensue.
  • 3-22-2020 – Finding loopholes wherever we could, we found ways to stay open and to say Mass everyday. We never shut down. People found themselves locked out of their churches. They felt abandoned and betrayed by their pastors and by their bishops. Many found that our doors were still open and that our one safety rule (If you are not feeling well or know you have been exposed to the virus, then stay home) was reasonable and effective. They were delighted to have a temporary home with us. Several have chosen to make us their new home permanently. The major loophole we found was from the Bishop. He said that he wanted the priest to continue to say daily Mass privately and that he wanted the churches open so that people could come in and pray. He did not say that the two could not overlap. So I said my private Masses while the people said their private prayers. Canon Law provides that people have the right to the Eucharist, so after Mass we had Communion Services. This lasted only a couple months and then all the pretenses were dropped, and we just had Mass as usual especially as it became more and more clear that the pandemic was not real. 
  • 5-10-2020 – Mother’s Day & Fr. Robideau’s Birthday – We have grown by many people on Sundays and it was getting a bit crowded. To help maintain safe distancing practices, we added an 8 am Mass to the Sunday Schedule to allow people to spread out more. Today was our first 8 am Sunday Mass.
  • 11-1-2020 – We started a 9 week novena to St. Joseph to conclude 12-31-2020. This included the 9 Sundays and every weekday. 
  • 2-2-2021 – we had our first Candle Mass. It was a large showing. We all had our candles blessed with the three days of darkness in mind. 
  • 6-3-2021 – The Feast of Corpus Christi we had our first Eucharistic Procession. We had Mass and then processed around the block with the Eucharist. Returning to the church, we had benediction.
  • 12-25-2021 – The altar rail made it in time for Christmas. Kevin Irrer, who headed up the project, was told by Renee (his wife) he was to have it in by Christmas. Several of us worked with him to make it happen. 
  • 1-16-2022 – We use our new chalice and ciboria for the first time.